Railroad is a metaphor often heard in Dubai, an autocratic city-state ruled by a dynasty that evokes a language uncommon in the Arab world today: an utter confidence, brimming with pride and optimism, that collides with the dejection heard elsewhere in the Middle East. It has emerged as a 21st-century phenomenon, a city of perspectives, whose globalization suggests its inspiration and the discontent of those left behind.
A all-encompassing "drive through" interview drom the Washington Post regarding Dubai. A good summary on the current situation and perception.
Print it out, and read it when you're stuck in the traffic on your way home tonight. ;>
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Realism from Sean Kelleher (Lies, sheer lies and newspaper articles)
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"Over the last 30 years, this country has changed beyond recognition," says Sulaiman Al Jassim, Zayed University's vice-president. "...We can't afford not to have women in the workforce any longer. When we give young women a chance for education, they don't want to stay at home any longer. They choose to work, to improve themselves, to use their skills. Their country needs this."
Good overall article dotted with a few inaccuracies, notably the "sheila", though I do like the black butterfly analogy. You can tell that this article was written by someone on their first visit to the UAE, if indeed they did visit.
More from the Star.
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"They are promised that they are coming to an El Dorado, and they will make a lot of money," said Mohammed Ghobash, secretary-general of the Emirates Human Rights Association. "They are duped into such dreams, which may only work out for one case in thousands, by agents in their own countries. They practically enslave themselves."
The UAE's Big Dirty Secret (Globe and Mail)
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In Dubai today it has become quite common for young men to hand out a new phone and prepaid SIM card to a pretty lady, as the opening move in romance. She gets something more substantial than flowers or a drink. He gets her exclusive phone number. And as this habit has been becoming more commonplace, of course the prettier ladies get many such phones, so they also start to measure the wealth of the suitor, based on how good a phone is he willing to hand out…
First I have heard of this, but the dating scene is not really my thing!
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1. UAE is coping well with surging liquidity - Moody's
"The UAE economy is having to cope with huge surpluses on the current account, with no independent monetary policy to treat them. There is high credit growth too." This was the challenge identified by Pierre Cailleteau, senior vice-president of Moody's Sovereign Risk Unit, in Dubai for a conference on regional credit risk. Yet, he spoke highly of the UAE's efforts to develop its economy in the midst of soaring oil prices and monetary liquidity.
2. UAE stocks crash to 13-month lows
Driven by fear and greed, the UAE bourses witnessed another round of sharp fall in share prices yesterday with key indices closing at 13-month lows. The DFM index fell by 4.84 per cent to 586.51, the Abu Dhabi Index dropped 1.93 per cent to 3,811 points the lowest since March last year. After going through a sharp fall on April 23, the market rallied the following days to regain some of the lost ground, however the rally was short lived as investors started selling heavily from Wednesday. "The investor confidence is at the lowest level in the last two years. While speculators are trying to sell their holdings at the first opportunity to cut losses, institutional investors, especially the funds sponsored by the banks also rush to exit when there are opportunities to take profits," said Daheer Quraishi, a Dubai based investment analyst.
The UAE stock markets are so speculative, all on borrowed money, and fluctuate in ridiculous amounts. This is currently a greed market.
However, quoted from the first story is this quote:
As for stock market volatility, that presents little concern. "Fundamentally, it is a matter of investor protection or education ? It is sad for people who have lost, but it is good that [market correction] happens."
If the stock market correction can be taken in isolation, and, in general, spearate from the mainstream growth of the reagion, it is time for those who lost their cash to take stock, learn and reinvest with a view to the long term. Greed will get you nowhere.
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Huraimel was confident that Dubai would attract the business and residents to make the city work. "In 15 years, the perception of the Middle East will change," he said. "We are a modern, diverse society in Dubai. The city is safe, there are no taxes, the weather is perfect for at least nine months out of the year."
But Huraimel conceded that Dubai had a big job to do in overcoming the West's negative image of Arab countries. "Some have said that Islam and the West is a clash of civilizations," he said. "Dubai is like a city of dreams. This is not a clash of civilizations. This is the opposite."
More from IHT
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"There are two parties in such cases, one outside the country and one inside and it can get confusing sometimes," said Suwaidi during a joint seminar on anti-money laundering efforts between the UAE and the UK last month. "Combating money laundering is a gradual process that will take years and a joint effort ... so international cooperation is needed," he added.
Although the article is really only focusing on email scams and the like, it is worth noting that the authorities are on the case.
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Of course, the devil is in the details. The "special report" in the Gulf News today (p46) is an important read that quotes the WTO's critique of the UAE's trade policy.
Highlights of this critique include:
- an attack on the Emiratisation Plan, saying that it could be an impediment to to doing business and further promote the free zones
- an absence of a policy will preclude the UAE from the advantages of a free economy
- exclusive UAE agents will lead to market segmentation and increase the prices for branded goods
- the need to move away from the 49% maximum foreign ownership rule which has restricted FDI
However, the WTO is positive that reforms will be made to the benefit of the UAE as a whole. Now is the time to iron out the details to maximise the growth that the UAE deserves.
(Aside, this article should be front page news, and not languishing in the murkiness of the middle of the business section)
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Recently, some middle-aged women in Korea have been showing interest in houses in Dubai. This is due to the fact that the Korean government has allowed investment in overseas real estate. Wealthy Korean women who were engaged in real estate speculation, hopping like locusts from one to another development areas including Gangnam in Seoul in the 1970s and 1980s, are now poised to enter a new market. Their special “tie” with the Middle East is eye-catching because petrodollars made during a construction boom in the Middle East once flowed into Korea and were invested in real estate. Moreover, the world has become globalized now. Interestingly, by the way, Dubai is an Arabic word for locust.
That last line was an eye opener for me. All I could find was this definition of "Arab" at Webster's
"Arab" is a name that signifies or is derived from: "multiplying", "sowing sedition", "a window", "a locust". Date "Arab" was first used in popular English literature: sometime before 1010.
I fear it may be something the Korean misheard:
The word "Arab" and "locust" in Arabic are very similar in sound. The word Arab
is pronounced "Arbi" and the word locust, "Arbeh". (12) A famous traveler of
last century named Niebuhr in his journeys through Arabia described the
appearance of the swarms of locusts that afflict that particular area of the
In any case, why reference that?
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The previous interview that I had, I got thanked for my consideration and told that other candidate's skills more were more suited to the position. Luckily, that interview wasn't transcribed. ;>
Enjoy. Today Gridskipper. Tomorrow Fortune Magazine.
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To the ignorant critics who say that the monarchy is a kleptocracy, this is substantial evidence to dispute that, and deserves worldwide recognition.
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Angelina buys Ethiopa
Angelina Jolie has decided that adopting children may not be enough to help the impoverished children of Africa.
According to reports, the busty Tomb Raider star is set to buy her own piece of Africa, a man made version of Ethiopia located in Dubai.
The development is part of a new entrepreneurial venture by Virgin tycoon Richard Branson, who is said to be building around 300 country shaped luxury developments to form a map of the world.
They could have done a bit more research to realise that this was not Branson's development. It's almost as incorrect as some of the press reports we receive here daily.
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Few here seem to think so. Dubai Inc. has just been too successful for anyone to let it fail. If Dubai's bubble starts to pop, analysts say Sheik Mohammed could count on Abu Dhabi's oil money to prop the market up. The U.S. also has little interest in seeing Dubai -- which it sees as a model of what the Arab world could be -- fail.
More from the Globe and Mail here.
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Here's the list:
1. Madinat Jumeirah
2. Park Hyatt Dubai
3. Emirates Towers Hotel
4. The Ritz-Carlton Dubai
5. Grosvenor House Dubai
6. Le Meridien Mina Seyahi
7. Dubai Marine Beach Resort
8. Shangri-La Dubai
9. Sheraton Dubai Creek
10. JW Marriott Dubai
And here's the link to the article: Dubai's ten best hotels
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Tony Fox, executive vice president of corporate communications at the Comedy Central network, said he was completely unaware of the purloined look until informed by WND.
Wait for more cartoon analogies along the lines of - "why can they distort the image of Cartman and we can't show a cartoon of the Prophet?" - or something similar.
Aside, this is what a character on South Park would look like if they had smoked too much Grapeshisha:
Wanna play? - go here.
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Health benefits of camel's milk
- Doesn't curdle and is easy to digest.
- Good for those with lactose intolerance
- Low on fat
- Contains five times more vitamin C than cow's milk
- Longer shelf life that cow's milk
But, you might get the hump...ahem.
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BCCI to give benefit of doubt to Abu Dhabi
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the centre of the world; the new centre of the earth; the phenomenon is taking shape; your retail destiny here; a marvel of epic proportions; the most spectacular development; an architectural wonder; worldclass showcase; glittering experience; imagination comes alive; join us in making history; everything shoppers desire; a retail legend is created; and much much more.....
Probably all true, but I think the pitch is all wrong, and that guy's voice is a real put off. James Earl Jones would have sounded much better.
Check the comments at the Metacafe site
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While the full service but low cost model is the route taken by some hotel operators, Accor has announced plans to add 200,000 new rooms over the next four years, of which half will be in the budget sector, several mavericks may revolutionise the low-cost hotel sector with radically different products.
If Stelios is aiming to provide rooms at 20 bucks a night(27,000 per year), that might even help solve the housing problem!
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...it's haram -- forbidden -- for unattached young men and women to socialize, unchaperoned, for the purposes of romance.
"There is a contradiction here: You want women to open up, you want women to study, you want women to work but they are not allowed to interact [with men], to have relationships, to choose their husbands..."
It seems as though the progression in society is in conflict with the ideals that are still held by that same society. But the conflict of balancing tradtion with modernity is something that can be overcome over time.
More from the Globe and Mail
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The Saturday morning yoga classes are only one of the unique features that set the Dubai prison apart from others in the country. Major Fawziya Al Mullah, the chief warder, allows women to wear make-up because, she says, women who look good also feel good.
Women's jail brings literal meaning to doing a long stretch
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So what’s it with this UAE venue, which has already pocketed $ 12 million from this two-match India-Pakistan series? The answer probably is a mix of cricket politics, the match-fixing cloud over Sharjah and some hard work by organisers here.
This is why Abu Dhabi means goodbye to cricket in Sharjah.
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One of the simple ways around this is to simply export the illegal stuff to the United Arab Emirates, where trading activity accounts for the biggest single chunk (16.5%) of a $20 billion economy, to be re-exported to the offending countries.
Just more anti UAE speak that originates Stateside.
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The Girls of Riyadh is written by Rajaa al-Sanie, a 25-year-old dental student who comes from a family of professionals, has lived most of her life in Riyadh and attended King Saud University. A kind of Arab Bridget Jones’s Diary, the novel is popular across the Arab world and a bestseller at book fairs all over the Middle East. Published in Beirut last September, it was officially banned from distribution in Saudi Arabia until last month, a prohibition that created even more excitement. In Saudi Arabia itself, tens of thousands of copies have been circulating - from the internet or the black market. It is being read by men as much as women, its impact has been debated in newspapers and on television, and Rajaa has become a celebrity.
The FT provide an extract, provided here.
Sadeem’s legs could barely carry her as she nervously entered the living room with her father where Waleed Al-Shary was waiting. She refrained from extending her arm to him to shake hands, remembering that Gamrah’s mother had warned her not ever to shake Rashid’s hand when he came to see her during the elro’yah elshariya. Waleed stood up respectfully to greet them, then sat down again after she and her father were seated. Her father then started asking him questions that seemed random to her and which she found difficult to concentrate on. After a few minutes, her father left the room, allowing Sadeem and Waleed to talk freely and get to know each other.
The book has become a bestseller all over the Gulf, especially since the ban on it was just lifted in Saudi Arabia. Previous to that, it was selling on the black market.
The reason's why it has courted such controversy is obvious, as highlighted by the author:
"It shines a light on subjects that people do not openly discuss in Saudi Arabia. It's about the secrets of Saudi society and its contradictions."
More press about it: Reuters, Arab News, Asharq Al-Awsat
The English Version will be out later this year.
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Aside, it wont be long before the jokes start:
Residents will be called - The Goonies
Any seediness and it will be labelled - The Blue Lagoon
The Arsenal Football Team will be offered plots, since they are known as Gooners with possibly a mini Emirates Stadium located on one of the islands.
Buy a villa and get a Renault Laguna free
Any criminal will be labelled The Creature from the Black Lagoon
OK. OK. Enough already.
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If land price actual cost remains cheap, and finished construction prices are starting to veer towards Western Prices, those at the value added and speculation part of the market are making a killing. We all know that supply will not reach demand until about 2008, and so between now and then those in the construction industry will continue to mint money.
Here's a simplistic product life cycle:
Land - Land reseller - Construction / Construction Materials - Real Estate Sales - Real Estate Reseller - Speculator - End Customer.
The End Customer in Dubai, whether they buy or rent are being stung big time, more so than other already developed countries, because the margins at the lower end of the value chain are so large. (and even more so with the low wages of the construction workers)
Clever people with money are building resedential buildings, or building hotels where the ROI is high especially since the REVPAR in Dubai is the highest in the world. Clever people with more money are vertically integrated across the value chain.
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"The UAE has become the single largest source of foreign investment in Morocco," said Salaheddine Mezouar, Morocco's Minister for Trade, Industry and Economy. " We anticipate more investment of this sort in the future."
20 billion dollars is certainly big cheese money. Looking at investment, you know where to go.
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Penalties range from fines between Dh600 ($163) and Dh2000 ($545) to permanent cancellation of a valid driver’s licence. For each small violation, a black point will be added to the offending driver’s record. If the total reaches 24, the licence is cancelled.
But remember our proviso on enforcability.
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"Either they pay us or send our corpses home," said Imtiaz Ahmed Siddiq, one of the South Asian laborers, who has made the trek to the court more than 50 times since last year. "If they pay us, we'll go home alive. If they don't pay us, we'll go home dead."
The Washington Post article is here.
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"Welcome to the damaged camp," Ghulam Mustafa, 35, said with a smile at the entrance of one 35-room compound where he and some 600 other migrant workers live in this desolate desert area on Dubai's fringe.
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Before leaving her house, she must obtain permission from her mother and determine whether a female domestic worker is available to accompany her. She is not allowed to go out on her own and the family's Islamic beliefs prohibit her from being alone with their driver, a foreign-born man.
This article will help you understand what it is like for these women.
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'If we are caught speaking to you here, we are finished, you understand that? They will throw me in prison and deport everyone in this camp, not just the people in this room. They are actively looking for us,' he tells me.
It appears as if some people in middle want to shut this up lest it eat away at their profit margin.
The article is an eye opener, and testament to real investigative journalism.
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“Demand is very robust. The major crashes were supply-driven crashes. The prices we are witnessing now are supported by robust demand. At what level will demand start to get sluggish? I really don’t know, but it will at some point.” US crude climbed towards $68 a barrel on Thursday. Opec, which accounts for over half the world’s oil exports, has been pumping almost flat out for months. But prices remain stubbornly high because of robust demand, supply disruptions in Nigeria and Iraq and worries over the security of Iranian flows.
That'll be more dirhams to line the coffers. Here's the full article
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I think the latter.
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Worth keeping your finger on this one as the environment changes.
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This would seem particularly true in the UAE, where substitutes to the mainstream sites on specific UAE issues are minimal. There does seem to be any portal of sorts which amalgamates content, discussion and news in a suitable format. Where social networking is more or less banned in the UAE net space, there seems to be an increasing number of bloggers who are taking to the blogwaves to share views and opinions. An interesting trend and worth reviewing with the actual article.
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THE chaos spun from the Dutch cartoons of Prophet Mohammed (PBUH) I believe largely developed due to Western and Islamic nations’ poor cross-cultural communications and cultural misunderstandings. This miscommunication has led to a growing gulf of misunderstanding between Western and Islamic nations and distrust in the other side. The West does not fully understand the outrage of Muslims and the subsequent violence that has ensued. And Muslim nations don’t fully understand Western democracies’ ideals/constitutions and the non-religiosity of many Western nations.
This is a must read in understanding the conflict that exists between western cultures and those that are Islamic in nature.
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"I attended a meeting at the majlis in Abu Dhabi with the top brass of the Sheikhdom. I was more a witness to such a discussion. The Arab greeting is warm and loud - they kiss on the cheeks. Formal visitors like me had to be content with a mere handshake."
Read more from Mirage in the Desert
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"It's not exactly worth losing your head for, but a glimpse of a wealthy sheikh's coiffeured wife under her hijab can lure even Adam away from Eve. This life-threatening peep may get you a charming smile from the doe-eyed beauty or a punch. But it may also give you the answer as to where our designers are selling their "West-inspired clothing."
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This is all well and good, but with recent events being highlighted in the news, steps need to be taken to create humane living standards for all staff, irrespective of nationality. At the very least, minimum salaries should be set for the lower paying industries and positions.
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A court sentenced the Estonian sergeant major to a one month jail sentence for drinking and had him choose between either three months in jail or 80 lashes with a whip (which could be fatal). His lawyer says Korol chose flogging. He has already spent more than a month in a local jail.
Can you imagine what a hellhole the jail must be for him to risk his life against returning?
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A dozen heavily armed pirates have hijacked a UAE-registered oil tanker along with 19 Filipino crew members off the coast of Somalia, an international piracy watchdog said.
Do they really think the UAE will pay? There's more chance that their parrots will learn Arabic. Well, officially anyway.
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"the discussion among GCC central banks about diversifying away from the US dollar comes at a time when the greenback has already devalued significantly against the euro"
My concerns lie less with the short term. Preventing slippages in the implementation of a common currency is crucial to the region. To be fickle now, and move away from the hand that held fluctuation relatively securely since the Dirham graced our pockets would be a short termist act. Convergence criteria is more important.
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"We understand the American peoples' concerns - because they have been misinformed about us. We have lacked the part of the equation which is communicating with the American people."
Diplomacy at this late stage is still a good thing.
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"We want to make others understand that the Middle East and the Arab world is basically a tapestry," he added, "and you cannot come to a tapestry and have one judgment and put everyone in the same shade of black."
My concerns are this: If the UAE wants to portray itself as media friendly, then there should be more freedom of speech in actual terms; and censoring Syriana, the first international film to come from the UAE is not the way to do this.
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The analogy is somwhat fitting, and despite what goes on internally, the UAE has secured a reputation of international diplomacy.
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Sami Merhi was "Dubai'd"--that's when you are demonized by unfounded allegations spread by opponents seeking political advantage and then dumped by so-called friends who fear defending you. It is a kind of political terrorism that mixes fear, character assassination, and crass politics.
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‘I am Kebab 4 u‘ blends the themes of motorcars, desire and food with forceful and graphic imagery.
The idea of the lover spinning, locked between the flames of the grill, awaiting slicing, the addition of tahini sauce, some pickles and flat bread is seductive – and possibly unique in poetry either ancient or modern.
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This is what was said in the news today, which I believe to be a little in conflict. After all, the world goes crazy over freehold opportunities, and less so over leasehold. People would love to be able invest in themselves and their heirs as well as invest in the Emirate. If this had followed Dubai, there would be more investment in Abu Dhabi, which is ultimately the Emirate's goal, for when the oil runs out.
Let's take the flipside. If Abu Dhabi was to only offer freehold, the whole world would be queuing up for a piece of the action, and Abu Dhabi would be cemented on the worldwide stage for business, leisure and investment.
The decision to only offer leasehold will not result in any negative sentiment, but compared to other options, it will not result in the speed of growth that Abu Dhabi requires.
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1. In the recent port deal, the US got confused that it was doing a deal with Dubai and couldn't find it on a list of approved countries.
2. The UAE now doesn't like the fact that the word United was in both country names
3. No-one understood the term emirate and whether this means state or not.
The new name is unlikely to come into play until the end of the year but Sheikhs Mohamed and Khalifa have set up the CNC, the country naming committee, which will head up a task force to find out the new name. Expect surveys in the Gulf-News, competitions on Radio 1 and door to door gaging of opinion over the coming months. Initial names suggested include Dubai Dhabi, Abu Dubai, Saudarf, Fraudas (both using the first letters of each of the emirates). The Galaxy has been suggested, since it would contain The World.
The rebranding exercise is likely to cost in the region of 50 Billion Dirhams and is most likely to be funded from an IPO on the one of the local markets.
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