Archive for the 'Analogue life' Category

“Chained by my identity to a destiny that isn’t mine.. and yet I don’t leave”

Sunday, February 26th, 2006

The Desert Pundit writes:

Desert Pundit: Late night rambling

“I stand here, a very “westernized” Arab, wondering if I belong here anymore. I wake up to hear about mosques being blown up and reprisal killings, about journalists being executed, about death cultists who wanted to blow an oil facility. In my land everything changes but the […]

Dumb US Senators and dumber bloggers

Saturday, February 25th, 2006

If you have been following business news lately you surely have heard about Dubai-based Dubai Ports taking over global port giant P&O. Pretty impressive stuff for Dubai.

The US Congress is not happy about the deal and some senators are trying to stir up a scare about an Arab company ‘running’ some US ports.

Guess who’s one […]

Aqaba doubles its fast food offerings, with a bang!

Saturday, February 18th, 2006

While in Aqaba on Friday, I heard that the Ayla Park project would be opened that evening. I was there in time for the big fireworks and the loud Arabic pop music. The Ayla park is a retail development project that mainly features, at the moment, fast food outlets. So this is something geared toward […]

Dubai to get a ‘book shaped’ public library

Sunday, February 12th, 2006

Dubai is clearly trying to inject some ‘culture’ into its mix of business, shopping and leisure. Good! But of course, this being a Dubai project, it needs to have some ‘gimmick’ aspect to it. The building will be shaped like an open book. Hmmm.


Dubai Municipality to construct new premises for Dubai Central Library in […]

Another Denmark

Wednesday, February 8th, 2006

A lot of interaction between Arabs, muslims and Europeans has been happening on 360east, which I guess I really good :)

I received the following comment/statement from Danish reader Carsten Agger, which I publish here in full.

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The publication of the ‘toons in the Danish newspaper was obviously not in defence of freedom of speech, […]

Between Germany and Dubai: two worlds, two mindsets | Part I

Tuesday, February 7th, 2006

I frequently travel to Dubai and Germany. Many of my personal and business relationships are located in these two places. And I found myself explaining one place to the other on many occasions.

In a certain sense, Germany and Dubai cannot be more different. Trying to make decision in life and business while trying to keep […]

Decision time for global muslim culture: end the cycle of hate or feed it?

Monday, February 6th, 2006

Burning embassies! Trampling on the flags of Denmark and Norway! Death threats to Europeans! Glorifying 9/11! Men and women with crazy, violent expressions on their faces and Qurans in their hands! These are the images that have stuck with global audiences over the last tow days.

When, a few days ago, hateful anti Denmark […]