Qatar 2022: the ‘sterile’ World Cup?

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 […]

BlackBerry ban in the UAE?

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 […]

Al Jazeera’s World Cup blackout leaves ITV in the shade

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.

Best of ADIHEX – an orgy of bad taste

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.

A traditional Arabic rowing race

Filmed along Abu Dhabi’s corniche, this was the annual rowing race held to commemorate the four colours in the UAE flag

Sex in (some other) City

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.

Censorship in China and journalists who say ‘no’

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.

Pro Golfers taking part in the Race to Dubai final visit Yas Marina

Golfers including, Ian Poulter, took time out from the Race to Dubai tournament for a ‘hot lap’ around the Yas Marina F1 Circuit down the road in Abu Dhabi.

Abu Dhabi Media Summit: Live blog

A live blog I completed over three days in March 2010 for The National newspaper. Guest speakers included News International chairman Rupert Murdoch, Eric Schmidt of Google and many more. Enjoy. Media Summit live blog: launch date March 9th 2010

Arabian beekeeping

An interview with a traditional beekeeper at his hives in Al Shahama, near Abu Dhabi.