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  1. 1. 5/10/11 5:55 PMTHE ADDRESS : The Business of Extraordinary Living : Presented by Sotheby's International Realty Page 1 of 3http://online.wsj.com/ad/article/sir-address-mecca THE NEW DESERT MECCA Dubai offers more than just the temperate shores of the Persian Gulf. A tasteful mix of East meets West, a once-in-a-lifetime experience awaits at this desert paradise By Paula Story Sleek, ultramodern skyscrapers dominate a rich azure skyline. Silvery smooth roadways lined with designer boutiques and sumptuous restaurants lead to velvet-rope nightclubs and cutting-edge sports centers. In the distance, a fantastic, futuristic hotel in the shape of a billowing sail rises from the shoreline – an iconic nod to the city’s seafaring roots and a spectacular symbol for all this Arabian Desert paradise has become. Welcome to Dubai, one of the world’s most opulent and unique travel destinations. While this modern Arab metropolis found its fortunes in oil – and earlier as a pearl gathering community and trade crossroads – today’s Dubai is living a post-petroleum dream. Thanks to innovative real estate investment, a friendly tax environment, thriving trade and financial services and a reputation for money-is-no-object infrastructure and architecture, the second largest of the seven United Arab Emirates has become a cosmopolitan hub for international leisure and business, and one of the world's most desirable real estate markets. About that sail-shaped hotel? At 1,053 feet, the Burj Al Arab (Tower of the Arabs) seems to float atop its own private island and offers guests a butler, the latest computer technology en suite (ahem, there are no rooms,) a chauffeured Rolls-Royce and a helipad for drop-in visits. Tiger Woods famously drove golf balls into the Persian Gulf from atop the cantilevered structure, and tennis greats Roger Federer and Andre Agassi played an exhibition match upon the fenceless structure. The Burj Al Arab will lose its title as the world’s tallest hotel with the imminent opening of Dubai’s Rose Tower, but it remains one of the most recognizable landmarks in a city that is reinventing itself by the minute. Here, efficient transit and automated toll roads connect a multicultural metropolis where everything is possible and anything imaginable can be built, bought or attained. Need more land? Dubai is creating a series of artificial, palm tree-shaped islands that is already visible from space. Bigger, grander, taller, faster, brighter, better – the new Dubai offers the bright city lights of Las Vegas, the hustle and bustle of Hong Kong, the sophistication of Singapore and the entertainment options of Disneyland designed for a more discerning clientele. Gladwyne, Pennsylvania, United States $1,595,000 USD About This Property Just Reduced. 4 Remaining. Mesmerizing river views are yours to enjoy from nearly every room at this beautifully built new home, now available in River Landing just… View Details » Andy Warhol’s “Sixteen Jackies” Expected to Sell for $30 Million at Sotheby’s in New York:… http://fb.me/sCwVUZmW Location vs. Price: http://www.coloradodreamhouse.com/index.php/real-estate- and-internet/location-vs-price/ http://fb.me/EJ4qP2FZ Check out Living in: Miami on BBC.com! http://www.bbc.com/travel/feature/20110503-living-in-miami http://fb.me/V4LWwSTe Like No Other: The Auberge Residences at Element 52 are located at the base of the Telluride Ski Resort,… http://fb.me/Yv9YdJcQ The Fall and Rise of Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema: http://online.wsj.com/ad/article/sir-brand?WC=TABBrand http://fb.me/TPYYfYcz See More Tweets » A Selection of Fine Properties Across New England and Other Distinct Locations More Tuesday, May 10, 2011 As of 5:54 PM PDT Today's Paper Columns Blogs Topics Journal Community Home World U.S. New York Business Markets Tech Personal Finance Life & Culture Opinion Careers Real Estate Small Business Back to WSJ Real Estate News, Quotes, Companies, Video SEARCH View Details »
  2. 2. 5/10/11 5:55 PMTHE ADDRESS : The Business of Extraordinary Living : Presented by Sotheby's International Realty Page 2 of 3http://online.wsj.com/ad/article/sir-address-mecca From exclusive suites and spas to state-of-the-art sporting venues, entertainment, indoor skiing and ice-skating centers, desert safaris and world-class shopping, there is simply more of everything in Dubai. A once tiny pearling village has transformed itself into one of the world’s hottest – and coolest – desert destinations. November 8, 2010— I recently read an article pondering the long term affects of the iPad on the newspaper industry. For years we have been hearing that print media is dead; however, now with the advent of this hybrid digital print medium which has offered a new avenue to consume news we are left to wonder what the future holds for newspapers. I believe the new tablet technology and recent mass market introduction will force newspapers to once again adapt. The iPad and other tablets are exactly what newspapers need right now to continue to be a game player in our world of free, easily accessible news. In addition to news consumption, consumers are reaching to these new devices for the next big thing in real estate. Many real estate companies have begun developing apps for property searches so consumers can easily access and digest market information. The days of MLS books are long gone and computer based searches are falling quickly in line to be out dated. Tablet technology is exactly what the real estate market needs right now to efficiently guide consumers through the buying and selling process. So what do you think: Is the iPad really the savior of the newspaper industry and how are you using your iPad to navigate the uncertain real estate waters? — David Boehmig, president and founder, Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby’s International Realty in Georgia Bob Mitchell @ Home Center Sotheby's International Realty 11/26/10 4:06pm Note on Flash: I too, was hot for the iPad until I test drove one. Our SIR website uses Flash to play the great hi-def slide shows of our listings. On an iPad there’s a prompt to download Adobe Flash but when you do, you’re told that is not compatible. No Flash makes the iPad a no-go for me. Tablets are iffy as well. After trying a bunch, it seems that any tablet running Android 2.1 or less won’t work. The Samsung Tab (Android 2.2) worked well but at a price around $600. There’s also an alternate browser that I bought for my iPhone (no Flash there either), which does play Flash files. It’s called Skyfire. It may be compatible with some of the non-Flash tablets as well but it does not support the Flash used on the SIR site. Another concern is the tablet size. They seem to fall into the iPad 10” size or the tablet 7” size. I wonder if PowerPoint on a 7” screen is too small. On the other hand is a 10” tablet a little too big to be with you all the time? View RESIDE Locale » Windows on Our World The present gives us a perspective on the past, not least when it comes to the “built environment.” Spain’s Winning Architect Duo Luis Mansilla and Emilio Tuñón are reshaping the skyline of Madrid. Facebook Digg LinkedIn Email
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