Category Archives: Social Issues

Oxford graduates argue for a multi-tiered approach to achieving a successful labour migration policy in the UAE

Most GCC  countries depend on millions of foreign workers to keep their economies moving. Their presence is often the cause of debate, and sometimes controversy. In this op-ed for oxgaps.org, Oxford graduates Froilan T Malit Jr and Ali al Youha argue for a four-tier approach in dealing … Continue reading

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8 March: International Women’s Day

8 March is International Women’s Day. From the City and University of Oxford, on behalf of the Oxford Gulf and Arabian Peninsula Studies Forum (OXGAPS)  we extend our congratulations to all women, and especially those in Bahrain, Iraq, Iran, Jordan, … Continue reading

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Table manners can lead to divorce in Kuwait.

A woman in Kuwait has filed for divorce one week into her marriage after she discovered that husband did not like to eat peas with a fork and preferred to use bread. Accusing him of failing to abide by table … Continue reading

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OxGAPS symposium offered an open space for debate on important issues.

Many participants in the symposium held in Oxford on 16 November have commented on the importance of the event and how it contributed to providing an open space for debate on many important issues affecting the Middle East Region at … Continue reading

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Two Oxford post-graduates discuss labour migration in the UAE – the challenges and responses.

The GCC region is the most popular destination for temporary labour migrants of any world region, and flows have continued to increase over the past three decades. In a recent article on the website of the Washington based Migration Policy Institute, … Continue reading

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Saudi film about a girl and her bicycle makes debut in Oscars.

Haifaa Al Mansour’s drama Wadjda, about a young girl determined to win money to buy a bicycle she’s forbidden to ride, has been selected as Saudi Arabia’s official submission for the Oscar’s foreign-language category. It marks the first time the … Continue reading

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Untapped Human Capital: Rethinking young UAE Nationals in the labour market.

Two recent Oxford University graduates, Ali Al Youha and Froilan Malit have made practical suggestions as to how young UAE professionals can become active development players in their country and region-wide. Their op-ed, which appeared recently in the Dubai daily … Continue reading

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Hero of the week: Saudi firefighter becomes instant celebrity as his picture saving a child goes viral on the internet.

It is not often that common Saudis achieve celebrity status in the Kingdom. Yet Saudi firefighter Abdullah Badhan Al Subai became an instant hero in Saudi Arabia this week after a picture of him carrying a small boy wearing his … Continue reading

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Qatar and Oman Pull Out of Gulf Drama Festival in Riyadh Due to Ban on Music and Women

Source:www.riyadhbureau.com with al Sharq The ban on women and music has led two delegations to withdraw from the Gulf University Drama Festival being hosted this week at King Saud University (KSU) in Riyadh, the daily al-Sharq reported. The newspaper said that the … Continue reading

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Football helps process of state-building in UAE

source: http://www.links-dar.org The National football team of the United Arab Emirates have won this year’s Gulf Cup. An elated nation cheered their team on to victory. In this op-ed Dennis Sammut discusses why football is helping the process of state … Continue reading

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