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March 21, 2010
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Aysha Taryam
Barricaded in ideological bunkers
Published on February 20, 2018 | Opinion
The world has shrunk. The vastness that our ancestors experienced is no longer. We have paved roads, built bridges, rode the waves and flew among the clouds to make sure that no place was beyond our reach, we aimed for the moon and touched it. As a generation we are today the most connected we have ever been, the most exposed and yet our social and intellectual disconnect is ever so prevalent. Information is abundant, it flows through so many sources that what once was a river one waded through is now a flood we struggle to keep afloat in. How difficult it has become to decipher the truth from the fictitious, to trust one’s own eyes over the art of image distortion. Information is power and if readings have taught us anything, it is that power inevitably corrupts.

 
 
Shaadaab S. Bakht
Published on May 18, 2018 | Panorama
I was late and hotfooting through the stairs of the university to my classroom. Though I was reasonably far I could hear my professor say, “The problem is that the majority of us don’t protest. We always wait for the heavens to intervene when a wrong happens.” The professor said that when he routinely digressed during his absorbing class on a Marxist interpretation of palace intrigue in Shakespearean plays.

   
 
Michael Jansen


Fractured and fragmented

Published on May 25, 2018 | Opinion

Iraq’s May 12th parliamentary election has fractured and fragmented Iraq’s political landscape, making it all the more difficult if not impossible to form a stable government. Only one of the nine main blocs contesting won more than 50 seats. This was the bloc fielded by radical Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr with 54 seats out of 329. He is opposed equally by both Iran and the US.




 
Sarah Taryam
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Fasting fit
Published on May 18, 2018 | Panorama
The holiest month of the year is upon us once again, and how quickly a year has passed. Ramadan is the most special month, especially in the UAE where everyone embraces and looks forward to all the rituals and practices involved. When it comes to how to manage your diet and keep exercising during Ramadan, we have got you covered with an extensive guide on how to keep fit while fasting.

  
 
Dr. Lamya N. Fawwaz
Posted on March 29, 2016 | Opinion
The world is facing a changing global reality. Oil prices continue to lag, and leading international economists like Morgan Stanley say prices will fall further before they can begin to rise. Additionally, global economic activity will soon feel the effects of efforts to reduce global climate change. This challenging situation places the UAE at a unique juncture to accelerate its economic transformation efforts while offsetting the impact of shrinking hydrocarbon returns.

 
 
Dubai Abulhoul
Fully Supporting the Implementation of VAT is Not a Question, But a National Obligation
Posted on January 9, 2018 | Opinion
Value Added Tax (VAT) was introduced in the UAE last week, in accordance with the Unified VAT Agreement for the Cooperation Council of the Arab States of the Gulf. Over 150 countries in the world have already implemented Value Added Tax (VAT) on their goods and services, including Singapore, Australia, and all members of the European Union. Globally, revenue generated from Value Added Tax (VAT) has been most commonly used to fund health services, public protection, social housing, education, and research development. The rate of Value Added Tax (VAT) in the UAE, currently at 5%, is relatively low in comparison to other countries. The standard rate of Value Added Tax (VAT) in the UK, for example, is currently at 20%.

   
 
Khalid Al Ameri
What Emirati men can learn from Emirati women
Posted on August 28, 2016 | Opinion
“Beware men lest women deprive you of leadership positions.”
 
His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai

 
 
 
Alia Al Hazami
The blurred concept of fatherhood
Posted on October 10, 2017 | Opinion
When examining the role of care keeping within a family, one instantly assumes that it is solely the mother’s responsibility. Inversely, the father’s job is assumed to be one of a financial nature, where the father takes the breadwinner’s role. To understand the dynamics of familial relationships, one must recognise the role of culture in shaping a man’s life. Gender roles prescribed by societies are a key factor in the lack of involvement of fathers in their children’s day-to-day lives.

 

 
Sara Al Mheiri
A hairy hoot
Posted on February 13, 2014 | Panorama
“Please stop moving,” she said with gritted teeth, her patience clearly running out. I didn’t care though. She wasn’t the one in absolute agony. My legs were crossed so tightly and nails dug deep into the arm rests but that didn’t stop my head suddenly flinching from the pain as I yelped. She sighed loudly and undid the braid once more. This was the third time in a row that she has been braiding the same piece of hair. But when I say braid, I mean really yanking the hair practically out of the root to make sure it stands the test of time.

  
 
Hiba Essa Al Ateek
Strolling out
Posted on September 16, 2016 | Opinion
Today is the day I take my six month  old twins out for the first time on my own. I decide to go to the Galarie Lafayette to shop. Very daring for my first trip, my friends think. I feel optimistic and proud of myself as we take the elevator and walk to the bus stop five minutes away.

  
 
Fatma Mohammed Al Saleh
The Temple Run
Posted on October 17, 2014 | Panorama
It was just another day. Strolling back towards what I called home for this month. It’s more of a house. There seemed to be no kind of emotional attachment. Rather I might have wanted to distance myself from it. For it was empty of all the love, craziness, and long sleepless fun nights I spent back home. Walking through that door made me homesick. Literally sick. It’s not that I didn’t like the girls there; on the contrary I saw many potential friendships.

 

 
Sula Powell
Last but not least
Posted on August 9, 2016 | Panorama
Two years and thirty plus, slightly melodramatic student drama scenarios and fabulous food related articles later, my time at university in the UAE has officially expired. I am hectically trying to convince myself it is a lie and I will be in Dubai forever and ever, just not particularly consolidated in terms of legitimacy when the Emirates flight reminders flash up every other day! I predict as soon as I am in Scottish airspace cue an extreme crying face x 1000 and induced S.A.D (seasonal affective disorder) and potentially a case of vitamin D deficiency.

 

 
PV Vivekanand
Published on September 23, 2012 | Opinion
The UN Security Council appears to be headed for US-engineered military intervention to root out militants linked to Al Qaeda who have seized control of Mali’s northern region. On Friday, the Security Council called on the Economic Community of West African States (Ecowas) – a bloc of West African countries – to submit a detailed plan for military intervention in Mali. Presumably, the plan would call for establishment of a military force that will be supported by the African Union and the United Nations.

 

 
Saibal Chatterjee
Glitz, glam and movies 
Published on April 4, 2018 | Panorama
As the 71st Cannes Film Festival unspools from May 8 to 19, media attention will understandably be focused on two Out of Competition titles: Ron Howard’s Solo: A Star Wars Story and Lars von Trier’s The House that Jack Built. The former is the second spin-off of the legendary cinematic saga. It brings together Han Solo, his trusted Wookiee aide Chewbacca, and the notorious hustler Lando Calrissian. 

 

 
Tanya Khoury
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Published on May 23, 2014 | Panorama
Imagine my delight after finding out that The Grand Budapest Hotel was on again at the cinema. I really didn’t know what to think – was it a prank? I had to make sure. I bought my ticket online and called the theatre twice to make certain that when I got there the film would still be on. I hurried down to the cinema, bought my wonderfully mixed popcorn and ran into the theatre smiling from ear to ear. Come to think of it, that whole scene must have looked very peculiar from the outside in. No matter, Wes Anderson’s highly awaited film was on and I couldn’t really care about my facial expression as I ran up the escalator to the cinema door.

   

 
Abdalla M. Taryam
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The Socialist Republic of UAE Football
Published on October 7, 2012 | Opinion
We can all agree that the United States strives to become a pure capitalist market. Most of their laws, financial decisions and even election campaigns revolve around capitalism. Nonetheless, there is a sector in the land of freedom that is far from pure capitalism and bordering on socialist practices: Sport. Survival of the fittest, or the richest is the adopted motto in sport. Less so in individual sport, we are witnessing the power of money dominating the entire world of team sport.

  

 
Sultan Saeed Al Darmaki
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A laughing matter
Published on November 30, 2012 | Panorama

  

 
Hichem Karoui
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Hullabaloo about EU move
Published on July 21, 2013 | Opinion
A serious crisis is shaking the relationship between the European Union and Israel. The reason is the decision to ban 28 EU member states from funding or dealing with settlers in territories occupied by the Jewish state in 1967, according to the guidelines published in the EU’s Official Journal on Friday morning, July 19.



BRP Bhaskar
Towards a truly federal polity
Published on April 3, 2018 | Opinion
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has come forward to promote the idea of a united front against Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Bharatiya Janata Party-led National Democratic Alliance in the parliamentary elections due next year.

   

 
Birjees Sarwat Hussain
It goes beyond an hour
Published on March 30, 2018 | Opinion
Last Saturday was Earth Hour. That meant that on that day, just for an hour, we were encouraged, not forced mind you and not asked, but encouraged to turn off all electricity and just for that one hour. I don’t know if you did so or not nor will I tell you if I did so or not but I will say that being able to participate in this one hour largely depends upon on what your state of health is and the time of year it is.


 
Musa A.Keilani
A fresh push to an old issue
Published on July 3, 2013 | Opinion
Ahead of his visit last week to the Middle East, US Secretary of State John Kerry, who has drawn up a package deal of political options to lure Israel and the Palestinians back into direct negotiations, said that it was the last chance for peace between Israel and the Palestinians. Kerry held talks with His Majesty King Abdullah II in Amman and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as well as Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in an attempt to discuss a renewal of the diplomatic process between Israel and the Palestinians.

    
 
OP Thomas
India’s year-end growth rate estimated lower due to demonetisation
Published on January 2, 2017 | Opinion
The last trading week of the year witnessed a stimulating rally as equities climbed over two per cent, leading to speculation that bulls were back. However, the buying was largely supported by domestic institutions while foreign institutional investors remained net sellers. Indices gained in three out of five sessions of the week. After falling below the psychological 26,000 level at the onset of the week, Sensex regained that mark later.

  
 
V Nagarajan
Norms for signing joint agreement with land developer and tax implications
Published on May 20, 2018 | Opinion
I am planning to enter into a joint development agreement with a developer for my land in Bengaluru. When does the gains are taxable at the time of signing the agreement or receiving the gains? Is it necessary to register the agreement?  Please clarify. P. Pinto Dubai.
The government has introduced section 45(5A) in the Finance Act, 2017, which provides    that capital gains arising to an individual upon transfer of land or building or both under a Joint Development Agreement shall be chargeable to tax only when the certificate of completion for the whole or part of the project is issued by the competent authority in Bengaluru. Therefore, the law has now been made clearer in that the income arising under a JDA will be taxable only upon receiving the completion certificate for the project and not at the time of signing the JDA.  

 
 

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