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Aysha Taryam
I logged off and the sky did not fall
Published on October 1, 2017 | Opinion
It has been a month since I bid farewell to a world I had been inhabiting and contributing to for almost 10 years. I wrote a few lines explaining to a loyal community that had been sharing my life and words I was to leave for an unspecified amount of time, wished it well and logged off. I cannot pinpoint the exact moment or reason for jumping off the social media ship but rather see it now as an accumulation of reasons and a piling up of overwhelming feelings.

Shaadaab S. Bakht
Published on December 15, 2017 | Opinion
The energy in truth is inexhaustible. Therefore, the Palestinian man, the woman and the teen can only be oppressed but never defeated because when they say that Jerusalem is theirs, they are speaking nothing but the truth. When they say that the Israeli set-up is barbaric they are speaking nothing but the truth. When they say that a Super power is backing a horrible regime they are speaking nothing but the truth. When they say that some influential Muslim leaders are not doing enough they are speaking nothing but the truth.

Michael Jansen

Long way to go

Published on December 15, 2017 | Opinion

While Moscow and Baghdad have, almost simultaneously, proclaimed “mission accomplished” in the battle against the false caliphate proclaimed by Daesh in Syria and Iraq in 2014, it must be recalled that on May 1st, 2003, US President George W. Bush used this phrase to claim pyrrhic victory in Iraq. His “mission accomplished” sowed the dragons teeth of al-Qaeda warriors who rose up not only against the US occupation of Iraq and its post-war Shia fundamentalist regime but also threatened Syria’s secular political order.

Sarah Taryam
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The great divide
Published on Deacember 15, 2017 | Panorama
When it comes to movies, viewer’s opinions are usually very divided. Often times you can find that a film with really good reviews also has extremely negative ones. This week we are taking a look at the top ten most divisive films, based on data gathered from reviews by critics.

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
Chasing her passion
Posted on December 1, 2017 | Panorama
At a time when people her age are just about beginning to discover their calling, 20-year-old Dubai Abdulla Abulhoul has already attached a score of epithets to her name. Author of the first Emirati fantasy novel in English in 2012, Galagolia: The Hidden Divination (she was also then the youngest person to be conferred that title), Dubai was named Young Arab of the Year in 2016 for her work in youth advocacy, literature, and journalism. At present, she is a columnist at Al Bayan Newspaper and The Gulf Today.

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
An Arab kickoff for Kerala film festival
Published on December 6, 2017 | Opinion
It isn’t often that the curtains go up on an international film festival on the Indian subcontinent with the screening of an Arab entry. Lebanese-born director Ziad Doueiri’s “The Insult,” a riveting and provocative drama exploring socio-political fissures in contemporary Lebanon, will, therefore, make history of sorts on December 8, the opening night of the 22nd International Film Festival of Kerala (IFFK).      


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
Gaining power by other means
Published on August 1, 2017 | Opinion
Prime Minister Narendra Modi brought India’s second largest state, Bihar, under his belt last week, 20 months after its voters had decisively rejected his Bharatiya Janata Party in the Assembly elections.


Birjees Sarwat Hussain
Money can buy you time
Published on July 28, 2017 | Opinion
The saying is that the love of money is the root of all evil. It’s true. But there are other aspects to one of the most important bartering equipments in the world.

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
Individuals receiving gifts over Rs50,000 should pay tax
Published on December 11, 2017 | Opinion
My father has not left any Will prior to his death in Gulf and had bank accounts. He had immovable assets in India as well. How does the succession issue would apply legally in both the countries? Please clarify. Harish, Dubai
In your case, if there is a dispute between legal heirs then you will have to approach a competent court having jurisdiction to settle the dispute. Moveable assets will be transferred depending on the inheritance/succession laws of the country where your father was domiciled at the time of death. As regards immovable assets in India, Indian law of inheritance/succession would apply there.


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