Jebel Jais was supposed to lead to the boom of the new, growing, oil-rich and tourist-friendly United Arab Emirates. Instead the road became a perfectly paved 22-mile symbol of the global recession, a dream for fast drivers, and a safe haven from a brutal surveillance state — all to the tune of just $80 million.
An Emirati national was sentenced to ten years in prison for badmouthing political leaders on social media.
The list of countries that have mounted successful missions to Mars is not exactly long: the U.S. and Russia, as you’d expect, and more recently India. But now the United Arab Emirates has an ambitious plan to enter the race as soon as 2020.
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.
Photographer Sherilal Mohanan captured this spectacular image of the United Arab Emirates' Al Fursan national air display team performing for Abu Dhabi, flying Italian-built Aermacchi MB-339NAT jets. Beautiful shot.
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.
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…
All that cement and steel has to come from somewhere. In an amazing video by filmmaker Brandon Li, we get a chance to stroll through a world not many see: The dockyards of Dubai, where everything from food to construction materials arrive in the UAE city.
Rent at the 163-story Burj Khalifa doesn't come cheap. While a one-bedroom "only" costs $55,000 a year (according to CNN), it's the $25,000 service fee that really gets you. Now, a fight over these fees may force tenants to make the climb home on foot.
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,…
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…
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.
Dubai is full of unbelievable things like the tallest building in the world and a mall with a ski slope. It's pretty awesome, but you know what makes it even better? Skydiving over it.
The middle of the Saudi Desert isn't really the first place you'd think of as the location for the world's largest dairy farm but that's exactly where Al Safi Farms produces 122,000 gallons of milk a day.
An eccentric, or perhaps just egocentric, Shiek in Abu Dhabi has carved his name into the desert of an United Arab Emirates island he owns in giant 1000 meter letters. And it just happens to be visible from space.
In a new file released by WikiLeaks, Abd Al Rahim Abdul Raza Janko told interrogators at Guantanamo Bay that he was forced to spy on Al-Qaeda when he was blackmailed with a sex tape.
When Colonel Gadhafi seized control of the internet and jammed cellular networks, it left 2 million Libyans without secure wireless communication to each other or the world. It also caused mayhem for the rebels, who were left coordinating their battle fronts with only hand signals, "a throw-back that proved…
Watch me figure the Zayed National Museum out: its metallic sails are obviously supposed to represent the wingtips of some enormous super-insect whose head happens to be burrowed underground while it's taking a nap.