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Abu Dhabi hotel unveils gold ATM 14, May 2010

Posted by thegulfblog.com in The Emirates.
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The Emirates Place hotel in Abu Dhabi has unveiled a gold bar dispensing cash machine in a truly awesome Dubai-esque level absurd hubris and profligacy.

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‘Raped’ prostitute sentenced to jail in Dubai 14, May 2010

Posted by thegulfblog.com in The Emirates.
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A Kyrgyz woman who went to the Dubai police charging that she had been raped has been sentenced to jail for one year.  The Dubai police concluded after an examination that she had not been raped, despite clear evidence that she had been scratched and bitten. I sincerely hope that there is more to this case that this, else this is another travesty of justice in Dubai.

Gays in the military video: what would happen 14, May 2010

Posted by thegulfblog.com in American ME Relations.
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A fantastic video showing exactly what would happen if the army allowed homosexuality.

Hat tip: Abu Muqawama

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Qatari navy fire on Bahraini boats 14, May 2010

Posted by thegulfblog.com in Bahrain, Qatar.
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Earlier this month Qatari coastguards opened fire on a Bahraini boat that entered Qatari territorial waters. One Bahraini sailor was injured. Although the article in the Gulf News is typically unclear, it appears as if this is an incident of Qataris zealously protecting their fishing rights as opposed to any other security related issues.

It is interesting, however, coming but a few months after a wholly ignored naval spat between Saudi Arabia and Naval forces from Abu Dhabi.

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