Blog archive: Uae

  • 3rd May 2011
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Since the Arab uprisings began, the United Arab Emirates has seen little or no popular unrest – and the authorities seem determined to keep it that way by cracking down on possible sources of dissent. In the words of Human Rights Watch, "The government is reacting to domestic...
  • 19th November 2010
    By
    Brian Whitaker
        At a meeting this week Unesco finally decided to include falconryon its list of the world's "intangible heritage". The decision marked the culmination of a five-year effort by the United Arab Emirates, supported by 10 other countries, to win international recognition...
  • 6th November 2010
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Various news reports today mention that al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula is claiming responsibility for the crash of a UPS cargo plane at Dubai on September 3, as well as the more recent incidents involving parcel bombs. The Boeing 747 aircraft had taken off from Dubai 45 minutes...
  • 16th June 2010
    By
    Brian Whitaker
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  • 18th May 2010
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    The Abu Dhabi authorities seem to be in a quandary over whether to let Sex and the City 2 be shown in the emirate. The film, due to be released on May 27, has Abu Dhabi as its setting. Plans to shoot the film in neighbouring Dubai, using the ultra-modern facilities of ...
  • 19th April 2010
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Allegations of vote-buying are casting a cloud over the results of the great Arabic TV poetry contest which ended earlier this month. Nasser al-Ajami, a Kuwaiti, walked away with the the top prize of $1.36m. But it has now emerged that victory came at a price: his tribe spent millions...
  • 23rd March 2010
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    The authorities in Dubai have been getting themselves into a bit of a muddle over chefs who like to add a dash of alcohol to their recipes. The Falafel Mafia blog notes that cooking with alcohol wasdeclared illegal in 2003. But there was little or no effort to enforce the ban...
  • 18th March 2010
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    The National reports on the drafting of a new and much-needed law in Abu Dhabi to tackle domestic abuse. There's talk of jailing abusive husbands or banning them from their homes and also – perhaps more importantly – of preventing family members from dropping charges in cases of abuse....
  • 15th February 2010
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    XPRESS, a weekly tabloid in the Emirates, reports:  A shocking trend is sweeping across educational institutions in the UAE. It’s called same-sex relationships and it’s worrying officials and parents no end.  A number of students, school employees and others confided in...
  • 11th January 2010
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    A court in the UAE has cleared Sheikh Issa bin Zayed Al Nayhan, brother of Abu Dhabi's ruler, of torturing a business associate. A video which showed Sheikh Issa, assisted by men in uniform, torturing Afghan grain dealer Mohammed Shah Poor was widely circulated last year and was even...
  • 9th December 2009
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    It began with a caricature of Dubai's ruler, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum, floundering in a sea of debt. At the Sunday Times, they probably thought nothing of it: far less flattering images of politicians appear day after day in the world's press. But in Dubai it proved too much for the...
  • 23rd November 2009
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Police in the Emirates have now joined the campaign 

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