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  • Tuesday, May 26, 2009

    Adultery in Dubai

    First there was sex on the beach, then there was case of Marnie Pearce who was imprisoned and then released for her extra marital mischief. If those werent warnings enough, anyone who is stuck in a marriage in a Muslim country governed by Sharia Law and is having a bit on the side must be quaking in their boots just now.

    Islam frowns in a big way against adultery (zina) - Islam not only prohibits Zina, but also closes all the avenues and means leading to it. This is achieved by prohibiting every step and means leading to stimulating desires, opening ways for illicit sexual relations between men and women, and promoting indecency and obscenity.

    The concept of adultery is mentioned numerous times in the Quran:
    - "Do not go near to adultery. Surely it is a shameful deed and evil, opening roads (to other evils)" (Quran 17:32).
    - "Say, 'Verily, my Lord has prohibited the shameful deeds, be it open or secret, sins and trespasses against the truth and reason"' ( Quran 7:33).
    - "Women impure are for men impure, and men impure are for women impure and women of purity are for men of purity, and men of purity are for women of purity." (Quran 24:26)

    What is the punishment for adultery in Islam:

    In the very beginning of Surat An-Nur, it is stated that: (The woman and the man guilty of adultery or fornication,- flog each of them with a hundred stripes: Let not compassion move you in their case, in a matter prescribed by Allah, if ye believe in Allah and the Last Day: and let a party of the Believers witness their punishment) (An-Nur 24: 2).

    But what do we mean by adultery - it's anything and everything that's not within marriage - even more worrying for those in a relationship. And how does Dubai deal with adultery - its imprisonment and deportation, either or both - and who knows what friends you may make in Al Wathba.

    So where does that leave us in this new case - well, Sally Antia allegedly had an affair - and for that she could face the sentence above, but worst of all she could lose custody of her kids.

    Dubai is a pretty liberal place if you consider the lifestyle that you can lead, but it has rules - if you cant live by those rules then you shouldnt really move to live there. That said, each to their own. If you want to risk it, you tread a fine line whether you live in Dubai, the East or the West. Losing custody of ones children is sentence enough.

    Adultery blonde’s year in Dubai jail
    Briton Sally Antia faces prison in Dubai after husband adultery alert

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    Monday, May 18, 2009

    No Asians

    Thoses of you who remember when the job adverts were blatantly targeting certain types will remember the UK/US/AU educated meant a certain type was required - or a certain type was not required. Exactly 3 years ago, I covered the subject of Nationality and Jobs in a little more detail. This video about property is worth a watch, even though it has nothing to do with the UAE:

    You have to laugh! No "Asians"!


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    Wednesday, May 13, 2009

    Cancelled Projects in Dubai

    This could be a new approach to online registering of projects that have been canned recently ;>

    Of course, two years ago, this wouldn't have existed!

    For those of you that don't know:

    A 404 Error "Page not found" is the error page displayed whenever someone tries to access a page that’s simply not available on your site. The reason for this is that there may be a link on your site that was wrong or the page might have been recently removed from the site. As there is no web page to display, the web server sends a page that simply says "404 Page not found". Of course this may also be to do with a page that was supposed to be there but never made the light of day.

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    Saturday, May 09, 2009

    Giant Statue in Dubai (The mother of all libraries?)

    If it had been April the first, this would have been a perfect April fool, but this has won a competition and there is every chance that al hakawati (the storyteller) will stand in Zabeel Park, telling stories and moving his hands and head. Although the storyteller actually sounds he came from one of the many tales (sinbad, arabian nights etc) of the Middle East, seeing something like this in person, sounds absolutely ridiculously. And when I first saw it, I laughed out LOUD (LOL), literally. But, expect the unimaginable from Dubai, even if this is someone else's vision.

    The "storyteller", a profession that goes way back in ancient arabic times and is still performed in parts of the arab world today. The statue will be a home of stories; a children’s library in its base and various spaces for performance and reading inside of the statue. Yes, at a time where we may see the end of the physical book, this will become the biggest library in the world.

    The concept is that in every part of the park, small speakers will be set up so people can gather around them and listen to the statue when he recites stories; perhaps great legends from one thousand and one night, historical anecdotes from the city itself and future speculations, all this performed with an animated body language. It might be bizarre watching this huge mammoth move its arms and heads, but that's part of the plan.

    The walls in the base are stairs on the outside which leads to the platform where the storyteller begins to rise. Windows punctuates various stairs for a bright indoor environment without any direct sunlight. The statue also has big rooms inside of it for reading, relaxing and other social activities. Each big room has its own theme, be it a gold room, a crystal cavern, a green room or a room full of fish tanks, or the night views of dubai.

    Because of what Dubai has done, crazy has become the new normal, but this is ludicrous! That said, I'd love to see it in Zabeel Park - It would scare the crap out of me!

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    Wednesday, May 06, 2009

    The Hermes Helicopter has Landed....

    ....in Abu Dhabi!

    The world's first $6 million Hermès helicopter, designed by the famed French fashion house in conjunction with Eurocopter, has been delivered to Falcon Aviation Services in Abu Dhabi.

    One word - why?

    First $6 Million Hermes Helicopter Goes to Abu Dhabi
    Eurocopter EC 135 L’Hélicoptère Par Hermès


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    Tuesday, May 05, 2009

    Property Prices in Dubai and Abu Dhabi

    Yesterday, Landmark released its much awaited q2 2009 report focusing on Dubai and Abu Dhabi, both on the rental and sales side. As was predicted, everything is down, but looking further into the data, Landmark have established some interesting trends.

    Firstly, rental in Dubai is not as clear cut as perhaps the official rera data has stated. From the trends below, you can quite clearly see the differentials in decline, quarter on quarter in key areas.

    There is mention of demand and supply, and with Dubai experiencing a decreasing population this year, Abu Dhabi is seeing the opposite with nohere to stay, and Dubai wont shrink so much, from a demand perspective. But there may be many more commuters in to Abu Dhabi that cant fathom being couped up sharing 3 to a bed.

    The sales data and what is coming to market is also interesting and worth reading. In Abu Dhabi, proximity to the central business district is key - surprise surprise.

    The Landmark Report PDF of Q2 2009 paper.
    Dubai Rental Index
    Dubai Price Index - Spreadsheet of January and April 2009 RERA data.

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