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A great attempt by what looks like an Emirati national, at singing a Malayalam song!!


The best time to kick a person is when he is down. This is the beating that Dubai has taken. While I am not a fan of life in Dubai, as seen from my few visits and stories I have heard, I have always been baffled by the velocity of their growth.

Look at it from the other end. A person buys a car and the payments are financed. A year down the line, he falls into dire financial straits. He sells the car or gets the loan to be refinanced and reschedules the payment, if that is acceptable. This is normal.

So what is different in Dubai? They have assets, and they have only proposed a rescheduling of the payment of a bond. In what has been, clear over reaction, by the media and rating agencies which have now downgraded the status of investments in Dubai, its reputation and goodwill has taken a serious beating.

A reputation of sanguine courage fuelled by ambition. You cannot put a limit on resources or time for ambition. Then it becomes a project. Ambition is fuelled bythe inner force of leaders with a vision and as long as that force does not fade, Dubai will continue its growth. The city has come a long way from “humidity & flies’ to a become a metropolis of steel and glass.

The current correction may slow it down, but the show will go on… For those of you who thought that Dubai was over priced, now might be the time to pick up some good buys!

camel meat A Saudi restaurant (Hashi meals) is offering Hashi Burgers. Hashi is local lingo for baby camels. The camel has been used as a multi-role beast of burden in the region, excelling in its role as desert transportation, milk provider, fodder and even war machine. During the pre-oil era wealth was measured based on the heads of camel one owned. Camels are still revered, in their region with races and beauty pageants being held regularly. Dubai even hosts a camel hospital were injured race camels are taken for treatment.

Camel meat is known to be low fat and healthy, and the burger seems to be gaining popularity in the Kingdom. The Milk has also been used for regular consumption and more recently for manufacturing camel milk Chocolate. While I am not sure if eating a camel is exactly halal, it comes from the Kingdom, so I guess it must be certified.

Make one yourself. Get the best steak, grind it, make it into a patty and fry it…just like it was done for Henry Ford.

masdar Masdar City, is a new development being built in Abu Dhabi. This city will be the first in the world which will be zero carbon and zero waste and powered totally by renewable sources. The city will also be car free and pedestrian friendly with only 200m to nearest access to public transport networks.  These public network transport networks shall consist of light rail transport LRT and Personal rapid transport PRT systems which will ensure both speed and privacy. Photovoltaic, Geothermal and reverse osmosis  are some of the technologies that are under consideration to build the new city.

This city will definitely be a pioneering effort, leading the way to a cleaner greener world. The costs of building a city of this scale is definitely huge, but the benefits cannot be measured on any scale.

It all started out when American Airlines, cut out one olive from the salad served on board and saved a few hundred800px-Emirates_A380_2  thousand dollars. Emirates is now embarking on a drive to reduce the load on their aircraft, by removing all the printed material onboard their new A380 aircraft which is slated to start flying from the beginning of next month. Printed matter, like their in flight magazine – which happens to be quite informative, onboard shopping catalog, etc. All this will be replaced by digital content that can be viewed on their in flight entertainment system.

With the price of fuel going as high as the highest possible flying altitude, airlines are looking at ways to cut down their fuel consumption. This can be done only by reducing the weight and by finding ways to generate revenue en-route, onboard.  You can’t get rid of the cargo in the hold or the live ones on the deck!!

Well, that saves costs, but that also saves a lot of trees used for manufacturing paper and also cuts down on the emissions that these large birds spew out. Now, that’s definitely going to leave the skies a little more bluer.