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Dubai has always been the symbol of future for the whole world. What’s new this time? Well, a full scale prototype model of Virgin Hyperloop One is displayed as a part of UAE’s Innovation Week by the Roads and Transportation Authority. What’s so interesting? This Hyperloop pod will propel the passengers at the top speed of 1000 km/hr. To give you a reference, you can now reach Abu Dhabi from Dubai just in 15 minutes. This pod will obviously be travelling in a vacuum tube with magnets. Hyperloop pod will run over the ground for most of the routes and would go in the tunnels to reach both the cities.

Virgin Hyperloop One, owned by Richard Branson has proposed this new pod rout. He had announced a similar project in India last year. Virgin Hyperloop had secured $50 million in initial funding in 2016, from Dubai-based capital firm, World and Caspian Venture Capital. This project was predicted to be completed by 2020.

Rob Lloyd, newly appointed CEO of Virgin Hyperloop spoke about the future of Hyperloop in UAE. He said that ‘Dubai – Abu Dhabi route’ is just one of the wider planned routes in GCC network. He believes this route has the potential to transform the mobility of goods and of people, and have a dramatic impact on the economical development of the region. Lloyd revealed that Virgin Hyperloop One has closely been working and planning things with the RTA for over a year to examine costs, ticket prices, and best routes.

Rob Lloyd didn’t open up about the eventual cost of this 4150km transport link. But if Forbes is to be trusted, it reported in one the company presentation that the Dubai to Abu Dhabi route would cost somewhere around $4.8 billion to $52m a mile.

Fun fact, this Hyperloop concept was originally developed by billionaire, genius, Elon Musk who had proposed a route between LA and San Francisco, the USA which he believed could be built for $11m per mile.

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22nd February 2018 will mark the beginning of the Dubai Food Festival which will go on until 10th March 2018 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. It is truly the only citywide celebrated food festival in the Middle East.

The festival offers a calendar of exciting food-related events and promotions which will be highlighting Dubai’s unique food scene and its personalities and world-class dining experiences. Sample cuisines from all over the world are to be featured at the beach behind Sunset Mall transforming it into a dining and entertainment hotspot.

The Festival promotes the diversity, creativity and multicultural nature of people in Dubai. We are talking about five-star gourmet dining to everyday restaurants and cafes of all budgets.

There are International brands to burgeoning scene of home-grown concepts which all are influenced by traditional Emirati cuisine and flavors of the 200 nationalities that live in Dubai. Running for 17 days you can expect to find much more than food, with markets, live music, fitness classes, kid’s activities and many more.

The festival is organized by Dubai Festivals and Retail Establishment (DFRE), an agency of Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM).

The Dubai Food Festival will feature a mouth-watering line-up of events and activities and would engage more than 1000 restaurants and 30 celebrity chefs showcasing the diversity, creativity and multicultural nature of Dubai’s culinary offering.

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Science was all about discovering but now it is all about creating. Yes, it’s true because the future of health and science took a long step ahead!

Meet Neil Harbisson, the first person in the world with an antenna implanted in his skull.

Neil, who was in Dubai to attend the World Government Summit, was recognized as the world’s first cyborg in 2004. Since then he became the co-founder of the Cyborg Foundation which is an international organization that defends cyborg rights, promotes cyborg art and supports people who want to become cyborgs.

According to Neil the antenna in his head has helped him cope with colour blindness. The antenna that is implanted inside his head allows him to extend perception of reality beyond the visual spectrum. He can even sense infrared and ultraviolet.

Harbisson hears the tonal equivalent of colours through an antenna implanted in his skull.

He also has an internet connection in his head that allows him to receive colours from other parts of the world, or which can connect to satellite so that he can send colours from space. His wifi-enabled antenna sends vibrations in his skull to report information to him, such as electromagnetic radiation, videos or images which are translated into audible vibrations.

Neil feels the antenna as a body part, not a device, but as an organ.

The future is now!

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Dubai is often called the city of the future. It has continued to be one of the fastest developing and most innovative cities in the world. Dubai’s latest government initiatives are on the track to make it the city that is 10 years ahead of other major metropolises of the world. But, because of the growing population, commuters in Dubai experiences a high amount of traffic congestion, which is the biggest concern among Dubai’s 1.44 million residents which inflicts losses of Dh4.6 billion or 3.15% of the emirate’s Dh146 billion GDP a year.

The city has become the most congested city in the Middle East. Although the government has invested heavily in the Dubai’s road infrastructure, it has not kept pace with the increase in the number of vehicles.

To bring an end to this chaos, Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has started the first test of the world’s first autonomous pods at the World Government Summit recently. Two full scale prototypes of these pods were displayed at Madinat Jumeirah.

The autonomous pods were launched in cooperation with Next Future Transportation. These pods are designed to travel short and medium distances in dedicated lanes. It is fitted with 3D cameras and electromechanical technologies to carry out the coupling and detaching, which can be activated while the pod is in motion.

Each pod is fitted with cameras and electromechanical technologies to carry out the coupling and detaching, which can be activated while the pod is in motion. It has an average speed 20 kilometres per hour and it measures 2.87 metres in length, 2.24 metres in width and 2.82 metres in height. It weighs about 1,500 kilograms, enough to carry 10 riders.

A part of RTA endeavors are to provide autonomous transport by carrying out technological tests on autonomous transportation under Dubai’s climatic conditions.

The autonomous pod is fitted with a battery that supports three hours of operation and can be charged in just six hours. Depending on the rider’s destination they can be coupled together in as little 15 seconds or detached.

In the context of transforming Dubai into the smartest city worldwide, the pilot test of driverless units is directed by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.

As part of the initial phase of Dubai Future Accelerators the RTA has signed an agreement with the US-based Next Future Inc. to develop the units.

The success of initial tests of these units will bring about a breakthrough in transportation systems that offer innovative mobility solutions in the city. The pods form part of Dubai’s larger strategy of making 25 percent of all journeys in Dubai autonomous by 2030.

Looks like Dubai is leaving behind Elon Musk in innovation!

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A night ahead the Prime Minister of India had scheduled to make an arrival in the country, the world’s tallest building, Burj Khalifa, the headquarters of state-owned oil company Abu Dhabi National Oil Company and the building hailed as the world’s largest picture frame, Dubai Frame, were seen glittering in the colours of the Indian flag.

This would be PM Modi’s second visit to the country. He had visited the UAE in 2015.

Dubai’s iconic buildings were lit up in colours of the Indian flag before he arrived. He will be given a ceremonial reception before meeting the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan at the Presidential palace.

The Prime Minister’s high-level engagements will include bilateral meetings with top UAE leaders and a keynote address at the World Government Summit in Dubai on Sunday, in which India is the guest country.

The energy security and infrastructural investments in India would be the key topics that he will discuss with the UAE’s leadership.

The large investment from UAE to India exceeds $11 billion.

He is likely to have bilateral talks with Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, followed by a signing ceremony of agreements and Memorandum of understandings and a banquet hosted by Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed.

The UAE is home to over three million people of Indian origin.

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Dubai Frame has been named among the world’s best new attractions of 2017. It is an architectural landmark in Zabeel Park which has been described as “the biggest picture frame on the planet”.

Landmarks representing modern Dubai such as Emirates Towers and Burj Khalifa can be seen on one side, while from the other side, we can enjoy the view of older parts of the city such as Deira, Umm Hurair and Karama.

The Dh160-million structure will connect the past with the present through a 93-metre bridge at the top that will give visitors a 360-degree view of Dubai, measuring 150 metres high. A one-minute elevator ride at the left tower will take them to the glass bridge through which they will see tall skyscrapers of Sheikh Zayed Road, the Burj Khalifa and the Emirates Towers that symbolise the modern part of Dubai on the South. Turning around to the north, the landmark areas of Deira, Umm Hurair, Bur Dubai and Karama will convey the old part of Dubai.

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Valentine’s Day is approaching very soon and it’s time to start planning. Take the girl out on a date, have food, or watch a movie, go to some club, and come back home, that’s it right? Nope, Being Dubai is here to help you cut loose from the usual drill. Here are 5 places you can celebrate your Valentine’s Day this year in Dubai.Valentine’s Day is approaching very soon and it’s time to start planning. Take the girl out on a date, have food, or watch a movie, go to some club, and come back home, that’s it right? Nope, Being Dubai is here to help you cut loose from the usual drill. Here are 5 places you can celebrate your Valentine’s Day this year in Dubai.

Bateaux Dubai:

Bateaux Dubai is one of the top dining destinations for residents and visitors. You can enjoy sailing and dining together with the fantastic views of old Dubai while experiencing a 360-degree view of Dubai Creek from the sleek, all-glass, Seine-designed boat. The presentation of the dishes is actually very good. Soothing music from a pianist, slick and attentive service, and an inventive set menu makes it a perfect romantic place to hangout.

Jodhpur Royal Dining:

If you’re looking for an authentic Indian cuisine in Dubai, then you must definitely step into the Jodhpur Restaurant. Have a feast like a king with your date and get that royal feeling too. This is one fine-dining restaurant which has proved its mettle beyond culinary perfection. The food is Indian regional fusion, very tasty and unique. The menu is extensive so you can either indulge your inner culinary adventurer or play it safe and enlist the help of the waiters.

The Dubai Fountain Boardwalk:

The Dubai Fountain is the world’s second largest choreographed fountain and it’s illuminated by 6,600 lights. You can walk onto the lake through the floating viewing platform and enjoy the view of the fountains from close. The music it has performances for includes works by Edith Piaf, Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, Adele and Elissa. You can start your journey from Burj Park or Fountain promenade and stroll down the 272-metre boardwalk, with the closest point putting you only 9m away from the fountains.It is open between 5 pm and 11 pm daily, the experience is only Dh20 per person for those older than four years of age. Tickets are available at the Fountain promenade, Burj Park and At the Top, Burj Khalifa ticket counters. You can also pre-book the tickets online from www.burjkhalifa.ae.

Bab Al Shams Desert Resort:

It is a spectacular desert oasis that makes you feel a million miles from anywhere. The luxury desert resort Bab Al Shams is offering three desert dining experiences especially for Valentine’s. Each of the ‘sunset dunes’ experiences offers a five-course menu, presented in a private tent with stunning views of the golden desert of Dubai.

Dubai Opera:

If you want to enjoy a theatrical drama evening with your valentine, Dubai opera is the best place for you. It is the first multi-format performing arts theatre and a destination for quality entertainment productions and performances.

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The Dubai International Airport now holds rank 1 as the world’s busiest airport for international passengers with annual traffic for 2017 reaching 88.2 million passengers.

The number of flight movements during 2017 totaled 409,493. The average number of passenger per flight grew due to DXB’s position as the world’s largest hub for wide body aircraft. It also welcomed six new scheduled passenger airlines including SalamAir, Badr Airlines, and Air Moldova. Emirates and flydubai added 3 and 10 new passenger destinations and increased its frequency on 31 and 22 routes respectively.

It was indeed a very successful year for DXB because they not only achieved a huge growth in traffic which solidified their position as the world’s number one international airport but they also did delight their customers with a range of new and exciting services and innovative products. It also has the world’s fastest free airport Wi-Fi, followed by free streaming movies for passengers through partnership with ICFlix.

India is dominating its run as the single largest destination country for DXB with 12,060,435 passengers in 2017. UK acquired the second spot with 6,466,404 passengers by overtaking Saudi Arabia which has a record of 6,364,598 passengers.

Journeys are made smoother by reducing waiting times, by deploying cutting edge technology to track and managing queues, as well as enabling the use of Emirates ID at smart gates for UAE residents.

The passenger traffic is expected to reach 90.3 million in 2018; the focus in the new year will be on the DXB Plus programme which is aimed to expand the airport’s annual capacity to 118 million passengers through process improvements and use of new technology.

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UAE Vice President & Prime Minister, and the Ruler of Dubai, his Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, paid a surprise visit to the Global Village in Dubai recently.

On an area of over 300,000-square meters, the Dubai Global Village offers visitors an array of festivals, shopping and entertainment options in an open-air environment, between November 1 and April 7.

The ruler toured several pavilions belonging to the village’s 75 participating countries, including Kuwaiti, Yemeni, Saudi Arabia, India, Thailand and various African nations. He started his visit by touring the Kuwaiti pavilion and learned about the national folklore and identity of Kuwait. Then he also visited the Yemeni pavilion which displays about Yemen’s folklore, clothing and other national products.

Sheikh Mohammed then took a tour of several kiosks displaying products made by Emirati youths and financed by the Mohammed bin Rashid Establishment for SME Development, and the Hamdan bin Mohammed Heritage Centre drawing hundreds of visitors daily who are interested in learning about the UAE’s rich history.

During the two-kilometer tour, the ruler praised its role in symbolizing the convergence of international cultures in the UAE.

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Aqua Pod is the latest gift to Dubai which is almost always surrounded by water and where the Emiratis and residents like to spend a significant amount of time at sea. It was recently launched in Dubai’s lagoons and is the world’s first sustainable floating drive-through.

Currently, the pod is situated in Jumeirah, but it will also cover areas like Al Sufouh and Kite Beach. It is initially serving only burgers, but if the idea proves popular the owners do have an aim to start branching out into desserts and pizzas.

The pod will either deliver food by jet ski to boats or accept orders from small watercrafts directly. It also has a built-in system enabling it to collect any waste wrappers or trash from the sea which is running on electrical propulsion.

Aqua Pod is only just one of the futuristic projects planned for the desert city.

This award winning concept is the brainchild of architect Ahmed Youssef. The new age travellers may have to go in the cold water to try the hot new food truck.

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