Tag Archives: Dubai

In retrospect

Christina/ September 8, 2012/ Culture

So it happened that last week was stamped by some cinematic events which gave me food for thought. In retrospect all movies had things in common: They were about culture. They were about money. They were about power. They were about ‘walking in somebody else’s shoes’ and about understanding. First of all there was “The pig from Gaza”. What the

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A Bunch of Absurdity

Christina/ June 29, 2011/ Ideas of philosophy

Spiegel Online recently published the article “Trüffelpasta mit Wüstenblick” about the alleged highest restaurant of the world and its extravagaces. The article itself does not reveal anyhing new besides the usual superlatives upon which Western press has zeroed itself when it comes to oddities from the desert state. The respectable amount of comments at the end of the article, however,

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Dazed and confused

Christina/ June 25, 2011/ Ideas of philosophy

Sometimes, inconsiderable sentences turn out to be avalanches in disguise. What am I talking about? An article called “Carrot and Stick Diplomacy” by Matthias Sailer. The paragraph: “Bearing this in mind, it does not come as a complete surprise to discover that the Emirate of Dubai has refused to extend the licence of the Gulf Research Centre, one of the

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Beware of the spirits that we have called

Christina/ June 7, 2011/ Culture

Dubai seems like still air for the time being. No spectacular new buildings and the end time catastrophe predicted by many publications in 2009/2010 stayed away. Recently, the German online magazine „Spiegel Online“ tried to revive the old times by launching a lukewarm extraction. „Oasis on a drip“ that is the infamous name. The whole thing sounds like a mixture

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(Oriental) stories stranger than fiction

Christina/ May 1, 2011/ Ideas of philosophy

My first real contact with the phenomena of “binational” marriages was full of clichés and a big success in the western hemisphere being approved in its stereotypes: “Not without my daughter” was the name of the hieß das pretentious novel which was later on picturized with Sally Field playing the leading part. The Arabic or better Islamic world opened up

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Next Stop: Abu Dhabi

Christina/ October 6, 2010/ Culture

The caravan moves on, the topics remain the same. Whereas Dubai is still economizing its big brother Abu Dhabi is firing on all cylinders. Last year it was the Formular-One-Circuit on Yas Island, now it’s the completion of the new Sheikh-Zayed-Mosque which is called a “magnificient building of a majestic size and oriental beauty”, newspapers like “Neuen Züricher Zeitung” (NZZ)

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Bubbels of the gulf

Christina/ September 22, 2010/ Culture

It keeps bothering the German Journalist’s mind: The real estate crisis – whether true or fake – in the gulf. Is it due to the still existing summer slump or is it that the idea of the failing gulf states it just to tempting to be let go? Well, that’s pure gambling. It is a fact however that interesting things

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Dubai ranked 15th out of 21 cities of opportunity

Christina/ June 18, 2010/ Culture

The good news is: Dubai has made it into an international study comparing 21 global cities with each other. Given the ambitious goals the city-state has set itself will they be happy with rank 15th out of 21 cities? Since late September 2009 things seem not to turn out as they were meant to be for Dubai. What happened and

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Golf balls

Christina/ April 11, 2010/ Culture

There is more to the Gulf than the highest tower of the world, the only seven star hotel in the world or a metro that moves without a conductor. Thinking of the Gulf states is often synonymous with thinking of Dubai – the most prominent state. However, there are only a few who are aware of the fact that also

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Laying the foundation stone

Christina/ March 22, 2010/ Culture

Good things come to those who wait! Sometimes the preparation of a master thesis or better to say the search for the project itself, equals the creation of a good red wine: One has to tax one’s brain for a while until things are ripe for decision. Now it is due. The subject matter of social media will determine my

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