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Experience Dubai by Jetpack in This Incredible First Person Video

Jetmen Yves Rossy and Vince Reffet show us Dubai as we’ve never seen it before

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For years, our cultural litmus test for futuristic technology has been the personal jet pack. And for years, our jet-based future has remained ever-so-slightly out of reach, leaving generations of terrestrially-bound dreamers demanding those rocket packs we were promised by the Jetsons, James Bond, and Iron Man alike.

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A Rare Workers’ Protest in Dubai Dispels Delusion of Opulent Utopia

Construction workers demonstrate against pay cuts and bad working conditions.

Image via the Dubai Media Office's Twitter profile.

The Dubai Media Office tweeted Monday that Dubai police had “resolved” the “issue” of construction workers who had “gathered” to “demand” “bonuses” in front of Dubai Mall. All of these words, arranged as they were, might suggest that the Dubai police had benevolently dispersed a throng of pampered workers causing traffic congestion.

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6 Innovative Designs from the “World Cup of Drones”

These unmanned aerial vehicles are designed to make the world a better place.

For many people around the world, particularly those who live in conflict zones, drones evoke violence and pain than they do goodwill. But the power and potential of drone technology can be harnessed towards purposes outside the military and security surveillance industries. This idea—that drone technology isn’t just war technology—was what fuelled the spirit of Dubai’s first-ever Drones for Good challenge, a yearlong competition in which innovators redesigned the drone for a better world. The unprecedented competition is being called “The World Cup of Drones” by a breathless international press.

Thirty contestants—chosen from a submission pool of 800—battled it out last week at the two-day long final round for a grand prize of 1 million AED (about $272,245 U.S.) for local residents and a grand prize of $1 million U.S for international competitors. A third category existed for the best design for government-service drones.

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Lessons From Dubai

I think we can safely say that when we saw ski resorts being built inside of shopping malls in Dubai that something was more than a little...

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