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Desalinated water causes hair loss 28, December 2009

Posted by thegulfblog.com in The Gulf.
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At last ex-pats who have maintained for years that living in the Gulf means that they lose an inordinate amount of hair appear to have some science on their side. The culprit, according to a report, is the desalinated water. It’s got something to do with total dissolved solids in the water…

Hat tip: the balding hidden Imam

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US Universities in Dubai struggling 28, December 2009

Posted by thegulfblog.com in Qatar, The Emirates.
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The NYT has an interesting if unsurprising article discussing the seemingly grim future of US educational institutions in Dubai. I can’t help but note that this article comes around the same time as the Financial Times runs an article entitled ‘Qatar embraces the extravagant’, discussing (amongst other things) Qatar’s opulent housing-island development The Pearl. That, and the relatively rude health of Qatar’s education city with talk of expansion, suggests that the chasm between Qatar and Dubai appears to be growing.

Hat tip on Dubai’s University challenges: Abstract JK

Post apocalyptic Dubai 28, December 2009

Posted by thegulfblog.com in The Emirates.
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…is the setting for a new first person shoot’em’up computer game. The trailer, below, is curiously beautiful and extremely well done. Though, as has been said, I doubt whether that will be appreciated in Dubai when the game goes on sale there.

Hat tip: Dr. Chris Davidson