Ramadan Prayer Times 2011
Posted by grapeshisha at 7:08 PM
here's what it says about Emiratis:
Remember Arabs are not used to being told what to do.
Visitors from the United Arab Emirates can take great offence if you appear bossy. They appreciate being looked after by staff who have been trained to understand Arab culture. For example, it is culturally insensitive to ask an Emirati whether they want bacon with their eggs or to include a half bottle of wine with the table d’hote menu.
Is that really how Emiratis are perceived?
In other culturally insensitive news, the onion provides the funniest satirical take down on muslim generalisation as terrorists:
Gentries, 48, said he had absolutely no interest in exposing himself to further knowledge of Islamic civilization or putting his sweeping opinions into a broader context of any kind, and confirmed he was "perfectly happy" to make a handful of emotionally charged words the basis of his mistrust toward all members of the world's second-largest religion."I learned all that really matters about the Muslim faith on 9/11," Gentries said in reference to the terrorist attacks on the United States undertaken by 19 of Islam's approximately 1.6 billion practitioners. "What more do I need to know to stigmatize Muslims everywhere as inherently violent radicals?"
Man Already Knows Everything He Needs To Know About Muslims
Labels: uae culture
Posted by grapeshisha at 6:58 PM
A man has been arrested after a woman was tricked into trying to change two souvenir US$1 million notes at the UAE Central Bank. The 44-year-old suspect, AB, from Ivory Coast, convinced the woman that the notes were being used in currency markets and told her to exchange them in return for 30 per cent of their value, police sources said. The notes were, in fact, issued by the US-based World’s Millionaires Club as a souvenir for selected members and are sold at nominal prices. They do not have a value of US$1m.
Apparently the suspect is claiming that he actually believed that notes were real.
Woman asked bank to change fake US$1 million bills
Labels: abu dhabi
Posted by grapeshisha at 6:37 PM
Boxing: Floyd Mayweather Jr. Set to Announce Next Fight in Dubai
Posted by grapeshisha at 4:17 PM
"In 2008, when Abu Dhabi and Dubai were both investing heavily in infrastructure, restructuring executive authorities and launching new initiatives on an almost weekly basis, it was already evident that the two cities were heading in a direction that neither of them had envisaged or openly admitted. Other nations had been able to maintain separate administrative and commercial capitals but with greater distances between them: Beijing-Shanghai (1,067 kilometers), Berlin- Frankfurt (432 kilometers) and New York-Washington DC (337 kilometers). With 120 kilometers separating them, Abu Dhabi and Dubai were destined to run up into each other. And that distance had already dwindled; their expanding outer regions, measuring from Jebel Ali to Shahama, were within 80 kilometers of each other. The result was turning out to be Abu Dubai, the then unspoken name of a metropolis phenomenon that recharged both of its halves."
Why does Gergawi think it will happen? It's the inevitable. The land mass is there and eventually it will become one:
Abu Dubai: a city never founded yet had to be. The cities remain officially Abu Dhabi and Dubai, and each maintains a municipal government. Yet among the public – as well as some academicians, historians, urban planners and a few other groups – they are referred to as Abu Dubai. What does it mean? Some cynics say it is the result of a circumstantial urban merger while romantics call it the maturing of two cities that together became more than what each could ever be alone. Debates aside, the fact remains that Abu Dubai is a sum and interaction of districts and islands from Musafah to Nahdah. Integration and synthesis continue.
Al Gergawi's prediction of the future holds many truths. And there is a chance that a future generation will see the benefits. Being one but different. Stronger together. Al Imarat.
In the mean time, here is Abu Dhabi and what it represents:
Volume 23: Al Manakh Gulf Continued
Volume 12: Al Manakh
Al Manakh 2: Export Gulf
Labels: abu dubai
Posted by grapeshisha at 2:34 PM
'The British woman was wearing a very low top and most of her legs were on display.'The Arabic woman stopped to criticise her and that's when she stripped off. That's when things started to get out of hand.'We ended up questioning both women after receiving a call from the mall security staff.'
And that's when the British tourist was arrested. But it beggars belief that one would do such a thing. Each country has its rules. If you choose to play in a country other than your own, then play by their rules.
More PR for Dubai Mall, the biggest mall in the world. Yes, you heard it right: THE BIGGEST MALL IN THE WORLD (where the woman got arrested for taking her clothes off)
This will be cited as another example of a clash of cultures:
1. Charlotte Adams, 26, was jailed for a month earlier this year for allegedly kissing Ayman Najafi in public
2. In 2008, Michelle Palmer and Vince Acors were jailed and deported for having "sex on the beach".
3. And now bikinigate.
The Brits will no doubt complain that if the reverse were to happen in the UK, they would be accused of being racist. I ask you to consider the opposite: Imagine a British woman in Westfield Shopping Centre telling a Shayla clad woman that she's too covered up. And that woman covering up to a full niqab/burqa levels in defiance.
Moral of the story: If you can't stand the heat, get out of the sun. Don't get hotheaded and get your kit off. It's just silly.
I call on Noel Coward:
Sparse detail thusfar, but we await to hear more. Good job this didn't happen in Iran or Saudi Arabia.
Briton held for wearing a bikini in Dubai shopping mall after fight with Arabic woman
UPDATE Charges are now dropped - according to the Sun:
Bikini Tourist Nabbed in Dubai
Posted by grapeshisha at 12:43 PM
Is the UAE ban of these blackberry services justifiable? The UAE government or specifically the TRA can essentially do as they please. The UAE is an autocracy, not a democracy. They have banned numerous websites, and services including Skype and other voip related services. But their reason for banning services are to do with national security - the same reasons that the west point fingers at the Arab states when the radicals do their heinous deeds. And while some residents moan about the state of the telecoms industry in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and the UAE, the prying eye of the law makes Dubai and Abu Dhabi some of the safest cities in the world to live.
Does the UAE ban of blackberry services matter? Not really. The UAE will continue to operate. There will be some way of cracking the security that some hacker will figure out - and RIM won't really lose their stranglehold on this part of the market. Essentially, they are a small overall player - and do they really care. The UAE is a small market for them in real terms. I'm afraid the global economy will continue to be about the BRIC+USA. It's a bit of a dent in RIM's armour, but to keep their reputation on security, they need to stand their ground. And now that RIM have looked to sidestep a potential blackberry ban in India, this blip will not worry them in the short term. RIM have more to worry about, namely how to survive in an overly competitive marketplace.
What will happen now with regard of the blackberry ban in the UAE? Not much. It will be in the news for a bit and will be cited as anti democratic every time the UAE is referred to in the negative. But ultimately, less blackberry phones will be bought in the UAE. And more business execs travelling through the UAE will be using hotel Internet generating money for Etisalat, Du and the TRA. I jest - the end result is a pain for those investors in the UAE who hoped there wasn't another thing to remember when travelling through Dubai or Abu Dhabi.
Right, I'm off to create a fruit branded telecoms company and court controversy to get some PR.
Posted by grapeshisha at 10:55 PM
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