Blog archive: Uae

  • 22nd October 2014
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    The other day I got into a discussion with a friend who works in the United Arab Emirates. The UAE, he told me, is making a useful contribution to the international battle against ISIS – and not just militarily: its government promotes a "moderate" version of Islam and controls religious activity...
  • 6th September 2014
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Loai Mohammed Deeb: ran a university from his home The Scandinavian University, established in Norway in 2007 and closed three years later, boasted of having 175 professors and more than 300 lecturers, plus a wide range of courses stretching from engineering and economics to sharia and...
  • 4th September 2014
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Two British men have been reported missing after travelling to Qatar to investigate the treatment of Nepalese migrant workers there. The assumption is that the Qatari authorities did not like what they were doing, and arrested them. Migrant workers in Qatar, especially in the...
  • 3rd July 2014
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Tony Blair's unofficial activities in the Middle East are looking increasingly dodgy – and increasingly incompatible with his official role as the Quartet's peace envoy. Yesterday, the Guardian caused a stir with a story that Blair is to advise Egypt's Sisi regime on economic reform "...
  • 21st June 2014
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    "Individuals and organisations in London with connections to the Muslim Brotherhood are behind a series of media attacks on the UAE," the Emirati newspaper, The National, reported on Wednesday. The paper certainly went to town on the story, with a news report, a 3,000-word ...
  • 6th February 2014
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    A United Nations investigator provided a rare glimpse into the workings of the UAE’s justice system yesterday. At the end of a nine-day official visit to the Emirates, Gabriela Knaul, the Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers, presented her initial findings in a news...
  • 27th November 2013
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    A 29-year-old American is imprisoned in the United Arab Emirates over a comedy video posted on YouTube. Shezanne "Shez" Cassim, who had been working in Dubai, was detained on April 7 and more than seven months later there is still no sign of a date being fixed for his trial....
  • 23rd July 2013
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    "I'm very, very happy. This is the perfect ending," Marte Dalelv told reporters yesterday after learning that she had been pardoned by the ruler of Dubai. The 24-year-old Norwegian woman had been convicted of having extramarital sex and sentenced to 16 months in jail after complaining...
  • 11th July 2013
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Delighted at the overthrow of President Morsi, several Gulf monarchies have been swift to offer aid to Egypt. Saudi Arabia has pledged $5 billion, Kuwait $4 billion and the United Arab Emirates $3 billion.  Clearly, there is more to this than a simple desire to help Egypt through its...
  • 26th May 2013
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Dozens of migrant building workers who joined a strike earlier this month in Dubai are now facing deportation. Thousands of mainly Asian workers employed by Arabtec – one of the Gulf’s largest construction firms – stopped work on May 18 but returned after four days when police intervened. Unions...
  • 6th March 2013
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Undeterred by the banning of a British academic from the UAE, the British government is urging closer ties between universities in the UK and the Emirates. David Willetts, the minister for universities and science, was in Dubai yesterday, attending a conference on "the role of higher education...
  • 27th February 2013
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Bahrain has expressed its appreciation to the UAE for turning away a British academic who was due to speak at a conference in the Emirates last Sunday. Bahrain's foreign ministry said the UAE's decision was "a true reflection of the strong bonds of fraternity between the UAE...

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