On Canada’s military base in Dubai 7, October 2010Posted by thegulfblog.com in The Emirates.
Tags: Camp Mirage, Camp Mirage Minhad Air Force Base, Canada military Afghanistan, Canadian base in Dubai, Canadian military base in Dubai, Dubai military base, Emirates airlines Canada, Minhad Air Force base
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(A – Camp Mirage in Minhad Air Force Base)
Rumors are afoot suggesting that Canada is being forced to consider pulling some of its troops out of its base near Dubai in the UAE. Apparently, the UAE are using the threat of evicting Canada from their base as a means to force the Canadian government to allow Emirates and Etihad Airlines direct access to Canada. Such competition would be severely detrimental for Canada’s national airlines.
The base was established in 2001 in preparation for Canada’s involvement in operations in Afghanistan. Officially, the location of Canada’s base in the Persian Gulf is a secret, though one that is not kept very well: Camp Mirage is on Minhad Air Force Base south of Dubai.
This base is also used by Australian and New Zealand forces.
Talks have stalled and Canada is no longer allowed access to the camp.
Germany and Qatar 7, October 2010Posted by thegulfblog.com in Qatar.
Tags: Deuteche Bahn, Deuteche Bahn metro, Germany and Qatar, Germany Qatar Solar agreement, Qatar solar power, Qatar's metro, Qatar's subway
Deutsche Bhan, Germany’s über efficient national rail company, as been contracted to build up to 108 subway stations in and around Doha. Yes, 108 stations. In Qatar. Hmm.
One key motivating factor behind it is the World Cup in 2022: such a promised investment in a shiny new, relatively eco-friendly system is bound to act in Qatar’s favour.
The Qatar Tribune reports that it is expected to be completed in “phases over the next six years”. Only six years to rip up 108 massive chunks of ‘greater’ Doha and build stations? I think not.
Eventually, there will be:
- Around 354km of rails
- On which trains will run at speeds of 80 to 160kms per hour
- Over ground rail which will cover 345km
- These electric trains will run at 220-350km per hour
- Qatar’s rail is expected to link up to the mooted GCC rail network by 2017
Also, Qatar and Germany signed a $500 million agreement heralding Qatar’s (curiously late) entrance to the Solar energy market.