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…

The Real Deal?

The strange case of Real Madrid Resort Island, Ras Al Khaimah and “sportatainment” A billion dollar Real Madrid themed resort – initially planned for Ras Al Khaimah but scrapped last year – could well be back on and shifted to the UAE capital, with The National Bank of Abu Dhabi confirmed as a the Galacticos’…

Original non-pirate material

At last, The Middle East has its own equivalent of iTunes. Recently, a musician was making a personal appearance at a Dubai Virgin Megastore and a young girl went up and handed over a piece of paper to be signed. “Don’t you have a CD you want signing?” the musician asked. “No, I don’t need…

The Book of Jobs

Why the new iPad may provide a revolution in piracy as well as literature. For all the anticipation surrounding Apple’s latest hardware, the iPad doesn’t really offer us anything we haven’t already got on laptops and iPods. There is one feature, however, that Apple believes will be revolutionary: digital reading. The iPad goes on sale…

National obsession

Leading the charge in the UAE’s newspaper boom is The National. Time Out spoke to its editor Martin Newland about its launch, censorship, advertising, what he thinks of their rivals – and why the forthcoming paper war will be a good thing for the country. What were you told by your new proprietor about the…