UAE Pride in Music Video Form

Came across two music videos today that are very pro UAE – “Ana Emarati” and “Amana Ya Emarat.” Check em out…

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UAE News Roundup

Several interesting rankings and news reports recently:

Official Mourning Period Declared in UAE

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:

Eid Mubarak!

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.

UAE News Roundup: Sad news abounds

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

Blackberry service in UAE threatened

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.

UAE News Roundup: eCommerce news

UAE News Roundup: Things not to do

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

Be Still

An ad from the Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority won a bronze in the Film Craft category for copywriting at Cannes.

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