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19 people arrested for eating in public during Ramadan

Kuwaiti authorities have arrested 19 people for eating in public during Ramadan, Kuwait Times reported.The men and women included an American and Dutch girl caught eating on the side of a road during the...

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Posted by: Peter Peter Jul 20, 2014 2:30 PM [UAE]

I have just returned from South Africa and saw that Muslim cooks were cooking and serving others even while they were fasting. In Indonesia the world's largest muslim country, as far as I know , there are no such rules. Surely you fast out of conviction and do not rely up on others observing restrictions to make your life easy.

Look at the hardship the construction and other labourers face woking in the hot sun without access to water while the people who pass these laws relax in their air conditioned homes or offices.

This is one more "strange" fact of life in the middle east - just as strange as " it is against the law to drink alcohol" but every hotel has a bar and the duty free shops in all GCC airports mint money selling liquor - some even in the month of Ramadan.

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British expat mothers in Gulf caught up in passports fiasco

Many British expat families are being forced to spend the hot summer season in the Gulf as a 12 year high in passport applications means they face long delays securing documentation for their newborn children...

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Posted by: Steve Wonder Jul 20, 2014 2:30 PM [UAE]

Was it me but I only had to wait for 4 weeks to get my new UK Passport? That was during May this year and it was clearly stated to me on the web it would take about 4 to 6 weeks.

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Dubai One to shut down TV production, 80% of staff laid off

Dubai One, the English-language television station run by Dubai Media Incorporated (DMI), is preparing to shut down production and lay off 80 percent of its staff, three sources have told Arabian Business...

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Posted by: sam Jul 21, 2014 12:42 PM [UAE]

touché Marouf!
Channel 33 was awesome, and back then were awesome times!!
Chanel One was always lame, and well, UN-NATURAL. so are all they're presenters and cast.

CHANNEL 33, YOU ROCKED!

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Is there no limit to where Emirates NBD will go?

I recently received a text message from my bank that literally made me gasp. Emirates NBD was informing me that my credit card limit would automatically be almost tripled – without seeking my approval...

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Posted by: WHJ Jul 21, 2014 7:25 PM [UAE]

@KwJ. I wouldn't be misled by the misguided advice mentioned here below. Skipping payments will undermine your credit worthiness.
Cynicism is not wisdom.

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UAE announces 9-day Eid Al Fitr holiday

UAE public sector workers have been given a nine-day holiday for Eid Al Fitr, which marks the end of Ramadan, it was confirmed on Sunday.“Eid Al Fitr holiday for federal ministries and departments will...

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Posted by: cliff Jul 21, 2014 6:26 PM [uae]

Hard to believe Emiratisation in the private sector is proving so hard...

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Dubai expat mourns family members killed in Ukraine air crash

A Filipino expat based in Dubai it reported to have lost an aunt, uncle and two cousins on board the Malaysian Airlines flight that was shot down over the skies of eastern Ukraine.“It’s a black day,” Ron...

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Posted by: Shanti Jul 20, 2014 2:01 PM [UAE]

What is the body like United Nations doing? What is their primary job besides Tax less income and enjoying high life? Where the world is turning into....back to stone age / war age or what? What are the leaders doing? Why humans kill humans....and what for? Don't they know that death is ultimate for every living thing in this world and nothing is immortal? Pity you rebels of all kinds.

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MBC chief says Dubai offers "complete press freedom"

Dubai remains the best launch-pad for media outlets that wish to flourish in a region dominated by government intervention and censorship, a top media official has said.This is one of the reasons why a...

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Posted by: john Jul 20, 2014 12:18 PM [UAE]

If this is the case then why are MBC programmes censored?

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Gulf diplomats use immunity to dodge UK drink driving charges

A handful of Arab diplomats last year avoided prosecution in the UK for offences such as drink driving and public order offence on the grounds of diplomatic immunity, according to official UK government...

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Posted by: Doug Jul 21, 2014 1:51 PM [UAE]

Maybe I'm being extremely ignorant here, but I would assume the ambassadors of Arab countries would be Muslims and therefore obviously wouldn't be drinking alcohol and therefore couldn't be drink-driving, surely?

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Dubai Int'l northern runway set to reopen on July 21

Dubai International’s northern runway is set to reopen on July 21, ending an 80-day runway refurbishment and upgrade programme, it has been confirmed.The runway is undergoing certification by the General...

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Posted by: Non-Muslim Jul 20, 2014 12:16 PM [Non-Gulf]

Does this solve DXB's general problem of those really nasty, extended holding patterns (up to one hour doing circles) to be flown by arriving aircraft?

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Doha Bank sees no layoffs in Islamic business

Doha Bank will not lay off any employees impacted by the Qatar central bank's ban on conventional banks engaging in Islamic finance, its chief executive said on Monday.Raghavan Seetharaman said the bank...

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Posted by: Ayoola Rasaq Akanni Jul 20, 2014 9:15 AM [Nigeria]

True experience is the best teacher

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