When it came it was not unexpected, but it was still met with shock. “BlackBerry services in the UAE will be suspended from October”, the statement from the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) read, signalling the possible end of a love-affair with the devices for 500,000 of the Gulf state’s 8.2m residents. They are a favourite … Read moreBlackBerry ban in the UAE?
A write-up of the F1 2010 video game launch in the Middle East. It was the first one for Codemasters outside the Middle East that shows how important the industry has become in the region, worth $750m in 2009, to the appeal of motorsport in a part of the world obsessed with cars.
There’s no stopping it, it’s like summer in the desert, completely disorientating and painful to even think about. Normally sane people rush around making other plans that usually involve flights to faraway lands but know, deep down, it will still have a negative effect on their being. Yes, Sex and the City 2 is upon us.
The tall buildings expert David Scott explains, in October 2008 before the property crash), why Dubai is obsessed with tall buildings. You can here the audio track here.
Adrian Smith, the man who designed the Burj Khalifa (then known as the Burj Dubai), talks in October 2008 about the challenges in building the world’s tallest building and super-skyscrapers. To here the interview click here.
Before leaving the Newcastle Evening Chronicle and moving to the Middle East, I found myself breaking the story of Emirates Airline extending to Newcastle Airport. It was big news for the city as it was the airport’s first long-haul route and would make trekking across the world much easier for travellers in the North East. … Read moreEmirates Airline opens Dubai to Newcastle route
Not only did I film the Dubai24 endurance race preparations and produced an audio slideshow from the race, I also produced copy for the print edition of The National. As it was a 24-hour race I was able to produce a before and after stories over two days.