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World's First Climate-Controlled Neighbourhood To Be Built In Dubai

Dubai has unveiled plans for the world’s first indoor, climate-controlled neighbourhood — a 450-hectare city area with a retractable glass roof and the world’s largest shopping center. This sounds to me like the hell on earth but I better get used to it: Every major city will probably be like this by the end of the century.


Dubai Is Obviously Building The World's Biggest Shopping Centre

Since building something that’s conventional is out of the question for Dubai, the second-largest United Arab Emirates city announced today that it’s breaking ground on the world’s largest shopping centre. In a grand announcement made by the emirate’s ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum, “substantial work” has begun on the aptly titled “Mall of the World”. However, details such as a targeted completion date, its cost, and where the financing would come from weren’t disclosed. Plans for the mega-mall were originally announced 18 months ago.


Watch A Drone Fly Over The Burj Khalifa And Dubai

Video: The view sure is nice from up there, isn’t it? Team Blacksheep flew a drone all across — or more accurately, all over — Dubai to show you downtown Dubai, the Palm Island, the Burj Al Arab and of course, the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa. It’s the closest we’ll ever get to flying like Superman.


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.


How The Persian Gulf Is Quietly Building A Railroad Empire

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 15 boring machines to build a sprawling new train system. And that’s nothing compared to the massive transit network being built to connect the rest of the Gulf states.


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.


Dubai's Drone Delivery Idea Might Be Slightly Less Crazy Than Amazon's

Jeff Bezos has some new competition in the crazy drone delivery race. Dubai officials want to start using drones to deliver government documents by next year. And while Amazon’s drone delivery program probably won’t happen, Dubai’s equally-crazy plan might have a slightly better shot at getting off the ground.


The World's Tallest Building May Soon Be Without Lifts Or A/C

Rent at the 163-storey Burj Khalifa doesn’t come cheap. While a one-bedroom “only” costs $US55,000 a year (according to CNN), it’s the $US25,000 service fee that really gets you. Now, a fight over these fees may force tenants to make the climb home on foot.


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?


Inside The Highest Hotel Rooms On Earth

Hey there, thrillseeker. Do you like altitude? Do you like views? Well, why not book a night in one of the tallest hotels on Earth? The tallest hotel in the US opened up in Times Square this week, spurring us to take a peek at the tallest rentable rooms in the world.