And also, a lot of the skyscrapers built in NYC during the building booms after WW2 and in the 70's were built strictly to make money- a lot of owners refused to spend a little extra to make those facades look nice, or on innovative designs. So a lot of buildings went up with bare minimalist facades, much to the consternation of architecture critics and others.
But in Dubai, the architects appear to have been let off the leash and told to have fun, and the result is some of the most interesting looking, and downright cool skyscrapers to have been built in recent years.
I've heard a rumor- that a lot of these skyscrapers are sitting empty or mostly empty. Is there any truth to that, or is it just rumors from those looking to take the pee out of Dubai?
"Build me to the heavens, and Life never stops"
"Live as if the world were as it should be, to show it what it can be"
"Prayers are fleeting and wars are forgotten, but what is built endures"
-Ambassador DeLenn, Babylon 5