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  • Bashar Assad's mother defects

    01/28/2013 9:38:02 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 01/28/2013 | Rick Moran
    Al-Arabiya is reporting that Syrian President Bashar Assad's mother has defected. She joined her daughter Bushra in the UAE, who had left the country last fall. President Bashar al-Assad's mother Anisa Makhlouf and other members of his inner circle have fled to the United Arab Emirates as the regime of the embattled president appeared to disintegrate, recent reports confirmed. Anisa has joined her daughter, Bushra, who had previously fled to Dubai, the London-based Asharq al-Awsat quoted Robert Ford, U.S. ambassador to Syria until the break of the relations between the two countries. Anisa, the widow of late president Hafez...
  • iPhone plunges to ground from 40 stories up, survives without a scratch, video all the way

    04/15/2015 5:32:57 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 62 replies
    Mac Daily News ^ | Wednesday, April 15, 2015
    “Photographer Catalin Marin was taking photos of Dubai’s sunrise from the top of a building when he accidentally dropped his iPhone from the roof—and the device captured its entire 40 story plunge on video,” Reem Nasr reports for CNBC. “Amazingly the phone was without a scratch and on top of everything it captured the whole fall on video as I was filming at the moment I dropped it,” Marin wrote in a blog post,” Nasr reports. Read more in the full article here. Catalin Marin writes, “Unfortunately the shoot was cut unexpectedly short when I managed to drop my phone...
  • Syria and Iraq cast shadow over Dihad

    03/24/2015 9:15:31 PM PDT · by piasa
    Khaleej Times ^ | 25 March 2015 | Bernd Debusmann Jr.
    Prince Hassan bin Talal of Jordan called on countries in the region to work together to deal with the massive humanitarian crises caused by conflicts in Syria and Iraq. Dubai - The spectre of the massive humanitarian crisis caused by the wars in Syria and Iraq loomed large over the opening of the 12th edition of the Dubai International Humanitarian Aid and Development Conference and Exhibition (Dihad). Among the speakers at this year’s opening ceremony was Prince Hassan bin Talal of Jordan, which is currently home to almost 1.4 million refugees of the war in Syria. In his remarks, Prince...
  • Walter Fauntroy’s worrisome absence comes amid legal, financial problems (MLK pal)

    03/22/2015 6:05:23 AM PDT · by Second Amendment First · 8 replies
    Washington Post ^ | March 21, 2015 | Ian Shapira and Mary Pat Flaherty
    Walter E. Fauntroy had been overseas for months when longtime friends gathered on a March evening to discuss the 82-year-old civil rights legend’s worrisome absence and the legal and financial difficulties engulfing him and his wife. Fauntroy, who helped the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. plan the 1963 March on Washington and became the District’s first congressional delegate in a century, had just missed a huge gathering in Selma, Ala., to mark the 50th anniversary of “Bloody Sunday,” the brutal confrontation on the Edmund Pettus Bridge that helped spur passage of the 1965 Voting Rights Act. And where was the...
  • VIDEO: Stunning Eagle's-Eye View of Dubai [Mini-cam attached to Imperial eagle w/sound]

    03/15/2015 5:32:39 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 21 replies
    Darshan the eagle flew from atop the 2,722 ft. Burj Khalifa in Dubai on Saturday, setting the world record for the "highest recorded bird flight from a man-made structure."
  • Iran’s Drones Loom Over the World’s Oil Tankers

    03/12/2015 7:34:14 AM PDT · by C19fan · 2 replies
    War is Boring ^ | March 11, 2015 | Adam Rawnsley
    Though Iran’s Great Prophet-9 military exercise ended last month, you can count on Tehran’s military to wring every last drop of bellicosity from the event—such as showing off an apparently armed drone taking a bead on a ship crossing the Strait of Hormuz. Iran conducted the exercise during the last week of February, and centered it around the theatrical, Michael Bay-esque destruction of a stationary wooden aircraft carrier prop floating off Iran’s Larak Island.
  • Did Hillary Commit a Felony?

    03/11/2015 8:01:54 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 33 replies
    FoxNews ^ | March 11, 2015 | ANDREW C. MCCARTHY
    Did Hillary Commit a Felony? 'The Five': Did Clinton Break Federal Laws With Personal Email Use? by ANDREW C. MCCARTHY Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s systematic evasion of federal recordkeeping requirements involved both the use of private email addresses and a server system installed in her Chappaqua manse. The servers, according to the Washington Free Beacon, may have been set up by shady longtime Clinton lackey Eric Hothem – under a false name (Eric Hoteham) slightly varied from his true name. It may also have been designed to give users the ability to erase emails without a trace. Shannen Coffin’s...
  • (California) Chrome Diaries: Dubai Dreaming

    03/11/2015 1:11:48 PM PDT · by Morgana · 1 replies
    americasbestracing.net ^ | 3.10.15 | Kathleen Waldvogel
    As I pulled into the parking lot at Los Alamitos Race Course on Friday morning, I thought about how light it was already, and how different that would be next week. With daylight saving time starting on Sunday morning, sunrise will be an hour later, making photography more challenging. But on this morning there was plenty of light and a solid contingent of regulars gathered inside the track kitchen, chatting and laughing as I walked in. I quickly caught up with trainer Art Sherman, who asked about my progress in packing for my move to Georgia and the arrival of...
  • Fire rips through Dubai skyscraper

    02/20/2015 7:19:17 PM PST · by Jet Jaguar · 37 replies
    BBC ^ | Feb 20, 2015
    A fire has swept through the Torch skyscraper in Dubai, one of the tallest residential buildings in the world. Strong winds helped the blaze to spread across the 336.1m (1,105ft) high building in the marina district. One eyewitness told the BBC "there was debris flying everywhere, falling into neighbouring buildings". Later reports said the fire was under control. It is not known what caused the blaze. Hundreds of people were evacuated and there are no reports of any casualties. 'Like Titanic' Footage posted on social media showed what looked like molten glass and pieces of masonry falling down.
  • "Torch" Building In Dubia Burning, Major Damage Reported (online)

    02/20/2015 4:52:22 PM PST · by Robert A. Cook, PE · 35 replies
    na | RACookPE1978
    One of the world's tallest skyscrapers is burning now in Dubai, not an area known for terror attacks to date. Extensive damage to the sides, exterior and upper floors. No reported cause yet. Evacuated, but clearly, nobody if additional casualties and victims are trapped on higher floors.
  • How Dubai Became Dubai

    02/06/2015 9:16:49 AM PST · by PieterCasparzen · 5 replies
    nextcity.org ^ | 2/27/2013 | Daniel Brook
    ... Indeed, until President George W. Bush’s post-9/11 declaration —“Either you are with us or you are with the terrorists” — the Emirati royals really were with both; the UAE played the seemingly impossible game of being friends with both the Americans, for whom Dubai serves as the largest overseas naval port, and the man who had declared war on America. Hardly dyed-in-the-wool jihadis, the Emirati royals likely saw bin Laden as an eccentric buddy — part of their social milieu of Gulf Arab millionaire heirs but with an added frisson of radical chic.” ... “While in the foreign concessions...
  • Dubai overtakes Heathrow as top international airport

    01/27/2015 10:58:50 AM PST · by C19fan · 9 replies
    AFP ^ | January 27, 2015 | Ali Khalil
    Dubai airport has soared ahead of London's Heathrow, riding a boom in long-haul flights between Asia and the West to become the world's top international travel hub, it said Tuesday. Traffic at the airport increased 6.1 percent last year to 70.47 million passengers, Dubai Airports said, adding that it expected a further surge in traveller numbers in 2015. Dubai International is home to Emirates, the Middle East's largest carrier, which along with Abu Dhabi's Etihad and Qatar Airways has seized a significant portion of travel between the West, Asia and Australasia.
  • Death of a Prosecutor

    01/21/2015 5:39:05 AM PST · by SJackson · 6 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | January 21, 2015 | Kenneth R. Timmerman
    Death of a ProsecutorPosted By Kenneth R. Timmerman On January 21, 2015 @ 12:35 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 2 Comments Alberto Nisman, the Argentinean prosecutor who indicted top Iranian regime officials for the July 1994 AMIA Jewish Center bombing in Buenos Aires, was found dead by gunshot in his apartment on Sunday night, in what initially was called a suicide.Nisman was scheduled to address members of parliament the next day to reveal new information about alleged efforts by Argentinean President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner and her foreign minister, Hector Timerman, to cover up the responsibility of the Iranian regime...
  • Another undersea Internet cable damaged in Mideast: Indian firm (4th?)

    02/03/2008 11:18:41 PM PST · by Lorianne · 73 replies · 153+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 03 February 2008
    NEW DELHI (AFP) - - Another Middle East undersea Internet cable has been damaged, adding to disruption in Indian online services caused when several lines were cut earlier this week, a cable operating firm said Saturday. The Falcon cable was cut 56 kilometres (35 miles) from Dubai, between Oman and the United Arab Emirates, according to its owner FLAG Telecom, part of India's Reliance Communications. The company said on its website that a repair ship had been notified and was expected to arrive at the site in the next few days. The cause of the latest cable damage was not...
  • A fifth undersea communications cable damaged (Whats going on?)

    02/06/2008 10:34:16 AM PST · by maquiladora · 135 replies · 648+ views
    Digital Silence ^ | February 6, 2008, 9:21 am
    What is going on?? It appears that a fifth undersea communications cable has been damaged. The latest...an estimated 1.7 million Internet users in the UAE have been affected by the recent undersea cable damage. A total of five cables being operated by two submarine cable operators have been damaged with a fault in each. These are SeaMeWe-4 (South East Asia-Middle East-Western Europe-4) near Penang, Malaysia, the FLAG Europe-Asia near Alexandria, FLAG near the Dubai coast, FALCON near Bandar Abbas in Iran and SeaMeWe-4, also near Alexandria.
  • Dubai replaces Heathrow as busiest airport

    01/13/2015 8:28:00 AM PST · by C19fan · 8 replies
    CNBC ^ | January 12, 2014 | Joel Lewin
    Dubai leapfrogged Heathrow to become the world's busiest airport for international passengers in 2014, the head of the Gulf hub said on Monday. Dubai International airport dealt with about 71m international passengers in 2014, according to chief executive Paul Griffiths, surpassing the 68.1 million that passed through Heathrow. "Heathrow is losing a lot of traffic to Dubai because we're able to cater for the connections that Heathrow no longer has the capacity to service," said Mr Griffiths, referring to how the UK's largest airport is operating at near full capacity on its two runways.
  • Six jailed over Paris bomb plot

    03/15/2005 7:22:22 AM PST · by velocityguy · 2 replies · 248+ views
    Six jailed over Paris bomb plot A Paris court has sentenced a French-Algerian, Djamel Beghal, to 10 years in jail for plotting to bomb the US embassy in France in 2001. Beghal, 39, was on trial with five other alleged militant Islamists. They got jail terms of one to nine years. Beghal, arrested in Dubai in July 2001, retracted a confession he had made there, alleging it was extracted by torture during weeks of questioning. He had said the bomb plot idea had come from al-Qaeda in Afghanistan. Beghal was found guilty of "criminal association in relation with a terrorist...
  • The side of Dubai that they DON'T want tourists to see: Photos show desperate conditions

    12/04/2014 7:58:34 AM PST · by C19fan · 42 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | December 4, 2014 | Sam Webb
    An Iranian photographer has captured the desperate lives of South Asian labourers who travel to Dubai in the hope of building a future for their families - but find only squalor, low wages and backbreaking work in stifling heat. Farhad Berahman's pictures were taken in Sonapur, the unofficial name for a work camp on the outskirts of Dubai, located far away from the luxury, soaring skyscrapers and vast wealth that the United Arab Emirates city is renowned for. 'Sonapur' - ironically, the name means 'City of Gold' in Hindi - is home to more than 150,000 workers, mostly from India,...
  • Tanzania accused of backtracking over sale of Masai’s ancestral land [Dubai royal hunting reserve]

    11/19/2014 5:57:50 AM PST · by Theoria · 5 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 16 Nov 2014 | The Guardian
    Masai told to leave historic homeland by end of the year so it can become a hunting reserve for the Dubai royal family Tanzania has been accused of reneging on its promise to 40,000 Masai pastoralists by going ahead with plans to evict them and turn their ancestral land into a reserve for the royal family of Dubai to hunt big game.Activists celebrated last year when the government said it had backed down over a proposed 1,500 sq km “wildlife corridor” bordering the Serengeti national park that would serve a commercial hunting and safari company based in the United Arab...
  • Why Did Hundreds of Common Core Implementers Meet in Dubai?

    11/02/2014 3:07:05 PM PST · by wtd · 50 replies
    Creeping Shariah ^ | November 2, 2014 | Creeping Shariah
    A concerned Williamson County [Tenn.] parent stumbled upon < a href="http://www.menacommoncore.com">this, “On October 24 and 25, hundreds of schools, leadership teams, and teachers from across the region will gather in Dubai, to learn about the Common Core State Standards, share curricula and best practices, and network with each other.” "If Common Core is local and state-led why are they holding Common Core conferences in the Middle East including more than 20 other nations? If Williamson Strong is local and parent-led why is their logo included among the international organizations sponsoring this event?” asks Julie West. And, what is MENA? Middle...
  • Slaves of Dubai (2012)

    10/24/2014 7:57:16 AM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 17 replies
    Vice ^ | 8/8/2012 | Ben Anderson
    Most people know Dubai for its massive skyscrapers and luxurious hotels, but few know that the city was built by modern-day slaves. For months, the BBC's Ben Anderson hung out around the glittering, insane towers springing up in Dubai trying to infiltrate the community of expatriate workers who are putting them up. What he found when he finally got in was that the jewel of the Arab world is almost entirely built upon imported slave labor...
  • Medical crews surround aircraft at Logan Airport

    10/13/2014 12:36:26 PM PDT · by knak · 170 replies
    wcvb ^ | 10/13/14
    BOSTON —Medical crews in hazmat suits have responded to an arriving plane at the international terminal at Logan Airport. A source told NewsCenter 5 that six passengers on board the flight had become sick. The plane, an Emirates airliner that had arrived from Dubai, was surrounded by ambulances and emergency responders in white and yellow suits. Massport, which runs the airport, did not respond to several phone messages on the nature of the incident. However, international airports around the country are on alert for Ebola, though there was no indication that was related to the emergency response. Read more: http://www.wcvb.com/news/medical-crews-surround-aircraft-at-logan-airport/29093968#ixzz3G3VSACXb
  • Video of Small Girl’s Reaction to Muslim Call to Prayer Goes Viral

    09/07/2014 2:12:51 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 41 replies
    A video showing a small girl's reaction after hearing the Muslim call to prayer for the first time has gone viral on the internet. The incident reportedly took place in a shopping center in Dubai.
  • Official: Charter plane carrying Americans takes off from Iran, lands in Dubai

    09/06/2014 4:00:40 AM PDT · by Gen.Blather · 30 replies
    CNN ^ | Fri September 5, 2014 | mon Prokupecz, Elise Labott and Barbara Starr
    A plane carrying Americans was forced to land in Iran by the Iranian Air Force. It was allowed to leave early Saturday. It isn't known if all are still aboard. Link only.(Excerpt) "A charter airplane carrying military contractors, including Americans, took off early Saturday from Iran, hours after its pilots were ordered to land because the flight plan was out of date, a U.S. State Department spokeswoman said."
  • 'Halal Wine' With 24-Carat Edible Gold Leaf Released in Dubai

    09/02/2014 10:14:21 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 6 replies
    Al Arabiya ^ | Sunday, 31 August 2014
    A new product dubbed as sparkling “halal wine” has been reportedly released in Dubai featuring a 24-carat edible gold leaf to add a glittering effect. The “Lussory” wine is said to be completely halal because it contains no alcohol, according to the UAE-based 7days newspaper. “Lussory is a 100 percent halal product with 0.0 per cent alcohol content,” 7Days quoted Lootah Premium Foods as saying. The grapes used to produce the Lussory halal wine came from the vineyards of La Mancha in Spain, the newspaper added. The wine is “made in the exact same way as regular wine or champagne,”...
  • Nigerian who died in UAE may have shown signs consistent with Ebola

    08/17/2014 3:46:53 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 19 replies
    Japan Times ^ | 8-18-2014 | Reuters
    A Nigerian woman with cancer who died in the Emirati capital had shown signs “that may be consistent with Ebola,” the Health Authority of Abu Dhabi said on Sunday. The 35-year-old woman was travelling to India from Nigeria via Abu Dhabi to seek treatment for advanced cancer when her health deteriorated during her time in transit at Abu Dhabi’s airport, the authority said in a statement according to the state WAM news agency. “It was noted at the time of resuscitation that she had shown signs that may be consistent with Ebola virus infection, although her existing medical condition provided...
  • Video: Dubai Crown Prince on Top of Burj Khalifa With Super Moon

    07/14/2014 6:36:42 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 18 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Monday, July 14, 2014
    Hamdan: With every full moon comes a new beginning and with every new beginning comes opportunitiesSheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, shared these pictures and video on his Instagram account of him atop the world’s tallest building - Burj Khalifa – with the Super Moon in the backgrounD. Along with the picture, Sheikh Hamdan wrote: “With every full moon comes a new beginning and with every new beginning comes opportunities! A big thank you to all my followers.” Sheikh Hamdan also posted this video: “Super moon, super city for my super followers!” Social networking...
  • The world's first climate-controlled city: Dubai to build biggest mall on the planet....

    07/09/2014 5:20:40 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies
    The London Daily Mail ^ | July 6, 2014 | Sarah Gordon
    Dubai is already home to the tallest tower in the world, so it was just a matter of time until the glitzy emirate planned another record-breaking construction. Its next project involves building the largest shopping mall on the planet, complete with climate-controlled streets, the world's largest indoor theme park and 100 hotels and apartments. In fact, the ambitious emirate has dubbed the project a 'temperature-controlled pedestrian city'. Occupying 48 million square feet, the Mall of the World will also contain health resorts, theatres, a Celebration Steet modelled on the Ramblas boulevard in Barcelona and 'retail streets network' that will stretch...
  • Saudi Gas Development Plans Hit..

    07/07/2014 9:39:07 PM PDT · by Rabin · 10 replies
    Rigzone ^ | July 07, 2014 | Rania El Gamal; editing by Sami Aboudi and John Stonestreet
    Royal Dutch Shell is ending investments in a gas development project in Saudi Arabia. The emergence of the shale gas industry has opened up more lucrative opportunities for energy companies elsewhere. Shell has decided to end further investment in the Kidan area of the Empty Quarter, the sea of sand dunes that cover south-east Saudi Arabia. Italy's ENI, Spain's Repsol and France's Total - have already abandoned the search for commercially viable gas deposits in that part of Saudi Arabia. Kidan, rich in sour gas...
  • The New Jet Age: Dubai International Airport has surpassed Heathrow as the world’s [link only]

    06/18/2014 10:42:02 AM PDT · by C19fan · 17 replies
    Vanity Fair [link only] ^ | June 18, 2014 | Graham Boynton
    http://www.vanityfair.com/business/2014/07/dubai-international-airport-emirates-airbus-a380
  • Dubai Doctor Cures Man of ‘Hairy Tongue’

    06/11/2014 1:40:59 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 25 replies
    Gulf News ^ | June 11, 2014 | Sheva Pathak
    American developed hairy tongue 10 years ago and tried several treatments but could not be curedAn American who suffered for 10 years from a ‘hairy tongue’ has finally found a cure for his condition in Dubai. Clay Irwin visited several doctors in several countries, including his home country, to treat his embarrassing condition which impacted his social life as he suffered from constant bad breath due to food and saliva getting stuck in the hair on his tongue. “I developed a rare medical condition some time back. I went to several places in the US, but none could help. I...
  • Woman Forges Papers to Hike Dowry Money

    06/06/2014 10:52:37 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 1 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Friday, June 06, 2014 | Eman Al Baik
    The Dubai Court of Appeal acquitted a Yemeni teacher accused of forging her marriage certificate and increasing her dowry from Riyal 100,000 to Riyal 500,000. Last December, the lower court had convicted her and sentenced her to three months in jail. According to the records, FM, 38, is seeking divorce from her husband MH and submitted the forged contract to the Sharia Court judge asking her husband to pay her Riyal 500,000 dowry. The 39-year-old husband, a jobless Yemeni testified that he had married the accused in Yemen in 1999 and promised to pay Riyal 100,000 as dowry. “I was...
  • Sudden Stops Kill: Refuel Vehicles on Time, Says Dubai Police

    05/31/2014 1:46:26 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 25 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Saturday, May 31, 2014 | Mohammed El Sadafy
    4 killed this year due to suddenly stopping on Dubai roadsFailure to refuel vehicles on time, as soon as the low fuel light in your vehicle goes on, can have fatal consequences, warned Dubai Police. According to Dubai Police statistics, four accidents due to vehicles suddenly stopping in the middle of the road or on the hard shoulder were reported in the first three months of this year, resulting in four deaths and injuring eight people. Statistics also show that 2013 witnessed three such accidents, which resulted in four deaths and two injuries. Major Ahmad Ateeq Al Ketbi, Director of...
  • Tremors Felt Across UAE; 5.1 Earthquake Rocks Gulf

    05/27/2014 12:57:16 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 17 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Tuesday, May 27, 2014 | Bindu Rai and Parag Deulgaonkar
    Earthquake impact: UAE residents take to social networking sitesThe UAE’s National Centre for Meteorology and Seismology has issued a Seismic Risk Report in wake of the 5.1 earthquake near Qeshm, Iran, that was felt in parts of the UAE. The report states the alert level for the UAE has been turned on for now, with a warning that the level may be revised if necessary. The report states the earthquake occurred at 9.44am in the Southern Iran region, approximately 279km North East from Abu Dhabi, 156km North East from Dubai and 52km North West from Ash Sham. The epicentre of...
  • ‘Shut Up Your Mouse, Obama’ Woman Takes Dubai by Storm (Arab Anti-Obama Rant)

    05/21/2014 11:00:00 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 21 replies
    Gulf News ^ | May 21, 2014 | Noor Nazal
    Mona Al Beheiri known as the ‘Shut up your mouse, Obama’ woman attends Arab Media Forum.Arab Media Forum visitors crowded around for a chance to take pictures, not with a renowned Arab media figure or celebrity, but with a simple woman from rural Egypt who told Obama to shut up his ”mouse.” Mona Al-Beheiri, a suporter of candidate Abdel Fattah Al Sissi, became famous after a TV interview of her delivering a message in broken English to US President Barak Obama went viral. The video became popular because of Mona’s pronunciation of mouth as ‘mouse’ in her now famous catchphrase...
  • Laundry Worker Returns Money Found in Washed Clothes

    05/20/2014 3:09:32 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 6 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Tuesday, May 20, 2014
    The sum had been raised by friends to help the man move to another houseAn Asian laundry worker returned nearly Dh8,800 to its owner in Saudi Arabia after he found the sum in trousers he had just ironed, a newspaper reported on Tuesday. The worker also found a piece of paper with the money saying that the sum had been raised by friends to help a man move to another house. “The worker called his sponsor who phoned the owner of the trousers to tell him about the SR8,800…the thankful customer was given back all his money,” Sada daily said...
  • Miss Universe to Be Held in Dubai? Donald Trump Thinks So

    05/20/2014 1:31:20 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 36 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Wednesday, 21 May 2014 | Parag Deulgaonkar
    Dubai could eventually host Ryder Cup, Miss Universe: Trump Donald Trump, an American business magnate, is hoping Dubai will play host to the Ryder Cup and Miss Universe pageant, someday in future. Trump, who is involved in developing Trump International Golf Course in the $6 billion Akoya by Damac in Dubailand, believes the course, designed by Gil Hanse, will be a perfect venue to host the tournament. "I would like to see them go after it really strongly and I will help them. This is an incredible venue for the Ryder Cup to be brought to. I am not...
  • Bungee Jumping Competition in Dubai: More Than a Leap of Faith

    05/08/2014 7:26:48 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Thursday, May 08, 2014 | Sneha May Francis
    Organisers of a bungee jumping competition in Dubai tomorrow (Friday) are hopeful that the contest will help establish a UAE Bungee Federation, and put bungee jumping on the competitive sports map in the region. The sport, definitely, is not for the faint-hearted, but for those who believe they have it in them to literally jump off a cliff with a rope tied to their ankle, the leap of faith is endorsed by the Dubai Sports Council. The jumpers will be briefed on the technical and safety aspect of the bungee, before jumping off 50m high cranes, say organisers. It is...
  • Emirati Tracks Down Absconding Filipina Maids Through Facebook

    04/28/2014 3:57:21 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 3 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Monday, April 28, 2014
    Saw pictures of one of them with a Pakistani national and passed on information to Dubai PoliceAn Emirati employer in Dubai tracked his absconding maids through Facebook. According to a report in 'Al Bayan', he passed on the whereabouts of one of them to Dubai Police after he found pictures of her with a Pakistani man on the social networking site. He then looked up the Facebook account of the man and discovered his address, the report added. The Emirati was astonished to find his three Filipina maids disappear one day, because he saw no reason for them to flee...
  • She’s a French Food Superstar, Now in Dubai

    04/25/2014 4:37:09 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 4 replies
    Gulf News ^ | April 24, 2014 | Natalie Long
    Excuse the pun, but Helene Darroze really is at the top of her game, and not just because she’s cooking in Burj Khalifa’s 124th-floor restaurant next week. The chef runs Michelin-starred restaurants in Paris, London (at the Connaught hotel, where she took over from Angela Hartnett) and Moscow, is a mum-of-two and is evangelical about the local cuisine of her home region, France’s bountiful south-west. “I use my memories to cook,” she says; those memories might range from growing up in a cooking family (at her family’s Relais & Châteaux hotel in Villeneuve-de-Marsan) or taking the plunge into cooking at...
  • Saudi Arabia to begin building world’s tallest skyscraper

    04/18/2014 4:55:51 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 62 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 18 Apr 2014 | Ben Lazarus
    Saudi Arabia is scheduled to begin building the world’s tallest tower next week, which will soar 1km in to the sky when completed. The Kingdom Tower in the coastal city of Jeddah will measure 3,280 feet (1km), some 568 feet (173 meters) taller than the current Guinness world record holder, Dubai’s Burj Khalifa, which stands at 2,716 feet (827 metres). At an estimated cost of $1.23bn, the tower in Saudi will require approximately 5.7 million square feet of concrete, 80,000 tonnes of steel for its 200 floors and will take five years to complete, according to The Saudi Gazette. The...
  • New material enables 1,000-meter super-skyscrapers

    06/18/2013 12:15:36 PM PDT · by ShadowAce · 79 replies
    The Register ^ | 18 June 2013 | Rik Myslewski
    A Finnish company says that it has solved a problem that has vexed the designers of ultra-tall skyscrapers such as the 828-meter Burj Khalifa in Dubai or the 509-meter Taipei 101 in Taiwan – and we'll pause for a moment to let you guess what that problem might be. Ready? It's the fact that elevators are currently limited to a maximum travel distance of around 500 meters. The Burj Khalifa, in fact, has an elevator that holds the world record for the longest travel distance: 504m (1,654 feet). And what's keeping elevators from exceeding that limit? Time for another pause...
  • Emirati Wives in Bad Health Ask Husbands to Marry Again… But the Husbands Refuse

    04/06/2014 3:44:29 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 16 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Sunday, April 06, 2014
    Two Emirati wives suffering from serious illnesses set an example of love and sacrifice when they asked their husbands to marry again. Their husbands were equally loving and sacrificial and rejected their wives’ requests. The two separate cases have been handled by Dubai’s government family guidance centre which said it was struck by such mutual feelings. The first case involved a woman who is suffering from cancer and wanted her husband to have another wife after she felt she no longer can please her husband. “She came to us after she failed to persuade her husband to marry. She said...
  • Hamdan bin Mohammed Goes Diving With an 'Old' Friend

    03/10/2014 5:26:45 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 14 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Monday, March 10, 2014
    Crown Prince is swim-fan of 64-year-old elephantDisplaying an array of his many talents and passions, Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, has released a picture of him practising diving – his latest hobby. In the picture on Instagram, Sheikh Hamdan is seen diving with an elephant - Rajan. In a report in Al Bayan, sharing his feelings at diving with the elephant, a rare breed, Sheikh Hamdan said he felt happiness and wonder at swimming beside this huge animal. He was surprised to see the elephant diving and swimming. Sheikh Hamdan said he was...
  • 'More beautiful than women, horses and all other animals': Welcome to the Arab beauty contest where

    03/04/2014 7:24:44 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 39 replies
    Daily Mail (U.K.) ^ | 2 March 2014 | Daily Mail Reporter
    'More beautiful than women, horses and all other animals': Welcome to the Arab beauty contest where million-dollar CAMELS with false eyelashes and lip filler compete for huge prizes • Visitors trek across desert for lavish event in Liwa, United Arab Emirates • Men happily declare they prefer camels to their wives - and all other women • Prize camels can change hands for as much as £1.8million at all-male event • Festival also features camel races and milking competitions Thousands of men leer on, playboys skid around outside in expensive cars, and top models command fees reaching into the millions...
  • 'Marry Me or I'll Disfigure Your Face With Acid'

    02/24/2014 1:12:43 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 36 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Tuesday, 25 February 2014 RSS Feeds | Eman Al Baik
    Afghan suitor in Dubai threatened Canadian woman for not accepting his marriage proposalAn Afghan property broker allegedly threatened to kill a businesswoman if she does not marry him, the Dubai Criminal Court heard. GS, 30, Canadian, who was originally an Afghan citizen, was in London when MH, 43, proposed marriage to her over the phone. “He tried to convince me that he will be a good husband, saying he had money and power. When I did not show interest in the proposal, he threatened to kill me by sending someone from Afghanistan and that he could organise a road ‘accident’...
  • Businessman alleges Canada gave Israeli spy new identity

    02/15/2014 7:42:46 AM PST · by jerod · 4 replies
    Toronto Sun ^ | Saturday, February 15, 2014 04:00 AM E | Andrew McIntosh and Felix Seguin QMI Agency
    MONTREAL -- Passport Canada secretly supplied a new identity and passport to a Mossad agent living in Canada after the Israeli spy participated in the 2010 plot to kill a leader of terrorist group Hamas in a Dubai hotel, a Montreal businessman has alleged. Mysterious Canadian-Iranian businessman Arian Azarbar made the startling allegations in an exclusive interview with QMI Agency. Azarbar says he learned about the top secret operation during a relationship he had with Trina Kennedy, a senior national security investigator at Passport Canada. "The Canadian government has said we had nothing to do with this, but it is...
  • Guest Workers: Far From Home

    01/31/2014 9:03:47 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    National Geographic ^ | The February 2014 Issue | Cynthia Gorney
    Noon in the United Arab Emirates is four in the afternoon in the Philippines, which means that Teresa Cruz’s two older children are supposed to be home from school and back inside the apartment of their aunt, who is raising them. Teresa lives in Dubai, the U.A.E.’s most populous city, 4,300 miles from the Philippines. She’s a 39-year-old sales clerk at a clothing store in one wing of a shining multistory Dubai mall. Her job requires her to straighten clothes, ring up transactions, keep track of receipts, and smile whenever a customer walks in. She’s on her feet six days...
  • Dubai retailer Al Futtaim to invest $2.3bn in Egypt

    01/25/2014 2:54:34 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 3 replies
    Daily News Egypt ^ | January 22, 2014 | unattributed
    The investment plan is positive for Egypt’s army-backed government, which is trying to attract foreign money back to the country and create jobs to ease social discontent as it manages a difficult transition to elections this year... MAF, the sole franchisee of French retailer Carrefour in the region, will expand one of its shopping malls in Cairo’s Maadi district at a cost of EGP 3.2bn, and begin construction next week of another mall next to Cairo’s main airport that will cost a similar amount, Malas said. In addition, the company expects to complete construction of its “Mall of Egypt” project...
  • Marshmallows With Rat Poison in Arabian Ranches (K9 Friends Raise Alarm)

    01/13/2014 3:42:50 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Monday, January 13, 2014 | Majorie van Leijen
    Marshmallows containing rat poison have been found lying around in the area around Arabian Ranches, reported animal welfare organisation K9 Friends Dubai. This morning, a resident of the area who was walking her dog came across the suspicious looking marshmallow and immediately reported it to the organisation. “My husband and I were walking our dogs, when suddenly we noticed a suspicious-looking object lying between the trash on t eside of the street. It raised our suspicion because it was cut in half. When my husband picked up the sweet, he found some pellets inside,” said Patricia Sainsbury, a Uk resident...