(albeit postponed, due to mourning) signals a new era for Dubai under our new ruler:On behalf of:His Highness General Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum,Dubai Crown Prince & UAE Defence Minister, andHer Royal Highness Princess Haya Bint al Hussein, The Wife ofHis Highness General Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al MaktoumThis is the first time in the UAE that a media invitation has been jointly issued by a royal couple. It is possibly the first time it has ever happened in the Gulf. A royal wife – now the actual ruler’s wife – has a proper public role. No more hiding away royal women behind veils and palace doors. UAE women are increasingly out, educated and employed, and likewise their most senior figurehead.
It’s Michael Jackson!
Happy New Year Qalqilia – Belated
As if the surrounding Israeli wall with the only gate’s key with Israelis which going through requires a near-impossible to get permit from the Israeli militaries (the IOF), Qalqilia receives the new year with a newly installed portable checkpoint. The checkpoint was placed near the eastern entrance of the city and gives pleasure to Israeli […]
The Truth You Don’t Hear (1)
By Mustafa Barghouti*
What is the current situation on the ground in Palestine? The Israeli narrative that continues to dominate the international media presents an image that is absolutely at odds with reality. The Gaza redeployment was spun as the beginning of a peace process; a great retreat by General Ariel Sharon, who was portrayed as […]
Mankiw’s 7 resolutions for politicians :: WSJ The…
Mankiw’s 7 resolutions for politicians :: WSJ
They’re US-centric, but many generalize. My favorites:
2. “I am going to admit that unilateral disarmament in the trade wars would make the U.S. a richer nation.”
3. “I will tell Americans that eliminating our farm subsidies should not be a “concession” made in trade negotiations but a policy change that we affirmatively embrace.”
4. ” I will tell the American people that a higher tax on gasoline is better at encouraging conservation than are heavy-handed CAFE regulations.”
7. “I will be modest about what government can do. I know that economic prosperity comes not from government programs but from entrepreneurial inspiration.”
Via The EclectEcon.
Last Year Deadliest for Journalists Since 1995
Paris – At least 63 journalists were killed around the world in 2005 – the highest toll in more than a decade – with Iraq again the deadliest country, media watchdog Reporters Without Borders (RSF) said on Wednesday.
In its annual report, RSF said 24 journalists were killed in Iraq in 2005. […]
No More Surgery For Me
Life as a surgical intern is one of the most testing experiences of a doctor’s career. I am glad to say that my four months of work in surgery came to an end. I do not wish for any of my beloved ones to go through the same ordeal. I am now working in psychiatry which is quite a different experience. A beautiful thing about psyche is that it makes me appreciate how good my own life is by studying how miserable other people’s lives are.
Seriously, I’ll give you a shillin’!
If you fixed the margins of my blog! ughhhh it’s driving me crazy…
By the way, I do carry Jordanian shillin’s in my bag all the time and when I tell someone I’d give him/her a shillin’ , I DO mean it!
Yea that’s all, I’m off from work until Sunday, then off again until Thursday. I […]
Sufi Wisdom: The Story Of The Two Lights
Once upon a time in a land far away, a woman named, Neru set off on a journey to a village many miles from her home. She left in search of a particular Sufi renowned for his wisdom.
Upon reaching the village, Neru was told that the Sufi lived on a nearby mountainside. Although darkness was […]
Make Yourself Heard On Open Source Radio
Tell your story to the World today!
Here’s the post Haitham has made just today, so this is your chance, contact chelsea quickly and yes I too would like to know if you’re going to do it
You are invited on a public radio show!
Here comes another great news. I was contacted by Open Source […]
DSF cancelled, Ruler dead
The Dubai Shopping Festival, that was due to start today, has been cancelled after the sudden death of the Ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum, in Australia earlier today. Officials said to await a further announcement about the event.
All Dubai Radio/TV stations are playing The Holy Quran
the radios have gone off line, the whispers are doing rounds in almost all the nooks and corners of the UAE….
and now it is confirmed.sheikh maktoum bin rashid al maktoum has passed away. may his soul rest in peace…
The prime minister and vice president of the United Arab Emirates, Sheikh Maktoum bin Rashid al-Maktoum, died early on Wednesday in Australia, the official WAM news agency said.Diplomats said Sheikh Maktoum, who is also the ruler of Dubai, suffered heart problems and was in his mid-60s.
Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum, who is the UAE’s defence minister, is Maktoum’s brother and heir who will automatically take over as ruler of Dubai.
Officials said UAE President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed al-Nahayan will appoint a new premier and vice president for the Gulf Arab state that is a federation of seven emirates.
Sheikh Maktoum maintained a low profile, preferring to allow his younger brothers, including the globally renowned enterpreneur Sheikh Mohammed, to run the day-to-day affairs of Dubai, the Gulf region’s trade and tourism hub.
Sheikh Maktoum is best known as co-owner of Dubai’s Godolphin stables which competes in major horse races.
“The UAE has today lost a historical leader who dedicated his life to building the nation and doing good for its people,” said a statement from the UAE’s presidency.
Dubai’s main stock market halted trading after the news. The UAE has declared 40 days of mourning and government institutions will be closed for a week. (Reuters)
He first became Prime Minister on 9 December 1971 and served until 25 April 1979 when he was replaced by his father Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum.
Following the latter’s death on 7 October 1990 he resumed his position as Prime Minister and also took over as Ruler of the Dubai.
Sheikh Maktoum used to run the emirate of Dubai along with his two brothers, Sheikh Mohammed (Crown Prince and Minister of Defence) and Sheikh Hamdan (Minister of Finance) of the United Arab Emirates.
some say that there is a 4 day mourning… some say it is 40!
Shaikh Maktoum dies
His Highness Shaikh Maktoum Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai has died.
He was 62 years old.
Dubai’s ruler, Sheikh Maktoum, has died.
It is sad that he died at such a young age, only 62.
It is sad that he died away from home, on foreign soil, though he will be buried back here in his homeland.
It is sad to feel the grief of all the many people who knew him and greatly loved him.
Requiescat in pace.
Voting and the feminine mystique – Opinion Anjana …
Voting and the feminine mystique – Opinion Anjana Ahuja :: Times Online
Me? One child; a daughter. Draw your own conclusions.
Nationalisation of fish trade receives setback Q…
Nationalisation of fish trade receives setbackQuote: FUJAIRAH — Efforts by the Fujairah Municipality to nationalise the Asian-dominated fish trade in the emirate received a major setback with not a single national turning up to take up the jobs on offer on January 1, when the decree on nationalisation came into effect.That’s only the beginning. Read the whole thing.
This guy, Seth Godin, believes that a successful blog needs five elements:
1. Candour2. Urgency3. Timeliness4. Pithiness5. Controversy
He says: “Short and sweet, folks: If you can’t be at least four of the five things listed above, please don’t bother. People have a choice (4.5 million choices, in fact) and nobody is going to read your blog, link to your blog or quote your blog unless there’s something in it for them.”
This place definitely boasts all five 😉