I'm going to put this here. I think it's relevant to any intellectually curious person and since we seem to have a lot of preconceived and media programmed notions about the wider Arab kingdom, here's a great book I'm reading at the moment, that offers a counterweight to all the propaganda. It's called "A Concise History of the Arabs" by author John McHugo. Its interesting to note so far that Muslim countries were safer havens than Europe, by the absence of prosecution of minorities and that on the whole, the inhospitable label has only taken root in the last decades of the 20th century. All in all, it's worth to give this civilization the benefit of the doubt. And that's waxing over all that we owe them in terms of science. I personally recently experienced the hospitality and quality of life there, and I can't wait to go back.
The Crown Prince of Dubai is gracing us here in Canada with his presence on holiday (even if he did head for a very touristy, frontier-ish spot) in Niagara Falls (mind you my grandparents honeymooned there in 1928...):
My new favourite royals are in France, pushing their bid to host Expo 2020, and naturally the easy-on-the-eyes Crown Prince was there. This is from a meeting with Foreign Affairs minister Fabius and today they met the Prime Minister Ayrault.
This is my new favourite thread. There's nothing bad to report. Sheikh Hamdan won the endurance horse race or other in Italy, his brother Nasser (?) won the Berlin Iron Man the next day. Mohammed was hanging out with Hollande, was fêted at the UAE embassy in Paris. Now they're off to England if I follow. Not a cloud over their heads! It's soooooo refreshing!
Post by MadameConcorde on Nov 4, 2013 4:51:24 GMT -5
I've got one that's bigger than yours
Ruling the waves: The £390m, 590ft super-yacht that has knocked Roman Abramovich's Eclipse off the top spot
New mega-yacht took four years to design and build and is largest in world It is owned by Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed al-Nayan, president of the UAE Chelsea owner Abramovich's 533ft Eclipse now just second-largest in world
Speaking of scrumptious gobblable creatures, here`s mine and my bestie`s favourite mini-Sheikh Mohammed of Dubai who`s now got his very own Instagram but who has obviously forgotten to put up the picture of him curtsying to the Queen at Ascot: