Posts Tagged ‘things I hope sound better in Arabic’

Missing Sheikh Screws Up TV Schedule

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

On Sunday I mentioned how one of Abu Dhabi’s Sheikhs has gone missing in a glider accident (see UAE President’s Brother Missing).

The search in Morocco is still on, but now it’s affecting the television schedule in the UAE; the final episode of Million’s Poet scheduled for tonight has been postponed.

Million’s Poet (I hope the name sounds cooler in Arabic) is like American Idol, but with Nabati poetry instead of singing.

Probably more modest dress, as well.

Check out the Khaleej Times’ article: “Final episode of ‘Million’s Poet’ postponed.”

UPDATE: Rescuers found the sheikh’s body on Tuesday. Abu Dhabi will observe three days of mourning.

Spies Should Leave … or …

Thursday, March 11th, 2010

Continuing our coverage of the Mahmoud al Madbouh assassination in Dubai (which I still find fascinating) the Dubai PD have made a new pronouncement: “Spies ordered out of Persian Gulf.”

It wasn’t terribly forceful, however:

“Those spies that are currently present in the Gulf must leave the region within one week. If not, then we will cross that bridge when we come to it,” said Dahi Khalfan Tamim, a lieutenant general with the Dubai police.

So either “we will cross that bridge when we come to it” means something more bad-ass in Arabic, or they just want to evict the wuss spies.