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10 Inspirational Arab Proverbs

Proverbs are a special way to gain insight into one’s culture. Proverbs, through the power of anecdotal messages and meanings, allow for various cultures and societies to share a common idea, While they showcase a universal cultural message, they also highlight the unique nature of various cultures and societies. Proverbs are …

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Salem Al Badwawi gets Tolerance Award

Salem Abdullah Bin Nabhan Al Badwawi, an officer of the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs Dubai (GDRFA), who shot to prominence following his noble gesture of offering his car to a stranded family at Hatta border recently has been awarded the inaugural International Tolerance Award. Al Badwawi’s gesture …

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New HR law for Dubai government approved

His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, on Sunday approved a new human resources law for Dubai Government. The law recognises the possibility of appointment on the basis of “remote work” and gives people of determination an additional …

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Damascus: The Charm of an Ancient City

by Ibaa Younis*   Damascus is the capital of Syria and one of the most ancient and continuously inhabited cities in the world. The city is clearly divided into two parts; old and new. In this sense, it combines the present time features and the deep-rootedness of the past. The charm …

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Maradona appears to collapse as Argentina win

Paramedics tended to Argentina legend Diego Maradona after he fell ill after cheering on his country as they scored late against Nigeria to stay in the World Cup on Tuesday, according to reports. Maradona, 57, had been visibly emotional during the match in Saint Petersburg that Argentina had to win …

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Denmark bans burqa, niqab

Denmark has joined some other European countries in banning garments that cover the face, including Islamic veils such as the niqab or burqa. In a 75-30 vote with 74 absentees, Danish lawmakers on Thursday approved the law presented by Denmark’s centre-right governing coalition. The government says that it is not …

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Fourth MEPRA Leadership Majlis Brings Together Almost 200 Industry Leaders to Discuss Fake News, CEO Activism, Communications Leadership and More

The Middle East Public Relations Association (MEPRA) hosted the fourth Leadership Majlis today, the year’s major communications conference in Abu Dhabi. The 2018 edition brought together almost 200 industry professionals from more than 40 organisations, to uncover the industry’s biggest challenges trends and opportunities. Speakers included senior leaders from The …

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BOOK REVIEW – ‘Tower of the Stork’ by Dima Al Samman

Reviewed by: Wasan Abu-Baker*   Dima Al Samman, is a contemporary Jerusalemite Palestinian novelist. She was born and raised in ancient Jerusalem and earned her bachelor’s degree in linguistics from Birzeit University.  She received a High Diploma in Television Direction and is currently the Director General of the Palestinian Ministry …

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The Return of Sufism to the UAE

By Haytham Mouzahem* The past two decades have witnessed a reemergence of Sufism in the Gulf states. The phenomenon may be understood, in part, as a reaction to the extremism of “Salafi jihadism”: Gulf states opposed to the extremist strand have begun to welcome Sufi scholars from other Muslim countries …

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Beirut Arab University (BAU) Signs a Partnership with Cambridge Assessment English to Adopt Cambridge English Qualifications

Students at Beirut Arab University (BAU) will now be able to gain prestigious Cambridge English certificates, thanks to a new agreement. BAU will be formally recognizing Cambridge English Qualifications, in addition to working with Cambridge English on several research and leadership programs. Students will be encouraged to prepare for Cambridge …

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My New Novel, BEAR

by Graham E. Fuller (grahamefuller.com), 2 April 2018   I am happy to announce to interested readers the publication of my new novel, BEAR. Some may recall from my blog a few years back the publication of my first novel: “Breaking Faith: a novel of espionage and an American’s crisis …

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Flexing your Intellectual Muscles: Indo-Pacific Conflict Scenarios, in Fact and Fiction!

By Emad El-Din Aysha, PhD*   Attended a very interesting lecture the other day with a deceptively simple title: “The Dynamics of the Indo-Pacific Region: The Challenges and Opportunities for Japan”, by Professor Satoru Mori from the Hosei University in Tokyo, Japan. (Faculty of Law, Department of Global Politics; little …

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$1m Global Prize winner in Dubai

A UK teacher has won the Global Teacher Prize, worth $1 million (Dh3.67 million), on Sunday night in Dubai. Andria Zafirakou was selected from among 10 international finalists who had flown in for the two-day Global Education and Skills Forum (GESF), held at Atlantis, The Palm, and organised by the …

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