Blog archive: Uae

  • 19th December 2012
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    A Filipino man appeared in court in Abu Dhabi yesterday accused of “imitating a female”. He had been arrested in a shopping mall, allegedly dressed in women’s clothes and holding a handbag. A report in The National says: “Store workers were making fun of him when one took offence and...
  • 15th December 2012
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    The Dubai conference of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) has ended in disarray – much to the relief of those who support internet freedom. The purpose of the conference was to draft a new international treaty on cross-border communications. As I reported last week, Russia and...
  • 11th December 2012
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    There are calls in the United Arab Emirates for action to "provide rapid rebuttal" when the UAE is "a victim of unjust and inaccurate criticism from abroad", according to a report in The National today. The UAE authorities are fuming over complaints about their human rights performance...
  • 8th December 2012
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    A group of Arab governments have joined forces with Russia in a move to gain more control over the internet.  The group, led by the United Arab Emirates, are expected to present their proposals next week to the world conference of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU)...
  • 28th July 2011
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    The foreign housemaids employed by countless families throughout the Middle East exist in a sort of social and sexual limbo. They are expected to work for years on end with little opportunity for leisure or the pleasures of the flesh. Often they are treated as asexual beings, though some households...
  • 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...

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