In Dubai, the state of The World is in dispute

A cluster of 300 artificial islands off Dubai‘s coast in the shape of a global map is stable, its developer Nakheel insists, despite a court claim alleging that “The World” was neglected and eroding away. “There is no issue with the stability of The World islands that are approximately 70 percent sold and handed over,” … Continued

World’s highest restaurant opens in Dubai

The highest restaurant in the world opened its doors in Dubai January 23, promising “the world’s best dining out experience.” Occupying the 122rd floor of Dubai’s enormous Burj Khalifa tower, At.mosphere is the latest record-breaker from the Emirate, which doesn’t seem to have lost any of its confidence following last year’s economic collapse. Guests can … Continued

New Ritz-Carlton Hotel Opens In Dubai

After much anticipation and years of preparation, The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) officially opens its doors today. The 341-room hotel, with 124 executive residences, is the second Ritz-Carlton in Dubai and the sixth property in the region for the luxury hotel company. This hotel is directly linked to the Dubai International Financial Centre … Continued

China plans $1.3bn ‘seven-star hotel’

Beijing authorities plan to build a “seven-star hotel” modelled after Dubai’s Burj Khalifa – the world’s tallest building – in a $1.3 billion joint project with Saudi Arabia. The hotel will be erected in western Beijing‘s Mentougou district some 30 kilometres (18 miles) from the Chinese capital’s centre. The Saudi side is expected to foot … Continued

AC Milan visit to Burj Khalifa

AC Milan reached dizzying new heights on Friday, when they played football at the top of the world’s tallest building, The Burj Khalifa. With a pitch specially created on the towering 828 metre-plus structure, the AC Milan team took their game to levels never seen before. The AC Milan squad were in Dubai for their … Continued

Louis Vuitton Trophy Dubai 2010

The final Louis Vuitton Trophy event is scheduled to start in Dubai on 12 November, featuring six of the top international sailing teams in the world. The Louis Vuitton Trophy is a two-week sailing event and will take place at the Mina Seyahi, the home of Dubai International Marine Club (DIMC). The boats used will … Continued

Flydubai set to make fiber optics fly

A new in-flight entertainment system due to be rolled out by Flydubai this month could make watching movies in the sky easier and greener. The Dubai budget carrier is the launch customer for a new type of in-flight entertainment system from US company Lumexis, dubbed “fiber to the screen.” The premise of the system is … Continued

Abu Dhabi vies with Dubai for cruising crown

Abu Dhabi is set to challenge Dubai for dominance of the region’s fast-growing cruise market, announcing October 25 that MSC will become the first cruise line to call the emirate home. MSC Lirica, a 59,000-ton, 2,199-guest liner, will be the first ship ever to use Abu Dhabi as a home port, beginning October 2011. It … Continued

Highest restaurant in the world to open in Dubai

Emaar Hospitality Group (EHG) has announced plans to open the “highest restaurant” in the world in January 2011 in Dubai. The restaurant will be called Atmosphere and will be located on the 122nd floor of Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world. According to a report on, Atmosphere will be grill style restaurant.

The world’s duty free shopping hotspots

Dubai’s duty free shops remain the busiest duty free outlets in the world, according to figures released this week by the Dubai Duty Free and Generation Research. Consumers spent a staggering $1.14 billion at Dubai’s duty free outlets in 200, over 5 percent of money spent at airports around the world. Dubai’s sales put it … Continued

The World’s Richest Royals

Thailand’s King Bhumibol remains the world’s richest royal for the third year in a row, despite his country’s riots and turmoil. Royal assets are held under Thailand’s Crown Property Bureau, which benefited from stock market and real estate gains in 2009. As a result, his fortune remains stable at $30 billion, at least for now. … Continued

40 Hotels by Gucci by 2025

Luxury Italian hotel brand Elisabetta Gucci is to focus on building its top-end boutique hotels in developing countries. Elisabetta Gucci Hotels & Resorts will aim to build 40 hotels over the next 15 years in countries such as Russia, China and Brazil. Elisabetta Gucci is the daughter of Paolo Gucci and the fourth generation of … Continued

An Island from ‘The World’ gets enlisted for sale

An investor in the World project (Dubai) has listed an island on sale defying the “no flipping” diktat by UAE Defense Minister, Nakheel. The 20,000 sqm island is up for sale for Dh42 million ($11million), according to Streamline Real Estate Brokers, the agency brokering the deal. When contacted about the ‘re-sale’, a Nakheel spokesperson said: … Continued

Jumeirah launches lifestyle brand VENU Hotels

Dubai hotel group Jumeirah is to launch a “contemporary lifestyle” brand globally later this year, the company announced April 28. The new brand, to be named VENU Hotels, will be launched later in 2010, with Jumeirah saying that it is in “advanced stages of negotiations” with developers about properties in the Middle East, Northern Africa, … Continued

First look: Armani hotel

With suites costing up to 11,000 dollars for one night, Italian designer Giorgio Armani on Tuesday opened his first signature hotel in the world’s tallest tower in the Gulf emirate of Dubai. “Yesterday I saw this hotel come to life and I felt very emotional. It was marvellous to see this come to life,” Armani, … Continued

Armani hotel: what’s in store?

After weeks of postponement — most recently caused by Europe’s volcanic ash cloud — Armani’s press office has finally confirmed the opening of the fashion label’s first hotel for April 27. The first of several international hotels and resorts to follow, the Dubai location will host eight restaurants, shopping facilities (accessories and chocolates from the … Continued

Givori Calypso Luxury Phones

Inspired by the Greek nymph of the sea, luxury accessorizor Givori has created a luxurious new Fine Jewellery collection aptly named Calypso. Handcrafted in England, the Calypso collection is available on 18 karat gold-plated Nokia 8800 handsets. It is also embellished with mother of pearl, arranged in a beautiful fish-scale design stuck to gold pin … Continued

Jetlev Flyer – Watered Powered Jet Pack

The Jetlev Flyer is a personal flying machine with an engine that drives two jet streams of water to achieve stable and controlled flight. A standard water powered jet pack can reach an altitude of 10m, top speed of 65km/h and has a cruising duration of 1 – 2 hours This amazing new machine was … Continued

Hotel for racing fans in Dubai

The 285-room Meydan opened to guests for the first time on Dubai‘s horseracing “Super Thursday,” March 4. With rooms overlooking the track, the hotel is likely to be a hit for racing fanatics, with seven restaurants and bars and a rooftop pool. The property will feature 1 Royal Suite, 2 Presidential Suites, 8 Meydan Suites, … Continued

11-year-old spends $44 million in Dubai

In just two weeks early last year, an 11-year-old boy from Azerbaijan became the owner of nine waterfront mansions in Dubai’s Palm Jumeirah. His name is Heydar Aliyev. That also happens to be the name of the son of Azerbaijan’s president, Ilham Aliyev. Furthermore, Dubai records show the purchaser’s date of birth to be the … Continued