Trump administration’s newest travel ban: not on people per se but their laptops!

by Rashmee

Posted on March 22, 2017


This blog was written within an hour of the news breaking on Tue, March 21. In substance though, many of the issues raised remain just as valid and the questions continue to puzzle the experts Imagine you’re an American journalist based in Abu Dhabi and you’re flying home at the weekend. Before you get on … Continue reading “Trump administration’s newest travel ban: not on people per se but their laptops!”

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Life in Abu Dhabi: The Lack coffee table is 35 years old and going strong

by Rashmee

Posted on December 29, 2014


I looked at my Lack table(s) here in my Abu Dhabi flat and remembered a fragment of its unremarkable history. “The Lack coffee table first graced the pages of an Ikea catalogue in 1981,” writes Jessica Contrera in this Washington Post piece on the ubiquitous item of furniture. It was the year President Reagan was shot … Continue reading “Life in Abu Dhabi: The Lack coffee table is 35 years old and going strong”

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Ugly Sweater Day can be replicated, even here in Abu Dhabi. But why?

by Rashmee

Posted on December 13, 2014


So yesterday, December 12, was Ugly Sweater Day. In the US. But you can do it anywhere. Here in Abu Dhabi, you could just wear an ugly linen shirt. Or a really hideous summer dress. Or a dreadful abaya. As Quartz points out this seasonal onslaught of bad fashion is catching. Today, December 13, is the … Continue reading “Ugly Sweater Day can be replicated, even here in Abu Dhabi. But why?”

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Abu Dhabi: Wrapped in the flag on the UAE’s 43rd birthday

by Rashmee

Posted on December 2, 2014


Today is the UAE’s National Day, the 43rd since six small states decided to join together in one union, with a seventh following soon after. Abu Dhabi is bedecked in red, green, white and black, the colours of the national flag of the United Arab Emirates. Everywhere, there are expensive cars sporting decals of the … Continue reading “Abu Dhabi: Wrapped in the flag on the UAE’s 43rd birthday”

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Rashmee has lived and worked in several countries in the past decade, including Afghanistan, India, Haiti, Tunisia, the UAE, US and UK