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OP-ED: H.E. Sheikha Bodour Bint Sultan Al Qasimi on developing creative industries in the Arab World

  By: Bodour Bint Sultan Al Qasimi If one were to ask me what has been the catalyst for UAE’s growth, I would say leadership with creativity. Our leadership is progressive and has always had a futuristic and visionary approach, which has created an exceptional reputation for this young nation. Our national vision covers all areas and sectors with no exceptions. And it is with this vision that our nation has made great strides in all aspects – economy, science, tourism, development, technology and culture. Creativity in all fields has been the primary and true catalyst for our development....

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UNHRC: Denying an Individual Access to Internet is a Violation of Basic Human Rights

By Anam Salim In the 21st Century, a new divide between the poor and the rich is emerging, one that is threatening the basic tenants of freedom and development. The reach of the internet is simultaneously fast and secure, and categorically denying that to an individual is now considered a violation of basic human rights, according to a landmark U.N. resolution that was adopted by the U.N. Human Rights Council. Welcomed by Article 19 in June 2016, this significant resolution (A/HRC/32/L.20) on “the Promotion, Protection and Enjoyment of Human Rights on the Internet” was passed by consensus and adopted...

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Education in the UAE: A School Principal Pens Her Thoughts

By Sheikha Deemas Yohan Al Yeris Al Subosi My belief that the foundation of a strong state rests in the education of it’s youth and my passion as an educationist motivated me to start my career as a teacher in the UAE. I stepped into my role in education on September 18, 1973. It led me to various leadership roles in many schools. In 2002, I realized my own dream of bringing world-class education to our country, and thus decided to open the Sharjah British International School (SBIS). Our mission was to empower students through holistic and global learning in...

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Why Devote an Entire Day to Honor Girlhood?

By Meera Damji October 11 marks the International Day of the Girl, which the United Nations began commemorating in 2011. Every year, this day is celebrated to honor the girl child.  But, have you ever wondered why it is so important to celebrate girls? Why do we dedicate an entire day just honor girlhood? Well, the reasons are many and the devotion is valid. Girls around the world are mistreated and discriminated against in a manner that goes far beyond them being pressured to meet society’s unrealistic expectations of beauty. The issues facing young girls are far more serious...

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