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The Pride of Pitch: Pakistan Plays Cricket In Dubai

April 25 2009
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Last Wednesday, Dubai hosted the first series of cricket matches the Pakistani team has played since gunmen attacked the Sri Lankan team’s bus in Lahore last March, leaving nine people dead. (read more)

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A Sense of History

April 15 2009
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McKinsey’s director in Dubai, Kito de Boer, on a “sense of history” in the Gulf (November, 2007).
Thanks to Rory Hyde.

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King Abdullah University of Science and Technology

March 26 2009
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A youtube clip from last fall pans Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, just under a year before its scheduled opening this Fall. KAUST (or sometimes Kaust) spans 36km2, 80km north of Jeddah in an old fishing village, and is costing the kingdom about $10 billion . Its founders claim KAUST will be “most independent in the world.” Reports say that faculty will call from esteemed Western universities like Cambridge, Harvard and Stanford. Though the clip doesn’t capture a busy work day, the immense scale of the project comes through.

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A Photoshopped Campaign in Turkey

March 13 2009
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In January, Mehmet Ali Gökçeoğlu, a local real estate agent running for mayor of Çeşme, Turkey, publicized his campaign throughout the town in billboards and pamphlets. His vision for the future of this Izmir borough was to make it the Dubai of Turkey, almost literally. By Emre Alturk (and thanks to Andreas Kofler)

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