Gallery: 6 Most Dubious “Green” Projects from Dubai

Blue Crystal Iceberg Lodge We saved the best (or worst) for last! In case you had any doubt that Dubai often inspires maniacal ideas with no basis in reality, then perhaps you never heard of the Blue Crystal? A so-called "sustainable iceberg lodge," it features giant ice sculptures that have to be kept frozen in higher than usual desert temperatures, along with an underwater lounge and ballroom. Frank and Sven Sauer, the designers, tried to convince the world that Blue Crystal would harness natural energy sources in order to maintain itself, and that it would recycle its energy, but we're not buying it.

Check out six of Dubai’s most dubious building projects:

Burj Khalifa – The World’s Tallest Building

Tennis Court Atop Burj al Arab

The World of Islands

Park Gate

Shipping Containers for Dubai’s Workers

Blue Crystal Iceberg Lodge

Burj Al Khalifa

No list of insane projects from Dubai is complete without the Burj al Khalifa (formerly Burj Dubai). At 2,717 feet, it holds the record as the world’s largest tower with the fastest elevators and the most rooms, in addition to a slew of other dubious distinctions. It cost $1.5 billion to build, much of which was borrowed from Abu Dhabi during the economic slump, and ten months after its splashy inauguration in January, 2010, 825 out of its 900 apartments were still empty!

Tennis Court Atop Burj al Arab

This crazy tennis court didn’t pass our desks until last week, but we have to add it to our list of questionable ideas. As part of a big media splash designed to drum up business for the Dubai Duty Free Men’s Open in 2005, the turf court was put on top of the 1,000 foot Burj al Arab tower along the Persian Gulf. At these dizzying heights, Andre Agassi and Roger Federer were invited to play a friendly (and no doubt slow) round of tennis before the Open officially started.

The World of Islands

Catering to richest of the world’s rich folks, Dubai set out to create 300 artifical islands in the Persian Gulf (or Arabian Gulf if you talk to anyone on its Arab side). Each island is created by dredging sand from the bottom of the Gulf, which has a terrible impact on a fragile marine ecosystem once celebrated for its coral reefs and marine mammals. 70% of the islands have already been sold and construction continues apace, even though in January this year Richard Wilmot-Smith from Penguin Marine reported that the islands are gradually sinking back into the sea.


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1 Comment

  1. iomonasterio August 2, 2011 at 9:15 pm

    A very big estupidity!!!!

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