Taking Flight: Emirates Taps Germany for New Recruits

Taking Flight: Emirates Taps Germany for New Recruits

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 18, 2013

Dubai-based airline Emirates is recruiting in Germany -- and embarrassing rival Lufthansa in the process. While the flagship German airline can scarcely afford to make new hires, Emirates can hardly train them fast enough. By Dinah Deckstein and Ann-Kathrin Nezik more... Comment ]

Marte Dalelv's Dubai Ordeal: 'I Was Fighting for My Life'

Marte Dalelv's Dubai Ordeal: 'I Was Fighting for My Life'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 26, 2013

When Marte Dalelv reported her rape to Dubai police four months ago, she was charged and convicted to 16 months in prison. It was only after international pressure that she was later pardoned. The 24-year-old Norwegian discusses her traumatic experience with SPIEGEL ONLINE. more... Comment ]

An Eye for an Eye: The Anatomy of Mossad's Dubai Operation

An Eye for an Eye: The Anatomy of Mossad's Dubai Operation

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 17, 2011

In the spring of 1989, a Palestinian terrorist murdered an Israeli soldier. Twenty years later in Dubai, the Israeli secret service agency Mossad avenged the killing. The operation succeeded, but nevertheless has become a fiasco. SPIEGEL has reconstructed the attack. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Flying High in Dubai: Emirates Leaves Rivals in Slipstream

Flying High in Dubai: Emirates Leaves Rivals in Slipstream

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 04, 2011

The Dubai-based airline Emirates is considered the world's most successful and has ambitious plans to expand. Its European rivals such as Lufthansa and British Airways accuse the airline of benefitting from massive state subsidies. But the reality is more complicated. By Dinah Deckstein more... Comment ]

SPIEGEL Interview with Architect Albert Speer Jr.: 'The Slums of the 21st Century Are Being Built in Dubai'

SPIEGEL Interview with Architect Albert Speer Jr.: 'The Slums of the 21st Century Are Being Built in Dubai'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 11, 2010

In an interview with SPIEGEL, German architect Albert Speer Jr. says Dubai's Burj Khalifa tower is purely a vanity project and argues that the emirate is an example of failed urban planning. more...

The World from Berlin: Dubai Tower "Will Become Symbol of Arab Adaptability"

The World from Berlin: Dubai Tower "Will Become Symbol of Arab Adaptability"

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 05, 2010

Dubai celebrated the opening of the world's tallest building Monday with a massive gala celebration with fireworks. German commentators see the building as a symbol of both the emirate's ability to weather financial blows and its success in merging Western liberalism with Islamic social structures. more...

Peak of Megalomania: The Tower of Dubai

Peak of Megalomania: The Tower of Dubai

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 17, 2009

The world's tallest skyscraper will open soon in Dubai, even as the emirate continues to be battered by the financial crisis. Is Burj Dubai an expression of failed megalomania or proof of Dubai leader Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum's stunning vision? By Erich Follath and Bernhard Zand more...

End of the Boom? Dubai's Debt Woes Unsettle Financial World

End of the Boom? Dubai's Debt Woes Unsettle Financial World

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 30, 2009

Global investors with money in Dubai are suddenly feeling very nervous, now that it has become clear that the emirate's state-run holding company Dubai World is unable to repay billions in debt. There is even talk of a possible national bankruptcy, which could trigger a new financial crisis. By Beat Balzli, Alexander Jung and Bernhard Zand more...

Selling Mercedes under Sharia: Daimler Opens Islamic-Friendly Financing Arm in Dubai

Selling Mercedes under Sharia: Daimler Opens Islamic-Friendly Financing Arm in Dubai

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 08, 2009

Daimler is hoping to boost its troubled sales with a financing and leasing company in the United Arab Emirates that offers Islamic-friendly financing. The new companies, joint-ventures with local Mercedes distributors, will give Mercedes dealers a host of financing services to entice more customers. more...

Architecture's Reality Check: Global Downturn Dooms Prestige Construction Projects

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 15, 2009

The financial crisis has led to the cancellation of spectacular construction projects in the previously booming metropolises of Dubai, Moscow and Abu Dhabi. Does the demise of overblown architecture spell an opportunity for sustainable building? By SPIEGEL Staff more...