The Guardian give their own view:
Multimillion-pound villas have been squeezed together "like Coronation Street", air-conditioning bills are hitting £800 a month and persistent snags have led some to joke it is more "eighth blunder" than "eighth wonder".
Pitfalls in paradise: why Palm Jumeirah is struggling to live up to the hype
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Over the last few years, there has been much discussion about changing this structure. Indeed, there have been many who now find it too expensive to set up in the "free zones" some of which which neither have the space or capability to deal with such companies, even though these continue to open up all the time all over the UAE. Some have been holding out for the new law believing it will offer 100% ownership of companies.
The reason why this has taken so long to come to fruition is that many believe that opening up too quickly will be for those with local businesses. However, by the end of the year, according to the Economy Minister, Sultan Al Mansouri, a new companies law will be in place. Will it offer 100%? Yes and no. It is likely that 100% ownership will be offered in sectors that benefit growth of the UAE and local economy. Where this is not the case, it will probably increase somewhat to a ceiling level of 70-75% or in other cases remain at the 49% law.
The Companies Law 1984 needs to be updated for a changing modern business climate, and we will find that it will tackle more than just foreign ownership.There will be coverage of corporate governance as well as public offerings - allowing firms to retain control of their company and float less than 55% of their equity of the stock exchanges.
The change in foreign ownership will be a big step in realising Dubai and the Abu Dhabi's plans for the future. It will be interesting to view how far that goes.
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Her open debate on youtube is remarkable.
Aside, here is something on women doing business in Dubai
Posted by grapeshisha at 4:57 PM
Blogging is not an alternative to the established media and needs to be treated with a measure of skepticism. Who is the blogger? What qualifications do they have to blog? Who is checking their facts?
Peter J Cooper - Arabian Money
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How to buy gold in Dubai
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Here is a selection of the best Arabic literature that is currently doing well, or soon to do well. Although this category of best current Arabic literature is a little tenuous and are not necessarily written in Arabic before they are translated, they fall into the category, because the West puts them in that category! These books are considered to be some of the best around (by some!) and probably worth a little time if you are intersted in experimenting with literature from the Middle East. Some are old, some are new, but all worth a read:
Rajaa Alsanea - Girls of Riyadh (Saudi)
Alaa al Aswany - The Yacoubian Building (Egypt)
Alaa al Aswany - Chicago (Egypt)
Jabbour Douaihy - June Rain (Lebanon)
Elias Farkouh - The Land of Purgatory (Jordan)
Khaled Hosseini - The Kite Runner (Afghanistan)
Khaled Hosseini - A thousand Splendid suns (Afghanistan)
Khaled Khalifa - In Praise of Hate (Syria)
Khaled Al Khamissi - Taxi (Saudi)
Ibrahim Al Kouni - A Call Not Too Far (Libya)
Elias Khoury - Gate of the Sun (Lebanon)
Naguib Mahfouz - Cairo Trilogy (Egypt)
Naguib Mahfouz - Chitchat on the Nile(Egypt)
Hisham Matar - In the Country of Men (Libya)
Mekkaoui Said - Swan Song (Egypt)
May Menassa - Walking in the Dust (Lebanon)
Ahlan Mosteghanemi - Memory in the Flesh (Algeria)
Khairy Shalaby - The Lodging House (Egypt)
Huda Al Shawa - Birds Journey to the Qaf Mountain (Kuwait)
Hanan al-Shaykh – Women of Sand and Myrrh (Lebanon)
Hanan Al Shaykh - Only in London (Lebanon)
Ahdaf Soueif – The Map of Love (Egypt)
Bahaa Taher - Love in Exile (Egypt)
Baha Taher - Sunset Oasis (Egypt)
Abdellah Taïa - The Salvation Army (Morocco)
Friendly Fire: Ten Tales of Today's Cairo (Egypt)
If you are looking at some place to start as a recommendation, I would recommend the Yacoubian Building as a good place. I'm sure Chicago, Al Aswany's next book will be amazong also. Enjoy.
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He said there had been an increase in the number of books published in the Arab world in recent years, with a new creativeness in literature, less censorship, and more translation abroad. "The number of books issued [in the Arab world] in the last five years was three times greater than the books issued in the previous 50 years. There is increased quality and diversity, especially in children's publishing."
So what this means is that the the Arabic book market is about to go crazy with a huge amount of books about to be published. Essentially this is the beginning of a growth curve. At the other end of the scale, democratizing of quality content is starting to take place with english publishing about to embrace a new proposition called authonomy. Although this will take years to come to the Arabic language (if at all), it's an interesting proposition to think that you can get your book noticed if it's good enough, without being judged by the middle men. Budding writers from all over the world can sign up at authonomy.com
Posted by grapeshisha at 3:44 AM
Airport Security, Customs Official: May I know your name?
Customs Official: May I know your name?
Customer: My name is Bat-man.
Customs Official: Trying to be funny?! What is your surname?
Customs Official arrests the guy.
Enjoy for what it is.
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Schools in Dubai and Abu Dhabi
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