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United Arab Emirates > Property

United Arab Emirates

Property in Dubai - What Expats Should Know

Saturday March 16, 2013 (16:44:16)
Burj al Arab and the Quaid Madinat Jumeirah
For those with an eye and ear on international affairs, the very word 'Dubai' can conjure up images of an extravagant, hyper-modern dreamworld, defined by its bold "science fiction now" innovations in architecture and landscaping. Of course, there are certain lightning rods for attention, like the new underwater Water Discus hotel being developed by the state-owned Dubai World holding company, as well as the notorious Burj Al Arab hotel, which help to fuel this preconception: the latter hotel is often touted as "the world's only 7-star hotel" (despite "5 star deluxe" being the highest official rating given by the hospitality industry), boasting suites of two floors each.

Other much-discussed features of the local landscape include the manmade Palm Islands archipelago, in the midst of which another archipelago is designed to appear like a microcosm of the globe's continental land masses. With items like these in mind, it's understandable why many expect the whole of Dubai, including its residential areas, to live up to this standard of novelty and luxury.   more ...

United Arab Emirates > Living

United Arab Emirates

Jeffrey Todd, Deputy Editor for The National

Friday January 06, 2012 (22:42:46)
Jeffrey Todd
Jeffrey Todd is the Deputy Editor for "The National", one of the UAE's most popular English newspapers.


Jeffrey, can you tell us a bit about your background before you joined "The National"?

Prior to The National I worked at the Toronto Star covering the crime and destruction beat, including fires, car crashes, murders and kidnappings. It was a challenging time because I had to get information out of people who were reluctant to give it to me - and I had to do it fast!


Tell us more about "The National" and how you ended up as a reporter (now deputy editor) on this major national newspaper.

My parents lived in the United Arab Emirates for three years from 2000 to 2003. When The National announced its launch, I was familiar with both Abu Dhabi and Dubai. And once I saw the scale of the project and all the great journalists involved, I couldn't turn down the opportunity. You don't help with the launch of the newspaper every day.   more ...