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20/07/2016

With relationships, we find happiness in our own way

"I just got so tired of Arab men and their games."This month, a Saudi friend announced that she is marrying an American man. She is one of seven friends who, over the past two years, have found love and the man of their dreams outside their community and culture.She is the third to marry an American. Two others married Italians, one married a French man and the other married a Canadian. While we shouldn’t really be making a big deal of nationalities, what is interesting is that all of these women were in their thirties and had been marked “expired"...
13/07/2016

Does this region suffer from the foreigner complex?

Trust your local products. This was one of the recurring themes in TV commercials aired during Ramadan, when besides the lavish series and soap operas, a lot of airtime and money is spent every year on commercials that have been specially commissioned for this time of year.In some ways, these ads trigger debate and capture the pulse of public opinion.For instance, in this push to take pride in local products, one Egyptian ad went as far as criticising those suffering from “uqdet el khawaja" (the foreigner complex), referring to how Arabs prefer to work with and buy from foreigners than...
09/06/2016

What orphans taught me about unconditional love

Children for sale. However horrific that statement may sound, it has become a reality for many children from war-torn countries.There have been plenty of reports about this topic, from refugee families selling their children out of desperation to cases of refugee children who lost their parents becoming targets of human trafficking, child slavery and black market organ donors.Millions of children have lost their childhood, and not only do they have to live with painful scars of loss and fear, but their future is also bleak.Colleagues in host countries told me they were approached by children offering themselves and their services...

09/06/2016

Ramadan television can tackle some taboo topics

A woman is abusing her maid by hitting her, cursing at her and bullying her to the point of tears.A mother is hitting her child, roughing up the little boy with a shake and finally a few more spanks, causing him to cry even louder before dragging him off.A couple is arguing, the man raises his voice before slapping the woman, and then pulls her out of the mall. What would you do? Just give them an evil look? Would you call the police? Would you go over and try to guide them away from their abusive behavoir? These are...
11/05/2016

Marriage is much more than a fancy wedding day and a big dowry

At a time when more women are finding it difficult to meet someone who wants to settle down, and the reasons for that are many – including the impact of apps such as Tinder, which give men the feeling they always have more options – we should make it easier on them.Masoud Al Ahbabi is doing just that. As reported in The National, instead of demanding expensive gifts, large payments and lavish weddings, Mr Al Ahbabi’s dowry requirements for six of his daughters were simple: Arabic coffee and dates.Rather than have his future sons-in-law stump up money for sumptuous banquets...

04/05/2016

Slowly, progress is being made on animal rights

At a time when newspapers are filled with tragic tales from around the world, there is, occasionally, some good news. After spending their entire lives in cruel conditions, 33 lions arrived in South Africa after being rescued from South American circuses, in what is being hailed as “the largest airlift of lions" in history.“These lions have suffered tremendously," said Jan Creamer, president of Animal Defenders International. “It is a wonderful feeling to bring them back to their home."When they are not targets for hunters, animals are sought after for entertainment and profit by circuses or individuals who want exotic pets...
28/04/2016

A book buyer explains the process of choosing which books go on sale in the UAE

Being a book buyer might sound like a dream job for book lovers, but it involves a lot more than just reading. A buyer must be good with numbers and managing budgets. They need sales and negotiation skills, and there’s the responsibility of finding new titles – usually about 100 each month – to add to the shelves.Christopher Clothier is a 32-year-old from the United Kingdom who’s a senior book buyer at Virgin Megastore Middle East. He moved to Dubai in January, with more than a decade of experience in the industry, having worked as a book buyer for the...
27/04/2016

The one question everybody is asking: who am I?

In an era of globalisation, many people are starting to feel like minorities. They feel marginalised, that their identities and “distinctness" are threatened, and they are unsure where they belong and who they are in a sea of global trends, tastes and values. One of the things being questioned is the Arab identity.Just before his death in 1998, the Syrian poet Nizar Qabbani wrote a poem that is applicable today and, unfortunately, probably will be for a long time. He wrote: “About a homeland that is searching for a place / And about a nation that no longer has a...

20/04/2016

What does your nickname reveal about you?

Farid Shawqi was known as “Wahesh" (monster or ultimate villain), Soad Hosny was the “Cinderella" of Egyptian cinema and Shadia, so beloved by her public that she became known as “Maabouda Al Jamaheer", roughly translated as fans’ idol. Like these Egyptian stars of the golden age of cinema, we all aspire to be remembered for something. Even if it is of a cartoonish nature. “People rarely call me by my given name, they call me Captain Majid or Mowgli," said Amal Hawijeh, the voice in two popular Arabic-dubbed Japanese anime of the 1980s. The crooner Sami Clark of Lebanon sometimes...
16/04/2016

The search for a happy life begins in the home

“Cheerfulness is a bounty …" – Prophet Mohammed.In the formative years of the UAE, the late Sheikh Zayed, its founder, had many visions for his country.One of them he shared in 1974 with Abdulrahman Makhlouf, who was the man behind the Abu Dhabi city master plan.“Sheikh Zayed wanted people who live here to feel happy", recalls the Egyptian urban planner, who also holds UAE citizenship. “As Sheikh Zayed discussed this concept, I was reminded of what the Greek philosopher Plato said about the ideal city, that in addition to fulfilling its basic function of providing shelter and protection to its...
13/04/2016

There is no sell-by date on ‘leftovers’ or love

In an era when more and more women have greater power over their own destiny, there are still some powerful battles being fought. These are often societal ones, in which social pressure dictates how one should live one’s life.A campaign launched in China by the skincare brand SK-II features videos of women who are courageously trying to #changedestiny by standing up against the pressure of being labelled as “leftover woman". When you aren’t married by your late twenties, that is the label you get and have to live with. You watch, as parents post their daughters’ and sons’ profiles at...