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 magnificent Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi

Back in Abu Dhabi, I was excited to again visit the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, one of the world’s largest and inspiring. Capable of accommodating 41,000 worshippers, the stunning mosque features 82 domes, 1,000 columns, extensive marble sculptures, the world’s largest hand-knotted Iranian carpet, 24 carat gold gilded chandeliers, including one of the world’s largest …

Education is in the forefront of furthering “emiratization.”

The emirate of Abu Dhabi is on a mission to incorporate more Emiratis into the workplace and reduce its reliance on expats to further the advancement of their own people to lead the country into fully-emerged status. Higher education programs for Emirati students are undergoing changes to become more comprehensive in order to accelerate the …

Construction to begin in early 2013 on Louvre Abu Dhabi

On a recent trip back to Abu Dhabi, it was announced that the first Louvre outside of Paris will soon begin construction in the Cultural District on Saadiyat Island, showing that the oil-rich emirate is still ahead of much of the world’s economic woes. The joint venture between the governments of Abu Dhabi and France …

Renewed Enthusiasm for Dubai Property

While visiting the UAE last week, I noticed that Dubai appears to be experiencing renewed growth in its residential property sector. October 18, 2012, San Francisco ~ Although not out of the woods yet, Dubai is showing the first solid signs of a mini-recovery in projects developed by reputable companies. “Safe haven” status, improved liquidity, …

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.