Dubai’s renowned spice souk

The Middle East has been a central player in the trade of spices, often transported by camel caravans across the deserts, since at least 2000 BC. Spices have been, and presently are, an integral ingredient in the preparation of Middle Eastern food, much of which has Indian influence. Author’s daughter, Stephanie, is enchanted by the …

Abu Dhabi knows how to promote one of its investments with a splash!

Although this low fly-by by an Etihad wide-body Airbus 340 took place back in November 2009, the day of Abu Dhabi's inaugural Formula One race, the day will always be remembered by the 41,000 F-1 race fans, including myself, who packed the grandstands. Pride filled their hearts as Abu Dhabi’s national airline displayed its noble …

Staying Afloat again made its way back to Abu Dhabi from California last November

The author stands in front of Aldar’s iconic, coin-shaped, futuristic office building that was completed in its Al Raha Beach waterfront mega-development in 2010. This first-ever circular design of its kind in the Middle East was, of no surprise, an architectural award-winner. View more photos on http://www.panoramio.com/photo/55100769  

Etihad, Emirates and Qatar airlines consistently rank on the Top Ten List of World’s Best Airlines

Abu Dhabi takes personal service to the next level. So does Dubai and neighboring Qatar. Abu Dhabi’s national airline – Etihad Airways, and Dubai’s airline – Emirates, and Qatar’s national airline – Qatar Airways – consistently rank on Skytrax’s list of Top Ten Best Airlines in the World. Skytrax is a premier UK-based aviation research …

Ambitious and forward-thinking direction of Abu Dhabi’s Rulers

The grand scheme of Abu Dhabi’s leadership, and the staggering size and cost of the emirate’s capital projects, are detailed in my book, STAYING AFLOAT – Three Years in Abu Dhabi, a colorful and comprehensive taste of life in one of the wealthiest locales on the planet. Keep in mind that the emirate of Abu …

UAE voted Best Country in the Middle East to live and work

And … not to stop there … Dubai and Abu Dhabi were voted Best Cities to reside in the Middle East. The comprehensive 2012 UK and Dubai-based survey was collated from over 9,000 responses from twelve countries across the Middle East and North Africa.  The poll factored in employment opportunities, education, social and cultural factors, …

The new Khalifa Port in Abu Dhabi is open for business

Abu Dhabi’s new commercial port officially commenced operations on 1 September 2012 when it received one of the largest container ships in the world, the 366 meter (1,200 feet) MSC Bari. One of Abu Dhabi’s largest ever infrastructure projects, the port and its commercial industrial zone were delivered on time (2 years) and under budget …

UAE’s $22 billion nuclear power plant is under construction in Abu Dhabi

The first nuclear power-generating facility on the Arabian Peninsula is under construction in the emirate of Abu Dhabi near the Saudi Arabia border. Upon completion, it will be one of the largest nuclear power-generating plants in the world. The four reactor units will yield an aggregate capacity of 5,600 megawatts and begin to come online …

Plans are underway in Abu Dhabi for the world’s largest permanent sculpture

The word is out. The US$340,000,000 Mastaba will be constructed in Abu Dhabi entirely from - are you ready? - 410,000 multicolored, empty oil barrels. Why? Because. The 150m (492 feet) tall and 225m (738 feet) wide, flat-topped pyramid attraction was designed by Bulgarian-born artist Christo. The colossal sculpture will be taller than St. Peter's …

UAE’s new $4.2 bil crude oil pipeline bypasses Straits of Hormuz

In a move to counter Iran’s geo-political threat to disrupt oil exports through the vulnerable Straits of Hormuz in the event of a military conflict between Iran and the West, the UAE began pumping crude oil for export in July 2012 through a new overland pipeline that bypasses the Straits. The 380 km (236 mi.) …

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