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15 December 2008 @ 10:59 pm

Dubai to build world's first outdoor refrigerated beach.
The world's first refrigerated beach is to be built at a luxury hotel in Dubai so the filthy rich holidaymakers don't burn their feet on the scalding hot sand. The revolutionary beach will sit next to the new Palazzo Versace hotel and will include a system of heat-absorbing pipes built under the sand and giant wind blowers, designed to keep tourists cool in the searing 40-50C heat. The hotel, which is due to open late next year or early 2010, will be controlled by thermostats linked up to computers and feature a cooled swimming pool. However, the plans have been criticised by campaigners who are infuriated by the potential impact on climate change... the city's continued expansion will also add to its huge carbon footprint. Each person living in Dubai has a carbon footprint of more than 44 tons of CO2 a year.



Dubai to outdo itself after its manmade World Islands, plan to add Universe-themed manmade islands to them.
Dubai’s largest developer, Nakheel, recently revealed plans for an entire archipelago of universe-themed islands at a $20 million dollar opening party for the Atlantis Resort. The cosmic string of strands will feature a sun, stars, and planets, and will be situated inshore of the already constructed World Islands.



U.S. citizen allegedly tortured in the United Arab Emirates.



An image gallery of life in Dubai.


Sources: Twitter Dubai feed and Twitter: Secret Dubai.

For those of you that don't know, I was born and raised in Dubai. I moved out of Dubai for good in 1997.
 
 
 
 
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03 July 2008 @ 01:05 am
Christopher Hitchens has himself waterboarded to prove it's not really torture. His verict afterwards? "Believe me, it's torture."

Google and Family Guy creator Seth McFarlane have struck up a deal to work together.

How Panasonic puts the 'Tough' in their legendary, near-indestructible, oil-rig and warzone ready ToughBook line of laptops.

Australians make odd choices for funeral songs. ADELAIDE, Australia - Hymns are being replaced at funerals in one Australian city by popular rock classics like Led Zeppelin's "Stairway to Heaven" and AC/DC's "Highway to Hell," a cemetery manager said Wednesday. Leading the funeral chart is crooner Frank Sinatra's classic hit "My Way," followed by Louis Armstrong's version of "Wonderful World," a statement said. "Some of the more unusual songs we hear actually work very well within the service because they represent the person's character," Centennial Park chief executive Bryan Elliott said. Among other less conventional choices were "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life" by the Monty Python comedy team, "Ding Dong the Witch is Dead," "Hit the Road Jack," "Another One Bites the Dust" and "I'll Sleep When I'm Dead."

The United States leads the world in rates of experimenting with marijuana and cocaine despite strict drug laws, WHO researchers said on Tuesday. Countries with looser drug laws have notably lower rates of abuse and addiction.

Hot on the heels of a massive algae bloom in China, 33,000 exterminators and 200 tons of pesticides will be used to combat a locust infestation.

Firefighter lifts SUV a foot off the ground to free driver's pinned arm.

Kentucky woman accused of trading sex for gasoline. Insert [getting screwed by gas prices joke here, etc.]

Chinese employee forced to return to work with a broken arm, forced to use drill with left hand while steadying the drill with chin, resulting in worker breaking other arm. Boss still made him go back to work. Amazingly, this happened in Australia, not China or India. The company has been fined $100,000.

British man slowly turning into a woman, baffling doctors and scientists. Ten years ago he spontaneusly lost his beard, grew breasts and his skin got soft and smooth.

Chinese soldiers being corrupted by karaoke and saunas.

Thanks to merciless teasing, the gift cow with antlers that France gave to Canada has gone into hiding.

Actual headline: French man with two asses surprises Swedish officials.


A collection of the most beautiful bridges in the world.


Dell offering the ultimate "Windows Vista bonuses" with their machines to Vista-hating customers: Windows XP.

A gallery of various camers sliced in half.

Arguing that Microsoft may be a better place to work than Google.

Age verification cameras are easy to fool.


Now you can overclock your Mac too.


Eight signs the American economy is in a slump.

Apple has ordered 50 million 8 GB NAND flash chips from maker Samsung, causing them to put all their other customers on hold for now.


Introducing the cargo moped / scooter.