Paul Cėzanne’s painting sells for a record $250 million!

October 27, 2013 Qatar, a tiny Arabian Gulf country with enormous wealth and breathtaking cultural ambitions, has become one of the most –if not THE most– influential buyers of art in the world today. The $250 million paid for one of Cėzanne’s five The Card Players in 2011, is the highest known price ever paid …

Is it for real? A pipe dream? It’s not Kansas, Toto. It’s Dubai. Check it out!

June 23, 2013To quote Aarti Nagraj in Gulf Business, “Contrary to popular expectation, Dubai’s penchant for the ‘biggest, tallest and the best’ has not been dimmed by the property meltdown in the emirate in 2008/2009.” Gulf Business exposes five immense developments that, when complete, will continue to reshape Dubai’s map.http://gulfbusiness.com/2013/06/dubais-biggest-mega-projects/#.Uccj8JyM_28

Camel-meat hot dogs are now offered in Dubai

June 18, 2013 Throughout the world, people have consumed unusual life forms for centuries, even millennia, which many folks might find appalling. Insects, dogs, snails, snakes, raw meat, animal organs, even the dorsal fin of sharks are only a few of the tantalizing dishes. Sausage, salami and hot dogs made from assorted parts of beef, …

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 …

Staying Afloat made its way to Qatar last month

Doha looks today like Dubai and Abu Dhabi looked back in 2006-2009. Revenue from Qatar’s natural gas reserves is propelling the country’s phenomenal growth. Qatar recently eclipsed the emirate of Abu Dhabi as the world’s wealthiest per capita thanks to its benevolent Emir and his parliamentarian government. The author stands on Doha’s Corniche marveling at …

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  

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, …