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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.