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Emirati filmmaker gets buzz for short film

Posted on 17/04/2013

The Emirati filmmaker Hassan Kiyany will soon discover whether his short film I See What You See has been shortlisted by a jury to appear on the website of the Tribeca Film Festival. The shortlist will be announced on April 26. Like all entrants, Kiyany used Twitter's new video-recording app Vine, which was launched in January and allows users to record a six-second movie. He had to meet the competition's criteria including choosing a specific genre plus telling a story with a defined ...  >>MORE

Two young Emiratis’ social travelling takes Internet by storm

Posted on 15/04/2013

Redefining the tourism, two young Emiratis have pioneered social travelling which took the Internet by storm. The two Al Awadhi brothers – Mohamed and Peyman – have travelled 34,703 miles, 44 days on road, 73 hours 10 minutes in the air, across three continents. Within a span of just five weeks, the brothers have over 100,000 followers on social media. During this journey they experienced all that you can imagine - capitalising on the social media platform by taking help to locate the best ...  >>MORE

Making UAE culture for the world with stuff you'd class as junk

Posted on 03/04/2013

Emirati cultural objects that have been taken for granted or long forgotten are now coming back as art. Items like the begsha, a colourful cloth that newly married women used to wrap all their belongings in and carried on their heads as they left for their husbands' houses, are back again as an interesting take on gift wrap. The ghahfeyah, a knitted head piece under the ghutra, is being dyed into a myriad colours and revamped into a fancy pouch with a tiny face burqa as its ribbon. And things ...  >>MORE

Arab League honours young Emirati inventor

Posted on 14/03/2013

Cairo: A 9-year Emirati young talent was recognised yesterday by the Arab League for his creative inventions to make life of persons with special needs easier. Adib Sulieman Al Balouchi was honoured during the launch of the first forum of Arab inventors in Cairo in the presence of Arab League Secretary General Nabil Al Arabi, top officials from the Arab League officials, Musheera Abu Ghali, chairperson of the Arab Youth Council for Integrated Development (Aycid), Abdullah Al Khashrami, ...  >>MORE

Fresh definition to fashion

Posted on 04/03/2013

Khawla W Roadha, a promising fashion label by Emirati designers Khawla and Roadha Bin Khedia, debuts its label with the unveiling of Spring/Summer 2013 - Dolls Collection. The brand brings a fresh definition to fashion with its fun, vibrant and colourful style that is an embodiment of its young designers. The Dolls Collection has taken inspiration from every girl's best friend. Aptly named, Dolls Collection consists of thirty-five dresses that are fun and classy, made from pure silk crepe de ...  >>MORE

UAE entrepreneur goes to Hollywood

Posted on 05/02/2013

Emirati entrepreneur Badr Jafar is in talks with leading Hollywood filmmakers to produce a movie showcasing the positive side of the Arab world. The project is the first to be developed fully by his film company, Full Moon Productions, which until now has invested in ventures launched by others. "It will have a massive Arab theme," Mr Jafar said. "It's classical, it goes back quite a long time, but there are a lot of contemporary themes in it. "It's fun, it's celebratory, it's completely ...  >>MORE

Emirati with a passion to keep UAE's rare bird alive

Posted on 28/01/2013

As he navigates his 4x4 vehicle expertly through the sea of white sand dunes in a protected area to which few get access, Hamad Al Reisi's days as a post-office clerk are far behind him. "It was not a bad job, but it was not my thing," says the 25-year-old Emirati. That was his life until five years ago, when he heard about the work of the National Avian Research Centre in his hometown of Sweihan. The facility is one of several in the UAE and abroad supported by the International Fund for ...  >>MORE

Al Thani conquers Aconcagua to spread education message

Posted on 21/01/2013

Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdullah Al Thani recently conquered the 6,962-metre Mount Aconcagua in South America, the highest peak in the Western Hemisphere. Al Thani, co-founder of Musafir.com, took three weeks to reach the summit of the mountain, part of his quest to conquer the Seven Summits, the highest peaks on each of the seven continents of the world. Aimed at driving home the message that everyone has the right to education, Al Thani's adventures are part of Reach Out to Asia programme – a ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi's Sultan Saeed Sultan Al Darmaki publishes first book

Posted on 21/01/2013

Hugo Berger meets the Emirati author Sultan Saeed Sultan Al Darmaki, who's just released his first book, a collection of his thoughts and observations called Leave the Birds Alone. The Emirati businessman Sultan Saeed Al Darmaki was propelled on his way to becoming an author by one especially interminable World of Warcraft (WoW) session with his friend Mohamed Al Jneibi. Their characters wandered into a dungeon, only to be confronted with some deadly birds. "I was shouting at my friend to ...  >>MORE

DIY Abu Dhabi zoo owner bags ‘person of the month’ prize

Posted on 02/01/2013

A government official who has set up a large zoo at his own expense in Abu Dhabi was picked as "person of the month” by ‘Emarat Al Youm' newspaper, which introduced the award in early 2012, the Arabic language daily said. Major-General Nassir Saif Al Nuaimi, Secretary-General of the Interior Minister's office, won the award for December for his contribution to animal protection and the establishment of a project offering knowledge and entertainment, particularly for children, the Dubai-based ...  >>MORE

Emiratis rush to become UAE ambassadors

Posted on 31/12/2012

A scheme that teaches Emiratis how to promote Abu Dhabi is in great demand, and a new course is in the pipeline for local arts and media celebrities to do the same. More than 600 Emiratis have applied for the 50 places available in the Abu Dhabi Ambassador Programme for next year. The number of applicants represents a surge in interest in the course since the Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority (TCA) pioneered the initiative in 2007 as a joint venture with Reed Exhibitions and Zayed ...  >>MORE

5 Emirati photographers conclude journey to Azerbaijan

Posted on 27/12/2012

The Ambassador of Azerbaijan to the UAE, Elkhan Gahraman, yesterday commended the trip made by 5 Emirati photographers to his country. The journey was organised by the Embassy in collaboration with the Azeri Ministry of Youth and Sports. The Ambassador said "the aim of the 5-day trip is to demonstrate to the UAE community some aspects of Azerbaijani civilisation and tourist attractiveness through a selected group of specialised Emirati photographers who visited the capital, Baku, and a number ...  >>MORE

Emirati mountaineer to climb Burj Khalifa

Posted on 26/12/2012

Saeed Al Memari, the first Emirati to climb the Mount Everest twice, is all set to create another record by scaling the Burj Khalifa and skydiving on New Year's Eve. He will be one of the star attractions at the first ‘Travellers Festival', which will start in Dubai on Wednesday. The festival will witness participation of a large number of travellers coming from various parts of the world to share their distinct experiences and unique adventures in a variety of excursions. Saeed Al Memari ...  >>MORE

Emirates Diaries: Stories of young Emirati role models

Posted on 25/12/2012

Ever heard about a female Emirati race car driver? Or a story about an Emirati polo player? While these stories may not have made mainstream newspaper headlines, a new magazine by two Emirati students at Zayed University is giving such characters the centre stage. Maryam Al Mansoori and Mohammad Suhail AlBanna, co-founders of Emirates Diaries are out to tell the world stories about Emirati people. The duo have created a magazine with unique Emirati stories - with the first issue already sold ...  >>MORE

Shihab becomes first Emirati and Arab to win Tagore Peace Prize

Posted on 25/12/2012

Emirati poet and translator Dr Shihab Ghanem has become the first Emirati and Arab to win the Tagore Peace Prize, which was instituted by the Indian government to commemorate the 150th birth anniversary of India's poet, philosopher and Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore. Ghanem was awarded the accolade in recognition of his creative literary and translation works, both in Arabic and English, and for promoting human understanding and values of love and peace Tagore had advocated. The Asiatic ...  >>MORE

First Emirati YouTube comedian has over half a million viewers

Posted on 24/12/2012

When Emirati national Thabit Al Mawaly started making YouTube videos as a new year's resolution, little could he suspect that the online venture would put him on the path to celebrity. The Emirati filmmaker and stand-up comedian now has more than 500,000 views on YouTube and his popularity shows no signs of waning. The young Emirati YouTuber became a Dubai local celebrity through posting videos that tackle social and cultural habits via original comedy sketches. "Making people laugh about ...  >>MORE

Emirati designers make a mark in Europe

Posted on 20/12/2012

The four Emirati designers selected for the inaugural Design Road Professional, organised by the Dubai Culture and Arts Authority (Dubai Culture), the Emirate's dedicated authority for culture, arts, and heritage, have hit the half-way mark in their extensive training. The initiative is held in association with Tashkeel, an independent resource for artists and designers in the UAE, and the Creative Dialogue Association (CDA), a private independent and not-for-profit organisation based in ...  >>MORE

Emirati author unveils ‘life-changing’ book

Posted on 12/11/2012

A ‘‘scientific'' book related to human thoughts and feeling has been launched at the Sharjah International Book Fair (SIBF). The book title "Left Side of the Heart”, was given by its Emirati author Hamad Al Hamadi, at a ceremony attended by a large number of SIBF visitors and top officials from Dubai and Sharjah government. Large numbers of visitors flocked to stalls to buy the book. According to the author, the book, published by Kuttub Publishing House, is a life changer. He said his series ...  >>MORE

Young Emirati boy climbs Mount Kilimanjaro

Posted on 02/10/2012

Moawiya Saleh Al Shunnar, aged 15, has become the youngest Emirati to climb Mount Kilimanjaro, in what is considered an important achievement at the national level. Mount Kilimanjaro is the highest peak in Africa standing at 5895m and the highest free standing mountain in the world. It is, also, one of the Big-7 worldwide peaks that lure mountaineers from around the globe. The 11th Grade student at Dubai English Speaking College (DESC) was able to reach the summit of Kilimanjaro last August ...  >>MORE

Emirati golfer Saif Thabet driven by professional ambition

Posted on 26/09/2012

What is it they say about London buses? You wait an age for one and then two come along at once? Well, instead of the English capital and its famous red double-deckers, think the UAE and professional golfers. Ahmed Al Musharrekh, the Emirati who last week became the country's first graduate from the amateur ranks, seems to be inspiring a nation. "When I read he was turning professional I was so excited," said Saif Thabet, an Emirati amateur looking to use the Mena Tour to take his game to the ...  >>MORE

Emirati wins British Council award for young media entrepreneurship

Posted on 19/09/2012

Emirati Mohammed Al Otaiba has been announced as the winner of the British Council's International Young Creative Media Entrepreneur (IYCME) Award in the UAE. "I am grateful and proud that I have been chosen as the first-ever UAE winner of the British Council Young Creative Media Entrepreneur award. I believe there is wisdom to be gleaned from the UK, and I will be able to draw lessons from the UK's media sector and share them with my peers in the UAE,” said Al Otaiba. "I realise the value ...  >>MORE

Emirati helps develop seat belt that can protect unborn children

Posted on 03/09/2012

An Emirati researcher has helped to develop a revolutionary car seat belt harness for pregnant women that protects the unborn child in a traffic accident. Mostafa Al Dah, a traffic-safety researcher at Loughborough University in England, was part of a 10-year project to design the harness. SeatBeltPlus won an enterprise award at the university and now needs further funding to enter mass production. "Only a very small number of pregnant women wear a seat belt as it should be worn," said Mr Al ...  >>MORE

After seven seasons, creator of Shaabiat Al Cartoon knows what works

Posted on 09/08/2012

Since 2006, this wildly popular animated series has been topping viewers' lists with its blend of humour and cutting social commentary. Shaabiat Al Cartoon is in its seventh season now. Are you surprised by the programme's success? To be honest, I did aim and expect the programme to reach this far. While a lot of shows in the Arab world didn't last past two seasons, our show continued because we are always looking to improve in terms of stories and presentation. This is what keeps us and the ...  >>MORE

Emirati man cycling 5500-km to Madina

Posted on 09/07/2012

A 5500-km expedition to experience new ways of life A young Emirati man is on a month-long cycling expedition to Madina in an effort to experience different ways of life in the UAE and Saudi Arabia. Fadhel Al Khoury, 33, will randomly visit homes during his 5,500-km road trip to Madina and back, which will cover all the seven emirates in the UAE. Al Khoury says two similar expeditions last year helped him learn about his country's hidden natural treasures and gave him new insights about ...  >>MORE

Emirati director, Majid Al Ansari, is out of this world

Posted on 13/06/2012

The young Emirati filmmaker Majid Al Ansari picked up a Golden Palm award at this year's Mexico International Film Festival for his debut film, The Intruder!, a curious B-movie-style sci-fi short about a couple who encounter an alien robot on a lonely desert road. Is this the first award for The Intruder!? We got an honourable mention at the Boston Sci-Fi Film Festival and an excellence award at Puerto Rico's Rincon International Film Festival. We've now been in 13 festivals. It premiered ...  >>MORE

Emirati plays Bach and jazz on oud

Posted on 09/06/2012

One would think that blending what time, cultures and generations kept separate for centuries would be an unachievable feat. But, Faisal Al Saari, an Emirati oud player, his never ending passion to be distinguished, combined with superior skills and a talent that was perfected through training and practice, brought forth a perfect marriage of two classical musical elements that perhaps were never meant to be integrated. Customary performances suggest that the notes of Bach, Flamingo, and ...  >>MORE

Emirati says it's 'an honour' to carry Olympic flame through London

Posted on 16/05/2012

He has been measured for his suit and the date set for Abdulla Al Gurg to carry the Olympic flame through the streets of London in advance of the summer Games. Mr Al Gurg, an Emirati who lives in Dubai, will be one of 800 people to carry the torch through more than 1,000 cities, towns and villages in the UK. The torch was lit in Olympia, Greece, last Thursday and will arrive in the UK on Friday, where it will begin its 70-day journey. Mr Al Gurg, 30, will carry the flame only 450 metres, ...  >>MORE

Emirati Oud virtuoso Faisal Al Sari weaves the old with the new genres

Posted on 01/04/2012

Emirati Oud virtuoso Faisal Al Sari gave a transcendent performance of the classic instrument at Emirates Palace, weaving an innovative repertoire combining classical and jazz genres with the sounds of Emirati heritage. Faisal Al Sari represents the new generation of UAE artists. Having first picked up the instrument in 1986, Al Sari graduated from Beit Al Oud Al Arabi in Abu Dhabi in 2011 and now works to grow broader interest in the instrument. As a soloist, researcher and composer, he ...  >>MORE

WIPO approves seven world patents by Emirati inventor

Posted on 04/03/2012

The international search and examining authorities of the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) approved until now seven world patents out of the 12 inventions by Emirati woman, Mrs. Eida Butti Almuhairbi- financial account team leader -ZADCO CO in Abu Dhabi, in cooperation with her partner the Jordanian UAE resident Eng. Wasfi Amin Alshdaifat, out of which three are applied for at 2010, and four are applied for at 2011. The approved patents include a design for a semi-pneumatic ...  >>MORE

High flyers: Building UAE's first home-grown unmanned aerial vehicle

Posted on 12/02/2012

Khalil Al Beloushi, 37, is living proof that it is never too late to build a better future. Having dropped out of secondary school to take up government employment, the father of four recently made a decision to get an education — and get one he did. Al Beloushi recently finished work on one of the country's first Emirati-made autonomous quadcopters. He built the unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) as part of a mechatronics diploma project at Dubai Men's College (DMC) along with self-professed ...  >>MORE

Telling stories with sand

Posted on 12/02/2012

Sand fills the desert and in a country such as the UAE it is available in abundance. Yet, not many people stop to think how this natural property is used in manufacturing glass or silicon computer chips, for example. However, Shayma Al Mughairy, 18, has found another way to use sand to spread awareness about issues dear to her. The Omani national, who lives in Umm Al Qaiwain, is one of the few GCC nationals known for performing sand art. "Sand art is a different kind of art and it's ...  >>MORE

Emirati fiction writer offers window onto reality of creative process

Posted on 05/02/2012

"It's very spicy!" says the Emirati author Maha Gargash of her new novel. "The story is based in Cairo and Dubai, with its theme in the roots of a family. It's a cautionary tale about what bad roots can lead to and what is born out of deceit." With the working title of her book a closely guarded secret, Gargash reveals only that her latest offering will be considerably longer than her first in 2009, The Sand Fish, which quickly became one of HarperCollins's top-selling titles in the Middle ...  >>MORE

Emirati walker reaches Makkah after 47 days

Posted on 31/01/2012

He has finally reached his destination, 47 days after he began the most ambitious journey of his life on foot, walking from Ruwais in Abu Dhabi to Makkah. Emirati walker Jalal Bin Thaneya, who undertook the walk to raise funds for the Dubai Centre for Special Needs, tweeted this minute after arriving at the Al Masjid Al Haram in Makkah late on Monday night: "Al Hamdulillah I have reached the sacred Masjid Al Haram on foot from the UAE... I have ended the mission, I will perform Umrah now. ...  >>MORE

Emirati photographer aims to raise awareness of bird conservation

Posted on 17/01/2012

While trying to explain his interest in birds and wildlife photography to sceptics, Ahmed Al Ali often asks them to guess the number of bird species living in or visiting the UAE. They usually say 10 or 20. But the correct answer, he says, is 443. "This is all because you don't see," said the 30-year-old UAE national from Sharjah. "You skip, you do not pay attention. If you pay attention you will see." Mr Al Ali, an IT professional at a Government department in Abu Dhabi, is one of few ...  >>MORE

Emirati conquers Antarctica's highest peak

Posted on 16/01/2012

Climbing the highest peak of Antarctica — the coldest, driest and windiest of all the continents — for eight hours a day is no small thing. But for Sheikh Mohammad Bin Abdullah Al Thani, who recently set the record for being the first Emirati to reach the continent's highest peak, Vinson Massif, it was doable all in the name of a good cause. "Mount Vinson is a real challenge. It requires serious commitment, extensive experience with winter mountaineering and excellent physical fitness — ...  >>MORE

Sky's the limit for parachuting women

Posted on 15/01/2012

When Radwa El Ghamry told her family she wanted to jump from a plane and glide to the ground with a parachute strapped to her back, tears began streaming from their eyes. They thought skydiving was too dangerous and that it was an activity only for men. "It was something strange for the whole family and they all started crying because I wanted to go jumping," she said. Eventually, they accepted her love of the extreme sport. Ms El Ghamry is one of four women who are flying through ...  >>MORE

Emirati brothers pioneer social TV

Posted on 12/01/2012

It's hardly unusual for the denizens of the internet to tell television makers, often in less than respectful terms, where to go. Now, though, two Emirati brothers are taking that advice more literally. This week Mohamed and Peyman Parham Al Awadhi began shooting Peeta Planet, a pioneering television travel show that will take its cues on where to go and what to see from the two men's followers on Twitter. The brothers say the series - the first to be made by their production company, ...  >>MORE

Emirati walker to Makkah receives warm welcome at UAE embassy in Riyadh

Posted on 09/01/2012

Riyadh - Jalal Bin Thaneya, the lonely Emirati walker who set on a journey of 2000 kilometres on his feet from Ruwais to Makkah to raise funds for the people with special needs, was given a warm welcome by UAE Ambassador in Riyadh Mohammed Saeed Al Dhahiri and the members of the diplomatic mission. The ambassador praised Bin Thaneya for his courage and commended the humanitarian mission he carried with him. He also assured the trekker every help to make his mission a success. The 25-year-old ...  >>MORE

Love of maths adds up to Unicef role

Posted on 19/12/2011

Ali Khalifa has been rewarded for his love of an online mathematics game by being named an ambassador of the Unicef World Education Games. Ali, a 12-year-old Emirati, says his first job will be to design posters to drum up support for the 2012 games, in March. The aim of the World Education Games is to engage young people in core academic subjects in an entertaining way. "I play mathletics [an online game] all the time," said Ali, who is in Grade 5 at the Australian International School ...  >>MORE

Emirati embarks on 2,000-km walk to Makkah

Posted on 15/12/2011

A 24-year-old Emirati on Monday embarked on a 2,000-kilometre walk from the UAE to the Holy City of Makkah, Saudi Arabia, with an aim of raising money for children with special needs. Adventurer and philanthropist Jalal Majid bin Thaniah, who works in the HR department of DP World, UAE Region, will walk from Al Ruwais in Abu Dhabi and is expected to reach the Holy City in a month, said a press statement. DP World, employer of Jamal, is supporting him in his mission by providing him with ...  >>MORE

Emirati doctor co-authors two medical books

Posted on 12/12/2011

Dr. Saleh Saif Fares Al-Ali, a consultant in Emergency, Prehospital Care and Disaster Medicine at Zayed Military Hospital Emergency Department, collaborated on two world-class medical textbooks with doctors from the United States of America and Canada. The first book titled "Five Minutes Emergency Medicine Consults" was supervised by an elite group of professors from American leading universities such as Harvard, Colorado and Emory, with input from a number of other officials from American ...  >>MORE

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Emirati filmmaker gets buzz for short film


Two young Emiratis’ social travelling takes Internet by storm


Making UAE culture for the world with stuff you'd class as junk


Arab League honours young Emirati inventor


Fresh definition to fashion


UAE entrepreneur goes to Hollywood


Emirati with a passion to keep UAE's rare bird alive


Al Thani conquers Aconcagua to spread education message


Abu Dhabi's Sultan Saeed Sultan Al Darmaki publishes first book


DIY Abu Dhabi zoo owner bags ‘person of the month’ prize


Emiratis rush to become UAE ambassadors


5 Emirati photographers conclude journey to Azerbaijan


Emirati mountaineer to climb Burj Khalifa


Emirates Diaries: Stories of young Emirati role models


Shihab becomes first Emirati and Arab to win Tagore Peace Prize


First Emirati YouTube comedian has over half a million viewers


Emirati designers make a mark in Europe


Emirati author unveils ‘life-changing’ book


Young Emirati boy climbs Mount Kilimanjaro


Emirati golfer Saif Thabet driven by professional ambition


Emirati wins British Council award for young media entrepreneurship


Emirati helps develop seat belt that can protect unborn children


After seven seasons, creator of Shaabiat Al Cartoon knows what works


Emirati man cycling 5500-km to Madina


Emirati director, Majid Al Ansari, is out of this world


Emirati plays Bach and jazz on oud


Emirati says it's 'an honour' to carry Olympic flame through London


Emirati Oud virtuoso Faisal Al Sari weaves the old with the new genres


WIPO approves seven world patents by Emirati inventor


High flyers: Building UAE's first home-grown unmanned aerial vehicle


Telling stories with sand


Emirati fiction writer offers window onto reality of creative process


Emirati walker reaches Makkah after 47 days


Emirati photographer aims to raise awareness of bird conservation


Emirati conquers Antarctica's highest peak


Sky's the limit for parachuting women


Emirati brothers pioneer social TV


Emirati walker to Makkah receives warm welcome at UAE embassy in Riyadh


Love of maths adds up to Unicef role


Emirati embarks on 2,000-km walk to Makkah


Emirati doctor co-authors two medical books