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A weekly digest of news from the Gulf. Hand picked and edited by Al Manakh

GULF NOTES, the week ending 8 August 2009

August 10 2009
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Qatar’s Lusail City waterfront project would be bigger than Beirut [but with less than a third of the population], according to its publicists. … [read more]
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GULF NOTES, the week ending 18 july 2009

July 21 2009
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Investors in the $8 billion, 20 square-kilometer project Al Salam City in Umm Al Quwain began to receive full refunds, though the developer still insisted the project would happen. … [read more]

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GULF NOTES, the week ending 11 July 2009

July 12 2009
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An Italian property firm launched The Pavarotti Tower on Palm Jebel Ali, with construction expected to start in September; each floor will be dedicated to an opera performed by the deceased tenor. …[read more]

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GULF NOTES, the week ending 28 june 2009

July 10 2009
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Simon Ford, 34, an expat entrepreneur who saw his start-up “gift experience” company in Dubai floundering, became a post-departure Dubai celebrity with his open brief to the city in which he explained his absconding: “I am not running away from debt, I am purely protecting those dearest to me….” …[read more]

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GULF NOTES, the week ending 09 May 2009

May 14 2009
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“Dubai Frame,” by Fernando Donis, won the ThyssenKrupp design competition for a “structure emblematic of Dubai.”

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GULF NOTES, the week ending 25 April 2009

April 30 2009
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… At Cityscape Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi’s Urban Planning Council launched its Capital City District, proposed for 370,000 residents and including seven grand boulevards representing the seven emirates. Basra’s investment commission … (read more)

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