Formula One comes to Yas Marina

I'm pleased to see the marina, whose development I oversaw, once again the focal point of Abu Dhabi's Formula One Grand Prix race. A beautiful photo of the marina can be seen here: http://www.ferrariworldabudhabi.com/en-gb/plan-your-visit/yas-island-new.aspx Read more about the building of this luxury yacht marina in my book.

Paperless classrooms in the UAE

Paperless classrooms are replacing textbooks in the UAE with an already popular systematic mobile product - the iPad. The country's goal is to place a tablet in the hands of every university student within four years. A partnership with Apple in California was formed last April and includes training services for both teachers and students.  …

Abu Dhabi’s Oil Reserves

Abu Dhabi is one of seven emirates that compose the United Arab Emirates. Abu Dhabi makes up 88% of the country's land area, and sits on 95% of the UAE's proven crude oil reserves, a number that represents 92.9 billion barrels. The emirate's oil reserves present in 2012 are forecast to last another 99 years …

October 25th book signing at UC Berkeley

Looking forward to my speaking engagement and book signing at International House, UC Berkeley, on Thursday, October 25th @ 7:30 pm.  Untold colorful stories and multi-thousand dollar videos will be shared that capture the flavor and complexity of projects in which I was immersed in wealthy Abu Dhabi. I hope to see you at the …

Size of Abu Dhabi and the UAE

26,000 sq. miles (67,340 sq. kilometers) -- the size of the emirate of Abu Dhabi 24,341 sq. miles (63,043 sq. kilometers) -- the size of the State of West Virginia 32,278 sq. miles (83,600 sq. kilometers) -- the size of the UAE 32,599 sq. miles (84,431 sq. kilometers) -- the size of Ireland 33,625 sq. …

Working in Abu Dhabi

Working for the largest real estate development company, valued at $73 billion in 2007, in the emirate of Abu Dhabi, I was hired to oversee everything “wet” – development of a five-star marina portfolio, future water taxi service, and ultimately rules-regulations-guidelines for the anticipated flood of pleasure boats. But everyday brought unexpected monumental changes. The …

Staying Afloat is live

The apogee of two years of writing a book - my first - is finally realized and the published adventure is ready to share. Staying Afloat ~ Three Years in Abu Dhabi is a unique memoir of untold, behind-the-scenes tales surrounding the incomparable real estate development explosion in Abu Dhabi and Dubai - one of …