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Posted by grapeshisha at 7:28 PM
Now the minister of foreign trade for the UAE and the most powerful woman in the Arab world, according to the Forbes 2010 list of the world’s 100 most powerful women, Al Qassimi is no longer an anomaly. She is one of a small but significant group of women who are defying expectations and making a difference in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries: Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE.
It's obvious a real change is happening. Women are involved in making the key decisions. In fact many women lead these decisions. That's probably very surprising to some who look at Arab societies as if they can't be modernist or "normal". And in time the equality will more and more prominent - a new revolution, a new Arab spring.
Women Leaders in the Middle East - Read the s&b article (free sign up) - it's a powerful piece
Posted by grapeshisha at 3:01 PM
The coffee is poured from a pot no dissimilar to what you would consider a large Aladdin's lamp into a small cup called finjaan, which is about the size of an espresso shot. The pot, called a dallah, usually has a long spout and is made from brass, but increasingly many other designs are used. It may be served to you by the hired help, or, indeed, by the host himself.
And now popular culture and Arabic culture are now coming together. The Finjan is a multi channel play to accurately and beautifully portray the culture of coffee. There is a book - but there is also a beautiful app coming to an iPhone near you. Created by Daveeda Shaheen and supported by apparabia and TwoFour54 (and who knows? - maybe one of the big coffee companies)- this really pulls out the beauty of the coffee. It's much more than your shot of caffeine in the morning:
The Finjan iPhone app will explore the art of coffee cup reading as a way of telling the story of one's life and provide a fun and interactive experience to help you see the hidden symbols in your coffee cup. Once you have tried this app every cup of coffee will be a new experience.
We look forward to its launch. Would you like an app with your nespresso, madam?
Posted by grapeshisha at 7:46 PM
Further confirmation from 365 - sensitively, not posting the photo.
7 days article
Dubai: A security source has confirmed that a man has committed suicide on Tuesday by throwing himself from the 147th floor of Burj Khalifa.
Police received a report that the man, an Asian in his thirties, jumped off the building and landed on the 108th floor on the side of the Burj.
Investigation revealed that he reportedly committed suicide after a dispute with his company.
International media picking this up:
Labels: burj khalifa
Posted by grapeshisha at 4:30 PM
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