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Ayatollah Ali Khamenei: A Supreme Autocrat Not a Shia Messiah

Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 07.28.2014 | Politics
Majid Rafizadeh

A recent tactical shift in Ayatollah Khamenei's policies indicate that he has increasingly become less powerful or "Supreme" as the mainstream media reveals or as his title indicates.

Ramadan: Religious Fervor Taken Over by Media Capitalists?

Mariam Khan | Posted 07.26.2014 | Religion
Mariam Khan

For the first time in my life, I got an opportunity to spend Ramadan outside my home country, the Islamic Republic of Pakistan. The mantra of an "Islamic" state of Pakistan is continuously blared on every other media one comes across. But, is real Islam being practiced?

Dubai: Pearl of the Desert

Jay Tavare | Posted 07.23.2014 | Travel
Jay Tavare

How does a nation go from living in the desert lands of the Arabian Peninsula, making a living as pearl merchants, to one of the most futuristic, opulent destinations on earth, in only 46 years? The answer is vision.

Bahrain's Jihadist Dilemma

Daniel Wagner | Posted 07.19.2014 | Politics
Daniel Wagner

Bahrain finds itself in an increasingly untenable position. If it misplays its hand, or events in the region outpace the government's ability to manage domestic politics, the Bahraini government could find itself facing a dire crisis in the near future.

Leveling the Transnational Playing Field

Luay Al Khatteeb | Posted 07.10.2014 | Business
Luay Al Khatteeb

The playing field of transnational efforts against corruption is becoming more aggressive and arguably more effective judging by the number of high-profile multi-jurisdictional prosecutions or investigations of key players.

Dubai Plans To Build Biggest Mall On The Planet

The Huffington Post | Emily Thomas | Posted 07.09.2014 | World

Dubai, home to the world's tallest building, has another major architectural plan in the works: the world's biggest mall. Announced July 5 by devel...

Iran and US: The Enemy of My Enemy is My Friend

Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 06.25.2014 | Politics
Majid Rafizadeh

In a rare occasion, the United States and the Islamic Republic have become two odd bedfellows. The reason is that both Tehran and Washington share one common goal to serve their own national interests: a stable Iraq and keeping the oil to flow.

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...

Global Pioneers Are Inventing a Better Future

Molly Alexander Darden | Posted 06.11.2014 | Business
Molly Alexander Darden

Beginning with the Revolutionary War, America's capacity to care for our multitude of physically and mentally wounded warriors has proven woefully inadequate.

These 10 Photos Show One Way Dubai's Migrant Workers Spend Their Day Off

The WorldPost | Chandran Nair | Posted 06.16.2014 | World

"The Other Hundred" is a unique photo book project aimed as a counterpoint to the Forbes 100 and other media rich lists by telling the stories of peo...

How The UAE Is Mastering Happiness

The National | Daniel Bardsley | Posted 06.09.2014 | World

What is happiness and how do we become happy? This is the type of question, seemingly impossible to answer, that has engaged thinkers from at least...

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.

The Supreme Leader, Khamenei's Euphoria About Drones

Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 07.23.2014 | World
Majid Rafizadeh

Iran's claim to have replicated the U.S. drone comes at a time when drone policy and the usage of drones by the Obama administration have become a crucially debated topic in Washington.

10 Luxury Hotels For Long Weekends

Joy Pecknold | Posted 07.23.2014 | Travel
Joy Pecknold

There's always a long weekend on the horizon, so here's 10 of the best places across four regions -- North America, Europe, Middle East and Asia-Pacific -- for a short but sumptuous escape where you're guaranteed to get spoiled rotten.

The Middle East Between the Culture of Destruction and the Culture of Enlightenment

Raghida Dergham | Posted 07.22.2014 | World
Raghida Dergham

The moderate reformist President Hassan Rohani's defense of freedoms does not please the hardliners, the actual rulers of Iran. The battle for power there is ongoing, and internal tensions are raging, but for the time being, Iran remains under the control of the mullahs' regime, and will not celebrate any time soon gaining the freedoms that have been prohibited for over three decades and a half.

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

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 07.21.2014 | 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.

The UAE's Preservation of the Status Quo

Giorgio Cafiero | Posted 07.14.2014 | 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).

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

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 07.10.2014 | 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.

2022 World Cup Emerges as Engine of Change

James Dorsey | Posted 07.09.2014 | World
James Dorsey

The 2022 World Cup is emerging as an engine of social and possible political reform in the Gulf, a region that is desperately trying to ring fence a simmering groundswell clamoring for change that has its roots in widespread social, economic and political discontent, toppled four Arab autocrats in recent years, and led to a brutal civil war in Syria.

Take A Trip To Abu Dhabi and Dubai Without Ever Leaving Your Seat

The Huffington Post | Carly Ledbetter | Posted 05.03.2014 | Travel

BEYOND - Memoirs In A Time Lapse from Beno Saradzic on Vimeo. If you haven't made it to the United Arab Emirates yet, there's no immediate need to...

Should GCC States Take Qatar's Charm Offensive Seriously?

Faisal J. Abbas | Posted 06.22.2014 | Politics
Faisal J. Abbas

There might not have been a better opportunity for Qatar to find its way back to the bosom of its neighbors than the last GCC foreign ministers meeting in Riyadh.

The Gulf Should Pivot East and Build the 'New Silk Road'

Dr. Nasser H. Saidi | Posted 06.15.2014 | World
Dr. Nasser H. Saidi

A new multi-polar world has emerged over the past 30 years that has shattered the post-WW II paradigm and structure, and the near hegemony of the US whose economic, financial and military power is waning.

What I Wear Is My Choice!

Bushra Alvi | Posted 06.14.2014 | Women
Bushra Alvi

Perhaps, like everything else, there is no single meaning of the abaya for Muslim women across the globe.

Syria: High-Priced Economic Card for Iran?

Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 06.14.2014 | Politics
Majid Rafizadeh

Although the Syrian government and leaders of Hezbollah are offering differing signals from the Islamic Republic, Iranian leaders view the situation from another prism.

Human Rights Violations Raise Spectre of Gulf Soccer Acquisitions as Reputation Laundering

James Dorsey | Posted 06.10.2014 | World
James Dorsey

Reports about torture and abuse in the United Arab Emirates of British nationals raises the spectre of high profile Gulf acquisitions and sponsorships of European soccer clubs serving as a form of reputation laundering.