So, it looks like it is goodbye to India for MF Husain. His son Owais has confirmed that Husain will surrender his Indian passport and accept citizenship of Qatar. The other stories have yet to be confirmed: that Husain has already begun travelling on a Qatari passport; that the Qatar royal family will spend millions on a museum for him, etc. Read more
Last month an 11-member hit team dispatched by Israel’s Mossad travelled to Dubai and assassinated Mahmoud al-Mabhouh, a Hamas military commander and number one on Israel’s list of most wanted terrorists.
Al-Mabhouh was clearly an unsavoury character, one of the founders of Hamas’s military wing, an abductor and murderer of Israeli soldiers and an organiser of terrorist attacks on civilians. Read more
The Atlantis Resort in Dubai may well have been one of the world’s most hyped hotels in 2008. Its grand opening bash attended by the likes of Oprah Winfrey, Robert De Niro, Kylie Minogue and our own Shah Rukh Khan and Hrithik Roshan cost $ 20 million and generated headlines all over the world. Its portfolio of fancy restaurants run by Michelin starred chefs (Nobu, Michel Rostang, Giorgio Locatelli etc.) has attracted global attention and its water park has proved to be one of the Middle East’s newest attractions. Read more