By Ali Hirji Last week, children as young as eight were seen fighting in a cage in the form of popular sport, Mixed Martial Arts, with hundreds of adults cheering them on, as reported by the English newspaper, The Guardian....
The United Nations on 31 October marked the birth of symbolic seven billionth baby, though the demographics were unclear whether the baby would be born in India or Philippines. Currently, India's population is 1.21 billion and is poised to...
New technology is widely used at airports to beef up security measures as a move to combat terrorism and enforce vigilance. Airport authorities worldwide are gearing up innovative tools and invaluable techniques to maintain the highest possible levels of...
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 Ruwayda Mustafah Rabar There are many myths perpetuated about feminism in the Middle East, which negatively impacts on the effectiveness of feminism as a movement because people are afraid to label themselves as a feminist. Both conservatives and liberals...
In the first part of this series, I gave you an overview of the challenges of learning Arabic and discussed the best ways to develop your speaking skills. I also recommended some learning materials that you could start with...
By Moign Khawaja Yesterday was Valentine's Day. I'm sure you all know what the day is about and what it entails if you celebrate this day or choose not to. People do or do not observe it for various reasons...
According to the report published by charity Save the Children, half a billion children could grow up physically and mentally stunted in the next 15 years due to malnourishment in the world's poorest countries. Carolyn Miles, President and CEO of...
Hi again! Assuming that you have understood and accepted the classification of Arabic that I proposed in my previous piece, I will help you to start learning Arabic. The first and absolutely necessary step is to master the alphabet!...
Booz & Company Ramez Shehadi, Danny Karam, Fady Kassatly Booz & Company explains the importance of communication via social media   Fady Kassatly  Ramez Shehadi              Dubai, UAE, 26 February 2012: The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region has successfully joined the social media revolution....
Just like 'Good vs Evil', the 'Rich vs Poor' topic has always stirred a lot of debate, and proven controversial at times. Many of us believe it is because we always view the less-fortunate as weak and helpless, and...
ا، ب، ت، ث...ا Do you know the alphabet by heart already? If not, you should check out my previous piece in which I discussed the importance of learning the alphabet and where I enclosed a podcast with the...
Sheikh Mohammad bin Rashid Al Maktoum, ruler of Dubai and also the UAE's vice president and prime minister, announced plans on Wednesday of establishing a cultural district in downtown Dubai which will include a museum, two art hotels and an...
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 ...
!مرحبا (Marhaba - Hello!) Can you answer me in Arabic? Good for you!! So how's it going? ما الجديد؟ (Ma al-jadeed - What's new?) If you've been practising your greetings as suggested in my previous piece, you must be...
Tala Badri is the Founder and Executive Director of the Centre for Musical Arts (CMA). Born and educated in Dubai, Tala studied music at Royal Holloway, University of London, and is the only female Emirati music graduate to date....
Farah Al Fardh is an Emirati lady gifted with multiple talents. She takes great interest in acting, dancing and writing but her knack of paper wizardry clearly stands out. She developed an interest in paper-based arts and crafts at an early...
The Internet is revolutionising the way the Saudi society interacts and distributes news. A county with a young and dynamic population of which 70% are below the age of 30, coupled with steep Internet penetration of 40%, this shows...
A United Nations report has ranked the UAE as the happiest place in the Arab World. The First World Happiness Report placed the nation in the 17th position on a global basis, making it the happiest country in the Middle...
The Saudi Olympic Committee chief has denied the Kingdom is sending women athletes to London Olympics this summer, local newspapers reported on Thursday. "We are not endorsing any Saudi female participation at the moment in the Olympics or other international...
By E. Nina Rothe The 5th annual Gulf Film Festival begins today, screening 155 films from 40 nations through the 16th of April. All showings are free and open to the public at Grand Cinemas, Dubai Festival City and the...
You might be thinking why didn't you get selected even after having a good interview? There might be many reasons but the most common is that many job seekers fail to create an impression through their resume which, as...
Hello! How are you? What's new? (Marhaba! Kayf al-haal? Ma al-jadeed?) مرحبا! كيف الحال؟ ما الجديد؟ If you have read my previous post about introductions and listened to the podcast enclosed with it, you should know how to introduce yourself in...
The government of UAE announced on Tuesday it will be taking practical steps, including new legislation, to curb the practice of Emiratis owning exotic animals as pets. Animal rights activists have urged the country's Ministry of Environment to prevent the...
Men are from Mars and women are from Venus! This is not only a title for John Gray's best seller, but among many men, it is considered a fact. A new research conducted by Dental Care Plus Implant Centres...
Authorities in Dubai have announced hiking the price of cigarettes from August as part of their wider campaign to reduce cardiovascular diseases in the emirate and counter under-age tobacco usage. Tobacco products in Dubai cost an average AED8 (US$2.2), but...
Authorities in the UAE said The Dubai Creek is one of the six locations being considered as world heritage site. If selected, the creek would join Al Ain on the prestigious list which also includes famous wonders like The Giza...
Press Release Procter & Gamble’s Olay has been named the Top Beauty Brand 2012 in the BrandFinance® Top 50 Beauty Brands report released today with a brand value of US $11.8 billion. Runner up Avon struggles into second place despite losing...
To a girl who grew up with the music of Journey, knew most of their lyrics and made up the rest, the Tribeca Film Festival world premiere of Don't Stop Believin': Everyman's Journey by filmmaker Ramona S. Diaz was...
Achievement is the desire to accomplish difficult tasks and to meet standards of excellence while affiliation, on the other hand, is the desire to link with others and have harmonious and satisfying relationships. But there are some conflicting views...
"You desire to know the art of living, my friend? It is contained in one phrase: make use of suffering." ~ Henri-Frederic Amiel Art is an effective means of communicating the experience of pain than words ever could. The painful experience...
European governments must do more to challenge the negative stereotypes and prejudices against Muslims fuelling discrimination especially in education and employment, a new report by Amnesty International demanded. The international human rights group accused France and Belgium of systematically denying...
Saudi Arabia has decided to set up a ministerial committee to reconsider lifting the ban on physical exercise for women, by allowing women-only sports clubs, the country's Al Watan daily newspaper reported. The development comes amidst opposition from the...
By E. Nina Rothe It is no secret that religion becomes an undeniable part of a person's identity in the Arab world. While most often the media concentrates on the more epidermic responses of the Muslim communities in the countries of...
A new research shows that male life expectancy would be equal to female by 2030, which means that the gap which was very prominent since the records began in 1841, is now set to close in. Professor Leslie Mayhew, a...
Asia’s newly expanding yachting class is facing overcrowding issues as the newly rich across the continent are spending more money on buying luxurious big boats as a sign of prestige. Less than 4% of the world’s 7000 superyachts belong to Asian...
Obesity is reaching epidemic levels and no country seems to be immune to this disease. Though the concern for health is evident for many, the financial burden on a country's economy could be crippling. The US has just started...
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...