Posts tagged with ‘united arab emirates

Using scientific magic to make it rain (a lot) in the Arabian desert

As you may know, it doesn’t rain a whole hell of a lot on the Arabian peninsula, which is one reason whey it’s mostly different kinds of sand. But booming populations need rain, as water is pretty essential stuff for survival, so scientists in the UAE have pretty much perfected the art of forcing it to rain by using negatively charged particles to attract dust that then form the basis of rainclouds.

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Durex launches an on-demand condom service in Dubai

Because sometimes you’re about to get it on with your super hot rich babe and you realize you’re out of condoms. No problem… if you’re in Dubai, you can use the Durex SOS iPhone app to have condoms delivered to your door within an hour.

Check out the first 360 degree panorama from atop the tallest building in the world

If you were at the very top of the Burj Khalifa tower in Dubai, this is what it would look like right before you lost your balance and plunged to your death.

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Who had the tallest New Year’s Eve fireworks display? Dubai, of course.

That’s a shitload of fireworks on a skyscraper that’s mostly empty.

Photos of Dubai before the oil boom
Before Dubai was flush with oil money, before they were determined to turn the city into a real-life Tomorrowland, Dubai and the UAE was just another tiny Arabian desert country with a small population living in a very similar manner that they had been for hundreds of years.
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Photos of Dubai before the oil boom

Before Dubai was flush with oil money, before they were determined to turn the city into a real-life Tomorrowland, Dubai and the UAE was just another tiny Arabian desert country with a small population living in a very similar manner that they had been for hundreds of years.

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Guess who wants to build a giant underwater hotel of the future? Dubai, of course.

Just when you think that Dubai and the UAE are surely running out of money and they’ve built all the crazy, over the top shit they can build, they come up with something else. Like this amazing futuristic underwater hotel of the future. 

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Crazy New Year’s fireworks display on the Burj Khalifa tower in Dubai

When you’ve got the world’s tallest building, you’ve got half a vertical mile of fucking awesome fireworks you can use in your New Year’s Eve celebration. 

What happens when you flush a toilet in the tallest building in the world?

The Burj Khalifa in Dubai is currently the world’s tallest building at 2,723 feet, which is cool and all, but the problem is that Dubai may have a whole lot of oil money, but they haven’t apparently spent that money on sewage infrastructure. Which is bad when you have toilets half a mile in the sky.

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Arab sheik carves his name in the desert large enough to be clearly seen from orbit. Because he can.

If you’re a wealthy oil sheik and you’ve got your own island off the coast of the United Arab Emirates, what do you do with it? How about carve your name into the island in 1,000 meter long letters so that it can be clearly seen from space? Sure, what the hell.

According to the UK Sun, the oversized name plate was commissioned by Shiekh Hamad Bin Hamdan Al Nahyan, who had his minions scratch ‘HAMAD’ in the sand. He also happens to be the second richest man in the region, so he doesn’t give a fuck what anything thinks.

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100,000 year old human settlement in United Arab Emirates overturns what we thought we knew about human evolution

A month ago, paleontologists announced the finding of human teeth in a cave in Israel that were twice as old as any hominid remains found in Africa and that was a big fucking deal. Now it looks like we’ve discovered the remains of a human settlement in the United Arab Emirates that’s just as old— 100,000 years, which further questions the previously established age of Homo sapiens and when exactly we left Africa.

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Remember those manmade islands in Dubai in the shape of a world map? Yeah, now they’re sinking.

Several years ago, when Dubai among others were in the height of their “Let’s see how fast we can spend every penny of our oil money” frenzy, one of the things they built was a huge chain of manmade islands in the shape of a world map, in the hopes they could sell this brand new real estate and turn it into a top-notch resort. Well… so far, only one of the islands has been rented and the chances are low for anyone else considering that the islands are sinking.

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Experience the world’s fastest roller coaster, the Formula Rossa in Abu Dhabi, UAE

Built high above the Abu Dhabi F1 track, Formula Rossa aims to accurately recreate the sensation of driving an F1 car. Believe it or not, at launch, this thing goes up to 150 miles per hour in just 4.9 seconds. I’m sure it’s much more thrilling in real life, because on video, it seems that I’ve built more exciting roller coasters in Roller Coaster Tycoon.

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