You Think Your Commute Is Perilous?

John Siegel · 05/27/10 02:05PM

These motorists in Dubai have to deal with out-of-control Toyotas, sport utilities that defy physics, and guys that drive wearing headphones while their friend films the strange highway shenanigans before them.

Dubai Assassins Walk Among Us

Ravi Somaiya · 03/02/10 07:06AM

Two of the 26-strong Israeli hit squad who killed a Hamas leader in Dubai (while wearing silly wigs, glasses and fake moustaches) apparently entered the United States on false passports after the killing. So much diplomatic fun! [Times of London]

Australia now Also Upset About the Dubai Hit Squad

Ravi Somaiya · 02/25/10 08:28AM

Mossad have really not done Israeli diplomats any favors. Australia has now summoned the country's envoy to ask about three new suspects in the Dubai assassination — who used fake Aussie passports. Police now suspect 26 people were involved. [BBC]

Dubai Assassination Plot Will Make Excellent Movie

Adrian Chen · 02/16/10 08:44PM

Have you been following this insane Dubai assassination of a Hamas leader? Guy was killed in January in his hotel room, now Dubai police claim 11 different assassins with faked passports wearing "wigs and fake beards" were to blame.

Dubai is Saved by Kindly Neighbor

Ravi Somaiya · 12/14/09 06:45AM

If you have a problem, if no one else can help, and if you can find them, maybe you can get a completely unexpected $10 billion bailout from Abu Dhabi.

Dubai Has No More Money

Adrian Chen · 11/26/09 12:46AM

Dubai—home to the future world's tallest building, artificial islands shaped like a palm tree, and a misplaced faith in the power of wealth—is broke. The government has asked its many creditors for a six-month reprieve from debt payments.

Anna Disappoints; The September Issue Backlash

cityfile · 08/26/09 07:40PM

• The Carolina Herrera dress that Anna Wintour wore on Dave Letterman's show this week? She wore it to the CFDA Awards back in June. Uh oh! [Stylelist]
Zac Posen is the latest designer to bid goodbye to Bryant Park this Fashion Week. He'll be staging his show at The Altman Building instead. [WWD]
• Another good thing about the recession: There are fewer crappy catalogs getting stuffed in your mailbox. [AP]
The September Issue doesn't open in theaters until Friday, but it seems some people (above) are already sick of all the publicity. [NYShitty]

Recession Forcing Dubai to Treat Rich Foreigners Like Poor Locals

Pareene · 08/10/09 10:06AM

American Entrepreneur, have you heard of Dubai? It is a capitalist paradise! A veritable Galt's Gulch of the Gulf. A playground for the wealthy built on cheap foreign labor, oil, tourism, and real estate speculation? What could go wrong!

Roberto Cavalli Goes Back to Basics

cityfile · 05/12/09 09:26AM

Roberto Cavalli spent the weekend "dancing in the desert" in Dubai. Why? The permatanned Italian just opened what he calls "the first designer club in the Middle East," that's why. The Cavalli Club, which cost $30 million to construct, includes an "opulent" Italian restaurant, sushi bar, and nightclub, and features "floors made of black quartz, 20-foot-high ceilings dripping with Swarovski crystals and furnishings in his trademark animal prints." The launch also seems to coincide with a new life philosophy. A month ago, he told a reporter he was actually kind of happy that the world was in the middle of a recession, since "too many people were making too much money." Now? He wants to "give a sign of optimism for the future." Consider the message received. [WWD]

Dubai Enters the Ozymandias Age

Owen Thomas · 03/27/09 04:22PM

Whenever real-estate bubbles pop, the words of Percy Bysshe Shelley are trotted out by lit-major columnists. Before it gets too hackneyed, here is the text of "Ozymandias" with images of Dubai and other former boomtowns.