Anybody got a copy of the BBC World Middle East Business Report interview with some Emirati bloggers?
Born is the king of Israel
2005: the year Christmas exploded in Dubai. Malls competing for the tackiest grotto. Filipino elves carolling through the shops. Endless hotel promotions, Christmas gift specials, and expats snickering in guilty glee as “Is-ra-el…” trills out in the supermarkets.
It’s enough to make anyone wrap themselves up in in tinsel and self-immolate.
A fearsomely large faux-fir has been assembled at
I needed to get some paperwork done this morning. When I got to the place, I couldn’t make up my mind …
American University in Dubai Words
American University in DubaiWords and webpage out of syncRecently, the executive vice president of AUD made this statement:Whatever is taking place in the United States with the AIU has nothing to do with Dubai.AUD’s own website page on accreditation says: The American University in Dubai is a branch campus of American InterContinental University, Atlanta, Georgia. American InterContinental University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award Associate, Bachelor’s, and Master’s degrees. This umbrella accreditation includes all approved branch campuses of the University, including AUD operating in Dubai.And that statement isn’t buried; it’s the first item on the page. At one point AUD was happy to claim accreditation through AIU. But when AIU’s accreditor puts it on probation, AUD denies there are any consequences for AUD students. There is contradiction between1. Saying “nothing to do with” AIU’s probation by its accreditorand2. Saying that your US accreditation falls under the “umbrella accreditation of the University [AIU] and its approved branch campuses.”
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Time to rethink the six-month ban
Time to rethink the six-month ban :: Emirates Today
A letter (editorial?) in today’s Emirates Today echoes one of the recurring themes of The Emirates Economist. Naturally, I approve.
A lot is being said about the Labour Ministry’s desire to ensure, with good intentions, that all companies honour their deals with labourers. This is a welcome sign, as employers do need to have more respect for the law. Some of the practices in the private sector are horrifying. Holding passports of employees and making them work overtime and on holidays without compensation are some of these. There is little appreciation of the situation from most employers because little has been done over the years to remedy it.
Apart from dealing with such issues, the ministry must also accept that the root cause of these abuses is the absolute power that employers have over their employees by virtue of the law itself.
The six-month ban on a large category of working-class people if they change employers is perhaps the most negative aspect of the current law. Most of the employees do not complain because they are afraid that their employers will take advantage of the law and ban them from the country for six months, which will mean a major loss of income.
While an employee, in the event of an unfair dismissal, can go to the Labour Ministry and get an exemption to the rule, most of them neither know the law nor have the appetite to follow a lengthy paper trail to get justice.
In my opinion, the six-month ban was imposed in the 1970s to protect employers who spent money bringing workers to the country from losing them to other companies on arrival. In those days, it was difficult to entice workers to come to the country and hence to have a law such as this made sense.
Today, Dubai is attracting workers from all over. As such, I think it is time to revisit this aspect of the law. I would say that the creation of a free labour market is what is needed.
After the completion of, say, six months of employment, employees in all sectors should be free to change jobs. They should not need “release” letters from their employers if they have spent more than six months with them.
The effect of this will be that employers will have to treat their employees with a great deal more care and, given the forces of a free market, instances of exploitation will dramatically decrease.. . .This is what creates efficient labour markets the world over and it needs to be encouraged.
I believe the ministry has done an excellent job focusing on the abuse of the law. It is now time that it amends the necessary aspects of the law, which would make it easier to police the system.
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If you, like me, are having trouble locating a credible, unbiased news source, that can be trusted on sight…Keep looking and tell me if you find anything!
Anyways, this is as close as it gets
Wake up call
If we get to see more misery in Dubai; more beggars in the streets, people in rags and street orphans, handicapped or physically challenged like the blind, deaf or people missing a limb or two…If we get to see more old & worn-out houses and less glittery malls & hotels… add to that spotting a few homeless people here and there from time to time – Wouldn’t that remind us of how lucky we are and there are more important things to worry about than ‘I was served a cold soup the other day’ or ‘someone stole the 7days copy from our doorstep’ …?Just something to think about ..
Attack of the Giant East Anglian Sugar Beet.
Attack of the Giant East Anglian Sugar Beet.
Biofuel fuel plant under threat.
if you didn’t think yesterdays KT was funnay enough, then today you will be rolling on the floor in laughter. IMHO, KT is now officialy up there with eddie murphy’s delirious, and raw, they rocked, but this is just funny in an entirely different way.read entire article here”I admit it is a serious problem and we have to find a solution. However, punishing girls with such abnormal sexual tendencies is not the solution. Lesbianism is a disease and it needs to be treated medically or through therapies and counselling and even by discussing the problem, but I do not agree that such an issue be discussed so openly like in the West where it is not considered a social problem. Both female and male homosexuality has found social acceptance in the West, but it cannot find such acceptance in the Islamic countries,” she said, hoping the authorities will deal with the problem more carefully.and another opinion from some other dude.He refuted the suggestion that segregation of boys and girls from an early age in schools and in social gatherings in the UAE resulted in this problem. “Segregation is not the issue in the western countries, but such trend continues to prevail there.” he said.golden. absolutely golden.
Reflections on relative poverty in North America
Reflections on relative poverty in North America and Africa :: Economist.com
Al Ain Taxi
Barefoot wanderin’ at 2.30 AM
Al Ain is full of taxis. Sometimes you can be waiting for one on the side of the road and three will come hurtling towards you all hoping to be there first. You wince as an accident almost unfolds before your eyes. The ‘losers’ drive away looking grim while the ‘winner’ pulls up beside you looking smug.
Not at 2.30 am on a Thursday morning. You’re happy to pay double fare if there were any taxis to hail. The road is dead except for the odd Emirati lad driving around in Dad’s Beemer(that low bass of the exhaust). You start to walk home, your feet hurt, you remove your shoes and carry on.
A taxi passes. It’s full of westerners on their way back from Luce’s.
Suddenly the Beemer pulls up beside you. You’re another 20 minutes from home but then again this could be Al Ain’s very own Jack The Ripper. Ah, sod it. You’re not alone and he seems OK.
Three minutes later you’re home. A nice ma’salaama and a few shukrans and he drives away.
Fall asleep feeling happy about living in Al Ain as you hear the Beemer drive round the block once more…
The City :: Virginia Postrel Postrel quotes
The City :: Virginia PostrelPostrel quotes from a recent interview of Robert Bruegmann:”Living in cities has almost always been unpleasant and unhealthy-not something most people wanted. If you were in imperial Rome, crowded into dark, dingy, polluted apartment buildings, it would have been a nightmare. Most cities I looked at had just crushing density until about the 18th century.”Of course Bruegmann isn’t saying cities should not be built, or that the people who live in them are making choices inconsistent with their best interests. As Postrel writes at the end of another post:Most of the problems people attribute to L.A.’s sprawl-notably traffic and long travel times-are actually caused by its density. The same is true in New York, however defined. Forget driving to New Jersey or Connecticut. It can take 45 minutes to travel the roughly five miles from the Upper West Side to Greenwich Village, even if you take the subway. When you pack a lot of people close together, the place tends to get crowded. That’s great for culture and commerce, but it ratchets up social stress and makes getting places harder.There’s a lesson here for those of us living in and around Dubai.
Seasonal advice from the dismal science, Part 3
Seasonal advice from the dismal science, Part 3 of 3 :: Marginal Revolution
Guest blogging at MR, Tim Harford makes some great seasonal suggestions derived from economic reasoning:
1. Don’t do your gift buying early.
2. Help your inner dieter gain the upper hand.
3. The world will be a better place when Santa is replaced by Clint Eastwood.
Read the whole thing.
The publishing crisis in the Arab world
Al-Ahram Weekly Culture In pursuit of the reader
The 24th Sharjah International Book Fair (SIBF) threw into relief the publishing crisis in the Arab world. . . .
Adnan Salem, publisher of the Lebanese Dar Al-Fikr, also complains about low sales figures. In his view, the real problem is a lack of interest in reading among Arabs. “Even if you provide books for next to nothing, people would not read them if they do not have an interest in reading. The popular book series Iqra’, published in the 1960s by Dar Al-Maaref in Egypt, was very successful; but the series was discontinued two or three decades ago for lack of people interested in reading.”. . .Said Al-Barghouti, a translator, asserted that there is an undeniable crisis in translation in the Arab world. “For example,” he said, “Israel translates annually more than what all Arab countries put together translate in a given year.” He attributes this crisis to the limited resources of publishing houses and the absence of a vision or integrated policy of translation.. . .Omar Abdel-Aziz, an official from the Culture and Information Sector of Sharjah, pointed out to the need of an Arab search engine. “Arab researchers resort to Google and Yahoo, which cater for foreign choices, so there is limited Arab data available on the net. Investment in this field is essential.”Emphasis added.
The New Palgrave Dictionary: A sneak preview
The New Palgrave Dictionary: A sneak preview :: New Economist
Looking for pdfs of contributions to the 2006 edition of The New Palgrave? The New Economist, and his commenters, may be your source.
The Wasta Sauce Bottle
Has anyone been rubbing it and if so have you seen an increase in your wasta powers?(see RH of this blog, down a bit)