Dubai’s Trump card?

So, Trump Tower is finally coming to town. According to reports, it’s a tulip-shaped building on a palm-shaped island – sounds so green and environmentally-aware – and brings together “two of the world’s flashiest developers”. A dipstick survey of colleagues in The City reveals mixed opinions: it looks like one of the evil kingpin’s lairs in a James Bond film, where rockets are launched through the top; bug’s eyes; or an Easter egg.

But the most interesting image is one provided by Dido, who suggests: “It’s almost like The Donald’s own head except sideways … at least that way his hair will stay in place.” Which got us to thinking, what other celebrity monuments could we come up with for Dubai?

We could have the Clinton tower – tall, permanently upright building with the Lewinsky Plaza located lower down. Or will Oprah be next? And if so, architects will need to create a flexible shape that can contract and expand with the seasons. What about if Jacko decides to develop in Dubai? It would have to be buildings around the age of 12 to 14 years for possession and redevelopment. And it finally solves the question of what the Beckhams’ property on the Palm would look like… Two buildings side by side for the cameras one side, but far apart from the other angle. One would have a permanent orange glow and would have a massive roof on top of a stick-thin main tower, while the other would be have a roof that changed its style every month, had new murals on its walls (usually in unintelligible ancient scripts) and was fully IT-compliant with free text messaging thrown in.


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