(This article was first published on http://english.alarabiya.net) Six months after the Arab Spring raised hopes of a major overhaul of the region?s political landscape, current events on the ground reflect confusion and uncertainty. While forecasting political developments is a tricky exercise,...
Budget airlines are springing up all over the world providing cost effective solutions for travellers. The UAE has two such airlines, Flydubai and Air Arabia, which operate out of Dubai and Sharjah respectively. So how exactly do these airlines...
Sean Hoare, one of the first journalists to go on the record and allege phone hacking at Murdoch's now-defunct News of the World was found dead Monday at his home in Watford, northwest of London, the British Press Association...
The opening of Ferrari World generated a lot of buzz in the UAE, not just because of the prestigious brand but because there have been no new theme parks in the country for years. Located on Yas Island, the...
The traditional American funeral is being seen as costly to many now, burning not just holes in the pockets of the deceased person's relatives, but also tens of thousands of trees every year. Americans are looking for more eco friendly...
(This article was first published on?http://english.alarabiya.net) Asia?s growth rate has signalled the shift in the balance of economic power from West to East. But, while the discourse on Asia?s economic power translating into political and military power is yet to...
There doesn?t seem to be any closure for the elusive e-coli and the blame game still continues. European Countries has been playing child?s games by accusing each other for the deadly E-coli outbreak, first it was Spanish cucumbers, and then...
(This article was first published on http://english.alarabiya.net) In his speech on the Middle East in May, US President Barack Obama said: ?In Iraq, we see the promise of a multi-ethnic, multi-sectarian democracy?Iraq is poised to play a key role in...
What can you do when you have to find a job fast? It's not easy, but there are steps you can take to accelerate your job search. Spending some time to get your job search in order, keeping your...
Despite the Kingdom?s advances in oil & gas, telecom, education and healthcare, one aspect of its modern society remains trapped in a time-warp:? Saudi women are still prohibited from driving a car.? A pair of precedents comes to mind. The...
(This article was first published on http://english.alarabiya.net) A popular political joke doing the rounds in the Middle East these days is that leaders will stay in power longer if they are not friends of the West ? like...
United Arab Emirates has been the Crown Jewel of the Arabian Peninsula. For decades it has prided itself on being an open and flexible government which fosters growth and prosperity. Though the global meltdown has made it feel vulnerable, its...
Gone are the days when things were simple and normal, when men were discovered cheating by their wives either directly or through a private investigators. Oh the good old days! Then we emerged into a new era of the cable...
Uncle Sam has decided to police the world in a more modern method than military invasion, The World Wide Web. The United States of America now regards internet access as a human rights under the freedom of expression. Thereby the...
Whither the Gulf? Towards Economic Diversification (This article was first published on http://english.alarabiya.net) With the Arab Spring or Winter of Arab Discontent throwing up conflicting signals, the Middle East Institute, Singapore, made a notable attempt to explore the relevance and impact...
Whither the Gulf? Towards Knowledge Economy N. Janardhan (This article was first published on http://english.alarabiya.net) A fortnight ago, my column focussed on identifying economic diversification ? particularly during a period of high oil prices ? as one of several possible reasons for...
When she walks into the room, people take note of her. At six feet tall, she?s an imposing figure who favours well-cut suites, speaks perfect English and boasts negotiating skills honed during 24 years as a corporate lawyer, six...

Drama At F1

The final decision on the fate of the 2011 Bahrain Grand Prix was certainly the right one. Even though it may have been for all the wrong reasons, including logistical inconvenience and sheer embarrassment, it yielded an unexpected bonus,...
Mark Twain once said, "The difference between the almost right word and the right word is the difference between the lightning bug and the lightning". How true. Language has a powerful influence over people and their behaviour. This is especially...
Social media networking has revolutionized the way people communicate, share information and stay in touch. It has changed from being a playground for the tech savy to become the play ground for the masses. This has also has become...
Children all over the world have grown up with Barbie dolls. Either its rock star Barbie, tour guide Barbie, doctor Barbie. For years Barbie has been come under attack for trying to influence the way little girls see themselves....

Sweet Bomb

The intelligence agency MI6 (made famous by James Bond movies) launched a cyber operation (a hack) to teach would be terrorists the art of making fairy cupcakes instead of tips on how to build bombs. That?s sweet. The cyber-operation was...
Peer pressure has been around for centuries. It was evident in ancient Rome, ancient Greece and also in ancient Egypt. Every civilization encountered peer pressure. In the modern world its in evident in schools, universities or even the workplace....
Should RTA stand for ?Ride That Automobile?? A fair number of Dubai residents are reluctant to use public transport despite various efforts on part of the RTA. Speaking as someone who has been using Dubai?s public transport system for...
Girl power comes in many forms, like the powder puff girls (American cartoon), Jhansi Rani of India and all those women who excel at their specialized field at work or home. However the ultimate girl power is the power...
Of late, this has been a predicament faced by organizations and businesses world-wide. When faced with an economic slump, they are torn between the choice to cut back on either their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) or their investment in...

Hold your horses !

Maybe if you are like me who is scared to drive on some of the Dubai roads, especially Emirates road, here's some good news. Local media is reporting that Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) in co-ordination with Dubai Traffic Police...