Category: Opinion

fake news

Summer potpourri: Fake news and Almamlaka’s new TV

At no time in the long history of journalism have societies faced the challenge of what we now call fake news. The first journal was published in ancient Rome, around 59 BC, but the first printed newspaper appeared in Antwerp…

smart city

The World’s First Smart City: A Smarter Way to Live

The race is on to create the world’s first smart city. But will it live up to the hype? How do you create a smart city? There are competing ideas floating about, but the most straightforward route involves filling a…

school

The Road to Better School Buses

A government effort to create a regulatory framework for public school transport is commendable, but it should not come at the expense of the price that parents have to pay. In a recent meeting of his cabinet’s economic team, Prime…

fake news

Is a New Social Contract Really Needed?

Jordan’s prime minister has interpreted this summer’s protests as broad-based desire for a new social contract. This is a mistake. By Osama Al Sharif More than two months have passed since thousands of protestors took to the streets to demand…

fees

UAE Cuts Tourism Fees to Encourage Growth

Recent moves by the Abu Dhabi and UAE governments to waive or reduce hotel and visa fees are expected to bolster the country’s important tourism sector and pave the way for more investments. In June the Abu Dhabi Executive Committee…

refugee crisis

Omar Razzaz, Agility is the Answer

To successfully overcome the challenges ahead, Omar Razzaz and his new government will need to move quickly and transparently. A new government headed by Omar Razzaz was established recently. The administration’s main motto is agility. This means it will focus…

retail

New Developments to Spur Growth in Abu Dhabi’s Retail Sector

Improving economic conditions, increased tourism numbers and the launch of two major development projects are forecast to support growth in Abu Dhabi’s retail sector, especially within the food and beverages (F&B) segment. In late April it was announced that construction…

services

Rise of On Demand Insurance and Services

Thanks to new tech innovations, on demand insurance and other services have branched out into industries beyond entertainment and transportation. Customers can now purchase them via a mobile app. By Rae Steinbach It’s easy to understand why on demand insurance…

smart city

Step Away From your Screens

A campaign against spending too much time in front of screens is gaining momentum, particularly among activist parents seeking to counter what they believe to be their children’s device addiction. While this situation is totally understandable, and has been an…