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There are countries that really benefit of their huge oil reserves. Here are examples of some famous areas where oil has generated a luxury lifestyle.
The United Arab Emirates has the world’s 7th largest oil reserves. The country is also a high income economy with the world’s 19th highest nominal GDP per capita. Due to its high oil and gas reserves, the Emirates has been able to build the world’s tallest tower that rises to over 800 meters in the skyline of Dubai.
Besides the Burj Khalifa tower, Dubai is also known for the world’s only seven star top-end hotel, the Burj Al Arab. On the hotel’s helipad above 210 meters from the ground, they have arranged some great stunts including Tiger Woods teeing off as well as Andre Agassi and Roger Federer playing tennis. In another Emirate city, Abu Dhabi, the Yas Marina circuit organizes its annual formula one grand prix in area with hotels and a Ferrari Theme Park.
The world’s richest country per capita Qatar has become one of the world’s largest centers in finance and education. The country’s 25 billion barrel oil excess has enabled it to build a beautiful skyline in the capital of Doha. Qatar is also know for Al Jazeera Networks‘ headquarters as well as organizing the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
If you are a friend of motor sports, such as F1, WRC, Moto GP, speed racing or NASCAR, you might also want to experience something new. In Canada they have developed a special category for motor sports – the forklift rally.
A contender racing through a course.
The Forklift Rally is a competition for people who work in constructions, logistics and material handling and whose daily job includes operating with a forklift. The competition aims to measure people’s speed and efficiency in operating a forklift. The first Forklift Rally competition took place in 1997 and has been since then arranged by the Canadian Materials and Distribution Society (CMDS).
Forklifts can be used for other sports besides racing. Here is for example a demonstration of forklift basketball.
The rally consists of two phases. The first phase is a written knowledge test that measures knowledge about the industry standards. In the second phase, the contenders navigate through a course in which they need to avoid colliding with cones as well handle their loads safely. The contenders will be evaluated by judges according to the quality of the contenders work and lap times.
This year’s BC Forklift Rally will take place on Saturday September the 13th in British Columbia. The organizers offer the best contenders 4000 Canadian dollars prize money in total. At the venue you can also enjoy forklift soccer, basketball and bowling.
If you want to participate and looking for some wheels, we have them in Shanghai Metal Corporation. We offer premium forklifts that will take you to the podium. Our forklifts are also excellent for handling daily routines of loading objects safely. To know more about our forklifts, please visit our site. Also follow us on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn. You may also download our new mobile application by scanning the QR code below.
Tuomas P. // SMC Editor
More information about the Forklift Rally can be found in the official website. See also more pictures about the event on the organizer’s Flickr site.
Sporting complexes must be able to withstand tough weather conditions, hold masses of screaming fans, and, in some cases, be built in a few years span. Aluminum is used in building such structures because its lightweight capabilities lead to greater flexibility while minimizing the expenditure on foundations. It is durable enough to withstand feet of snow falling in Baltimore, Maryland during Ravens games where the stadium packs 70,000 plus fans decked out in black and purple, as well as the beating sun’s ultraviolet rays in multiple stadiums used in the 2014 World Cup games hosted by Brazil, where fans from across the global gather to show off their patriotism.
After devastation struck in New Orleans, Louisiana, many locals were packed into the Louisiana Superdome as a “shelter of last resort” for thousands of New Orleans residents unable to evacuate in August 2005 when Hurricane Katrina devastated the city. Renovations occurred after to show the world that the city is capable of battling and overcoming any obstacle the world throws at them, on and off the field. The transformation into an ultra-modern stadium was made possible by more than 40,000 square feet of aluminum that was turned into 16,000 bronze-hued anodized aluminum panels which now give the Superdome its iconic structuring.
Many sporting stadiums have similar stories that go deeper than the material used to build them and here are a few examples.
The Maracanã stadium in Rio de Janerio, Brazil housed 199,854 fans, being the world’s largest stadium by capacity, during the 1950 FIFA World Cup in which Brazil was defeated by Uruguay 2-1. To prepare for the 2014 World Cup, more than 50 metric tons of extruded aluminum was used to refurbish and modernize the stadium. The Maracanã Stadium and Aztec Stadium in Mexico City are the only two venues ever to host two World Cup Finals.
The Wembley Stadium in London, England, seen today is a new structure that opened in 2007 to replace the earlier Wembley Stadium that was constructed in 1923. The previous model was sometimes referred to as “The Church of Football” or more officially known as “The Empire Stadium”, where major rugby matches are played such as the FA Cup Final and often the Champions League final, where the two best rugby teams in Europe go head-to-head. When the old stadium was renovated in 1963, an aluminum roof was added to give the structure a more modern feel.
The FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland, Ohio, is home of the Cleveland Browns. Its renounced fan section, called The Dawg Pound, is where the Browns extremely zealous fan base sits to cheer on their home team. The bleachers are made of aluminum because of its durability and strength. No matter how rowdy the fans get, the bleachers are sure to withstand the wear and tear.
The Azteca stadium is the most iconic in world football, as well as being both the fifth-largest ground in the world and the largest football pitch on Planet Football. Its dome consists of hyperbolic paraboloids of tubular aluminum covered with waterproof copper-sheathed plywood and supported by huge steel arches to endure tough weather conditions. It has been the place of some of the most memorable international matches in soccer history including the 1970 World Cup final between Brazil and Italy and the 1986 World Cup quarter-final between Argentina and England.
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By: Kristie K. // SMC Editor
Sources: The Aluminum Association and Bleacher Report