Monday, July 27, 2009
blurb logoI recently compiled most of our Newlywed in Dubai blog entries into a book using the website

And now you can order a copy today!

Even though it's "print on demand" the books look quite good. calls them "Bookstore-Quality Books" with durable perfect binding, a laminated 4-color, 10 pt. cover and 60-pound text paper on the inside.

So please, check it out.

And yes, we plan on putting together a more comprehensive collection of essays about our time in Dubai soon. But for now, relive the blog - in book format!
posted by Josh at 8:30 PM | 0 comments
Monday, August 25, 2008
Well everyone, it's been ... an experience.

And now it's over. Yes, my last real tie to Dubai is back in the States and sleeping in the room next door. Liz got home safely this morning.

So I think we're done here.

If you'd like to join me over at the creatively named to follow us on our continuing adventures, that'd be cool.

If not, well salāmu `alaykum.

Go with peace.
posted by Josh at 2:10 AM | 1 comments
Sunday, August 24, 2008
So tomorrow marks the closing ceremony of these Summer Olympics. Well, I know this says I'm posting on "Sunday" but here in the States it's still "Saturday". Although with the time zones, does that mean the closing ceremony is "Monday" for me?

Gah, I'm so bad at all of this time travel.

Anyway, here are two stories about the Olympics that tie to us. First up is the crazily-titled AFP story run in the Khaleej Times:

UAE shaikha kicked in her face in Olympic taekwondo debut

And that's bad ... right?

Sorry, I don't know much about taekwondo.

I do know one thing - the article mislabels Shaikha Maitha as "a member of the Gulf country's ruling royal family".

Technically wouldn't you say that she's "a member of one of the Gulf country's ruling royal families"? Her father is His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai.

(Sorry to do his whole title, but I won't have many more chances to do that here!)

So she's a Maktoum - but they're hardly the only ruling family. You also got the Nahyans, the Nuaimis, the Sharqis, the Qasimis, the other Qasimis and the Mu`allas.

Anyway, she has some great quotes in the whole "it's an honor to be nominated" vein. The South Korean kicker has some nice quotes, too.

Wow. Taekwondo appears to be very civilized. I mean, especially for a sport that literally translates to: "the way of the fist and foot".

Anyway, in other Olympic-related-to-Josh-and-Liz-news, the tiny island nation of Mauritius earned their first Olympic medal ever.

You might remember Mauritius from our honeymoon.

We got back to Dubai from that trip two years ago yesterday.

Well, two years ago yesterday when I'm writing this, which is Friday.

I mean, I'm writing this on Saturday but ... aw, forget it.
posted by Josh at 6:28 AM | 0 comments
Saturday, August 23, 2008
How had I not heard about this deleted scene from Iron Man until today? Huh. I must be slipping.

In it Tony Stark (played by Robert Downey Jr.) throws a party at his house in Dubai.

It's pretty lame, really (is that valet parking attendant wearing a fez?) but it's Dubai on screen, which so far has been rare ...

posted by Josh at 7:29 AM | 0 comments
Boston Red Sox logoThis has nothing whatsoever to do with Dubai, sorry, but but some of you might be interested in today's Los Angeles Times article about the ambiguity of Mickey Mouse's copyright.

Somewhere in Burbank there's a roomful of Disney lawyers having the worst Friday of their lives.
posted by Josh at 12:26 AM | 0 comments
Friday, August 22, 2008
Ooh! Forbes is at it again with a new list of The World's Richest Royals!

For those of you who are too lazy to click the link, here's the list (with Dubai's Sheikh Mo rocking the five-spot):

1) King Bhumibol Adulyadej
(Thailand) - $35 billion

2) Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan
(UAE - Abu Dhabi) - $23 billion

3) King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz
(The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia) - $21 billion

4) Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah
(Brunei) - $20 billion

5) Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum
(UAE - Dubai) - $18 billion

6) Prince Hans-Adam II von und zu Liechtenstein
(Liechtenstein) - $5 billion

7) Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani
(Qatar) - $2 billion

8) King Mohammed VI
(Morocco) - $1.5 billion

9) Prince Albert II
(Monaco) - $1.4 billion

10) Sultan Qaboos bin Said
(Oman) - $1.1 billion

For the record, in March it was estimated that Warren Buffett is the richest person in the world with $62 billion. A Mexican telecommunications magnate, Carlos Slim Helú, is number two with $60 billion.

Which means that Bill Gates is only the third richest with $58 billion.

Poor Bill. However, maybe if Windows Vista wasn't such a vistaster he'd be up a little higher ...
posted by Josh at 7:47 AM | 2 comments
So I generally don't read the gossipy Dubai blogs, but for some reason I just checked over at Secret Dubai Diary.

Their most recent story (from last week) is that former Baywatch actress / Playboy bunny / Rocker Wife Pamela Anderson is now dating a member of Abu Dhabi's royal family.

Sheikha Pamela

That is a perfect relationship. Totally mutually beneficial. Both sides are bringing something to the table, and both sides get to live out some cheesey romance novel storyline.

As my buddy Nate would say, "Everybody plays, everybody wins".

Good for them.
posted by Josh at 7:27 AM | 0 comments
Today's The National tells us that the Dubai Metro Red Line is finished from Al Rashidiya to Jebel Ali. The Red Line follows Sheikh Zayed Road the whole 52 kilometers (32 miles).

Dubai hits Red Line milestone for metro

The Metro will open in September of 2009 and will have the capacity to carry 27,000 passengers per hour in each direction.

However, whether anyone will actually ride it is anyone's guess.

My guess?

No. Nobody will ride it.
posted by Josh at 7:19 AM | 0 comments
Thursday, August 21, 2008
This is a happy article: Mangrove species flourishes in the United Arab Emirates after a century of local extinction.

I don't know a whole lot about mangrove trees, what with their sensitivity to freezing temperatures, but it's nice that there are folks in the UAE doing some nice things for the environment.
posted by Josh at 6:19 AM | 0 comments
Huh, look at this: U. of California Provost Heads to United Arab Emirates.

The UC system is freaking huge, with something like 190,000 students in it. It's also fairly prestigious - six of its ten campuses are ranked in the top 50 U.S. universities by U.S. News and World Report.

The thing that I don't get is this description from the article: "United Arab Emirates University, the Persian Gulf nation’s premier research institution" - personally I'd never even heard of UAEU until this article.

In fact, do people even call it UAEU? I'm being a bit presumptuous to even assume that!

And frankly, the wikipedia post leaves a little to be desired, too ...

But the funniest thing is that this Dr. Hume person is a dentist. His doctorate is in dentistry. Not in education, he's "Dr. Hume D.D.S."

He's probably not even "highly qualified" enough to teach at a public school in the States.

"Doctor". Ha!

The only thing more bogus than that would be if you received a honorary doctorate from a private, for-profit university that doesn't even have a doctoral program at any one of its eight campuses in six countries, and you still make people call you "Doctor __ ____".

But nobody would be that foolish.

Would they?
posted by Josh at 6:11 AM | 1 comments
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
I'd read this somewhere before, and now I see it here again. This article on Dubai's dos and don'ts says while in Dubai not to eat food or accept anything with the left hand. It's rude to the local Emiratis.

Now, as a lefty, most everything I do in life is left-centric. And honestly in my two years in the emirate I never changed any of my eating or drinking habits.

Then again, I never was around many locals - they only make up one-fifth of the population. And the ones I know were in school with me, so we didn't do much eating.

Although during the breaks in class I did hold my Diet Pepsi can with my left hand.

Maybe that's why nobody would talk to me and they all threw things at me and called me names.

Oh wait, no, that wasn't me, I'm confusing my MBA classes with a 1980s John Hughes movie again ...
posted by Josh at 12:02 AM | 0 comments