In what may be destined to become known as the aborted grand finale of the oil economy’s final blow off, work has been halted on Dubai’s Nakheel Harbour & Tower, which was to be the tallest structure ever built by humans.

Meanwhile, construction continues on Dubai Metro, a 46-mile light rail line system with 47 stations, scheduled to open in September 2009, right around the same time light rail service will begin in Seattle.

Light rail in Dubai. Sure, why not? Of course!

The party in Dubai isn’t over yet, and the Nakheel Tower still may end up getting built. But the party will end eventually. And when it does, I wish them the best of luck with their city in the desert.