So how should we see Dubai's Burj Khalifa in the 21st century? There is no denying the technical prowess associated with the building. But those responsible for the feat are not associated with Dubai or even the Middle East - rather they are integrated in the global econ
omic system. Perhaps, in this sense Dubai - a commercial free port - may be an appropriate symbol of buying its way to host the world's tallest building. Far from projecting political, cultural, or military power, the Burj Khalifa may just be a monument for the affluent. May be that's okay. However, if there was so much money to be spent on a building, I would have voted for a Hilton in space.