Inside the Brand New Louvre Abu Dhabi

From Da Vinci to Ai Wei Wei, in a stunning Jean Nouvel building that embraces the sea and sky

While in Dubai for Design Week, we took the opportunity to take a quick tour of the new Louvre Abu Dhabi, possibly the most anticipated architectural opening of the year. The museum, designed by architect Jean Nouvel, welcomed their first guests just a few days ago. It was 10 years in the making and it covers an area of 87 thousand square-meters, divided in 55 …

Dubai’s Electric Autonomous Volocopter Coming in 2017

Between recognizing Dubai as a pioneer of urban innovation and understanding that the city is an ideal “extreme climate” testing ground for their autonomous electric multicopters, Germany’s Volocopter will be launching a five-year-long test program there—starting in the fourth quarter of 2017. The made-in-Germany air taxis feature eighteen rotors and a fully redundant power train. Quiet and emission-free flying, the vehicles are deemed safe thanks …

Link About It: This Week’s Picks

Spelling bees as a sport, living on Mars, inventions for future humans, Muppets and more

1. United Arab Emirates Aims to Colonize Mars by 2117 Potentially named City of Wisdom, a fully functioning outpost for 600,000 people on Mars is a new goal for the United Arab Emirates. And the target year happens to be 2117. Appropriately named “Mars 2117,” the project aims to be a multinational effort according to program director Saeed Gergawi. For such an effort to work, …