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Dubai renames world’s tallest tower Burj Khalifa January 4, 2010

Filed under: U.A.E. — visnar @ 18:59

Dubai opened the world’s tallest skyscraper an hour ago, and in a surprise move renamed the gleaming glass-and-metal tower Burj Khalifa in a nod to the leader of neighboring Abu Dhabi – the oil rich neighbor.

A multimedia presentation witnessed by Dubai’s ruler and thousands of onlookers at the base of the tower said the building was 828 meters tall. I was only 10 metres out with my estimate a year ago 🙂

Emaar, the developer of the newly opened tower said it cost $1.5 billion to build the tapering metal-and-glass spire billed as a “vertical city” of luxury apartments and offices. It boasts four swimming pools, a private library and Armani hotel.

Shaykh Khalifa is only lending US$ 25 billion to Dubai so it’s just his name on the Burj. At least for now 😀


Can Dubai survive? December 7, 2009

Filed under: Generally,U.A.E. — visnar @ 20:00

summarised from article by Anwer Sher

Dubai’s dream of progress and prosperity may well have been dented but its not a failed dream. In the context of the world economic crisis the crisis that Dubai faces is not as monumental as is being suggested. Dubai Worlds obligations are listed at $60 billion but these are obligations to contractors, suppliers and indeed bond holders and debt providers. A number of contractors and consultants have only recently indicated that they would be willing to take a haircut on their receivables, some suggesting as high as a 35% reduction in exchange for a payment plan. After all, the logic goes, that these contractors benefited with robust profits from the same clients in the good days and indeed are more accommodating as the times get rough.

However, we have to look beyond to how Dubai can survive this debt crunch.



Egypt / Lebanon Montage October 21, 2009

Filed under: Generally,U.A.E. — visnar @ 19:43

The documentary by Khalid Mohtaseb was shot entirely on the canon 5D MKll in and around Cairo and Beirut.

Beautiful !!!!! 🙂


Understanding the Global Carbon Cycle October 9, 2009

Filed under: Generally,U.A.E. — visnar @ 09:53

Carbon cycles between Earth, atmosphere and oceans, affecting our climate

What Goes Around Comes Around

carbon_cycle (more…)


Eid Mubarak – عيد سعيد September 20, 2009

Filed under: Generally,U.A.E. — visnar @ 22:21

I’m wishing you joy and happiness on this
great celebration that marks the end
of the holy month of Ramadan.

May Allah bless you and all your near and dear ones.



9 days to Dubai Metro! August 31, 2009

Filed under: U.A.E. — visnar @ 22:09

On 9th September 2009 (09/09/09)  at 09:09 AM will HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum officially launch Dubai Metro.

The project will start with 10 key stations on the Red Line: Rashidiya, Terminal 3, City Center, Al Rigga, Union, Khalid bin Al Waleed, Jafliah, Financial Center, Mall of the Emirates, Nakheel Harbour ‘&’ Tower.

The remaining stations on the Red Line will be opened in phases over the next few months.


promotio video


ramadan kareem August 21, 2009

Filed under: Generally,U.A.E. — visnar @ 13:51

Ramadan Kareem to all my Muslim brothers and sisters


May Allah shower His blessings and forgiveness on all of you.
May Allah guide you in our everyday life.
May Allah enlighten you when you answer questions regarding Himself,
His Quran, and His prophets…..



Waking from its sleep July 24, 2009

Filed under: U.A.E. — visnar @ 09:46

the economistA quiet revolution has begun in the Arab world; it will be complete only when the last failed dictatorship is voted out [The Economist]


What ails the Arabs?
They are a dynamic and inventive people whose long and proud history includes fabulous contributions to art, culture, science and, of course, religion.
The score of modern Arab states, on the other hand, have been impressive mainly for their consistent record of failure.


In a special report this week on the Arab world they argue that behind the political stagnation a great social upheaval is under way. Fertility is in decline; more people, especially women, are becoming educated; businessmen want a bigger say in economies dominated by the state; a revolution in satellite television has broken the spell of the state-run media and created a public that wants the rulers to explain themselves as never before.


In the cover leader they argue that the old pattern of Arab government—corrupt, opaque and authoritarian—has failed on every level and does not deserve to survive. Read


Poorly made July 20, 2009

Filed under: Generally,U.A.E. — visnar @ 10:22

Why are so many Chinese products poorly made?

Want to know how that lead got into your kid’s toys?
Why brand-name goods come in containers that fall apart?
How radioactive cookery ended up on store shelves?

A new book out by Paul Midler: Poorly Made In China, promises the inside scoop on why products made in China are as shoddy (and often as dangerous) as seemingly possible.


As a former consultant to American importers, Midler has worked on the frontlines of Chinese manufacturing. The National Review describes one of the strategies he covers in the book:

From the point of view of a Chinese manufacturer, the world is divided into “first” and “second” markets. In the first market – North America, Western Europe, Japan, Australia, and some lesser outposts of legal order – new product designs originate, and the designs are protected by patent, trademark, and copyright laws.


Chinese manufacturers want business relationships with customers in these places — so much so that they’ll even sometimes sell to them below cost. But then they’ll turn around and

…sell knock-offs of their designs to Latin America and the Middle East, where intellectual-property protection is not so valued. This arbitrage game explains the curious fact that Chinese-made products are often more expensive in the developing world than in the U.S.A. That’s where the profits are made.


Read the review in the Economist. Scary, fascinating, enthralling…


go green now July 10, 2009

Filed under: Generally,U.A.E. — visnar @ 09:39

Going Green does not call for making dramatic changes to your lifestyle. It is simply fine tuning your daily activities which result in a major contribution towards energy conservation.

green trees

Here are a few pointers:

1. Save energy to save money