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? …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …