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To diet or not to diet?

Statistics show that 80 percent of the resolutions made on the big day are broken within the first six weeks and according to the Harris Poll and the Journal of Psychology, the number one item on 2014...

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Posted by: Shamira Mitha Apr 18, 2014 11:49 AM [UAE]

It is best to eat by your blood type. Following this diet is miraculous. Generic diets don't always work as certain foods are not good for the individual's blood type.

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Saudi conservatives stage rare protest against Westernisation

Saudi Arabian conservatives have staged a rare protest outside the Royal Court in Riyadh against "Westernising" reforms including moves to allow physical education for schoolgirls, local media reported...

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Posted by: Observer Apr 18, 2014 11:49 AM [UAE]

Allowing girls to have sports lessons in GIRLS ONLY schools is against Islam..!!!???

We live in the 21st century, a man will set foot on Mars within the next 10 years....

What a pitty

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Saudi to produce first locally made car by 2017

Saudi’s first locally produced car could be built by 2017 following a deal between Saudi and Malaysian businesses to establish a factory in Damman, it was reported.Rashed Othman Jawhar, chairman of the...

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Posted by: Mujeeb Haroon Apr 18, 2014 10:27 AM [Pakistan]

My very best wishes to our Saudi Brothers to start this car plant.
KSA has the capability and capacity to manufacture many other products, as they must have other revenue resources apart from Oil and Petrol.

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Fire destroys popular Dubai restaurant

A fire has broken out in the Bur Dubai area, in a building housing Ravi Restaurant, one of Dubai's most popular restaurants.Flames engulfed the building in the Al Musalla area of the city on Tuesday afternoon...

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Posted by: Jawad Sultan Apr 18, 2014 10:27 AM [Oman]

Ohh SO sad news.

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UAE father who whipped son to death wins appeal

An Emirati father who whipped his 12-year-old son to death to discipline him over poor school grades has had his one-year jail term overturned, it was reported.The man, known as RM during the case, admitted...

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Posted by: Rahuldev A. Holla Apr 18, 2014 10:27 AM [india]

I'm apalled by the court of UAE. how can they let the father go scot free when he has killed his own son. he never behaved like a matured father. i pity the mother of the child for silently bearing the agonising pain of losing her child. infact the court should cane the father and put him behind bars for the rest of his life. he is a virus for the society. laws are very flexible in the UAE

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Germany puzzled as UAE think tank ordered to close

Germany's Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, a think tank close to Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives which promotes democracy abroad, said on Thursday authorities in Abu Dhabi had ordered it to shut its...

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Posted by: one of the joes Apr 18, 2014 10:27 AM [uae no more]

Dear Chalky, you seem to like talking about yourself and your views of the world. I just dont see that you understand how to read a posting that is a reply to another post. May be you give it another try. May be then you will understand that I replied to Matt's statement "if it aint broken then dont fix it". The view that I expressed is that democracy is much more than a fix for a broken system. If you like to consider the UAE to be a broken system then this is your choice - but not my words.
You also seem to miss that Matt had expressed his view outside inference was wrong. That is why I reminded him that his own country has a very sad history of involving itself in this region. Peacefully supporting democracy is bad but intrigues to bring down govts is right?
You say you are heading down to NZ? be mindful, there are some smart people down there. They may use English language in ways you dont seem to understand. Prepare yourself for some possible surprises

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London hammer attacker said to use victim's bank card to steal $5,000

A burglar who assaulted three Emirati women with a hammer during an attack in a hotel room in London last week withdrew around $5,000 in cash using one of the victim’s bank cards, it was reported.The three...

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Posted by: Telcoguy Apr 17, 2014 8:23 PM [UAE]

@Doug, you keep using the term "premeditated" This may be a stretch, from the news published:
i) the attacker chose a room with the door unlocked
ii) the weapon used (a hammer) can not really be described as a weapon of choice
iii) it seems (again from the published articles) that he attacked the sisters when they woke up and not when they were sleeping

This is most likely a crime of opportunity (burglary) gone horribly wrong, and the victims simply being at the wrong place at the wrong time

It could of course be premeditated (that is he walked in the room with the intention to murder or maim the people inside) Worst, we could find out eventually that this was a hate crime. But based on what we have read describing this as "premeditated" seems more an attempt to fit this sad incident into a (trite) narrative

About those claiming for harsher punishments, there are good reason why there is a gradation of punishment, some of them of moral nature, others more pragmatic.

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What will happen next to Dubai's property market?

After a year or so of growth in Dubai’s property market, many of us are wondering what’s going to happen next. In the past six months or so, I have become used to debating the following question in one...

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Posted by: Telcoguy Apr 17, 2014 8:23 PM [UAE]

@Dusty, thanks for your post. In fact very few Expos have had a significant impact on cities. Not in the last 50 years at least

And yes most of the people cheering this could not mention the last 2 Expos celebrated, nor the one happening before Dubai (Milan) but that is the nature of the fanboyism here, because after all Dubai is different and that is the only reasoning you need

But answering your question, yes I think in the short term it will inflate prices, some people will make a killing (the sellers, many of them large, well connected) About the buyers, not so sure

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Emirates air stewardess caught trying to smuggle 13kg of gold

An Emirates flight attendant was caught trying to smuggle 13kg of gold worth about US $550,000 into India through Hyderabad airport, the Times of India newspaper reported.According to the report, the off...

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Posted by: Matt Williams Apr 17, 2014 8:24 PM [UAE]

@mujeeb - There are people like myself who enjoy a glass of wine, you can't open your DF on planes and drink it and surprise surprise most of us drink in moderation.

Thank you.

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70% of Arabs call for more film and TV censorship

Around 70 percent of Arab adults in the region believe governments should do more to censor violent and romantic content in films and TV shows, while the same number also believe they should be banned...

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Posted by: Doug Apr 17, 2014 8:24 PM [UAE]

@RAH - but surely it is more virtuous to consciously reject vice for yourself rather than have someone else do it for you?

There is nothing wrong with a priest or whatever condemning an immoral scene in a movie. However, surely it is then up to an individual whether they wish to expose themselves to immorality or protect themselves against it?

There is far greater glory in being surrounded by sin and refusing to be be brought down by it, rather than never having your faith tested and being insulated from sin.

Furthermore, who defines what is 'offensive' and who gives them the power to decide? What one person finds offensive, another may not - even if both of those people share the same religion. For instance, a Saudi may be offended by a movie that features a woman with an uncovered face - a Jordanian may not. Which one is 'right'?

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