united arab emirates

Seven Emirates, One Nation

The United Arab Emirates turns 45 on December 2nd By Arfa Shahid and Leila Hatoum In early February 1968, Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum and Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the late rulers of Dubai and Abu Dhabi respectively, agreed to establish a union between their emirates. The idea had been debated long before 1968, and

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EXCLUSIVE: Interview with UAE’s Minister of Tolerance

Advocating tolerance: H.E. Sheikha Lubna Al Qasimi sits down for an exclusive interview with Newsweek Middle East By Irene Hell “Sometimes I think it is mindboggling… when all of a sudden you find a teenager who left home because he wanted to fight in Syria, and you think what have I done to my child? Why

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GCC: Rethinking Alliances

The shifting sands of the GCC’s geostrategic environment By Adel Abdel Ghafar Two decades of an almost uninterrupted rise in hydrocarbon prices allowed the states of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) to invest in infrastructure, education and health, as well as provide generous subsidies for their people. Fueled by high energy prices, ambitious rulers not

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UAE Cabinet Approves Five-Year Dh248 Billion Federal Budget

Abu Dhabi: The UAE Cabinet on Sunday approved Dh248 billion for the five-year draft federal budget for 2017-2021, with Dh48.7 billion earmarked for 2017, local media reported. The Cabinet meeting was chaired by His Highness Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. The meeting included

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Humans of Dubai

An Indian high school student in Dubai, plans to start NGOs to help others in the future By Maria Hussain It’s a warm summer evening, and a vibrant, cheerful girl sits on her favorite spot at her residence. Dressed in a maroon top and jeans, she elegantly uses her fingers to comb through her hair

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EXCLUSIVE: OP-ED by Her Highness Sheikha Jawaher Al Qasimi

Development is unachievable without educating and empowering our women By Her Highness Sheikha Jawaher Al Qasimi NEWSWEEKME EXCLUSIVE: “You educate a man; you educate an individual. You educate a woman; you educate a generation.” This is a popular quote in development circles, and with October 11 marking the fourth year of the United Nations’ ‘International Day of

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Education: Is It Just A Business?

Parents in the UAE believe many schools have turned education into a business, especially in light of steep tuition fees. By Majdoline Hatoum In a bustling emirate that has unquestionably turned into the Middle East’s main business hub over the past two decades, a growing number of private investors are tapping into Dubai’s education sector—a move

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Healthy Eating

What kind of fuel are you charging your body with? By Bahareh Salmani Some 2,500 years ago, the father of modern medicine Hippocrates said: “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” As a mother of a young girl under the age of three, and in an attempt to establish the foundation for a healthy

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First Hindu Temple in Abu Dhabi Ready by End 2017

ABU DHABI, Oct 11  – The first Hindu temple in Abu Dhabi will be ready to welcome worshippers by the end of 2017, a businessman overseeing the project said on Tuesday. The temple is being built on land donated by the government of Muslim Abu Dhabi, capital of the United Arab Emirates. Hindus currently travel

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Unauthorized Drone Activity Forces Closure of Dubai Airport

Dubai Airport was forced to shut down between 8:05 am and 8:35 am (UAE local time) on Wednesday, September 28 due to unauthorized drone activity. The incident is the latest in a string of airport closures caused by drones in Dubai. An eyewitness reported 21 planes were backed up on the runway and there were

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