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Punjabi By Nature, Punjabilicious by Taste!

Punjabi By Nature, Punjabilicious by Taste!

The Background Punjabi cuisine is known to be one of India’s most distinct and popular type of cuisine offering quite a vast and interesting array of delectable and exotic dishes. The food is often cooked in a variety of culinary styles including the Tandoor style which involves using the Tandoor […]

 
 

Taiwan is becoming Asia’s hottest travel destination. Here’s why!

Taiwan is becoming Asia’s hottest travel destination. Here’s why!

Taiwan is truly Asia’s hidden gem and a travel lovers dream destination Known as Asia’s best kept secret or otherwise as Asia’s hidden gem, Taiwan is an amazing country replete with awe-inspiring panoramas, picture perfect locales, lip-smacking street food, towering skyscrapers, vibrant night markets, sparkling lakes, gorgeous mountains and countless other […]

 
 

What Our World Needs Most: True World Leaders

What Our World Needs Most: True World Leaders

In this Op-Ed, Mohammad S. Moussalli analyses the detrimental aftereffects of indecisiveness and inaction of the international community and world leaders on the world. He argues for change in the criterion through which people select their leaderships We often hear many senior citizens, parents and grandparents talk nostalgically about the good old days of their time. […]

 
 

The Art of Brainstorming

The Art of Brainstorming

Everything From Reverse Brainstorming to the Medici Effect Having problems coming up with the next big idea that will catapult your company ahead of the competition? Do you want to improve your services or perhaps even create a new service that will allow you to attain the economies of scope you […]

 
 

Crime, Justice & Human Rights

Crime, Justice & Human Rights

The media these days is flush with sensational news articles on violence. They are more worried about increasing their TRP ratings. But this is a modest attempt to analyse the reasons for such acts. There may be conflicting views on the subject. But this is a personal viewpoint of an avid […]

 
 

Places to go in Dubai for a Special Occasion

Places to go in Dubai for a Special Occasion

Whether you’re going on a first date, celebrating your wedding anniversary or proposing to the one you love, Dubai is not short of special restaurants that cater for each and every special occasion. In this article we look at three of Dubai’s restaurants that we think have it all – […]

 
 

Cannes 2016

Cannes 2016

A beautiful casting of notorious directors and glamorous actors With the Cannes 2016 all set to be opened from 11th May to 22nd May, excitement is in the air. The festival will be attended by leading stars and directors from various countries for cinemas dealing with diverse topics. “Among the […]

 
 

You don’t need to book Emirates for an easy Dubai visa

You don’t need to book Emirates for an easy Dubai visa

Gone are the days when only an Emirates flight could get you easy entry into Dubai. Book the cheapest flight and save some bucks!  UPDATE: We are thankful to DVPC for the prompt action and helping out and resolving the issue at the earliest.  Glitzy Dubai is indeed a hot vacation […]

 
 

Civilization when coupled with culture

Civilization when coupled with culture

Civilization and culture must never cluster because otherwise it would rip civilization of generality; with local cultures, resultantly, obstructing its penetration doubtlessly with insurmountable resolve and resistance     History has always been on the qui vive, with intentions to unearthing, for contestations among nations on cultural and among groups […]

 
 

Instagram’s Caroline Calloway is only the beginning!

Instagram’s Caroline Calloway is only the beginning!

Inspired by the Cambridge student who gathered a huge online following after posting sneak peeks from her university life in the form of Instagram posts, each accompanied by a novel-like caption, Palestinian writer Ziad Khalifeh thought that just like Caroline Calloway, he too would finally publish his intriguing book “The […]

 
 

Independence Day – A Cake Called India

Independence Day – A Cake Called India

The day calls for a celebration, and the eclectic cake is a metaphor for bitter-sweet moments, struggle and separation, but also of inspiration, success, and joy Fresh out of the oven, my country India leaves an aroma of stories that can be discussed and reflected upon forever. It is the […]

 
 

Beyond Biryani – Humbling moments in Ramadan

Beyond Biryani – Humbling moments in Ramadan

Amidst the delicacies in Ramadan, some experiences provide us food for the soul. Blessed are the people fasting in Dubai, and a special blessing is for the ones who spend Ramadan with family. It’s as if even the watch observes the holy month, the hours and minutes synchronized to reach […]

 
 

My Name is Tahera Ahmad, and I am not a Terrorist

My Name is Tahera Ahmad, and I am not a Terrorist

“Ignorance and prejudice are the handmaidens of propaganda. Our mission, therefore, is to confront ignorance with knowledge, bigotry with tolerance, and isolation with the outstretched hand of generosity. Racism can, will, and must be defeated.” ~Kofi Annan~ The only mistake that Tahera Ahmad committed on that fateful United Airlines, Shuttle […]

 
 

The Famous Lies of Media: Presstitutes

The Famous Lies of Media: Presstitutes

‘Presstitutes’ – A word that we would think twice before saying, for the fear of mispronouncing, has comfortably found its way to the social media where even introverts speak their mind out.  Gerald Celente, the American trend forecaster, coined this interesting word “presstitues”. He was referring to the mainstream media […]

 
 

UN: A World Forum of Bystanders

UN: A World Forum of Bystanders

In his Op-Ed, Mohammad S. Moussalli analyzes the chronic impotency of UN and failure of the Security Council to maintain world order, resolve conflicts and enforce peace. On January 1920, fourteen month after the end of the First World War, the League of Nations (LN) was founded to maintain world […]

 
 

ISIS: Another Resurgence of Radical Islamists

ISIS: Another Resurgence of Radical Islamists

In his Op-Ed, Mohammad S. Moussalli analyzes the current security situations and political dilemma in the Middle East in view of ISIS savagery. Last June, a major offensive launched by the so-called Islamic State of Iraq & Greater Syria (ISIS), also known as “The Islamic State” (IS), succeeded in no […]

 
 

Realpolitik: A Polished Name for Political Immorality

Realpolitik: A Polished Name for Political Immorality

The moral pattern of politics has degenerated many times over the past six decades or so. Then, politicians and people’s representatives were primarily picked out for their governance skills, civil commitment, moral principles and human values before other qualities. In earlier times, the cost for election pledge-breaking, ill-advised lawmaking and […]

 
 

Why We Need New Humanized Mobilization Groups

Why We Need New Humanized Mobilization Groups

The unprecedented technological advancements in mass media and telecommunications have broadened the options of knowing what is going on in this turbulent world. Nowadays, people see how terror attacks, kidnapping, bloody armed conflicts and civil wars roam all around the globe. Thereon they wonder why the concerned authorities did not […]

 
 

Lebanese Politicians Nullify UDHR’s “ Right to Housing ”

Lebanese Politicians Nullify UDHR’s “ Right to Housing ”

The fall of the Soviet Union in 1991 have demoted communism and socialism to the least importance upon which capitalistic notions flourished all around the world. Since then, the dominant economic trends revolve around the economic theory of deregulation of the markets and noninterference of governments, theorized as the Free […]

 
 

Why None Succeeded to Reform Arab Bureaucracies

Why None Succeeded to Reform Arab Bureaucracies

During the first decade of this century, both governments and organizations were occupied by several analytical processes to reevaluate their achievements and shortcomings, cope with the mainstream trends of people, and of course, make plans for the future. Developed countries and advanced organizations have skillfully utilized most of the novel […]

 
 

Social Media Killed the Call Center Star

Social Media Killed the Call Center Star

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10 Recruiting Horrors Still Practiced in the Middle East

10 Recruiting Horrors Still Practiced in the Middle East

Recruitment process and HR practice in the Middle East still has a lot to improve, as is evident from the below examples.   Just like any other professional in the region, I have had my fair share of interviews and encounters with recruiters and HR managers. I have been blessed […]

 
 

Why LinkedIn is the Perfect Place to Jumpstart your Job Hunt

Why LinkedIn is the Perfect Place to Jumpstart your Job Hunt

You are probably aware that Linked is the world’s most popular professional networking site. You’ve also heard from your friends and colleagues how they got a job or switched their career with the help of LinkedIn. Now, LinkedIn has come up with an Infographic revealing the ‘secrets’ on what successful […]

 
 

The Fall of Arab Nationalism and its Folkloric League

The Fall of Arab Nationalism and its Folkloric League

In the wake of the Second World War, the presence of powerful international and regional organizations, which can preserve peace and play effective mediatory roles between nations, emerged as an imperative requirement to all nations. To address that global need, international organizations and regional leagues, such as the United Nations (UN), the League of […]

 
 

Saudi Arabian Cities Most Affordable in the Middle East for Expats: EIU Survey

Saudi Arabian Cities Most Affordable in the Middle East for Expats: EIU Survey

Sometimes we wish we were birds. Flying to innumerable places, seeing the world through eyes unencumbered by boundaries and restrictions. But where our idealistic dreams of being birds and soaring across the world map may be left short-changed, there are many other ways in which a part of our dreams […]

 
 

Oscars 2014: Living it up to the Hype and Hoopla

Oscars 2014: Living it up to the Hype and Hoopla

There’s sense of heightened anticipation that surrounds every movie buff and enthusiast, come the months of February and March. Each year, without fail, the Oscars bring in the feeling of ‘everything-is going-to-fall-into-place’ as far as adjudication of the best movie, actor, actress and other assorted plaudits are concerned. This year […]

 
 

REVEALED: The Best Cities to Live in the World [Photos]

REVEALED: The Best Cities to Live in the World [Photos]

Vienna takes the top spot, Baghdad ranks lowest Dubai ranked the top city in the Middle East and Africa region, with Abu Dhabi coming at a close 78th in global ranking Vienna is the city with the world’s best quality of living, according to the Mercer 2014 Quality of Living […]

 
 

Dubai Food Festival: Connecting the World Gastronomically

Dubai Food Festival: Connecting the World Gastronomically

The Dubai Food Festival is gastronomists’ paradise enriching their palate and their culinary experience beyond compare. Foodies mark your calendars!!! For three weeks, from 21st February to 15th March, the Dubai Food Festival will be on, presenting the entire world on a platter for locals and tourists alike to experience […]

 
 

Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships: Venus Williams gets Wild Card

Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships: Venus Williams gets Wild Card

Held in Feb every year, the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships features some of the best tennis players in the world both in the men’s and women’s game. The Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships is a favourite venue amongst all tennis players. Ever since its inception, the tournament has featured […]

 
 

Saudi Arabia – 5 year jail term and $800,000 fine for abusive tweets

Saudi Arabia – 5 year jail term and $800,000 fine for abusive tweets

Saudis could face a five-year jail term and up to $800,000 fines for sending offensive tweets Saudi based lawyer Humoud Al-Khaldi told Arab News that “penal action would be taken against offenders in compliance with Article 6 of the Anti-Cyber Crime Law, which stipulates that anyone involved in the production, […]

 
 

Facebook: The Journey Forward

Facebook: The Journey Forward

Facebook completes a Decade: From then to now…and to the future…the Facebook Journey On 3rd February, Mark Zuckerberg put up a very poignant post on his Facebook wall. The message spoke of the decade-long journey of Facebook, its evolution over the course of said decade and how social networking had […]

 
 

Indian Politics – Fishing in troubled ‘waters’

Indian Politics – Fishing in troubled ‘waters’

A prudent strategy for watering down the water crisis in Delhi is to merge water management with the urban development master plan The Unachievable Election Promise When AAP, the Aam Aadmi Party (Common Man’s Party) included the promise of 700 litres free water and cheap electricity in their election manifesto, […]

 
 

Restaurant Review: Dubai’s Hottest Rooftop [Photos]

Restaurant Review: Dubai’s Hottest Rooftop [Photos]

Are you stumped in Dubai about guiding your gastronomical choices and are facing a dilemma about where to go out for dinner one night? Try simplify your life by choosing out the brand new restaurant IRIS rooftop restaurant and bar on the top’ on the terrace of the 27th floor, […]

 
 

Why Geneva Talks Won’t Stop the Syrian Bloodbath

Why Geneva Talks Won’t Stop the Syrian Bloodbath

Now as thirty-four months ago, on every international and regional news channel you watch, transnational newspaper you read or human rights centered websites you explore, you will find analytical articles condemning the ongoing Syrian bloodbath.  You will also come upon uncountable number of commentaries preaching the necessity for direct negotiation […]

 
 

Nizami Ganjavi – The Greatest Epic Romantic Poet

Nizami Ganjavi – The Greatest Epic Romantic Poet

Nizami Ganjavi or the genius of the golden age of Muslims in the twelfth century Once upon a time, was a storyteller of genius who told stories about society in a small scale and about humanity on a universal scale. Nizami Gandjavi is this great poet, philosopher of the 12th  […]

 
 

Grand Museum of Marrakech to add more ‘Light’ to the city

Grand Museum Marrakech

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, ocher city, town red or pearl of the south, the […]

 
 

Why Iran is Overeager to Master the Middle East

Why Iran is Overeager to Master the Middle East

Despite the presence of so many transnational problems, Iran’s nuke program and the Syrian dilemma are by far the most controversial issues on the international political theater. Navigating away from discussing over again the machinated failure of the international community to stop the first massacre of the 21st century (the terrorizing […]

 
 

A Toast to the New Year!

A Toast to the New Year!

by John Brian Shannon. For many, this is the time of year when we count our blessings and look forward to the new year with expectant hope. For all its pending concerns, 2014 looks to be a year of opportunity and continuing recovery in the western economies. In 2014, 2/3rds of the […]

 
 

Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week Energy/Water nexus

Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week Energy/Water nexus

by Nicholas Brown. Many of the world’s countries have been trying to address current or impending water shortages, adopt renewable energy sources, and more. However, while some have made strides, others are struggling. They need ideas, and Masdar is addressing this by bringing many people (including world leaders) together in […]

 
 

Engagement, the Key to Sustainability!

Engagement, the Key to Sustainability!

by Nicholas Brown. People often argue about whether the economy or the environment is more important. As they are both critical, we must find a way to protect both. Fortunately, much can be done for both the environment without compromising the economy, and economic rewards accumulate even in the near […]