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Abu Dhabi is following Dubai's lead and creating a variety of projects to tempt tourists and investors. The latest is the Emirates Pearl, a 47-story tower which will go up on the Khalidiya coast opposite the seven-star Emirates Palace Hotel. The $136.2 million project will have 352 hotel rooms and 104 apartments. There will also be an atrium with five restaurants, a gym, spa and shops. There will be a private penthouse with a helipad and two Presidential suites each with a private entrance and swimming pool. The design is yet another twisting tower of glass, an architectural style that seems to be all the rage lately. Construction is set to begin this summer and is expected to take two years.
Trouble at the Burj Dubai, the building set to be the world's tallest skyscraper. According to an AP article, Asian workers angered by low salaries and mistreatment went on a rampage and smashed cars and offices on Wednesday. The 2,500 workers did around $1 million worth of damage. Worker discontent has been a growing problem in Dubai for a while. The massive development boom in the Gulf countries has led to a need for foreign labor. In the Emirates, more than three-quarters of the population may be foreigners. This isn't the first demonstration, last year, workers held strikes over unpaid salaries. A spokesman for the labor company has said that the issues have been resolved and the employees will be returning to work.