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The Volvo Ocean Race Sails Through Miami

The Volvo Ocean Race Sails Through Miami May 28th, 2012 at 9:00AM: It's raining in Miami, and we're sitting inside of the Camper pavilion waiting for the weather to clear, Josh with his forehead on the table while I make idle conversation with the woman across from us. "It's embarrassing," she says, gesturing to the low turnout for the day of in-port racing, though considering the weather, I imagine there were several factors in play. Still, there's no...

The continuing rise of Gulf state carriers

The continuing rise of Gulf state carriers Feb 28th, 2012 at 10:00AM: The rise of Gulf state carriers continues to impress. These airlines, which have defined themselves in part as hub-and-spoke carriers linking Europe (and the eastern coast of North America) to Asia, have developed exciting route maps over the last several years with a particularly strong reach into the Arabian Peninsula and India. While other airlines have recently attempted to develop...

Etihad Airways launches direct service to Washington, DC

Etihad Airways launches direct service to Washington, DC Feb 24th, 2012 at 2:00PM: Etihad Airways will begin daily nonstop flights from Washington, DC to Abu Dhabi on March 31, the airline announced. "No other UAE carrier is offering nonstop services between DC and the UAE, so this capital-to-capital link is a huge opportunity for Etihad Airways," said James Hogan, Etihad Airways' chief executive. The Washington region is home to America's second largest market...

Photo Gallery: On board Team Abu Dhabi's VO70 at the Volvo Ocean Race

Photo Gallery: On board Team Abu Dhabi's VO70 at the Volvo Ocean Race Nov 3rd, 2011 at 10:00AM: In the few days that I've been back from Alicante it's been difficult for me to explain the sheer magnitude of a VO70 ocean racer to my peers. These sailboats are unlike your average Sunfish or J-105. They are massive, precision engineered creatures, optimized for weight, balance and speed. They are moving cities, with 11 men onboard, bunks, cooking and wash facilities. They're also...

Volvo Ocean Race kicks off from Alicante, Spain

Volvo Ocean Race kicks off from Alicante, Spain Nov 2nd, 2011 at 9:00AM: It's dark when I wake up in Alicane, with heavy, blue-grey storm clouds twisting upwards through the Mediterranean sky. Somewhere, 10,000 feet above this small Spanish city the gods are fighting over weather patterns; there's a dash of clear blue sky here and a seam of storm clouds there, a maelstrom of wind, cloud, rain and energy hashed up atmosphere. In my view, it's the perfect condition...

Luxury travel: Ritz-Carlton announces first hotel in Abu Dhabi

Luxury travel: Ritz-Carlton announces first hotel in Abu Dhabi Apr 25th, 2011 at 10:00AM: The Middle East is set to get a little more glitz and lot more glamour. The Ritz-Carlton just announced an agreement with Abu Dhabi National Hotels (ADNH) for a waterfront hotel in Abu Dhabi, and Gadling got a sneak peak at some of the hotel designs. The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal will have 447 guestrooms and suites, as well as 85 villas. The Venetian-inspired hotel is set in a...

Fast & furious roller coasters: 6 coolest race car themed rides

Fast & furious roller coasters: 6 coolest race car themed rides Feb 24th, 2011 at 7:00AM: After watching the Daytona 500, I thought it would be interesting to take a look at race car themed roller coasters. Although there have been many over the years, for me, these six really stand out. They emphasize speed as they include some of the fastest roller coasters in the World. And, the coasters that I feel deliver the best race car-like experience, also offer intense acceleration and...

Abu Dhabi Emirates Palace hotel regrets $11 million Christmas tree

Abu Dhabi Emirates Palace hotel regrets $11 million Christmas tree Dec 19th, 2010 at 4:30PM: Well - that was quick. Just a couple of days after we reported on its excessive $11 million Christmas tree, the Emirates Palace hotel in Abu Dhabi has confirmed that it may have gone a little overboard in decorating the (fake) evergreen. The $11,000 tree had been filled with almost every piece of valuable jewelry the in-house jeweler could find - including diamond earrings,...

Emirates Palace Hotel unveils $11 million Christmas tree

Emirates Palace Hotel unveils $11 million Christmas tree Dec 17th, 2010 at 2:00PM: Talk about a sparkling tree. The Christmas tree at the Emirates Palace Hotel in Abu Dhabi puts anything Clark Griswold produced to shame. Earlier this week, the hotel unveiled what might be the most expensive Christmas tree in history. The 13-meter (a little more than 42-feet) faux evergreen sparkles in the hotel's gold-leafed rotunda and is decorated with silver and gold bows, ball-shaped...

Abu Dhabi Adventure Challenge underway

Abu Dhabi Adventure Challenge underway Dec 12th, 2010 at 12:30PM: The fourth annual Abu Dhabi Adventure Challenge is underway in the United Arab Emirtates. The six-day long, stage based, adventure race pits coed teams of four against one another as they compete on foot, mountain bike, and kayak across a course designed to test their endurance, smarts, and navigational skills. The race actually got underway on Friday with 50 teams setting out on the first of...

Abu Dhabi police find snakes on a plane ... and squirrels and parrots

Abu Dhabi police find snakes on a plane ... and squirrels and parrots Dec 7th, 2010 at 2:30PM: You know that the United Arab Emirates is not to be outdone, right? So, when an 89-year-old lady's dog gets loose on an American flight, the Middle East has to find a way to trump it. And, you know it was better than a dog and a cat or an angry monkey. On a flight from Indonesia to the United Arab Emirates, a passenger was reported to have "four snakes, two parrots and a squirrel inside a box"...

First look at the world's fastest roller coaster: Formula Rossa

Nov 20th, 2010 at 2:00PM: The incredibly fast Formula Rossa has taken the world's fastest roller coaster crown from Six Flags Great Adventure's Kingda Ka. The Formula 1-themed coaster, located at the new multi-billion dollar Ferrari World in Abu Dhabi, has eclipsed Kingda Ka's 128 mph launch by pushing the envelope to an insane 149.1 mph (240 kmh). After the powerful launch briefly turns the rider's faces into play...

Ferrari already looking at more theme parks

Ferrari already looking at more theme parks Nov 8th, 2010 at 4:30PM: Ferrari World just threw open its doors in Abu Dhabi this weekend, but already, Ferrari is thinking about expanding its theme park franchise. Michelle Pignatti Moreno, head of new business for Ferrari, tells Bloomberg that Ferrari World's opening is "a dream come true for us as Ferrari. This is our first one, we may have plans for more." Company officials look are looking at Ferrari...

Ferrari World theme park's opening postponed following Sheikh's death

Ferrari World theme park's opening postponed following Sheikh's death Oct 27th, 2010 at 5:30PM: The Ferrari World theme park in Abu Dhabi will not open today as planned. ArabianBusiness.com is reporting that the theme park's opening has been postponed following the death of Sheikh Saqr Al Qasimi, the ruler of Ras Al Khaimah. The park was expecting more than 10,000 visitors on its opening day today. Seven days of official mourning has been declared in the United Arab Emirates....

Ferrari World to open Oct. 27 in Abu Dhabi

Ferrari World to open Oct. 27 in Abu Dhabi Oct 1st, 2010 at 5:30PM: Ferrari World Abu Dhabi is on track to open one day earlier than expected. The world's largest indoor theme park will open in less than four weeks, on Oct. 27. The theme park on Abu Dhabi's Yas Island has more than 925,000 square feet under a roof shaped like the double-curve side profile of a Ferrari GT. The most anticipated ride at Ferrari World Abu Dhabi is the Formula Rossa, a...

Hotel cooking classes let you savor travel memories at home

Hotel cooking classes let you savor travel memories at home Jul 13th, 2010 at 2:30PM: You know what they say..."take only pictures, leave only memories." But what if you want to take it home with you? That searing pad ka prow that leaves a film of sweat on your brow, a fragrant bouillabaisse, schnitzel so thin and crisp it practically floats? What you need is a cooking class, from one of the many resorts, hotels, or cruises offering full or half-day demonstration and hands-on...

New Abu Dhabi tower and Hyatt hotel crowned "world's furthest leaning"

New Abu Dhabi tower and Hyatt hotel crowned Jun 8th, 2010 at 2:00PM: Usually, when you think "leaning tower", the Leaning Tower of Pisa comes to mind - but a new tower in Abu Dhabi is well on its way to changing that. The 35 story Capital Gate leans an insane 18 degrees - a whole 13 more than the Pisa tower. The tower was crowned "world's furthest leaning" by the Guinness Book of World Records on June 5th. But the best part is that this building is more than...

GadlingTV's Travel Talk 015: World drinking laws & Portland's hippest destinations!

GadlingTV's Travel Talk 015: World drinking laws & Portland's hippest destinations! Jun 2nd, 2010 at 9:00AM: GadlingTV's Travel Talk, episode 15 – Click above to watch video after the jump In our continuation from last week, we continue to dissect drinking laws around the world - tune in to find out who is the most liberal (no regulation at all) and where in the world you won't find a single bar. We wrap up our Portland tour with a showcase of some of the hippest spots that the...

Daily Pampering: Abu Dhabi's Emirates Palace installs gold vending machine

Daily Pampering: Abu Dhabi's Emirates Palace installs gold vending machine May 13th, 2010 at 4:30PM: The Emirates Palace hotel is used to discerning travelers. Often visited by foreign dignitaries and rulers of the UAE federation's seven emirates (each of whom has his own suite), the Emirates Palace hotel knows how to cater to even the most discerning guests. The hotel's newest amenity - a vending machine that dispenses gold - simply tops the list of extravagant hotel offerings. The shiny new...

20 great destinations for shopping

20 great destinations for shopping Apr 2nd, 2010 at 3:00PM: Shoppers of all kinds will fall in love with the places that made this list of the top 20 cities for shopping. Whether you live nearby or are planning a trip, this list offers places ideal for anyone in need of some retail therapy. New Orleans, Louisiana The French Quarter and Bourbon Street are only the starting point in the unique shopping destinations you'll find in New Orleans. Stroll...

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