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Fetching Success – Heralding Women’s Day with Joy Ajlouny

Fetching Success – Heralding Women’s Day with Joy Ajlouny

With International Women’s Day around the corner, we interviewed  Joy Ajlouny, Dubai-based professional who co-founded a unique app-based package delivery service. Joy speaks of her inspiring entrepreneurial journey and the role of Arab women in societies today. Joy Ajlouny, co-founder of Fetchr app Joy Ajlouny’s journey in the e-commerce industry is […]

 
 

Visiting Orwell’s 1984 in 2015

Visiting Orwell’s 1984 in 2015

Reading the book 1984, I found that the classic narrative of a police state resonated with aspects of modern society, and with an infamous country that’s clearly a page out of this book ’It was my little daughter,’ said Parsons with a sort of doleful pride. ’She listened at the keyhole. Heard […]

 
 

Unifying the World Uniquely: Allure of Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque [Photos]

Unifying the World Uniquely: Allure of Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque [Photos]

Prayers of worship are sacrosanct. The atmosphere of calmness and peacefulness that they generate is incomparable, aided immensely by the ambience which ensures that one leaves all tensions and worries far behind. As if, allowing the higher power – God – to take it all away… Centred in the heart […]

 
 

Marriages made in Heaven: The Burj al Arab Initiative

Marriages made in Heaven: The Burj al Arab Initiative

Dubai’s luxury hospitality group Jumeirah has unveiled plans to have marriages on the Burj al Arab helipad, creating the potentiality of unparalleled wedding ceremonies. Translated, its name means the ‘The Arabian Tower.’ But Burj al Arab, the imposing structure standing tall on an artificially developed island, just about 300 metres […]

 
 

Why None Succeeded to Reform Arab Bureaucracies

Why None Succeeded to Reform Arab Bureaucracies

During the first decade of this century, both governments and organizations were occupied by several analytical processes to reevaluate their achievements and shortcomings, cope with the mainstream trends of people, and of course, make plans for the future. Developed countries and advanced organizations have skillfully utilized most of the novel […]

 
 

Whatsapp’s Proposed VoIP under Security Scanner in UAE: Reports

Whatsapp’s Proposed VoIP under Security Scanner in UAE: Reports

When Facebook acquired Whatsapp, it really was a humongous bit of news that quite forcefully indicated the progressive way of the way social media networks were being consolidated and taken into the future. But for residents and social media users in the Middle East, namely the United Arab Emirates, things […]

 
 

Gold Demand Soars in Asia: WGC Expects Positive Trends to Continue

Extraction and production of the precious yellow metal gold by Turkey has increased by 43% to 24.4 tonnes in 2011 compared from a year ago. Photo - Reuters

Gold – the yellow metal that’s as priceless as the word can imply. Everyone wants to own gold, wants to buy it as an investment for the future. But not many do manage to invest in gold thanks to its ever-increasing prices. And the ones who do are quite careful […]

 
 

Recent Trends: Women to Capitalise on Careers through Enriched ‘Career Capital’

Recent Trends: Women to Capitalise on Careers through Enriched ‘Career Capital’

In today’s times, women play a significant role in the global corporate world matching toe-to-toe with men. They don’t consider themselves to be the weaker sex as far as their presence in the corporate sector is concerned and expect to be given the same level of respect and recognition as […]

 
 

Shocking Report Unveils Disturbing Facts about Women Media Professionals: IWMF Study

Shocking Report Unveils Disturbing Facts about Women Media Professionals: IWMF Study

IWMF and INSI conducted a study about women media professionals bringing out shocking results about working conditions in terms of their safety and security. As much as talks about equality of women in the professional world carry and rage on with fervour, there’s one significant aspect that needs to be […]

 
 

A Toast to the New Year!

A Toast to the New Year!

by John Brian Shannon. For many, this is the time of year when we count our blessings and look forward to the new year with expectant hope. For all its pending concerns, 2014 looks to be a year of opportunity and continuing recovery in the western economies. In 2014, 2/3rds of the […]

 
 

Whom to Blame for Muslims’ Unending Nightmares

Whom to Blame for Muslims’ Unending Nightmares

Every now and then, you read some comments or hear people blaming Muslims and Arabs for the ongoing chaos and unending violence currently happening throughout the world. At large, people, mainly those living in the North Western hemisphere, criticize most of the Muslim world, Arab countries in particular, for being […]

 
 

The Real Call of Arab Civil Societies

A protestor during the uprising in Syria

The modern concept of civil society is centred on the idea of free joint action between individuals within private and official associations to achieve equitable societal settings and comfortable socioeconomic conditions. Typically, the causes and effects of social and civil movements are mainly of socioeconomic and socio-political nature. On the […]

 
 

Why Harry and Sally can never be Friends

Why Harry and Sally can never be Friends

Harry Burns: Would you like to have dinner? Just friends. Sally Albright: I thought you didn’t believe men and women could be friends. Harry Burns: When did I say that? Sally Albright: On the ride to New York. Harry Burns: No, no, no, I never said that…Oh well, Yes, that’s […]

 
 

Video Blogging is taking Arabia by storm – Vadwen founder Mohammed Jaradat

Video Blogging is taking Arabia by storm – Vadwen founder Mohammed Jaradat

Mohammed Jaradat is an Amman-based Jordanian entrepreneur. Despite being a high school dropout, he went on to become a pioneer in video production, TV programming and compèring. After establishing his credentials in the entertainment industry, Mohammed Jaradat, also known as Neo, turned his attention to online video blogging and coined […]

 
 

WFP providing assistance to more than 300,000 Syrian families amid security challenges

WFP providing assistance to more than 300,000 Syrian families amid security challenges

World Food Program (WFP) said it is distributing food assistance to more than 300,000 affected Syrian families each month amid some security and funding challenges. “We started with a small project in Syria about 18 to 19 months ago and now on monthly bases the World Food Program in Syria […]

 
 

Australians across the UAE gather to celebrate ‘the race that stops the nation’

Australians across the UAE gather to celebrate ‘the race that stops the nation’

Australians living in Dubai including visitors and guests across the Emirates gathered last week for the 152nd running of the Emirates Melbourne Cup – a prestigious two mile horse racing event which has become a social, cultural and sporting icon for Australia. Organized by the Australian Business Council in Dubai, […]

 
 

Hicham Lahlou famous designer calls on Arab leaders to create the “Arab Touch”

Hicham Lahlou famous designer calls on Arab leaders to create the “Arab Touch”

Hicham Lahlou already stands among the world’s elite designers. This young French-Moroccan designer – a voluble, dynamic, ever smiling, generous and optimistic personality – is not only very talented but he is also very funny. So much so that he could be a one-man show artist in another life! He […]

 
 

London MENA Film Festival Focus: Children of the Arab World

London MENA Film Festival Focus: Children of the Arab World

Currently in it’s second year, the 2012 London MENA Film Festival showcased a strong variety of films from the Middle East and beyond. Hermoine Macura discovers this year’s festival focus. Following a successful pilot launch last year, the London MENA (Middle East & North Africa) Film Festival kicked off its […]

 
 

The Desert Warrior: Doris Matlok

The Desert Warrior: Doris Matlok

Covering 250 km of scorching desert heat in the Egyptian desert over just seven days, Hermoine Macura meets one humanitarian entrepreneur and discovers her unique challenge – all for a good cause. UAE-based Australian lawyer Doris Matlok – has successfully completed the Racing The Planet’s 2012 Sahara Race. The gruelling […]

 
 

UN releases Habitat’s ‘Wheel of Prosperity’ report

UN releases Habitat’s ‘Wheel of Prosperity’ report

UN-Habitat’s ‘Wheel of Prosperity’ has identified five dimensions which are equality and monority rights, environmental sustainability, quality of life, infrastructure, and productivity for a well-balanced development, in a report on Thursday. The centre of the ‘wheel’, identified as ‘hub’, is the local urban power functions and is represented by the human […]

 
 

Harley-Davidson bikers going the extra mile for a good cause

Harley-Davidson bikers going the extra mile for a good cause

I was contacted to attend the Harley-Davidson’s Open House 2012 – “Join the Ride, Change Lives” late last month. And to be honest, I thought it was no more than a marketing event where people will get-together for the sake of it and will chat about the new range of Harley-Davidson […]

 
 

Report recognises Arab women as ‘drivers of growth’

Report recognises Arab women as ‘drivers of growth’

The social status of women in the UAE is improving with percentage of women in workforce hitting 12%, while Egypt has around 34%, a report released on Tuesday said. These figures indicate the role of women in economic development. Booz & Company, a management consultancy firm, developed the Third Billion […]

 
 

Ditology – The Art of Finger Painting

Ditology – The Art of Finger Painting

It all started when Dito Von Tease, 33, was looking for an original avatar to use as his profile picture on Facebook. He chose a finger as a disguise because he was not keen on revealing his identity. The young artist said: “In Italian, someone could say I wanted to […]

 
 

The Positive Power of Pessimism

The Positive Power of Pessimism

In your whole life, you might have been taught to be optimistic, to be hopeful for whatever happens. No one wants to be a pessimist. But sometimes pessimism actually makes you more realistic, reduces disappointments in life and gives you true happiness. Many researchers have discovered the fact that while […]

 
 

Conceptual Photography – Images that tell a whole story

Conceptual Photography – Images that tell a whole story

Cameras capture ideas through their eyes! This phrase illustrates a photography genre in which the artist makes a photograph of a concept or idea. It is called ‘conceptual photography’. Few photographers are using Photoshop to edit and process the images but remember that all the magic happens with the camera. In this post we show some examples […]

 
 

Cross Cultural Marriages: An Evolutionary Necessity?

Cross Cultural Marriages: An Evolutionary Necessity?

“They all broke the rules. They all crossed into forbidden territory. They all tampered with the laws that lay down who should be loved and how. And how much. It was a time when the unthinkable became thinkable and the impossible really happened.”  ~ The God of Small Things, Arundhati […]

 
 

Cashy’s UAE Saves Week – Day 7 is ‘Silly Things Saturday’

Cashy’s UAE Saves Week – Day 7 is ‘Silly Things Saturday’

It’s Silly Things Saturday! Have you named and shamed your silly spend? Go on – take a picture of that silly splurge and upload it today! Share a picture of your most extravagant, regretted purchase with our community – we’ve all been there! Research indicates that 70% of small purchase […]

 
 

Belonging vs. Loneliness: Why Is It Necessary To Be Connected?

Belonging vs. Loneliness: Why Is It Necessary To Be Connected?

Other than our basic needs of existence like accommodation, job, food, entertainment, companionship, there is one more thing without which one cannot survive easily which is our inclusion in the society and belongingness. Loneliness, on the other hand, brings unhappiness, disappointment, low self-confidence and of course frustration. Belonging is a […]

 
 

Cashy’s UAE Saves Week – Day 6 is ‘Make a Pledge Friday’

Cashy’s UAE Saves Week – Day 6 is ‘Make a Pledge Friday’

It’s Make a Pledge Friday! What have you pledged? What’s your savings goal? Let’s go – we want to see you with your written pledges! Share a snap of you holding your written pledge and make your savings goal known to our community so that we can support you! A […]

 
 

Harley-Davidson® “Join the Ride, Change Lives” Open Day embraces the road for a good cause

Harley-Davidson®  “Join the Ride, Change Lives” Open Day embraces the road for a good cause

Press Release After the success of “Make Every Day Count” in 2011 – Harley-Davidson’s unique Open House Day concept that acted as a platform to introduce the new range of Harley-Davidson motorcycles for 2012; Harley-Davidson Middle East and North Africa (MENA) has announced the 2012 Open House Days in MENA […]

 
 

Cashy’s UAE Saves Week – Day 5 is ‘Cash Savvy Kid Thursday’

Cashy’s UAE Saves Week – Day 5 is ‘Cash Savvy Kid Thursday’

It’s Cash Savvy Kid Thursday! Did you make a budget plan with your child? Have you involved them in the thought-process behind their allowance? Get creative – snap a pic of you and your kid with your new budget plan! Share a picture of you and your child to our […]

 
 

Middle East Business News Review – 26 September

Middle East Business News Review – 26 September

Today’s top business news from the Middle East and North Africa: Britain-Holland propose ‘full’ financial freeze, shipping ban on Iran Members of the European Union are discussing a sanctions proposal presented by Britain against Iran that calls for a ban on shipping and a “full” freeze on financial transactions with […]

 
 

Cashy’s UAE Saves Week – Day 4 is ‘Save Energy Wednesday’

Cashy’s UAE Saves Week – Day 4 is ‘Save Energy Wednesday’

It’s Save Energy Wednesday! Have you been switching off to get switched on? Did you plan a greener journey to work today? Share a snap of your energy-saving activity or your utilities bill! Watch your electricity and water bills fall by uploading a picture on Save Energy Wednesday! Per capita […]

 
 

The Story Told by Eyes

The Story Told by Eyes

Everyday we see lots of children, we capture their smiles in our mind, we preserve their innocence in our heart, we hear their giggles and laughters… Today you will see the eyes of the children and the stories that have only tasted bitter times in their lives, the eyes that […]

 
 

Cashy’s UAE Saves Week – Day 3 is ‘Kick A Bad Habit Tuesday’

Cashy’s UAE Saves Week – Day 3 is ‘Kick A Bad Habit Tuesday’

Ever thought that you should be saving money, but don’t know where to start or how to go about it? Well, you’re not alone. It turns out that financial pressures and debt woes are the single biggest source of stress in the lives of UAE residents. Well, Cashy is here to […]

 
 

Cashy’s UAE Saves Week enters its second day – Pack your lunch Monday

Cashy’s UAE Saves Week enters its second day – Pack your lunch Monday

Ever thought that you should be saving money, but don’t know where to start or how to go about it? Well, you’re not alone. It turns out that financial pressures and debt woes are the single biggest source of stress in the lives of UAE residents. Well, Cashy is here to […]

 
 

Is Flattery Important For Success?

Is Flattery Important For Success?

Generally, the term flattery refers to compliment someone excessively especially in order to win favours. This has been practiced from a long period of time as people try to achieve their desired positions by praising the ‘bottlenecks’ or people holding high positions. We all know that even during the Renaissance […]

 
 

Political Democracy is Not Enough to Generate Arab Development

Political Democracy is Not Enough to Generate Arab Development

The relationship of a national authority to citizenry has been the subject of age-long arguments and indeterminate discourse. Most political theorists and analysts have unremittingly debated the way, whether by constraint or consent, social order should be maintained. And what is the best political formation and governance pattern in which […]

 
 

5 Ways to Maintain Love in a Relationship

5 Ways to Maintain Love in a Relationship

If you open the classified section of any newspaper, you shall see advertisement of training classes for every subject in school, cooking, driving a car, learning a new language, swimming, and even horse riding. It seems there are means to learn any skill you might desire, except how to love […]

 
 

The Rami Al Ali Effect

The Rami Al Ali Effect

They stood like goddesses, descended from the heavens, beholders gazing in awe. Eyes that held eternity, and breath forfeited; as if death by exquisiteness, had come calling. Such was their divinity and crafted to perfection it seemed God had indeed been skilfully biased. Like warriors of transcending beauty, invading every […]