Not since Don Revie quit as England manager to take charge of the UAE in 1977 has Middle East football been so intensely under the media spotlight. As the recriminations over England’s failed bid to secure the 2018 World Cup continue, it is the winner of the following tournament that has proved more intriguing. The … Read moreQatar 2022: the ‘sterile’ World Cup?
When it came it was not unexpected, but it was still met with shock. “BlackBerry services in the UAE will be suspended from October”, the statement from the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) read, signalling the possible end of a love-affair with the devices for 500,000 of the Gulf state’s 8.2m residents. They are a favourite … Read moreBlackBerry ban in the UAE?
For every spectacular goal scored, or dive unpunished, World Cup audiences in the Middle East are on the edge of their seats for reasons that have nothing to do with the action in Johannesburg, Rustenburg, Cape Town or any of South Africa’s proud sporting stadia.
Bored one weekend I travelled down to the Abu Dhabi International Hunting Exhibition (ADIHEX). It’s difficult to describe so I’ll let the pictures do the talking but if readers from the UK can imagine the Birmingham National Exhibition Centre filled with over-the-top recreational vehicles, live animals, firearms, hunting trophies and dodgy stalls offering ‘hunting’ trips; then you get the idea.
There’s no stopping it, it’s like summer in the desert, completely disorientating and painful to even think about. Normally sane people rush around making other plans that usually involve flights to faraway lands but know, deep down, it will still have a negative effect on their being. Yes, Sex and the City 2 is upon us.
After the editor of the China Economic Times lost his job because of an investigative report by one of his reporters, I was reminded of a revealing talk I attended by two of the country’s leading media figures and the lessons to be learned.