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World's First Climate-Controlled City Planned for Dubai

World’s First Climate-Controlled City Planned for Dubai

Officials in Dubai last week announced plans to build the world’s first climate-controlled city. Dubbed the Mall of the World, the 48 million-square-foot complex will feature 100 hotels and apartment buildings, the world’s largest indoor theme park and the world’s largest shopping mall.

For years, oil was the commodity that kept the United Arab Emirates’ economic engine running, but tourism is now one of the UAE’s largest sources of revenue.

In a country where summertime temperatures routinely exceed 100 degrees Fahrenheit, officials hope the Mall of the World will beat the heat and serve as a year-round tourist destination.

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Lots going on in the Middle East

Here's another kind of 'climate controlled' city being built in the UAE. But in this case, the climate is controlled naturally.

http://www.dailypaul.com/323206/masdar-uae-a-zero-emissions-...

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Arcology Ho!

Arcologies

Here's something similar in China: China's New Century Global Centre

In the winter they'll just

In the winter they'll just flare off a few oil wells for heat.

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That's interesting that tourism

has become one of the largest sources of revenue. It's manmade attractions built on oil money, but the oil money doesn't have to keep flowing as long as the attractions aren't something that become more achievable in other places any time soon.

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Right

And they are achieving and some really interesting things, things that regulations in the US would strangle to death before they even got off the ground. This is just one of the small little tourist gems that Dubai is able to boast.

Sounds like Las Vegas

The Mall of the World’s centerpiece will be the cultural district, which will recreate the world’s most famous landmarks from London, New York and Barcelona. The cultural district will be enclosed in a massive, golf-ball shaped dome and play host to weddings, conferences, performances, and a host of other celebrations.

Only not as hot.

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I guess you're right. It does sound like Vegas.

I wonder if it will have the roller coaster.

Dubai can be as hot as Vegas though. They are both in the desert, this will just be inside. Maybe Vegas will follow suit after this is done and put the whole city in a dome.

I would say with places like this I would miss the rain, but I guess it probably doesn't get much in the way of rain anyways.

Dubai also has a ski resort in the middle of the desert. They keep it filled with fake snow. Very innovative city.

I have personally been in the

I have personally been in the mall and checked out the indoor ski slope. I have been to both Dubai and Vegas, and while Vegas has nice buildings by most standards, its a craphole compared to Dubai.

When you ride in a taxi around Dubai the only thing missing is the streets being paved with gold, however there is a gold bar and coin vending machine in the mall.

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That is great Seth...

Do you happen to have any pics from your time there? I would love to see them.

I was thinking more of the fake landmarks from big cites

"landmarks from London, New York and Barcelona."

Las Vegas, America's most fake city, has both a fake Statue of Liberty and a fake Eiffel Tower. I guess the landmark from Barcelona will be a fake Gaudi Cathedral.

Have you been to Dubai? I wonder if anyone on the Daily Paul has.

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I have been there about 10

I have been there about 10 times. I went up the world's tallest building, peered through the window at the indoor ski slope, flown over the man made islands and that 7 star hotel, and watched the huge dancing fountain show. There is a gold bar and coin vending machine at the mall, just slide your card.

It seemed like every other car there was an exotic sports car or luxury car. Gas was only like a buck a gallon as well. Lots of liquor and whores there as well. Don't go during ramadan month, yer not allowed to eat, drink, and smoke in public during the day. You can party all night and sleep all day, which would be advisable any time of the year.

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I've not been to Dubai

I once planned a trip to Dubai though. Turns out I was way off mark on how much money I thought it would cost. It would be an expensive city to travel to. Moscow was also another place I wanted to go to, but was insanely expensive when I actually looked at the logistics.

I wonder if a place like this would ever do replications of outdoor landmarks like the Rocky Mountains or the Mississippi River or the Florida Keys or something.

I think that would stand out more than this.

Dubai is about money, not mountains

It is home to the first seven star hotel.

George Saunders wrote an essay in 2005 about Dubai that appears in his collection The Braindead Megaphone. But it is also available to read for free on the GQ website.

The New Mecca
http://www.gq.com/news-politics/big-issues/200511/george-sau...

It has probably changed a lot in 9 years, but you get the picture, at least, of what it once was. Sounds expensive, and that surely has not changed.

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But I think I've just hit a major entrepreneurial idea

It is about money. But if they can create a ski mountain and resort there, they can probably create other things also.

If you were in Dubai would you pay a one ticket price to enter some sort of massive complex that has scaled down versions of outdoor landmarks? I mean they could temp/condition control the rooms and have a 100 acres dedicated to hanging out in the Amazon, and then you could leave that part of the complex and go across the hall and spend a day rafting down the Mississippi river, and then the next room (these rooms will be huge though, not like little museum type rooms) could be simulated coral reef structures and you could scuba diving in Australia, but you wouldn't be in Australia, you would be in Dubai, but if they did it right you would be none the wiser.

I think there is money in that idea. No?

George Saunders huh? I'll go read the article, this is the 3rd or 4th time in the past few weeks someone has directed me to a Saunders article.

ski resort sounds cool...

just so long as there's a toasty warm anadrome casino bakery in the chalet

p.s. George Saunders is the bomb

There are some poignant stories in his latest collection Tenth of December.

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By jove,

I think you've stumbled onto something brilliant! With global warming on the way, all that stuff will be gone anyway. Preserve it all in miniature under a dome, and charge the people a dollar just to see it!

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