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March 21, 2010
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Aysha Taryam
A society between Fake News and WhatsApp knowledge
Published on February 26, 2017 | Opinion
Donald Trump’s inauguration brought with it the term most used by this president and his office yet. The term ‘Fake News’ has been used by Trump and his team to oppose, debunk or slam any question they do not wish to answer. For the sake of clarification, this term means the spreading of false information that is manipulated to look like credible journalism mostly made possible and aided by social media. We have witnessed the leader of the Free World accuse prominent news agencies of falsifying information yet while viewers gawked at Trump’s administration the truth remains that most people around the world cannot distinguish between what is real news and what is fake.

 
 
Shaadaab S. Bakht
Published on August 11, 2017 | Opinion
My friend is 57 and bored. His disciplined ways — going for morning walks, doing yoga, drinking green tea, eating healthy food, listening to classical music, visiting art galleries, reading anecdotes from lives of saints and avoiding colourful association — have left him thoroughly bored. Therefore, I told him, he should go wild and it could just pay off. I recalled my favourite example for him, Winston Churchill. The British leader drank like a fish, smoked like a chimney and was fat, but he made everybody look like a reed before him. Regimen made sprinters, but life is a marathon, I rubbed it in.

   
 
Michael Jansen


A golden legacy
Published on August 18, 2017 | Opinion

Jamaica’s Olympic gold medal winner Usain Bolt retired this month, not in a blaze of glory at the London World Championships but with a bronze in the individual 100 metre sprint and an injury and fall in his team’s relay. Bolt, 30, who ended his career with nine Olympic gold medals and 11 World Championship golds, also broke a number of world records, making him the “fastest man” ever in track and field sports. His best speed was 27.44 miles or 44.16 kilometres per hour, set at the 2009 Berlin World Championships.




 
Sarah Taryam
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The baby guide
Published on August 18, 2017 | Panorama
When it comes to babies and how to care for them, everyone has their own opinions and ideas. This week we are taking a look at some of the most common questions asked by new parents, and also providing some expert advice to answer those questions.

  
 
Dr. Lamya N. Fawwaz
Posted on March 29, 2016 | Opinion
The world is facing a changing global reality. Oil prices continue to lag, and leading international economists like Morgan Stanley say prices will fall further before they can begin to rise. Additionally, global economic activity will soon feel the effects of efforts to reduce global climate change. This challenging situation places the UAE at a unique juncture to accelerate its economic transformation efforts while offsetting the impact of shrinking hydrocarbon returns.

 
 
Dubai Abulhoul
Integrating Emirati youth in the Federal National Council
Posted on October 3, 2016 | Opinion
Earlier this week, the #NationalYouthDialogue was launched to invite young people across the UAE to share their opinions and suggestions on what the Government could do to empower and heighten their role in the shaping of the country’s future. Emirati youth continue to be presented, on a daily basis, with new opportunities that enable them to excel in different institutions and across different fields. It is important, however, to place more emphasis on increasing Emirati youth’s civic engagement in the country, particularly through the Federal National Council, by giving them a voice within the federal authority itself. Promoting the importance of Emirati youth’s civic engagement will, in return, strengthen their role in the building of their country’s future.

   
 
Khalid Al Ameri
What Emirati men can learn from Emirati women
Posted on August 28, 2016 | Opinion
“Beware men lest women deprive you of leadership positions.”
 
His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai

 
 
 
Alia Al Hazami
Women Studies — An Integral Part of Educational System
Posted on May 25, 2017 | Opinion
If you have been part of debates on gender equality, I am sure that you have come across the statement, “Women have all their rights now, what more do they want?”. While it may seem that women have acquired their basic human rights, reality proves otherwise. The back story behind attaining those rights is so dense. It showcases the struggle and the need for the world to learn the history of discriminating against women in order to understand why the fight for gender equality is far from over.

 

 
Sara Al Mheiri
A hairy hoot
Posted on February 13, 2014 | Panorama
“Please stop moving,” she said with gritted teeth, her patience clearly running out. I didn’t care though. She wasn’t the one in absolute agony. My legs were crossed so tightly and nails dug deep into the arm rests but that didn’t stop my head suddenly flinching from the pain as I yelped. She sighed loudly and undid the braid once more. This was the third time in a row that she has been braiding the same piece of hair. But when I say braid, I mean really yanking the hair practically out of the root to make sure it stands the test of time.

  
 
Hiba Essa Al Ateek
Strolling out
Posted on September 16, 2016 | Opinion
Today is the day I take my six month  old twins out for the first time on my own. I decide to go to the Galarie Lafayette to shop. Very daring for my first trip, my friends think. I feel optimistic and proud of myself as we take the elevator and walk to the bus stop five minutes away.

  
 
Fatma Mohammed Al Saleh
The Temple Run
Posted on October 17, 2014 | Panorama
It was just another day. Strolling back towards what I called home for this month. It’s more of a house. There seemed to be no kind of emotional attachment. Rather I might have wanted to distance myself from it. For it was empty of all the love, craziness, and long sleepless fun nights I spent back home. Walking through that door made me homesick. Literally sick. It’s not that I didn’t like the girls there; on the contrary I saw many potential friendships.

 

 
Sula Powell
Last but not least
Posted on August 9, 2016 | Panorama
Two years and thirty plus, slightly melodramatic student drama scenarios and fabulous food related articles later, my time at university in the UAE has officially expired. I am hectically trying to convince myself it is a lie and I will be in Dubai forever and ever, just not particularly consolidated in terms of legitimacy when the Emirates flight reminders flash up every other day! I predict as soon as I am in Scottish airspace cue an extreme crying face x 1000 and induced S.A.D (seasonal affective disorder) and potentially a case of vitamin D deficiency.

 

 
PV Vivekanand
Published on September 23, 2012 | Opinion
The UN Security Council appears to be headed for US-engineered military intervention to root out militants linked to Al Qaeda who have seized control of Mali’s northern region. On Friday, the Security Council called on the Economic Community of West African States (Ecowas) – a bloc of West African countries – to submit a detailed plan for military intervention in Mali. Presumably, the plan would call for establishment of a military force that will be supported by the African Union and the United Nations.

 

 
Saibal Chatterjee
Sen and the censors
Published on August 10, 2017 | Opinion
The argumentative Indian has run into a cow. But will he be cowed down? An all-out fight is on. For Pahlaj Nihalani, one-time producer of seedy Bollywood potboilers who now heads the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC), is a bull in a china shop. Discernment isn’t his strong suit. He cannot see the difference between certification and censorship. So he crosses his brief time and again and seeks to bring filmmakers to their knees with his ridiculous directives.

 

 
Tanya Khoury
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Published on May 23, 2014 | Panorama
Imagine my delight after finding out that The Grand Budapest Hotel was on again at the cinema. I really didn’t know what to think – was it a prank? I had to make sure. I bought my ticket online and called the theatre twice to make certain that when I got there the film would still be on. I hurried down to the cinema, bought my wonderfully mixed popcorn and ran into the theatre smiling from ear to ear. Come to think of it, that whole scene must have looked very peculiar from the outside in. No matter, Wes Anderson’s highly awaited film was on and I couldn’t really care about my facial expression as I ran up the escalator to the cinema door.

   

 
Abdalla M. Taryam
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The Socialist Republic of UAE Football
Published on October 7, 2012 | Opinion
We can all agree that the United States strives to become a pure capitalist market. Most of their laws, financial decisions and even election campaigns revolve around capitalism. Nonetheless, there is a sector in the land of freedom that is far from pure capitalism and bordering on socialist practices: Sport. Survival of the fittest, or the richest is the adopted motto in sport. Less so in individual sport, we are witnessing the power of money dominating the entire world of team sport.

  

 
Sultan Saeed Al Darmaki
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A laughing matter
Published on November 30, 2012 | Panorama

  

 
Hichem Karoui
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Hullabaloo about EU move
Published on July 21, 2013 | Opinion
A serious crisis is shaking the relationship between the European Union and Israel. The reason is the decision to ban 28 EU member states from funding or dealing with settlers in territories occupied by the Jewish state in 1967, according to the guidelines published in the EU’s Official Journal on Friday morning, July 19.



BRP Bhaskar
Gaining power by other means
Published on August 1, 2017 | Opinion
Prime Minister Narendra Modi brought India’s second largest state, Bihar, under his belt last week, 20 months after its voters had decisively rejected his Bharatiya Janata Party in the Assembly elections.

   

 
Birjees Sarwat Hussain
Money can buy you time
Published on July 28, 2017 | Opinion
The saying is that the love of money is the root of all evil. It’s true. But there are other aspects to one of the most important bartering equipments in the world.


 
Musa A.Keilani
A fresh push to an old issue
Published on July 3, 2013 | Opinion
Ahead of his visit last week to the Middle East, US Secretary of State John Kerry, who has drawn up a package deal of political options to lure Israel and the Palestinians back into direct negotiations, said that it was the last chance for peace between Israel and the Palestinians. Kerry held talks with His Majesty King Abdullah II in Amman and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as well as Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in an attempt to discuss a renewal of the diplomatic process between Israel and the Palestinians.

    
 
OP Thomas
India’s year-end growth rate estimated lower due to demonetisation
Published on January 2, 2017 | Opinion
The last trading week of the year witnessed a stimulating rally as equities climbed over two per cent, leading to speculation that bulls were back. However, the buying was largely supported by domestic institutions while foreign institutional investors remained net sellers. Indices gained in three out of five sessions of the week. After falling below the psychological 26,000 level at the onset of the week, Sensex regained that mark later.

  
 
V Nagarajan
New regulations for developing real estate projects in Karnataka state   
Published on August 6, 2017 | Opinion
I have invested in plotted development project in Bengaluru, Karnataka state, India.  But the project is yet to be completed. As the new regulation has come into force, will the land development is also covered under the legislation?  Please clarify. Shashank, Dubai.
The RERA which came into force on May 1, 2017 in India, demands compulsory registration of all the residential projects under the regulatory act for plot sizes that are more than 500 sqm.  It is also applicable to certain ongoing, under construction projects including land development.

 
 

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