March 13th, 2012
10:04 AM GMT
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Berlin (CNN) – Oozing creativity and spirit, Berlin is Europe's capital of cool. It is full of culture, with renewed economic hope.

CNN's Richard Quest visits a city being reborn.



March 6th, 2012
10:24 AM GMT
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Berlin (CNN) – Once, Berlin was a divided city, with airports serving different occupied zones.

But soon, three airports will become one.

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March 1st, 2012
01:54 PM GMT
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Hong Kong (CNN) - Dismissed by many Western sceptics, the ancient philosophy of Feng Shui plays a key role in shaping life in Hong Kong.

CNN's Richard Quest reports on the theory's impact on architecture, business and lifestyles in the territory.



February 21st, 2012
09:20 AM GMT
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Hong Kong (CNN) – While Hong Kong cashes in on China’s staggering economic growth, many of the city’s residents are choking as a result of it.

If it isn’t air pollution that is causing health issues among locals: it’s light pollution.

While the bright tantalizing lights of Hong Kong’s skyline are iconic of Hong Kong’s image, they are also keeping people awake, rising stress levels and causing insomnia for residents like Wesley Wai, who put together a video called the “Lucifer Effect” to show how much light bleeds into his bedroom at night.  With rising property prices, residents like Wai often have few choices but to live in densely crowded, bright night areas.
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February 14th, 2012
02:48 PM GMT
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Hong Kong (CNN) - The increasing number of visitors from mainland China and overseas means that space is at an absolute premium in Hong Kong.

As Hong Kong continues to grapple with incredible urban density and a real lack of open space, the redevelopment of an iconic landing strip is being watched closely.

As Richard Quest reports, there are plans in the works for even more land reclamation projects from the surrounding seas. FULL POST



February 7th, 2012
10:50 AM GMT
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Hong Kong (CNN) – Hong Kong is one of the most densely populated places on the planet.

In a place like this, one of the greatest challenges is getting people from A to B.

The city's main subway carries 4 million passengers a day. This key piece of infrastructure is being expanded.

CNN's Richard Quest goes beneath the city streets to find out how it will be done.



January 31st, 2012
05:39 PM GMT
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Doha (CNN) –  The building of Doha's new airport began eight years ago, in preparation for the city's rapid growth.  

It is being spear-headed by one of Doha's most influential businessmen - Akbar Al Baker. Now, as the airport nears completion, CNN's Richard Quest gets a tour.

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January 25th, 2012
06:35 PM GMT
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Ten years from now Qatar will make history as the first Middle Eastern country to host the football World Cup.

Qatar's ruling Al-Thani family has laid out a detailed strategy for its capital city, Doha, and a vision for spending the country's hydrocarbon wealth in a sustainable fashion. They see the World Cup as a key step in the region’s development.

This week on Future Cities, CNN’s Richard Quest sees how sport is the perfect economic tool to put an emerging nation on the global stage.

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January 16th, 2012
08:39 PM GMT
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Doha, Qatar (CNN) – Doha, off the back of its hydrocarbon wealth, is booming.

Dozens of landmark projects are feeding the construction industry and the Emir of Qatar, HH Sheikh Hamad, is determined to manage the country’s growth and create a sustainable long term plan.

He is investing in education, innovation and culture under the umbrella of his government’s cultural arm, The Qatar Foundation.

In this episode of Future Cities, CNN's Richard Quest explores Education City, a collection of eight international universities which is at the core of Qatar’s plans to become a seat of learning in the Middle East.



January 9th, 2012
06:47 PM GMT
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Doha, Qatar (CNN) – From its humble origins with few natural resources, Qatar found vast hydrocarbon wealth - oil in the 1940s, natural gas in the 1970s.

In 2008, at the height of the global financial and economic crisis, Qatar launched its 2030 National Vision - to invest its hydrocarbon wealth wisely, diversify its economy and to develop an advanced society with high standard of living for all its citizens.

With an abundance of riches, Qatar’s development is all about laying solid foundations and avoiding the pitfalls of unmanaged growth.



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