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The Arabist

  • Car bomb mapping art
    A map of every car bomb explosion in Baghdad since 2003.— Brilliant Maps (@BrilliantMaps) October 19, 2014Permalink
    - 1 day ago, 22 Oct 14, 2:20am -
  • Egyptian media: a shameless parallel dimension
    Unbelievable. This sentence (among others) in a  New York Times article by David Kirkpatrick about Sisi's speech to the UN:What viewers back in Egypt could not see was that during the General Assembly, almost all of the diplomats present watched in…
    - 7 days ago, 16 Oct 14, 3:54pm -
  • Saudi Arabia sentences Shia cleric to death for "sedition"
    This is from Amnesty International's report on the death sentence handed down to a senior cleric from Qatif, in Saudi Arabia's eastern, oil-rich and largely Shia region. A death sentence passed today against a dissident Shi’a Muslim cleric in Saud…
    - 7 days ago, 16 Oct 14, 3:43pm -
  • Hey Baghdadi!
    The barbarity of the so-called Islamic State has inspired a new wave of "What is wrong with Islam?" hand-wringing. On American television it is as simplistic and disconcerting as one would expect. Muslims around the world meanwhile have predictable…
    - 10 days ago, 13 Oct 14, 6:02pm -
  • Help translate The Confines of the Shadow, an Italian-Libyan novel
    We recently received this message, regarding an effort to crowd-fund the translation of what sounds like a fascinating series of novels set in Libya during and after the Italian colonial occupation. We are currently trying to raise £8,000 to underw…
    - 12 days ago, 11 Oct 14, 1:11am -
  • Egypt in TV: Sisi's UN speech, Bassem Youssef's bad manners, a women's coup
    What's been on the small screen in Egypt lately, from our TV correspondent Nour Youssef. Egypt’s talk show hosts may have always been unethical and unprofessional, but they have never been quite this childish. It is hard to watch Ahmed Mouss…
    - 12 days ago, 10 Oct 14, 8:19pm -
  • Book review: The Iraqi Christ
    A few months ago I finally got around to reading a short story collection by the Iraqi writer Hassan Blasim. I was impressed by the wit, originality and punch of his writing, their well-balanced mix of very dark humor, brutality and pathos. Hassan B…
    - 19 days ago, 4 Oct 14, 2:17pm -
  • What makes the (un)Islamic State monstrous?
    “They are not Muslims, they are monsters,” David Cameron said on September 14 of the so-called Islamic State, after it released a video showing the execution of aid worker David Haines. What is it that makes the group monstrous? First of all how…
    - 24 days ago, 29 Sep 14, 5:15pm -
  • Saving lives in Aleppo
    If you only read one thing today (hell, this week) make it this incredible article about members of a Civil Defense team in Aleppo. Day after day, in a city being turned to dust by Assad's barrel bombs, these young men rush to the sites of bombings t…
    - 29 days ago, 24 Sep 14, 12:16pm -
  • Lunch with the FT: Sir John Sawers
    Says the man who relentlessly cozied up to Mubarak wih his chum Tony: Sir John, who was British ambassador in Cairo between 2001 and 2003, says the Arab spring shows that revolutionary change is impossible to manage and will normally end up worse f…
    - 32 days ago, 21 Sep 14, 6:25pm -


Life in Dubai

  • See you in Oz?
    Just about the final piece of the moving back jigsaw has fallen into place. The shipper has e-mailed to confirm that our stuff will be delivered the day after we arrive. That couldn't be better timing, just one night camping and then we'll have the…
    - 12 Aug 11, 2:12pm -
  • Last lap
    Less than a week before we fly back to Oz, Saturday morning in fact, so this really is the last lap.Everything's done, except packing the bags and we always leave that to the last minute.The online tracking system shows that the ship with our contai…
    - 8 Aug 11, 6:11pm -
  • Solutions drivel
    I've been letting a few examples of ridiculous corporate gobbledegook pass without comment, plus a few with the use of my hate word 'solutions'.But there's such a classic combination of the two in a Gulf News report this morning that I have to shar…
    - 4 Aug 11, 2:25pm -
  • Paperwork done
    The last items of paperwork for the move back to Oz are done now, cancelling the residence visas.My cancellation was easy - my sponsor did it. A bit more involved for Mrs Seabee's though, because I was her sponsor. And I'd had to pay a deposit of Dh…
    - 1 Aug 11, 3:04pm -
  • Traffic fines discount
    It seems that Dubai police are about to follow some other emirates and offer discounts on traffic offence fines.I'm struggling to understand how that will help to improve the standard of driving.Gulf News has the report here.
    - 31 Jul 11, 11:31am -

Fake Plastic Souks

  • A Dubai Writer's Workshop - Book Writing, Editing And Publishing
    The Brand Spanking New Bookshop at Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC)STOP PRESSActually, it wasn't so bad and we had seats for everyone, so DO please feel free to come along to the next workshop on Editing on the 21st! :)So you think you mig…
    - 14 days ago, 8 Oct 14, 7:54pm -
  • The Great Dubai Razor Rebellion.
     (Photo credit: Wikipedia)The Gillette website is a hoot. One of the sections of the site, richly packed with relevant content, is titled 'how to shave' and has some highly useful video demonstrations suitable for any educationally subnormal macaque…
    - 24 days ago, 29 Sep 14, 8:09am -
  • Book Review: Desert Taxi
     (Photo credit: Wikipedia)You'll find it hard to find a copy of this. Amazon's selling one - if I were you, I'd rush over and snap it up. It's out of print - a gem that deserves SO much more than oblivion.I love this book. It's a treasured possessio…
    - 25 days ago, 27 Sep 14, 8:26pm -
  • JW's Steakhouse, Dubai
    When it opened, something like 20 years ago, JW's Steakhouse was the place to go in Dubai. I kid you not. People flocked to the joint, they had to put tables outside under the staircase. You'd have to make reservations weeks in advance. Every weekend…
    - 26 days ago, 26 Sep 14, 8:56pm -
  • Stalled. A Writer's Nightmare.
    I've stalled on the new book. I've written not one word since before the Summer hols. I made some notes and stuff in Belfast and Newry, I sat down for a long chat with a 'Shinner' MP and former IRA man while I was in 'Noori', that fine town in 'Norn…
    - 28 days ago, 24 Sep 14, 7:30pm -

The Emirates Economist

  • If you want max profits
    If you want max profitReason on the marginCome on baby find the Q[Alternative lyrics for last line: Come on baby find the price]She sits alone waiting for suggestionsHe's so nervous, avoiding all the questionsHis lips are dry, her…
    - 11 Apr 14, 7:45pm -
  • Seven charged over alleged $501m Dubai fraud (edited)
    (1/8/2013: This post has been abbreviated. It was originally posted in March 2009. See more in the comments to this post.)Financial Times: Dubai’s public prosecution has charged seven businessmen with crimes related to an alleged scheme to defr…
    - 8 Jan 14, 11:19pm -
  • Stateless in the UAE; Bidoun
    Financial Times:In the UAE, the bidoun’s difficulties have surfaced in the curious case of the Comoros passports. At least a thousand stateless residents have taken the documents, says Zoubert A Soufiane Al Ahdal, Comoros ambassador to the UAE. …
    - 4 Jun 12, 10:02pm -
  • The Culture that is the UAE
    BlackBerry cuts made roads safer, police sayA dramatic fall in traffic accidents this week has been directly linked to the three-day disruption in BlackBerry services.In Dubai, traffic accidents fell 20 per cent from average rates on the days BlackBe…
    - 18 Oct 11, 6:21am -
  • WaPo covers wackynomics of Dubai
    Washington PostWhen its gasoline pumps started going dry in the United Arab Emirates’ poorer northern states earlier this year, Dubai’s oil company blamed mysterious service upgrades. Few believed that at the time, and now the company is dropping…
    - 17 Oct 11, 1:22am -

Abu Dhabi Daily Photo

A Canadian in Abu Dhabi

ME Finance and Investment News

  • Commercial Bank Of Kuwait Slashes Bad Loans As Settlements Reached - Gulf Business
    Commercial Bank Of Kuwait Slashes Bad Loans As Settlements Reached - Gulf Business:"Commercial Bank of Kuwait (CBK), the Gulf state’s fifth-largest lender by assets, has reached a string of debt settlements with clients that have helped to slash it…
    - 2 days ago, 21 Oct 14, 11:35am -
  • Russia's Gas Monopoly Is Over | Opinion | The Moscow Times
    Russia's Gas Monopoly Is Over | Opinion | The Moscow Times:"The position of Russian natural gas in Central and Eastern Europe seems unshakeable: 100 percent market share in Latvia, Estonia, Lithuania and Belarus, 90 percent in Bulgaria, 80 per…
    - 2 days ago, 21 Oct 14, 11:27am -
  • Hong Kong And Abu Dhabi Investors Want To Buy Reebok From Adidas
    Hong Kong And Abu Dhabi Investors Want To Buy Reebok From Adidas:"A group of investors from Hong Kong and Abu Dhabi plan to offer about 1.7 billion euros ($2.2 billion) to buy Reebok from Adidas AG, which acquired the company eight years ago but has…
    - 2 days ago, 21 Oct 14, 11:16am -
  • Emerging markets jittery as UAE bourses back in the red | The National
    Emerging markets jittery as UAE bourses back in the red | The National:"UAE bourses fell on Monday as worldwide stock market jitters continued to hit emerging markets.The Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange fell 1.54 per cent, while the Dubai Financial Mar…
    - 2 days ago, 21 Oct 14, 11:12am -
  • First Gulf Bank plans bond issue, to establish China office |
    First Gulf Bank plans bond issue, to establish China office |"First Gulf Bank, the second largest lender by market capitalisation in the UAE, plans to make a benchmark foreign currency bond issue in the next 12 months, chief executive A…
    - 2 days ago, 21 Oct 14, 11:07am -