Archive for March, 2010

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

UAE – Most networked economy


Strong support and priority by the UAE government to the information and communication technology (ICT) sector raised the UAE’s ranking among the world’s most networked economies globally by four positions to 23rd place in a latest study. According to the World Economic Forum’s latest The Global Information Technology Report 2009-10, the UAE’s impressive performance in recent years has been driven by a strong and consistent government focus on ICT – second and 29th for government readiness and usage, respectively — as a key factor for its vision for the future.

The government has not only been quite successful in promoting ICT diffusion, but is widely using it to improve its efficiency, albeit government online services and e-participation remain low, said the report.

Among the country’s many other strengths are its outstanding individual preparation and ICT usage together with its ICT-conducive market environment.

Life & Times of Ruler of Dubai

Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum

Credits – Gulf News

who’s who @ DUBAI World

Sultan Ahmad Bin Sulayem

Jamal Majid Bin Thaniah

Ports and Free Zones World

Mohammad Sharaf
DP World

· Operator of 49 marine terminals and 12 new developments

Salma Hareb
Economic Zones World

· Techno Park
· Dubai Auto Zone


Chris O Donnell

· Palm Jumeirah
· Palm Jebel Ali
· Palm Deira
· The World
· Jumeirah Islands
· Jumeirah Village
· Jumeirah Park
· Jumeirah Heights
· Discovery Gardens
· International City
· The Gardens
· Al Furjan


Saeed Ahmad Saeed

· UAE: Arabian Canal, Downtown Jebel Ali
· Saudi Arabia: Al Wasl
· Jordan: Sanaya Amman
· Malaysia: Puteri Harbour
· Vietnam: Halong Star
· Russia: Khimki Region, Moscow, Russia


David Jackson

· Istithmar World Capital
· Istithmar World
· Istithmar World Aviation Holdings


Jeff Taylor

· Drydocks World: Scandinavia, Japan, Southeast Asia, Singapore
· Labroy Marine Pte Ltd
· PT Batam Maritime Centre
· Platinum Yachts
· Platinum Yachts Managements
· Palm Marine


Abdul Wahed Al Ulama

· Auchan
· Ibn Battuta Mall
· Dragon Mart

DMC (Dubai Maritime City)

Amer Ali

· Maritime Centre
· Harbour Offices
· HarbourResidences
· Dubai Maritime City Campus
· Marina District
· Industrial Precinct managed by Drydocks World Dubai

DMCC (Dubai Multi Commodities Centre)

Ahmad Bin Sulayem

· Dubai Gold and Commodities Exchange
· Dubai Cotton Centre
· Dubai Commodity Asset Management
· Dubai Diamond Exchange
· Dubai Gold Securities
· Dubai Tea Trading Centre
· Global Multi Commodities Receipt
· Int’l Diamond Labaratories

Companies and/or projects mentioned do not reflect complete listing

Dubai World in numbers

$80b was the total value of Nakheel’s assets – at its peak in 2008
$59b has been the outstanding total debts of Dubai World as at November 2009
$26b worth of debts is being restructured
$6b worth of sukuks are up for payment (between December 2009 and June 2010)
$4.1b is being paid to sukuk holders
$21.9b will have to be paid after restructuring of Dubai World 
$25b raised by Dubai Government through bonds and support fund
$80b is estimated to be the total debt of Dubai Government and its commercial entities

Revitalise the Education System – Not Money making centres

How many brains does the silkworm have? “Eleven,” Siham Ebrahim replies with confidence.

siham ebrahim aka Umm Ra'afat

Siham shot into popularity across the Arab world by winning Dh250,000 in the Arabic version of the game show, Who wants to be a Millionaire, on the pan-Arab satellite channel MBC.

Umm Ra’afat, as the 52-year-old Palestinian mother of 12 is popularly known, is a treasure trove of general information and has an elephantine memory. In fact she makes a living from her participation in general knowledge-based game shows.

Reflecting the sentiments of many parents across the Arab region that the education system needs changes and upgrading, Siham said she still depends on what she herself studied, in teaching her children, though nearly 34 years have passed since she left school.

“Thank God, I still depend on the information stored in the back of my memory. Some times, “daily pressures of my life make me sometimes drift away from what I am reading.”

  • 1,000 books in Siham’s home library
  • 7,500 questions included in her first book
  • 34 years have passed since Siham left school

Image Credit  – Abdul Rahman Gulf News

Earth Hour


At 8:30pm on Saturday, 27 March, lights will go out in homes, office buildings, town halls and public spaces across the globe – from the world’s tallest building in Dubai, to San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge… and in YOUR living room!

Switch off your lights for one hour. That is all it takes for you to partipate along with millions of people in the single largest mass statement on climate change and be part of WWF’s Earth Hour.

Earth Hour is more than just turning off the lights for one hour once a year. When we do this together, when whole cities go dark, we send a strong message to our leaders about the threats of global warming and that we can work together to create a sustainable future for our planet.

Last year, 4,000 cities in 88 countries took part in the international celebration of darkness. This year you can help make it even bigger.

Join the movement

Schools for education – Business Gold mines

Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) has admitted that some private schools in the UAE have become “over-commercialised”.

KHDA chair Dr Abdullah Al Karam also reiterated his stance that the school fee hikes that have become commonplace over the last few years, are not justified in 2010.

“According to our records as a regulator, for the last three years, the schools increased their fees by an average of eight percent – just the tuition,” Al Karam

Pricey school fees and high teacher turnover are driving a spike in applications from UAE pupils to private schools in the UK, a British education consultancy has said.

Parents based in the UAE are considering UK boarding schools over local private schools as economic insecurities price them out of the market, as stated by spokesperson of Sue Anderson Consultants (SAC), a firm that works with overseas families to place pupils in UK schools.

“The schools are good [in the UAE] but they get full. There is the issue of waiting lists. And the prices definitely play a role,” she said speaking on the sidelines of an education event in Dubai.

Hamid al-Qatami, Minister of Education, confirmed that a total of 50 initiatives would be introduced within the new framework to be completed by 2020.

The performance of teachers will be evaluated with training programmes set up for each individual. Incentive systems will also be introduced which will be linked to performance.

Brothel or Business Hub

Lately Dubai has emerged as brothel of Middle East females from age group 19 to 30 of asia pacific, uzbik, russian, pakistani, indian are landing under the cover of beauticians, gym assistants, massage specialists.

despite the blockage of websites like, gulf adultfriendfinders etc etc plenty of websites under blog names are offering companionship and sexual time out.

seems like dubai police is hoodwinking as this blogger has interviewed many many local families and expat families. They are moving to Sharjah prime reason of safety & privacy within the residential complexes in Dubai.

Off late, the Sex worker ladies are landing from countries which are under VISA on Arrival rule,  in Dubai for making money.

Authorities need to check…..!…. before Dubai is painted RED District of Middle East  

Where there is demand there is always ways of supplies

Nature Call

It started on Friday, continued till Saturday. Saturday & Sunday was a HAVOC for those who dare to drive between Dubai & Sharjah

The Dubai Police’s Operations Room reported 170 road accidents during the first hours of the heavy rains that lashed the country on Saturday night.

Colonel Omar Al Shamsi, Director of
Dubai Police’s Command and Control Room, said there were 21 serious road accidents, 16 moderate accidents and 133 minor accidents. Colonel Al Shamsi said the control room also received 3,415 phone calls for help.

It will be a while before conditions return to normalcy.

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