Maps of Dubai, Abu Dhabi and the UAE
Posted by grapeshisha at 3:07 AM
So when a man has a dream:
Mr Bakhit not only honed his drawing skills, but he also developed his first story, a tale about a gang of Arab children in the year 2050. He became increasingly convinced there was not only a market for his stories and characters but that there was a real hunger among young Arabs for indigenous content and for home-grown superheroes who would speak to their aspirations and talk in their language.
....a superhero will be born.
It looks like it will be Kuwait V Jordan in the first of the Arab superhero wars. Lets hope that whoever wins, Teshkeel or Aranim that this is a new era.
A comic-book hero for the Arab world
Posted by grapeshisha at 12:00 AM
These days, camels are traded in the the camel markets, either as a sort of livestock for their meat, their milk and increasingly, for their supposedly health camel milk ice scream. (Go to Al Ain to see them traded) They are also used in racing, not jockeyed by kids any more, but by the robojockeys.
With the increase in the price of oil, something else is happening:
As the cost of running gas-guzzling tractors soars, even-toed ungulates are making a comeback, raising hopes that a fall in the population of the desert state’s signature animal can be reversed.
“It’s excellent for the camel population if the price of oil continues to go up because demand for camels will also go up,” says Ilse Köhler-Rollefson of the League for Pastoral Peoples and Endogenous Livestock Development. “Two years ago, a camel cost little more than a goat, which is nothing. The price has since trebled.”
Interesting times for those with camels, who have endured years of camel snorts.
Camel demand soars
Posted by grapeshisha at 11:45 PM
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
Posted by grapeshisha at 7:49 PM
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.
Posted by grapeshisha at 5:22 PM
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
Posted by grapeshisha at 4:49 PM
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