Drink water Dubai style in Burj Khalifa-themed bottles

By B. Debusmann  www.khaleejtimes.com

A Dubai expat’s ambitious plan to introduce a brand of Burj Khalifa-themed luxury water bottles to the UAE in the lead up to Expo 2020 will also see the creation of the world’s most expensive – fully platinum and diamond encrusted – water bottle and the world’s tallest crystal bottle.

1According to Danish inventor Tayseer Hadi, the water bottles will be approximately half a metre tall; the 750ml ‘Burj Khalifa Water’ bottle will be made of K9 crystal, and will include LED lights in a removable base to give the water – which will probably be imported from Iceland – a blue glow.

Hadi told Khaleej Times he came up with the idea in 2013 to represent Dubai’s creativity and constant quest to be innovative, and hopes that the bottles – which he estimates will sell for approximately Dh700 – will one day become an iconic Dubai souvenir.

“When I first came to Dubai I wanted to create something that was different. I’ve always been interested in the water business, and I saw it as something that would bloom,” he said.

“Then one day I was in The Dubai Mall, and I was sitting in a res-taurant wondering why we’re drinking Voss water, Evian water. Why doesn’t Dubai have a water that represents Dubai? “It suddenly hit me that I’d make a water in the shape of the Burj Khalifa,” he said. More info

New details revealed of Dubai’s latest world’s tallest 928-metre ‘The Tower’

By P. Deulgainkar  www.emirates247.com

The oval-shaped bud atop the 928-metre The Tower, the centrepiece of six-square-kilometre Dubai Creek Harbour development, will house ten observation decks, including The Pinnacle Room that will offer 360-degree views of the city and beyond.

1“The bud will serve as a beacon of light at night, with a lighting system that will evoke the features of a flower bud, as it seemingly hovers atop the structure,” Aurecon revealed the information in a statement announcing its collaboration with Santiago Calatrava, the architect of the new Dubai icon.

ermed the most “breathtaking” design feature on The Tower, the Australian company said that the net of cable that extends from the tower to the ground reflects the delicate ribbing of lily leaves.

The project, which is being developed by Emaar Properties, has a strong focus on energy efficiency and sustainability, including a cooling system to mitigate the region’s hot climate.

“The water collected from this system will also clean the structure’s facade, for example. Elegant landscaping and vegetation on and around the tower will encourage solar protection. An integrated shading system and wing doors will also contribute to its energy efficiency,” Aurecon statement said. More info

Longer fast on higher Burj Khalifa floors

By Faisal Masudi, Staff Reporter; Noorhan Barakat, Staff Reporter  www.gulfnews.com

Dubai: Residents on the higher floors of Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest tower in Dubai, should end their day’s fast a few minutes later than those at ground level, a top cleric has said.

Image Credit: Francois Nel/Gulf News

Image Credit: Francois Nel/Gulf News

Ahmad Al Haddad, Grand Mufti of Dubai, explained that the fast lasts until the complete setting of the sun, which is visible for a longer time at high altitudes.

According to astronomers, the sun rises earlier and sets later at higher altitudes compared to the same location at ground level.

On a plane cruising at 12,000 metres, for instance, the variation in altitude is approximately linear, meaning sunset is later by one minute for every 1.5 kilometres in altitude, and sunrise is earlier by the same amount of time.

In high-rises that have less than roughly 80 floors, the difference in timing is negligible. More info

800 apartments in Damac’s Aykon City sold in 12 weeks

By Jamie Goodwin  www.arabianbusiness.com

More than 800 apartments in Damac Properties’ Aykon City development have been sold, the company said in a statement.

2The project, which comprises both serviced hotel and residential apartments, overlooks the Dubai Canal on Sheikh Zayed Road.

The announcement follows sales events in Dubai and Abu Dhabi on Saturday.

“We have sold more than 800 units in Aykon City including serviced hotel apartments and residential units in just 12 weeks,” said Ziad El Chaar, managing director of Damac Properties. “It is testament to the desirability of Dubai’s real estate market, especially in the luxury serviced residences sector. The demand for the high-end, refined living in AYKON City is exceptional.” More info

Emaar Entertainment announces partnership with Discovery Consumer Products, revealing first-of-their-kind initiatives

By viji  http://www.aviamost.ae/

Emaar Entertainment, the leisure and entertainment subsidiary of Emaar Properties, has partnered with Discovery Consumer Products, the licensing arm of Discovery Communications.

2aThe partnership is focused on promoting the companies’ shared philosophy of valuing the practice of conservation and philanthropy, while delivering experiences that inspire, entertain, educate and delight.

The initial project in the new partnership between Emaar Entertainment and Discovery Consumer Products is the new flagship Discovery Channel store, opened today at Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo in The Dubai Mall. The store promotes the concept of ‘responsible retail’ and is first for the region.

The next exciting initiative is an embodiment of one of Discovery’s cult franchises, the now- iconic ‘Shark Week’. Opening to the public in Summer 2016, this sensational new addition to Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo will be the world’s first official ‘Discovery Shark Week’ exhibit, bringing the franchise to life and offering guests access to the underwater world of the sharks, through a truly innovative and interactive experience. More info

Emaar chairman dubs Trump’s comments “ridiculous”

By Staff  www.arabianbusiness.com

Emaar Properties chairman Mohamed Alabbar has described Donald Trump’s proposed ban on Muslims entering the US as “ridiculous” and admitted the American presidential candidate’s comments “did not really resonate well in the Middle East”, reported sister publication Arabian Business.

2aInterviewed on Erin Burnett’s OutFront show on CNN, Alabbar said Trump’s controversial proposal to ban all Muslims from the US is “just so ridiculous – I don’t think this is going to happen.”

Asked whether the US real estate mogul and politician would find it harder to do business in the Middle East because of his comments, Alabbar responded: “Some of the comments…maybe he’s doing them for the politics, for the US…He’s a wise man, a smart man, but it didn’t really resonate well with people in the Middle East.”

Emaar Properties’ is expected to commence work on its latest scheme, The Tower at Dubai Creek Harbour – to become Dubai’s tallest tower – next month.

Alabbar told Erin Burnett the tower would be 100 metres taller than the 828-metre Burj Khalifa.

“[It] will have a boutique hotel, few floors of gardens, restaurants, observation decks and function halls,” he said.

“The plaza will be much bigger than the [Downtown Dubai] plaza because of the sheer size of the tower and the cables… but what we will do with the plaza and how we beautify it and real estate around it will be quite a job.” More info

WATCH: Dubai’s new Tower much taller than Burj Khalifa

By Y. S. Kapadia  www.khaleejtimes.com

Dubai will be home to the tallest tower in the world – dwarfing the current tallest tower in the world, Burj Khalifa, by 100 meters (328 feet).

2aMohammed Alabbar, Chairman of Emaar Properties PJSC, made this revelation in a recent interview with CNN. The $1 billion Tower will be built at Dubai Creek Harbour by the developer, that already holds the record for building the tallest building in the world, Dubai’s iconic Burj Khalifa.

According to CNN, Alabbar has said that work will start on the project to build the tower next month.

Earlier this year, at the project launch event, Alabbar had announced that the new observation tower would be “a notch” taller than the Burj Khalifa, without revealing the exact height. It is due to open by the time Dubai hosts the World Expo in 2020.

The Tower serves as the vibrant core of Dubai Creek Harbour, a 6 sq. km world-class master planned development that is two times the size of Downtown Dubai and located 10 minutes form the Dubai International airport. The waterfront development is centred off the Dubai Creek, the cradle of Dubai’s history and culture, and in close proximity to the Ras Al Khor National Wildlife Sanctuary, protected under the Enesco Ramsar Convention and home to over 67 species of water birds. More info

Burj Khalifa shares 160 stories for its 160 storeys

By Staff  khaleejtimes.com

Did you know that the maximum occupancy of the Burj Khalifa is 35,000 people, almost the population of a small town! And did you know that during the hot summer months or in the cool winters, the temperature at the top of Burj Khalifa is six degrees cooler than at ground level.

2These are just few of the 160 interesting facts about the Burj that can be read about on its dynamic new website, www.burjkhalifa.ae

Bringing unmatched value to visitors, the new interactive website opens doors to 160 untold stories of Burj Khalifa, corresponding to each and every habitable level of the tower.

The website also unlocks doors to several new facets of the tower including the art pieces that have been specially commissioned for Burj Khalifa, insights into the industry-defining technology used and its exclusive events venues.

Visitors can also learn all about the history and making of Burj, from its evolution as ‘History Rising’ to now being ‘A Living Wonder’ and the world’s first ‘Vertical City’ with homes, offices, the prestigious Armani Hotel Dubai, At.mosphere, Burj Khalifa restaurant and other attractions.

A highlight of the new website is the ‘Booking’ tab that provides a direct link to explore At the Top, Burj Khalifa SKY, which holds the Guinness World Record for the ‘Highest Observation Deck’ on Level 148, 555 metres high. The experience also includes a tour of Level 125. Visitors can also make bookings for At the Top, Burj Khalifa, the first observation deck that opened in the tower on Level 124. More info

Sculptor builds Dubai’s soaring Burj Khalifa skyscraper out of toothpicks to bag world record

By ALEX WARD KORAY EROL  www.mirror.co.uk 

A sculptor has scaled new heights – by building the world’s tallest toothpick model.

2bStanley Hayes Munro, 45, from Syracuse, New York, is a toothpick engineer.

The former haunted house designer built his first sculpture in school when tasked with creating a structure that could hold the weight of an egg.

And he’s been hooked ever since.

Now, he has won the world record for the tallest toothpick structure with a mammoth sculpture of the Burj Kahlifa, Dubai.

For Stanley though, he has always been more concerned with the integrity of his work – structural integrity that is. More info

ZM hosts conquer Dubai’s Burj Khalifa – just

Source: spy.nzherald.co.nz

The ZM Breakfast team of Fletch, Vaughan and Megan have visited the famed Burj Khalifa during their week-long tour of Dubai – but it proved a tough ask for one of the presenters.

2bMegan Sellers freely admitted on Instagram that she “struggled a lot” up the world’s tallest building, saying she had a wee cry before making it out on to its highest observation deck.

“I had to walk backwards and sit down, but I got a photo for proof! Present Megan is pretty proud of past Megan!” she wrote. More info and photos