The World’s First Temperature-Controlled City

The World’s First Temperature-Controlled City

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Dubai is already home to the tallest tower in the world, so it was just a matter of time until the glitzy emirate planned another record-breaking construction.

Its next project involves building the largest shopping mall om the planet, complete with climate-controlled streets, the world’s largest indoor theme park and 100 hotels and apartments.

In fact, the ambitious emirate has dubbed the project a ‘temperature-controlled pedestrian city’.

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Occupying 48 million square feet, the Mall of the World will also contain health resorts, theatres, a Celebration Steet modelled on the Ramblas boulevard in Barcelona and ‘retail streets network’ that will stretch over four-and-a-half miles.

The grand project is part of Dubai’s bid to become a year-round tourism destination, despite soaring temperatures in summer that can reach nearly 50C.

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The new mall, which will be a city-within-a-city, will be the emirate’s chance to attract visitors even in the height of the summer, by providing a completely climate-controlled experience.

The shopping mall itself will occupy eight million square feet, housed below a glass dome, with other attractions extending beyond the central shopping area.

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In the cooler winter months, the dome will open, allowing people to shop in the fresh air, closing as the summer heats up.

It is thought the huge construction will attract 180 million visitors a year and developers hope it will secure Dubai’s futures as a tourism hub.

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The emirate’s ruler and vice president of the UAE Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, said: ‘This project complements our plans to transform Dubai into a cultural, tourist and economic hub for the two billion people living in the region around us; and we are determined to achieve our vision.

‘The growth in family and retail tourism underpins the need to enhance Dubai’s tourism infrastructure as soon as possible.

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‘We are confident of our economy’s strength, optimistic about our country’s future and we continue to broaden our vision.’

The supersized mall will be built near the existing Mall of the Emirates, already one of the largest shopping centres in the world, with its own indoor ski slope.

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It will also be a short drive to the world’s tallest tower, the Burj Khalifa, which stands at 2,717ft.

The idea is to create a cultural area, with theatres hosting shows at West End and Broadway levels, as well as a network of streets that will be entirely climate controlled.

Sheikh Mohammad stated: ‘Our ambitions are higher than having seasonal tourism – tourism is key driver of our economy and we aim to make the UAE an attractive destination all-year long.

‘This is why we will start working on providing pleasant temperature-controlled environments during the summer months.’ Source DailyMail

U2 US Spy Plane – Secret Revealed

U2 US Spy Plane – Secret Revealed

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UFOs Over Norway: CIA admits: ‘That was Us’

There might be something to this transparency thing after all, given the tweet sent on the CIA Twitter account this week disclosing that the agency, and not extraterrestrials or even meteorologists’ wayward experimental balloons, was responsible for the wave of UFO sightings that soared from the Scandinavian skies over Norway during the 1950s.

That’s correct: The CIA.

The Daily Mail reported July 4 on the recent Central Intelligence Agency Twitter activity involving an admission that what had been thought to be Unidentified Flying Objects over Norway in the 1950s had actually been CIA missions. The tweet read, “That was us,” and directed the reader to an government paper about U2 spy plane flyovers.

“Remember reports of unusual activity in the skies in the ’50s? That was us,” the tweet reads.

The good people of Norway began seeing flashing objects in their skies in the 1950s, as did airline pilots. The U2 spy plane flew at a ceiling of 60,000 feet, far above any regular aircraft of the time, so when pilots added their stories of UFO sightings to that of the citizenry, a bit of credibility crept into the rash of unidentified objects flying the Norwegian skies.

Of course, after American pilot Gary Powers was shot down over Russia, causing a major international incident between the U.S.S.R. and the United States, the secrecy of the U2 was lost. The more discerning began to suspect that all those UFO sightings over Norway, a country not too far from the Russian and Baltic State borders (all territorially part of the U.S.S.R. at the time) may not have been UFOs at all (only in the technical sense of being unidentified; not in that they could not be explained — they just were not or were denied as having a governmental point of origin).

Six decades later and CIA finally has admitted that their secret U2 spy plane missions were likely the cause of most of those UFO sightings, explained by the Air Force’s Project Blue Book, the official look into UFO sightings by the U. S. military, as sunlight flashing off of U2 planes as the sun set in the Norwegian sky. According to Afterposten (per BBC News), even with the conclusions drawn by the U. S. Air Force, the CIA refused to acknowledge the coincidental timings of U2 spy plane missions, the activity kept classified to keep it from being compromised by the Soviets in the Cold War Era.

Sometimes you have to hand it to those conspiracy theorists guys who have been harping on that tired old military intelligence/secret mission line all these years. Turns out they their paranoid speculations and extrapolations weren’t so lunatic fringish after all.

And that transparency thing? It’s nice to know that the CIA, for all its secretive maneuverings, isn’t above providing a little transparency on their operations and taking responsibility for their activities — albeit some six decades after the fact…

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