Why Do Chinese Investors Want to Build a Dubai-Style City In Kenya?

A coalition of 100 investors announced plans to build a "Chinese-controlled economic zone" populated by skyscrapers and luxury residences. Their new city will be in Kenya, but the goal is to "match the glamour of Dubai." What would motivate investors to go to the trouble of building a massive new city in a country other… » 4/08/14 2:20pm 4/08/14 2:20pm

How the Persian Gulf Is Quietly Building a Railroad Empire

Here in the U.S., the arrival of a new tunnel boring machine is huge news, warranting naming ceremonies and Twitter accounts. Meanwhile, in Doha, officials have quietly signed a contract to buy fifteen boring machines to build a sprawling new subway system. And that's nothing compared to the massive transit network… » 3/17/14 10:00am 3/17/14 10:00am

Dubai's Drone Delivery Idea Might Be Slightly Less Crazy Than Amazon's

Jeff Bezos has some new competition in the crazy drone delivery race. Dubai officials want to start using drones to deliver government documents by next year. And while Amazon's drone delivery program probably won't happen, Dubai's equally-crazy plan might have a slightly better shot at getting off the ground. » 2/15/14 10:00am 2/15/14 10:00am

Dubai had the world's largest fireworks show and it was amazing

To celebrate the New Year, Dubai decided to break the Guinness World Record for world's largest fireworks show. Because of course the world's largest fireworks show would be in Dubai. They put the best show on every year. Might as well put on the biggest too. Dubai exploded over 500,000 fireworks in just 6 minutes… » 1/02/14 8:12pm 1/02/14 8:12pm

​Dubai's $7 Billion Expo 2020 Could Become a Glittering White Whale

Seven years from now, Dubai will welcome roughly 70 million tourists to its first World Expo, housed inside a gigantic, brand new, solar-powered city. But exactly how smart of an investment is an Expo, these days? And can economically volatile Dubai handle the $7 billion cost? » 12/06/13 2:00pm 12/06/13 2:00pm

The World's Tallest Building Looks Badass From A Helicopter

There's a lot to know about Dubai's towering Burj Khalifa. Every creak and every inch is constantly monitored and explored. But sometimes you just want to see something lit up in all its glory. And that's the point where you get in a helicopter and go take some awesome night shots. You have access to a helicopter,… » 7/21/13 10:32am 7/21/13 10:32am

Gorgeous Windswept Photos of Dubai's Booming, Bloated Metropolis

Ten years ago, there were more than 800 individual buildings under construction in Dubai at any given time. Today, Dubai and Abu Dhabi suffer from a vast oversupply of real estate: some claim that as much at 40 percent of buildings are vacant, though plans for more development are in the works. Matthias Heiderich, a… » 6/03/13 4:22pm 6/03/13 4:22pm

Watch a Sand Storm From the Top of the World's Tallest Building

Dubai-based Photographer Gerald Donovan went to the top of the tallest skyscraper in the world—the 2,722-foot tall Burj Khalifa—just in time to watch a sand storm engulfing the city. It wasn't a pleasant experience, but he captured it on this video. » 5/06/13 5:38pm 5/06/13 5:38pm

The Most Spectacular New Year's Eve Fireworks Are Definitely In Dubai

Sometimes I think Dubai exists in its very own dimension, an alternative over-the-top world where everything has to be the best of the best. This amazing photograph by Gerald Donovan is proof: the biggest and tallest firework show in the world, shot on New Year's Eve 2013 at the Burj Khalifa, the highest man-made… » 1/02/13 10:23am 1/02/13 10:23am

Predictably, the US Refused to Sign That UN Internet Treaty

Over the past fortnight, the internet has been awash with debate over the future of the internet: the UN, so the stories went, was planning to change the governance of the internet for good. Predictably, the US has point-blank refused to play ball—along with Canada and the UK—and that stops proceeding dead. » 12/14/12 3:45am 12/14/12 3:45am

Russia and China Are Pushing For More Government Control Over the…

With the WCIT-12 in full swing, it's pretty much inevitable that some countries' views on the Internet and the direction they are trying to push it will leak out. In this case, the news is about a coalition led by Russia and China that aims to find ways to exert more government control over the 'net. Surprised? » 12/09/12 12:00pm 12/09/12 12:00pm