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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 same as that of the president’s son.

The Washington Post newspaper reported that they were bought in a two-week shopping spree last year for about $44 million – 10,000 times the average annual salary in Azerbaijan.
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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.

“A leak was observed” at one of the points where the panels of the Dubai Aquarium intersect, Dubai Mall said in a statement.
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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, Shanghai and London, although no dates have been specified at this point.
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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 furnishings.
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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 dates have been specified at this point.
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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 the building, previously known as Burj Dubai, Burj Khalifa in honour of United Arab Emirates President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed al-Nahayan.
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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 to maintain the suspense, the company will say only that the tower exceeds 800 metres (2,640 feet), putting it far higher than Taiwan’s Taipei 101 tower (508 metres).
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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 are one-offs, priced at €1.45 million and €1.55 million respectively, while the Nocturne is limited to five examples and priced at €1.65 million.
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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 transformation will be completed by four craftsmen from French company Goldemotion, which works on conservation projects at the Louvre in Paris and other sites in France.
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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 will put their home up for an auction with a difference. They will operate a “lowest unique bid” auction through humraz.com.
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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 stocks a number of New World wines, including vintages from Napa icons Opus One, Harlan Estate and Screaming Eagle.
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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 a flavour of the mega-yacht lifestyle when it is moored amid what today is a semi-derelict London landscape of warehouses and building sites.
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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 Edition Phantoms are hand built with custom-made wood with Gold Inlays matching the Burj Al Arab logo and unique Greek inlays harmonizing with the hotel’s rooms.
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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 a further Green Line extension planned for 2010) will ease commuter traffic, and undoubtedly benefit property owners who are currently jammed on roads on their daily commutes.

In the long term, it is forecasted that potential Dubai investment will also have to reconsider their policies in view of this new “green factor”.
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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 and other high-end merchandise.

The opening event was attended by actress Monica Bellucci and Bollywood stars including Anil Kapoor.


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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 and the unfinished yacht was sold to the ruler of Dubai.

Following the sale, the project was renamed Platinum and transported from Germany to Dubai for completion at the newly formed shipyard, Platinum Yachts.
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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, a problem of urban transport and a high soil value, making this concept a feasible one.

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