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Touted by developers in the United Arab Emirates as “the world’s highest restaurant”, the At.mosphere lounge began seating guests on Sunday on the 122nd floor of the world’s tallest building, the 828-metre Burj Khalifa.


http://www.cbc.ca/consumer/story/2011/01/24/dubai-tallest-restaurant360.html

Dubai is still considering a bid to host the Olympics in 2020, said the ruler of the Arab emirate Sunday as leaders and executives from the sports industry gathered in the city for an international convention. Dubai has spent billions of dollars to build sport venues and host high profile golf and tennis tournaments. Sheik Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum praised Dubai’s sports infrastructure and said Dubai has “a lot to offer” to the Olympic movement.

http://www.usatoday.com/sports/olympics/2010-04-25-1027158796_x.htm

Two Britons accused of kissing in public in Dubai face up to a month in prison after a mother complained her child had seen them. The case is the third in under two years in which Britons have fallen foul of decency laws in Dubai. Dubai’s burgeoning foreign population, which now outnumbers that of Emirati nationals, has sparked concerns that the pace of change is threatening the conservative region’s social and religious identity.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/mar/14/kiss-dubai-britons-public

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“Holding hands in public, dancing, kissing, nudity and playing loud music in public are now considered inappropriate behaviour in Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates.”

http://www.news.com.au/dailytelegraph/story/0,22049,25191521-5012895,00.html

From the Toronto Star, Waheeda Harris visits the marketplaces of Dubai:

The path is narrow, and the vendors crowd me as I peer into the small shops. From floor to ceiling, the rich shades of the spices beckon me, from the brown shades of cumin and cinnamon to the bright red of saffron and the deep black of pepper and clove.

http://www.thestar.com/Travel/article/592365

In a tribute to the spirit of womanhood, a leading real estate developer in Dubai will soon build arguably the world’s first tower where only
women can own office space. United Arab Emirates (UAE)-based real estate firm Hydra properties has announced that excavation work for the 20-storey tall ‘Eve’s Tower’ in Dubai’s Business Bay area has been completed and the project is scheduled for completion in 2010.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Gulf/A_tower_in_Dubai_where_only_women_may_own_office_space/articleshow/3543212.cms

The story of a British pair facing possible jail terms on charges of having drunken sex on the beach made headlines around the world, but in Dubai, reports are frequent of hapless foreigners falling foul of local laws that strictly control drinking and ban homosexuality or kissing in public.

http://www.canada.com/reginaleaderpost/news/story.html?id=a7ef95cb-907c-42ff-816b-c9ff6dec0ea7

Rap crew Diligent Thought is the latest in a series of underground musical acts launching out of Dubai’s diverse expatriate community.

http://www.thenational.ae/article/20080826/ART/316828801/-1/SPORT