“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.” ~ Marcel Proust Time and space bear no relevance, in the midst of such majestic imposing grace. These endless monuments of nature, bear the epiteths...
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...
Scandinavian countries topped the list in the World Happiness Report 2013. In his graduation speech Bill Watterson, the creator of the legendary comic strip, Calvin and Hobbes coerced us to make a distinction between desire and happiness. While a desire stems from attaining...
A special report on Beautyworld Middle East 2013 "A Perfume is a message in a bottle. It's not a smell. It's an Impression, an idea." ~Luca Turin, Perfume critic and Author~ Visiting the enigmatic Souks of the Middle East, always leaves one in...
A porn ban in India might not work in the absence of sex education. For crime continues to live in our heads and of course there are proxy sites to work around. Are we really nipping it in the bud?  A...
Shifting Sands of Time: Saudi Arabian Tale of Women Empowerment Each country in the world is unique boasting of rich history of culture and tradition adding a distinct flavor and thus contributing to presence in the globe. Alongside its uniqueness,...
Marrakech the Ocher City of light will finally have a Grand Museum of Islamic Art worthy of the name  Founded in 1062 by Youssef Ibn Tachfin, first ruler of the Almoravid dynasty, Marrakech is at once imperial city, city of light,...
Challenging speech promotes vision of egalitarianism between sexes Celebrating the difference between men and women is the only way to achieve true gender equality – that was the challenging message delivered at a motivational speech given yesterday evening at the...
Taiwan as a hub of tourism is one that remains in relative obscurity. Boasting of myriad cultural legacies, Taiwan however is a must-see tourism locale. Man is a social animal. This popular phrase says it all for the inherent nomad...
A once in a lifetime opportunity to purchase London’s only Tower Bridge facing single dwelling with floor to ceiling windows and outstanding views over the River Thames. Offering an impressive 10,000 sq ft of luxury living space spread over...
“They all broke the rules. They all crossed into forbidden territory. They all tampered with the laws that lay down who should be loved and how. And how much. It was a time when the unthinkable became thinkable and...
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,...
Earlier this year when I was in California- I realized it was such a good break. I asked myself, if a “break” and a “vacation” are the same thing and I realized that they are different.  I had a...
Majority of residents in Middle East indulge in meat-based diet, which pushes the minority vegetarian group in an awkward predicament. Meveg, a vegetarian support group in Dubai, hopes to introduce a vegetarian lifestyle. The group aims to educate and...
Let me tell you a story. It is a story of why the UAE and the wider Gulf region is such a confusing place for a relative newcomer. In October 2011, I was walking along on an upper floor of...
Dubai is the most expensive region for expatriates to rent properties with 30% increase in rental property rates What’s the next best thing to do if we aren’t able to afford our ‘dream home’ in an exquisite foreign location? Of...
  Self confidence is one of the most attractive features in a person. It reflects a person's  overall evaluation of his or her own worth. Your sense of perception has a huge impact on how others perceive you. The more...
Which are the world’s fattest nations? You probably dodn’t need Google to find out that USA, home to many fast food and dessert chains, topped the list. However, you might have been surprised to learn that 4 GCC countries...
Conservative Yet Casual--that is Switzerland for you! “Sprechen Sie Englisch?” (Do you speak English?) This one sentence can get you the much needed warm reception in this otherwise cool place. Most Swiss people speak English but an attempt to respect their...
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....
By M.S Shah Jahan America is down. Europe is in chaos. Middle East is tormented. China is slow. So who pays such fabulous prices for fabulous diamonds? That is the question. For diamonds, the first association with weddings comes from an...
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...
Dictionary defines a logo as an emblem or a device of an organisation. These few words however cannot actually denote the significance of the logo in its entirety even though they describe the concept quite aptly. When we think about...
Prayers of worship are sacrosanct. The atmosphere of calmness and peacefulness that they generate is incomparable, aided immensely by the ambience which ensures that one leaves all tensions and worries far behind. As if, allowing the higher power –...
Foreign supermarkets are set to launch their retail operations very soon in India and are promising their shoppers a world-class experience that centres on quality, excellent customer services, cleanliness, and better bargains. This is a far cry from the...
The 6 types of social media sharers When it comes to social media, what you share, how frequently you share, and the networks you use to share can indicate more about your personality than you might think.  According to a...
Women in Qatar may be ambitious and eager to join the workforce upon graduation, but they constantly face invisible barriers of tradition in a male-dominated society. More Qatari women have university degrees than men, yet female participation in the workforce...
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 ...
It's Silly Things Saturday! Have you named and shamed your silly spend? Go on – take a picture of that silly splurge and upload it today! Share a picture of your most extravagant, regretted purchase with our community – we’ve all...
Advertising is an important ingredient for the success of every business. Organisations spend millions every year on advertising. The sole purpose is to educate the public about the product or service and eventually increase sales. The obvious reasons for spending...
Gulf nations, particularly Saudi Arabia and the UAE, are home to the world’s highest consumption rates of cosmetics, according to a study conducted by Epoc Messe Frankfurt and published by the London-based newspaper Asharq al-Awsat. Saudi Arabia ranks first among Gulf...
�Tell me what you eat and I will tell you who you are. ~ Anthalme Brillant Savarin Just when the world woke up to the delights of Epicurean experience, and the health benefits of going Organic, food trends in Indian...
The 66th Cannes Film Festival has kicked off under thunderous torrential rain, adding to the charm of the French Riviera more famous for it's warm and sunny days. The cinematic glamour quotient has once again brought the spotlight to...
Ever since Dubai announced its plans for ‘Dubai Design District’ with the aim to make the city the Fashion Capital of the Middle East, the Emirate has been working hard to bring out various fashion related programmes. Dubai, having well established as...
World Luxury Expo, a main event of the Dubai Shopping Festival 2013, finished on a one hundred year high with Aston Martin, the quintessential British sports car brand, airlifting the latest Vanquish in spectacular style onto the helipad of...
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...
The 6th edition of the Domotex Middle East Exhibition was opened at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre on12th September. The largest trade fair encompasses a spectrum of Carpets and Floor Coverings with creative designs and innovations. The...