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Burj Dubai renamed Burj Khalifa, still the tallest thing on Earth

In September 2008 the still-incomplete Burj Dubai building officially surpassed the height of all other buildings, towers and masts worldwide, making it the tallest man-made structure on the planet. However, it wasn’t until yesterday that the building was officially opened,…

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Tuesday, 5th January 2010

Ski Dubai

Visitors to Dubai who suffer in the summer temperatures over 45°C can cool off at Ski Dubai. The resort offers the full winter experience, from building snowmen to taking ski lessons. There is even the ‘cozy mountain lodge’ where you…

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Thursday, 23rd October 2008

The World’s Tallest Structures Revisited

Earlier this month the still-incomplete Burj Dubai building in Dubai officially surpassed the height of all other buildings, towers and masts worldwide, making it the tallest man-made structure on the planet. Currently standing at a staggering 688 m, construction of…

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Wednesday, 17th September 2008

Burj Dubai

The Burj Dubai, upon completion, will be the tallest man-made structure on the face of the planet. Here we can see it in a relatively early stage. From the [timeline of pictures] on Wikipedia, this image looks to have been…

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Thursday, 17th April 2008

The World (in Dubai)

Possibly the most ambitious of Dubai’s land reclamation projects, The World is an archipelago of 300 islands laid out to represent countries of the world. The first developed island is owned by Formula 1 driver Michael Schumacher. The $7 million…

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Wednesday, 3rd January 2007

Laughing into Space

For some unknown reason somebody is carving giant letters ‘HA’ into a sand bar near Abu Dhabi. The 500m tall water letters are very neat but it’s a lot of effort just to laugh into space. Perhaps it’s just the…

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Friday, 21st July 2006
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Britain’s Beach Huts

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We recently took a look at important Canadian battlefield locations from the War of 1812, as well as a number…

Volcano Week 6

This week sees the return of our longest-standing theme week, which is now entering its sixth year: Volcano week. The…

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