A short historical film of the United Arab Emirates by Journeyman Pictures, which covers the economic development of the Middle East nation since the 1950s – from pearling, oil discovery, to trading, tourism, properties and luxuries etc…
The man jumped from the 147th (unoccupied) floor and landed on a deck on the 108th floor. Police said that the man had requested a holiday but was refused.
Burj Khalifa image by Nelson Ebelt (unrelated to the news).
UAE investors is looking towards space for investments as the $7.5 billion USD space tourism industry is set to take off.
The Emirates Institution for Advanced Science and Technology (EIAST) and US-based Bigelow Aerospace recently signed a memorandum to establish a commercial human space flight programme for Dubai and the UAE.
Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic, which is partly owned by Abu Dhabi based Aabar, also plans to bring space tourism to the United Arab Emirates by building a space port in Abu Dhabi as soon as it gets approvals from US authorities.
At the moment the cost of a return ticket to outer space for the first flights is between $95,000 and $200,000, depending on the flight provider, but these prices are expected to fall as capacity increases. Some experts estimate that the typical price to fly into space by 2030 will be around $25,000. More on Gulfnews.
A hotel in the oil-rich emirate of Abu Dhabi, UAE, is bidding for an entry in the Guinness World Records for housing the world’s most expensively decorated tree.
The 13-meter Christmas tree was decorated by the Style Gallery with jewellery, gold and precious stones worth more than 40 million DH (~ $11 million USD) in total. It’s currently exhibited at the luxurious Emirates Palace Hotel, which also made headlines earlier this year for housing the world’s first gold vending machine.