Qatari Spearheads Efforts to Educate 61 Million Children

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November 18th, 2012

DOHA, QATAR – Sheika Moza bint Nasser, wife of the emir of Qatar, has created a program that seeks to educate the 61 million children worldwide who have no access to formal schooling. The Educate a Child initiative, which was announced at the World Innovation Summit for Education in Doha on Wednesday, has partnerships with five [...]

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Business Is Personal For Abraaj Capital’s Omar Lodhi

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October 15th, 2012

For Omar Lodhi, the business ties that connect the Gulf and Asia are personal as well. The Pakistani native is a founding executive and current Asia regional head at Dubai-based Abraaj Capital, one of the Arab world’s most high-profile private equity firms. Two years ago Lodhi left Dubai to open the firm’s Singapore office and [...]

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Working to help the next generation in Afghanistan

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September 1st, 2012 featured

The 25-year-old is at once exhilarated and shy. A woman is not supposed to attract so much attention. Just minutes earlier, a male colleague offered her a word to the wise as he gently pulled down her head scarf to cover her throat and shoulders, exposed from the scoop-necked top she wore, saying: “There are [...]

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No Longer Unknown, Afghan Athlete Has Eyes on Gold

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July 27th, 2012 featured

KABUL — It was only by chance that a 10-year-old Rohullah Nikpah found taekwondo. Unlike most Olympic athletes, Nikpah was not groomed from an early age to compete. Rather, he grew up in a refugee camp in Iran, and one day he accompanied his brother to a makeshift gym for a taekwondo sparring session. The [...]

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Detentions of activists are reported in U.A.E.

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July 18th, 2012 featured

DUBAI — In the early hours of Tuesday morning, Mohamed al-Roken drove toward his local police station here to report that his son and son-in-law were missing. Along the way, he found himself surrounded by plainclothes security officers and detained, according to his family. Mr. Roken, along with his son, Rashid, and son-in-law, Abdulla al-Hajeri, [...]

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The Other Face of Nepal

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July 5th, 2012

THE NEPALESE CAPITAL has long been known as a backpacker’s paradise. Scruffy tourists fresh from Himalayan treks are easy to spot in Kathmandu. But if you set off the patchouli-scented path, a more luxurious respite can be had in the city. Our first taste of Nepali luxury came at the grande dame of the capital’s [...]

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Dubai Still Digging Out of Debt

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June 1st, 2012 featured

IN EARLY APRIL, DUBAI’S MUNICIPAL GOVERNMENT reported that the number of abandoned cars — the symbol par excellence of the once-high-flying emirate’s economic bust — rose by 10 percent in the first three months of this year from the same period a year earlier. But rather than seeing that indicator as a sign that the economy [...]

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Emirates Step Up Efforts to Counter Dissent

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May 30th, 2012

ABU DHABI — The United Arab Emirates have intensified their effort to quell political dissent, with 15 men now being detained by the security forces, according to human rights groups and family members. All but two are members of Al Islah Reform and Social Guidance Association, which holds beliefs similar to those of the Muslim Brotherhood, the [...]

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A Modern Silk Road Between Asia and the Middle East

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May 1st, 2012

By ANGELA SHAH and STANLEY REED … DUBAI — When Christy Lee, a South Korean investment banker, was dispatched to the Gulf four years ago to drum up business, her friends in Seoul had a hard time taking the assignment seriously. “They would say, Did you enjoy riding the camels?” she recalled. Then the Gulf [...]

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Gulf States Cast Dim Eye on Reform After Tumult

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April 18th, 2012

ABU DHABI — Governments in the Gulf Arab states may not have been overthrown by revolutionary forces, but there are signs that leaders are concerned about the power of the Arab Spring movement. The latest indication of unease is the abrupt expulsion from the United Arab Emirates of foreign-sponsored groups that promote political reform. In March, the [...]

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