DAVID ROBERTS: The Saudi authorities have been actively promoting a union of Gulf states but with little success. There’s a clear reason why.
FRANCIS MATTHEW: Arab concerns are largely irrelevant to the Chinese as Beijing looks to reinforce its self-perception as the premier Asian power.
SARAH WALTON: Every Friday she cooks for her husband we frequently receive ‘surprise’ visits from friends who are in thrall to her dishes.
SULTAN AL QASSEMI: There are two major concerns with the Muslim Brotherhood for the UAE: The most important is its relations with an offshoot network operating illegally in the country.
MICH CAFE: While reading a recent article on traffic offences a brainwave hit me – the offenders could play a key role in wiping out Dubai debt
A significant number of deaths have resulted from young children being left alone to play and crawling through, up or over the grilles.
In the short term the new pipeline is likely to increase the already high levels of distrust between the UAE (and Gulf in general) and Iran.
SULTAN AL QASSEMI: Combined the three emirates would be in the top 10 in the Arab world for population, and a GDP of $100 bn, its eight largest.
SARAH WALTON: A weak joke with your offspring perhaps but Asado offers some seriously tasty dishes for confirmed carnivores.
ABU MOHAMMED: It’s a severe test of all of your senses, powers of observation and self-control – yes, driving in Saudi Arabia is an experience
SARAH WALTON: An imported brand that hopes to sell gastro-pub at inflated prices. Hey ho, we’re used to this sort of thing in Dubai.
ALEXANDER MCNABB: Let me run you through a typical conversation with the Emirates ID Card people.
MICH CAFE: Whether it’s trash cans with prints of tulips or the vibrant arrangement of flowers along key areas Dubai’s done a great job in prettifying the city
ALEXANDER MCNABB: It’s been an unmissable soap opera for some time. Now there’s an interesting twist in the tale.
ALEXANDER MCNABB: Same old, same old on The Palm but residents of International City have no cause for complaint
The oil price has been defying gravity for some time and you can see the dollar and oil being, if anything even more of a safe haven.
ALEXANDER MCNABB: A movie being made about the assassination of Mahmoud Al Mabhouh plays fast and loose with the truth.
Dubai was also one of the first countries to move into a real estate crisis, so it could be a barometre for the wider region.
FRANCIS MATTHEW: This regional popularity is an asset and the UAE should make every effort to nurture the conditions that built this reputation.