By Rohma Sadaqat
People get surprised when I tell them that some of the strongest links to my home country, besides my family and friends, are through taxi drivers in the UAE. While taxi fleets across the UAE boast of drivers from diverse nationalities with different backgrounds, the majority of them, I found, have been from Pakistan.
Continue reading Fascinating tales from the back of cabs
By Sarwat Nasir
I still remember my first space-related news story. It was January 2014, I was an intern for a UAE-based tabloid newspaper and the (now infamous) Mars One programme was making headlines worldwide. I was able to break the story of an Emirati who was willing to move permanently to Mars as part of the programme.
Continue reading An out-of-this world encounter with the UAE’s first astronauts
By Suresh Pattali
Since I am a petrolhead, I would sum up my life as a hodgepodge of freeways, crossroads, roundabouts, u-turns, cul de sacs etc. One such u-turning moment brought me back to Dubai in 2010, after 10 eventful years in Southeast Asia. But it took another nine years to park myself in the same old lot from where I had taken off in 2000.
Continue reading For me, Karama is an emotion
By Nilanjana Gupta
The inaugural Khaleej Times Desert Drive was a resounding success with over 1,100 participants conquering the UAE desert aboard 550 4X4 cars on Friday.
Continue reading Fun, excitement and adventure peak during KT Desert Drive
By Sara Sadik
Any mama’s heart skips a beat with a bad scrape, unexpected fall or an extra careful doctor who orders another X-ray. All of a sudden words like, Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia, ironically abbreviated ALL, filled the air. With no planned preparation or pointless small talk, Reem plunges head first into the middle of it all and says, “Zoanne had leukemia.” I know that I’m here to get her story and try to capture a part of it, if even a tinge of it. But it is still shocking to hear. I swallow thickly but she barely blinks. She has had years to digest this and share her story. Her daughter Zoanne was six at the time and is now on the edge of those memorable teenage years.
Continue reading She ‘just got on with it’ to help her child win the battle against cancer
By Keith Pereña
I had read on a car forum that getting into an accident is one of the milestones a driver has to pass. At first, I thought it to be morbid and shrugged the idea off, thinking that if I followed what I learned in driving school about being safe, I should be fine. But when a heavy mixer truck hit the back of my hatchback a couple of weeks ago, those safety lessons went through the window.
Continue reading If you’re in a car accident, you’ll need that Dubai Police app
By Anamika Chatterjee
When do you think he will arrive, a bespectacled man asks me. Despite an all-white mane and a wrinkled face indicating advanced years, in spirit, Raman (name changed on request) does not seem a day older than the man he has come to cheer —Rahul Gandhi. Anticipation can sometimes be a great leveler — on one hand, I’ve come to witness Rahul 2.0 aka the ‘new and aggressive Rahul’ the Indian media has been talking about, Raman, on the other hand, is here to catch a glimpse of the Gandhi family scion. In our own ways, we seek two perspectives that have come to define India’s grand old party — the promise of new wave and the legacy.
Continue reading At his rally in Dubai, I got a sense of Rahul Gandhi 2.0