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Aysha Taryam
I logged off and the sky did not fall
Published on October 1, 2017 | Opinion
It has been a month since I bid farewell to a world I had been inhabiting and contributing to for almost 10 years. I wrote a few lines explaining to a loyal community that had been sharing my life and words I was to leave for an unspecified amount of time, wished it well and logged off. I cannot pinpoint the exact moment or reason for jumping off the social media ship but rather see it now as an accumulation of reasons and a piling up of overwhelming feelings.

Shaadaab S. Bakht
Published on October 20, 2017 | Opinion
Avarice devastates. And sexual avarice devastates faster. Weinstein, like some of his American chums, proved that once again. It is almost certain that his insatiable appetite for s.., made indefensibly disgusting by the application of appalling doses of coercion, will now leave him starving for peace forever. Film producer Weinstein put to foul use his strong standing in Hollywood and for years harvested lust, leaving morality out in the cold. He was just interested in his own twisted warmth.

Michael Jansen

Literature’s finest

Published on October 20, 2017 | Opinion

Kazuo Ishiguro initially thought the telephone call he received from the Swedish Academy announcing he had won the Nobel prize for literature was a hoax, “fake news.” He was stunned when the press began to call and television teams assembled on his doorstep. He responded by saying there were other more worthy authors who were honoured with the prize but observed, “..that is the nature of prizes. They are a lottery.” He took the news calmly and gave thoughtful interviews to the BBC and other outlets. His goal, he said, has always been to tell stories that overcome “barriers of race, class and ethnicity.”

Sarah Taryam
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Life in the sleepy lane
Published on October 20, 2017 | Panorama
Exhaustion is rife these days with many of us not getting enough sleep at night leading to extreme tiredness throughout the day. This week we are taking a closer look at some of the reasons for this fatigue and how to combat it. Stress and vitamin deficiencies are some of the leading causes of feeling tired. A visit to your doctor and a simple blood test is essential. If we have food sensitivities, elevated cortisol levels, or even dehydration we may be feeling run down during the day.

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
Preparing Emirati youth for the UAE Centennial 2071 Project
Posted on September 10, 2017 | Opinion
Last March, the UAE Centennial 2071 Project was launched by the UAE Cabinet with the goal of making the UAE the best country in the world by the year 2071. Announcing the news on Twitter, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and the Ruler of Dubai, stated that the UAE Centennial 2071 Project was launched “to put in place a vision that extends to five decades and to prepare the nation for future generations”. Annual meetings will be held every September to bring together all government entities in order to discuss the challenges and strategies for achieving the project’s goals.

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
The blurred concept of fatherhood
Posted on October 10, 2017 | Opinion
When examining the role of care keeping within a family, one instantly assumes that it is solely the mother’s responsibility. Inversely, the father’s job is assumed to be one of a financial nature, where the father takes the breadwinner’s role. To understand the dynamics of familial relationships, one must recognise the role of culture in shaping a man’s life. Gender roles prescribed by societies are a key factor in the lack of involvement of fathers in their children’s day-to-day lives.


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
Arab cinema stamps its class on TIFF
Published on September 21, 2017 | Time Out
With a healthy bunch of Arab films making it to the program, cinema from and about the Middle East had a wonderful run at the 42nd Toronto International Film Festival. Several of these titles – notably Annemarie Jacir’s “Wajib,” Ziad Doueiri’s “The Insult,” Nabil Ayouch’s “Razzia,” Amr Salama’s “Sheikh Jackson,” and American documentarian Erika Cohn’s “The Judge” – struck an instant chord with the audience here.


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
Indian real estate sector witnessing prolonged sluggishness
Published on October 15, 2017 | Opinion
I am owning both commercial and industrial properties in India. What are the regulations while mortgaging such units to a financial institution? Is there any approval needed from any authorities in India? Please advice. Shailesh Tripathi, Dubai. You can mortgage residential or commercial property to an authorised dealer or housing finance institution in India without the approval of Reserve Bank of India (RBI) or to a party abroad with prior approval of RBI. In case of a foreign national, he can mortgage the property only with the prior approval of RBI. Whereas if it is a foreign company that has established a branch office or other place of business in India in accordance with FERA/FEMA regulations, it has general permission to mortgage the property with an authorised dealer in India.


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