Posts Tagged ‘ Middle East ’

World’s Largest Ultra-High Definition TV


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Measuring 110 inches from corner to corner, Samsung’s latest ultra-high-definition television is the biggest of its kind and arrives just in time for the new year. Samsung promised that it would be launching a gargantuan 110-inch ultra-high-definition television and that it would be hitting the shelves before the end of the year. The TV, which measures 2.6 x 1.8 meters, officially went on sale in China, the Middle East and ‘select’ European territories.  Samsung’s set doesn’t come with precious stones but it does have gesture controls, voice controls, and Samsung’s “Smart Hub,” which gives you access to online content, photos, video, music, and apps. It also has a quad-core processor, and Samsung’s S-Recommendation service, which tracks your viewing habits and makes viewing recommendations over time.

Sheraton Huzhou Hot Spring Resort


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Chinese-based Sheraton hotel chain is planning an aggressive expansion in 2013, opening 30 new branches in the Asia-pacific area and four in Africa and the Middle East and 15 alone will open in China within the year. The “Sheraton Huzhou Hot Spring Resort” is perhaps the most striking of this endeavor, designed by Beijing-based architect Ma Yansong of MAD Architects. It could be described as horseshoe shaped, or maybe as a partially submerged bold serif-faced ‘O’, or even possibly a dipped elongated donut, but no matter how you describe it, the newly opened Sheraton Hushou Hot Spring Resort is not your average looking hotel.

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The ‘Ocean Pearls’ Hotel.


Jumeirah has opened a new cluster of ‘water villas’, dubbed ‘Ocean Pearls’, at its all-suite Jumeirah Dhevanafushi hotel in the Maldives.  Designed to make visitors feel as if they are in the middle of the ocean, the new villas sit on platforms suspended directly above the water, nearly a kilometer offshore from the main resort.  The cluster of villas is connected by a decking walkway, which allows residents to easily access the shared infinity pool, bar, seafood restaurant, elevated library and spa treatment rooms, which are also suspended above the water.  The villas measure 270 square meters or 340 square meters and each offers a deck at the rear overlooking the water, complete with a sunken bathtub and steps down, allowing for a dip in the Indian Ocean.  The Ocean Pearls also offer a 24-hour butler service, on hand to make sure that the journey goes as smoothly as possible.  The luxury property is the latest from ambitious Middle Eastern group Jumeirah, which is set to double the number of hotels it runs in the next 14 months as it grows to compete with luxury brands such as Mandarin Oriental and Four Seasons.  Openings over the next year include Kuwait, Majorca, and Azerbaijan, (according to HotelierMiddleEast.com).

Alfred Dunhill’s Dubai Restaurant.


British luxury retailer Alfred Dunhill will open its third overseas restaurant in Dubai’s Jumeirah Emirates Towers in early 2012.  I’ve always been one for good food, and this new for sure gets me excited.  (I’m scheduled to be in Dubai this summer.)  The launch of Alfie’s Restaurant and Lounge is scheduled for January 2012, to coincide with the opening of the new Dunhill fashion store in the same location.  The Dubai restaurant will be Dunhill’s first in the Middle East and its third worldwide, following in the footsteps of existing venues in Shanghai and Hong Kong.  “We are very excited about this new venture into one of Dubai’s most iconic destinations,” said Nader Elmir, GM of Alfred Dunhill, Europe & Middle East.

My Top 30 Memories.


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I was thinking recently about my future, and later on in life how I would describe world changing events of my past to my children as I experienced them.  We’ve all heard that a picture says 1,000 words, which in most cases is 100% true, so I dug up some collections of pictures and was able to comprise a set of 30 photos that exemplify some of the most important memories spanning the last decade or so.  The photos aren’t in chronological order (they’re a bit boring when arranged that way), and this isn’t every major event that’s happened since 2000, just the ones that I remember the most. Check the method below, and if you remember any of these events, let me know what you think, and your opinion of the pictures that represent them.  I’m extremely curious to hear what people have to say.

September 11th 2001

The Infamous ''Britney/Madona'' Kiss August 28th 2003

October 15th 2005, An Iraqi man is arrested for having bombs in his car.

September 11th 2006, World Trade Center Momument goes up.

December 27th, Mark Zuckerberg wins Time Magazine's Person of the Year award for Facebook.

February 20th, 2008, Barack Obama is on the campaign trail for President of the US.

The Iceland volcano Eyjafjallajokull erupts. April 22nd, 2010

October 4th 2003, The Governator is nearing completion of dominative the California Elections.

June 20th, 2004, An Israeli border policeman fires teargas canister during a protest by Palestinians

The final flight of the Concorde Jet (Flight 216). November 26, 2003.

Saddam Hussein after his capture is shown during a press conference in Baghdad, December 14, 2003.

Fireworks light up Sydney's Harbour Bridge during the closing ceremony of the XXVII Olympiad in Sydney October 1, 2000.

Michael Phelps becomes the first single athlete to win 8 Gold Medals at the Beijing Olympics. August 11, 2008.

My boy Usain Bolt of Jamaica becomes the fastest man in the world. August 20, 2008.

Staples Center in Los Angeles, California, July 7, 2009. The Jackson family mourns the death of Michael Jackson.

The war in the Middle East rages on in the Kunar Province August 12, 2009.

The 58th Cannes Film Festival, May 13th 2005. Paris Hilton reminds us that you don't have to be talented to be famous.

Fireworks illuminate the sky around a euro sculpture, designed by German artist Ottmar Hoerl on January 1st, 2002, to celebrate the birth of the 'Euro'.

Judge Robert Rosenberg, stares at a dimpled punchcard ballot November 23, during the 2000 presidential elections.

Elian Gonzalez, held by Donato Dalrymple, is taken by U.S. federal agents from his Miami relatives April 22, 2000.

Michael Jackson holds an unidentified child, covered with a towel in Berlin Germany, November 19, 2002.

Former President George W. Bush addresses U.S. Army soldiers and their families at Fort Hood, Texas, January 3, 2003.

A man walks in the street near the World Trade Center towers in New York City, early September 11, 2001.

Anti-war protesters gather in London at the start of a demonstration against war on Iraq, February 15, 2003.

November 19, 2001. Former President George W. Bush looks like a jackass. (This is neither the first or last time it would occur.)

A ''wardrobe malfunction'' marrs the Super Bowl XXXVIII in Houston, on February 1, 2004. This is the most searched photo in internet history.

Elmont, New York, April 9, 2009. Protests begin against foreclosures in response to the failing U.S. economy.

November 4, 2008. Barack Obama is declaried the winner of the 2008 Presidential elections... And I'm stuck in class.

Richard Fuld, Chairman and Chief Executive of Lehman Brothers Holdings, October 6, 2008, signifying a response to the economic downturn.