Dubai is planning to build a climate-controlled indoor city

By Shawn Knight
Jul 8, 2014
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  1. Home to an abundance of wealth as well as the world's tallest building, Dubai is already one of the most extravagant locales on the planet. But the opulent city isn't resting on its laurels as officials have announced plans to...

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  2. davislane1

    davislane1 TS Evangelist Posts: 3,372   +2,164

    Hmm... I think I've got the perfect slogan that should help improve their tourism:

    Dubai – We do America better.
  3. On a related story: Author Stephen King plans to sue Dubai for copying "Under the Dome" :)
  4. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 3,108   +1,376

    If they are seriously thinking of having roads in it for regular gasoline cars, they are *****s, and it is a terribly dumb vanity exercise.

    Such a dome should never allow any CO2-emitting stuff (except living beings) to be used inside, or it will be a green-house nightmare.
  5. davislane1

    davislane1 TS Evangelist Posts: 3,372   +2,164

    Depends on how it's engineered. If they can engineer a solution that remedies the situation you've described, I'd me more than a little interested in the finer details of the system and the contractor who came up with it.
  6. Adhmuz

    Adhmuz TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,617   +494

    Insane if this actually happens, price will be in the 100's of Billions if not reaching the Trillions, all because you live in a desert that no one wants to go to. As for the CO2 emissions issues with vehicles, I don't see it being terribly difficult to make every internal vehicle electric. Fine you drive your Bentley of Ferrari into the underground parking but then you'll be provided with a means to get around with electricity, because even though 48 Million square feet sound like a lot, it's only really covering an area of roughly two square miles, electric transport should have that in the bag by the time this actually gets built.
  7. Rippleman

    Rippleman TS Maniac Posts: 520   +139

    I know I wouldn't invest in it. As soon as oil is replaced with something, else... boom.. middle east money will be as dry as the desert it is.
  8. RebelFlag

    RebelFlag TS Addict Posts: 134   +66

    I am gonna start holding my farts in now and get them back for $4 a gallon gas.
  9. mgwerner

    mgwerner TS Enthusiast Posts: 32   +24

    "No one wants to go to?" I live here, and the airport and planes are always full of Europeans escaping the winter, and rich Arabs coming to shop. Learn a little about what you are talking about before you speak.
  10. Adhmuz

    Adhmuz TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,617   +494

    Congrats, you live in the desert, sorry if I don't feel that's much of a tourist attraction. And building these over extravagant money hungry utopia's in the middle of one of the least inhabitable areas of the world just seems a little pointless. Especially when you realize the Oil money will dry up in the next 100 years, the climate will increase the temperature to make the area completely inhabitable and water will be nearly impossible to come by. But hey everyone needs to go on a huge shopping spree halfway around the world just to make themselves feel better right?
  11. davislane1

    davislane1 TS Evangelist Posts: 3,372   +2,164

    So, basically, you feel Dubai is doomed because 1) it's managers are too short-sighted to pivot their economic and business strategies for the inevitable day oil stops paying and 2) the apocalypse?

    Well, points for creativity.
  12. Hexic

    Hexic TS Addict Posts: 272   +127

    Exactly. Dubai wouldn't spend the billions of dollars (or be what it is today) in creating this place if they didn't think it would last long term. I'm sure they have planned out what to do at time period 'x' - especially for something as simple as the climate. They've been battling that for years, and obviously winning.

    As obviously over-the-top and luxurious as the place is, give the multi-billionaires a little more credit.
  13. MilwaukeeMike

    MilwaukeeMike TS Evangelist Posts: 2,729   +1,093

    I'm with you... I wish Dubai would stop wasting money on sustainable business for the future and just do what every other oil rich country in the middle east does and fund terrorism with the money they're not spending on their palaces. ;)
  14. treetops

    treetops TS Evangelist Posts: 1,937   +157

    28 square miles, quite impressive
  15. taimuraly

    taimuraly TS Booster Posts: 113

    I do not see what is so special about this city. Seems many other cities have similar covered street ways.

    Starlionblue via io9

    Count Smorkula via io9

    Corpore Metal via io9
    (I am quoting because I have not been to these places myself and so taking the accounts of others who have, presumably)

    I was hoping the whole city would be have been covered completely - like their women :p.

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