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Photo of the Day (12.19.2009)

Photo of the Day (12.19.2009) Despite the recent news from Dubai stating its property and building crisis, the city is alive and well, and visitors like our faithful photographer jrodmanjr continue to have inspiring shots to offer us -- like this one. Only in the Middle East can you snap a sunset like...

Crisis in Dubai creating fantastic bargains for travelers

Crisis in Dubai creating fantastic bargains for travelers After years of building new hotels at a record speed, Dubai is starting to pay the price for overcapacity. Hotel prices in this desert state have already dropped more than 25%. The average price for a room used to be $305, and in just one month, it dropped to $230. This...

Photo of the Day (12-9-09)

Photo of the Day (12-9-09) This photo titled "Peace" by jrodmanjr, the fellow who took it, is a lovely depiction of an alley away from the hubbub of a city. As he noted, time away from the souks in Dubai, the city with the tallest building in the world, was well needed. In the comment section,...

Your first peek inside the towering Burj Dubai

Your first peek inside the towering Burj Dubai The Burj Dubai, the tallest man-made building in the world at 2,684 ft., is set to be completed in the United Arab Emirates in January of 2010. The UK's Telegraph website recently posted some rare photos from inside the nearly-finished superstructure, along with some...

Final resting place for the QE2 not so final after all

Final resting place for the QE2 not so final after all Last year, we wrote about the very last voyage ever for the famous Cunard QE2. This magnificent vessel was purchased for $82 Million by Dubai developer Nakheel. The plan was to dock the ship, and convert her into a luxury hotel. As it turns out, that very last voyage ever is...

Swim with sharks at Dubai mall

Swim with sharks at Dubai mall Dubai just changed how we'll all look at malls forever. The Dubai Mall could have changed the rules simply by installing an aquarium and zoo ... or gone even crazier by putting sharks in the water. Hell, watching sharks swim is a great way to eat your Auntie Ann's pretzel....

Flight attendant pleads guilty to bomb hoax

Flight attendant pleads guilty to bomb hoax It was a bad week for Australians, it seems. A naval officer was physically restrained on a flight to London. Not too long after, Matt Carney, a flight attendant from Melbourne, was sentenced to 18 months in jail in England. It was his own fault: he left not one but two(!)...

Dubai plans to cut up the Concorde like the QE2

Dubai plans to cut up the Concorde like the QE2 Dubai has a thing for buying British vessels and cutting them up. Not long ago, it snapped up the retired cruise ship the QE2 with plans to cut it in half, add a section to the middle, and turn it into a floating hotel. The latest buy it and slice it plan is with one of...

A&K and Fairmont Earth Hour ideas will have tangible results

A&K and Fairmont Earth Hour ideas will have tangible results Earth Hour is on Saturday, March 28 at 8:30 PM. The hospitality and travel industry seems to have embraced this commitment to environmentalism. There are plenty of noteworthy initiatives out there intended to show support for a planet that could probably use our help. Of...

Livin' la vida expat in Dubai isn't as snazzy as it used to be

Livin' la vida expat in Dubai isn't as snazzy as it used to be Forget New York City - the world capital of spend, spend, spend has long been Dubai. This is literally where the sky was the limit, and when they ran out of sky, they simply built out into the ocean. Thousands upon thousands of foreigners made their way to Dubai to grab...

New York for sale, $35 million

New York for sale, $35 million It's not as cheap as seashells, but New York is on the block for a new low price! Put up $35 million (though I'm sure there's room to negotiate), and you could own the city free and clear. You can start smoking indoors and decide whether alternate side parking should have a...

QE2 to be cut in half in Dubai

QE2 to be cut in half in Dubai We've written about QE2 before. The last post was Jeffrey's report that the ship had made it to Dubai with great fanfare. When I read yesterday that the QE2 was to be cut in half, I pictured two halves of this magnificent ocean liner floating around its palm shaped, manmade...

Dubai cancels all New Years celebrations

Dubai cancels all New Years celebrations Tonight was supposed to be quite a party in Dubai, but the ruler of the nation has decided to cancel all celebrations out of support for the Palestinian people. Dubai has long been a prime destination for some of the elite in the world, and the perfect location to celebrate...

In Dubai, money can buy you a room on a refrigerated beach

In Dubai, money can buy you a room on a refrigerated beach Sometimes the creativity that blistering hot weather breeds is truly mind-boggling: Pallazo Versace Hotel has decided to create a temperature controlled beach extending out and around its new hotel in Dubai, so that the "top people" (ugh) don't burn their feet. "We will...

Dubai hotel offers meals to those made redundant

Dubai hotel offers meals to those made redundant This is definitely one of the most innovative promotions I have seen coming out of Dubai: 3-star Arabian Park Hotel in Dubai is offering free meals to anyone who has lost their job because of the credit crunch. The promotion is not only open to Dubai residents, but anyone...

Leave the poppy seed strudel at home if you're heading to UAE

Leave the poppy seed strudel at home if you're heading to UAE Yesterday, while wandering through Westside Market in Cleveland, I passed by several stalls laden with baked goods, some sporting poppy seed. The poppy seed strudel was mighty tempting. This brought to mind the sidebar I saw that was attached to the article about Michelle...

Sex on the beach couple out of jail in Dubai

Sex on the beach couple out of jail in Dubai Remember the names Michelle Palmer and Vince Acors? They are the two Brits who weren't really a couple until they met at a champagne brunch in Dubai, got drunk, and then proceeded to get frisky on a beach. Before that party, they didn't know each other. After they became...

Gadling Take FIVE: Week of Nov. 8--Nov. 14

Gadling Take FIVE: Week of Nov. 8--Nov. 14 Today Gadling welcomed our newest blogger, Brenda Yun. Yun, who is tapped into the thrill of world travel without guidebooks, has looked for surf in a remote spot in Vanuatu and has traveled to where many haven't tread. Keeping with a theme of thrills in mind, here's...

Sharks Get Violent at Dubai Mall Aquarium

Sharks Get Violent at Dubai Mall Aquarium Come shop in the mall recently built in the shadow of the Dubai Burj, the world's tallest building. You will enjoy over 1,200 of the world's finest shops and a huge, glittery gold market...and see a 10-million liter aquarium in which divers and small fish are ravaged by...

From the 140th floor: Hope you're not scared of heights

From the 140th floor: Hope you're not scared of heights That's the view from the 140th floor of Burj Dubai, which will become the tallest building (that's even including communication towers) in the history of mankind when it's completed sometime next year. There will be a total of 160 floors and some 3.5 million square of...

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