View of part of the Fujairah Corniche and the Hajar Mountains in the Background

Saturday, June 7, 2008

Australia’s Love Affair with Dubai and UAE

Here is a further article on the UAE in the major Brisbane newspaper today. See what they identify as being the things in the UAE that might attract Aussies. Here in the introduction the Aussies are highlighting an alcohol draw card in the Burj al-Arab.

On the 27th floor of what is billed as the world's most luxurious hotel is a glass cabinet holding what is said to be the world's most expensive drink.

So far, only two people have paid the 27,321 dirham – 27 for the number of floors in Dubai's lavish Burj al-Arab and 321 its height in metres – for the pleasure of sipping one glass of this 55-year-old Macallan single malt scotch whisky.

Even if $A7740 seems excessive for one tipple, there is little doubt the remaining eight serves of this ultra-premium spirit have their days in the bottle numbered.

Since opening almost 10 years ago, the Burj al-Arab has symbolised Dubai's wealth and extravagance.

As the city continues its building frenzy, many other landmarks are jostling for top status and spots in the record books.

To read the entire article, follow this link:

‘Desert Storm of Activity in Dubai, UAE’, Courier Mail, 8 June 2008.

Dr. Geoff Pound

Image: It’s up there on the 27th floor.