Monday, November 10, 2008

Dubai Mall - It's big in every sense of the word

Dubai Mall - It's big in every sense of the word – a vast retail temple of glass and marble stretching over the equivalent of 50 football fields.Complete with one of the world's biggest indoor aquariums, an Olympic-sized ice rink and one of the largest cinemas in the Middle East, The Dubai Mall is a landmark like no other.
The UAE's latest attraction at the foot of the world's tallest building has more than 3.77million sq ft of retail space and will be home to 1,200 stores once fully complete. Star retailers include the 55,300 sq ft chain of high-end UK retail giant Waitrose and toy store Hamleys.

The two main department stores Galeries Lafeyette from France and Bloomingdale's from the US will open in 2009 and 2010 respectively.

The Dubai Aquarium and Discovery Centre, home to 33,000 animal species, is already attracting visitors while other entertainment venues, such as the Sega Republic gaming zone and children's play area KidsZania, will be open in 2009.

Of the 160 food and beverage outlets to be opened, 40 are already operational at the food court on level two.

Visitors can access the mall from the Sheikh Zayed Road through the Old Town development or from the Financial Street Road, Emaar Boulevard, Downtown Burj Dubai and through the newly-opened bridge off Interchange One.

There is parking for 14,000 cars.

50 Dalil Mengapa Mat Tyson Mesti Menang Timbalan Presiden UMNO

  1. Dia jiran saya di Kelana Jaya
  2. Ada dua Muhammad dalam namanya
  3. Orang kampung yang berjaya dalam politik Melayu
  4. Orang kampung yang berjaya jadi jutawan melalui kuasa politik
  5. Nama Muhammad lebih baik dari nama Muhyidin atau Ali
  6. Setia dengan parti melebihi agama, bangsa dan tanahair
  7. Dulu antara pemimpin yang hensem dan selalu pakai songkok
  8. Lebih tinggi dari Najib dan lebih banyak rambut dari Najib
  9. Pernah gagah macam Mike Tyson dalam beberapa perkara
  10. Lebih tua dari Najib dan tentu tidak berani melawan
  11. Boleh ganti aruah Gaffar Baba sebagai pemimpin Melayu berjiwa Melayu
  12. Ada Sijil Perguruan, Maktab Perguruan Harian Kuala Lumpur (1964),
  13. Siswazah Pengajian Melayu, Universiti Malaya (1979)
  14. Pernah jadi cikgu (1965 - 1979)
  15. Pernah jadi Penolong Pengarah Bahagian Perancangan Kementerian Pendidikan (1980)
  16. Pernah jadi pembantu Khas Timbalan Menteri Pendidikan (1981)
  17. Pernah jadi Ahli Dewan Undangan Negeri Batang Kali, Selangor (1982)
  18. Pernah jadi Menteri Besar Selangor (1986 - 1997)
  19. Pernah jadi Ahli Majlis Tertinggi Umno (1987 - 1993)
  20. Pernah jadi Naib Presiden Umno (1993 - 2004)
  21. Ketua Umno Bahagian Kelana Jaya (Mulai 2003)
  22. Sekarang Ketua Penerangan UMNO (Mulai 2004)
  23. Pernah melarikan puteri Sultan
  24. Pernah Kahwin lari di Golok
  25. Pernah berbohong secara hitam putih dengan Sultan
  26. Pernah dimurkai Sultan kerana selamba berbohong
  27. Pernah bercerai dengan puteri Sultan dan bayar juta-juta
  28. Pernah bawa wang juta-juta dalam guni ke Australia
  29. Pernah kena tangkap kerana bawa wang dalam guni dan tidak isytihar ke Imigresen Australia
  30. Pernah didakwa di mahkamah Australia kerana tidak isytihar wang juta-juta dalam guni
  31. Pernah mengaku dalam mahkamah no speaking inglis
  32. Pernah terlepas hukuman mahkamah Australia sebab teknikal
  33. Pernah mengatakan blogger adalah pengecut
  34. Pernah bergaduh secara siber dengan RPK
  35. Pernah masuk mahkamah kerana kes kahwin
  36. Pernah dan masih ada duit juta-juta
  37. Pernah dan akan terus hulur duit dalam sampul juta-juta
  38. Pernah sakan mempromosi Melayu Baru
  39. Pernah sakan mencium tangan Mahathir, Anwar dan Pak Lah
  40. Akan mencium sakan tangan Najib dan Rosmah
  41. Beliau dikatakan telah menderma kepada Umno sebanyak RM10 juta untuk kembali ke arus perdana politik
  42. Menurut laporan-laporan media termasuk Brisbane Courier Mail, pernah memiliki enam hartanah di New Zealand yang didaftarkan atas nama isterinya. Hartanah berkenaan dibeli pada tahun 1996 pada harga melebihi 3 juta dolar Australia (pada waktu itu).
  43. Pernah atau masih lagi memiliki enam hartanah dibeli di pulau utara New Zealand, iaitu satu di Pakurunga seluas 4573 meter persegi yang dibeli pada 18 Jun, satu di Otahuhu seluas 1713 meter persegi yang dibeli pada 27 Nov., dan
  44. Pernah atau masih lagi memiliki empat hartanah lain di Mataitai dengan jumlah keluasan 144 hektar yang dibeli antara 29 November 1996 dan 11 mac 1997.
  45. Pernah lelong habis tanah Melayu di Kajang kepada orang asing, antaranya bangunan lama MPKj sendiri.
  46. Ada blog sendiri dan tulis sendiri entri, bukan penulis upahan
  47. Pernah ada buku mengenai Melayu Baru
  48. Kalau dia menang, Selangor boleh ditawan semula oleh BN dengan politik wang yang bilion-bilion
  49. Kalau dia menang, pertama kali Timbalan Perdana Menteri dikalangan senator
  50. Kalau dia menang, boleh ada pilihanraya kecil di Selangor dan dapat memulihkan ekonomi negara dengan curahan wang bajet baru oleh kerajaan bawah Najib

Abu Dhabi vs Dubai - The balancing Act

Last Saturday, I drove to Abu Dhabi for a session with some corporate men that given the tasks to further develop Abu Dhabi as a major destination by 2030. It was a very good session with vision of Abu Dhabi presented through a frank and lively discussion.

His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan has a vision for his sheikhdom. Developed by his vision with the help of an international planning task force, Plan Abu Dhabi 2030 will govern the growth of Abu Dhabi over the next 20 odd years to develop the city by means of regulations that control land use, transport plans and the height of buildings.

The plan is divided into individual segments that informs about controlled ways to growth Abu Dhabi into a city of 3 million people by 2030 without loosing its appeal of modern and comfortable living it has now.

The whole context of the plan is to place a lot of weight onto environmental issues making sure that despite the imminent building boom the Emirate and city stay in touch with nature and all aspects of it.

The building block development incorporates new roads, urban living, villages, ecology, education, infrastructure and much more. Basically the vision of the Plan Abu Dhabi 2030 is to create a natural harmonic community that appreciates the environment while having at their fingertips the best of modern living with all the trimmings.

The Urban Planning Council will endeavour to work with both developers, local council and public and private sectors to make sure that the plan is being executed at its utmost best.
The plan has also been developed to inhibit certain objectives that endanger many popular and fast growing cities, such as:

  • a loss of components of the traditional Emirati family lifestyle
  • a loss of the unique Abu Dhabi civic identity
  • intrusion of development into key natural areas
  • a loss of natural connections and nature’s amenities in the core of the city and
  • potential stagnation and neglect in the core of the city

    The plan will also ensure that locals are provided with plenty of affordable housing to ensure that they are not driven from their homes by overzealous developers.
    The whole idea really is ingenious and we wish that more trendy cities would incorporate such strategies to further their growth in a positive manner.

Dubai Vs Abu Dhabi

As recently as the late 1970s, Dubai’s population hovered around the quarter of a million mark, with Abu Dhabi home at the time to a similar number.
Fast forward three decades, and we have two cities playing host to 1.5 million people, not to mention the millions of tourists who have visited and will be visiting over the coming years.
The growth of Dubai and Abu Dhabi in terms of size, population and economy is all the more remarkable when you consider that here lie two cities separated by only 120 kms – a small footstep in GCC terms.
There is no doubt that oil wealth has played its part in the remarkable transformation of both cities, but there is another factor that has without a doubt contributed in a big way. The concept of friendly competition, and, perhaps more importantly, how competition has been managed.
In this respect, the UAE’s two principle cities have excelled.
Tourism is going to play a vital role in the future of both cities’ economic prosperity. But rather than lock horns in pursuit of the exact same tourist dollar, each city presents itself to a very different audience.
Dubai is the family-friendly, fun in the sun, luxury destination. Abu Dhabi, as national capital, adopts the “big-brother” approach, seeking to cater to a more cultured and refined audience.
The construction boom that is driving both cities is itself driven by a need for each to diversify its economy away from an over reliance on oil. The key to success lies not in how you build, where you build, or how fast you build – though try telling that to both cities – it lies in what you build. In that respect, and with the world looking on in turbulent times, Dubai and Abu Dhabi stand as proof that competition, when managed correctly, is always good.
Certainly, many expats and citizens believe that Dubai is guilty of excess from time to time. But at the end of the day the key to longevity, prosperity and even relevance in the international community comes down to reinvention. And both cities, recognising that the region’s natural resources can only go so far, see reinvention as a positive step in becoming a thriving community, whether it’s to be a tourist destination or the cultural center of the region.
And we can’t ignore the fact that the perceptions of foreigners, who flock to Dubai and Abu Dhabi and spend their tourist dollars, are also important to successful reinvention.
As Rashid Galadari, chairman of GIO Developments, told Construction Week assistant editor Jamie Stewart, “I don’t want to sound like a politician, but Dubai has created a very good mix. It has shown the world that we are not all extremists, we are not all psychopathic. The truth is it has shown that there can be a balance.”
Rob Wagner is the editor of Construction week