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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 other than their own? It's pretty simple, actually. Read More >>

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How the Persian Gulf is Quietly Building a Railroad Empire

Over in the US, 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 underground rail system. And that's nothing compared to the massive transit network being built to connect the rest of the Gulf states. Read More >>

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Take a Rare Tour of Dubai's Crazily Hectic Shipyards

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. Read More >>

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Dubai's Drone Delivery Idea Sounds Slightly Less Crazy Than Amazon's

Jeff Bezos has new competition in the deliver-by-drone race. Dubai officials want to start using drones to deliver government documents by next year. While Amazon's drone delivery programme probably won't happen, Dubai's equally-crazy plan might have a better shot at getting off the ground. Read More >>

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The World's Tallest Building May Soon be Without Elevators or A/C

Rent at the 163-storey Burj Khalifa doesn't come cheap. While a one-bedroom "only" costs £33,000 a year, it's the £15,000 service fee that really gets you. Now, a fight over these fees may force tenants to make the climb home on foot. Read More >>

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Dubai's Turning Drones into Firefighters

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? Read More >>

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Inside the Highest Hotel Rooms on Earth

Hey there, thrill-seeker. Do you like altitude? Do you like views? Well, why not book a night in one of the tallest hotels on Earth? Read More >>

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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, right? Read More >>

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Take a Gander at the Awesome Street View From the Top of the World's Tallest Building

Google's taken its Street View gear to the top of the Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest man-made structure in Dubai, nicknamed the vertical city. Needless to say, the vista is amazing. Check out this insane view. Read More >>

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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 as 40 per cent of buildings are vacant, though plans for more development are in the works. Matthias Heiderich, a Berlin-based photographer, captured the construction market in crisp pastel tones during a trip to both cities earlier this year. Read More >>

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Hearing the World’s Tallest Building Creak in a Storm Is Terrifying

Dubai's Burj Khalifa skyscraper is a lot of things: a testament to humankind's love of building humungous stuff for the hell of it. It's very shiny! And in a bad storm, it sounds like it's about to fall apart. Read More >>

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The Most Spectacular and Highest New Year's Eve Fireworks are Definitely In Dubai

Sometimes I think Dubai exists in its very own dimension, an alternative over-the-top world where everything has to be the best of the best. This amazing photograph by Gerald Donovan is proof: the biggest and tallest firework show in the world, shot on New Year's Eve 2013 at the Burj Khalifa, the highest man-made structure in the world at 2,722 feet (829.8 metres). Read More >>

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Predictably, the UK and the US Refused to Sign That UN Internet Treaty

Over the past fortnight, the internet has been awash with debate over the future of the internet: the UN, so the stories went, was planning to change the governance of the internet for good. Predictably, the UK and US have point-blank refused to play ball and that has stopped the proceedings dead. Read More >>

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Russia and China Are Pushing For More Government Control Over the Internet Because Duh

With the WCIT-12 in full swing, it's pretty much inevitable that some countries' views on the Internet and the direction they are trying to push it will leak out. In this case, the news is about a coalition led by Russia and China that aims to find ways to exert more government control over the 'net. Surprised? Read More >>

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Calm Down: Nobody Is Taking Over the Internet

For the next two weeks, the ITU—a United Nations agency that was formed to regulate telegraph lines in the 19th century—will try to make new rules for the Internet. This makes some people worried, but nobody should be. The entire conference is pointless. Read More >>

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Skydiving, Like Everything Else, Is Even Crazier in Dubai

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. Read More >>

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