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Qatar Emir promised Merkel to improve World Cup workers' safety

The Emir of Qatar has promised German Chancellor Angela Merkel working conditions will improve for labourers helping to prepare for the 2022 World Cup in the Gulf state. Merkel, whose country is reigning...

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Posted by: Paul Sep 18, 2014 2:45 PM [UAE]

Why only now, promises for future improvements when the abuses have been there for decades and is still on going as we speak?
promises...

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iPhone 6 buyers willing to pay extra for early delivery

iPhone 6 enthusiasts in Dubai can get their hands on the new device one week early, if they are willing to pay nearly $500 extra.A UAE-based online retailer is selling the new iPhone 6 for AED4,399 ($1...

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Posted by: Mark X Sep 18, 2014 2:46 PM [Argentina]

CRAZY PEOPLE - being RIPPED OFF

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Saudi human rights activist fined for driving herself to the hospital

A female member of Saudi Arabia’s National Society for Human Rights (NSHR) has reportedly been fined for driving herself to the hospital.When police pulled her over, Aliyah Al Farid said she had a medical...

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Posted by: Doug Sep 18, 2014 12:49 PM [UAE]

@Binshamak, can you let us know what those pros and cons are? I only ask because it seems strange that Saudi Arabia is literally the only country in the world where women are not allowed to drive - and this of course means that every other Muslim country permits its women to drive a car.

I am interested to learn though that apparently there is no law against it

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UAE to ban drivers suffering from chronic diseases

People suffering from chronic disease will not be allowed to drive in the UAE, the Ministry of Interior has said.Emarat Al Youm reports that the new ruling is being introduced in the near future in order...

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Posted by: Jim Sep 18, 2014 12:48 PM [UAE]

Better to ban the chronic drivers with the total blacked out windows and no thought for others. How many accidents are caused by people with chronic illness compared to chronic drivers??

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Deaf fraudsters used funds to buy Dubai property

A deaf British couple who scammed £900,000 ($1,457,276) off government authorities by pretending the funds were for sign language interpreters used the money to buy an investment property in Dubai, it...

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Posted by: ahmed Sep 18, 2014 12:47 PM [uae]

oops...but aren't there any cross checks or control mechanisms to keep such fraudsters in check....this seems a pretty blatant misuse with no checks!!

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Dubai’s RTA apologises for tram works traffic congestion

Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has issued an apology to residents in the Jumeirah Beach Residence and Dubai Marina areas for the inconvenience caused by the ongoing Dubai Tram construction...

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Posted by: Paul Sep 18, 2014 12:47 PM [UAE]

WHJ,
"A camp in the desert" is a metaphoric expression to illustrate the distance between the perceived and often expected image of Dubai and its actual reality (when observing and experiencing at close, its core).
Example: some people complain about the way construction works take place in Dubai because they have the illusion that Dubai is a Miami, Hong Kong or Stockholm (with sun).
If we is aware of where we are, we realize that the mess, chaos and delays are not that bad.

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Where’s my First Class parachute?

Airplanes usually always have lifejackets under their seats - even the ones on low-cost carriers like Ryanair - so why don’t they have parachutes built into the seats aswell? Surely if the plane is going...

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Posted by: Ali Hossain Sep 18, 2014 9:26 AM [UAE]

As a skydiver, you would need to take into account hypoxia - we don't jump at the cruising altitude of commercial airlines (39,000 feet vs 12,500 feet) because the oxygen is too thin and you would likely pass out and be unable to deploy the parachute, if you were lucky enough to exit without getting killed exiting at that speed and air temperature.

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Marriott encourages guests to tip housekeepers

Marriott International is partnering with a powerful women’s organisation in an initiative aimed at encouraging guests to leave tips for their hotel room attendants.The company is placing envelopes in...

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Posted by: John Sep 18, 2014 9:23 AM [UK]

Will the envelopes be pink? A typical example of [the service industry] trying to avoid paying decent wages.

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Qatar's tough new cyber law seen as a crackdown on press freedom

Qatar’s new cybercrime law has been criticised as deliberately ambiguous and a crackdown on freedom of speech.Under the new law, jail terms can be imposed on those who publish content deemed harmful to...

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Posted by: Oldtimer Sep 18, 2014 9:23 AM [UAE]

This from a country that launched Al Jazeera news channel and until recently claimed impartiality of the media and freedom to report the truth, however unpalatable and politically embarrassing it might be. Now the truth is exposed and they are no better than the state-controlled media spouting only censored and convenient news stories. Knew it was too good to last!

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Academy to focus on employment

The latest in the Arabian Business StartUp Academy series takes place on Monday, 22 September, with a workshop based around employment.Two expert speakers will discuss the issues of hiring legally, and...

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Posted by: Martin Hughes Sep 18, 2014 9:22 AM [United Arab Emirates]

How does one sign up for the next Academy?

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