Came across two music videos today that are very pro UAE – “Ana Emarati” and “Amana Ya Emarat.” Check em out…
29 Nov 2010 Leave a comment
Several interesting rankings and news reports recently:
- Abu Dhabi ranked #1 place in the Middle East to live. Dubai is #3.
- UAE is 5th easiest to pay taxes.
- 9th most dangerous place to drive (but slightly less dangerous to drive in than Iraq). Not surprisingly, a car was recently caught doing 283 km/hr.
- You could satisfy your need for speed on the world’s fastest rollercoaster.
29 Oct 2010 Leave a comment
Sheikh Saqr bin Mohammed al-Qassimi died on Wednesday morning, which is big news here in the UAE. He was the last of the founding fathers of the country, and served as the ruler of Ras Al Khaimah (one of the other Emirates in the UAE) for 60 years.
The country has declared seven days of mourning in Abu Dhabi, and government offices are closed for a week in Ras Al Khaimah. Radio stations have all been given over to soothing music and prayers, which is a bit of a change from the American Top 40 they normally play. The newspapers were filled with ads expressing condolences and several community events were postponed or cancelled.
It was interesting to observe the coverage and seeing how the media handled the announcement. If you’re interested in reading more, here’s some good local coverage:
10 Sep 2010 1 Comment
As Ramadan draws to a close, everyone here in Abu Dhabi is celebrating Eid al Fitr today. For us, that means a break from work, as we’re not back in the office until Monday. We don’t have any major Eid plans, so we’re planning on a small “staycation” with unpacking and settling in to our new apartment.
Read more about Eid al Fitr if you’re interested and “Eid Mubarak” to all.
03 Aug 2010 Leave a comment
Two sad stories to pass along from today’s UAE news:
- UAE BlackBerry users come to terms with suspension http://bit.ly/bUMsil
The coverage is like a death in the family.
- Only 4% of the UAE walks anywhere: study http://bit.ly/adcBhs
I like the first line of the article: “This is one thing we can justifiably blame the weather for.”
- Abu Dhabi ranked world highest in parking fee http://bit.ly/bKzYE8
This explains the crazy, haphazard parking I’ve seen around town
01 Aug 2010 Leave a comment
Breaking news this morning from The National
The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority has said that BlackBerry Messenger, BlackBerry E-mail and BlackBerry Web-browsing services in the UAE will be suspended as of October 11. (Read more)
The term “UAE” is now trending on Twitter and the tubes here are buzzing about the news. The rationale from the government when news first broke about a possible ban was:
Government officials say BlackBerrys are used in the region in ways that are not considered to be appropriate behaviour in conservative Muslim countries, such as dating and flirting with members of the opposite sex. (Read more)
It’ll be interesting to see how this plays out. In my very brief experience, it seems like everyone here is carrying a Blackberry (or two), so I wonder if this gets resolved somehow before Oct. 11. Either that or thousands of people here in Abu Dhabi are going to be really upset judging by the vitriol about the decision on Twitter.
31 Jul 2010 Leave a comment
28 Jul 2010 Leave a comment
From time to time I’m going to try to post interesting news articles I’ve found here in the UAE and put up on Twitter. For those of you not Twitter inclined (or if you missed it because I’m posting in the middle of the night), here you go:
- Note to self: begging not a good career option in #UAE “Ramadan beggars will face Dubai police purge” http://bit.ly/aa5bSR
- Also, drinking + driving also an extremely bad idea here (well, anywhere really) “Drunk driver sentenced to 80 lashes” http://bit.ly/bGnFYK
- The Importance of Being Clean For Prayer http://bit.ly/b9X6JV