Archive for August, 2010

At the top of Burj Khalifa, the Dubai gift

Saturday, August 14th, 2010

It began as a desire to become home to the tallest man made structure in the world. With the name being changed from Burj Dubai (Burj meaning ‘tower’) to Burj Khalifa, the world watched as Dubai renamed one of its most prized possessions after the President of UAE and ruler of Abu Dhabi, during the time when the oil rich capital rescued Dubai from a mire of debt due to its tower-like ambitions collapsing under the financial crisis between 2007 and 2010. (more…)

Academic city: Classes between the desert and the palms

Monday, August 9th, 2010

Dubai’s effort to build a world class city along the lines of Singapore’s model was made unique when they offered free zones not only to business enterprises but also conceived a free zone devoted solely to tertiary education. Thus came up Dubai International Academic city in 2006, the first of its kind in the world. The move was to serve Dubai’s vision of developing a knowledge-based economy and thus implant the much needed pool of talented youth. However much to the students’ plight, while the DIAC development is still in the construction phase, many universities decided to shift their campus here from their earlier base in Knowledge Village (which in this context can be referred to as a paradise). (more…)