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The UAE Drops More Clues About Its Mysterious Plan to Colonise Mars

Earlier this year, the United Arab Emirates’ grabbed the world’s attention when Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum announced a plan to establish a colony on Mars by 2117. Officials have been relatively mum about the details of the “Mars 2117 Project”—but today, a person helping to lead the endeavour discussed how young Arab people will lead the mission. Read More >>

technology
Dubai Now Has Its Own Font

The city of Dubai has worked with Microsoft to create an official font for the city, which it claims is a world first (we're not convinced). Read More >>

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Someone Brought a Bird Army on a Flight – And Nobody Seemed to Mind

Reddit can feel like a cesspool of hate most days, but occasionally, it turns up some internet gems. Today, for example, a user posted a bonkers photo of a posse of large, intimidating-looking birds chilling on an airplane. Read More >>

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UAE Plans to Build an Artificial Mountain to Change the Weather

Before you grumble something along the lines of “More money than sense,” hear us out on this one. There’s actually some potentially sensible thinking behind the latest mad-sounding United Arab Emirates construction plan. 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 >>

architecture
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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Abu Dhabi’s New Airport Terminal Will Be Bigger Than the Pentagon

A new airport terminal is taking shape in Abu Dhabi, where roughly 12,000 construction workers are on site daily to finish the massive structure, whose floor area will outsize the Pentagon's. According to UAE paper The National, it will take 84,000 tons of steel to build the structure's dramatic arches, designed by New York based KPF. 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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UAE Opens Biggest Solar Power Station In the World

The Shams Power Company opened its Shams 1 concentrated solar power station this week in Abu Dhabi. The station generates 100 MW and can power 20,000 homes while reducing CO2 emissions by 175,000 tonnes per year. 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 >>