Nile dams. The Nile River Basin Initiative can provide clean power to 375 million East African citizens. East Africa population may exceed 760 million people by 2030 (currently it is 375 million) – while Egypt’s population could exceed 140 million...
The first thing any individual needs to do when they undertake any sort of financial planning is to seek out a reputable and regulated advisor and firm. There are many firms to choose from, particularly in the Middle East....
Being a drop in the ocean, the one among  fifty million social networking users, comes with liabilities. In the age of technology and an  interconnected networking overdrive, in hugely popular social networking sites as Facebook and twitter,  it’s not...
  Written by: John David Bailey, Financial Consultant  at  ACUMA Independent Financial Advice Gold is no stranger to this region.  In fact, it is fair to say that due to cultural evolution and Dubai’s envy as a trading hub, buying gold in the region...
When the clock struck 00:00 on 1st January 2012, a feeling of melancholy struck many around the globe. The sole reason behind the dreaded feeling was the arrival of 2012 - considered as the Year of Apocalypse. But is...
Remember the story about the five blind men who stumble upon an elephant and describe it as a wall, a tree trunk, a snake, etc. on account of having come upon the elephant’s torso, foot, trunk? The idea is...
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...
World energy consumption increases every year while the kinds of energy we use is changing, and environmental standards are (unequally) improving worldwide. In short, we are using more energy - but it is 'cleaner' energy. Most of the world's energy...
As centuries ago as now, we find many policymakers, politicians, and political analysts who still consider the abstract idea of double standard a shrewd political craft. They simply justify this double play as a mean to attain goals and preserve...
To analyse a revolution is like analysing an earthquake. Both are unpredictable and tumultuous and are an outburst of unexpected expression which overturns the status-quo dramatically. That one is naturally occurring, while the other is manmade, does dampen the...
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...
Today's ECB meeting and subsequent speech by Draghi will shape the future outlook in the markets and will define future policy directions. Words used by influential policymakers often work effectively to shape the future of the financial markets. ECB Chairman,...
The patent war is fast becoming a  joke. The only people who don’t seem to be amused are those who are involved in the lawsuit. For the past two years we have seen  software giants drag each other to...
Everyone knows that more electricity is needed in developed nations and electrical needs in developing nations are skyrocketing. No problem there -- everyone deserves to live a good lifestyle and enjoy our modern technology to the fullest. The problem occurs in the...
Kuwait will spend USD 100 billion on the nation's domestic energy sector over the next 5 years - and for the first time, some of that investment is earmarked for renewable energy. By 2030, 15% of Kuwait’s total energy mix will be...
If you intend to visit an Arab country, you will likely come across many indignant people criticizing the so-called international community for being a self-serving gathering of countries or an interest group. No matter where you will be, whether...
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...
Global Water Distress: Water is a basic requirement for humanity, yet for 783 million people, water is a somewhat unattainable luxury. Eleven percent of the global population doesn't have access to clean drinking water, according to the African Wildlife Foundation...
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...
There's no doubt that here in the UAE, a lot of expat families fall under a very similar financial umbrella - the husband is often the main breadwinner meaning the wife is highly dependent on the income stream he...
The Big 3 - General Motors, Ford and Chrysler have always ruled the roost in the history of the American automotive industry. It began in the 1890's in the U.S. and grew to become one of the largest industries...
For all of us the New Year represents a lovely, large, blank canvas, which is all yours to paint in whichever colors you choose. So what do you want to achieve in 2014? A good New Year list will...
By Shima The moment the shutter of a camera clicks, a “thousand words” are captured as many would say. A photo speaks a volume... it contains lots of meanings... tells a story or two. Once a picture has been taken,...
The unprecedented technological advancements in mass media and telecommunications have broadened the options of knowing what is happening in this turbulent world. Nowadays, people see how terror attacks, kidnapping, bloody armed conflicts and civil wars roam all around the...

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...
Do you own a farm with daily production of stock? Do you own a garage full of cars? Do you own a city ? Or are you now wondering how  insane these questions are? If you are still clueless to...

Rotten Apples?

It seems the Apple’s problems are here to stay. From the countless lawsuits against its competition being thrown out of the courts, to its products being under pressure from the dog eat dog world of tablet PCs, the company...
Every now and then, you read some comments or hear people blaming Muslims and Arabs for the ongoing chaos and unending violence currently happening throughout the world. At large, people, mainly those living in the north-western hemisphere, criticize most...
During the first decade of this century, governments and organizations alike were occupied by several analysis processes to reevaluate their achievements and shortcomings, cope with the mainstream trends of people, and most importantly, create strategies for the future. Developed countries...
Ever since the Cold war ended, there has been a tentative and indecisive power structure reigning over the world. With the U.S. learning to walk without a substantive nation-state enemy, it was establishing itself as the new unipolar world...
Electricity rates in Germany drop by up to 40% during the hours in which solar power or wind power are active - and this is what Merit Order Ranking is all about, using the cheapest available electricity source FIRST - and then...
As many of you know, I've always disagreed with many of the laws set by Saudi Arabia, but in particular with their law prohibiting women from driving. Westerners, as well as some Arabs, see women as oppressed in the...
It was not just a memorable holiday in one of the world’s most naturally captivating places, but a historical, political and sociological crash course on the oft-quoted ‘idea’ of India. Forty-two years after being born an Indian, I saw India...
67 Women of Rugged Determination!, doing the thrilling 140km Olympic Cycling Road Race: This "peloton" of highly toned legs, is lugging it out through the hills, entering the Box Hill circuit in Surrey(supposed to be one of Britain's best...
Over the past weeks, I've been dismayed at the degree of intolerance and rigidity in the positions of quarreling parties within Egypt, with both taking defensive attitudes as they continue to not listen to each other. Hearts stiffened and...
My Top Five Reasons: 1) Productivity is linked to a healthy lifestyle. Whether you are at work, at home or your personal life, a healthy body equals a productive mind. 2) Your mind, body and soul are all connected. When you...
Qatar’s ace shooter Nasser Saleh Al Attiyah on Tuesday won the first bronze medal for the country in 2012 London Summer Olympic Games after beating Russia's Valeriy Shomin in a shoot-out. The Qatari olympian finished the competition with 144 points, 4...
On June 30, the focus of most people and governments were on the Tahrir Square, in Cairo, where the scheduled mass demonstrations were to be held in opposition to the Egyptian president, Mohamed Morsi, and against the dominance of...
The world energy industry is suddenly transforming into something very different from the industry we have grown accustomed to over the past decades. It used to be, pump and burn more oil, mine and burn more coal and build...
Most foreign residents who happen to live or work in the Arab region are accustomed to hear the mass majority of Arab nationals and expatriates complaining about the living conditions and sociopolitical situations of their native countries. Nowadays Arabs...