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26 July, 2011 Real Estate

Cityscape Global 2011

As many Middle East countries, including the UAE, promote their position as a stable market place for international investment, the real estate industry is one that is anticipated to benefit most from the growing attention from both East and West.

Hosting a number of international exhibitors, as well as those based locally and regionally, the region’s premier event for the international...

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Saudi technology to diagnose bird flu

10 July, 2011 Around the UAE

Saudi technology to diagnose bird flu

Saudi researcher Najla Bent Saoud has presented a new genetic technology for Saudi preventive medicine: a new method for treating and preventing bird flu. The researcher has succeeded in adding a new value to the diagnosis of the "H1N1" bird virus, and created a new method to reveal Saudi strains of bird flu. The researcher's creation is the subject of her Ph.D. thesis at King Abdel Aziz Univers...

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Zaha Hadid designs the Z-Chair

9 July, 2011 Design

Zaha Hadid designs the Z-Chair

Iraqi designer Zaha Hadid has created a new design called the "Z-Chair" made of polished steel. The architect was able to incorporate the essence of contemporary design for the benefit of the Italian furniture company Sawaya & Moroni. A simple three-dimensional gesture zigzags through space as part of the continual discourse between form and function, elegance and utility, differentiation and con...

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The Gamete Lamp: Inspired by plant seeds

9 July, 2011 Design

The Gamete Lamp: Inspired by plant seeds

In a collaboration with the top manufacturer of lamps and 3D furniture "MGX By Materialise", Belgian designer Xavier Lust has created a new lamp called "Gamete", inspired by tree seeds. The designer was inspired by the constructive language of plant seeds transported by the wind. The lamp contains an elegant envelope which protects our eyes from the light. The lamp has three different designs t...

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 Rezidor Adds Two New Hotels

9 July, 2011 Around the UAE

Rezidor Adds Two New Hotels

The Rezidor Hotels Group has announced the addition of two new hotels in the Emirates: the "Radisson Royal" in Dubai and "Radisson Blu" in Al Fujairah. The Royal hotel will contain 471 rooms, while the one in Fujairah will have 257 rooms. The group will manage them with its excellent hotel standards. The new hotels will be owned by the Kuwaiti company ACICO, which is listed on the Kuwaiti stock...

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Tetris for a Building

8 July, 2011 Amazing Spaces

Tetris for a Building

The Slovenian Urban Planning Institute assigned Ofis Group to design 650 apartments in the capital Ljubljana, and these have now been built. The apartments are on four storeys, in total 58 meters long and 15 meters wide. The Institute was inspired by the famous block building game "Tetris". The front side was inspired by an array of Tetris parts, and although the parts have different shapes and s...

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World's Narrowest House: Only 1.5 meters wide

8 July, 2011 Amazing Spaces

World's Narrowest House: Only 1.5 meters wide

The Polish architect Jakub Szczęsny has designed the world's narrowest house, which is only 1.5 meters wide. Despite its size, it contains everything present in a normal-sized house, including a kitchen, a bathroom, a bedroom and a living room. Due to its narrowness, the designer built longitudinal stairs instead of normal ones. The narrow house will be built in an alley between an old tenement ...

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Signs of recovery for Dubai property market

6 July, 2011 Real Estate

Signs of recovery for Dubai property market

After undergoing a slump, real estate market in Dubai shows signs of improvement. Dubai hospitality and retail sectors have performed well, according to a report by the world's leading property investment and advisory firm Jones Lang LaSalle. The latest report of Jones Lang LaSalle ‘Dubai Real Estate Market Overview-Q2 2011' has covered residential, office, retail and hospitality sector. The r...

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Three-year visas for UAE real estate investors

3 July, 2011 Real Estate

Three-year visas for UAE real estate investors

The UAE federal government has approved the extension of  visas for UAE property investors from six months to three years.

The news agency, WAM, reports that the decision was taken by the Federal Cabinet at a meeting in Abu Dhabi.  “The government took a raft of measures as part of its efforts to underpin economic growth within its strategic plan 2011-2013, including extensio...

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