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87 Responses to Dubai`s Hotel Atlantis Grand Opening Ceremony

  1. Profile photo of davymid
    davymid Male 30-39
    12140 posts
    November 21, 2008 at 3:54 pm
    Link: Dubai`s Hotel Atlantis Grand Opening Ceremony - This 7-star hotel, costing up to $25000 per night, is built on a custom-made palm-shaped island. Is Dubai the new Vegas?
  2. Profile photo of madest
    madest Male 40-49
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    November 22, 2008 at 8:09 am
    the can make it as beautiful as they want who would want to go to a place where affection can be a jailable offense?
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    23scadu Male 18-29
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    November 22, 2008 at 8:12 am
    dude.....fireworks
  4. Profile photo of Sajo
    Sajo Male 18-29
    436 posts
    November 22, 2008 at 8:13 am
    Eh.... fireworks display. Not too keen on that stuff.

    And, see ya csto1.

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    videogamer Male 18-29
    3016 posts
    November 22, 2008 at 8:14 am
    @madest: Obviously, foreign visitors staying at this hotel will be exempt from culture and customs, if they want this hotel to be successful.

    Also, I thought hotels were on a 5-star rating. What`s this 7-star crap?

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    Llamaz Male 13-17
    339 posts
    November 22, 2008 at 8:16 am
    Nice one, csto1. You are sooooo cool and popular now.

    Also, that was an awesome island.

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    primetimekin Male 18-29
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    November 22, 2008 at 8:17 am
    "csto1
    Male, 18-29, Europe
    159 Posts
    Saturday, November 22, 2008 8:08:26 AM
    FIRST"

    ====================================

    Oompa Loompa doompadee doo
    I`ve got a little puzzle for you
    Listen up close before you get hurt
    The one who posted the link is actually first
    You have to be smart you have to be a man
    So now you`ll enjoy a 1-week ban

  8. Profile photo of Llamaz
    Llamaz Male 13-17
    339 posts
    November 22, 2008 at 8:18 am
    Whoa, madest, with that statement, you have confirmed that you are an idiot.
  9. Profile photo of IceCreamYay
    IceCreamYay Female 13-17
    81 posts
    November 22, 2008 at 8:18 am
    Wonder how much of that fireworks display was computer generated.
  10. Profile photo of Llamaz
    Llamaz Male 13-17
    339 posts
    November 22, 2008 at 8:19 am
    Primetimekin, that was awesome.
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    deathxtra Male 13-17
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    November 22, 2008 at 8:19 am
    primetimekin.

    Rules.

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    whtevr Female 40-49
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    November 22, 2008 at 8:21 am
    lmao at Primetimekin! And wtf is up with the millenium celebration? Noone is gonna be able to afford to stay there anyway....well unless the begging CEO`s get their handouts that is.
  13. Profile photo of LazyMe484
    LazyMe484 Male 18-29
    10441 posts
    November 22, 2008 at 8:27 am
    Cracking down on the first posters I see... meh.

    Anyway, about the hotel... I don`t care. They`ve already got a 7 star hotel on a man made island so this is nothing new.

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    in2gooh Female 18-29
    317 posts
    November 22, 2008 at 8:33 am
    is dubai the new vegas? yes, yes it is.
    and that was awesome!
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    SwissNipsUK Male 18-29
    763 posts
    November 22, 2008 at 8:45 am
    is dubai the new vegas ?!?!?

    I take it non of you here have ever been to dubai ?
    one of the most beautiful places of earth , all i saw in LV was hookers , old people and cowboy hats

  16. Profile photo of FellatioFan
    FellatioFan Male 30-39
    58 posts
    November 22, 2008 at 8:54 am
    swissnipsUK: Dubai is many things, but `beautiful` is not one of them, unless your idea of beauty is soulless skyscrapers build in the middle of the desert by bangladeshi virtual slaves. and there is probably MORE prositution in dubai than in vegas--or dont you find it odd that there`s an airbus full of young women arriving from kiev every day? here`s a hint: they`re not there for the culture.
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    KeePay Male 18-29
    494 posts
    November 22, 2008 at 9:12 am
    ...

    And people call Americans wasteful with energy. Dubai could do so much with all their GDP, but they waste it on ridiculously expensive and high-class resorts.

    Just wait until the oil peak, the UAB will turn into a poohole.

  18. Profile photo of boredfjord
    boredfjord Male 13-17
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    November 22, 2008 at 9:12 am
    That`s a bit embarrassing, really. It`s a drating hotel, not the set of the final battle in some epic movie.
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    MountainBord Female 18-29
    1894 posts
    November 22, 2008 at 9:22 am
    was that really necesary!?
    first there was super awesome james bond music, and then the other half was topped off with a bit of star wars, and the finale, too much raw power used at one time.
    btw those fireworks sucked.
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    moefreak Female 18-29
    1963 posts
    November 22, 2008 at 9:23 am
    I think Dubai is beautiful, "soulless" skyscrapers and all. But I think they did go a little overboard with the fireworks.
  21. Profile photo of basketkase
    basketkase Male 18-29
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    November 22, 2008 at 9:25 am
    my friend stayed there for free several times because his father was one of the engineers who contributed to its design
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    skittler Female 18-29
    79 posts
    November 22, 2008 at 9:29 am
    i work for the company who runs this place and when they first told us about it i was like really? like really, is that necessary? talk about a waste of money. but hey. the more the grow, the more money i make. so wat ya gona do. lol
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    Nidonemo Male 18-29
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    November 22, 2008 at 9:32 am
    The Hawk soldiers were hot.
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    SwissNipsUK Male 18-29
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    November 22, 2008 at 9:49 am
    to fellatio fan to be honest we had a week there before we went to iraq and compared to las vegas mate the place was absolutely amazing ! about 70p for 20 smokes !!
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    SilverThread Male 30-39
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    November 22, 2008 at 9:53 am
    You see what can be accomplished when you successfully squeeze out the middle class? The trick is to be in the top one percent that can actually afford such opulence at the expense of the "rest" of us.
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    luckyse7en Male 13-17
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    November 22, 2008 at 10:07 am
    OK, DAMN I want to go there. O_O
  27. Profile photo of ryan99
    ryan99 Male 13-17
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    November 22, 2008 at 10:12 am
    Dubai is amazing, from a baren industrial pit stop to one of the worlds most entertaining places, Dubai will have to become the new Las Vegas! Dubai will even have and indoor mountain for skiing and snowboarding, another hotel which will be under water, its own amusement park, and not to mention hundreds of concept ideas such as spinning sky scrapers and the tallest building ever!

    If this city becomes what it is said to be, then this place IS the new Las Vegas.

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    jtrebowski Male 40-49
    3359 posts
    November 22, 2008 at 10:14 am
    well..I`ll just fly out there tomorrow..as Betty & Wilma usede to say..."charrrrrrge it!" lol ;-()
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    zoneking Male 30-39
    106 posts
    November 22, 2008 at 10:27 am
    Umm...

    Hello people, gambling is illegal in Dubai... so there is no comparison to Las Vegas. It is indeed the most beautiful city I`ve ever seen, however there is absolutely no gambling. Sorry to burst your bubbles.

  30. Profile photo of pantelisk
    pantelisk Male 13-17
    112 posts
    November 22, 2008 at 10:32 am
    See, Why Couldn`t China Have Something Like This
    , Damn Dubai And There Ability To Have Kick Ass Fireworks And Not CGI
  31. Profile photo of ragerobot
    ragerobot Male 18-29
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    November 22, 2008 at 10:34 am
    The 4th of Dubai?
  32. Profile photo of VikingGuy
    VikingGuy Male 18-29
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    November 22, 2008 at 10:37 am
    wonder how much one night at that place is, almost willing to bet it costs most peoples monthly paycheck.
  33. Profile photo of kaylangel
    kaylangel Female 18-29
    37 posts
    November 22, 2008 at 10:56 am
    It really is incredible there, although I wouldn`t say it`s Vegas just yet
    And like zoneking said, gambling is illegal, as well as drinking outside of designated places, and even public shows of affection and showing bare feet is strongly frowned upon and can get you fined sometimes
  34. Profile photo of urbanlegend
    urbanlegend Male 18-29
    741 posts
    November 22, 2008 at 11:11 am
    i didnt know hotels can go up to 7-stars
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    yes_finn Male 18-29
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    November 22, 2008 at 11:42 am
    i just prefer not to think of stuff like this, i mean there`s no way in hell i`ll ever be near rich enough to go

    and @ vikingguy: it says $25k a night--
    that`s a pretty big monthly paycheck

  36. Profile photo of apermal
    apermal Male 18-29
    322 posts
    November 22, 2008 at 11:43 am
    Um many of you have it wrong. I`ve lived in Dubai for 11 years now and have stayed at both the Burj Al Arab as well as the new Atlantis, and to be honest, Atlantis IS a 7 star hotel and is better than the Burj in many way.

    There are 7 stars in fact and are extremely rare to give out. The very fact that the committee hasn`t given any 7 star ratings to a hotel in Las Vegas and has to 3 in the UAE says a lot about the quality of the hotels.

    And the whole issue of public displays of affection and drinking and gambling is very exaggerated by some people here. Bare feet ban? Never heard of it or seen it. In fact, most people would LIKE some of the crowd here to wear some more clothes than they do now.

    Alcohol consumption is massive here, you should visit any of the thousands of pubs around town. And yeah, prostitution here is rampant.

    Was there for the launch btw, the fireworks were ALL real, no special effects and stuff.

  37. Profile photo of TKD_Master
    TKD_Master Male 18-29
    4794 posts
    November 22, 2008 at 11:47 am
    dubai has been the new vegas for the past 7 years or so..
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    freespangler Male 30-39
    78 posts
    November 22, 2008 at 11:50 am
    Even with the hype over it all, I would rather take my money & spend it elsewhere. Have no desire to ever see it.
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    Desumien Female 18-29
    374 posts
    November 22, 2008 at 11:59 am
    just a bunch of fireworks >_>
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    vegascartman Male 30-39
    735 posts
    November 22, 2008 at 12:10 pm
    "all i saw in LV was hookers , old people and cowboy hats"

    Wow. I have lived in Vegas for 37 years and even I don`t see this regularly. You must have only visited the old-folks brothel on a ranch or something. The Las Vegas Strip I see is nothing like how you just described it!

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    jinxiejae Female 30-39
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    November 22, 2008 at 12:13 pm
    debates aside, i just have to say im a sucker for pagentry, so i say wow. not like i can ever afford to stay there or at the burj any way.
  42. Profile photo of davymid
    davymid Male 30-39
    12140 posts
    November 22, 2008 at 12:39 pm
    BBC says this was the biggest fireworks display ever in the history of the planet... Wow.
  43. Profile photo of hyeonkim0805
    hyeonkim0805 Male 18-29
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    November 22, 2008 at 12:42 pm
    Dubai is crazy...
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    mrpopenfresh Male 18-29
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    November 22, 2008 at 1:06 pm
    Las Vegas has nothing on Dubai. Rich oil magnates throwing their money? Check. Gross overindulgence in luxuries? Check. Hot weather? Check. Economy who will probably work better than the U,S. in a couple years? Check.

    Dubai is gonna be king of the world.

  45. Profile photo of PolitikiL
    PolitikiL Male 18-29
    130 posts
    November 22, 2008 at 1:18 pm
    All I know is that this has an amazing Industrial Rock soundtrack...

    I`m in!

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    ElDavo Male 18-29
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    November 22, 2008 at 1:21 pm
    I heard that a year or two ago Dubai had 80% of the world`s functioning cranes working there.
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    xiquiripat Male 18-29
    2422 posts
    November 22, 2008 at 1:36 pm
    New Sin City in Arabia! Hooray for globalization.
  48. Profile photo of opiebreath
    opiebreath Female 18-29
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    November 22, 2008 at 1:41 pm
    Just wait until Dubai crashes. All great empires do.
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    deaf_woman Male 30-39
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    November 22, 2008 at 1:47 pm
    fireworks are literally gay.
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    Ani187 Female 30-39
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    November 22, 2008 at 2:00 pm
    My favorite part of this whole link was primetimekin`s little Oompa Loompa ban song. Kudos to you, my man.
  51. Profile photo of AnwarNova
    AnwarNova Male 18-29
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    November 22, 2008 at 2:09 pm
    25k per night...kind of bad timing with the economy lol
  52. Profile photo of sam8380
    sam8380 Male 18-29
    55 posts
    November 22, 2008 at 2:11 pm
    neat...not sure what there actually is to do in dubai, apart from go to the beach and er...sit in the desert. oh, and you can get jailed by customs for having codeine on you, and poppy seeds from a bread roll, or minute quantities of drugs you picked up in your shoe....ok, suddenly miami looks more appealing...
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    pick_me Male 18-29
    544 posts
    November 22, 2008 at 2:16 pm
    KILL IT WITH AN AIR PLANE
  54. Profile photo of SwissNipsUK
    SwissNipsUK Male 18-29
    763 posts
    November 22, 2008 at 2:17 pm
    "KILL IT WITH AN AIR PLANE"

    shouldn`t laugh but I did

  55. Profile photo of CrepesOWrath
    CrepesOWrath Male 18-29
    124 posts
    November 22, 2008 at 2:23 pm
    Dubai is crazy. I guess Jumeirah`s Burj al Arab has some competition now.
  56. Profile photo of yoimmylene
    yoimmylene Female 13-17
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    November 22, 2008 at 2:47 pm
    7 stars?! I didn`t even think that was possible...@___@
  57. Profile photo of biblebasher
    biblebasher Male 18-29
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    November 22, 2008 at 3:22 pm
    hooooly poo, thats just ridickulous
  58. Profile photo of ZenDragon
    ZenDragon Female 18-29
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    November 22, 2008 at 4:16 pm
    I still believe that Dubai`s over ambitiousness will lead to their doom...
  59. Profile photo of ben117
    ben117 Male 13-17
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    November 22, 2008 at 5:12 pm
    HOLY poo ITS A HOTEl:-D
    :-O
    8-)
    :-P
    ;-)
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    DVLDRVR666 Male 13-17
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    November 22, 2008 at 5:28 pm
    25000 a night...i`d rather just go buy a car
  61. Profile photo of IceKatana
    IceKatana Male 13-17
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    November 22, 2008 at 6:02 pm
    it costs 182 513 000$US to make this firework
  62. Profile photo of OrgyOfCritic
    OrgyOfCritic Male 13-17
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    November 22, 2008 at 6:04 pm
    Does anyone know if this is related to the Atlantis on Paradise Island?

    Looks really similar. But about 578910253710x better.

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    Eichenkatze Male 18-29
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    November 22, 2008 at 6:08 pm
    ZenDragon
    Female, 18-29, Eastern US
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    I still believe that Dubai`s over ambitiousness will lead to their doom...

    ---

    I`d have to agree. The greatest things always have short spans. Dubai will go from this rich amazing place of what feels like a piece of desert heaven, but will eventually rot from the head. Those who control it will begin to fight and cheat one another, and from there only a matter of time..


    BUT for now; they have awesome shows!

  64. Profile photo of LazyMe484
    LazyMe484 Male 18-29
    10441 posts
    November 22, 2008 at 7:25 pm
    whoa. They went a lil` overboard with the fireworks. Its only a hotel, not the god damned olympics. I`d like to see what they do to the burj.
  65. Profile photo of LazyMe484
    LazyMe484 Male 18-29
    10441 posts
    November 22, 2008 at 7:27 pm
    Eichenkatze > yeah, I totally agree. Dubai`s days were numbered from the start, such extreme opulence can only last so long. I just hope it lasts long enough to make a few more landmarks.
  66. Profile photo of Baalthazaq
    Baalthazaq Male 18-29
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    November 22, 2008 at 9:02 pm
    IceKatana: The fireworks show cost $20m.... maybe the whole show cost 182 or something, but I have no idea where you got that number.

    Yay for my hometown.

  67. Profile photo of Baalthazaq
    Baalthazaq Male 18-29
    4548 posts
    November 22, 2008 at 9:09 pm
    ElDavo: Dubai never had 80% of the world`s cranes, it did however have 25% of the world`s cranes.

    Sam 8380: Guy with drugs on his shoe released. Most countries have bizarre customs (nail clippers anyone? I got stopped in MIAMI for having too much chocolate). As for things to do: Wadi, gold souk, dhow rides, tour bus, atlantis, tallest building in the world, world`s biggest mall, dune bashing, sand surfing, skiing (in the world largest indoor ski slope), the beach, windsurfing, car racing at the autodrome, DR7s coming up, concerts, coming soon: world`s largest theme park twice the size of Hong Kong.

    So a couple of things actually.

    MrPopnfresh: Oil? Dubai only gets 6% of it`s money from oil. The rest comes from stuff like this.

    Everyone who mentioned a Crash: The real estate sector here is the big issue, and we *need* a crash to regulate prices. Everyone has been saying it since 2000.

  68. Profile photo of Baalthazaq
    Baalthazaq Male 18-29
    4548 posts
    November 22, 2008 at 9:16 pm
    Finally, in addition for crash information:
    Dubai is over leveraged, and has a lot of the problems the US (and the rest of the world) is having, however, we also have Abu Dhabi (which incidentally *is* an oil rich country) whose economy is extremely strong, has plenty of liquidity, and who just lost a *lot* of money on the US.

    It has a vested interest in propping up Dubai, has already agreed to give large funds to prevent any serious economic repurcussions, and has shown interest in buying up assets that are currently in Debt in order to bail out Dubai.

    Just in case anyone is interested.

  69. Profile photo of Baalthazaq
    Baalthazaq Male 18-29
    4548 posts
    November 22, 2008 at 9:19 pm
    Sorry finally, in pre-emptive response to "Abu Dhabi is not a country it`s an Emirate", yes that`s true. Well done. Treat yourself to a cookie. :P
  70. Profile photo of Pilanus
    Pilanus Male 18-29
    675 posts
    November 22, 2008 at 9:21 pm
    I want to go there so badly.


    I find it very ironic that many people complain about the opulence of rich people. Well frankly, it is their money let them spend it how they damn well please. I mean I may not have a nice car, and my furniture is mediocre, but I have a fancy $140 seafood feast every other week. Why? because I like seafood, that`s why, you may call me stupid, but I have set my priorities.

    As for a crash, I hope I can make it there before a crash happens, if one happens at all.

    And as for slavery, I have few objections to slavery. Thats why I shop at walmart, i mean that they use slaves is tragic, but where else can I get a week`s worth of shirts for the price of a cup of coffee or a pack of cigarettes?

  71. Profile photo of blargendarg
    blargendarg Male 30-39
    376 posts
    November 23, 2008 at 1:14 am
    nice lightshow...wtf happened with the music? 80`s guitars and lame techno...and can we please get a wooden actress in there somewhere?

    PERFECT!

  72. Profile photo of Baalthazaq
    Baalthazaq Male 18-29
    4548 posts
    November 23, 2008 at 1:24 am
    Oh, didn`t see a slavery argument, but while we`re at it:

    Shipping work to india/china from the US: Goddamn Chinese/Indians taking our jobs.
    Using Indians/Chinese to work on Dubai buildings: Goddamn Arabs abusing Chinese/Indians.

    Yeah, no hypocrisy there, it`s always other people`s fault. I get it. No, no, no, I don`t think you`re doing anything wrong at all, but I agree that we, not you, when doing the exact same thing, are real bastards for doing it.

    No really. No sarcasm here at all.

  73. Profile photo of Gluggr
    Gluggr Male 18-29
    422 posts
    November 23, 2008 at 3:07 am
    I pay less then $25`000 a year for my flat, which means a room in this hotel should be at least 365 times as good as it. Unfortunately I don`t think thats too hard ^^ *starts saving*
  74. Profile photo of rebetikas
    rebetikas Male 30-39
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    November 23, 2008 at 3:57 am
    Always wondered what they did with all that money they made from oil.
  75. Profile photo of Poreka
    Poreka Female 13-17
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    November 23, 2008 at 4:20 am
    What the...all that for a hotel?
    It`s like Disneyworld man. But a bazillion times better. And a bazillion times more expensive. Bloody amazing.
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    cakeeey Female 13-17
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    November 23, 2008 at 7:20 am
    Bloody Hell!
  77. Profile photo of Gerbear
    Gerbear Female 18-29
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    November 23, 2008 at 7:31 am
    Oh! I saw a show on this on one of those educational channels. You cannot believe the amount of work put into this and all the obstacles they had to overcome. I remember they had to figure out how to prevent stagnant water from forming within the palm shape form. I don`t think I stuck around to learn how they did it, but I assume they did if the island`s open to the public.
    Gosh, if I had the money.

    "wonder how much one night at that place is, almost willing to bet it costs most peoples monthly paycheck."

    Ummm, did you even READ the description?

  78. Profile photo of apermal
    apermal Male 18-29
    322 posts
    November 23, 2008 at 7:49 am
    Actually, none of this was from oil money..

    Sol Kerzner financed it. Google him.

    And yes to another poster who asked if its related to the one in the bahamas...

  79. Profile photo of unreedemed
    unreedemed Male 13-17
    544 posts
    November 23, 2008 at 11:08 am
    Talk about light pollution.
  80. Profile photo of DHise
    DHise Male 13-17
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    November 23, 2008 at 12:12 pm
    Wow!
  81. Profile photo of megann_exoh
    megann_exoh Female 13-17
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    November 23, 2008 at 12:33 pm
    i actually love dubai. i wanna live there.
  82. Profile photo of ballaerina
    ballaerina Female 18-29
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    November 23, 2008 at 2:16 pm
    I stayed at the Atlantis in the Bahamas and I thought it was really cheezy and sort of tacky - all sorts of gaudy salmon-colored plaster rocks everywhere and water slides. I wasn`t impressed.
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    ninjabot Male 13-17
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    November 23, 2008 at 5:00 pm
    no commit (wtf)
  84. Profile photo of Sjd-Wth
    Sjd-Wth Male 13-17
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    November 23, 2008 at 5:16 pm
    What a waste of time, lol.

    Can`t they just have one of those "Yes, Were open!" signs that flip over on the front door :P

  85. Profile photo of marvinius
    marvinius Male 18-29
    357 posts
    November 24, 2008 at 3:49 am
    what a shame...so much money and no taste...sigh...
  86. Profile photo of makaris
    makaris Male 18-29
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    November 24, 2008 at 8:49 am
    I live in Dubai. Its awesome.
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    arniegrape Female 18-29
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    November 27, 2008 at 10:43 pm
    that was pretty stupid.

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