Dubai thinks big, big, and bigger

Dennis Sammut is in Dubai often, and never fails to be amazed by the shameless boldness with which the city takes on ambitious projects which have turned it in five decades from a small village into a dynamic metropolis. In this article for links-dar.org he looks at how in less than twenty four hours Dubai unveiled plans to build…

Barjeel Foundation in Sharjah hosts important discussion on artists and nationalism.

The Barjeel Art Foundation in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, is fast developing a reputation not only for great art exhibitions, but also for stimulating discussions where the message behind the art is discussed and analysed. On Saturday it hosted a discussion on the theme “Drawing Nationalism. Where do Artists belong?” Dennis Sammut attended the event and shares…

The issue of religious minorities in Muslim countries causes controversy.

Senior Sunni relgious leaders in the Muslim world have clashed over the role of Christian communities in Muslim countries. Mehmet Görmez, Head of Turkey’s Religious Affairs Directorate, has sharply criticized Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdulaziz Al al-Shaikh of Saudi Arabia, for comments the latter made during a meeting with a delegation from the Kuwait-based Society of…

Thousands of trucks stuck at Saudi-UAE border.

A line of trucks waiting to cross the UAE-Saudi border on Tuesday stretched to 20km past Al Sila highway toward Abu Dhabi. The line keeps getting longer, with at least three trucks joining per minute. An estimated 5,000 trucks are stuck at the border while waiting to complete Saudi customs procedures. There has been no…