Three Years and Counting: Looking Back and Looking Ahead, in Pictures

It has been three years already: Eye on the East has still not run out of things to say because Lebanon and the Arab World has never been so full of things to talk about. But since 2011, it has been each and every one of you, the readers, followers and supporters that have helped in keeping this going and made it worthwhile…. And for that, I thank you all.

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Dubai: What’s behind the desert, the skyscrapers and everything in between

Note: This is the second of two posts recounting Eye on the East’s recent visit to Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The first post can be found here.

There always seems to be a certain buzz around Dubai. Whether it’s the next Guinness record it plans to break, the occasional regional political overture to supplement its financial clout or its most recent success in being chosen to host the 2020 World Expo trade convention. But little is said about what’s behind the buzz, if there is anything left to say at all. When I found myself in Dubai after all these years, I felt compelled to find out for myself whether there was something left to say at all. Continue reading “Dubai: What’s behind the desert, the skyscrapers and everything in between”

Dubai: The desert, the skyscrapers and everything in between…

Note: This is the first of two posts recounting Eye on the East’s recent visit to Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

So I finally went back to Dubai. I didn’t expect anything to feel familiar, given that so much had changed in the eight years since my first visit. Part of me knew what to expect, and part of me hoped for something new.

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