Imagine an island with shallow sparkling blue waters and sandy beaches, visited by critically endangered animals, musical with birdsong and remote from the bustle and noise of human habitation. Add colourful coral reefs and seven metre high mangrove trees to that picture and you'll start to get an idea of the peace and beauty of Bu Tinah Island. Bu Tinah's thriving habitat and species form a unique living laboratory, with key significance for climate change research. An undisturbed but threatened paradise,Bu Tinah has much to teach mankind about environmental protection and survival. Its significant coral community and the health of its habitats and species despite its high temperature and salinity levels make the island of keen scientific interest. Bu Tinah is host to critical marine habitats containing internationally important species, as well as other charismatic wildlife. Seabirds such as the flamingo and the osprey, diverse species of dolphins, and the critically endangered turtles including hawksbills and greens can all be found in and around Bu Tinah. The island's waters are also home to the planet's second-largest population of dugongs, a large marine mammal that is globally threatened. Bu Tinah Island, rich in biodiversity, lies within the Marawah Marine Biosphere Reserve. The Biosphere reserve is the region's first and largest UNESCO-designated marine biosphere reserve. Closed to visitors, fishing and the collection of turtle eggs are prohibited on Bu Tinah Island. Its continued survival and protection must be ensured.
Anyway, for sure it's interesting, but it is not really getting the votes. Of the 14, Bu Tinah features in the bottom 7. Back in March when the campaign was launched, Dhs28m was being thrown behind the campaign, but that doesn't seem to have done the trick. Despite voting boots all over Abu Dhabi and now even at the airport, the campaign doesn't seem to have gone viral. This should have been an online viral campaign. Maybe Shakira singing hip shaking and singing "Bu Tinah, Bu Tinah". Just saying. There's still time though, so perhaps Abu Dhabi will have a new 7 wonder and not just a 7 star wonder.
Here's your reason 7 reasons to vote:
7 Reasons to Vote for Bu Tinah Island
1. Coral Reefs: Their survival, despite the harsh environment, has given researchers insight into coral reef survival elsewhere in the world in the face of global warming.
2. Natural Mangroves: They reach an average height of 5 metres and support wildlife including birds, fish and crustaceans.
3. Hawksbill Turtles: Every year, these critically endangered species arrive to Bu Tinah Island to nest.
4. Dugongs: These threatened species are often spotted swimming among the Island's extensive seagrass meadows. They have been able to live without disturbance in a clean natural sanctuary, thanks to EAD's management of the marine biosphere reserve.
5. Dolphins: The Indo-pacific humpback, bottlenose and common dolphins swim around the Island.
6. Ospreys: Bu Tinah Island is a major breeding site for this globally important bird.
7. Socotra Cormorants: Bu Tinah Island is a roost site for about 20,000-25,000 of these birds.
...and not an oil spill in sight.
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UAE's Bu Tinah vying to be amongst new Seven Wonders of Nature
Bu Tinah voting moves to Abu Dhabi airport
Posted by grapeshisha at 1:34 PM
19 Countries in the World with
20 Million people in the
21 st century
That's what the study is about. It's a supercity study. Will Dubai or Abu Dhabi reach that level of size? No. But, the people in charge are so impressed by what's going on in Abu Dhabi that it's being considered part of this ongoing study:
With a population of under 1million, Abu Dhabi City falls short of the population target of the original program. However, in a partnership led by Wurman, Radical Media of New York, and ESRI, the Emirate became involved in the 19.20.21. program.
Late last year, landscape architect Jack Dangermond, the founder and president of ESRI visited Abu Dhabi. "[Dangermond] met with top leaders of the government and has been very impressed at the rate of progress," said Abdul Karim, executive manager, Geographic Information System, Abu Dhabi Systems & Information Centre (ADSIC). "He requested Abu Dhabi to have a large presence at the [ESRI] conference to share Abu Dhabi's experience with other attendees."Both the Emirate and the program partners agree that much can be learned by examining different sizes and types of cities. "Abu Dhabi is seen as a unique showcase for a rapidly growing smaller-sized but cosmopolitan city," said Rashed Lahej Al Mansoori, director general of ADSIC.
The World is watching Abu Dhabi!
New York vs. Abu Dhabi
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Sheikh Zayed Mosque, Courtyard
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Sheikh Zayed Mosque, Interior
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Sheikh Zayed Mosque
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Posted by grapeshisha at 2:51 PM
Abu Dhabi Projects
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Posted by grapeshisha at 4:04 PM
Each 40-foot container houses up to eight people. A front door in the middle opens into a small partition that separates two side cabins, each of which accommodates four roommates. They sleep on bunk-beds to save space for small furniture items.
Better than staying at the Grosvenor?
Posted by grapeshisha at 4:41 AM
Detained in Dubai
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What do you miss most when you're away?
The intrigue and all the stories. Dubai is an edgy, tense meeting point; a neutral spot in the world's most contested region. Chancers, losers, dreamers and schemers flock to the place. How could a thriller writer not get a buzz out of that?
Who the hell is Matt Lynn anyway? Oh he is an author plugging his book. That explains it then.
Dubai guide: My Kind of Town
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Posted by grapeshisha at 4:23 AM
Anyway, 6 years on from the opening of the Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi, a new king of the world has taken the crown.
The Marina bay Sands hotel in Singapore has now taken on the title of the most expensive hotel in the world to build. So, what's so glam about it? (Apart from £4bn, $6bn)
It has a huge pool at 55 storeys high - 3 times the size of an olympic swimming pool. That's great - the worrying thing is that the design is based upon a deck of cards. Let's hope that it doesn't come tumbling down.
Has the world recovered from the global economic meltdown? or is the Marina Bay Sands testament to how bullish Singapore is as a MICE destination. Time will tell. But, better get your spot in the pool ASAP!
The Marina Bay Sands Hotel
Don't go off the VERY deep end... Infinity pool 55 STOREYS above ground opens in Singapore in dazzling new £4bn resort
The previous most expensive hotel in the world
Posted by grapeshisha at 2:30 PM
Anyway, things are about to change. Hong Kong is about to take the mantle away with the new Ritz Carlton Hong Kong at 1600ft.
Set to open in December, the 312 guest room hotel will feature an indoor infinity pool, spa, gym, rooftop restaurant and restaurants on lower floors. The hotel's guest rooms will occupy floors 106-117. The other floors will house the spa (116); the gym, pool and rooftop restaurant (118); additional restaurants (102); and the hotel lobby will be on floor 103. The International Commerce Centre below floor 102 features office and residential space, an Observation Deck on the 100th floor, a shopping mall and is a transport hub to both Mainland China and Hong Kong Island.
Even the Emirates Park Towers in Business bay wont be able to compete at 1296ft. So it's bye bye sky high. Guess Dubai will have to live with only having the tallest building in the world then. Feels like we are in a new era where Dubai is done with breaking records and others are trying to break Dubai's hey day in the noughties. Anyway, it hasn't happened yet, so the Rose Rotana doesn't need to change its brochure just yet.
Ritz Carlton To Open Worlds Tallest Hotel In Hong Kong
Official World's 100 Tallest High-rise Buildings (Hotel Use)
List of tallest hotels in the world
Best Hotels in Dubai
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Posted by grapeshisha at 7:11 PM
But when you clarify that you are not talking about offending there appears to be an emergence of new material out there. The 99 were real cartoons, but if you go back to the old school, the original comic strips, there is a new era of Middle Eastern Comics.
It's cool stuff and it's breaking down borders, because if you can't read Arabic, there are the English translations as offered by Samadal.
Check it out
Undiscovered Art: Comics and Graphic Novels Emerge in the Middle East
Middle East Graphic Novelists Push Boundaries, Challenge Taboos, and Pay a Price
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Posted by grapeshisha at 1:17 PM
That said, not everyone can visit Abu Dhabi, and in this age of technology, you can virtually vist anywhere using google maps. googlesightseeing is a whole site about it.
Sheikh Zayed Mosque
Things to do in Abu Dhabi
Posted by grapeshisha at 12:47 PM
British Sky Broadcasting is in talks to broadcast a 24-hour rolling news service in Arabic, based in Abu Dhabi, as part of a joint venture with a local private investor, according to people familiar with the project. Entering a highly competitive market, the satellite channel would launch under the Sky News name and be the UK broadcaster’s first venture into a territory outside the UK. The Sky News venture, which would be 50-50 owned, is not connected to the Abu Dhabi government, according to two people familiar with the situation. The Abu Dhabi investor was described as “private” by the people familiar with the matter.
Rupert is a fan - and this is his first step after he talked of Abu Dhabi in such high esteem in March.
Conclusion: The region is becoming important from a media and influence perspective - OR - significant returns are to be made. Another win for Abu Dhabi and TwoFour54?
BSkyB in talks on launch of Arabic service
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Posted by grapeshisha at 4:49 PM
1. There is a history of non delivery
Ever been waiting and waiting for the big day? The big day to receive your keys to your new apartment. And then find out that the company has gone bust and there will be no apartment. And then with the meltdown of the global economy, many real estate companies got hit hard. No customers, no sales, no building, no apartment. In the World Cup there is a different kind of non delivery. This year, three big teams have not delivered, notably France, Italy and England.
Dubai Real Estate Crash
World Cup Failures
2. There's always a scandal
Dubai seems to be associated with more scandals than it should really have with thing sometimes blown out of proportion, from Dubai Ports World to the sex on the beach escapade. While there are always scandals at the World Cup, the 2006 final with Zidane headbutt is most memorable
The Hamas Assassination in Dubai
The Zidane explanation
3. Bad People Management, on occasion
Dubai employs/has employed labourers from the Indian subcontinent. Whilst they are probably earning more money than they would have back home, many have had to pay loansharks to get to Dubai, and there has been much discussion regarding the non payment of workers to the point that Human Rights Watch haven't liked what they saw. This year, Raymond Domenech couldn't control his French team - an he had a full scale revolt on his hands. The positives are that things can only improve for both the French and the labourers in Dubai.
Human Rights in Dubai
French Revolt at the World Cup
4. The Wow factor
Having the tallest building in the world is an amazing achievement. As is having the ball skills of Brazil.
Sometimes names get associated with events and places. There is only one name and one visionary of Dubai and that is Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Nahyan. And for the World Cup and Football in general, the forever poster boy remains Pele.
OK, OK, they aren't that similar, but just remember, the Dubai World Cup is something different - the world's richest horse race - for jockeys, trainers and owners - is the equivalent of winning the Fifa World Cup!
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