The Sex & the City 2 Spin

July 14, 2010 at 4:53 pm | Posted in Eye on the Gulf, Girltalk | 1 Comment
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I’m probably one of the biggest Sex & the City fans there is.¬† I love the glamour, the fashion, the personalities and of course New York ūüôā¬† I loved the first movie and I love the Sequel even more.¬† But for glamour’s sake, I think I need to lessen the STC2 spin on Abu Dhabi and Arabs in general so any of you who haven’t been there know what it’s really like. I’ve lived in the Middle East for over 10 years (Beirut, Kuwait, Dubai) and…

  • I’ve never seen sand nor a camel unless I sign up for an excursion just as they did.
  • Only 20 – 30% of ladies and men wear the traditional wear which hardly ever consists of the Burqa covering the whole face.¬† Last I checked, that was only in certain areas of KSA.
  • Most of the women and men in all these countries dress just the same as Western ladies do if not sexier.
  • Let me take the above statement one step further and¬†state that most us “Middle Easterners” are actually Westerners with dual nationalities that were born or lived most of our lives outside of the Middle East.
  • If you had sex on the beach in America, you’d also be put away for a considerable amount of time.
  • That wasn’t Abu Dhabi… It was Morocco… Abu Dhabi is modern, green and stunningly new.

As one last statement on the matter, I invite everyone living outside of the Middle East to come and witness our beauty of nature, our architecture, our history, our vibrant lives, our charm and our glamour.  You might never return back home. 

Rotating Towers in Dubai & Moscow

November 6, 2008 at 3:24 pm | Posted in Around the World, Eye on the Gulf | 2 Comments
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Dubai has once again outdone itself and the rest of the world with its new project called Dynamic Architecture  by David Fisher which basically are moving skyscrapers or rotating towers.  Watch the comprehensive Video on this new type of skyscraper and what can be expected from the first project of its kind located in Dubai and Moscow.  You can even visit the website on the link above and reserve your place.

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Middle Eastern vs. Western World

November 2, 2008 at 3:00 pm | Posted in Around the World, Girltalk | 5 Comments
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I recently read a post called Style Battle: Middle East v. Western World ¬†about a picture that doesn’t portray the image of¬†repressed women in the Middle East that most people around the world¬†are used to.¬† I was so happy when I read that post and it inspired me to write one of my own because¬†I really want to get the message out to as many people as possible.¬†

Yes there is an issue of repression¬†of women¬†in¬†some areas of Afghanistan and Saudi Arabia and maybe a bit in Iran¬†which has happened in recent years due to fanatacism¬†which is in no way representative of Islam or the Middle East.¬†¬†On the contrary, women in the¬†Middle East are considered¬†precious and¬†truly valued. Especially the Mother.¬†¬†Women (most atleast) in the Middle East live the life that most people can only dream of.¬† Just because a woman wears a veil doesn’t¬†in any way¬†mean that she is repressed.¬† It¬†may be a religious duty or an obligation but it doesn’t¬†necessarilty deem that woman as repressed and she is usually the one who chooses to be covered.¬†¬†Actually if you visit the Middle East, you will see some of the most beautiful fabrics in the world worth thousands of dollars which make the Hijab’s that these ladies wear.

From a general view, Life in the rest of the Middle East is fabulous¬†for men and women if you have the means to enjoy it.¬† I moved to the Middle East with my family when I was 17 and I never moved back to the States eventhough my parents urged me to go back.¬† But if you ask anyone who has¬†lived in¬†both the ME and the WEST…¬† you will get¬†a very similar response.¬† Here’s what I love about the Middle East as a single girl who travels back and forth between Lebanon and Kuwait.

  • I am extremely safe.¬† If I ever face any problems, I can just scream and every male in a radius of a mile will be at my assistance protecting a woman’s honor.
  • I am just a short flight away from some of the best destinations in the world.¬† Europe, Far East, Greece, Turkey, Dubai, Lebanon.
  • I have a Great job and I make a ton of Tax free money.
  • I don’t have to pay for anything that requires entertainment.¬† In most cases, the men pay for everything.¬† So whether it’s a date or just hanging out as friends, girls are usually spoiled ūüôā
  • I don’t have to do any house work.¬† We pay very good money for maids to do that.¬† And no they are not repressed either!¬† They make really good money and have better accomodation and treatment than they do in their home countries.¬†
  • I almost always have my nails and hair done by a salon because the prices are so cheap… Beauty and fashion is VERY IMPORTANT in the Middle East which is half of the reason that almost any women over here could compete on a celebrity level with perfect bodies and faces.
  • After I get married, whether I work or not is my choice because it’s usually the man’s responsibility to take care of the finances, whereas it’s the woman’s responsibility to take care of the house and kids.¬† Of course, many women work to entertain themselves and even to assist with support of the family these days so this is not etched in stone.
  • Luxury cars are very accessible.¬† Me and almost everyone I know has a gorgeous car from a BMW to a MERC to Porsche.
  • Luxurywear is also very accessible… Clothes, bags, glasses, shoes.
  • You can enjoy¬†the best nightlife¬†in the world (especially in Lebanon or Dubai)
  • I dress however I feel like dressing.¬† Noone obliges me to wear anything.¬† Most ladies in the middle east are among the most stylish women in the world.¬† And if this is about skin, then visit Dubai or Lebanon or Egypt or Jordan for an expose of the most beautiful¬†hardly dressed¬†bodies in the world.

I know I sound like a spoiled brat right now but¬†why shouldn’t I live it up if it’s right there¬†for the taking?¬† It doesn’t mean I am not an independent woman because I work for every dollar that I make.¬† I am sure I am missing a ton of benefits but since I’m at work, I am not giving it my full effort.¬† But I’m sure any Middle Eastern ladies or any Western ladies living in the Middle East reading this can¬†point out alot more¬†benefits.

Lesson: Don’t always believe what you hear or see on TV especially through the news.¬† Propaganda is created for political purposes but is not real 80% of the time.¬†

Chez Toi: Beauty on Delivery

October 20, 2008 at 12:12 pm | Posted in Eye on the Gulf, Get Gorgeous | 4 Comments
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For all you ladies in Dubai or who transit through Dubai on occasion, keep this information handy.

I’m not one to promote anything without trying it¬†but I recently heard that a close friend of mine finally took the plunge opened a¬†doorstep spa called¬†CHEZ TOI.¬† And I can assure you that anything this creative lady puts her hands to will be done with style, comfort through modernity and the best quality you will come across.

Available in Dubai, Chez Toi offers Beauty on Delivery by bringing the necessities to your home.¬† Nailcare, waxing, facial treatments, massages and special body treatments are brought to your doorstep.¬† And the good news is, you just have to reserve online or by phone and show up… They’ll do the rest.¬†

Their Promise:

I think this idea is a must have in Dubai especially with the traffic congestion and the late working hours!

Hope you guys enjoy!  Please give me your feedback when you try it. 

Telephone:  04 3397117
Email:  enquiries@cheztoibeauty.com
Website:  http://www.cheztoibeauty.com

An American who Moved to Dubai

April 22, 2008 at 4:34 pm | Posted in Eye on the Gulf | Leave a comment
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This story can’t be missed.¬† It’s HILARIOUS AND SO SO TRUE.¬† Thanx Bambina for sending me this mail.

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This following extract is taken from an American who moved to Dubai earlier this year…
April 30th:
Just got transferred to work and live in beautiful Dubai, UAE! WOW!!!
Now this is a city that knows how to live!!! Beautiful sunny days and warm balmy evenings. It’s like New York City minus all the crocks, murderers, and drunks. What a place! I watched the sunset from a deck chair on my beautiful bedroom verandah. It was beautiful. I’ve finally found my home. I love it here.

May 13th:
Really heating up. Got to 95 degrees today. Not a problem. Live in an air- conditioned home, drive an air-conditioned car, and everything is fully air-conditioned. What a pleasure to see the sun everyday like this. I’m turning into a sun worshiper.

May 30th:
Had the backyard landscaped with tropical plants today around our lovely pool. Lots of palms and rocks. What a breeze to maintain. No more mowing lawn for me. Another scorcher today, but I love it here.
Heat is no problem at all.

June 10th:
The temperature hasn’t been below 95 all week even during the night.
How do people get used to this kind of heat? At least today it’s kind of windy though. But getting used to the heat is taking longer than I expected.

July 15th:
Fell asleep by the pool. Got 3rd degree burns over 90% of my body.
Missed 5 days of work. What a dumb thing to do in this lovely city. I learned my lesson though. Got to respect the ol’ sun in a climate like this.

July 20th:
Kitty (our cat) sneaked into the car when I left for the office. By the time I got to the hot car for my lunch break, Kitty had died and swollen up to the size of a shopping bag and stank up the $60,000 Audi. I told the kids that she ran away. The car now smells like Wiskettes and cat shit. I learned my lesson though. No more pets in this heat.

July 25th:
The wind sucks. It feels like a giant fucking hair dryer in here!!!
And it’s hot as hell. The home air-conditioner died. The fucking AC repairman charged 500 Dirhams just to drive over and tell me it was broken in fucking Hindu English or some language that I couldn’t understand.

July 30th:
Air conditioner still broken. Been sleeping outside by the pool for 3 nights now because it is 7000 fucking degrees inside. Bloody 2,000,000 Dirhams house and we can’t even go inside. Why did I ever come here?
Fuck the sun. Fuck the wind. Fuck the freakin’ ocean. And fucking locals walk around dressed in white tablecloths followed by little black female ninjas. Fucking crazy town.

August 4th:
It’s 114 fucking degrees today. Finally got the ol’ air-conditioner fixed. It cost 2,000 fucking Dirhams and got the temperature down to 25, but the fucking humidity makes the house feel 30 fucking Dubai degrees. Stupid terrorist repairman. I hate this stupid fucking place.

August 8th:
If another local wiseass cracks, ‘Hot enough for you today?’ I’m going to fucking whack him all the way back to his goddamn desert. Fucking Dubai; by the time I get to work with all that fucking traffic and heat, the car’s radiator is boiling over, my clothes are soaking wet, and I smell like a baked cat!!!

August 9th:
Tried to run some errands today because it is fucking Friday. Wore shorts and sat on the black leather seats in my Audi. The seat was so fucking hot I thought my ass was on fire. I lost 2 layers of flesh and all the hair on the back of my legs and my fucking ass. Now my car smells like burnt hair, fried ass, and a baked cat.

August 10th:
The weather report might as well be a fucking recording. Hot, humid and fucking sunny. Hot, humid and fucking sunny. Hot, humid and fucking sunny. It’s been too hot to do anything for 2 damn months and the weatherman dude wearing the fucking white tablecloth on TV says it might really warm up next week. Does it ever rain in this damn fucking place? What is next, a fucking hell freezing over wave?

August 14th:
WELCOME TO HELL!!! Temperature got to 120 today. Now the air-conditioner’s gone in my fucking Audi. The fucking Audi serviceman said, ‘Hot enough for you today?’ Fuck him and fuck Audi. My wife had to spend the 7,000 Dirham to bail my ass out of jail for assaulting that stupid fucking Paki bastard wiseass. Fuck Dubai! What kind of a sick demented fucking idiot would want to live in this shit hole?

August 15th: (Independence Day ?)
Fuck this place. I’m off back to New York

 

 

The World Exclusive : DUBAI

February 14, 2008 at 4:42 pm | Posted in Eye on the Gulf | 2 Comments
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¬†Burj Dubai as seen from “The World”

It’s time to once again visit one of my favorite places in the world with regards to absolute amazement.¬†¬† The World Exclusive¬†was just launched on Arabian Business with new pics and videos of “The World”and all the views of Dubai from “The World” and up √Įn the air.¬† What a work in progress!!!¬†

The Gulf: Luxury Overdose

January 20, 2008 at 4:24 pm | Posted in Around the World, Eye on Kuwait, Eye on the Gulf, The Luxe Life | 4 Comments
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The Gulf Countries have managed to transform from desert into fantasy world in less than a decade. And they’re still going… Dubai, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Kuwait and Abu Dhabi are taking turns on creating awe in their multibillion dollar projects. Now we have ski resorts, the highest skyscrapers in the world, safaris, islands, theme cities and almost any other scenario you can imagine in the world. You can find the delights of the most famous countries and cities in the world in the Gulf except maybe the Grand Canyon and the Alps but I’m sure they will find a solution for that soon.

According to various sources, an estimated One Trillion Dollars are currently being invested in the Middle East. A recently published report called ‚ÄúThe Middle East Leisure Landscape 2020 Study‚ÄĚ by GFF gives a full breakdown on what‚Äôs to come. This includes 166 different projects in 13 countries.

The three countries that accounted for the most part of that investment were Dubai with $381.4 billion, Saudi Arabia with $184.4 billion and Abu Dhabi with $131.3 billion.

The top projects being created by the real estate giants Tatweer, Aldar and Emaar include (by order of cost):

1. King Abdullah Economic City, KSA: $120 billion

2. Dubailand, Dubai: $110 billion

3. City of Silk, Kuwait: $ 86 billion

4. The Arabian Canal, Dubai: $ 61 billion

And that‚Äôs only the tip of the iceberg, it would take a couple of hours to write all the other projects that are in progress now including ‚ÄúThe Universe‚ÄĚ which are another set of islands in Dubai, the museums such as “The Louvre”¬†in Abudhabi, the cities, the manmade greenery and so much more.

The transportation is even being improved with each of the Gulf countries investing in Rail systems throughout their growing capital cities.

What is to come, we don’t know… But it seems to be turning out to be the only vacation spot of the future.¬† Why go to different locations when you can find all the natural wonders of the world in one spot?¬† More imporantly, how much money do they actually have to keep up the overheads of these mega projects for years and decades to come?¬† I doubt the breakeven was even considered in most of these cases.

Book now for Emirates’ maiden A380 flight

January 17, 2008 at 2:14 pm | Posted in Eye on the Gulf, Newsflash | Leave a comment
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by Rob Corder on Wednesday, 16 January 2008   (Arabian Business)

Emirates Airline will make its first commercial flight using the Airbus A380 super jumbo on October 1 this year on a direct flight to New York.

A search on the airline’s own e-booking website reveals that the 8.30am flight, EK201 from Dubai to New York, will be an A380. The earlier flight that day, and the same flight on the previous day, are still listed as Boeing 777-300ER flights.

A first class ticket on the maiden flight, returning on October 8 also on an A380, will cost 24,590 UAE dirhams ($6,700), according to the airline’s website.

On the first ever A380 flight, which was made by Singapore Airlines, one passenger paid $100,000 for two first class tickets.

The Dubai to New York flight is currently on sale for 15,570 dirhams ($4242) in business class and a mere 5,260 dirhams ($1433) in economy.

Australia is expected to be the second country served by Emirates A380 flights in early 2009, according to industry sources.

The massive double-decker aircraft can be configured in an almost infinite number of ways, but Emirates is expected to fly with a three-cabin configuration with seating for a total of 490 passengers.

First class passengers will be able to enjoy a range of onboard facilities including the ability to take a shower, according to travel website etravelblackboard.com.

Currently, Emirates is the largest customer of Airbus A380s with 58 on order. The first plane is expected to be delivered in August.

UPDATE:  FIRST CLASS TICKETS HAVE BEEN SOLD OUT. THEY SOLD OUT WITHIN HOURS OF PUTTING THEM UP FOR SALE.

Dubai Floods in Pics

January 16, 2008 at 8:01 pm | Posted in Eye on the Gulf | Leave a comment
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I had no idea how bad the flooding in Dubai was until my friend “Sunshine” told me he’s working from home because he can’t leave the house due to the floods.¬† On the news, the videos of the chaos in Sharjah is shocking. People are¬†wadding through¬†water to their¬†knees, schools are out,¬†noone can get to work.¬† You would think that they have some form of drainage system.¬† But I guess not.¬† Youtube has plenty of videos of today’s situation such as this one.¬† Link.¬† Ok I promise, enough reports of chaos for one week.

Pictures taken from BBC.

Dubai Faces a Strange Week

January 16, 2008 at 9:11 am | Posted in Eye on the Gulf | Leave a comment
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Dubai is a place I will mention often as most of my best friends live there not to mention it’s one of my favorite vacation spots.¬† I just love watching how quick and creatively they grow.¬† One thing that keeps me from visiting on a monthly basis or living there for that matter is the traffic.¬† For those of you that are used to Dubai, it must have been the strangest experience watching this bustling metropolis sleep during Bush’s visit.¬† Everything literally closed down and the streets were empty as seen in the pictures sent to me by my best friend.¬†

If that weren’t enough, my other friends were telling me that Dubai was flooding from the downpour of rain yesterday.¬† That’s another first for a country that hardly¬†experiences a drop of rain.¬† On the subject of strange weather, Riyadh in Saudi Arabia is experiencing below freezing temperatures and might experience snow for the first time.

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