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Me and Mr. (and Mrs.) Jones -- Keeping Up the American Way

Randee Mia Berman | Posted 07.07.2014 | Healthy Living
Randee Mia Berman

Keeping up with the Joneses is supposedly as American as July 4 and apple pie. But it wasn't something I ever worried about, especially since: a) I'...

Abu Dhabi's Global Stage

Toni Verstandig | Posted 06.17.2014 | World
Toni Verstandig

twofour54 CEO, Noura Al Kaabi, and Image Nation Chairman, Mohamed Al Mubarak, in conversation with producer Walter Parkes on June 11, 2014 in West Ho...

Good Environment for Sustainable Business

Badr Jafar | Posted 06.05.2014 | Business
Badr Jafar

It is easy to think that one person, or one business, can never make a meaningful difference, and that short-term priorities usually prevail. However that attitude is in itself as unsustainable as the actions that it will precipitate.

Genie Uncorked: Social Media in the UAE

Douglas A. Wissing | Posted 06.05.2014 | World
Douglas A. Wissing

While millions of Emirate residents connect with social media, and UAE governments mandate its use, uneasy Emirati leaders have instituted draconian social-network regulations, leading to jail terms for errant SM-users, including at least one American.

Articles on Migrant Labor Abuses in the Gulf Don't Tell the Whole Story

Pardis Mahdavi | Posted 06.02.2014 | World
Pardis Mahdavi

Contrary to what some articles would have the public believe, Emirati and Qatari citizens are, for the most part, quite concerned about labor abuses in their own country.

The Cannes Diaries: Ending on a High Note with Jimmy's Hall

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 05.29.2014 | Arts
E. Nina Rothe

Cannes was full of unusual discussions and strange happenings.

The Cannes Diaries: Star Wars in Abu Dhabi, Adrien Brody as an Emperor and Ranvir Shorey

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 05.21.2014 | Arts
E. Nina Rothe

Here's to hoping that one day, soon, cinema may bring cultures together, and great actors, world directors and multi-lingual writers may work alongside each other to create masterpieces that can transcend borders and labels.

Big 'Star Wars' Rumor Finally Confirmed

AP | ADAM SCHRECK | Posted 05.21.2014 | Entertainment

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The rumors began swirling a long time ago. Now the United Arab Emirates is finally acknowledging it is standing i...

The UAE's Preservation of the Status Quo

Giorgio Cafiero | Posted 05.14.2014 | World
Giorgio Cafiero

Since the revolutions that swept across the Middle East in 2011, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) government has arrested dozens of Emirati and Egyptian nationals allegedly linked to the Muslim Brotherhood (MB).

3 Tales of Hope for a Low-Carbon Future

Dr. Andrew Steer | Posted 05.13.2014 | Green
Dr. Andrew Steer

Powerful economic ministries and leading corporations and cities must be convinced that the low-carbon path is smart economics and politics.

The Business of Arab Cinema: Gianluca Chakra of Front Row Filmed Entertainment

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 05.10.2014 | Arts
E. Nina Rothe

A few months ago, for Abu Dhabi magazine Shawati', I caught up with Gianluca Chakra, the talent and mind behind Front Row Filmed Entertainment, one of the leading distributors in the Middle East.

WATCH: Protesters Drop Thousands In Fake Cash In The Guggenheim

Posted 03.31.2014 | Arts

Protesters dropped thousands of pieces of paper from the Guggenheim rotunda this weekend. Hyperallergic reports that 9,000 "1 percent" bills of a sati...

The Art of Healing with Art & Medicine: Dr. Iva Fattorini

One World with Deepak Chopra | Posted 05.21.2014 | Healthy Living
One World with Deepak Chopra

As a doctor focused on international health, Dr. Iva Fattorini has had the opportunity to observe many patients from around the world and the ways in ...

Reinventing the Log: Why NYU Abu Dhabi Matters

Arthur E. Levine | Posted 05.24.2014 | Education
Arthur E. Levine

I don't mean to imply that NYU Abu Dhabi is a panacea. It is a new institution that has had a luxury that no existing college can have: starting from scratch and dreaming of what an undergraduate education should be in the 21st century.

The Policeman and the Journalist: A Mid-East Policy Dilemma

Joseph Braude | Posted 04.24.2014 | Media
Joseph Braude

The January 2010 assassination in Dubai of Mahmoud al-Mabhouh, a cofounder of the military wing of Hamas, briefly drew international attention to the man who went on to investigate it: Lt. Gen. Dhahi Khalfan Tamim, Dubai's long-serving chief of police.

7 Places You Should Visit in 2014

Budget Travel | Posted 04.22.2014 | Travel
Budget Travel

Is Brazil on your bucket list this year? How about Haiti? We've got the inside scoop on some surprising places you should visit this year.

Desolated Decadence: The Planet's Top Desert Retreats

HotelsCombined.com | Posted 04.16.2014 | Travel
HotelsCombined.com

Tired of overcrowded beach holidays and of the hustle and bustle of urban escapes? To really get away from it all, it might be time to journey into the earth's most formidable deserts.

John Kerry Set To Make 5th Asia Trip

Reuters | Posted 04.11.2014 | Politics

By David Brunnstrom WASHINGTON, Feb 9 (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will begin a trip this week to China, South Korea...

'The Shawati' Interviews': Cinematic Pioneer Nawaf Al-Janahi

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 03.23.2014 | Arts
E. Nina Rothe

Al-Janahi doesn't mince his words when it comes to the business and culture of filmmaking in the Emirates. He'd rather see great quality and professionalism than cater to the much-promoted attitude of nurturing everyone who tries, at the risk of undermining the true talents of Khaliji (Gulf) cinema.

'The Shawati' Interviews': When I Saw You Filmmaker Annemarie Jacir

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 03.24.2014 | Arts
E. Nina Rothe

"Listen to your heart. If my films can touch one person and maybe give them the feeling that they don't have to be swallowed up by this world."

'The Shawati' Interviews': Filmmaker and Mentor Scandar Copti

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 03.24.2014 | Arts
E. Nina Rothe

One man who has been working extensively in both Doha and Abu Dhabi is Palestinian filmmaker Scandar Copti. I caught up with the filmmaker to interview him for my piece on cinema in the Gulf featured in Shawati' Abu Dhabi.

'The Shawati' Interviews': The Brain That Sings Filmmaker Amal Al-Agroobi

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 03.12.2014 | Arts
E. Nina Rothe

Catching up with the beautiful, intelligent, insightful Al-Agroobi, as I did to interview her for Shawati' Abu Dhabi, is always a pleasure and her answers cut to the heart of the matter.

'The Shawati' Interviews': Emirati Filmmaker Khalid Al Mahmood

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 03.11.2014 | Arts
E. Nina Rothe

Cinema in the Gulf, the Emirates, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and all the surrounding countries that make up this region, is here to stay. But more importantly, it's here to develop, mature, expand and one day, overtake all other world industries.

'The Shawati' Interviews': Wadjda Filmmaker Haifaa Al Mansour

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 03.10.2014 | Arts
E. Nina Rothe

"It is easy to be pessimistic, and to feel like a victim, but we need films that inspire us to go out and change things for the better. We have plenty of tragedy in real life in this part of the world; we don't need films to reinforce an already pervasive sense of despair."

'The Shawati' Interviews': Producer Mohammed Al Turki

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 03.24.2014 | Arts
E. Nina Rothe

Arab cinema has a humanity that connects deeply to its audiences, and year by year, is conquering fans all over the world. Perhaps it's because Arab films deal with women who look real, men who act real and stories that really get to the heart of the matter. As easily understood in Beirut, as in Berlin, Baltimore and Bombay.