This are the main points:
Schroder called on the world leaders to focus on providing job opportunities and developing free global trade to achieve global security and stability. He cited GCC countries as a good example for security and stability, adding that monetary union, scheduled for 2010, will further push the region to the forefront of global economy.
Sheikha Lubna attributed the respectable status attained by UAE women to the support given by the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan and efforts of H.H. Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak. She urged UAE women to "make the change without fearing failure." Sheikha Lubna affirmed that Islam does not object to woman taking work, noting that some try to "politicize Islam" to prevent her from work.
George Bush said that the voices of extremism will not derail peoples' aspirations for tolerance, peace and progress. He added that building savvy and wise leaders is the best way to stamp out chaos, extremism and conflicts in the world.
But this Summit was memorable for other things:
Former Singapore leader Lee Kuan Yew said
"You have a system that is producing suicide bombers. They say 'Yes I want to die and I want you to die,'" Lee told the World Leadership Summit in the Emirates capital Abu Dhabi. "You have a system that is producing suicide bombers. They say 'Yes I want to die and I want you to die,'" Lee told the World Leadership Summit in the Emirates capital Abu Dhabi. "You'll have a cloud of dust and a desert."
But even more shocking was how Bush Sr got mocked about his support for his son, dubya:
"My son is an honest man," Bush told Gulf Arabs attending a leadership conference here. "He is working hard for peace. It takes a lot of guts to get up and tell a father about his son in those terms when I just told you the thing that matters in my heart is my family." Bush added: "How come everybody wants to come to the United States if the United States is so bad?"
The oil-rich Persian Gulf used to be safe territory for former president Bush, an oil man who brought Arab leaders together in a coalition that drove Saddam Hussein's troops out of Kuwait in 1991. But gratitude for the elder Bush, who served as president from 1989-93, was overshadowed by the foreign policy of his son, whose invasion of Iraq and support for Israel are deeply unpopular here.
"We do not respect your son. We do not respect what he's doing all over the world," a woman audience member bluntly told Bush after his keynote speech.
Bush appeared stunned as the audience of young business leaders whooped and whistled in approval.
Amusing. I'm looking forward to next year already. Hopefully, they'll have Kofi Annan, Tony Blair and Barack Obama as the speakers.
(btw, if you haven't seen Obama speaking, whether or not you agree with his policies, he is truly impressive. Check out his 2004 DNC speech [Part 1], [Part 2]. Inspiring Stuff. Levitt (freakonomics) agrees also. The first black president?)
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Hat tip: Mahranis Box
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So, why would Borders want to be in the Middle East - and Dubai? Margins are higher because they can charge a premium for overseas cost; inherently there aren't enough bookstores per capita; and more importantly - technology will take longer to come here due to the slow speed to market in the region and of arabised literature.
I'm not knocking more bookstores. That in itself is a very good thing to educate the youth and the leaders of tomorrow, but Dubai needs to look at something of this nature that would speed up the take up of technology. As I said, technology is not going away. Embrace it.
In other semi-related news - Bookcase 'trap' killed US woman
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Soccerex ready for final Dubai fixture
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Dubai Rugby 7s
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Supposedly, a mixture between a burkha and a bikini,(although some aliken it to an old fashioned swimsuit) this will allow those ladies who don't wish to share the view of their flesh to the 'toms', to partake in water activity. While this might not put an end to the perhaps odd sight of full abayas floating in the sea, it might change the landscape of the ladies beach or ladies day at Wild Wadi. We have mentioned the sports hijab before, which originated from the Netherlands. This culturally sensitive attire comes from Oz. Good on ya mate.
From Ahiida - Dynamic Swimwear and sportswear for today's Muslim Female.
Posted by grapeshisha at 2:03 AM
"My feeling is this is a project more determined by political than artistic considerations," Philippe Régnier, editor of the French paper Journal des Arts, told the Guardian. "It is about France's presence in the region and its economic concerns. This isn't a project piloted by the museum or its curators, it has been taken over by the ministry of culture."
But with Abu Dhabi paying a rumoured €750m for the prestige, some might say that this is more about Abu Dhabi buying itself onto the world stage.
from the Guardian
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The Luxor hydro massage bathtub with a 42″ auto-rising plasma TV, features a 14” LCD screen with video input, adjustable air & water massage jets at the bottom with underwater lighting at the base and built in shampoo and body wash dispensers.
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posted on 20/11/2006
Q: Two years after the death of Sheikh Zayed, one senses an overlapping between the previous era, marked by significant reforms in the areas of politics and development, and the current era under your leadership, with growing ambitions and aspirations. Does this over-lapping provide any thrust to come up with new formulae for the handling of responsibilities or do you feel simply that the sustaining of Sheikh Zayed's rich legacy adds to your expanded responsibilities in the period ahead?
A: It is not just a feeling, but a reality. Activity in any given society is not undertaken within isolated or separate circles but as part of a well-linked chain, provided that the society's objectives are clear and specific and as long as the transition process is smoothly taking place. In the case of the UAE, both requirements are met and, therefore, an overlapping is something that is not only expected but is also desired. We are not starting from scratch - we still take our inspiration from that rich experience of the past to continue serving our country and our people.
There is no doubt that the achievements made during the reign of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan put additional duties upon us, as we need to safeguard the achievements made and to continue with the development and protection of the (UAE) federation in such a way as to enable it to adapt to the rapid changes in regional and international affairs.
Perhaps the most important legacy left by Sheikh Zayed is the clarity of the goals that he laid down. Though governed by development needs and standards, those goals are in essence are driven by humanity and by our deep-rooted traditions. They reflect the special characteristics of the UAE citizen, who is a proud Arab and Muslim.
In my speech last year on the occasion of the federation's 34th anniversary, I said that we are entering a new era we called "the enabling era", which is distinct from the previous "foundation era". I said that both eras compliment each other, seek to reach the same goals and ends.
Read the whole thing from WAM
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Until about a year ago a Google search for the term "Arabian Gulf" in the news, would generate almost 900 results. But this number has now gone down to less than 400 thank to the efforts made by an independent and small group of Persians (Iranians).
Whatever one thinks, apparently establishing oneself in the Gulf provides a good vantage point to see what is going on in Persia.
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SF: And that's the second ... What does the hijab mean to you?
IJ: I can't remember a moment when I decided to wear it. I often say it grew over my head. As I got older, and I know this sounds stupid, I realised how much we are judged by how we look. I know I am gorgeous, that I have a beautiful body. It's the bit of me that is clever and caring that you can't see. The hijab in a way makes you naked.
The millions of reasons to see Islam in a new light
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Impotent man jailed on drug charge
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Broadcasters of Tomorrow
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Once certified under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change these projects are given credits – certified emission reductions or CERs – which can be converted into emission permits and sold to nations or companies in need of such credits.
In an ideal scenario, both the developing and developed nation would benefit: a developing nation like China, which is a huge emitter of harmful gases because many of its factories are based on old technology, would benefit from the inward investment from the project, as well as access to "green" technology; a developed nation such as Britain, would be able to buy the permits to help it meet targets set by the Kyoto Protocol.
A year ago, Bill Clinton urged the leaders of the Middle East at the Abu Dhabi Leadership Summit to use energy to the greater good of mankind. It seems as if that advice has been taken on board.
Shell cuts green deal with Abu Dhabi
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Originally due on air in late 2005, then spring of this year, then September, the long-delayed 24-hour global channel, providing news with a Middle Eastern perspective will at last start on Wednesday.
Al Jazeera cometh.
The West perceives it as the mouthpiece of terrorism.
The other "negative stuff ' - the perception that al-Jazeera is a mouthpiece for terrorists, the baseless rumour that it broadcast beheadings - is already dissipating and will drift away as the scales drop from western eyes, Phillips confidently predicts. Omaar is more forthright. "I get very annoyed and frustrated. I have worked a lot with al-Jazeera journalists across the world. Every single assertion is based on hearsay and is totally devoid of fact. We wouldn't be here if it wasn't for the Arabic channel and I think their journalism is excellent," he says, pointing out that it gets just as much flak from Middle Eastern regimes as the west.
Objectives know it as untainted journalism. There is no doubt it will cause a storm, but will it break the English speaking market? With Frost, Khan and Omar, there is hope. Could this be the turning point of modern day journalism? That's a hope too far, but some fingers are secretly crossed.
From Look east (guardian) Free sign up required.
Posted by grapeshisha at 3:10 AM
Dubai Government, which owns the bulk of the DFM, is putting shares in the stock market up for sale through its own bourse.
Yes, it has finally happened. Dubai is selling itself.
Background: Asharq Alawsat
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From The Standard
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The country ought to embrace modernity not only in its skylines but in its treatment of construction workers who earn as little as $135 a month in a country where the average monthly wage is $2,100, Human Rights Watch says. The workers often toil for two or three years to pay off debts to unscrupulous labor recruiters, the report states.
"There's no reason for a global economic powerhouse like the U.A.E. to tolerate abusive and exploitative labor practices," said Human Rights Watch researcher Hadi Ghaemi. "None of this construction would be possible without these imported workers."
Associated Press report
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Farhan is part of a growing wave of young Arabs who have turned to blogging to bypass the restrictions on free expression in a predominantly authoritarian, conservative and Muslim region. Blogging is so novel here that the equivalent term in Arabic, tadween, to chronicle, was coined only this year. But it has spread rapidly among the increasingly urban youth and in the process has loosened the limits of what’s open for discussion.
Activists have used their blogs to organize demonstrations and boycotts, and to criticize corruption and government policies. The less politically inclined have turned them into forums for heated debates on religion and a place to share personal stories and sexual fantasies.
Bloggers Challenge Longtime Cultural, Political Restrictions
Posted by grapeshisha at 6:36 PM
Dubai market becomes first Islamic bourse
DFM to go Shariah compliant
Posted by grapeshisha at 6:28 PM
They typically live in a Dickensian world of squalor, working 12-hour shifts six days a week, often denied their wages of about $150 per month for months at a time. Most of them secure work by taking out loans from recruiting agencies at home to get here, forcing most to stay on for years without seeing their families and loved ones. The workmen have become prevalent in Dubai’s public parks and beaches as their numbers have swelled, and because of the lechery-on-the-beach factor, they are especially noticeable at this time of year.
There is a sever amount of testosterone in Dubai, where the male to female ration is the best in the world (I mean highest).And this is in main due to the number of workers in the UAE to build and toil. With so many men, you have to expect some lechery. Consider a cell block, and one fair maiden walks through in a swimsuit - the least you would get would be a wolf whistle.
Dubai Swats Pests Ogling Beach Beauties -NYT
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On October 22, 12 hours after my wife and 14-month-old son arrived, five guys in dishdash and one lady cop show up at my door with a court order to search and confiscate. The one lady cop means that they knew that my wife was there. That they showed up at my friend’s place, where I had only been staying for three days, and the fact that they showed up a little more than a day before I was taking a flight to India means, as a duty officer at the US consulate told my wife, that they were keeping very good tabs on me.
Ironic that he was probably going to spin Dubai in a positive manner, and with treatment like this, what would you expect? If Shk Mo knew about this, I am sure he would be very, very angry.
Read the whole story from bklyn_in_dubai-Five guys in white come to my door, and I get a new iPod
Thank God he's safe!
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Change in the air as passengers allowed to use mobiles
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Guess the Logo
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Allowing the fall
It appears as if Dubai has reached the peak of its wave while Abu Dhabi is just at the beginning.
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Video: Racehorses Big Business in Dubai
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"Up to 2004, the majority of the money coming in was purely regional.In 2005 foreign investors woke up at what was happening,but the correction triggered much more foreign interest."
And so it appears that the big correction is causing less speculative and more long term foreign investment from the big players, the pensions funds and like.
Prior to the crash Saudi and the UAE's p/e were at 44 and 29. Afterwards, both reduced to 21 and 14.4 respectively. And while investors can't always invest directly, the local funds are gaining significant interest. And with Gulf nations budgeting for 30 bucks a barrel, the post budget surpluses keep coming in strong
Maybe the time of instability is over.
Posted by grapeshisha at 6:24 AM
31. UAE 6.2
32. Qatar 6.0
36. Bahrain 5.7
39. Oman 5.4
46. Kuwait 4.8
70. Saudi Arabia 3.3
In the grand scheme of things, this looks about right, but based on the limited surveys undertaken per country, you may not be so sure. Ask a couple of guys their opinions on doing business in these countries and you will get contrary views. Personally, while in the bigger picture, I can see Saudi at a certain level, I am not so sure that it is that much different to the rest.
Transparency give a view. Make your own opinions.
Official CPI table
Iraq gets poor marks in corruption survey(IHT)
Haiti tops world corruption table (BBC)
US suffers fall in corruption ranking
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Oh how excited I am!
AFP - Dubai man-made island poised to greet first residents
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Yesterday’s disclosure that Algeria, Egypt, Morocco, Saudi Arabia and smaller states such as Tunisia and the UAE want to acquire nuclear technology was suspected for some time, but the headlong race into the atomic age came as a shock.
Mowrrying, not because the UAE will be considered part of the nuclear crew, but because one false move could lead to destruction of the Middle East and the World.
It's no longer enough to worry just about Iran and North Korea.
Nuclear steps put region on brink of most fearful era yet
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1. You come to the UAE to work, to further your career, to learn new tricks, but unfortunately, you stagnate, learn nothing, and eventually lose ground and the will to advance your career
2. As a result of 1, those with the skills required to advance the country leave due to difficult living standards, quality of work or poor pay.
3. As a result of 2, lesser qualified personnel get conned to come to the UAE to take on roles that they are probably not qualified to do, lowering the average intellect. You work with these people, stagnate, learn nothing. See 1.
Posted by grapeshisha at 3:16 AM
Retailers who set out on foreign adventures need to remember three basic rules. First, don't forget the local touch. Wal-Mart got off to a bad start in Germany by appointing a country manager who did not speak German. It also underestimated the local competition: Germany's Aldi and Lidl are champion price cutters. In Brazil it failed to notice that people like to shop en famille: the aisles of its shops were too narrow to accommodate the standard family party. Successful foreign adventurers adjust their formats to local needs. B&Q, a British do-it-yourself retailer, discovered that Chinese people look down their noses at doing things themselves. It became a buy-it-yourself, and get somebody else to do it for you, retailer.
Second, make sure your timing is right. In 1995 Yaohan, an aggressive Japanese retailer, opened one of the world's biggest department stores in Shanghai. It planned to build 1,000 Chinese shops. But a decade ago Chinese people were too poor to support its vision and in 1997 Yaohan filed for bankruptcy. Third, be selective about what you try. Tesco, which has been pretty successful in foreign markets, is shortly going into America—but with convenience stores only, because it reckons the supermarket business is too crowded.
From the Economist - Trouble at till
Posted by grapeshisha at 2:02 AM
Reuters Arabic and Albayan this week quoted officials from the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority as saying that the ban would be lifted to allow the two licensed telecom operators, du and etisalat, to use the technology.
What is the point of lifting the ban if you do not promote competition? They have already stated that there wont be a price war between du and etisalat due to du being crushed in the process. If other voip providers are banned for at least 2 years, while the duopoly try and get a footing, I am severely dismayed.
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from the Discovery Channel
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News of the World
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An ethnographic film on the city, its disenfranchised workers, utopian architecture, and consumerist heaven of shopping malls.
do buy! a dubai documentary
Posted by grapeshisha at 12:17 AM
Apparently there are only two first date options in Dubai
1. Group dating in anticipation to an engagement proposal
2, Chit chat and lots of drinks in anticipation for guilt free drunken sex
Get the goss from the Dubai Dating Chronicles!
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