Floating along

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Photo caption: Abu Dhabi, January 12, 2010. Omran Al Hallami is the creator of the floating villa concept and stands next to one oh his projects. Delores Johnson / The National
A very select few of us are faced with a situation where A. we desperately want to live in a home floating in the ocean, but B. are averse to the sleek, expensive materials of yachts.

Omran al Hallami
, chairman of Al Hallami Group, is one such man. And he has already found the answer to his problems: a floating dome on a barge. The prototype can be found in the Al Bateen marina. It's an interesting concept because it goes against the Captain Nemo tendency toward speed and camouflage that would be necessary for undermining world order. Mr al Hallami's ideas are more Buckminster Fuller in appearance, but without the idealism.

Definitely read Tom Gara's definitive account of the trials and tribulations of Mr al Hallami, inventor extraordinaire.
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