World's first climate-controlled neighborhood to be built in Dubai

Dubai has unveiled plans for the world's first indoor, climate-controlled neighborhood—a 450-hectare city area with a retractable glass roof and the world's largest shopping center. This sounds to me like the hell on earth but I better get used to it: Every major city will probably be like this by the end of the… » 7/10/14 4:40pm 7/10/14 4:40pm

Watch a drone fly over the Burj Khalifa and Dubai

The view sure is nice from up there, isn't it? Team Blacksheep flew a drone all across—or more accurately, all over—Dubai to show you downtown Dubai, the Palm Island, the Burj Al Arab and of course, the world's tallest building, the Burj Khalifa. It's the closest we'll ever get to flying like Superman. » 5/16/14 9:24pm 5/16/14 9:24pm

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… » 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