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 …