The Burj Dubai Project: A Symbol of Economic Strength or a Monument to Hubris?
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Delays during Construction
In 2006, the project, which had till then been progressing slightly ahead of schedule, fell behind schedule. Workers from countries like India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh, were used to construct the towers and they complained that they were being paid very low wages...
Emaar was also affected by the downturn in the real estate market in Dubai. In late 2008, the price of property at Burj Dubai slumped by about 50%-60%, while prices in the surrounding Downtown Burj Dubai fell by at least 22%...
Exhibit I: A Picture of the Burj Khalifa
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