Toot Blogs

  • >Watch This Exclusive Report From #Aleppo
    Watch this amazing report from inside the city of Aleppo, from Syria by Rami Jarrah. He recorded those few minutes with the Free Syrian Army in Inzarat area , in the city of Aleppo. Click on CC in order to read the English captionBy the way the Black…
    - 9 hours ago, 26 Dec 14, 1:32am -
  • >The Kuwait Cat’s Meat Crisis
    The Qatar Digital Library have published an article about a scandal in Kuwait in the 1930s when one restaurant was accused of using cat meat instead of mutton. It’s an interesting read and it also sounds like an incident that could take place toda…
    - 17 hours ago, 25 Dec 14, 5:07pm -
  • >Merry Christmas!
    Merry Christmas! May it bring you joy and happiness.Photo via Lebanon POW
    - 21 hours ago, 25 Dec 14, 1:57pm -
  • Bassem Youssef and the LE 50 million Fine he has to pay
    Last November 2014 The Cairo Regional Center International for International Commercial Arbitration ruled out that popular TV host Bassem Youssef and QSoft Ltd , the production company behind his Hit TV show "AlBernmag" should pay LE 100 Million " LE…
    - 1 day ago, 25 Dec 14, 2:30am -
  • Dairy Queen is Coming Back
    Dairy Queen is returning to Kuwait a decade after the Edina-based ice cream chain left the Middle East country.The company plans to open 20 DQs in Kuwait over the next five years, according to Bloomberg . A franchisee had operated restaurants there…
    - 1 day ago, 25 Dec 14, 2:25am -
  • Emergency Lanes to be Converted to Normal Lanes
    In a move to reduce congestion, the Ministry of Interior started allowing cars to drive on the emergency lane during certain hours and on certain roads. Now according to the video above (it’s in Arabic), it seems majority of those emergency lanes…
    - 1 day ago, 25 Dec 14, 2:15am -
  • The Internal Security Forces rewarding seat-belt users
    The minute I saw this photos on twitter I knew it was some kind of a media stunt by the Lebanese Internal Security Forces. And the first thing that came to my mind was that they should have been working to ease the traffic congestion over the past…
    - 1 day ago, 24 Dec 14, 11:32pm -
  • Merry Christmas From Cairo
    Merry Christmas from Cairo for all those celebrating it tonightThis is the overcrowded October bridge in another traffic jam this evening and you can see the Cairo tower in green celebrating the Christmas I believe.Merry Christmas again and againMerr…
    - 2 days ago, 24 Dec 14, 9:10pm -
  • Merry Christmas from Cairo , it's tower and its crescent :christmas_tree::santa: [Flickr]
    Kodak Agfa posted a photo:
    - 2 days ago, 24 Dec 14, 8:10pm -
  • Merry Christmas and Happy 2015!
    The post Merry Christmas and Happy 2015! appeared first on Mahmood's Den.
    - 2 days ago, 24 Dec 14, 6:15pm -

The Arabist

  • Qatar and Egypt still at odds despite GCC reconciliation
    David Kirkpatrick reports in the NYT:CAIRO — Shaking hands and kissing foreheads, the monarchs of the Persian Gulf came together this month to declare that they had resolved an 18-month feud in order to unite against their twin enemies, Iran and…
    - 4 days ago, 22 Dec 14, 10:57am -
  • Cairo's moral panic
    On December 7, the police raided one of Cairo’s few working hammams, a run-down bathhouse in the center of the city where gay men sometimes cruised. They marched over twenty nearly naked, cowering patrons out into the street. A female reporter…
    - 5 days ago, 21 Dec 14, 9:19pm -
  • In Cairo and Doha recently
    Mint condition bus passes, spawning decades, owned by one obsessive-compulsive Egyptian citizen, and now by my friend and collector Amgad Naguib. In Amgad's antiqu…
    - 6 days ago, 20 Dec 14, 12:57am -
  • A lonely fight defending Egypt's jailed dissidents
    Great profile of Egyptian lawyer Ragia Omran by the AP's Hama Hendawi: Defending arrested activists is Omran's way of keeping the revolution alive. "We are not going to accept that the police state will continue to run the country unchalleng…
    - 11 days ago, 15 Dec 14, 1:08am -
  • On BDS and pop concerts in Israel
    Pretty spot on tweet by Omar Robert Hamilton:This is for anyone who says there’s no connection between politics and a popstar’s performance in Israel. #BDS— Omar Robert Hamilton (@ORHamilton) December 14, 2014 null…
    - 11 days ago, 15 Dec 14, 12:57am -
  • Watching Cheney: He’s Got Nothing
    Andrew Sullivan on Dick Cheney's defense of torture: To put it more bluntly, Cheney’s response is unhinged. It is suffused with indiscriminate rage which is indifferent to such standards as whether the prisoner is innocent or guilty, or even i…
    - 12 days ago, 14 Dec 14, 6:02pm -
  • Links 6-12 December 2014
    Hopefully the first of a more disciplined weekly link dump.How ISIS Rules by Sarah Birke | NYRblog20 key findings about CIA interrogationsHandy interactive summaryTV presenter defends her role in mass ‘gay’ bathhouse arrestsArgues arresting and s…
    - 13 days ago, 13 Dec 14, 12:48am -
  • Springborg: The resurgence of Arab militaries
    Like the previous post also at Monkey Cage, Robert Springborg makes an interesting argument about the Arab uprisings have empowered militaries: The Arab upheavals and reactions to them have resulted in a profound militarization of the Arab world.…
    - 21 days ago, 5 Dec 14, 10:17pm -
  • Heydemann: Arab autocrats are not going back to the future
    Steve Heydemann, writing for WaPo's Monkey Cage, argues that "premature deindustrialization" and large-scale structural unemployment naturally leads to the inability of post-Arab Spring authoritarian regimes to generate a new social contract. To…
    - 21 days ago, 5 Dec 14, 9:49pm -
  • Links 13 November - 5 December 2014
    * Congress enshrines Israel in a new class of ally For shame - an ally that spies on US. * Profiling the Islamic State | Brookings Institution * Islamist and Secular Forces in Morocco Masbah. * The refusal to talk to hostage-t…
    - 21 days ago, 5 Dec 14, 5:09pm -


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

  • Random Observations: On Bit Rates
     (Photo credit: Wikipedia)I was watching my beloved - and soon to be replaced - Samsung copying a file over to my memory key and idly watching the nifty little data rate graph gadget that Microsoft has added to Windows 8 letting me know it was copyi…
    - 11 days ago, 15 Dec 14, 8:17am -
  • The UAE's Wikipedia Problem
    (Photo credit: Wikipedia)I don't quite remember why, but I looked up the place I live on Wikipedia a while ago. Al Heera is a suburb of Northern Sharjah, a sleepy wee harbour and an area of older mud brick houses that were until recently the homes of…
    - 17 days ago, 9 Dec 14, 8:46am -
  • Fear And Loathing In Jebel Ali
    Brownian Motion on a Sphere. The generator of ths process is ½ times the Laplace-Beltrami-Operator (Photo credit: Wikipedia)Bring your own shade, said the email from the Jebel Ali Festive Market people. What it didn't say was you'd end up humping a…
    - 19 days ago, 7 Dec 14, 8:02am -
  • Gerbil Arlee
    Dramatic Gerbil (Photo credit: Wikipedia)I was once chatting to an American gentleman who insisted he was going to Gerbil Arlee. It took a couple of repetitions for me to work out what the hell he meant. Ever since, the lesson in pronunciation has ha…
    - 21 days ago, 5 Dec 14, 11:49am -
  • Ten things you probably didn’t know about the United Arab Emirates
    (Photo credit: Wikipedia)Gosh, the UAE is 43! The UAE celebrates its 43rd National Day tomorrow, the 2nd December 2014, marking independence from Great Britain and the foundation of the Federation of seven emirates.As always, the streets will be fill…
    - 25 days ago, 1 Dec 14, 7:59am -

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