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BABYLON last won the day on April 21 2013

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  1. I was raving about Dubai to my barber (who is an Arab). He had a sad look on his face and said to me that Dubai has two faces and I didn’t get to see the other horrible face: the one he experienced for couple years working in that city.
  2. The brand (Olympics) is older, not the product (new venues).
  3. http://www.albawaba.com/business/olympics-2020-istanbul-521530 I remember reading a similar point of view in Arabic as well. I hope the IOC starts caring about the historical heritage of the host cities. I think it would sound horrible if the answer to "what happen to that 1000-year-old Byzantine/500-year old Ottoman structure?" would be "it was replaced by an Olympic venue!"
  4. Couple articles states that the IOC just saved many historical sites in Istanbul by not awarding the Olympics to that city. Yes, it is among the greatest cities in the world, but personally I’d rather have its historical heritage and sites protected.
  5. Good old days when the Mid East was multicultural and progressive!
  6. April and early May 2022 won't work because it will be Ramadan. September and October tend to be hotter the the hottest summer in Europe. You really need to be in an air-conditioned space from May until the end of October. What we call in the U.S. "heat wave" is the normal weather in the Arabian desert and if you have a light skin, you better cover it with plenty of sunscreen all the time.
  7. Oh I actually forgot about that! Is that even necessary? It's already a ginormous mess
  8. That does make sense. The Paralympics will probably be in March and Ramadan 2022 starts in early April of that year so that does make November the best option.
  9. Why? Burundi has oil and natural gas now?
  10. Oh God I can't stop laughing... they did NOT know it is hot in Qatar? Really!! And NO to the winter switch... let the cash-hungry FIFA officials deal with the mess of having the World Cup in the Arabian summer heat! I can't wait to see that!
  11. Indeed! I have to say though that the lack of mega US cities interested in 2024 might be a problem especially if Paris joins the race.
  12. Can national soccer federations force FIFA to change the location of the 2022 World Cup by refusing to participate?
  13. Winning over the IOC is not what I was thinking about. It's the USOC elections and the potential competition from Dallas, Houston and other interested U.S. cities. If Boston's campaign depits the city as "more global" compared to other competing U.S. cities, it has a shot at winning the USOC vote.
  14. Indeed. It's all about that campaign. I'm actually looking forward to see how the city will market itself... what major themes/elements it would use to present itself to the world.
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