Dubai to Build the World's Largest Arch Bridge in 2012

Illustration for article titled Dubai to Build the Worlds Largest Arch Bridge in 2012

If any real city on our planet can claim an active stake in creating the urban landscape of the future, it's probably Dubai. Artificial islands arranged in the shape of the world? Check. The world's only seven-star hotel? Check. And in 2012, it will also become home to the largest, tallest arch bridge ever.

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Illustration for article titled Dubai to Build the Worlds Largest Arch Bridge in 2012

Here's some info on the bridge as envisioned by New York architecture firm Fxfowle:

- It's one mile long and 670 feet tall.

- It will have 12 lanes for traffic.

- It will cost 817 million dollars.

- The design has Sheikh Mohammed's official stamp of approval.

- The bridge will carry more than 2,000 vehicles per hour in each direction.

- A metro line will run across the middle.

- Construction begins in March, with a slated completion date of 2012. Images by Fxfowle

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Fxfowle Architects via World Architecture News

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MarlboroTestMonkey7
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@Klebert: Scifi dreams aside, the human cost is too high to ignore and no amount of padding will disguise this as not being slavery. ¿Opportunity? More like letting the dogs eat whatever falls from the table.

What will happen when -and it will- Dubai resources end (not further than 10-15 years hence)? then we will see the civil unrest and societal decay that this hubris represent.

This is a future with clay feet.