2007-02-03
Lightning, Villas and the Burj
Don't know if you caught this on ESPN, but we had a crazy lightning and thunder storm here in Dubai yesterday, so they suspended play at the Dubai Desert Classic. Probably better for Tiger to go relax in the Burj al-Arab, anyway.

Also in sports, the UAE Soccer team has won the Gulf Cup ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gulf_Cup_of_Nations ), beating Oman 1-0.

But, istead of the "I'm going to Disneyland" tradition, there's a slightly different one here. His Highness Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, awarded each player of the UAE team with a villa in their respective emirates.

Hmmm, free trip to Disneyland (where you're obligated to ride in a cheesy parade) ... or a villa in Dubai.

Tough choice.

Lastly, the Burj Dubai ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burj_Dubai ) has hit a snag in construction. Apparently some Swiss company has gone bankrupt and now they're a couple of months behind schedule. But in the newspaper there's a quote from Greg Sang, Emaar's assistant director of projects and the man overseeing the entire $20 billion Downtown Burj Dubai development, denying the rumors that construction would be complete up to a year later than its scheduled fourth quarter 2008 delivery date.

Guess Sang wants a villa, too ...
posted by Josh @ 9:11 AM  

Josh and Liz are two American kids who got married in August. Liz has lived in Dubai since 2003, Josh since August of 2006.

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