Doctor 3DTV returns

I mentioned some months back that the very talented Dr. Issam Daoud was involved in the launch of the world’s first ever 3D television channel – daily broadcasts filmed in 3D, which could also be viewed in normal 2D format.

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By  Ben Dawson Published  August 27, 2006

|~||~||~|I mentioned some months back that the very talented Dr. Issam Daoud was involved in the launch of the world’s first ever 3D television channel – daily broadcasts filmed in 3D, which could also be viewed in normal 2D format. Well I have good news. Dr. Daoud, who struck business fame as a hugely successful management consultant, has been inundated with enquiries from potential big-name sponsors. Over US$15m has already been penciled in, and it’s now more a question of deciding upon the most attractive bids. “It’s been a while but we are getting there. I really think that what we will do here is completely revolutionize the industry,” he tells me. Over lunch last week at Emirates Towers, I had a sneak preview of some of the details behind the US$250m project, and I have to say I agree with him. This one’s gonna be big…. Sale of the century Congratulations to Saudi Arabia’s Prince Bandar bin Sultan bin Abdul Aziz. Reports suggest the former Saudi ambassador to the United States is selling his Aspen home for US$135m – a deal that would make it the highest ever sale price for a US home. Last week the The Aspen Times reported that the Starwood Ranch property included a 56,000 square-foot main residence. With 15 bedrooms and 16 bathrooms, this makes it even bigger than the White House. And if he gets the US$135m, it would top the US$125m that Donald Trump is hoping to bag for his Palm Beach residence. Crowd trouble It was one of the greatest “freebies” ever – an all-expenses-paid return trip to London, courtesy of Emirates Airline, to watch the first ever Premiership soccer match at the brand new Emirates Stadium (above). Yes, last week the airline flew over several of its “friends” to see first-hand the action between Arsenal and Aston Villa. While the game ended in a 1-1 draw, nobody present at the ground could deny that it is a world class stadium, and that Emirates has pulled off a fabulous deal to secure the stadium naming rights for the next 15 years. Soon after the match, beamed live across the globe, some Emirates executives were heard muttering that maybe they could seek an extension to the 15 year deal. That said, exactly how many “friends” Emirates Airline invited to the game is unclear. Numbers were very strict, but I am told the official attendance for the match was 60,023 – that’s 23 more than the stadium’s official capacity. So who were these extra people and how did they get in? An Emirates source tells me: “We over-invited. But seeing as we paid US$180m for the stadium, they were hardly going to refuse us entry.” Cup in hand Talking of football, my sources at the airline suggest that Dubai is more than serious about making a bid for the 2014 World Cup. Last month I revealed that a feasibility study was being undertaken and that a bid could be launched in the next year. Current favourites Brazil are struggling to fund their bid, and FIFA may be open to offers from the likes of the UAE and Australia. The latest news is that the UAE could have a provisional document ready by early next year, with the competition centred around Dubai Sports City. Watch this space for more developments, sports fans. ||**||

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