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Monday, May 28, 2007

Romain Jerome Titanic DNA Watch: Made of Actual Titanic Parts

Romain Jerome Titanic DNA Watch

Romain Jerome, a Swiss watchmaker has created a new timepiece called the Titanic DNA which uses parts of the actual ship in its construction. The watchface has a black dial thanks to a lacquer paint made with coal recovered from the wreck and the housing will be composed of precious metals like platinum in addition to steel procured from what’s left of the ship.

The Titanic DNA will also be limited to a run of 2,012 pieces which is significant since the year 2012 marks the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the ship.

Ronaldo received the first Titanic-DNA watch, fresh out of the Geneva-based Romain Jerome factory. Mister Yvan Arpa, CEO of the company and big admirer of Ronaldo - all time best top scorer of world cup finals (15 goals) - met him in Milan last weekend.

Romain Jerome Titanic DNA Watch

The rusted steel is created by an extraordinary fusion carried out at the Harland&Wolff shipyards in Belfast, where the Titanic was constructed. This fusion brings together the authentic steel of the shipwreck, which was resting on the ocean floor at a depth of 3’840 meters, and that of the memorial project that will see the light of day in Belfast in 2012. This is how the DNA is captured; a myth is reborn.

The hands are inspired by the anchor of the Titanic and turn on a dial of deep black; a color obtained from the coal collected in the legendary shipwreck. The small second hand at 9 o’clock recalls the meters of the ship’s steam engines.

The "Titanic-DNA" is available in a watchcase of platinum or gold with elements of titanium, ceramic, composite materials or rusted steel made according to the process explained above.

The collection will be available in the best points of sales worldwide starting October 2007. Price range expected to be between $7,800 and $173,000.

Read Also:
Romain Jerome Titanic DNA Watch (OhGizmo!)
Switzerland : Ronaldo presented first Romain Jerome Titanic-DNA watch (Fiber2fashion)

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Thursday, May 24, 2007

Titan: Custom Handmade Waterproof, Anti-Shock, Anti-Vibration, & Anti-Static USB Flash Drive

Titan

I found this custom homemade USB Flash Drive highly unique and mouth-watering for any USB geek (like myself). That's what Slava Tyukalov had to say about Titan, his custom homemade USB Flash drive ...

"I found out the hard way that most USB flash drives are highly unreliable and breaks down easily due to its inferior plastic. I had a few flash drives and I would throw them in my bag all the time - before I knew it they would die at the most inappropriate times (usually about 6 months later). So I decided to build my USB flash drive to be Waterproof, Anti-Shock, Anti-Vibration and Anti-Static.

Don’t put your data at risk of permanent loss with a simple zap of static electricity. Others USB flash drives manufacture claims to be bulletproof and virtually indestructible. It may be able to withstand a crushing force of 2,000 pounds, but it no match for a simple jolt of household static electricity, which can fry your USB flash drive, causing to permanently lose all of your data.

Each USB flash drive is constructed from graphite/aluminum composite metal matrix (which is light but durable), traditionally been used by NASA and other space agencies. Coated with Titanium (which is corrosion, chemical and acid resistant proof in all naturally occurring environments)."

Only 100 units were put for sale and Titan is already sold out.

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Product Page (Tyukalov)

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Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Froobee Drink: Vending Machine Mixed, Packaged & Dispensed

Froobee

A UK company is developing a range of vending and packaging machines that will mix, package and dispense liquid-based products like fruit drinks quickly and “inexpensively” on-demand, in resealable capped, spouted flexible pouches supplied on-the-reel.

Md of Crawley-based WaterWerkz Adam Green got the idea for the PouchLink system after seeing street vendors in India selling water in plastic bags. He says the system offers a more efficient, eco-friendly and cost-effective method of vending soft drinks than “traditional” vending machines. After leaving a City job he founded WaterWerkz with Steven Jenkins, who has 27 years' vending experience, Ballygowan Spring Water founder Geoff Read, and hardware and software designer Steve Douglas.

In the past three years the team has worked with several project partners, including top vending machine manufacturer, Vendo Sanden, out-of-home drinks dispense specialist IMI Cornelius, and several pouchmakers, to perfect what Green believes is the world's first drinks vending system able to mix and fill drinks on-demand in the machine using a combination of mains-supplied filtered water, bag-in box concentrates, and spouted and capped flexible pouches supplied on the reel delivered via a micro-pneumatic pouch handling system. The latter component is currently supplied to Vendo Sanden's Italian factory for incorporation into a new vending machine, the PouchLink PL1.

Green elaborates: “Perfecting the interconnected pouch system at the system's heart required extensive r&d; we believe the system is a world first.”

When the user selects their drink the micro-pneumatic system detaches a pouch, mixes water with a syrup or fruit concentrate, and then fills and caps the pouch before dispensing. WaterWerkz says the reduction in transportation of bulk water content means the new drinks will boast a very low “food mile”. As pouches can be supplied in continuous chains of several thousand, re-loading times are also substantially cut.”

PostPack (WaterWerkz's name for systems using its patented PouchLink pouches) units can hold 2,000 pouches of various capacities. Among the first users, in the next quarter, will be Nestlé, for a new fruit juice, Jusante, and UK adult soft drinks manufacturer, Bottlegreen Drinks, for four post-mix fruit cordials.

Green says: “Our aim now is to get out and identify the many other drinks producers we believe can benefit from this exciting new system.”

Read Also:
Drinks vending machines can form pouches on demand (Packaging Today)

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Sunday, May 20, 2007

Sheikh Mohammed Promotes Regional Human Development With $10 Billion Endowment

Sheikh Mohammed Launches Human Development Foundation

His Highness, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai, launched yesterday the 'Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation', a major initiative to promote human development and provide hope and opportunity by investing in education and knowledge-development in the region. His Highness, Sheikh Mohammed, made the announcement in a keynote speech at the World Economic Forum for the Middle East being held in Jordan.

The Foundation, which will be launched with an endowment of Dhs. 37 billion, aims to open doors for future generations of leaders of the region to shape their future by equipping them with world-class knowledge and education.

The Foundation will source and manage a wide range of initiatives including the establishment of high-quality research programs and research centers and the provision of scholarships to students to attend leading universities and institutes. It will also support research in universities across the region. In addition, the Foundation will provide leadership programmes for youth in government, the private sector and in non-governmental organizations. Scholarships and research grants will also be given to authors and researchers in the region.

His Highness, Sheikh Mohammed, said "It gives me great pleasure to announce a personal initiative aimed at building a knowledge-based society throughout the region."

His Highness stressed that the Foundation will undertake concrete initiatives to encourage innovation and entrepreneurship throughout the region, thus creating significant new employment opportunities and provide hope for the region's youth.

His Highness said that 'We have a population where half its members are under the age of 20, and it is our responsibility to develop this human capital to the best of our ability. We have the vision and the will to set the stage for the benefit of future generations through the development of this Foundation, which will provide the prerequisites for moving our region forward.'

Read Also:
Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum launches foundation to promote human development with DHS 37 billion endowment (AME Info)

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Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Abu Dhabi Mosques Go High Tech



Mosques in Abu Dhabi emirate will go high-tech with the introduction of an electronic network system, the National Consultative Council (NCC) was informed yesterday.

The implementation of the network system, which include electronic screens displaying prayer and prayer call (Azan) timings, titles of Friday sermons and Islamic lectures held at various places in the emirate, is currently under way, a NCC committee said in a report.

The report was prepared in consultation with the General Authority of Islamic and Awqaf Affairs.

The authority will also introduce MP3 devices for recording Friday sermons and lectures, as well as store them in electronic archives which will be available on the internet.

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Mosques go high-tech (Gulf News)

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Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Dubai Unsung Heroes Honored By UAE Vice President

Dubai Unsung Heroes Recognized

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President & Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, holds the hand of Sayed Sulaiman Makdoom, a Dubai Municipality employee, who won an award in the Unsung Heroes category at the Dubai Government Excellence Programme Awards ceremony at Madinat Jumeirah.

Sayed Sulaiman Makdoom is one of 26 unsung heroes in Dubai honored by the Vice President of the UAE.

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Sunday, May 13, 2007

Microsoft & SanDisk To Replace U3 Smart Technology To Curry Personal Computing Environment

Microsoft & SanDisk

Microsoft and SanDisk announced they have signed an agreement to deliver a next-generation software and hardware solution to place application programs and personal customization on USB flash drives and flash memory cards, expanding on and replacing SanDisk’s existing U3™ Smart Technology.

Under the terms of the agreement, Microsoft will develop a new software experience and SanDisk will develop new hardware capabilities, including the addition of TrustedFlash™ security technology. SanDisk will incorporate the combined software and hardware solution on removable flash memory cards and Cruzer USB flash drives. The new offering is expected to be commercially available starting in the second half of 2008.

Effective immediately, Microsoft will engage in discussions with third-party hardware vendors interested in licensing the new software offering. A new entity will be created to license compatible hardware designs, TrustedFlash and other intellectual property from both Microsoft and SanDisk, with revenues to be shared by the two companies.

The new offering will be designed so that users can carry their personal computing environment – including a customized and familiar user interface, applications and data – on a flash storage device such as a USB flash drive or flash memory card. This computing environment will be accessible on Windows XP and Windows Vista-based computers with a USB port or flash card reader. Users will be free to work on public or shared computers without fear of leaving personal information behind, and with confidence that their personal information will be encrypted, kept safer from malware, and otherwise protected through security provisions enabled by TrustedFlash technology.

Read Also:
Microsoft and SanDisk Join Forces to Create New Experience for USB Flash Drives and Flash Memory Cards, Expanding on and Replacing U3 Smart Technology (SanDisk Press Releases)

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$6.86 Million For Abu Dhabi Car Number Plate "5"

Abu Dhabi Car Number Plates Auction

A UAE businessman yesterday paid Dh25.2 million ($6.86 million) for the car number plate “5” – a new world record price for a registration number. The proceeds will help traffic accident victims and people with special needs.

Talal Khoury handed over the amount for the Abu Dhabi plate at the emirate’s first auction of special car numbers. He intends to use the plate on his red Rolls-Royce.

The entire event raised a total of Dh76 million, all of which will go to good causes, said Major Suhail Al Khaili, Head of Abu Dhabi Police’s Vehicle Licencing Section.

Khoury, the 35-year-old Chief Executive Officer of Al Awael Holding, said: “Even if the price went up to Dh50m, I would have bought the plate without hesitation because the cause was so sublime.

“Although I am pleased and like the number, the real reason I paid this much to get the plate was because the proceeds will help rehabilitate people with special needs and those injured in accidents.

“Supporting these types of projects and helping integrate such people into society, is a social and patriotic duty. Those who can afford any amount should not hesitate to pay – helping others live as normal a life as possible.” The starting price for the plate was Dh100,000 and the figure swiftly climbed higher amid intense bidding from buyers.

The hammer finally fell after 20 minutes with Khoury, triumphant. He also bought four other plates at the sale – numbers 45, 55, 76 and 55555. Khoury already owns two very special Dubai plates – 45 and 55.

Al Khaili said 700 bidders from different countries took part in the auction for 41 special number plates.

“It was beyond expectations in terms of participant numbers and the money generated,” he added.

The event at the Emirates Palace Hotel was the first of a series of auctions.

The “5” plate number was the only single-digit on offer – others will go under the hammer at future sales. Also snapped up were six two-digit, 10 three-digit plates and 12 plates each of four digits and five digits.

“We announced the numbers available a month ago to give all parties a chance to bid,” said Al Khaili.

“The next auction is scheduled for June 5.

“Currently, bidders must attend the sales personally, but in the future buyers will be able to take part simultaneously via the internet.”

Read Also:
Dh25m Number Plate (Emirates Today)
Car plate auction raises Dh100m (Gulf News)



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Saturday, May 12, 2007

Drinks Vending Machine Vend Free With Ads

Machines vend free with ads

If you thought commercialism of all sorts and advertising in general were pervasive in the West, then you've probably never been to Japan, where inducements to buy have been elevated to an art form. Given that background, it was only a matter of time before even the nation's food and drink became vehicles for venerating the sacred coin, as seen in the latest vending machines there.

Drinks vendor Apex recently realized that the 35,000 vending machines it operates in offices, stations and various public places across Japan could be used to push products other than vile-tasting hot liquids and so has instituted the MediCafe machine, featuring on-screen advertising.

The new auto-vendor will appear in June, has a central LCD screen that is either 19 or 10.4 inches across and which displays ads of either 15 or 30 seconds' duration. Naturally, the concept relies upon bored folk staring at the ads while waiting for their drink to vend.

Their reward? A free drink, representing a saving each time of around ¥80 (33 pence). The other side of the equation for Apex and partnered advertising agency WillB is likely to be a tasty ¥400 million (£1.7 million) in the first year of operation.

Should potential advertisers fear that people will just look at something else while waiting (or perhaps even talk to a colleague), they can rest safe in the knowledge that all cups dispensed will also feature whatever they see fit to print on them.

Read Also:
Coin-op drinks machines vend free with ads (Tech.co.uk)
Coin-op drinks machines vend free with ads (Digital World Tokyo)
Vending Machine Gives Out Free Drinks for Watching Ads (Gizmodo)

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Friday, May 11, 2007

Pearl Of Allah : $60 Million World's Largest Pearl To Be Sold

Pearl of Allah
Victor Barbish, Founder, CEO and Chairman of The Pearl For Peace Foundation, holds a replica of The Pearl of Lao-Tse, aka The Pearl of Allah at his home in Colorado Springs in January 2005.

Shrouded in legend and entangled in a lawsuit, the 14-pound gem known as the Pearl of Allah moved a step closer to an eventual sale this week after a key court ruling.

The Colorado Court of Appeals on Thursday upheld a $32.4 million wrongful death judgment against the estate of Colorado Springs bar owner Joe Bonicelli, who had bought a share of the pearl.

The ruling clears the way for a probate court to settle Bonicelli's affairs. Three adult children of Bonicelli's first marriage, who filed the lawsuit, have said they want the pearl sold to pay the judgment.

Appraisers have valued the pearl at up to $60 million, said Richard Tegtmeier, a lawyer representing the three. It is believed to be the largest pearl in the world.

The Pearl of Allah, is the largest known pearl in the world, measuring 9.45 inches in diameter and weighing 6.4 kilograms (14.1 lb) or 128,000 pearl grains. The 2006 appraised value is $61,850,000.

The pearl was extracted from a giant clam off the coast of Palawan, on 7 May 1934 by a Muslim Filipino diver. Wilburn Cobb, the son of an American mining engineer, spent his boyhood in the Philippines. In 1934 while he was hunting in the Philippines near a fishing village, he was a witness to a native diver who had been seized by the jaws of a giant clam, which in turn contained an enormous pearl with the image of a turbaned face thought to resemble Mohammad. The Muslim tribal chief labeled the treasure "The Pearl of Allah". At the time of discovery of the pearl, Cobb offered to buy the pearl from the tribal chief. The tribal chief rejected the offer saying that nothing paid for by the sacrifice of a human life could be bought with money. Cobb returned to the village two years later to find the chief's son dying of malaria. Cobb saved his life and as a token of gratitude the chief gave the pearl to Mr. Cobb.

In 1939, Cobb returned to America with the largest pearl in the world. In New York City the pearl was authenticated by Dr. Roy Waldo Miner of the American Museum of Natural History. Victor Barbish learned of The Pearl in the 1970's and had offered to purchase The Pearl from Mr. Cobb for $5 million dollars and was refused. A year later Mr. Barbish and his partners Henry Kyle, Robert Pease, Johnny Weissmuller, and Rudy Vallee, offered Mr. Cobb $10 million dollars and again he rejected the offer. Mr. Cobb told Mr. Barbish that no amount of money could buy something whose value is priceless.

After Cobb's death in 1980, his family sold the pearl to Peter Hoffman, a jeweler in Beverly Hills, for US $200,000 through probate court. Headlines across the world's newspaper hailed it as a bargain considering its fame and appraisal by famed pearl dealer Lee Sparrow and his San Francisco Gem Laboratory for $4,200,000 at the time of the sale. Appraisals since have valued the pearl from $42,000,000 to $59,000,000 based on it being a unique world treasure. Victor Barbish acquired half ownership from Hoffman at the time of the sale in 1980. He purchased the pearl for his daughter, Gina Diane Barbish.

Pearl of Allah

Over the years Mr. Barbish received various offers to purchase the pearl. One of the initial offers was presented by Mohammad Ben, a Lybian businessman, on behalf of three Mid-East investors. Mr. Barbish was led to believe these were legitimate business men who were willing to purchase the pearl for $40 million. Mr. Barbish received a deposit of $12 million but subsequently found out the buyers included a drug dealer and an illegitimate arms dealer. Mr. Barbish rejected the sale and returned the deposit.

Subsequent offers to purchase the pearl were made by an intermediary of Ferdinand Marcos, then president of the Philippines. The president's fall from power made the sale impossible. Mr. Barbish was also approached by Mohammand Faed, who was reportedly a representative of Saddam Hussein. Latif Faed, who was believed to represent Bin Laden, also approached Mr. Barbish to purchase the pearl.

Read Also:
Pearl of Allah (Wikipedia)
$60M Pearl of Allah to be sold (Denver Post)
14-pound Pearl of Allah moves a step closer to eventual sale after court ruling (Pravda)
Bin Laden bedazzled Saddam with jewel (WorldNetDaily)

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Thursday, May 10, 2007

e-Cigarette: To Help Quitting The Habit

e-Cigarette

It feels like a cigarette, looks like a cigarette but it isn't bad for your health.

A Chinese company marketing the world's first "electronic" cigarette hopes to double sales this year as it expands overseas and as some of China's legions of smokers try to quit.

Golden Dragon Group Ltd's Ruyan cigarettes are battery-powered, cigarette-shaped devices that deliver nicotine to inhalers in a bid to emulate actual smoking.

"The nicotine is delivered to the lungs within 7 to 10 seconds," said Scott Fraser, Vice President of SBT Co. Ltd., the Beijing-based firm that first developed the electronic cigarette technology in 2003 and which is now controlled by Golden Dragon.

"It feels like a cigarette, looks like a cigarette, it even emits vapor. In many ways, it is like an actual smoking experience, and that's what makes us different," he told Reuters.

The cigarettes sell for around 1,600 yuan ($208) apiece and are already available in China, Israel, Turkey, and a number of European countries, but not yet the United States.

Golden Dragon's competitors include global giants Pfizer and Novartis AG, which sell more familiar nicotine replacement products such as chewing gum, patches, and inhalers.

But Golden Dragon's financial results show it might be onto a good thing. Sales more than doubled to HK$286.1 million in 2006, after surging more than ten-fold to HK$135.6 million in 2005, a year after the technology was perfected.

China -- home to 400 million smokers and a roughly $160 billion dollar tobacco industry -- accounts for 65 percent of Ruyan sales. The firm estimates around 10 percent of China's smokers are attempting to quit, and averaging a 2 percent success rate.

Read Also:
China e-cig firm expects glowing 2007 (China Daily)
Chinese "e-cigarette" helps you stub out the habit (Reuters)
$200 Electronic Cigarette Helps Kick the Habit (Gizmodo)

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Saturday, May 05, 2007

How To Make Latte Art

Latte Art

Ever wondered how the latte art is done? Ever wanted to add your artistic touch to latte servings to your guests? Latte art refers to patterns made in the foam topping espresso drinks. If you want to get in touch with your inner barista (expert in coffee preparation), latte art is a critical skill to master.

Then follow the seven steps and tips as presented in WikiHow. There other pages I recommend that you take a look at such as CoffeeGeek and INeedCoffee.

Don't miss some amazing Latte Art pictures from Damn Cool Pics.

Read Also:
How to Make Latte Art (WikiHow)
Milk Frothing Guide - Latte Art Guide (CoffeeGeek)
Latte Art (INeedCoffee)
Latte Art (Damn Cool Pics)

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Friday, May 04, 2007

Disposable Insulin Nanopump For Diabetics



Swiss firm Debiotech is teaming up with French/Italian manufacturer STMicroelectronics to bring to market a miniaturized insulin pump, bound to change the lives of countless diabetics, provided it makes through the regulatory process.

The Nanopump, which relies on microfluidic MEMS (Micro-Electro-Mechanical System) technology, is a breakthrough concept that allows a tiny pump to be mounted on a disposable skin patch to provide continuous insulin infusion. The Nanopump will enable substantial advancements in the availability, treatment efficiency and the quality of life of diabetes patients. The original technology was awarded the Swiss Technology Award in 2006 and this agreement brings it closer to the market.

Insulin pump therapy, or Continuous Subcutaneous Insulin Infusion (CSII), is an increasingly attractive alternative to individual insulin injections that must be administered several times a day. With CSII, the patient is connected to a programmable pump attached to a storage reservoir, from which insulin is infused into the tissue under the skin. Continuous delivery throughout the day, more closely mimics the natural secretion of insulin from the pancreas.

The highly miniaturized disposable insulin pump combines Debiotech's expertise in insulin delivery with ST's strengths in manufacturing high-volume silicon-based microfluidic devices. Microfluidic technology allows the flow of very small amounts of fluids to be electronically controlled. This pump represents a significant step in the development and adoption of CSII therapy and the leading-edge technology will also find applications in many other biomedical applications.

Today, existing insulin pumps are about the size of a pager. The new ST-enabled Debiotech miniaturized MEMS device is about one quarter the size of these existing pumps and can be worn as a nearly invisible patch on the skin. The small size frees the patient from concerns with holding the pump in place and concealing it under clothing.

The MEMS-based Nanopump also provides better control of the administered insulin doses. Dosing precision is a critical factor in treatment efficacy and contributes to reducing adverse long-term consequences. The Nanopump is able to control delivery at the nanoliter level, very close to the physiological delivery of insulin. The device prevents over-dosing and detects under-delivery, occlusion, air bubbles and other potential malfunctions in the pump to further protect patients. As a disposable device, manufactured using high-volume semiconductor processing technologies, the MEMS-based Nanopump will also be much more affordable, allowing the patient or the health system to avoid the typical up-front investment associated with current pump solutions.

Read Also:
Disposable Insulin Nanopump from Debiotech and STMicroelectronics Marks Major Breakthrough in Diabetes Treatment (STMicroElectronics News)
Debiotech's Insulin Nanopump (Medgadget)

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Lucifer: For Storing, Dispensing & Igniting Matches

Lucifer

Lucifer, by Feel Addicted, is just a design concept but it might as well be available for sale one day.

Lucifer is a different vision of the domestic matches. A match box is usually used as a tool and not as a product. Lucifer is a match container to refill when empty.

The aim of Lucifer is to reduce the steps to light on a match. Its easier to get fire from a lighter than from a match but a match is more practice (try to light on a candle in a pot with a lighter, you'll burn your nails).

Lucifer

To take a match, you turn upside down Lucifer, and once the match wood is outside, the match's head will be jammed by the grater, pull the match to strike it on the orange grater part. The match is automatically lighted.

The grater is made of a stone and can be used indefinitely. The base of Lucifer is made of glass to control the matches quantity inside, it is screwed on the top part to refill.

Read Also:
Lucifer Matches (NOTCOT)
Lucifer - For Storing, Dispensing & Igniting Matches (OhGizmo!)

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Thursday, May 03, 2007

Ibrahim Sharaf: First UAE National To Travel To Space



Virgin Galactic announced on Wednesday that Sharaf Group chairman, Ibrahim Sharaf, has signed up for the inaugural Virgin Galactic space flight, which could make him the very first Emirati to hit warp speed.

Established by Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Group, Virgin Galactic, aims to develop space tourism with the eventual goal of making it accessible, and affordable, for almost everyone - something they hope to achieve by the end of the next decade.

Sharaf Travel, announced on Tuesday that they will be the UAE general sales agent for Virgin Galactic. Sharaf is paying $200,000, for the zero-gravity trip which will take place sometime in 2009.

The launch site will likely be in the southwestern United States, with each trip featuring three hours in space.

"I am very excited about going to space with Virgin Galactic, it’s a once in a lifetime experience for me. Today, sub-orbital journeys represent the ultimate travel, if not, life experience," said Sharaf.

"I am confident with the leadership and vision of Sir Richard Branson and the Virgin Group’s commitment to technology, innovation, safety and customer experience, that sub-orbital flights are just a stepping stone for what will come in the future. I’m so privileged to join with many others to be a part of creating space travel history."

Sharaf has visited the North Pole on two separate occasions, and in another of his extreme adventures he took a 24 day journey across Siberia.

On his trip to the final frontier Sharaf will be accompanied by a host of famous faces. First on the list are Sir Richard Branson and his children, Sam and Holly, whilst the other intrepid travelers include, Bryan Singer, Director of Superman returns and actress Victoria Principle.

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Ibrahim Sharaf to be first Emirati in space (Gulf News)

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Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Universal City Dubailand: Universal Studios Theme Park In Dubai By 2010

Universal City Dubailand

Marvel decided to place a Theme Park in Dubailand last March, Universal Studios is now planning to get its share in presence in Dubailand as well.

Under the directive of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairman of the Dubai Executive Council, launched yesterday the 'Universal City Dubailand', developed by Tatweer, a 22 million sq ft development within Dubailand with an investment to exceed AED 8 billion (US $2.2 billion).

The centrepiece of the development Universal Studios Dubailand, a specialized theme park, will be amongst the world's largest theme parks covering an area of 6.5 million sq ft. The city will also include hotels, retail outlets, commercial offices and residential compounds.

Thomas L. Williams, Chairman and CEO of Universal Parks & Resorts, said: 'The vision of the leadership of Dubai, the investor-supportive environment and the convenient geographic location of Dubailand, combined with other strategic and iconic offerings, all contribute in making Dubai our location of choice for our first branded theme park in this region.'

Universal City Dubailand consists of more than 4000 luxurious hotel rooms, 100 restaurants, alongside a range of retail outlets. It will also include an integrated area of commercial office space as well as a distinguished residential area in the heart of the action.

Universal City Dubailand is planned to open in 2010

Read Also:
Hamdan bin Mohammed launches 'Universal City Dubailand' project at AED 8 billion (AME Info)
Universal Studios Theme Park Planned For Middle East (Local 6 News)

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