Falconers in Abu Dhabi Train Their Raptors With Drones

In the United Arab Emirates, falconry is one of the oldest and most treasured traditions. The sport dates back to an age when falcons were used to hunt food. Today, it's a social affair. Even the drones join in the fun. » 2/19/15 6:45pm 2/19/15 6:45pm

Museums and Universities Are Using Forced Labor to Build in Abu Dhabi

The Guggenheim. The Louvre. NYU. All have signed on to build outposts on an island off the coast of Abu Dhabi. And according to a new report from Human Rights Watch today, the development where these institutions will be located is being built with forced labor. » 2/10/15 7:03pm 2/10/15 7:03pm

First view of one of the alien creatures from the new Star Wars VII

Abu Dhabi's New Park Will Hide a 30-Acre Oasis Below the Desert

The United Arab Emirates has been overrun with a surge of costly and extravagant developments over the past decade including the Palm Islands and Burj Khalifa in Dubai. Now, a 125,000 square-meter park in Abu Dhabi will join them—but this isn't your average mega-development. » 4/23/14 7:22pm 4/23/14 7:22pm

Protests Heat Up Against the Guggenheim's New Museum in Abu Dhabi

Growing outrage against the Guggenheim's new museum in the United Arab Emirates kicked into high gear this week: Protesters stormed the Guggenheim's New York location for a second time, and a fake website launched claiming to solicit new, "ethical" ideas for the museum's design. » 3/31/14 5:20pm 3/31/14 5:20pm

A new airport complex is taking shape in Abu Dhabi, where roughly 12,000 construction workers are on-site daily to finish the massive structure, whose floor area is larger than that of the Pentagon. According to UAE paper The National, it will take 84,000 tons of steel to build the structure's dramatic arches,… » 11/08/13 2:14pm 11/08/13 2:14pm

UAE Opens Biggest Solar Power Station In The World

The Shams Power Company opened their Shams 1 concentrated solar power station this week in Abu Dhabi. The station generates 100 MW and can power 20,000 homes while reducing CO2 emissions by 175,000 tons per year. » 3/19/13 2:00am 3/19/13 2:00am

Dual-Action Wind Turbine Generates Power and Water

Throughout the developing world, millions of people struggle with a shortage of clean water and steady electricity. This wind turbine could solve both problems in one shot by pulling both power and water straight from the wind. » 4/17/12 11:30am 4/17/12 11:30am

The World's Fastest Roller Coaster Is the Closest You'll Ever Get to…

You have a better chance of being mauled by a penguin than you have of driving a Ferrari F1 racer. You can, however, ride the next best thing—the Formula Rossa rollercoaster, which catapults riders around its track at 240kph. » 8/12/11 11:30am 8/12/11 11:30am

The World's Tallest Building, the Burj Khalifa, Is Now Available In…

You could say the Burj Khalifa was already built from Lego last month in Brazil, but there's no way all 31.19m could fit in my house. Lego's Architecture series could, as long as Tom Cruise promised not to climb it. » 5/25/11 11:20am 5/25/11 11:20am

The World's First Carbon Neutral City Opens For Business

Masdar City, the world's first carbon neutral city that's banned cars and skyscrapers from its streets, gives us a glimpse of what other parts of the world might look like in the future. Located in Abu Dhabi and financed by the city's ruler Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan (who has pumped between $15bn and $30bn… » 5/03/11 5:20am 5/03/11 5:20am

Just You Try Hacking This Gold Bar-Dispensing ATM In Abu Dhabi

In these financially uncertain times it's not surprising people are turning to gold instead of cash, but I'd like to know how many 7-11s actually accept 24-carat gold bars these days? » 5/13/10 9:20am 5/13/10 9:20am

World's Largest LED Project: Come On, Guys

The United Arab Emirates aren't booming like they used to, which is worrying. Judging from the latest, though, the UAE was only about three major architectural undertakings away from building an actual giant penis, so maybe it's for the best. » 12/07/09 9:41am 12/07/09 9:41am

This Is What the Most Leaning Building In the World Looks Like

This is the Capital Gate, a 525-foot tall tower that leans 18 degrees to the west, 14 degrees more than the Tower of Pisa. And unlike many of these spectacular projects, this one is actually well underway in Abu Dhabi, as you can see in this image: » 5/29/09 12:40pm 5/29/09 12:40pm

Driverless, Electricity-Run Taxis Will Dominate UAE Eco-City

The United Arab Emirates is planning a bunch of “personal rapid transit” devices: driverless taxis that run on electricity and could hit the streets of Masdar as early as this year. » 2/03/09 2:00am 2/03/09 2:00am

Capital Gate Tower is Four Times as Crooked as the Leaning Tower of Pisa

If you thought the Leaning Tower of Pisa was messed up, get a load of the Capital Gate tower currently being constructed in Abu Dhabi. Actually, saying it is "messed up" is incorrect given that the 18 degree westward incline was completely intentional. In fact, the project's architects have submitted a joint… » 10/30/08 1:15pm 10/30/08 1:15pm

Masdar HQ: World's First Positive Energy Building

The Masdar HQ in Abu Dhabi has big ambitions; the site is planned to be the world's first positive energy building, meaning it will create more energy than it consumes. Checkout some more fantastic images by clicking through the gallery. » 3/08/08 1:00pm 3/08/08 1:00pm