Taiwan as a hub of tourism is one that remains in relative obscurity. Boasting of myriad cultural legacies, Taiwan however is a must-see tourism locale. Man is a social animal. This popular phrase says it all for the inherent nomad...
Dubai's luxury hospitality group Jumeirah has unveiled plans to have marriages on the Burj al Arab helipad, creating the potentiality of unparalleled wedding ceremonies. Translated, its name means the ‘The Arabian Tower.’ But Burj al Arab, the imposing structure standing...
The fall of the Soviet Union in 1991 has 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...
Since being initiated in 2002, the Middle East Film and Comic Con (MEFCC) has received a colossal wave of enthusiasm and support from across the region. This year, the MEFCC returns to the Dubai World Trade Centre and will...
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...
The Dubai World Cup takes centre stage as the region gears for a spectacular display of horse racing. The most prized race horses come to the Meydan Racecourse, at Dubai, each year to make their owners, trainers, jockeys and their...
Third Edition of Design Days Dubai Draws Global Industry Elite with an Innovative Public Programme for 2014 145 designers represented through gallery installations, new exhibiting platforms, talks, and workshops - showcasing the best of local, regional, and international talent....
Gold – the yellow metal that’s as priceless as the word can imply. Everyone wants to own gold, wants to buy it as an investment for the future. But not many do manage to invest in gold thanks to...
IWMF and INSI conducted a study about women media professionals bringing out shocking results about working conditions in terms of their safety and security. As much as talks about equality of women in the professional world carry and rage on...
Social Media is an important tool today. But going by the trends, it's women who seem to wield it more efficiently than men. Who invented social media? Who knows, but suffice to say that we can’t easily interpret the invention...
Shifting Sands of Time: Saudi Arabian Tale of Women Empowerment Each country in the world is unique boasting of rich history of culture and tradition adding a distinct flavor and thus contributing to presence in the globe. Alongside its uniqueness,...
Art Dubai, Dubai's leading art events feature more than 500 professionals from the art world to showcase their best work across three broad categories. 85 participating galleries from 34 countries and works by more than 500 artists across the programmes It...
The Pan Arabian Enquirer, our favourite ever-facetious Middle Eastern satire site, has been poking fun at censorship in the Middle East. Inspired by extensive censorship of the film Wolf of Wall Street, they mocked the release of risqué director...
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...
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...
Sharjah Light Festival which opens tonight to highlight the beauty of the city's grand monuments and heritage The Sharjah Light Festival, the first and largest of its kind in the Middle East, is a landmark global event highlighting Emirati, Arabic...
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....
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,...
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...
What are the most fabulously festive cities in the world? Perhaps fitting with our collective Hollywood conception of Christmas, they’re all places that are cold, snowy, and full of Christmas lore. London offers six photogenic ice skating locales, some spectacular holiday-themed settings and...
Distractions, distractions… there seems to be more and more each day to drag us away from what it is that we are meant to be doing. I’m certainly finding myself to be a victim of this modern day phenomenon....
Two of the biggest economies of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), UAE and Saudi Arabia are moving quickly towards cashless transactions. China (55%) and the UAE (26%) topped the list of countries adopting cashless transactions. Mastercard Advisors new global report The...
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...
No matter whom we are or where we are in the world, one cannot deny that human rights and civil liberty are the most controversial topics, after politics, of our time. By all odds, the most debate-provoking topic in...
Every year, Muslims the world over, anticipate the arrival of the Holy Month of Ramadan. YouGov MENA surveyed 1,520 online Muslim respondents who live in the Middle East to understand their impressions of this special time of year. Key Highlights of...
Hajj, one pillar of Islam, is one of five obligatory fundamental Muslim practices. It is incumbent upon every Muslim to make the pilgrimage to the holy city of Mecca at least once in their lifetime, it they can afford...
Celebrating a century of Indian cinema under sunny skies at Cannes Film Festival 2013 Sunny days and bright skies mark the landscape of Cannes today. Though the rains originally brought with them the magic of silver screen romance, the stars...
The rains are relentless at Cannes as the red carpets get soaked, and celebrities sashay around underneath their umbrellas. Sometimes one gets the feeling that the Rain Gods are creating a setting akin to the movies being screened at...
The 66th Cannes Film Festival has kicked off under thunderous torrential rain, adding to the charm of the French Riviera more famous for it's warm and sunny days. The cinematic glamour quotient has once again brought the spotlight to...
A survey says that GCC family businesses need to focus on developing a proper governance structure in order to ensure business continuity and sustainable growth. In the absence of a governance structure, these businesses face a heightened risk of fragmentation...
Arabian Gazette Exclusive: Well-known celebrity Hermoine Macura interviews fashion photographer Rhys Simpson-Hopkins. Fashion photography in the Arab world is an art that few photographers master. Hermione Macura heads behind the scenes to meet a UAE-based photographer who offers a fresh perspective for local...
If you lived in the '90s in the Middle East, you'd be no stranger to the infamous Mexican soap operas, which at the time, were a huge part of everyone's lives. Every evening was spent watching the most predictable,...
The second annual Design Days Dubai delivered the world's most diverse collection of galleries, exclusively showcasing modern and contemporary, investment-quality works. One of the most globally diversified fairs in the world, Design Days Dubai is the first fair in the...
The election in favour of Pope Francis is indicative of the level of awareness amongst the cardinals who chose him largely because he hails from Latin America, home to 40% of the world’s Catholics. However, it seems that the...
Are you constantly stressed out? Do you suffer from perpetual pangs of guilt - not being there for your child's PTA meeting, pending deadlines at work, forgetting dinner dates with friends? Don't worry, you are not alone. Being a...
The modern concept of civil society is centered on the free joint action between individuals within private and official associations to achieve equitable societal settings and comfortable socioeconomic conditions. Typically, the causes and effects of social and civil movements...
Harry Burns: Would you like to have dinner? Just friends. Sally Albright: I thought you didn't believe men and women could be friends. Harry Burns: When did I say that? Sally Albright: On the ride to New York. Harry...
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...
Design Days Dubai will be welcoming visitors to experience the second edition of the fair at its purpose-built venue in Downtown Dubai, as the city comes alive with the region's largest and most diverse annual cultural offering, during the...
The fifth edition of Abu Dhabi Art, 'Abu Dhabi Art 2013' organised by the Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority will be held from November 20th to 23rd promising an exciting programme  of art, talks and performances that will...