—With the recent proposal of building the world’s largest skyscraper in Bahrain, this paper examines the history of the economic, social and environmental impact of skyscrapers in other countries and examines the specific case of Bahrain’s proposed skyscraper project, the Murjan Tower. A SWOT analysis is performed in regards to the decision of whether to build this proposed tallest structure in the world. It is determined that although this project does fall in line with Bahrain’s best interests for future economic growth, the recent instability, both politically and economically, gives stronger reasons to delay the project. Many lessons can be learned from other developing countries that have built skyscrapers, such as Malaysia and Dubai, and are thus included in the paper.
—Bahrain, economic development, skyscrapers, strategy.
Steven D. Formaneck is with the Operations Management at the American University in Cairo, Egypt (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org).
Cite:Steven D. Formaneck, "Skyscrapers and Economic Strategy and Development: The Case of Bahrain‟s Proposed Murjan Tower," Journal of Economics, Business and Management vol. 1, no. 4, pp. 350-354, 2013.