Dubai Airport Expansion Rendering
This rendering by Dubai Airports shows a potential layout of the Al Maktoum International Airport, in Dubai.

Here are some of the relevant travel news headlines and stories from the previous week through today:

  • Dubai to spend $32 bn on airport – Dubai is ready to infuse the city’s second airport with $32 billion to expand it and make it the world’s largest and allow it to handle nearly 250 million annual travelers passing through. (WSJ)
  • World Cup in Qatar may be moved to winter dates – FIFA officials are looking for other possible dates, including six months earlier or later, in January, for the Gulf country to host soccer’s ultimate sport, as the summer there often reaches and exceeds 40 degrees C (104 degrees F). (Bloomberg)
  • Qatar plans on building entire new city – Meanwhile, the country is planning a $45 bn man-made city, complete with “artificial clouds,” just for the World Cup in 2022. (Complex)
  • Airbus files patent for “mind-control” flight entertainment – The aircraft maker wants to improve the in-flight entertainment experience by adding devices that could intuit passengers’ needs and comfort levels and help them adjust. (Skift)
  • Virgin Galactic delays launch again – The space tourism arm of the Virgin empire has postponed once again their initial flight to 2015. (Mashable)

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