Human rights have been a curious case when it comes to the UAE and the other Gulf Arab states for quite some time. The most widely reported concerns in the Emirates have had to do with workers in Dubai, the UAE's second city.
If the United Arab Emirates can maintain strong cooperation with Pakistan, if India can cooperate on counterterrorism efforts with Pakistan despite Kashmir-related tensions, and if countries from the United States to the Arab World can mend relations.
The impact on the environment is enormous, with measurable destructive consequence for biodiversity, land loss, hydrological function, water supply, infrastructure, climate, landscape and extreme events.
Un turista asiatico, giunto a Dubai con la moglie e i figli, ha preferito che la figlia di 20 anni annegasse, piuttosto che i soccorritori, dei bagnini maschi, la toccassero. Secondo le credenze religiose di costui, se i soccorritori avessero toccato la ragazza per salvarla, l'avrebbero disonorata a vita. Da prete, mi fa un male pazzesco che delle bestemmie vengano prese per credenze religiose.
When a Hollywood superstar strives to help heal the world, just a little, I'm impressed. But when a movie star does it over and over again, uses her influence to create projects that help bridge the divide and help us understand "the other" we're so often afraid of, I can't help but call her a heroine.
As friends boasted about their procurement of $187 roundtrip tickets to Abu Dhabi on Etihad, I urged them to consider adding Oman to their itinerary; a five hour drive from AD or a quick, cheap nonstop flight departing close to every hour of the day.
Perhaps most notable are London's iconic new skyscrapers popularly renamed for their shapes. The Shard is the Renzo Piano-designed 87-storey sheath piercing the sky. (And shattering sales records, reportedly, for its condominium apartments.)
As the record-breaking numbers of children deprived of opportunity in crisis situations continues to grow, the investment and attention to these issues has not kept pace.
Throughout the 21st century, China's ties with the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) have strengthened in various domains. China and the UAE's growing relationship is a case in point.
Perhaps the most significant similarity between the Florence of yesterday and present-day Dubai is their surroundings. Just like Florence was home to the Renaissance when darkness dominated Europe, Dubai is a beacon of hope and enlightenment when we look at what is happening in neighboring Arab and Muslim countries.
When I recently visited Bahrain, the TSA agent reviewing my passport looked at me curiously and asked me, "Why did you visit Bahrain?" Simple answer: The Kingdom of Bahrain is a great extension to a Dubai or an Abu Dhabi trip. The flights are inexpensive and under an hour.
A three-minute video, posted by a Saudi government-backed organization to YouTube on June 4, has garnered 150,000 views in 48 hours and sparked a discussion in the kingdom about how to stem sectarian conflict.
I've been spending time in Dubai with students and others involved in developing the next generation of the region's journalists. Everyone means well and is working hard, but I sense that these young people may slip into old patterns.
That's his nickname, acquired being first on the scene to shoot the effects of booby-trapped cars during his native Lebanon's civil war.
Just a few days before this year's Festival de Cannes, those of us who watch, love and write about Arab cinema received a press release from Abu Dhabi that seemed like just another announcement.
Last week, we gave you the low down on just how low hotel rates can go. And we pleasantly discovered they can get quite low; all 10 properties that made our "cheapest hotels" list cost $22/night or less!