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    The Dubai Metro would be ready very late compared to when most of Dubai's other projects will be. Traffic will be a nightmare until then.

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    http://www.thedubaiwaterfront.com/po_ov.php

    Watch the video of the Dubai Waterfront. It blew my mind!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MidtownGuy
    Watch the video of the Dubai Waterfront. It blew my mind!
    Wow ... Like something out of Gattaca: http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/gattaca/

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    Hoping that both Dubai and Qatar have well maintained naval fleets to protect these waterfront compounds.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lofter1
    Hoping that both Dubai and Qatar have well maintained naval fleets to protect these waterfront compounds.
    How about the world's most technologically and militarily capable fleet in the world- the US Navy?

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    Bingo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jake
    How about the world's most technologically and militarily capable fleet in the world- the US Navy?
    Good deal -- they watch our ports -- we watch their waterfront villas

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jake
    Actually I posted that as sarcasm. If you go back to my post you will see a photo of a crowded subway car. lol, the MTA system isn't reliable, safe, or comfortable.
    I dont agree. In the 3.5 months in new york i never had 1 problem with the subway and i think its the best in the world. sure the train isnt as nice or the stations pretty but it gets the job done no frills.

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    dude....

    I saw the same panhandler on 3 different subway lines today.

    My train was "being held in the station momentarily" for 10 minutes today.

    Cortland street was supposed to reopen February 2006, now I hear it's more like Spring 2007.

    Now I'm very very grateful that this subway system exists, but it is a legacy of a different generation. I've been on the subway every every weekday and most weekends since I was 14, for the past 15 years...I've seen a lot of weird shit. Be glad the old red lexington ave subway cars are gone.

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    You're twenty-nine? Weird...all this time I've pictured you as some bearded but well-groomed middle-aged guy, possibly a little grey around the temples.

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    But it always seems to get you where you need to go, eh?

    In my 25+ years in NYC -- riding the blessed train all the time -- I've only had 2 situations where I was stuck in a car underground, and each of those lasted 15 minutes max.

    I've seen some of the same characters working the cars for almost all those years I've ridden the trains -- one lady I actually get worried about if I DON'T see her every couple of months!

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    I have had horrible experiences on the Metro-North New Haven line this year.. more than other years..
    At one instance, whoever was driving the train messed up, and the train skidded clear past the Fordham Station. They didn't bother to go back after about sitting past the station for 5 minutes, and continued down to Harlem 125th Street, where I had to wait for a train to take me back up to Fordham.
    In mid-January, my 20 minutes commute took me 3 hours, as first my train ran over a 'pot-shaped metallic object' on the tracks, and the conductors needed about 15 minutes to look at that. After about a minute of getting going, the train halted to a stop and we were informed that a tree had fallen on a train around 165th street and we would have to wait a little bit for them to clear the way. The train didn't move for 2 hours. Again, I was forced to go back down to Harlem 125th street before coming back to Fordham, because my stop is 'not significant enough.'
    Oh well, at least I don't have to deal with rush hour traffic..

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    Meanwhile, one of Dubai's neighbors shows off some bling ...

    The Land With the Golden Hotel


    Charles Crowell/Bloomberg News
    Abu Dhabi's Emirates Palace Hotel, where rooms start at around $770 a night.

    Letter From Abu Dhabi

    By KATHERINE ZOEPF
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    March 8, 2006

    http://www.nytimes.com/2006/03/08/tr...tter.html?8dpc

    After even a short walking tour of the new Emirates Palace hotel on the Abu Dhabi Corniche, a visitor might well start to wonder: is there anything here that glitters that is not, in fact, gold?

    From its golden flagpoles to its golden chandeliers to the golden finials on its rooftop domes and the gold-leafed mosaics on the columns in its lobby, the Emirates Palace literally glows with luxury. The hotel, owned by the government of Abu Dhabi, took more than three years and reportedly more than $3 billion to build, which would make it the most expensively constructed hotel in the world.

    For the last several years, Abu Dhabi, the largest among the seven princely city-states that make up the United Arab Emirates, has been working to raise its international profile. It has opened tax-free development zones to lure foreign investment, set up Etihad, its first airline, and founded a tourist board to entice recreational visitors. And with the opening of the Emirates Palace, with its 114 domes, 1,002 Swarovski crystal chandeliers, 12 restaurants, nearly a mile of private beach, and 3.9 million cubic feet of imported marble, Abu Dhabi has cemented its image as one of the most luxurious destinations on earth.

    The hotel's most modest rooms, each with several enormous plasma screen televisions and a personal butler, start at 2,900 Emirati dirhams a night, or about $773 at 3.75 dirhams to the dollar. A Palace Suite, on the other hand, heavily decorated with silks and gold and silver leaf, and including a living room, dining room and three bedrooms, can run as much as 42,000 dirhams, or $11,200, a night.

    "This is very useful when you're traveling with an entourage," said an Emirates Palace spokeswoman, Rumyanka Tzolova.

    Indeed.

    If, even with such room rates, the rumored $3 billion plus price tag still seems out of step with the hotel's expected returns, it is important to remember that the Emirates Palace wasn't conceived so much as a profit-making venture as a way to put Abu Dhabi on the map.

    Repeatedly, in the hotel's brochures, it is referred to as a "landmark" or a "palace" rather than a hotel. In prose that veers well toward purple, the Emirates Palace Web site welcomes visitors to "an enchanting landmark that's a wonder to behold for all who venture through its magnificent gates ... a majestic experience fit for a king and deserving of an emperor." And, in what seems to be a slap at the promotional claims of the Burj Al Arab hotel in Dubai, which says it has seven stars, the frequently asked questions section notes that "the seven or six star ratings do not officially exist. ... We classify Emirates Palace as just that, a Palace."


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    Pouring a cup of traditional Arabic coffee.

    The path to the front of the Emirates Palace is not a straight shot; visitors enter through a formal garden flanked by pavilions designed like triumphal arches. The final approach to the hotel comes as a surprise. The path makes a seemingly gentle turn, and then, startlingly, the hotel looms before the visitor, the pink grainte main structure towering above a four-story outdoor staircase.

    "It's psychological," explained the general manager, Noel Massoud, a Jordanian. "When you come up to a building from beneath, you have the impression that it is even bigger."

    And suddenly, it's impossible to take it all in. There's a waterfall running down the center of the staircase in a fish-scale pattern, and vast wings of the building trail east and west toward helicopter pads, swimming pools and more gardens. On the roof, there's a profusion of domes: pointed domes and bulbous domes and domes covered with glittering tiles. There are domes with little skirts, like inverted lotus blossoms, domes that seem inspired by Mogul forts or by Russian basilicas, domes that resemble gargantuan Hershey's Kisses.

    On paper, the Emirates Palace sounds grand to the point of grandiosity, and almost grotesquely opulent. It is the kind of building you'd expect in a book or movie, but is disconcerting to be confronted with in real life. But with its yellowy golden glow and contented polyglot population, there's an exuberance about it all that is, well, fun.

    Inside, the place manages to feel warm and peopled. Confronted with such vast expanses of lobby and hallway, the visitor's sense of scale quickly recalibrates, so that an enclosed area the size of a football field actually feels intimate.

    On a recent visit, the Champagne and caviar bar in the lobby was nearly full, and the 13 international newspapers available to diners at Le Vendôme Brasserie were being read and passed around. At a Viennese-style cafe in the lobby there was a family of five speaking animatedly in Portuguese, next to a pair of fashionable young Emirati men, their ghutra headdresses crisply ironed and folded to create a widow's peak effect.

    The staff seemed uniformly friendly, well spoken and almost touchingly proud of their workplace. A man named Samy, a security guard from Egypt, confided that he felt overwhelmed at his luck in "working in a place that is so amazing."

    "Every day I am asking myself how come I get to work here," he said. "I have seen so many celebrities, like Gerhard Schröder, J. Lo and the Fulham Football Club."

    A waitress at the Havana Club cigar bar spontaneously offered a tour of the bar's marvels, including Cohiba cigars in a dramatically backlit storage case and a kind of Cognac called Hardy Perfection that costs 9,000 dirhams, or $2,400, a glass.

    "A lot of people have asked about it," she said, "but the seal is still on the bottle."


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    We're talking 'luxe ...

    http://www.emiratespalace.com/en/sub_aboutemirates.htm

    One of the suites at the Emirates Palace:



    The Pool area:

    Last edited by lofter1; March 8th, 2006 at 09:48 AM.

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