World’s biggest carbon ski-print

Posted by Kevin Rennie

While we were enjoying the fireworks at Lorne on New Year’s Eve, another dinner guest told us about her recent visit to Dubai. When I naively asked why people seem to be flocking there she showed me a photo very similar to the one above. Another suggestion was that some Saudis visit because it is much less socially restrictive than back home.

Wary of stereotypes I much preferred the Disneyland Aspen in the desert Ski Dubai Resort explanation. It just makes sense to build 5 Star hotels, shopping malls and ski slopes in this arid land.

Is this our carbon future?


5 Responses

  1. Is Dubai the next economic bubble about to deflate? Already the building industry is contracting because sales are well below projections. And contrary to most beliefs, the United Emirates is not a big producer of oil when compared to others in the region.

    Nevertheless, Dubai is impressive. The only 7 star hotel in the world. A fantastic airport and a new one on the way and IMHO, Emirates is the best airline in the world – the most modern fleet and excellent service. Dubai probably has the best duty free on the Australia – London route,

    As for:

    “Saudis visit because it is much less socially restrictive than back home. ”

    I think there’s some truth in that. It’s one reason the Gold Coast is a popular destination for many Arabs as well. Some of the theme parks even provide ‘prayer rooms’.,21598,23967358-5005040,00.html

    The Gold Coast is place where the burka meets the bikini. Now we have the BURQINI.

    PG recommended. Lol.

    Most people believe that the Koran forbids alcohol; and it does but only for the living. But like all those virgins, alcohol is one of the rewards for the ‘good’ in the after life. The consumption of alcohol behind closed doors goes on. Osama in his youth was a regular imbiber while away from home.

    “Is this our carbon future?”

    People in undeveloped countries have some way to go to catch up with the leading emitters in the world with Australia ‘going for Gold’ and being successful.

  2. “…some Saudis visit because it is much less socially restrictive than back home. ”

    I certainly may be wrong but I recall an article earlier in the year about some kind of “morality police” locking up an amorous couple for having (ill advised & drunken) sex on the beach in Dubai; from memory they were warned several times before being detained. I reckon the consequences were potentially quite serious, so while it may be a better destination than that bastion of human rights found in the kingdom of Saud, I still feel that it hasn’t quite dragged itself out of the darkages.
    All this despite the stupendous opulence of building status symbols in the desert.

    Wasn’t the “refrigerated beach” another preposterous drawcard?

  3. “I still feel that it hasn’t quite dragged itself out of the darkages.”

    Intercourse in public is banned in Islam and even though Dubai is more ‘liberal’ than other locations, the behaviour of the two poms was just stupid.

    Don’t take drugs to many parts of Asia and don’t get too affectionate in Islamic countries.

    Besides it might have frightened the horses … or the camels.

  4. “… the behaviour of the two poms was just stupid.”N5

    Agreed, it’s not like they weren’t given a chance to desist. Are people really so naive as to try it on when they are a stranger in a strange land? Not clever.
    From memory, correct me if I’m wrong, the female was the instigator & the antagonistic perpetuator?

  5. Well she was 36 and he was 34 and their sentences were suspended on appeal. However the bloke in question was rearrested at the airport because his flight confirmation was not in order.

    In my experience, the female is usually the aggressor, but that POV may be just peculiar to my experience. Lol.

    The truth is I don’t know who the aggressor was. Both denied intercourse took place which was very wise.

    But back to the post.

    I read today in the Christian Science Monitor that there is strong interest in the ‘hot rocks’ technology.

    “With only a trickle of federal aid allotted to developing the resource, geothermal is growing slowly.

    That may change under the Obama administration, which has pledged strong support for renewable energy.”

    More here.

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