Added on 05/02/2014
Butler , Chaps , Culture , Dubai , Geography of Asia , Hospitality/Recreation
ALEXANDER MCNABB: Hoping to provoke an ‘official investigation’ into a ‘scandal’ a Dubai-based newspaper was sadly disappointed
Added on 15/01/2014
Ethics , Human behavior , law banning tobacco advertisements , Public health , Smoking , Smoking ban , Smoking in the People's Republic of China , Tobacco , Tobacco advertising , Tobacco control , Tobacco packaging warning messages , United Arab Emirates
ALEXANDER MCNABB: As an ex-smoker I’ve vowed not to become a frothing-at-the-mouth anti puff ranter. The latest UAE legislation has turned me, however.
Added on 09/12/2013
Asia , Business/Finance , car dealers , Dubai , E 311 road , Economy of Dubai , Emirates of the United Arab Emirates , Gulf News , Persian Gulf , Salik , Sharjah , Transport in the United Arab Emirates , United Arab Emirates
ALEXANDER MCNABB: We appear to be back in the, ah, ‘glory days’ of 2006 and 2007 if recent reports are to be believed. Oh joy.
Added on 10/11/2013
Affordable housing , Dubai , Eviction , Land law , Landlord , Landlord–tenant law , Law and economics , Leasehold estate , mega-development real estate boomtastic jetstream , Property , Real Estate , Real Estate Regulatory Agency , Real property law , Renting , The National
ALEXANDER MCNABB: As the price of Dubai’s rents heads to the stratosphere some robust plans have been put in place to protect tenants
Added on 19/09/2013
Emirates , Entertainment/Culture , smartphone , Technology/Internet , United Arab Emirates
The United Arab Emirates leads the world in smartphone penetration, with 74% of mobile subscribers carrying one of the natty little devils in their pockets.
ALEXANDER MCNABB: The United Arab Emirates leads the world in smartphone penetration, with 74% of mobile subscribers carrying one of the natty little devils in their pockets.
Added on 13/09/2013
Abdulaziz Al Ghurair , Al-Ghurair Group , Bank , Banking , Business , Chairman , Cheque , Credit card , Finance , Mashreq , Money , Non-sufficient funds , Numismatics , Payment systems , The National , United Arab Emirates
ALEXANDER MCNABB: The comments are remarkable for their candour but really make perfect sense.
Added on 02/09/2013
Asia , Gulf News , Oman , Outline of Oman , Sultanates , Western Asia
ALEXANDER MCNABB: The furore over a piece describing the everyday life of a gay individual in Oman shows no signs of dying down.
Added on 28/07/2013
Dubai , Dubai Tourism , Hatta Fort , Hatta Fort Hotel , Hospitality/Recreation , MILLBANK PUBLISHING LTD
ALEXANDER MCNABB: Whether it’s to take in the beautifully welcome retro of the Hatta Fort Hotel or the natural beauty that surrounds the town it’s a trip well worth taking.
Added on 18/07/2013
Asia , Dubai , Dubai police , Emirati people , Law/Crime , Persian Gulf , TWITTER INC. , United Arab Emirates , United Arab Emirati people , YouTube Inc
ALEXANDER MCNABB: It may have come as a surprise to the individual who filmed and loaded the video on YouTube that he was potentially breaking the law.
Added on 11/07/2013
Computer jargon , Computing , Hashtag , Information , Information retrieval , Knowledge representation , Porter , Porter Novelli , Troll , Twitter , TWITTER INC. , Web 2.0 , World Wide Web
ALEXANDER MCNABB: An Australian PR agency has got itself into a pickle with an ill-advised social media campaign. Trying to blame your audience is not a good strategy
Added on 01/07/2013
Business/Finance , Community Development Authority , Dubai , Entertainment/Culture , Geography of Asia , Gulf News , Persian Gulf
ALEXANDER MCNABB: A new regulatory authority for social clubs in Dubai has appeared. So is the humble book club included?
Added on 19/06/2013
Dhaid , east coast , Geography of the United Arab Emirates , Hajjar Mountains , Hospitality/Recreation , Kalba , Masafi , Persian Gulf , Radar , Sharjah , Sharjah Airport , Technology , United Arab Emirates
As eagle eyed observers will recall from earlier posts, Sharjah has been suffering from a mysterious and expensive spate of radar shootings. Someone has been regularly taking out the traffic radars on the Mileiha Road – the arterial route that leads from the notorious National Paints parkabout all the way out to the delightful East […]
Added on 07/06/2013
American music , Automobile maintenance , Car wash , Dubai Developers , gardener , Human Interest , Music , New Dubai , Singles , Washer
ALEXANDER MCNABB: And the answer is – when he washes your car! Dubai developers are becoming ever stricter in maximising revenue opportunities
Added on 29/05/2013
Asia , Expatriate , Janardhan , United Arab Emirates
ALEXANDER MCNABB: If you’re an expatriate based in the UAE you might be very interested to know that you’re a net drain on the UAE economy apparently
Added on 21/05/2013
Habib Touma , Middle East , Real-time web , Social Media , Technology , Text messaging , Twitter , TWITTER INC. , Websites , World Wide Web
ALEXANDER MCNABB: We have these incredibly powerful technologies which allow us to broadcast to the world as soon as a thought enters our head.
Added on 13/05/2013
Al Qawain , Emaar Properties , Geography of Asia , Hospitality/Recreation , Umm Al Qawain Marine Club , Umm al-Quwain , United Arab Emirates
ALEXANDER MCNABB: Not one of the UAE’s tourist hotspots Umm Al Quwain has some unique pleasures and holds fond memories for us.
Added on 02/05/2013
Dubai , Dubai Property , Freehold , International City
ALEXANDER MCNABB: If the smell of the nearby sewage disposal plant isn’t enough to get your back up the introduction of new ‘systems’ certainly will.
Added on 25/04/2013
Ascot Racecourse , Dubai , Eclipse Award winners , Godolphin Racing , Horse racing , Mahmoud Al Zarooni , Sport in the United Arab Emirates , The National , United Kingdom
ALEXANDER MCNABB: The success of Dubai’s Godolphin Stables has been one of the pillars that has built Dubai’s reputation. The doping scandal comes as a huge shock.
Added on 26/03/2013
Behavior , Conformity , Creativity , Crowd psychology , Human behavior , NIKE INC. , Social psychology , Spirituality
ALEXANDER MCNABB: It stops us from challenging and fully engaging with the world around us. It’s the powerful trap of conformity.
Added on 24/02/2013
Beef , Food and Drink , Germanic paganism , Horse meat , Hospitality/Recreation , Industrial agriculture , Jerky , Meat , Mechanically separated meat , Trans fat
ALEXANDER MCNABB: If you can tear yourself away from your peanuts or your, ah, ‘blueberry muffin’ you might learn a few sobering facts.