In Dubai, they’re thinking big these days. Emaar Properties has unveiled it plans to build one of the largest fountains in the world with an integral light and sound show, as the centerpiece of its Downtown Burj Dubai project.
This new iconic feature will be one of the cityâ€™s major tourist attractions and is expected to draw over 10 million visitors annually.
At 825 feet long, the $218 million project will be 25 percent larger than the iconic fountains at the Bellagio hotel in Las Vegas.
Powerful water nozzles will shoot water sprays to heights of over 500 ft (150 metres) â€“ equivalent to that of a 50-storey building. Continue reading →
Dubai heralded the new year as only it knows how to, by trying to outdo everyone on planet earth. As always, it had to be the biggest and best spectacular that anyone has ever seen.
Their attempt was to break the world record for a fireworks display.
Grucci, the fireworks company that created displays at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles and the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, was hired by organizers to create the world’s largest fireworks display – reaching as high as 1,000 feet reports UPI.
Designed and developed by Dennis Ingemansson, the Dubai Sea Limousine is an idea based on the â€œThe Worldâ€– a man-made archipelago of 300 islands constructed in the shape of a world map and located 4 kilometers (2.5 miles) off the coast of Dubai.
Since access to all these islands, which are currently under construction, from the coast and also amongst themselves is only by water, this ambitious new taxi service seeks to become the sort of marine transportation between artificial islands.
Powered by sunâ€™s energy, it comes with solar cells integrated in the window skin and moves forward with the help of a hovercraft.
Al Nakheel Properties and the Trump Organization announced Monday that one of the two exclusive penthouses in Trump International Hotel & Tower on Palm Jumeirah will be breaking property records by selling for more than $30 million (The earlier record was $12 million for a penthouse at the Burje Tower, Dubai).
The two towers of the Trump International Hotel & Tower, scheduled for completion in 2011, will form the gateway to Palm Jumeirah, the offshore development that will co-host a permanent residence for the Cirque du Soleil and the retired QE2 cruise liner, along with hotels, apartments and villas.
Dubai has garnered much attention in recent years with a never-ending supply of architectural wonders being built, or proposed, at a head spinning pace. Mostly these towering structures are grand and tall, but some are also green
An ambitious project by David Fisherâ€™s firm Dynamic Architecture looks set to be yet another new addition to Dubaiâ€™s skyline.
The buildingâ€™s 59 floors will be capable of rotating about a central axis, their continuous motion allowing residents in the towerâ€™s 200 apartments to choose a new view at the touch of a button. Continue reading →
The fluid, dune-shaped will accommodate an opera house, playhouse, arts gallery, performing arts school and themed hotel on an island in Dubai Creek, just off the mainland part of the district. All of these facilities will be state of the art to host world class performances and exhibitions. The opera house will have a seating capacity of 2,500 while the playhouse will have a seating capacity of 800. The arts gallery with 5000m2 of exhibition space is indeed a full size exhibition facility comparable to the Guggenheim Museum in New York. The hotel will accommodate guests in a 6 star setting.
Sited on an island in Dubai Creek, the development will be connected to Greater Dubai by a road connection to the mainland.
The proposal houses all of the facilities within a single striking structure,â€ Zaha Hadid Architects describe the project. â€œThe gentle winding form evokes images of mountains or sand dunes. Rising out of the ground, this form is both a part of the landscape yet very much a distinct element in the skyline. The surrounding landscape forms build up to the main building. These constitute open park spaces as well as ancillary functions such as the parking facilities and the monorail station, which are either tucked under or integrated into the landscape forms.
Zaya, a Abu Dhabi-based real estate company has launched its first of many property ventures; Nurai, a spectacular private community of limited edition resort beach-front estates and water villas on a natural island off the coast of Abu Dhabi.
Derived from the Arabic word â€œnourâ€ meaning light, Nurai is surrounded by clear waters and ringed with pristine sandy beaches. Lying immediately northeast of Abu Dhabi, the island is set in isolation away from the hustle and bustle of city life yet is within minutes from the mainland.
People interested in resort beachfront estates will have their choice of two designs – ‘The Shoreline’ or ‘The Seaside’.
The Shoreline estates will consist of six bedrooms, seven bathrooms, private beach and rooftop garden with a total build area of 12,275 square feet.
Similar in size, but with five bedrooms and six baths, will be The Seaside estates. No detail has been overlooked. Each resort residence includes luxurious amenities such as a private beach and garden, infinity swimming pool, concealed service quarters and outdoor showers.
The resort is due to open in 2010 and the prices for the residences start at â‚¬20 million ($30 million)
In 1996 Prince Jefri Bolkiah of Brunei commissioned a secret project called ‘The Platinum Yacht’ but ran into financial difficulty and the project was put on hold.
The project was taken over in 2001 by the Crown Prince of Dubai, Sheik Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum and the yacht was renamed the ‘Golden Star’. It is now in dry dock awaiting completion, but when it is finally completed the Golden Star will not only be the world’s most expensive yacht at a cost of over $300 million USD, but also the longest at 525 feet.
Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashed al-Maktoum, crown prince of the United Arab Emirates of Dubai, purchased the female camel for 10 million dirhams (2.72 million dollars) at a camel beauty pageant in the UAE capital of Abu Dhabi.
When you are a crown prince and can have any camel in the world, what are the criteria for making the final decision? Reportedly Sheikh Hamdan fell for what he said were eight of the most perfect camel toes that he had ever seen.
Amiri, quoted by the official WAM news agency, made the remarks on the sidelines of the nine-day beauty pageant which opened on Wednesday in the UAE capital of Abu Dhabi. More than 10,000 camels, including females which are the fasting racing camels, from across the Gulf are competing for prize money totalling around 9.5 million dollars.
The contest is part of a camel festival in Abu Dhabi that aims to celebrate and preserve the region’s cultural heritage. Camel racing is a popular sport in this region of the world and female camels are known for their superior speed.
The 18-story Pixel Tower by James Law Cybertecture, which is planned for Dubaiâ€™s Waterfront, is inspired by the moving bubbles in a champagne glass with a design that targets the young and trendy.
The geometry of the openings minimizes in the southern direction of the sun to minimize heat gain, and maximizes in the northern direction of the sun to maximize views to the sea.
Due for completion in 2010, the building forms part of the agencyâ€™s â€˜Cybertectureâ€™ series, a range of high-tech solutions that thinks of structures as intelligent, customizable spaces. No matter where they are in the world, residents are always able to control and view their apartment, as well as the appliances within it, using mobile phones and PDAs. Fiber optic projections and animatronics presentations will also be incorporated.
The Burj Al Arab Jumeirah resort in Dubai, is acknowledged as the best hotel in the world.
The stellar customer service starts the moment you land in Dubai, with a chauffeur picking you up in the Rolls Royce that will be yours for the duration of your stay. When you arrive at the breathtaking hotel which stands 321 meters tall in the shape of a sail, you are taken directly to one of the 202 suites where you are checked in, a service that guarantees your privacy.
Each sprawling suite is two levels, and has floor to ceiling windows providing breathtaking views of the Arabian Gulf. Some of the listed in room features are, a private elevator, private cinema, a rotating four-post canopy bed,a separate butler entrance and a study area with a library. Continue reading →
How would you like to own a credit card with a solitaire diamond embedded in it? Can you imagine the look on the faces of your fellow diners when you casually whip it out and hand it over to the waiter to pay the bill? And, to make things even better, there is no pre-set spending limit on the card.
Before you go running to apply, hereâ€™s the catch â€“ the Dubai First Royale MasterCard is by invitation only and as the name â€œRoyaleâ€ suggests is only for the VVIPs of UAE society and the movers and shakers of the business world.
Ravi Bhardwaj, country corporate officer, Dubai First, told Emirates Business: â€œOur Royale MasterCard is by invitation only and it is for a select group of people, who represent the upper echelons of the business and social community. Continue reading →
On the dial, the hours are also punctuated by eight diamonds alternating with soft arabesques. From midnight to midday, the hour ring displays a day/night contrast, while the all-black city ring stands out elegantly against the white mother-of-pearl dial. Black also adorns the alligator strap and the onyx cabochons on the crowns. To round off the work to perfection, a bezel set with fifty-four diamonds (c. 1.95 carats) gleams against the steel case. This sophisticated watch has been designed as a haute couture model, aimed at elegant women who know what they want. With its forty-one millimetre diameter case, this piece asserts its refined style on the most graceful wrists.