Expats leaving Dubai, dumping cars and dreams at the airport

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Feb 242009

photo by cabrown01 on Flickr

I have a friend that lives in Dubai, I believe it might be his birthday this week but I’ve been reading about the crashing effect of global downturn in business, especially that of the construction capital of the world: Dubai. It seems that many expats are just junking their cars at the airport as they fly back home, unable to pay their loans or find a new job. I know one friend left his job early to return to the states and it’s clues like these people should realize that this economic recession is worldwide.

Indians flee as dreams crash [Mumbai/DUBAI – JAN 14]
Driven down by debt, Dubai expats give new meaning to long-stay car park [The Times Online – February 5, 2009]
Laid-Off Foreigners Flee as Dubai Spirals Down [The NY Times February 11, 2009]

Dubai – the fasted growing city in the world

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Feb 252008

Dubai is one of the seven emirates in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and is a fast developing city which is sometimes called “Dubai City” to distinguish it from the emirate. The city lays claim to some of the world’s largest man-made structures, among these the artificial islands known as Palm Islands built on the Arabian Sea. Dubai currently holds the record for the world’s tallest structure, named Burj Dubai, which is currently under construction (from wikipedia).

Dubai’s Sheikh Zayed road in 1990:

Dubai’s Sheikh Zayed road in 2003:

Dubai’s Sheikh Zayed road in 2006:

In June 2006, Dubai has 24% of the world’s cranes (est. 125,000) and now closer to 1/3 of the worlds cranes.

The Dubai Waterfront. When completed it will become the largest waterfront development in the world.

The Palm Jumeirah Islands were built in 5 years are artificial islands built on land reclamation and owned by the government.

New Dutch dredging technology was used to create these massive man made islands. They are the largest artificial islands in the world and can be seen from space. Three of these Palms will be made with the last one being the largest of them all.

Upon completion, the resort will have 2,000 villas, 40 luxury hotels, shopping centers, movie theaters, and many other facilities. It is expected to support a population of approximately 500,000 people. It is advertised as being visible from the moon.

The World islands. 300 artificially created islands in the shape of the world. Each island will have an estimated cost of $25-30 million.

The Burj al-Arab hotel in Dubai. The worlds tallest hotel. Considered the only ‘7 star’ hotel and the most luxurious hotel in the world. It stands on an artificial island in the sea.

Hydropolis Underwater Hotel and Resort, the world’s first underwater hotel. Entirely built in Germany and then assembled in Dubai, it is scheduled to be completed by 2009 after many delays.

The Burj Dubai. Construction began in 2005 and is expected to be complete in September 2009. At an estimated height of over 800 meters, it will easily be world’s tallest building when finished. It will be almost 40% taller than the the current tallest building, the Taipei 101. The total budget for the Burj Dubai project is about US$ 4.1 billion.

This is what downtown Dubai will look like in late 2009. More than 164 stories of the Burj Dubai have already been completed. It is already the worlds tallest man made structure and it is still not scheduled to be completed for at least another year.

The Al Burj will be the centerpiece of the Dubai Waterfront. Once completed it will take over the title of the tallest structure in the world from the Burj Dubai.

It was announced that the final height of this tower will be 1200 meters which would make it more than 30% taller than the Burj Dubai and three times as tall as the Empire State Building.

The Burj al Alam, or The World Tower. Upon completion it will rank as the world’s highest hotel. It is expected to be finished by 2009. At 480 meters it will only be 28 meters shorter than the Taipei 101.

The Trump International Hotel & Tower, which will be the centerpiece of one of the palm islands, The Palm Jumeirah.

Dubailand. Currently, the largest amusement park collection in the world is Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, which is also the largest single-site employer in the United states with 58,000 employees. Dubailand will be twice the size.

Dubailand will be built on 3 billion square feet (107 miles^2) at an estimated $20 billion price tag. The site will include a purported 45 mega projects and 200 hundred other smaller projects.

Dubai Sports City. A huge collection of sports arenas located in Dubailand.

Currently, the Walt Disney World Resort is the #1 tourist destination in the world. Once fully completed, Dubailand will easily take over that title since it is expected to attract 200,000 visitors daily.

The Dubai Marina is an entirely man made development that will contain over 200 highrise buildings when finished. It will be home to some of the tallest residential structures in the world. The completed first phase of the project is shown. Most of the other high rise buildings will be finished by 2009-2010.

The Dubai Mall will be the largest shopping mall in the world with over 9 million square feet of shopping and around 1000 stores. It will be completed in August of this year (2008).

Ski Dubai, which is already open, is the largest indoor skiing facility in the world. This is a rendered image of another future indoor skiing facility that is being planned.

Some of the tallest buildings in the world, such as Ocean Heights and The Princess Tower, which will be the largest residential building in the world at over a 100 stories, will line the Dubai Marina.

The UAE’s Ras Al Khaimah Spaceport would be the first spaceport in the world if construction ever gets under way.

* The Dubai Metro system, once completed (2009), will become the largest fully automated rail system in the world.
* The Dubai World Central International Airport will become the largest airport in size when it is completed. It will also eventually become the busiest airport in the world, based on passenger volume.
* There are more construction workers in Dubai than there are actual citizens.

Feb 192008

So the story broke last Nov that DJ Grooverider got caught in the airport with weed and porn. Today his sentence came down – 4 years in the Dubai jail for violating their own laws. The law is the law in what ever country you roll to: obey it or suffer under it. I wonder which part of the law got him time for the weed and which for the porn…

Radio One DJ Grooverider sentenced to four years’ jail in Dubai for drug possession

Nov 272007

DJ Groooooveriiiiider!!! is one of Britan’s top Drum & Bass DJs/producers and one of my favorite artists in the D&B field. While traveling in Dubai for a gig, he was arrested at the airline gates upon arrival and search allegedly reviled hard core porn DVDs and some cannabis in his record bag.

Sunday Mirror reported the story

Dubai and the United Emirates have very strict laws on illicit materials and I’ve read he could get 4 yrs in their jail for this offense, if found guilty.

In this case, a woman was arrested for having trace amounts of Codeine in her urine after arriving in Dubai.

Much Respect Groove, good luck in the case –

Aug 212005

I became an Audi fanatic for a few reasons. Primarily because everyone and their mom in CA drives either a BMW or a Merc and after viewing one of the top 10 auto chase scenes in the movie Ronin, the Audi S8 became one of my must haves (however, since the movie it’s been the RS4 and recently the Audi limited edition S4s (S4 rear view and the Audi RS4, modified of course but I’ll take mine minus the berry lights and promo stickie-wicks: RS4 specs). While I certainly can be a fan of the speed and styling of a Mercedes DTM ride like the Mercedes-Benz CLK DTM AMG or (for the rest of us) a more realistic BMW M3 series, the Audi ride hasn’t caught on in America as it has in Europe. Part of that may be that Audi has been plagued by perceived reliability issues (but what German car hasn’t), or Audi does not currently have a North American manufacturing plant (like BMW and Mercedes) – a major factor that drives up costs of importing cars and parts. Thus typically the European market has benefited greatly from better features, feedback, performance and quality rides than over here in NA.

Click to see full viewBack to the point. I found these pics of a custom Audi A8 with a polished chrome-like finish. The car’s owner, a Dubai man, engaged the firm Motoren Technik Mayer (MTM), based in Wettstetten, Germany to perform the work. The MTM web site describes the process used in the Audi’s customization:

In Dubai the MTM Audi A8 polished was the eye-catcher. The car was analyzed and in many studies the enamel varnish of the aluminum car body was removed. Furthermore the car was cleaned. After that, the car body was polished with fine abrasive paper as well as special polishes to high gloss. The blank dress must not have any defects, because of the fact that retouching was not possible. Finally the car was protected with special clear varnish against environmental impacts.

Because of the fact that it is impossible to polish plastic parts like front and rear spoilers, mirror house, side sillboard or also fuel tank cap, they were enameled in a complex way to get a chrome effect. Finally they were polished with clear varnish.

I bet the polish will be a little blinding (especially in the desert) for other riders in traffic, but at least it will get the Bemmer driving, bumper hugging 405 riders off your ass right?

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