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 Hotelier.com, 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

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