The St. Regis Dubai is situated in a new area of Dubai, Al Habtoor City, where on my visit they were in the process of building a water canal that would flow all the way to central Dubai. We were told it would be finished a few weeks after our visit and I couldn't believe it, as it was more or less a building site when we were there, but true to their word after researching online, it is done and looks very impressive.
Post-treatment, there's a good-sized adults-only outdoor pool to flop out next to, or a small air-conditioned relaxation room. Don't miss the make-up counter in the lobby piled high with shimmering powders, pearlescent lipsticks and SPF 30 foundation, so you can skip straight from the spa to supper...
For both governments and NGOs in the Gulf, engagement and mutual respect is the path to success. Governments have to face up to some hard truths but the reputation gains are worth the pain. For NGOs, reports and campaigns only go so far, talking to governments who are the only ones who can enact change, is more likely to lead to success.
The pace of urbanization globally is unprecedented - by 2050 nearly 66% of the world's population is expected to be urban. The ability to effectively manage this rapid urbanization is critical. Cities must find new ways to increase the efficiency of existing and new infrastructure and services to a level never previously achieved.
What's a typical week for a racing driver? Well, we don't have one! That's part of the reason I love what I do - no two days have to be the same. 5th January and that's it, Christmas is over, goodbyes to the family and straight on a plane! First up it was off to compete in the Asian Le Mans series, then to Dubai for the annual Dubai 24hour and then to Kuala Lumpur.