It is high time commuters had a time machine

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May 23rd, 2010

There are few things as aggravating in life as being stuck bumper-to-bumper on the Abu Dhabi to Dubai road, traffic snarled and no way out. Times like that get my brain conjuring fantasy escape routes – such as my car sprouting wings and floating above the mayhem. Recently, I was trapped in a just such [...]

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Ladies’ day brings A-Z of property without the XY chromosomes

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April 22nd, 2010

Perhaps the fact that none of the women on The National’s business desk received the invitation to Cityscape Abu Dhabi’s “ladies only” session last Wednesday should have been a harbinger. I found out about it only when one of my colleagues, a Mr Rupert Wright – whom nobody would mistake for a lady – forwarded [...]

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Hollywood stars? I prefer a media summit any day

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March 13th, 2010

The folks at the Laureus World Sports Awards might have assumed that by persuading the likes of Hugh Grant and Gwyneth Paltrow to show up to the Emirates Palace, they had the upper hand in Abu Dhabi’s swoon quotient. But for me, the main attraction turned out to be across the emirate on Yas Island [...]

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We suffer from money amnesia

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November 12th, 2009

A better mind than mine said that if we don’t remember history we’re doomed to repeat it. It seems that, now, we don’t even allow our foolish mistakes enough time to become history before we repeat them. Consider a flier I recently came across for an “exclusive offer” from Emirates Bank. Beneath a photo of [...]

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There is an emotional commitment to buying art

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October 29th, 2009

The untitled painting by Laxman Shreshtha caught my eye. The placid greys of the background contrasted with the reds and oranges in the young girl’s scarf. In profile, she looked a bit wistful, as if she had just realised the loss of innocence required for adult life. And the price was right: bidding would start [...]

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