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The Six Degrees of… the Eagles’ Don Henley

Don Henley and his band the Eagles will land in Dubai for their first Middle Eastern performance on April 12. In anticipation, Kipp takes you on a journey that links the band with H.H Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE, and Ruler of Dubai. Read on to find out how. . .

April 11, 2012 5:39 by

Richard Branson

Richard Branson’s story starts with him being a high-school dropout. Today he is a hugely successful entrepreneur, making oodles of $$$. His philosophy in life – “oh, screw it, let’s do it.” – says it all. Branson chose to name his company Virgin because he and his friends believed they were complete virgins when it came to setting up a business. His association with the Middle East takes us back to 2006 when he ceremoniously planted the Union Jack on the Great Britain island at Dubai’s ’The World’ project to celebrate the debut of Virgin Atlantic airway’s direct flights between the UK and Dubai.

Space tourism is one of his latest business ventures. His commercial spaceship, Virgin Galactic (part owned by Abu Dhabi’s Aabar Investments) is said to send passengers into space in sub-orbital ships. This expensive affair involves super-rich celebrities and businessmen, such as Sigourney Weaver, William Shatner, Stephen Hawkings and Rubens Barrichello, to name just a few.


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