14.00 Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE AR-SA /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin-top:0in; mso-para-margin-right:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:10.0pt; mso-para-margin-left:0in; line-height:115%; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:11.0pt; font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"; mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-ansi-language:EN-US; mso-fareast-language:EN-US;} The Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam - A Green Energy Paradox "Egypt is truly a gift of the Nile" said Herodotus; and if he visited modern-day East Africa, he would add; "The...
Though the Arab Spring brought a form of political liberation to Libya, it also led to a GDP loss of around 28.3 percent, or USD 6.5 billion for the Libyan economy. Before the Arab Spring, Libya exported 1.8 million barrels of...
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...
After a long busy day, many people search the web or switch on their cable television to know what is happening in this uncertain world. On every international news channel and portal website, they see guiltless people are being...
Solar desalination projects in the MENA region will shape the future. Solar power and water desalination, it turns out, go together like bread and butter. Who knew? The MENA region is increasingly dependent on desalinated water, as the region's standard of...
Carbon dioxide in the atmosphere has now passed 400 parts per million (ppm) for the first time in 3 million years. After resting comfortably below 300ppm for the past 30,000 centuries, CO2 levels in the planetary atmosphere have suddenly jumped...
A growing and forward thinking organisation called the C40 Initiative, promotes sustainable development for the world’s cities. C40 cities are conducting empirical research to perfect ways to lower CO2 levels and employ programmes such as ‘Reduce, Reuse and Recycle’ within city...
If you live in India, you get used to the glaring disparity between the rich and poor. It’s a peaceful co-existence, one that is almost criminal. It desensitizes you to look the other way. While acknowledging the stark economic divide, India still has...
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...
  More than 250 Islamic finance industry leaders will gather at the 3rd Annual Middle East Islamic Finance and Investment Conference (MEIFIC 2013) to be held on April 17, 2013 at the Dusit Thani Hotel in Dubai. The theme of this year's conference...
The Nyota Fund makes a positive impact on the lives of hopeful young students in the Ngara District of Kagera Region in Tanzania, which borders Burundi and Rwanda. The Nyota Fund works exclusively in the education sector, raising funds in...
Wadjda is a 12-year old girl who lives near Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia. Although she's growing up in a conservative country, Wadjda is a girl full of life who wears jeans and sneakers, listens to rock music...
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...
  Khaled Hosseini, the celebrated author of best selling novels "The Kite Runner" which sold 38 million copies in 2003 and an equally resounding "A Thousand Splendid Suns" in 2007, will be launching his third book, "And the Mountains Echoed",...
Ecotourism has become one of the fastest growing sectors in the tourism industry. Those with a penchant for natural environments and exploring these areas are avid Eco-tourists. The International Ecotourism Society (TIES) in 1990, defines ecotourism  as "Responsible travel 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...
As social networking sites like Facebook, Google Plus and Twitter are getting more and more complex, with their changing security settings, connecting the world wide web and shrinking the world, people are no longer adding only people they know...
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...
  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...
  The drive through the picturesque mountain town of Fujeirah in UAE, is sweet liberation. It was hard to believe such scenic beauty exists, enveloped in the middle of a terrain that is mostly a desert.The Hajjar Mountains stand ominous guarding the...
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...
The mere thought of something being unfathomable in this present day and age, where even reading about the unknown petrifies us. The list of ambiguous stories might start with the very well-known but dreaded Bermuda Triangle. Alternatively known as 'The Devil's Triangle',...
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...
During the election campaign, Mitt Romney’s statement that “China is a currency manipulator” resonated throughout his economic plan and he made it a talking point to drive through this opinion into the public domain. Many feel that China artificially...
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...
Committees ! How many of us loath committees? Though committees on the surface seem to be the a good thing somehow it slows progress. There is a joke that asserts that a camel is just a horse designed by...
Gone are the days laughter is the best medicine!  Now it seems humour is the way to make serious issues important. It may sound like an oxymoron, but it isn’t. The Australian train company, Metro Trains Melbourne has created this...
Even better, slap me…. And call yourself a GOOD Muslim! Or in this case, beat the living daylights and burn the hair off of an anti-government-decision activist in a public gathering just because you claim to have an upper hand...
It seems like that even though the Greek debt crisis has been going on forever, the leaders are now finally getting to terms with the beast that is on their hands and they are now getting to terms with...
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...
McDonald’s is known for their world famous french fries. If you would like to know how much time and effort actually go into making something as seemingly simple as an order of McDonald's french fries, hopefully this video will be...
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...
It all started when Dito Von Tease, 33, was looking for an original avatar to use as his profile picture on Facebook. He chose a finger as a disguise because he was not keen on revealing his identity. The young...
What is online identity? It is the presence of one’s self in an online setting. It is the projection of one’s thoughts and ideas over the Internet, to be read and understood by many people at once. It is...
Cameras capture ideas through their eyes! This phrase illustrates a photography genre in which the artist makes a photograph of a concept or idea. It is called 'conceptual photography'. Few photographers are using Photoshop to edit and process the images but remember that all the magic...
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...
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,...
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...

Education Planning

Children are the most previous gift we can receive in life; as parents we want to make sure they get the best chances and experiences in life.  Living in Dubai, most people are aware of the cost of schooling...
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...