For the relaunch of The National’s website I was asked to research, write and edit a resident’s guide for newcomers to the UAE. The Guide, as it became known, is divided into three sections: practical advice for day-to-day living; social tips for enjoying free time; and a final section on the heritage and culture of 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 […]
A cruise through the fjords of Musandam, an Omani peninsula on the northern tip of the UAE. The area, which meets the Strait of Hormuz, used to be a communications hub for the region and is still a popular trade route. Dolphins still greet visitors on the traditional Arabian-style dhows.