Month: February 2007

Dubai Media City turns Six

Dubai Media City (DMC) turned six in January. One of the Dubai government’s first projects in diversifying its economy with knowledge-based business clusters, DMC recently announced a 10 percent increase in the number of new companies staking their headquarters there. The demand for DMC’s products and services is apparent in the number of companies setting… Read more »

Over 70% of DuBiotech Completed

More than 70 percent of construction of the Dubai Biotechnology and Research Park (DuBiotech), a center for science-related research and production, is ahead of the scheduled June 2007 date of completion. DuBiotech is drawing top names in global pharmaceutical and biotechnology. Already 22 companies have been issued licenses, and 15 more are in the process… Read more »

Ski Dubai Greets its Millionth Visitor

After being open for only about a year, Ski Dubai welcomed its one millionth visitors. The main attraction at Mall of the Emirates, Ski Dubai is the first indoor ski resort in the Middle East. Both are ventures of MAF Investments. Ski Dubai offers residents and tourists skiing, snowboard, and tobogganing in a mountainous setting… Read more »

Dubai Select named as a ‘One to Watch’ in National Awards

Dubai Select, a company that supplies luxury property in the United Arab Emirates state of Dubai, has been unveiled as one of four finalists at the Fast Growth Business Awards 2007 in the ‘One to Watch’ category. The company, who is run by Stockport-born entrepreneur Mark Stott, is the only North-West based company in this… Read more »

Dubai Blueprint unsealed

Dubai has a new plan for economic growth. The Dubai Strategic Plan – 2015 (DSP) calls for Dubai to reach a GDP of at least $108 billion and increase per capita GDP to US$44,000 by the year 2015. “When I announced my Vision for Dubai, in the year 2000, I spoke of economic aims for… Read more »

Short Takes

Fleet maintenance work on Oman Air has begun, and the airline has cancelled its Salalah-Dubai flights on Tuesdays through April 16, 2007 when maintenance is expected to be complete. The airline used to service Salalah-Dubai four times a week but has recently reduced its routes to just two times a week. A new credit card… Read more »

Air conditioned water bus to operate in Dubai Creek

Get on the bus—the new air conditioned water bus. Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has given the green light for luxury air conditioned water bus service along the Dubai Creek. Air conditioned water bus service is expected to begin July 2007. The 10 buses will service four stations located in a loop along the… Read more »

Ride for peace mission arrives in Dubai

Indonesian adventurer Jeffrey “JJ” Polnaja, who is advocating for world peace by touring the world on his motorcycle, made a stop in Dubai in late January. Part of his “Ride for Peace” mission, the stop in Dubai is just one of 100 that Polnaja plans to make during the next five years. The motorcyclist was… Read more »