Although final designs have not yet been established, they are thought to not conform with the the traditional bravado of Dubai's skyline, and while the height of the "Icarus Dubai" is thought to be pitched as higher than the Burj, "it will look unlike anything in Dubai. Please bear in mind that it is the first day of the fourth month of the year .
More Icarus Pictures
People-Powered Skyscraper to Claim New “World’s Tallest” Crown in Dubai
Posted by grapeshisha at 2:41 PM
1 Prince Alwaleed (Saudi Arabia)
2 Dahi Khalfan Tamim (UAE)
3 Dalia Mogahed Egypt (Egypt)
4 Mohammed Alabbar (UAE)
5 Samia Al Amoudi (Saudi Arabia)
6 Ahmad Al Shugairi (Saudi Arabia)
7 Hassan Shehata (Egypt)
8 Adel Ali (Bahrain)
9 Fadi Ghandour (Jordan)
10 Abdo Khal (Saudi Arabia)
The 10 most powerful people in the UAE, the UAE Power list are:
1 (2) Dahi Khalfan Tamim - Head of Dubai Police, Intent on breaking Mossad
2 (4) Mohammed Alabbar - Chairman of Emaar, Mastermind of Burj Khalifa
3 (11) Khaldoon Mubarak, CEO of Mubadala, Chairman of Man City
4 (12) Al Ghurair Family, Masreq Bank, Masafi water and Speaker at the FNC
5 (16) Hussein Al Jasmi, Singer
6 (18) Mohammed Hassan Omran, Chairman of Etisalat
7 (20) Dr Sulaiman Al Fahim, Property Mogul
8 (31) Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, Chariman of Dubai World
9 (32) Wedad Lootah, Author of the first sex education guide in the UAE
10 (38) Major General Mohammed Ahmed Al Marri, Director General of DNRD
It's always worth checking out the detail, the winners and losers, and rationale. Naturally, there are no Sheikhs in this list. If there were there wouldn't be any room for anyone else. So the question is - is this the wasta list?
The Arab Power List 2010
Prince Alwaleed retains top spot in Power 100
Posted by grapeshisha at 12:56 PM
See what it means at:
Hand gestures you had better get right
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Posted by grapeshisha at 11:53 AM
Steamy text messages have resulted in a three-month jail sentence for an Indian man and an Indian woman in Dubai. Judges ruled that they had planned to "commit sin", a reference to an extramarital affair - which is illegal in the United Arab Emirates. The unnamed pair, aged 47 and 42, were working as cabin crew for Dubai's Emirates airline. Their "sexy texts" first surfaced last year, in a divorce lawsuit by the woman's estranged husband.
It could have been a lot lot worse if they had actually had the affair.
Moral of the story: If you are thinking, don't think.
Dubai jails Indian pair for 'sexy texts'
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Posted by grapeshisha at 3:34 PM
With its network of roads complete with roundabouts, bridges and traffic signals, it has all the elements to test the most experienced of drivers.The motorists on these streets, however, will be as young as five. This is Traffic City, a police-monitored village where children and teenagers can drive real cars on real roads to learn how to be good drivers from a young age.At a projected cost of Dh150 million (US$49m), Traffic City will provide as realistic an experience of driving as possible. The plans are grand. They include a revolving restaurant, a go-kart circuit and a piano that works in harmony with a fountain. In one section, children aged five to 12 will be able to drive cars that run on batteries at a speed of 15km/h. In another section, youngsters aged 13 to 17 will be provided with cars that run on petrol and can travel up to 20km/h. They will be monitored by a police control room watching out for any violations.
The question is: is this completely crazy or is this complete common sense? The UAE has one of the worst mortality rates when it comes to driving, so this goes some way to addressing that, but there are other things to consider: accountability, addressing balance, limits. You know what I mean.
Will traffic city be a hit? Well, we'll find out within years.
Traffic ‘Disneyland’ to teach children
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Posted by grapeshisha at 3:48 PM
Worryingly, 2010 is not looking great:
ABU DHABI (Reuters) - Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA), considered the world's largest sovereign wealth fund, said the global economy still faces "considerable uncertainty," in its first annual review aimed at enhancing transparency. The fund, believed to have assets of around $500 billion to $700 billion, said the sustainability of a global economic recovery was uncertain as governments were considering rollbacks of stimulus measures. "Indeed, the timing and nature of exit strategies, will probably dominate the economic debate and outlook for quite some time," Sheikh Ahmed bin Zayed al-Nahayan, ADIA's managing director, said in the 2009 review, adding: " ... considerable uncertainty remains about the outlook for 2010." Economic recovery may be slower in developed markets, with higher interest rates and taxes hampering growth, Sheikh Ahmed wrote in a letter published in the first annual review.
Abu Dhabi SWF Sees More Global "Uncertainty" in 2010
Abu Dhabi sovereign wealth fund starts to open up
Biggest Sovereign Wealth Funds in 2010
We're not that rich
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