United Arab Emirates

January 4, 2016, 12pm PST
The Address Downtown hotel, a 63-story, mixed-use high-rise very close to the world's tallest building, went up in flames on Dec. 31, raising questions about other high-rises that use the same heavy cladding material building on the exterior.
Reuters
February 19, 2013, 10am PST
Millions of dollars donated by the United Arab Emirates are being used to fund the rebuilding of Joplin, Mo., which was devastated by a tornado in 2011. The handouts represent a "remarkable shift in global economic power."
The Washington Post
October 4, 2011, 2pm PDT
The Dubai Executive Council has approved the Dubai Urban Development Master Plan 2020, and will establish a 'Supreme Urban Planning Council,' to streamline the process.
Constuction Week
July 26, 2011, 2pm PDT
The revitalization master plan for two older neighborhoods in Abu Dhabi includes creating "new roads, clinics, schools, police stations and neighborhood centers" and making them easily accessible to residents.
The National
April 12, 2011, 1pm PDT
Officials in Dubai have announced plans to extend the emirate's 75-km rail system to more than 250 km.
Emirates 24/7
November 30, 2010, 9am PST
Nicolai Ouroussoff, architecture critic for <em>The New York Times</em>, offers this lengthy look at the state of development and design in Abu Dhabi and Doha.
The New York Times
November 4, 2010, 11am PDT
Kiran Stacy looks at some of the challenges facing what is intended to be the world's first carbon-neutral city.
Financial Times
October 30, 2010, 5am PDT
After decades of rapid urbanization, the emirate is now contending with a wide range of challenges to its environment and infrastructure.
The New York Times
October 23, 2010, 9am PDT
With property values now half their boom-time peaks and a flood of additional supply on the way, the emirate’s residential market may not recover in the foreseeable future, says Angela Shah.
Time
October 21, 2010, 8am PDT
Feasibility studies underway in Abu Dhabi predict that a new light rail tram network could be operational by 2014.
Arabian Business
September 30, 2010, 6am PDT
Once the site of a seemingly endless string of outlandish building projects, Dubai has shaken off the dust from the market crash and resumed building less flashy projects at a steadier pace.
The New York Times
September 3, 2010, 11am PDT
Joshua Hammer describes his visit to the financially straitened emirate where he found "deserted highways, empty hotel rooms, miles of unsold residential and office space."
The New York Review of Books
May 18, 2010, 10am PDT
The new "Sex and the City" movie was set -- but not shot -- in Abu Dhabi. Now officials there are trying to decide whether or not to release the film to local audiences, as the city tries to control its brand and image.
Associated Press
April 1, 2010, 6am PDT
This oped from <em>The National</em> calls for increased attention to the streetscapes of the United Arab Emirate, specifically the lack of non-palm trees and seating.
The National
Feature
January 21, 2010, 5am PST
The world's tallest building is now open in Dubai. Christopher Corbett takes you up to the 124th floor.
Christopher Corbett
January 11, 2010, 12pm PST
All the architectural wonders of Dubai don't overshadow the city-state's poor urban planning, according to <em>Chicago Tribune</em> architecture critic Blair Kamin.
Chicago Tribune
January 7, 2010, 5am PST
The Burj Khalifa has opened in Dubai. Now, locals say, the development of the city's public life must begin.
The National
January 4, 2010, 12pm PST
Burj Dubai (now renamed as the Burj Khalifa), the world's tallest building, opened today in Dubai. But with the recent credit crunch and economic recession, the extravagant monument to boom times sits mostly empty.
Los Angeles Times
Feature
December 3, 2009, 5am PST

The booming desert city of Dubai had ridden high in recent years, but the downturn in the economy has stalled the ambitiously expanding city.

Christopher Corbett
November 30, 2009, 12pm PST
After years of spectacular growth and even more spectacular architecture, the city state of Dubai is facing crushing debts and has requested a 6-month "standstill" on its repayments.
Huffington Post