Dubai Mall giant aquarium springs a leak

A leak in Dubai Mall‘s massive aquarium on Thursday led to shoppers being evacuated and boutiques closed around the major attraction, witnesses said. The perimeter of the aquarium, said to be the largest in the world and which holds a number of different fish including sharks, has been cordoned off and shops around it closed. … Continued

Bookings for Armani hotel in Dubai now live

Italian fashion brand Armani announced that it is now accepting bookings for its first hotel, which opens March 18 in Dubai. The luxe label has chosen the just-opened Burj Khalifa (formerly Burj Dubai) — the world’s largest tower — to host its first venture into hospitality. More hotels are planned for Milan, New York, Tokyo, … Continued

Sky in Dubai

This was filmed in Dubai over 5 days and nights by Philip Bloom. Beautiful! [vimeo 8951807 468 316]

Victoria Beckham to design Dubai hotel ?

London’s Mirror reports that the ruler of Dubai offered Victoria Beckham $40 million to help design a luxury hotel. Sheik Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum personally wrote Beckham an email explaining his offer, the story says. He reportedly asked her to put her name on the hotel and consult on the choice of room design and … Continued

Armani opens first design hotel in March

Italian fashion brand Armani has announced the opening of its first hotel in Dubai for March 18. The luxe label has chosen the just opened Burj Khalifa (formerly Burj Dubai), the world’s largest tower,  to host its first venture into hospitality. More hotels are planned for Milan, New York, Tokyo, Shanghai and London, although no … Continued

Dubai inaugurates world’s tallest building

The financially troubled Gulf emirate of Dubai on Monday opened the world’s tallest building, a glistening concrete, glass and steel pinnacle rising 828 metres (2,717 feet) out of the desert sands. Blazing fireworks rippled up and down the massive structure after it was officially opened by Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammad bin Rashed al-Maktoum. He renamed … Continued

Dubai to open world’s tallest building

Once-bustling Dubai will open the world’s tallest skyscraper on Monday, boasting new limits in design and construction, hopeful of polishing an image tarnished by the debt woes afflicting the Gulf emirate. Emaar, the giant property firm which developed the needle-shaped concrete, steel and glass structure, has declined to reveal Burj Dubai’s exact height. Apparently wanting … Continued

Bugatti unveils 3 exotic models for Dubai

Bugatti chose the Dubai Motor Show to conclude its Centenary celebrations by unveiling three special editions of the Veyron supercar. The “Sang d’Argent” and the Grand Sport “Soleil de Nuit” are one-off models while the “Nocturne” will be limited to five cars only, all of them available exclusively to Middle East customers. The first two … Continued

Gold-coated car to go on sale in Dubai

The distributor of Lexus has announced that it intends to apply 40,000 gold leaves to a Lexus LX570 during the Dubai International Motor Show next week. At the end of the process, the vehicle will be finished off with varnish before being sold, making it the first commercial 24-carat gold car in the UAE. The … Continued

Property in Dubai offered for as little as $100

An expat couple who are leaving Dubai for good are offering their four-bedroom apartmentfor as little as $100 through an online auction site. The couple, who are planning to return to the UK after some 18 years in Dubai, have set up the auction following their difficulties in finding a buyer. Steve and Arti Halligan … Continued

Dubai airport sells world’s rarest wines

Dubai International Airport’s new fine wine and spirits shop is to sell some of the world’s rarest wines in the world – duty free. The wines in « Le Clos » include Château Petrus 1947 ($12,500/  bottle), Château Cheval Blanc 1961 in magnum ($15,750) and Domaine de la Romanée-Conti 2005 ($27,770/ bottle). The shop also … Continued

World’s largest floating hotel due to open in 2012

Britain sent the decommissioned QE2 (Queen Elizabeth 2) to the Gulf as a floating hotel. Now Dubai is to return the favour, building the world’s biggest yacht to be anchored beside the Thames as a floating hotel. The Aquiva is expected to be the world’s largest pleasure boat. It will enable hotel guests to obtain … Continued

Bespoke Phantoms for Burj Al Arab

Burj Al Arab, one of the most luxurious hotels, has received four new bespoke model Phantom Rolls-Royce’s into its already extensive luxury vehicle range. The iconic hotel has enlarged the fleet of Phantoms to ten – all of which have custom-made features specifically crafted to reflect the unique opulence of the hotel. The four Special … Continued

Dubai Going Underground and Green

With news of the forthcoming opening of the Dubai Metro Red Line in September 2009, the bustling gulf metropolis is in the final phase of completing its transformation into one of the leading global cities of the modern era. Connecting the central business district with both sides of the Dubai Creek, the new metro (with … Continued

Gold Bugatti Veyron

Have you ever seen a gold Bugatti Veyron? These pictures of the exclusive model come from Dubai and shows its stunning design with the opulence of the gold colour in three various tonalities.

Cartier Launches its Biggest Boutique in Middle East

Luxury goods company Cartier on Thursday braved the deepening global recession to launch its biggest boutique so far in the Middle East. The 700 square-meter showroom in the upscale Dubai Mall testifies to the Cartier’s confidence that chilly economic winds will not deter well-heeled residents and visitors to Dubai from buying its jewelry, watches, handbags … Continued

Platinum Yachts unveils the world’s largest superyacht

With her length of 162 metres, Dubai is the largest yacht in the world. She was originally commissioned by a Prince from Brunei and she was to be built at Blohm & Voss in co-operation with Lürssen. When a large part of the hull and superstructure of Project Panhandle/Golden Star was completed, the construction stopped … Continued

Seawater Vertical Farm

Italian architectural firm Studiomobile have developed an interesting new vertical farm concept. The seawater vertical farm uses seawater to cool and humidify greenhouses and to convert sufficient humidity back in to fresh water to irrigate the crops. The project has been presented in dubai where there is an absence of fresh water and local cultivations, … Continued

No More Luxury Stays For Chinese Officials

The Chinese Communist Party has told its members to embrace austerity after a series of embarrassing revelations about extravagant business trips. The latest scandal came when 14 officials from the southern province of Guangdong went on a two-week junket around Africa and the Middle East that included a stay at the Burj al-Arab, a seven-star … Continued