Category Archives: UAE

Gulf minister warns Germany to keep better control over its mosques

“You can’t just leave a mosque open and allow anyone to go there and to preach. You need to have licences,” said al Nahjan in an interview with DPA.

He added that the problem existed in Germany, France and the United Kingdom, arguing that Muslims were becoming radicalized in mosques where the authorities were not exerting strong enough control.


“You Rabid Dogs!”: Watch As Screaming Arab League Members Accuse Each Other Of Terrorism

Currently Qatar is being boycotted by four other Arab states and the once strong Gulf Cooperation Council alliance (GCC) is in shambles. Qatar’s Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Sultan bin Saad al-Muraikhi immediately raised the boycott in his opening remarks though the dispute was supposed to be carefully avoided and wasn’t on the agenda. He called Qatar’s gulf enemies, especially Saudi Arabia, “rabid dogs”.


Top prosecutor in United Arab Emirates sends 41 people to trial accused with planning terror acts in hope of ‘overthrowing the government’

The top prosecutor in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has referred 41 people to trial on charges of planning to carry out terrorist acts with the aim of overthrowing the government and establishing an “extremist state”, according to a statement released today.

In a statement, Prosecutor General Salem Saeed Kubaish, said that the cell called itself “Shabab Al-Manarah” or “Minaret Youths.” Kubaish went on to state that the group planned to carry out terrorist acts against the country’s leadership and public with the aim of creating an Islamic state, or caliphate.


Australian woman jailed in Abu Dhabi for Facebook post

An Australian woman has been arrested and jailed in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates for “writing bad words on social media”, the ABC reports.

Jodi Magi, aged 39, posted a photo to Facebook she had taken of a car parked across two disabled parking spaces outside her apartment in Abu Dhabi.

She blanked out the licence number and did not post any identifiable detail, according to the ABC’s PM program on Monday night.

But a complaint landed Ms Magi in an Abu Dhabi court, where she was found guilty of “writing bad words on social media about a person” and told she would be deported.

h/t Suze


UAE executes Muslim Terrorist convicted of US teacher’s murder

The UAE on Monday executed an Emirati woman convicted of the jihadist-inspired murder of a US schoolteacher in an Abu Dhabi shopping mall, state media reported.

Alaa Bader al-Hashemi, 30, was executed at dawn after President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al-Nahyan approved the death sentence issued last month, the official WAM news agency said.

It cited prosecutors at the state security court but did not say how the execution was carried out.


Islam is a religion of peace, say some bearded gnomes called ‘scholars’

Abu Dhabi: Islam is a religion of peace and it is the duty of Islamic scholars and thinkers to spread its original teachings in the face of extremists who are using the religion for their own violent goals, experts said at a major peace forum on Tuesday.

Some of Islam’s top scholars gathered in Abu Dhabi for the second annual Forum for Promoting Peace in Muslim Societies held under the patronage of Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs. The aim of the three-day forum is to come up with solutions to dispel misconceptions of Islam as well as extremist interpretations of the faith…


‘The abaya unifies and liberates women,’ says Emirati student

Example of dress in the UAE: ‘Business students stand with faculty member Dina Al Alami (center) and Omani guest speaker Aysha Al Wahaibi at a workshop on “Females As Entrepreneurs”.’ Source.

Abu Dhabi: Empowerment, culture, and a sense of belonging are some of the reasons why Maitha Al Memari wears the traditional abaya, not because she is forced to.

Delivering a lecture as part of New York Abu Dhabi’s (NYUAD) TEDx event, Maitha, an Emirati female student at NYUAD addressed some of the misconceptions surrounding the abaya and why Emirati women wear it.

Maitha acknowledged some of the negative perceptions that come with wearing an abaya, but was insistent that when it comes to the Emirati context, wearing the abaya has nothing to do with oppression or being forced to do so.

Abayas represented adulthood for me, I only started wearing the abaya on a daily basis around three years ago, and it made me feel like a grown elegant Emirati woman. The abaya gives me a sense of home, and a sense of belonging. A meaning many people associate the abaya with is a form of oppression, it oppresses women, and disables their freedom of speech. The abaya is also seen as limiting an individual’s expression of personality. Although that might be the truth in some cases, it is not the case in every context, and in the Emirates the abaya liberates and unifies women”…

They look awfully uncomfortable to me: it must very hot there and the dress covers everything but their face and hands, in addition to being pitch black, that absorbs heat.

I am unconvinced, while noticing that the men always wear white.


Man charged with ‘insulting Islam’ in Dubai over Facebook post on Isis violence in Iraq – Middle East

Dubai: looks glitzy, but you are really in the seventh century

An Indian man has reportedly been charged with “insulting Islam” in Dubai over a Facebook post.

The 41-year-old man, who has not been named, has appeared before the Court of First Instance in the United Emirates (UAE), the Khaleej Times reported.

He allegedly made the offending comments in conversations and posts on the social network in July last year, after watching a video about the escalating violence in Iraq as Isis swept through the country…

…Article 312 of the country’s penal code lists crimes including “abuse towards any of the rituals or practices of Islam” and “insulting any of the recognised religions”…


Killer of American teacher in Abu Dhabi: I’m possessed by evil spirits

CCTV image. Source.

A woman accused of stabbing to death an American teacher in the United Arab Emirates said she has a mental illness and is “possessed by evil spirits.”

On December 1 of last year, Alaa Bader al-Hashemi allegedly murdered 47-year-old American teacher Ibolya Ryan, a mother of two, in a shopping mall restroom in Abu Dhabi.

AFP reported on Tuesday that, in her trial at a UAE security court, al-Hashemi requested psychological help and said she sees “ghost-like people,” and has “unreal vision” due to a mental illness…


Canada visa centre opens in Dubai

A Canada Visa Application Centre (CVAC) has opened in Dubai’s Wafi Mall, the second in the UAE after the one in Abu Dhabi.

The centre will be operated by VFS Global as part of a contract awarded by the Canadian government.

The CVAC will accept applications in all temporary resident categories (visitor visas, study and work permits) and travel document applications from Canadian permanent residents in the UAE.

It will also provide administrative support services such as collection of visa applications and return of passports. It can also assist in scheduling interviews on behalf of the Canadian visa office…


Woman to recieve 800,000 Dh in compensation for rape in UAE

That’s about $272,700 CAN, plus there’s some jail time, so I guess that’s a start. But don’t for a minute think that there’s no crazy here, because there’s plenty of crazy.

“The pair had kidnapped the victim from a location outside her Dubai-based office building when they asked her for directions. They then sprayed a numbing substance in her face before putting her in their vehicle.

When the woman woke up, she found herself in the desert with the second man sleeping next to her. The first defendant then yelled at the woman that his ‘younger brother’ was possessed and in a coma and asked her to read Quranic verses to him.

She obeyed his orders until they reached deeper into the desert where the second man woke up suddenly as the vehicle came to a stop. The men took the woman out of the car before beating and raping her in turn for three hours. …The men then left the victim in the desert alone at night with minimal clothing.

The woman had initially approached the Civil Court asking for Dh1 million in compensation for her lost virginity and the cancellation of a marital agreement that was scheduled to take place in addition to the lifelong ruin of her reputation, court documents said.”