Welcome to the 21st century, UAE.
Nestled in the Arabian desert are two small cities, you might have heard of them, Dubai and its smaller neighbour Abu Dhabi? I mean, of course you're heard of them, these megacities aren't shy about shouting how great they are, and that's even true when it comes to thrill rides and waterparks.
When I wrote earlier this month about the need for civil society to engage with governments in the Gulf to achieve positive
For both governments and NGOs in the Gulf, engagement and mutual respect is the path to success. Governments have to face up to some hard truths but the reputation gains are worth the pain. For NGOs, reports and campaigns only go so far, talking to governments who are the only ones who can enact change, is more likely to lead to success.
During a recent visit to Abu Dhabi, I went to the first public viewing of the film Abdullah.
While the obstacles seem high right now the payoff is as well, and it's good to remember that never did technological disruption come without its challenges.
For many around the world, the UAE conjures up images of tall futuristic buildings, seven star hotels and oversized shopping complexes. However, behind the glamorous façade and expensive PR campaign, there lies an increasingly authoritarian police state that contrasts greatly the flamboyant image it likes to project.
The picture that panicked my family Image Credit: Judith Lewis But is it safe as a woman to walk around in capris and a short
Like endless spice mountains, the deep saffrons and mustards of the Arabian desert unravel into the horizon. Deep yellow waves start and end everywhere. The steaming sun bouncing off the hills.
As the UAE Government joins global policymakers at the UNGA and COP21, the Zayed Future Energy Prize will continue to identify and reward the businesses, organisations, schools and individuals that may define the success of global commitments on the future of sustainability.