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

Top Dubai International Boat Show takes a “Dive”

The 17th edition of the biggest and most recognized international boat show in the Middle East, DIBS, will open its doors in Dubai from March 3 to March 7, 2009. There will be 721 companies representing 50 countries and a special section focusing on the world of diving. Gone are the days when the people … Continued

The floating home

X-Architects closely collaborated with Leen Vandaele, interior decorator architect and design consultant from Squisito, to create a houseboat that inventively combines the nautical lifestyle of relaxation and enjoyment with crisp architectural tectonics. The fundamental structure of the floating home is created from two catamaran beams, stainless steel and glass.

Dubai’s Britain Island bought for $59 million

Like many expatriates, Safi Qurashi misses home. But now the Dubai-based shopkeeper’s son from South London has solved the problem. He has bought Great Britain. Mr Qurashi, 39, has paid £43 million for the Britain-shaped island in The World, a man-made archipelago off the coast of Dubai, where each piece of land represents a different … Continued

the world’s first fashion island launched in Dubai

There is going to be an island built that is completely devoted to fashion! Dubai Infinity Holdings has announced plans to develop the world’s first fashion island – Isla Moda The multi-million dollar island, which will be located on the man-made “The World” archipelago, will boast fashion themed residential villas, haute couture boutiques and luxury … Continued

The World’s Leading Hotel Suite

Earlier in the year, The Monarch Dubai was named Middle East’s leading new business hotel and its exclusive Monarch Suite was named as the Middle East’s leading suite, before going on to be named the leading suite in the world. At 1,130 Sqm, the Monarch Suite, conceptually designed and a project managed by Roya International … Continued

Bugatti Veyron Vincero Tuned By Mansory

In Dubai you can find cars that you’ve never heard about like this Mansory-prepped Veyron called Bugatti Vincero, which is up for sale by Prestige Cars. Though Mansory, the custom carmaker, has still not made any official statement about this new design, the Prestige Cars (Abu Dhabi) website has revealed that only 3 such cars … Continued

Versace hotel to refrigerate beach

Versace, the renowned fashion house, is to create the world’s first refrigerated beach so that hotel guests can walk comfortably across the sand on scorching days, reports The Australian. The beach will be next to the the new Palazzo Versace hotel which is being built in Dubai where summer temperatures average 40C and can reach … Continued

Dubai Prince Gifts Island To Michael Schumacher

The wealthy prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the crown prince of Dubai has gifted the already rich former F1 racer his own piece of “The World”. Situated off the coast of the United Arab Emirates, “The World” is a grouping of man-made islands developed to look like a map of the Earth. Valued … Continued