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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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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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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Emirates keeping tight rein on activists

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March 21st, 2012

SHARJAH, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES — More than a year after the Arab Spring first convulsed the ruling order of the Arab world, its effects have come home to roost for Shaheen al-Hosani. He and six other men were stripped of Emirati citizenship in December after being deemed threats to national security. “There has been no [...]

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Cricket Match Levels the Playing Field for Laborers in Gulf

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February 22nd, 2012

DUBAI — Sanjeev Kumar’s face lights up when he speaks about days playing cricket with friends in his native Punjab in India before moving to Dubai in 2009 to work in a glass factory. “I so much love cricket,” he said, shyly, in halting English. Last Friday, in an indoor sports facility in an industrial quarter [...]

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Luxury and Stunning Views in a ‘Distressed’ Dubai Tower

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February 6th, 2012

DUBAI — For the clients of the investment adviser Manoj Prasad, “distressed property” in this Gulf emirate has an unlikely new address: the world’s tallest tower. “They have money and want a place here to entertain clients and guests, and have a holiday home for when they transit through,” Mr. Prasad said — but they [...]

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Helping Emiratis Succeed in the Private Sector

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November 2nd, 2011

DUBAI — Fatma al-Falasi’s excitement about her new job with a global chemical company evaporated by the end of her first day. “I was underestimated and unappreciated,” she said. “I was there to fill a quota and I could see it in everyone’s faces.” Ms. Falasi wanted to work in the private sector because the [...]

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