In a mall, close to you, exist a new form of being - the mallwalker. Beware.
The mall walkers of Dubai
Posted by grapeshisha at 6:03 PM
There have been jokes about whether it was actually a crocodile skin handbag, someone kids playing "snap", or even a man wearing a Lacoste t-shirt (why would you?). But no, indeed - there seems to be some truth to the story that there was something on board:
Mr al Zahed said the airline’s Abu Dhabi station manager, Mohammed Saeed, had sent an initial report to EgyptAir’s head office in Cairo.He added that a final report was likely to be released next week. Initial reports described the errant lizard as a “baby crocodile”, but Mr al Zahed said: “It’s not a baby crocodile. It’s not even a crocodile. It was some other animal, I don’t know exactly what, but not a crocodile.” He said it looked like a desert lizard known colloquially in Egyptian Arabic as a “borse”.
No matter how small this crocolizard is, the question is, what the hell is going on at Abu Dhabi Airport? Assuming that the "crocodile" didnt check in under disguise, and wasn't part of the regular take your shoes off and lets have a look at your laptop - how did it get on? Obviously Eqypt Air will have some explanation, but no doubt there will be some explanation from the GCAA in Abu Dhabi that it was on the inbound flight and not part of its checks. Either that or that the crocodile flew on - or that this is a new era in Open Skies Policy.
To quote Mr Jackson:
"You know all those security scenarios we ran? Well I'm smack in the middle of one we didn't think of."
Airline says ‘baby crocodile’ on plane was a desert lizard
Panic aboard flight as croc takes mid-air stroll
Posted by grapeshisha at 2:50 PM
How hard is it to milk a camel? I'm not sure, but, North Carolina ain't the place to be convincing people to go camel. Maybe, she should import in some Camel Milk Chocolate from Al Nassma.
Posted by grapeshisha at 2:49 PM
- Firm Ears
- High Back
- Big Hump
- Good sized Rump
- Shiny Hair
- Massive Head
- Arched Nose
- A hanging bottom lip
- Long neck
- Long legs
The last line concerning criteria is hilarious:
And the judges examine the two toes of the feet, looking for what their guidelines call "toe-parting length." Because so many beauty pageants, in the end, do come down to cleavage.
An intriguing story of competition, of family, of rivalry and of history and culture. Worth 5 minutes of your time. And as with all things Nat Geo, check out the photos.
Labels: camel beauty contest
Posted by grapeshisha at 6:43 PM
For Emiratis, dog's are considered impure. For the Brits, the bulldog is a symbol of strength, bravery and loyalty. Stamping on one's national flag, in any culture is a symbol of disrespect.
Believe whatever rumour you wish to, but Harvery Nicks Dubai are a little worried right now, from a slap on the wrist of 2000dhs, or loss of license. I certainly doubt it will be the latter, but their statement doesn't seem to be the right kind of apology:
"Harvey Nichols said a wrong delivery of eight items was received by the outlet from the supplier and were mistakenly placed on the shelf. The statement blamed the supplier adding that the supplier has confirmed that the shipment to Harvey Nichols Dubai was not as per the specifications and regretted the mistake that led to the wrong design."
Was the t-shirt commissioned, as is - but not supposed to reach the Dubai Harvey Nicks? - that sounds pretty bad anyway. This one will probably fizzle out, but based on the amount of emails I have received today, it may not!
This may be a case of simple cultural insensitivity, but when you operate in the Middle East and you have multiple opportunities to prevent a t-shirt of a bulldog stamping on an Arab flag from getting to the shelves of one of your stores, there is something seriously wrong.
Storm over Harvey Nichols T-shirts
Boycott Harvey Nichols Dubai..
Emiratis go online against Harvey Nichols
Posted by grapeshisha at 2:49 PM
With only Kuwait behind the UAE as the most unhappiest place in the Gulf, it warrants further review:
The new global environmental report compiled by the independent British think-tank the New Economics Foundation (NEF) analysed life expectancy and general life satisfaction and set them against each nation’s carbon footprint.
Saamah Abdullah, one of the authors of the Happy Planet Index, attributed the UAE’s poor performance to the consumption of natural resources, which is among the world’s heaviest.
Abdullah, who had been a Dubai resident for five years, pointed out that UAE had the third-highest per capita carbon dioxide emissions in the world but added that life expectancy was quite high at 78.3 years, based on 2005 data.
So what does happy mean - and what does happy stand for? Does the fact that your carbon footprint mean that place is unhappy? Yes, according to the authors:
"The HPI strips the view of the economy back to its absolute basics: what we put in (resources), and what comes out (human lives of different length and happiness). The resulting global index of the 143 nations for which new, improved data is available, reveals that the world as a whole has a long way to go. In terms of delivering long and meaningful lives within the Earth’s environmental limits – all nations could do better. No country achieves an overall ‘high’ score on the Index, and no country does well on all three indicators. "
So this does not seem an exercise in happiness, but more an exercise in making the world greener, or at least trying to. The mish mash of criteria is a little odd:
Life Expectancy - The UAE scores well at 78.3
Life Satisfaction - The UAE scores badly at 7.2
Ecological Footprint - The UAE scores badly at 9.5 as its total ecological footprint, based on data from the Global Footprint Network.
...and I wouldn't necessarily group them together to create their equation of happy planet index = happy life years/ecological footprint plus some alpha and beta application, but hey I'm not a statistcian. You can download all the data and the report if you are that way inclined.
All in all, what they are trying to do is make the world a better place, for you and for me and the entire human race. There's a song in there somewhere, I'm sure.
UAE ranked 123rd out of 143 nations in Happy Planet Index
The Happy Planet Index
Labels: happy planet index
Posted by grapeshisha at 12:47 PM
" UNEMPLOYED EMIRATI YOUTH - RESEARCH PROJECT: Calling on all young, unemployed Emiratis - we need your participation in an important research project that will inform the international community on the challenges faced by Emirati youth.
Emirates Foundation has collaborated with ICOS Group to carry out a research project about the high unemployment of young UAE nationals. All you have to do is answer our survey questions and give your opinions on causes and solutions to this problem. Your contact details will be kept confidential and your identity will be kept anonymous.
We ALSO need more researchers, Emirati GUYS who want to work with us carrying out interviews. This is well-paid work done on your own time between now and August.
WE RE ON A TIGHT DEADLINE SO PLEASE GET IN TOUCH ASAP. Join our facebook group and message us immediately. "
Research Project group on Facebook
nb - don't usually post these requests - but this is all in a good cause.
Labels: UNEMPLOYED EMIRATI YOUTH
Posted by grapeshisha at 12:33 PM
Some interesting results, or perhaps obvious ones!
Inspired by is Google making us dumber?
Posted by grapeshisha at 2:06 PM
There is an enclave called Nahwa. It is part of Sharjah, and it is completely surrounded by the Omani territory called Madha. Madha, part of Oman, is completely surrounded by Sharjah. And while the split up of the UAE is confusing enough, this little anomoly, makes for some interesting research.
This is where it roughly located:
And looking in a bit more detail, here is how the donut is made up:
with a bit more detail, it is halfway between the Musandem Peninsula and the rest of Oman.
The enclave is on the Dubai-Hatta road in the Emirate of Sharjah. It covers approximately 75 km² and is towards Khor Kakkan near the Hajjar mountains.
and this is the complicated make up of the emirates in the UAE:
From a nerdy persepctive it is all quite interesting, but why this happened is anyone's guess. Maybe when the Brit's were drawing up the map of the emirates by surveying allegiances, they came across some Omani - and that was that. Madha becomes an enclave and an exclave, and Nahwa becomes an enclave of that exclave.
From the pictures, you can see that Nahwa only consists of a few houses and Madha is pretty small as well. This is certainly not going to be the next real estate hotspot, but to me it looks pretty serene:
Apparently your mobile phone switches from Etisalat/du to Oman Mobile, so that you know you are in another country....but no border control here!
For good measure, here is a picture of a some real donuts/doughnuts. Hungry now?
Posted by grapeshisha at 1:37 PM
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