Growth: voestalpine asks: What’s the next step towards the future?

Growth is the increase over time of a particular parameter. The opposite of growth is decrease, shrinkage or decay; it’s also referred to as negative growth. Our discussions will address, among other facets of this issue, the growth or negative growth of cities. Join our discussion of the next step to a better future, and send us your ideas on the subject of growth!

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Construction on Dubailand stalls due to economic crisis

While Dubai has been associated with astonishing growth over the last decade, the economic crisis has hit the city-state hard.

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Burj Dubai to open December 2, 2009

The Burj Dubai, soon to be the world’s tallest tower at 818 m, is set to open on December 2, 2009, according to Arabian Buiness.

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Many of Dubai’s prisoners incarcerated for bounced checks

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QE2 to move from Dubai to Cape Town?

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Emaar Properties says Burj Dubai to open later this year

In what is surely the greatest example of Dubai’s ostentatiousness, the Burj Dubai’s (Dubai Tower) developers say that it will be open for business later this year. The tower, at 818 meters high, already is the world’s tallest human-made structure.

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President Elbegdorj could open Mongolia’s mines

New Mongolian president Tsakhia Elbegdorj was elected last month largely to help improve Mongolia’s economic problems.

One way that he might go about doing that, a recent UPI report suggests, is by opening up the countries vast mining reserves.

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Dubai to reduce taxes to bring back investment

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Dubai’s Burj Al Arab Hotel Not Discounting Rooms

Despite all the economic doom and gloom everywhere, Dubai’s “seven-star” hotel, the Burj Al Arab, will not be discounting its room prices, said the CEO of the parent company, Jumeirah, Gerald Lawless.

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Growth of Open-Source City Government

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