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Basic Human Rights, lacking here

-George Fulton is Full Time Free Lance Journalist, –
We haven’t got a lot to be thankful for these days in Pakistan.

But at least we are not Dubai.

Fed up with loadshedding, bombs, and TV cynicism pervading Pakistan, I recently escaped to Dubai for a holiday. Big mistake. Huge. Ten days later I returned, gasping for Karachi’s polluted, but far sweeter, air. Dubai may have the world’s tallest building and the world’s largest shopping mall, but it also has the world’s tiniest soul. It’s a plastic city built in steel and glass.

It has imported all the worst aspects of western culture (excessive consumption, environmental defilement) without importing any of its benefits (democracy, art). This is a city designed for instant gratification a hedonistic paradise for gluttons to indulge in fast food, fast living and fast women. It’s Las Vegas in a dish dash. You want to eat a gold leaf date? Munch away.

You want to drink a Dhs 3,000 bottle of champagne? Bottoms up. You want a UN selection of hookers at your fingertips? Tres bien. Let’s start with the malls. These cathedrals of capitalism, these mosques of materialism are mausoleums of the living dead. Slack jawed zombies roam around consuming food, clothes and electronics in a desperate attempt to fill the emptiness of their existence.

Whilst at the Mall of the Emirates the azan goes off. Nobody appears to move to the prayer room; everyone’s too busy performing sajda before Stella McCartney, genuflecting before Gucci, and prostrating themselves at Prada. With Dubai, one recalls F Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby.

The people are modern day Gatsbys, buying shirts that they will never wear and books they will never read. Like Fitzgerald’s roaring 20s America, Dubai is a moral failure a society obsessed with wealth and status. Everyone is trying to keep up with the Jones’ or the Javaids. You see the goras with their perma-tans, streaked highlights and their flabby cleavages.

The upwardly mobile South Asian man prances around wearing a silly shirt with a large picture of a polo player on a horse, whilst their women wear oversized sunglasses and carry oversized handbags. And the Arabs walk about with enough gold bling to blind you at ten paces. But not everything that glitters is gold. And Dubai is not only morally bankrupt it is also financially bankrupt.

Lately, Dubai, and its ruler, Sheikh Mohammed Al-Maktoum have been compared to another piece of literature — Percy Shelley’s famous poem Ozymandias, which illustrates the inevitable decline of all leaders and the empires they build. Shelley finishes it thus: Look on my works, ye mighty, and despair! Nothing beside remains.

Round the decay Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare The lone and level sands stretch far away With $80b of debt and a stock and property market that has tanked, the comparisons with Ozymandias are apt. Abu Dhabi may have bailed them out but can Dubai survive as a regional hub in the long-term? Or will this city of hubris built on sand and folly sink back into the dunes a desert mirage that evaporates once the public relations people, the speculators and the tourists disappear?

So for all you naysayers that bemoan Pakistan and its numerous problems please temper your pessimism. Take time to celebrate our cultural, religious, linguistic plurality and richness. Stop the cynicism coursing through your corroded veins. For all its inadequacies, at least we have a democracy.

For all its irresponsibility, at least we have a robust media. For all the police corruption, at least we are not a police state. For all our littering, at least we have paper wallahs. Remind yourself that at least we have a heart. At least we have a soul. At least we are not Dubai.
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Inbound – Outbound from UK to Dubai ?? take a break

List of flights cancelled at UAE airports due to Iceland volcano  

The flights in the UAE have been cancelled due to the drifting cloud of ash caused by a volcanic eruption in Iceland.  A display board show cancelled flights in a terminal 3 Dubai  Airport. Flights in and out of Britain were disrupted on Thursday by the ash cloud. EMIRATES AIRLINES  has so far cancelled 10 flights flying between UK and Dubai and vice versa: •London Heathrow (EK29/030, EK03/04 and EK05/06) •London Gatwick (EK09/10) •Manchester (EK17/18 and EK19/20) •Newcastle (EK35/36) •Birmingham (EK39/40 and EK37/38) •Glasgow (EK27/28) Emirates passengers in transit at Dubai today are being provided with hotel accommodation. Passengers that are yet to depart for UK-bound destinations from other Emirates gateways across the network are being contacted through the airline’s call centres and local offices. The airline has set aside a dedicated check-in area at Emirates Terminal 3 Dubai to look after the requirements of passengers affected by the cancellation of its UK flights today.

Unless european union aviation department clears the airspace safe for airliners, flights will remain suspended.

Shaikh Ahmad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan – 1968 – 2010

1968 - 2010 Shaikh Ahmad

Shaikh Ahmad was reported missing on March 27 2010 after a glider plane crashed into a lake in Morocco., The glider crashed into a lake near the Sidi Mohammad Bin Abdullah Dam near Rabat.

Shaikh Ahmad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan was the younger brother of UAE President His Highness Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan and considered to be a discrete person who was rarely exposed to the media.

He was the incumbent managing director of Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (Adia) – the world’s biggest sovereign wealth fund, which was established in 1976.


Rule of Law Prevails – 17 Indians sentenced

UAE court sentences 17 Indians to death

DNA tests indicated involvement in fatal stabbing incident.


A court in the United Arab Emirates has sentenced 17 Indians to death over the killing of a Pakistani following a dispute involving illegal trade in alcohol, a newspaper reported on Monday. Consumption, possession or trade in alcohol is completely banned in Sharjah.

The Sharia court in Sharjah sentenced the men to death following DNA tests indicating involvement in the fatal stabbing, Khaleej Times reported.

In the UAE, Sharjah is the only emirate where the consumption, possession or trade in alcohol is completely banned.
The sentence is thought to be the largest number of people sentenced to death at one time in the UAE. According to the newspaper, three Pakistanis who survived the attack said that 50 people had assaulted them with knives. Those convicted men are 17-30 years of age

Life & Times of Ruler of Dubai

Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum

Credits – Gulf News

Metro Ticket Inspectors with Questionable Attitude

I was shocked when  I was issued a fine last week, I own & use Gold NOL, at metro between City Centre & MOE the Inspector fined me AED 200 accusing of some malpractice. I tried to explain,  but ended up paying fine.  The Ticket checkers (Inspectors) at the Metro are quiet annoying, adamant, rude & arrogant.

The most annoying part is, they only know how to find fault and impose fine. They are ruthless, mannerless and Brain less.


Open Competition

The 2 of telecom service providers are now open to compete without prior approvals from Govt authorities.

Means, healthy compteition and users benefits from it at maximum.

readers please keep your eyes and ears open and stay tuned to this blog for update on this.

It is expected that there will be sizeable cut down on tariffs soon

Reviving to Live & Survive in Dubai

Emiratis working for the federal Government will receive a 70 per cent rise in their basic salary.

Dec 2009 announcement means the basic monthly salary of ministerial undersecretaries, who are at the highest grade of federal government positions, will increase from Dh31,250 (US$8,500) to Dh53,125. The lowest-grade government workers will see their basic pay rise from Dh1,175 to Dh2,000.


The scale also applies to jobs at bodies under the jurisdiction of the federal Government, including nurses and doctors in Ministry of Health hospitals, and teachers in state schools. The new levels do not apply to expatriates working in the same roles.

The announcement of the move, revealed in the Government’s official gazette, is an amendment to legislation passed last year and was made by the ministerial Cabinet headed by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, the Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. It will also mean higher retirement benefits for workers.


“The longer you’re in service, the higher your pay raise,” Obiousbly

Expatriates & private sector employees have to wait for such an announcement. – 

Protection to Lenders

The new law is drafted & finalised, issued to protect the lenders.
The law facilitates redemption of funds fraudulently seized by individuals from either public or private money. Under the new law, convicted persons will face 5 to 20 years imprisonment. The law permits immediate release of convicts once they fully return the money to their lawful owners or through settlement agreements negotiated with their debtors.

Imprisoned convicts will be granted access to conduct all necessary external communications that guarantee timely redemption of funds.

The law is of an immediate effect and to be published in the official gazette

Designed to protect Dubai’s economic interests and preserve financial rights of individuals, the new law comes in line with Dubai’s ongoing efforts to eradicate all forms of fraud, enhancing the emirate’s position as a leading global business hub.
His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, today issued a law imposing tough penalties aimed to safeguard public and private funds in Dubai.

Jan 04 2010 – Burj dubai opening

3183118742The world’s tallest tower, Burj Dubai, will be inaugurated on January 4, 2010.

The definite height of the building is still unknown, but it is understood that the tower will reach more than 800 metres.

The inauguration will take place under the patronage of His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, on January 4, the fourth anniversary of the accession of Shaikh Mohammad. The Burj Dubai is the tallest man-made structure ever built. Its construction began on September 21, 2004.

The building is part of the flagship development ‘Downtown Burj Dubai’ along Shaikh Zayed Road, near Dubai’s main business district.

The tower’s architect was Adrian Smith, who worked with Skidmore, Owings and Merrill until 2006. The Chicago-based architecture and engineering firm SOM was in charge of the project.

The primary builder is South Korean Samsung Engineering & Construction, which also built the Taipei 101 and Petronas Twin Towers.

Turner Construction Company was chosen as the construction manager. The total budget for the Burj Dubai project is about $4.1 billion (Dh15.1 billion).

The primary structural system of the tower is reinforced concrete.

Burj Dubai’s construction has used 330,000 cubic metres of concrete and 39,000 tonnes of steel rebar, and has taken 22 million man-hours.

It is a project of Emmar Developers

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