The strange case of Nic Cage’s Action Comics No1

The latest Superman reboot will once again re-tell the origins of the Man of Steel, just as the 1978 Richard Donner film did and the Smallville TV series did, and the comics did and so on. As a story, it’s nothing new. Superman’s backstory was first described in 1938, in Action Comics No.1, and not…

Rebuilding Lego

The story of Lego’s rise, near bankruptcy and spectacular comeback is one worth knowing, because the lessons they learned to return from the brink are ones that apply to a business in any field. But also, it’s a story about a company that does something special. Few corporations in the history of humanity do as…

Is the restaurant scene in Dubai oversaturated?

The UAE is one of the world’s leading food and beverage markets, worth Dh52.4 billion in 2015, according to global market research group Euromonitor. Dubai alone has about 7,500 places to eat, from street cafes and fast-food outlets to fine-dining and high-end restaurants established by big-name chefs. Many will showcase their best dishes during Dubai…

The rise of New York’s luxury towers

New York has always attracted wealth and been the home of some of the most expensive real estate on earth. But right now there’s a luxury property boom in Manhattan in the form of skyscrapers with the likes of 432 Park Avenue setting new standards. So why is this happening now, who’s buying and what…

Prima cinema

Home cinema worthy of the name… if you can afford it Let’s start with the bad news. There is an informal club called the Bel Air Circuit and you’re probably not a member, nor will you ever be invited to join. Founded decades ago by movie moguls including Louis B Mayer and Daryl Zanuck, it’s…

The meal deal

Dubai has become one of the world’s best cities for fine dining. So how did this happen, and can the city sustain this huge boom in high-end restaurants? In many ways, Dubai is comparable to Las Vegas. While neither had a long history of fine dining, both were desert towns pushing for tourism and the…

Dubai and the chessboard-shaped city

Whatever happened to the Emirate’s weirdest mega-project? Those of you who remember Dubai prior to the financial crash will recall a time when there was a new “mega-project” launched on what seemed like a weekly basis. Chess City was perhaps the strangest of them all. In October 2004 it was announced that a $2.6 billion…

Why was the SR-71 retired?

On July 28, 1976, flying out of Beale Air Force Base in California, a two-man crew comprising Capt. Eldon W. Joersz and Maj. George T. Morgan took off in a Lockheed SR-71 “Blackbird”. On this flight, they reached speeds of 2,194 mph (3,529.56 km/h) which to this day is still an airspeed record. But around…