Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Tapas News Buffet
What we are reading 4 April 06
From the rich tapestry of life in the Arab Gulf

Item 1.
Your Lurpak is Back: "Danish dairy products are back on the shelves at some medium-sized outlets in the UAE after Muslim scholars called for the lifting of the unofficial boycott." (The Emirates Network [TEN])

See also: Products of Danish Dairy Company Return to Supermarket Shelves, Arab News.

Item 2.
Misuse of finger leads to deportation: "A pilot who flashed his middle finger at a policeman in an instance of road rage will spend a month in jail, a court ruled on Monday. He will be deported after serving his term. The Dubai Public Prosecution had charged the 37-year-old Canadian pilot, identified as K.V., with indecently gesturing in public." (Gulf News)

Item 3.
Qatari school children put on notice; sink or swim in labor market: "Qatari nationals have a duty to study and acquire the necessary qualifications to remain competitive in the jobs market, said Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Sheikh Hamad bin Jasem bin Jabr Al Thani yesterday, warning that the future labour market will be driven by competent professionals regardless of nationality." (AMEinfo)

Item 4.
Yahya-on-the-spot; Quaint system of traffic arrest adopted. "Dubai’s top traffic cop said yesterday that punishing errant drivers on the spot was the most effective way to hold them “accountable”, as a fleet of unmarked police cars stopped almost one vehicle every minute for road violations during its first 48 hours on patrol." (7DAYS)

Item 5.
If you can't beat 'em, join 'em. "RIYADH, 4 April 2006 — Tired of playing second fiddle to men in Saudi Arabia, five women decided if you can’t beat them, join them. Al-Watan daily newspaper said the five women underwent sex change surgery abroad over the past 12 months after they developed a “psychological complex” due to male domination. " (Arab News)

Item 6.
Saudi Women Are Safe Drivers, Says Bahrain’s Traffic Chief - Arab News, Saudi Arabia. "Bahrain’s traffic department has issued driving licenses to 1,107 Saudi women, Sameem confirmed. He said Saudi women have displayed exceptional control and concentration while driving. However, he pointed out that Saudi men had caused 38 accidents, two of them fatal, in the last five months."

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