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2019 Feb 01Op-eds
Bringing about a Culture of Change
When we think about a culture, it is primarily defined in our minds by its people, their unique characteristics and values. Travelling to a new country, the foremost and overarching impression is gained from our interactions with the local people. Our perception of the place is only marginally impacted by its aesthetics, landscapes, infrastructure and public services offered, and largely by the people’s attitudes, their hospitality and generosity…or lack of them.
2018 Oct 09Op-eds
Making a difference: The collective efforts of youth and government will drive sustainability
Sharjah 24: While people of all ages share the goal of maintaining a sustainable and healthy planet, it is the youngest members of the global population who can have the longest influence and make the biggest contribution to sustainable living. Today youth in the UAE have a unique opportunity and responsibility to continue the environmental conservation efforts of their forefathers in safeguarding the UAE’s natural heritage.
2017 Nov 19Op-eds
Sharjah... A Child Friendly City
If we are to create a sustainable and well balanced society in the future, we have to ensure we nurture and care for our children today, while giving them the opportunity to shape their communities. This, broadly speaking, is the reasoning behind the UNICEF Child Friendly Cities Initiative.
2017 Jun 12Op-eds
Remember the less fortunate this Ramadan
Something extraordinary happens to Muslim societies around the world during the holy month of Ramadan. It is a surreal experience and only those who have been touched by it would identify with what I am trying to say. Ramadan brings out the best in the Islamic world, as the faithful fast, pray and opens their doors and hearts to the less fortunate.
- 2017 Apr 13Op-eds
2016 Dec 27Op-eds
Sharjah shows the way
Perhaps it’s a stretch but I find in the contemporary Sharjah – and the UAE to some extent – the echoes of the 8th century Baghdad – the land of the thousand and one tales, the land of Scheherazade. Those were the times when the Muslim civilisation was at its peak and Baghdad had been the greatest city on earth, not just the capital of the most powerful and richest
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2016 Oct 05Op-eds
Building Bridges in Divisive Times
Dr. Akbar Ahmed is a man of many parts. Civil servant, diplomat, author, filmmaker (creator of biopic Jinnah) and teacher, he has also served as Pakistan’s ambassador to the UK. Currently Ibn Khaldun Chair of Islamic Studies and Professor of International Relations at the American University in Washington, it is his extraordinary insight into Muslim societies around the world and contribution as a scholar of Islam that truly sets him apart from his tribe.