Google Zeitgeist released list of hot searches for this year with Rebecca Black, the young teen songster who became a YouTube sensation with her solo song "Friday." Though declared "the worst song ever" by critics, it gained tremendous attention...
Talk of the town now is Kindle and e-book readers. I just wonder how they will replace the traditional paper book. Recently, some early adopters bought one version or the other but they complain of having to wait long...
The Chinese New Year is a fascinating festival which is wrapped in several layers of some elaborate traditions and rituals. Popularly known as the Spring festival, the history of this all-important Chinese event dates back to thousands of years....
The spirit of childhood could become the next item on the world’s endangered list, according to a report released by OREO, a popular American cookie brand, and YouGov. The report indicated that in the UAE and across the GCC...
The 20th edition of the Dubai International Boat Show was held under the supervision of Saeed Hareb which attracted thousands of visitors that came to see more than 400 yachts and boat on display at the Dubai Marine Sports...
Men are from Mars and women are from Venus! This may not actually be the case. Both sexes are not worlds apart, according to Australian statistician John Croucher, who insists their behaviour is simply in the 'numbers'. In his book ...
Do you have any idea how humans became the swarming, world-straddling species that we are today? Out of so many other reasons you could think of, cooking is one of the biggest reasons for giving a new outlook to...
Paul Kenny is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Cobone.com, an e-commerce website founded in late 2010. Cobone.com is the largest daily deals company in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region in terms of revenue and also...
Tala Badri is the Founder and Executive Director of the Centre for Musical Arts (CMA). Born and educated in Dubai, Tala studied music at Royal Holloway, University of London, and is the only female Emirati music graduate to date....
The Internet is revolutionising the way the Saudi society interacts and distributes news. A county with a young and dynamic population of which 70% are below the age of 30, coupled with steep Internet penetration of 40%, this shows...
Facebook e-commerce is becoming the new trend over social media, as more and more consumers are looking forward to have social shopping and also companies are jumping over this F-commerce market. Some e-commerce start ups, backed by some tech financiers,...
A United Nations report has ranked the UAE as the happiest place in the Arab World. The First World Happiness Report placed the nation in the 17th position on a global basis, making it the happiest country in the Middle...
The UAE’s vice president and ruler of Dubai has announced ambitious investment plans that will give a boost to the Gulf state’s future. The statement from Sheikh Mohammad bin Rashid Al Maktoum said the Gulf state would continue to invest...
A new Forbes Middle East list published on Sunday announced 36 billionaires, with an accumulated wealth of more than $121bn, come from the Arab world. According to the magazine's rankings, the total wealth of region's billionaires increased to $121.3bn from last year's...
According to a survey by GulfTalent.com, Dubai-based online recruitment firm, the Gulf region continues to create jobs despite the impact of Arab uprisings. The 2012 edition of “Employment and Salary Trends in the Gulf” released on Monday by GulfTalent.com revealed Saudi Arabia...
According to the International Obesity Taskforce, Qatar is the fattest nation in the world, where half of all adults are obese and 17% of the population is suffering from diabetes. By comparison America, which is often assumed to be the fattest,...
Press Release Procter & Gamble’s Olay has been named the Top Beauty Brand 2012 in the BrandFinance® Top 50 Beauty Brands report released today with a brand value of US $11.8 billion. Runner up Avon struggles into second place despite losing...
Achievement is the desire to accomplish difficult tasks and to meet standards of excellence while affiliation, on the other hand, is the desire to link with others and have harmonious and satisfying relationships. But there are some conflicting views...
European governments must do more to challenge the negative stereotypes and prejudices against Muslims fuelling discrimination especially in education and employment, a new report by Amnesty International demanded. The international human rights group accused France and Belgium of systematically denying...
Since when was tax avoidance illegal? Commentary by Paul Hymers, Financial Director at Atlas Corporate Services in Dubai. Tax avoidance is always an easy target for politicians, but tax planning is essential, not just for huge multinationals, but also much...
A new research shows that male life expectancy would be equal to female by 2030, which means that the gap which was very prominent since the records began in 1841, is now set to close in. Professor Leslie Mayhew, a...
Asia’s newly expanding yachting class is facing overcrowding issues as the newly rich across the continent are spending more money on buying luxurious big boats as a sign of prestige. Less than 4% of the world’s 7000 superyachts belong to Asian...
It is usually seen that we become so busy in achieving our life’s aims that our daily routine starts becoming monotonous for us. In order to beat the gruelling routine, we feel the need to be with someone special,...
The government of Ras Al Khaimah has announced it will invest $250m into tourism projects during the next 12 months. The emirate's Tourism Development Authority (TDA) said some of the latest tourism projects include the 349-room and suite Waldorf Astoria,...
Doha's ambitions of transforming itself into the fashion capital of the Middle East got a big boost when leading Italian fashion designers and executives of top clothing brands attended a two-day fashion event. The gas-rich Gulf nation held its first ever Italian...
A relationship between two people is usually based on trust, affection and respect. To love and be loved is the most precious feeling a person can have, but in some cases - with the passage of time - people...
The world-famous horseracing industry of Dubai came to the salvation of a crisis-hit family in Uruguay, all thanks to Dubai's ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, also an avid sponsor, owner and rider of horses. When the economic crisis...
Thanks to globalisation, we now see a few major brands all over the world. McDonald’s is perhaps one of the most internationally recognised brands that can be found almost everywhere around the globe. While you might not be surprised...
Can creativity be taught? Here's the deal; I make it a habit to read at least two articles a day about technology advancements. Most of these articles talk about upgrades for existing inventions. For example, TVs are getting bigger, thinner...
Press Release Through a survey conducted in collaboration with BayBio, Booz & Company details the reasons why life science companies and large pharmaceutical firms are increasingly outsourcing clinical development programs Dubai, UAE, 15 May 2012: Growing business pressure to cut costs...
In our day-to-day life, we quite often observe that our relationships with people who hurt us deeply, one-time or habitually, turn sour as it becomes hard for us to forgive. It is unavoidable that we come across some people who,...
"I want to make a difference…" This is a haunting thought I’ve had since I can remember. But how different could or should or would I be, in order to make a difference? You see, even if I was one in a...
Press Release In her fourth exhibition in the United States, Hermoine Macura, an Australian photojournalist and news anchor, will showcase her collection of poignant images taken during her seven years of coverage of the Middle East, providing a unique insight...
There's no doubt about it... virtually everyone who makes the move to live and work in bustling Dubai can't help but get caught up in the elaborate and sophisticated lifestyle that the UAE's most captivating emirate boasts. Whether it...

Summer Budgeting

During the summer period when we experience humidity at an unbearable level, most of us are reluctant to spend much time outside and we require indoor activities to keep us occupied. To add to this, families find themselves with...
I prefer a man who lives And gives expensive jewels Men grow cold As girls grow old, And we all lose our charms in the end. But square-cut or pear-shaped, These rocks don't lose their shape. Diamonds are a girl's best friend.  - Marilyn Monroe. Throughout history,...
Why do people fall for scams? Is it because they are gullible and stupid? Or is it that scam artists are really the smarter ones amongst us? We have witnessed countless scams and hoaxes in the past – Bernie Madoff’s...
A study conducted in Jordan has found that wearing hijab (head cover) or niqab (face veil) increases the risk of vitamin D deficiency among women. The National Centre for Diabetes, Endocrinology and Genetics, said it has found in a study that 37.3% of...
According to a study released on Tuesday, faster-growing Asia surpassed North America in terms of number of millionaires. Capgemini and RBC Wealth Management's latest world wealth report said the global personal wealth of people with $1 million and more to invest fell...