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Aug 16, 2011
Ramadan Waste in Dubai

It’s a little weird that the Jerusalem Post – an Israeli paper – is taking umbrage with the most holy of Muslim holidays, but it raises a fair point, so …

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Aug 12, 2011
Stinky Dubai?

Ugh. I feel that I can smell this from here, “Trouble in paradise as plumbing problems hit Dubai’s Palm island“.
Glad I don’t live on the Palm Jumeirah …

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Jun 29, 2011
Mission: Impossible 4 in Dubai

I called it back in December of 2006 that either James Bond #22 or #23 or Mission: Impossible 4 would take place in part in Dubai (see James Bond in …

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Jun 15, 2011
DXB to BGW

Wow, this seems … wow.
“Dubai’s Emirates announces new Iraq route, says flights to Baghdad to start in November.”
As in Baghdad International Airport, formerly Saddam International Airport.

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Apr 14, 2011
Vanity Fair on Dubai

I haven’t read the whole article yet, but check out this Vanity Fair piece on Dubai: “Dubai on Empty“.
It seems a bit racist at points (going “head towel in hand” …

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Apr 12, 2011
Dubai Apocalyptic Billboards

Interesting Gulf News article from the other day: “‘End of days’ billboards in Dubai to be removed, says official.”
Apparently some wacko church in the US is putting billboards up in …

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Feb 23, 2011
Empty Two-Fifths

I just saw a Bloomberg article has a fun fact about Dubai:
In the next two years, tens of thousands of new properties will come onto a market where about 40 …

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Feb 17, 2011
Dunk in Dubai

Part of me thinks that it’s funny that there are 61 Dunkin Donuts locations in the UAE and none in Los Angeles.

Apparently a new one just opened at Uptown Motor …

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Feb 14, 2011
Tiger Chokes and Spits

Oh Tiger!
Did you see this from the Omega Dubai Desert Classic over the weekend? “Tiger Woods may face censure from European Tour for spitting on 12th green“.
How far you’ve …

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Jan 31, 2011
The Tiger Woods Dubai Update

Not much more to this story than the title: “Tiger Woods’ Dubai golf course development officially halted“.

I’m kind of surprised it took them this long …

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Jan 23, 2011
Dubai’s World Islands are Sinking

Remember The World islands in Dubai? We actually talked about them three years ago today (see The World).

Well, according to reports from Friday, it’s sinking: “Luxury Dubai development sinking.”
Of …

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Jan 17, 2011
James Bond in Dubai!

No, not the next movie (the currently titled “Bond 23” coming out November 9, 2012) but the next novel, coming out May 26, 2011.

Just today publisher Simon & Schuster announced …

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Dec 2, 2010
Richest Royals 2010

Back when we were in Dubai Forbes‘ annual list of richest royals was always a big deal (see Richest Royals).
Somehow it fell through the cracks this July, but luckily I …

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Nov 1, 2010
Tom Cruise Hangs From Burj

And then there’s this: “Tom Cruise hangs from world’s tallest building“.
Tom Cruise risked his life performing stunts for “Mission: Impossible 4″ in Dubai over the weekend: the star, 48, dangled …

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Oct 27, 2010
Dubai Real Estate

Did you see this article in Time Magazine? “The Rent Too Damn High in Dubai? Not So Much“.
Apparently 825 of the Burj Khalifa’s 900 ultra-luxury apartments remain unoccupied. (I …

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Oct 25, 2010
Death in Dubai

Tragic, and avoidable: “Fellow competitor blames heat, safety lapses in death of swimmer Fran Crippen“.
Key quote:
An American swimmer blamed the blazing heat, unusually warm surf and lack of medical and …

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Oct 17, 2010
A Little Bit of Dubai in Portland

On the drive to South Portland this morning to get bagels (I love you 158 Pickett Street Cafe), I saw a surprising oil tanker in port – the Dubai Star!
You …

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Oct 6, 2010
M:I Arba’a

Oh yeah: “‘Mission Impossible’ filming starts in Dubai soon“.

Reminds me of a statement I made four years ago (see James Bond in Dubai):
I bet you that at some point in …

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Aug 29, 2010
Telegraph Island on Warehouse 13!

So, being a busy summer and all, I’m a bit behind on some of my television shows. Yesterday I caught up on a few of the recent episodes of …

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Aug 27, 2010
Dubai, Global City

Looks like Dubai is number 27 on The Global Cities Index for 2010 from Foreign Policy, A.T. Kearney, and the Chicago Council on Global Affairs.
Here are the top ten:
1 New York
2 London
3 Tokyo
4 Paris
5 Hong …

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