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Santa Claus in Baghdad and Other Stories about Teens in the Arab World

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What is it like to be a young person in the Arab world today? This lively collection of eight short stories about Arab teenagers living in Iraq, Tunisia, Egypt, the West Bank, Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, and a Palestinian refugee camp engagingly depicts young people’s experiences growing up in the Middle East. The characters, drawn from urban and rural settings and from different classes as well as a mix of countries, confront situations involving friends, family, teachers, and society at large. Along with some specifically Middle Eastern issues, such as strife in Iraq, the hardships of life in a Palestinian refugee camp, and honor crimes, the young people deal with more familiar concerns such as loyalty to friends, overcoming personal insecurities, dreams of a future career, and coping with divorcing parents. Coming of age in a complicated world, they meet life with courage, determination, and, not least of all, humor. With accompanying notes that provide contextual information, Santa Claus in Baghdad brings a fresh perspective to youth literature about the Arab world.

Santa Claus in Baghdad and Other Stories about Teens in the Arab World

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Islam For Dummies

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Find out about customs, history, and Islamic law

From faith, prayer, and fasting to charity and pilgrimage, understand Muslim life

You don’t have to be Muslim to understand Islam. This friendly guide introduces you to the origins and practices of Islam, including the Five Pillars and life-cycle rituals. You’ll discover the significance of Muhammad and the Qur’an and meet the various Islamic sects. You’ll also see how Islam has adapted over time and read about current developments in the Islamic world.

The Dummies Way

  • Explanations in plain English
  • “Get in, get out” information
  • Icons and other navigational aids
  • Tear-out cheat sheet
  • Top ten lists
  • A dash of humor and fun

Islam For Dummies

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Let’s Shop Abu Dhabi United Arab Emirates

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Let’s Shop brings you the best shopping experiences from top travel destinations all over the world. Join host Cheryll Gillespie as she explores the funkiest boutiques, hippest malls, and most exclusive shops the world over. Packed with historical information and travel tips, Cheryll lends her keen eye and sage advice to make each trip an unforgettable combination of luxury, culture, and fun. Join Cheryll in Abu Dhabi, where a vibrant and colorful style is often hidden by tradition and formality. Watch as Cheryll sandboards down a sand dune and learns that the hijab often covers exceptional fashions. Throughout Abu Dhabi, she finds the best shopping and adventures the city has to offer. Episode highlights include: – At Al Motahajiba, find traditional head scarves and Muslim dress as well as glittering party dresses and formal wear for women.- The Paris Gallery offers fine Arabic Perfume, glittering watches, and other luxury products in an exclusive boutique.- Find casual Western inspired designs at Bin Al Bilad.- At Qadar Textile Shop, they offer festive, vibrant textiles from all over the world.- If exquisite detail is something you treasure, then Al Haraibi is worth a look with its unique fashions and delicious colors.- Bring home a distinctive formal evening gown to wear out for a night on the town from Al Jumaira.- Traditional headpieces, clasps, bracelets, and crowns are available at Costarica, a girly-girl’s heaven. Throughout the episode you will also experience: – Abu Dhabi’s fish market- Dates- Camels- Palace Hotel- Outdoor markets- A camel market- Garden City- Abundant nightlife

This product is manufactured on demand using DVD-R recordable media. Amazon.com’s standard return policy will apply.

Let’s Shop Abu Dhabi United Arab Emirates

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Abaya 32

  • All weather comfort fabric
  • Front panel silk thread embroidery
  • XS-XXXL
  • Elegant Abaya

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All weather wrikle free polyester fabric with pintex

Abaya 32

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10 Best Work in Dubai, UAE Guides

For a work in Dubai, one cannot always risk any problem to be encountered because labor laws in Dubai and in the Emirates as well are very strict. Offering a TAX-FREE employment, Dubai is the place to work in today. A one time opportunity to work in probably the world’s most industrialized mega and most advanced structures existing today would be a big loss. So here’s a few simple 10 Best Work in Dubai Guides to help those who need and will be working there.

Work Permit – Work permit and residency visa is required. Employers take care of this particular need but as a worker, you have to make sure you have one.
Temporary Working Visa – The period of stay in this visa will vary based on which country you come. For particulars, feel free to check in the local UAE embassy regarding the rules that govern this particular.
Passport Issues – A prime requisite before getting a work permit. Fake passports can cause total ban to work in Dubai.
Labor Contract – A labor contract in 3 copies is needed. May be written in English or Arabic. Has to be approved by the Labor Ministry to make sure that you are in the right terms with your company and recruitment agency and that they are well informed of all your contract terms. Has to clearly state the 60-day renewal period for your labor card.
Labor Card – This has to be valid up to 3 years and is applied as soon as you work in Dubai or any Emirates member. Cancellation of your labor card would mean invalidity to apply for a work permit.
Tax-Free Jobs – Direct personal taxation is against the law in Dubai which means salary is fully remitted to workers.
Free Trade Zones – The free-trade zones in Dubai make it easy for world business investors to jump in which creates a stable pool of jobs for people from around the world. Right now there are 15 free trade zones and counting.
Company to Work – Should be duly licensed and registered business in the Ministry of Labor. Check for this and make sure to avoid getting scammed.
Deportable Diseases – There are 4 deportable diseases in Dubai today namely, Tuberculosis (TB), AIDS or HIV virus, Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C (the latest to come in the list).
Renting Place to Stay – Renting an apartment alone in Dubai is really costly and one of the mostly bypassed information for workers looking to work in Dubai. If you are interested to save on this, look for people who live together like same nationalities you have and live with them. This will save you a few bucks to your pocket.

These 10 Best Work in Dubai Guides work with the 7 Emirates namely, Ajman, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Fujairah, Ras al-Khaimah and Umm al-Quwain.

If you find any wrong information here, please feel free to contact me using my profile here at Articles Base or make a comment and include your corrections and I’d be happy to make the necessary changes. Thank you.

See more available JOBS IN DUBAI, UAE by visiting our –Work in Dubai– website.

If you are an OFW, please SEE MY BLOG about –Jobs in Dubai or the JOB CATEGORY PAGE for more jobs.

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Etihad Airways does not face any challenge like other Int’l Airlines,James Hogan

Kyoto, March 30th, 2010 (WAM) — James Hogan, CEO of Etihad Airways, has said the Airlines is not hit by global financial crisis and UAE is a major tourist attraction for Japanese visitors.

He added that the first flight from Abu Dhabi International Airport to Narita Airport in Tokyo was operated last Saturday, and five weekly direct flights will be operated from Abu Dhabi to Tokyo.


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He pointed out that global aviation sector has been hit hard by the sharp drop experienced in tourism because of the global financial crisis and H1N1 disease.

Hogan stressed that Etihad Airways, which started working in 2003 and operates flights to 60 destinations worldwide, does not face challenges and problems alike American, European and Japanese airlines, pointing to the new fleet and saying that the company has a “clean budget.” He added that there are about 350 Japanese companies operating in UAE and about 8000 Japanese have visited Abu Dhabi during the year 2009, while the number of Japanese visitors increased during January and February this year, by 12 per cent over the same period during the previous year, according to the Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority.

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Emirates A380 to serve Manchester from 1st September

DUBAI, March 30th, 2010: Manchester will become the most northerly point on the world’s A380 network after Emirates Airlines revealed its latest plans for the superjumbo. A 517-seat version of the giant aircraft will serve Manchester from 1st September – as the airline marks a double decade of service to the city.

The A380 will replace Boeing 777 aircraft on EK017 from Dubai and EK018 out of Manchester. At the same time, Manchester will become the world’s first regional airport to have a regular A380 service.

“Manchester has become one of the strongest performers in our growing network of regional gateways. Our customers value our commitment to a regional network at a time when other airlines are abandoning them. We are delighted to give our Manchester customers the very best available in the shape of the Emirates’ A380, which, without doubt, has revolutionised flying,” Salem Obaidalla, Emirates’ Senior Vice President, Commercial Operations, Europe ‘&’ Russian Federation, said.

Manchester Airport’s Managing Director, Andrew Cornish, said, “Emirates Airlines‘ decision to operate daily A380 services between Manchester and Dubai represents an historic moment for this airport and the region that we serve. We have invested close to ?10m (Dhs54.8m) in upgrading the airfield and terminal, both to accommodate the aircraft itself and to create a fitting environment for Emirates’ customers, whether it is at check-in, using the airline’s executive lounge or at the gate area.” Emirates is currently operating eight A380s. They serve London Heathrow, Toronto, Paris, Jeddah, Bangkok, Seoul, Sydney and Auckland

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Travel agent arrested in credit fraud

Travel agent arrested in credit fraud
A Winnipeg travel agency owner already facing numerous credit card fraud charges has been arrested again.

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The Arab Mind

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ONE OF THE GREAT LANDMARKS OF CULTURAL STUDIES
First published in 1973, revised in 1983, and now updated with new demographic information about the Arab world, The Arab Mind takes readers on a journey through the societies and peoples of a complex and volatile region. This sensitive study explores the historical origins of Arab nationalism, the distinctive rhetorical style of Arabic speakers and its effect on politics, traditional attitudes toward child-rearing practices, the status of women, the beauty of Arabic literature, and much more.

MORE RELEVANT NOW THAN EVER
Since September 11, the book s lessons have been misconstrued by some but have proven indispensable to those trying to truly understand the roots of the major political conflicts of our time. Patai s sympathetic but critical depiction of Arab culture explores the continuing role of the Bedouin values of honor and courage in modern Arab culture, inter-Arab conflict and the aspiration toward unity, and how anti-Western attitudes conflated with anti-modernization have led to stagnation in much of the Arab world.

DRAWS ON A LIFETIME OF EXPERTISE
Patai, a prominent anthropologist and historian, drew on both his research and his personal experience to produce this indispensable work in the field of Middle Eastern studies. With an updated foreword by Norvell B. DeAtkine, former director of Middle East Studies at the JFK Special Warfare School, The Arab Mind remains a relevant and crucial masterpiece of scholarship for anyone seeking to understand this multifaceted culture today.

The Arab Mind

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The 2006 Economic and Product Market Databook for Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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In performing various economic analyses for its clients, I have occasionally been asked to investigate the market potential for various products and services in United Arab Emirates. The purpose of this study is to understand the density of demand within United Arab Emirates and the extent to which Dubai might be used as a point of distribution within The Middle East. From an economic perspective, however, Dubai does not represent a population within rigid geographical boundaries, rather, it represents an area of dominant influence over markets in adjacent areas. This influence varies from one industry to another, but also from one period of time to another. In what follows, I summarize the economic potential for Dubai over the next five years for hundreds of industries, categories and products. The goal of this report is to report the real economic potential, or what an economist calls the latent demand, represented by Dubai when defined as an area of dominant influence. The reader needs to realize that latent demand may or may not represent real sales. For many items, latent demand is clearly observable in sales, as in the case for food or housing items. Consider, however, the category “satellite launch vehicles”. Clearly, there are no launch pads in Dubai used by the space industry to launch satellites. However, the core benefit of the vehicles (e.g. telecommunications, etc.) is “consumed” by the area served by Dubai. Without Dubai, in other words, the market for satellite launch vehicles would be lower for the population in United Arab Emirates, The Middle East, or the world in general. One needs to allocate, therefore, a portion of the worldwide economic demand for launch vehicles to both The Middle East and Dubai. The data presented are the result of various spatial econometric and time-series forecasting models which, for each category presented, are applied to forecast and allocate demand across all countries of the world and major distribution centers or centers of dominant influence within each country. This is accomplished knowing that economic fundamentals (e.g. income) generally vary from one city to another within a given country over time. In this report, I report the allocation for each category for Dubai as an area of dominant influence in United Arab Emirates and, potentially, The Middle East. Important Caveat. Category definitions may overlap. The sum of multiple categories, therefore, may double count.

The 2006 Economic and Product Market Databook for Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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Arab Society and Culture: An Essential Guide

  • ISBN13: 9780863566165
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Arab Society and Culture provides wide-ranging essays and supplementary readings that examine recent social and cultural change in Arab societies.

From investigations of consumerism and Islam on the Internet to changing attitudes toward sex, gender, and homosexuality, this collection challenges stereotypes and assesses the impact of increasingly global and mobile lifestyles on family structure, public space, and private life. Emphasis is placed on how local cultures are adapting to global and postmodern transformations.

Samples are taken from a wide range of writings on the Middle East, including essays by Orhan Pamuk, Bertrand Russell, Edward Said, Amin Maalouf, and Nawal El Saadawi. Many of the contributors have US academic posts and affiliations.

Samir Khalaf is a professor of sociology and director of the Center for Behavioral Research at the American University of Beirut. He has held academic appointments at Princeton, Harvard, MIT, and New York University, and is most recently the co-editor of Sexuality in the Arab World (Saqi Books, 2006).

Roseanne Saad Khalaf is an assistant professor of English and creative writing at the American University of Beirut, and she is the co-editor of Transit Beirut (Saqi Books, 2006).

Arab Society and Culture: An Essential Guide

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Off Road Driving in Abu Dhabi – are you ready for the challenge?

Just a little over 50 years ago, Abu Dhabi was no more than a fishing village with a fort, some coral buildings and endless desserts dotted with oases. As the capital of the United Arab Emirates, Abu Dhabi does not hold as much world prominence as neighbouring Dubai. However, it offers a more traditional approach to Arabian living, and the skies are dominated by gleaming skyscrapers, the shopping is just as exceptional and the food divine! Some of the great places to see whilst on holiday include, the Abu Dhabi Heritage Village, Cultural Foundation, Emirates Palace, Corniche Park, Qasr al-Husn and the Women’s Handicraft Centre. Shopping in Abu Dhabi is exceptional at the Deira City Centre and Marina Mall Tower, whilst dining opportunities offers itself from local delicacies to international fast food chains.

Expanses of dessert surround Abu Dhabi, and there is no better thrill than doing some off road driving. The activity is so popular that today it has become a sport, and the annual competition of the Abu Dhabi Dessert Challenge, which is the closing event of the FIM Cross Country Rallies World Championships and FIA Cross Country Rally World Cup. A collection of cars, bikes and trucks partake in this event each year. Driving on what is locally known as ‘wadis’ or dessert trails is easy, but once you take your 4WD off the road, the drive becomes more challenging and it always advisable to have a second vehicle at hand, along with an experienced driver who is familiar with the terrain. A book guide is available called the UAE Off-Road Explorer, which is quite useful. Tour operators can also be easily found to take your on your off road drive in the Abu Dhabi dessert. The challenges are exhilarating and the techniques are entirely different to driving on the road, so if you are up for the adventure, there is no better place to start, than Abu Dhabi dessert!

Planning a trip to Abu Dhabi? There are many accommodation options in Abu Dhabi to choose from. But none stands out like the Millennium Hotel Abu Dhabi that offers a fine array of rooms and suites that cater to families, groups and individuals. A better known five star hotel from the many Abu Dhabi hotels available in the city, Millennium Hotel Abu Dhabi also provides the additional service of babysitting your children if required.

Pushpitha Wijesinghe is an experienced independent freelance writer. He specializes in providing a wide variety of content and articles related to the travel hospitality industry.

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Where Dubai CityGuide

  • ISBN13: 9780762747115
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The Dubai CityGuide is an information-packed pocket guide, taking the guesswork out of a visit to the city.  Overview maps show key places of interest such as The World and Bastakia Quarter, and detailed PopOut maps feature the greater Dubai area.

Where Dubai CityGuide

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Marriott International Adds Two Brands to Pegasus Solutions Global Commission Processing

Marriott International Adds Two Brands to Pegasus Solutions Global Commission Processing
SCOTTSDALE, DALLAS and LONDON (March 29, 2010) – Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE: MAR) has expanded its relationship with Pegasus Solutions with the addition of two brands to the company’s agent-preferred Global Commission Processing Services , including Marriott ExecuStay, and the Autograph Collection.

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Abaya 25

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  • Sequin and All over thread work
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  • Elegant Abaya

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Raw silk look abaya with all over emb.

Abaya 25

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