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Waking from its sleep July 24, 2009

Filed under: U.A.E. — visnar @ 09:46

the economistA quiet revolution has begun in the Arab world; it will be complete only when the last failed dictatorship is voted out [The Economist]

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What ails the Arabs?
They are a dynamic and inventive people whose long and proud history includes fabulous contributions to art, culture, science and, of course, religion.
The score of modern Arab states, on the other hand, have been impressive mainly for their consistent record of failure.

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In a special report this week on the Arab world they argue that behind the political stagnation a great social upheaval is under way. Fertility is in decline; more people, especially women, are becoming educated; businessmen want a bigger say in economies dominated by the state; a revolution in satellite television has broken the spell of the state-run media and created a public that wants the rulers to explain themselves as never before.

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In the cover leader they argue that the old pattern of Arab government—corrupt, opaque and authoritarian—has failed on every level and does not deserve to survive. Read

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Poorly made July 20, 2009

Filed under: Generally,U.A.E. — visnar @ 10:22

Why are so many Chinese products poorly made?

Want to know how that lead got into your kid’s toys?
Why brand-name goods come in containers that fall apart?
How radioactive cookery ended up on store shelves?

A new book out by Paul Midler: Poorly Made In China, promises the inside scoop on why products made in China are as shoddy (and often as dangerous) as seemingly possible.

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As a former consultant to American importers, Midler has worked on the frontlines of Chinese manufacturing. The National Review describes one of the strategies he covers in the book:

From the point of view of a Chinese manufacturer, the world is divided into “first” and “second” markets. In the first market – North America, Western Europe, Japan, Australia, and some lesser outposts of legal order – new product designs originate, and the designs are protected by patent, trademark, and copyright laws.

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Chinese manufacturers want business relationships with customers in these places — so much so that they’ll even sometimes sell to them below cost. But then they’ll turn around and

…sell knock-offs of their designs to Latin America and the Middle East, where intellectual-property protection is not so valued. This arbitrage game explains the curious fact that Chinese-made products are often more expensive in the developing world than in the U.S.A. That’s where the profits are made.

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Read the review in the Economist. Scary, fascinating, enthralling…

 

go green now July 10, 2009

Filed under: Generally,U.A.E. — visnar @ 09:39

Going Green does not call for making dramatic changes to your lifestyle. It is simply fine tuning your daily activities which result in a major contribution towards energy conservation.

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Here are a few pointers:

1. Save energy to save money

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Yas Marina Circuit’s ‘Virtual Driver Experience’ goes live July 1, 2009

Filed under: U.A.E. — visnar @ 21:04

The Virtual Driver Experience can be played online by visiting
www.yasmarinacircuit.com.

Motorsports fans around the world can now drive the spectacular new Yas Marina Circuit,
months
before Jenson Button, Lewis Hamilton, and the rest of the professional
drivers arrive for the first
Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
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Dubai Urbanization Timelapse June 8, 2009

Filed under: U.A.E. — visnar @ 16:47

Satellite images of Dubai over a long period of time, showing the “construction” of a massive artificial island shaped like a palm tree.

 

Al Saheel Show April 26, 2009

Filed under: U.A.E. — visnar @ 18:29

Al Saheel: The Voice of the Horses

Spectacular equine-themed show that celebrates the grace and beauty of the Arabian horse, and traces its influences around the world. Al Saheel combines music, lighting, sound, costumes, dancers, and stunning performance horses from around the world.

 

Record Drive up Jebel Hafeet April 9, 2009

Filed under: U.A.E. — visnar @ 18:19

UAE champion rally driver Mohammed bin Sulayem set the first official record time up Jebel Hafeet last month with the Nissan GT-R: 3 minutes, 29 seconds.