Dubai ranked the world’s 2nd hottest property market in 2012

6 May 2013 In spite of the global real estate price meltdown in 2008-2009, the United Arab Emirates has continued to develop into a geographically strategic location between East and West and an epicenter for international business. In the wake of the Arab Spring, Dubai is perceived as a safe haven for wealth, making it …

Dubai has 909 completed high-rise buildings

26 May 2013 When the United Arab Emirates was founded in 1971, there were zero tall buildings. In fact, there were very few buildings period. Today, 42 years later, the city of Dubai (in the emirate of Dubai) is a sea of high-rise buildings which include many of the world’s architectural marvels. Dubai boasts the …

The United Arab Emirate’s Sovereign Wealth Fund totals $815 billion

May 18, 2013 According to the Sovereign Wealth Institute which is regarded as an authority in the field, the value of the Sovereign Wealth Fund (SWF) for the United Arab Emirates, which includes Abu Dhabi and Dubai, approximated $815 billion by March 2013. That is 81.5% of $1 trillion! What the heck is a SWF? …

STAYING AFLOAT goes to Casablanca, Morocco

8 May 2013 During my trip to Morocco last week, I was especially awed by the majestic Hassan II Mosque – a must-see when visiting Casablanca, the largest city in Morocco at a congested 3.2 million residents. The mosque is the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th or 7th largest in the world, depending on which …

18th biggest dollar volume trading country in the world is …. The envelope please.

There are approximately 195 countries in the world, although different numbers may pop up depending on the political agenda of the source. Surprisingly, the 42-year old United Arab Emirates, a country the size of the State of Maine in the US, was the 18th largest dollar volume trading country in the world in 2012. The …

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     Walnut Creek Magazine - California       March/April 2013       Bay Area Books by Martha Ross Bay and Delta Yachtsman - California April 2013 ~ Article: http://wp.me/p2zyzS-8m   College Currents  - The UC Davis College of Letters and Science Magazine ~ Spring 2013

Huge desalinized water requirements in the Arabian Gulf countries

The eight water-scarce Arabian Gulf countries – the UAE, Oman, Qatar, Saudi, Bahrain, Kuwait, Iraq and Iran – are among the largest water consumers per capita in the world. Saudi rates 91% higher than the global individual average. Qatar and the UAE are close behind at 83% of the international average per capita. These eight …

Peace carries varied interpretations in the greater Middle East – many incompatible

Editorial: The geo-political bonds that hold many of the greater Middle Eastern countries together today are fragile, as observed as an expat while working in Abu Dhabi for three years. Granted, some of the region’s countries are currently considered politically stable, such as the country in which I lived– the United Arab Emirates. Others are …

World’s tallest skyscraper is under construction

When most Guinness Book of World Records followers believed that the Burj Khalifa tower in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates, would be the tallest man-made structure on the planet for the foreseeable future at 820m (2,717 feet), along comes the Kingdom Tower in Jeddah in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Engineers have begun laying …