Dubai’s Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building : The New Yorker

“The Burj Khalifa, like most super-tall skyscrapers, looks best from afar, and, certainly, it can’t do much to mitigate the real horror of Dubai, which isn’t the fact that most of the towers look gaudy on the sky line but that they are wretched at street level. This is a city that has grown with utter hostility to the idea of the street. The main commercial thoroughfare, Sheikh Zayed Road, lined with skyscrapers, is a twelve-lane highway. It’s impossible to get anywhere here without a car, and there is no place to walk except inside a mall. The city is completing a transit system, and there are some strikingly handsome, glass-enclosed elevated stations, but it is an idealized version of a Western-style metro, dropped onto an urban plan designed solely for the automobile; it’s hard to believe that it will make much difference.”

Dubai’s Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building : The New Yorker.

Frankly I can think of other horrors in Dubai but anyway.

A city in the desert that requires a car and where you can only walk in a mall (ie. Private Space) says about all you need to know.