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  • Friday, February 26, 2010

    The Forged Term

    Use the term Persian Gulf and not Arabian Gulf or you will not fly through out airspace:

    The airlines of the southern Persian Gulf countries flying to Iran are warned to use the term Persian Gulf on their electronic display boards. Otherwise they will be banned from Iranian airspace for a month the first time and upon repetition their aircraft will be grounded in Iran and flight permits to Iran will be revoked.

    The war between the Arabs and the Persian will not wane.

    You say Arabian, I say Persian

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    Friday, February 12, 2010

    The Dubai Beard...the ladybeard

    The beard has significance in the Middle East and for Muslims. Whilst it is a neglected practice in this day and age, you can't but notice the number of beards that are kept, fist length or otherwise. But, I digress.

    Have you heard about the "ladybeard"? What's that? A lady with a beard. And did you hear the story of the woman who deceived her husband to be.....about her beard? Strange but true:

    Dubai: An Arab ambassador said he decided to call off his wedding immediately after he discovered that his wife-to-be, who wears a niqab, was bearded and cross-eyed. The ambassador claimed that the bride's mother deceived his mother, when she went to see his Gulf national wife-to-be, by showing her pictures of the bride's sister. "Every time the couple met, the bride would do her best not to reveal her entire face. After the ambassador and the woman, who is a physician, signed the marriage contract, the groom was sitting with the bride… he claimed to the Sharia court officials that when he wanted to kiss his wife-to-be, he discovered that she was bearded and cross-eyed as well," claimed the source.

    Bearded AND cross eyed. That's just bad luck. The sharia court did annul the marriage, but he didnt manage to get back the 500,000 DHS (USD 160K) he had spent in wedding gifts. There should be an obligation for a man to at least see the face so this kind of misunderstanding doesn't occur. Gulf News report that she would wear a niqab, so it's inexcusable that he didnt realise she was crosseyed...or maybe that was misreported. Maybe his beard wasn't as long as hers? Who knows?

    But spare a thought for the woman. The facial hair can be sorted...electrolysis, creams, bleaching, plucking, but you can't change your family: how ashamed must the mother be for her to show pictures of the other daughter?

    For those of you that find beards interesting, here are some interesting approaches:

    Moral of the story: Try before you buy.

    Beard Types
    Beards and moustaches
    Man claims fiancee hid beard under niqab
    Face shaving guide for women


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    Tuesday, February 02, 2010

    The IPAD tower in Dubai

    This time last week, the world still didn't know that Apple's new device was to be called the iPad. Then there were jokes about how the iPad was just for women, and how not researching what it might mean in India would result in a product which literally meant "I pass wind" dependant on the pronunciation. That aside, think back to the glory days of 2007 when the iPad Tower was announced in Dubai:

    Oh, the good days. No doubt cancelled.

    The iPad Revealed In All Its Stupid Glory


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