“I’m a horseman, so I know what horses can and cannot do,” he says. “Hunting taught me patience. And to enjoy it while you are waiting.”
The Sheik Who Would Be King of Horse Racing
Posted by grapeshisha at 1:36 PM
The first e-ink watch
Seiko designed a bracelet style watch using the high contrast e-ink technology. If the futuristic watch is set to its 'efficiency' mode, the display is informative and easy to read. If, however, the watch is set to its 'mystery' mode, the panel expresses the time in a more imaginative, evocative style.
Philips/Swarovski crystal-clad USB drives
Partnering with Swarovski, the duo is loosing the Active Crystals collection of 1GB USB drives (and sparklin' headphones, too) onto the fashion-conscience set
These are certainly niche, and probably target Vertu lovers and those who have aspire to pre-order their car at the factory rather than the showroom.
Posted by grapeshisha at 3:36 PM
But the question at this stage in the technology is whether it would work in Dubai or Abu Dhabi? An interesting thought. It is no secret that the concept of mobile is more status in the Gulf Arab states than in some places in the world. (Aside, on one occasion I was with someone who had 4 mobiles with him - Why he just didn't just divert the calls to one, I don't know) I wondered whether the concept of mobile is just to do with receiving calls and looking important or is it really about being in the know. I haven't quite come to a conclusion. Is being in the know what it is all about or does one need to know the gossip? These are two different ideas but depending on the use of this "service", could be covered by twitter.
There are all sorts of hurdles before twitter would be available as mass microblogging in the UAE. But the ability to inform people real time of your status or thoughts is probably something too scarey for the TRA to consider. That said, would it work anywhere where there is censorship? Twitter would become twatter, not in real time and the very essence of why it is so appealing to the technerd crowd at present would be lost in its formal application by the duopoly powers of etisalat and du. In any case, this is all some time off, as markets collide and twitter looks to devise a business model that can be applied to markets where you pay to receive and pay to send sms.
Posted by grapeshisha at 1:55 PM
Special Coverage of Abu Dhabi in the FT
Posted by grapeshisha at 2:14 AM
There are similarities to be drawn with Dubai. Jest with them as you see fit. But those of you with a creative bone within you and can conceptualize life elsewhere, consider putting some money in a land in second life. I have a feeling it is about to go big time.
Second Life: Real Money in a Virtual World
Making a Living in Second Life
Posted by grapeshisha at 4:06 PM
According to the report, the labour law fails to meet international standards of protection for the 700,000 construction labourers, mainly from the Indian subcontinent, who are building UAE landmarks such as the world’s tallest tower in Dubai. And the UAE have come back critiquing the report, saying that it does not accurately reflect either the progress that has been made in addressing the issues at hand or the seriousness with which the government is dealing with these issues.
Let's look at this objectively. No government, that has so much to do with the West, would want to be seen to be doing nothing. My opinion is that there is a conflict between getting the right labour at the right cost, versus producing groundbreaking buildings under budget. And while the UAE is reactively looking at the issues that are faced, the recommendations put forward by the HRW are to do with being proactive so that workers are protected at the outset so that injustive doesn't need to be remedied.
The UAE has made significant strides in dealing with the issues that seem to constantly plague the press, most recently this last weekend just gone. And Sheikh Mohammed has got personally involved in getting it rights. Hundreds of companies have been suspended for non payment of wages, and hundreds more have been prevented from doing more wrings, through prevention of work permits. This is a huge step in itself. The change in mentality is lead right from the top.
All this is good. However, the HRW has some good points. I urge you to read these an look at them in context. My main issue, well noted by HRW, concerns unionisation. Promises that these would be in place were stated by the government, and yet no mention in the Labour Law. That sort of disregard screams of all talk and no action. If I were sitting at the desk of the law drafter, I would be seriously considering taking each of the recommendations on board and applying them in this next labour law with some stiff penalties attached. And then I would elect a task force to make sure that these recommendations were adhered to. But, that's just me.
Human Rights Watch’s Comments and Recommendations
Posted by grapeshisha at 12:42 PM
And then you get the rest. The normal. The copycats. The late to market. All of these. So long as there is an advert in the Gulf News Freehold section talking of the next big thing, hype will join hands with the latest craze. How do you judge an off plan development? Wait until it is built. The further we go into time, the further we go down the trail. But that trail exists.
The Long Tail of Dubai Property Hype is fed by the people of Dubai.
Those unphased by real speculation and looking to make some money invest in other emerging countries, where there is still a dollar to be made by understanding the long tail hype of property demand.
Posted by grapeshisha at 2:46 AM
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