Archive for June, 2006

Sufis, saxophone and the sheikh next door

Friday, June 30th, 2006

Here is my definition of good art: Good Art Should Bend Your Mind. I got my mind bent in a good way yesterday. Along with a few hundred Ammanis I was at Darat al Funun for a Hadra. A performance of religious Nasheeds and prayers. As I arrived at the outdoor performance I glanced at [...]

Is Emirates the sole global brand from Arabia?

Wednesday, June 28th, 2006

Just wrote a post about this on AdBlogArabia. Watching the world cup games in Germany gives you a good overview of the global brand map. From the top of my mind I can remember Toshiba, Yahoo, Coca Cola, Budweiser, Avaya (what the heck does Avaya do?) and the lone ranger from the lands (or shall [...]

Attack of the chinese blog spammers (and why Safari’s Javascript sucks and Camino’s rules)

Sunday, June 25th, 2006

Over the past few weeks I’ve been getting hundreds of spam comments a day, apparently from Chinese blog spammers. The spam comments are quite long and fill up a really tall web page. I have not upgraded to WordPress 2 yet and haven’t gotten around to installing blog spam protection (coming soon, believe me!). So [...]

Umnia sold to Batelco for 415 million dollars

Sunday, June 25th, 2006

Amazing news this morning. Umnia has been sold to Batelco (Bahrain Telecom) for 415 million dollars. Not bad for a company that is only one year old. Also not bad for Michael Dagher, the Lebanese American entrepreneur, who came to Jordan originally to head up Fastlink and who is a major shareholder in Umnia. This [...]

The tallest towers of dubai (and the tallest post on my blog)

Thursday, June 22nd, 2006

Just received this amazing diagram from a friend. I rotated it for fun. Only info about the maker of this diagram is a hotmail address and the word ‘COMMANDA’. One thing I didn’t know was that there is a building simply called ‘Al-Burj’ (The Tower) that is even taller than Burj Dubai. Crazy stuff.

The World Cup: controlling the flow of images

Thursday, June 22nd, 2006

MEDIA | Watching the World Cup on TV has been made expensive for many people. Ahmad Humeid surveys the signs of a consumer backlash and the appearance alternative forms of media around the event Football is not round. The ball that the 22 men kick around on the field might be spherical, but the global [...]

A question for the Israeli blogosphere!!

Wednesday, June 21st, 2006

Another Israeli missile attack on Gaza has, again, wiped out the life of three Palestinian children: a brother and a sister (aged 5 and 6) and another 16 year old teen. Expressing my anger on this blog won’t bring these children back. Lamenting the ‘shame of the Arabs’ will not prevent the killing of yet [...]