By now, you probably know about my fascination with all the construction going on in Dubai. In what will not doubt be recognized as the largest building boom in the last century, Dubai is on tap to build not only the tallest skyscraper (and 2nd, if plans go right), the world's first 7-star hotel, a series of private islands shaped like palm trees and a globe, an underwater hotel, the first ski resort in the Middle East, the largest mall, and a ton of condos and private communities.
To get an idea of how much the building boom has gripped the area, look at this picture of Dubai taken from the 90's and a new one taken a year ago:
Throw in this huge, extra-fancy hotel that bills itself a the world's only 7-star hotel, The Burj al-Arab.
The iPad is a luxury condo inspired by the iPod. Serious!
Dubai set the bar higher by creating The Palm, a series of private islands shaped like a palm tree and visible from satellites. The Palm was such a success before it opened, that more islands were started. There's even one shaped like the world. Click here for satellite image of Dubai from 1973-2006!
The Al BurjThanks to Dubai is nuts for additional pictures.