An Emirati national was sentenced to ten years in prison for badmouthing political leaders on social media.
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.
It makes perfect sense. Burning buildings are very dangerous places for people to enter, so when there's a fire that needs to be put out, why not recruit robots to do the dirty work?
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.
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…
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…
RIM's CEO Mike Lazaridis spoke out ahead of tomorrow's banning of BlackBerry services in Saudi Arabia, coolly pointing out that "everything on the Internet is encrypted. This is not a BlackBerry-only issue." [WSJ]
Following Bahrain and India's threats of legal action against RIM earlier this year, the United Arab Emirates is claiming BlackBerry phones are a threat to national security due to the fact that all of the data is stored overseas, thus making it more difficult for the UAE to spy on its citizens' communication—or…
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?
The Times' Bits blog has an interesting little item on how the iPad is already making its way around the globe, courtesy of gadget travel agency eBay. Here are the countries who are paying top dollar.
Dubai's supposedly doomed, with half-finished buildings littering the skyline as their wealth trickles away like sand through a timer. Before I get more poetic, Abu Dhabi looks to be faring better, if this eco-city is anything to go by.
Currently, there's a typo in a trending topic on Twitter, and it's doing my head in, though at least it won't be responsible for a plane tail-strike like the one that occurred at Melbourne Airport in Australia earlier this year.
The United Arab Emirates has just stolen the crown from Taiwan in the tallest building stakes. The Burj Dubai, still under construction, reached 141 stories on Saturday 21/07/07. The structure stands an impressive 512.1m (1,680ft) tall.