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  • Friday, October 28, 2011

    The Burj Al Arab Ashtray

    Money - eh? When you have a lot of it, there no end of crazy things to do with your cash. At $7250 this ash try made for the Burj Al Arab is probably one of the most expensive in the world.

    The official description:

    This very opulent ashtray displays three fine diamonds (0.15 karat, G color, VVS 1 purity) in a crown manner. This elite model is employed in royal quarters and is hand produced in Austria. A very high end luxury gift for those with it all.

    For the smoker who has everything...

    Burj Al Arab
    Opulent Items
    Hotel Chatter


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    Wednesday, October 19, 2011

    The Robots of the Malls of Abu Dhabi

    Is anyone else scared of the Robots that will be marauding the hallways of Abu Dhabi mall and Marina Mall next year. It looks like a reality - but an expensive one. Each one will cost about USD 270k - which depending on its lifetime could be cheap or expensive. Either way it's a little creepy but amazing at the same time.

    Anyone worried by an I, Robot type world?

    Humanoid robots will be roaming Abu Dhabi’s malls next year


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    Monday, October 17, 2011

    Blackberry BBM Blackout Saves Lives

    There's not much to say about this. Don't BBM and drive.

    ABU DHABI // A dramatic fall in traffic accidents this week has been directly linked to the three-day disruption in BlackBerry services. In Dubai, traffic accidents fell 20 per cent from average rates on the days BlackBerry users were unable to use its messaging service. In Abu Dhabi, the number of accidents this week fell 40 per cent and there were no fatal accidents.

    ...especially after the recent death of Theyab Awana.

    BlackBerry cuts made roads safer, police say

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    Tuesday, October 11, 2011

    The Best Desk in the Arabian Gulf

    You have got to love it - but the picture doesn't lie. This man appears to have made a desk from his Mercedes Benz S Class. This takes recycling to a whole new level. Supposedly it's from the UAE, but the collars aren't so clear - it could be Emirati, Saudi, Qatari or even Kuwaiti. What is clear is that this looks legitimate. I think this did circulate years back - and what I will say is that 3 things are missing. No computer, no phone and no emblem - this guy takes no calls - he must be VERY important.

    Mercedes - 125 years of innovation. Does anyone know where this is from?


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    Abu Dhabi Fish Market

    The Fish Market of Abu Dhabi is not a tourist destination per se, but it is a great view of the daily life of the city.

    Dozens of graceful wooden dhows crowd the wharf, built as they have for centuries with high sterns and low, curving sheer lines. Boats come and go daily, piled with stacks of wire fish traps, each usually spending a few days at sea before returning with their catch early in the morning hours before dawn.

    Enjoy the collection from the National Geographic.

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    Monday, October 10, 2011

    The Most Expensive Shisha in the World

    How much would you pay for a shisha? The latest creation from porsche design is close to AED 11,500. it's sleek - it's modern and it's exclusive. It's not the type of shisha you would see in the shisha cafes - but it's what you get from porsche.

    "Purist design combined with high-end materials: The iconic style credo of the Porsche Design luxury brand is reflected at its best in the brand new Shisha. As part of the Porsche Design World Collection the Shisha will come to the worldwide Porsche Design stores from end of July. It will be available with immediate effect exclusively at the lately opened Porsche Design shop-in-shop at the world famous Harrods department store in London, Knightsbridge."

    Who knows if this is the most expensive shisha (I'm sure there are some diamond encrusted ones somewhere)- but it certainly is a new age of shisha, and may even become the shisha to have.

    Have you seen on yet?

    And if you do smoke, smoke responsibly....

    porsche design


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    Friday, October 07, 2011

    Dubai has got soul

    Dubai has often been described as soulless. And for what reason - perception of what it was to be. It has been overhyped by the media. There is a debate on the Lonely Planet Forum. I like this one from one member of the Dubai Pro team:

    Look Ma; No Soul

    Ok, it's not Rio de Janeiro. Nor is it London or Mumbai or Hong Kong. But it's certainly not soulless. Dubai is full of people who know how to have a good time (and most certainly do have a good time) and it's also full of people who prefer the quiet life. It's home to hundreds of nationalities and multiple income groups. Babies are born and elderly people die in Dubai every day. It's not a perfect city, but then again no place in the world is perfect. It's a real, living environment, and perhaps ironically, is filled with expatriates who came here from places that you probably think of having 'soul' because the money is good in Dubai, the streets are safe, crime is minimal, the city is spotlessly clean. Many of these expatriates cry when they have to return to their home countries.

    Thorn tree


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    Thursday, October 06, 2011

    Arab Spring in the Dictionary

    Last spring, an Arab Spring would have been a spring, that was manufactured in the Arab World - probably a bit like a slinky, but Arabised. This year the Arab Spring has made a real impact across the world. But how would you define it? According to a dictionary term - it is "a period in which Arab people seek democratic reforms" - yes, that happened this year. The longevity of the term will now be set in history. People are already referring to it in other contexts - for example will their be an equivalent of the Arab Spring in South East Asia. Either way - getting into the dictionary is a big deal. There was probably a lot of clicktivism going on during the Arab Spring. But can you guess what a mankle or a frape is?

    Mumpreneur leads Collins English Dictionary entries


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    Wednesday, October 05, 2011

    Unboxing the New Samsung Central Station

    The thing about tackling new product launches is that some markets are afterthoughts. Samsung are smart and are looking at key influencing markets - and thus launch products in those market at launch. Case in point is the New Samsung Central Station which just launched. The video demo is hilarious:

    What's the product? - it's a range of USB hub monitors, that help clear your desk of messy cables.They include a wireless USB 2.0 dongle that connects to a USB port on the portable computing device. The monitor then apparently ‘comes alive’ if your computer is within 3 feet of the ‘Central Station’ and what’s more is that you can plug desktop peripherals such as a keyboard and mouse into it.

    The thing about it is that this is a global problem - everyone has wires that gets in the way - and thus Samsung are smart in targeting people - all people globally. Also, humour is global....



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