Grooming isn't just for your pets



When it comes to fashion decisions, the reason men often receive a bad rap is obvious: they need constant reminders about what is acceptable. Of course, this doesn't just apply to what they should wear, but often to what they should say and how they should behave, too. Personal grooming is one of those areas in which most men do not excel. A clean appearance, however, is as simple as it sounds. Men also need to be reminded of that.

What needs to happen is that men must take a careful look in the mirror on a daily basis and question everything they see. When they see an offending follicle, a protruding hair, a tiny miscreant, a pair of scissors must be used. So women, the next time you notice something on your man that was not there last month or last week, remind him that were the situation reversed, he likely would have said something insensitive, inappropriate or crude. This is simple stuff and, to prove it, here is a grooming checklist that will last until your dying days.

Let us start at the top. The comb-over gives all men a bad reputation. It is the one weapon women have when they attack us. Your comb-over is bigger than you, it is bigger than me, it hurts us all. When you sport the comb-over it makes us all feel a little smaller; it hurts all male pride. So when you decide to shave it off, we all stand a little taller, we are all a little stronger.

Those extra-long nose hairs - there is a reason why your nose is always itchy, and that is because you have a 2cm-long hair hanging out of your left nostril and it keeps touching your top lip. This is basic training for the male-grooming neophyte.

The former Japanese prime minister Junichiro Koizumi had the longest eyebrow hairs in the history of eyebrow hairs. He could have kept his chopsticks tucked in them. No doubt, Mr Miyagi of The Karate Kid fame would have been proud of him if he had been a student. He could have caught flies with his those chopsticks in record time.

The hairy back didn't even work for this wrestling Hall of Famer. Avoid having to braid it later in life and deal with it now. I am in no way suggesting you submit to the Beckham special and go for a full waxing, but regular maintenance goes a long way.

This is what I call all the hairs that grow from your ears. Perhaps more than any other hairy outgrowth, this is the one that tells you life as you know it has changed and it is your responsibility to take care of yourself lest you be overgrown with follicles that will offend your friends and colleagues.

Now, after careful attention has been paid to attacking the insidious hairs that have made you more woolly mammoth than man, it is time to move on to a few simple tasks that can improve your appearance. When wearing a dress shirt or even an Oxford button down, please tuck your shirt in at the back. Do not walk out of the bathroom with the tail of your shirt crumpled and untucked. Use your brain and your hands and the mirror and look at yourself before leaving. That giant reflective thing that covers 75 per cent of one wall serves a purpose - so use it. Now, if you are going to wear a tie, wear it. That does not mean simply wrapping it around your neck. It means putting it on and doing your top button up and making sure three things happen: 1) that your tie cannot be seen peeking out from your collar at the back; 2) that your tie is done up completely - as is your top button; and 3) that your tie reaches the waistband of your trousers.


Biting your fingernails is possibly the worst habit a man can have. Women are always looking at a man's hand, specifically his fingernails. If that does not convince you to stop, how about exercising self control. Here is an idea`; stop eating yourself! And while we are at it, can I ask all men to stop with the nose picking (and looking at it) and the teeth picking (and eating it). As gross as what I have just written (and you have just read) may be, the act of doing it is even worse. Michael Jabri-Pickett is the foreign editor of The National. mjp@thenational.ae

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Also on December 7 to 9, the third edition of the Gulf Car Festival (www.gulfcarfestival.com) will take over Dubai Festival City Mall, a new venue for the event. Last year's festival brought together about 900 cars worth more than Dh300 million from across the Emirates and wider Gulf region – and that first figure is set to swell by several hundred this time around, with between 1,000 and 1,200 cars expected. The first day is themed around American muscle; the second centres on supercars, exotics, European cars and classics; and the final day will major in JDM (Japanese domestic market) cars, tuned vehicles and trucks. Individuals and car clubs can register their vehicles, although the festival isn’t all static displays, with stunt drifting, a rev battle, car pulls and a burnout competition.

THE BIO

Favourite place to go to in the UAE: The desert sand dunes, just after some rain

Who inspires you: Anybody with new and smart ideas, challenging questions, an open mind and a positive attitude

Where would you like to retire: Most probably in my home country, Hungary, but with frequent returns to the UAE

Favorite book: A book by Transilvanian author, Albert Wass, entitled ‘Sword and Reap’ (Kard es Kasza) - not really known internationally

Favourite subjects in school: Mathematics and science

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Goalkeepers: Jordan Pickford, Nick Pope, Dean Henderson.
Defenders: Trent Alexander-Arnold, Kieran Trippier, Joe Gomez, John Stones, Harry Maguire, Tyrone Mings, Ben Chilwell, Fabian Delph.
Midfielders: Declan Rice, Harry Winks, Jordan Henderson, Ross Barkley, Mason Mount, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
Forwards: Harry Kane, Raheem Sterling, Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho, Tammy Abraham, Callum Hudson-Odoi.

ABU DHABI'S KEY TOURISM GOALS: BY THE NUMBERS

By 2030, Abu Dhabi aims to achieve:

• 39.3 million visitors, nearly 64% up from 2023

• Dh90 billion contribution to GDP, about 84% more than Dh49 billion in 2023

• 178,000 new jobs, bringing the total to about 366,000

• 52,000 hotel rooms, up 53% from 34,000 in 2023

• 7.2 million international visitors, almost 90% higher compared to 2023's 3.8 million

• 3.9 international overnight hotel stays, 22% more from 3.2 nights in 2023

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Name: Brendalle Belaza

From: Crossing Rubber, Philippines

Arrived in the UAE: 2007

Favourite place in Abu Dhabi: NYUAD campus

Favourite photography style: Street photography

Favourite book: Harry Potter

Herc's Adventures

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Publisher: LucasArts
Console: PlayStation 1 & 5, Sega Saturn
Rating: 4/5

How to turn your property into a holiday home
  1. Ensure decoration and styling – and portal photography – quality is high to achieve maximum rates.
  2. Research equivalent Airbnb homes in your location to ensure competitiveness.
  3. Post on all relevant platforms to reach the widest audience; whether you let personally or via an agency know your potential guest profile – aiming for the wrong demographic may leave your property empty.
  4. Factor in costs when working out if holiday letting is beneficial. The annual DCTM fee runs from Dh370 for a one-bedroom flat to Dh1,200. Tourism tax is Dh10-15 per bedroom, per night.
  5. Check your management company has a physical office, a valid DTCM licence and is licencing your property and paying tourism taxes. For transparency, regularly view your booking calendar.
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Libya's Gold

UN Panel of Experts found regime secretly sold a fifth of the country's gold reserves.

The panel’s 2017 report followed a trail to West Africa where large sums of cash and gold were hidden by Abdullah Al Senussi, Qaddafi’s former intelligence chief, in 2011.

Cases filled with cash that was said to amount to $560m in 100 dollar notes, that was kept by a group of Libyans in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.

A second stash was said to have been held in Accra, Ghana, inside boxes at the local offices of an international human rights organisation based in France.

What are NFTs?

Are non-fungible tokens a currency, asset, or a licensing instrument? Arnab Das, global market strategist EMEA at Invesco, says they are mix of all of three.

You can buy, hold and use NFTs just like US dollars and Bitcoins. “They can appreciate in value and even produce cash flows.”

However, while money is fungible, NFTs are not. “One Bitcoin, dollar, euro or dirham is largely indistinguishable from the next. Nothing ties a dollar bill to a particular owner, for example. Nor does it tie you to to any goods, services or assets you bought with that currency. In contrast, NFTs confer specific ownership,” Mr Das says.

This makes NFTs closer to a piece of intellectual property such as a work of art or licence, as you can claim royalties or profit by exchanging it at a higher value later, Mr Das says. “They could provide a sustainable income stream.”

This income will depend on future demand and use, which makes NFTs difficult to value. “However, there is a credible use case for many forms of intellectual property, notably art, songs, videos,” Mr Das says.

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COMPANY PROFILE

Company name: Klipit

Started: 2022

Founders: Venkat Reddy, Mohammed Al Bulooki, Bilal Merchant, Asif Ahmed, Ovais Merchant

Based: Dubai, UAE

Industry: Digital receipts, finance, blockchain

Funding: $4 million

Investors: Privately/self-funded

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Company name: Outsized
Started: 2016
Founders: Azeem Zainulbhai, Niclas Thelander, Anurag Bhalla and Johann van Niekerk
Based: India, South Africa, South-East Asia, Mena
Sector: Recruitment
Investment raised: $1 million
Current staff count: 40
Investors: Seed and angel investors

Meg 2: The Trench

Director: Ben Wheatley
Stars: Jason Statham, Jing Wu, Cliff Curtis, Page Kennedy, Cliff Curtis, Melissanthi Mahut and Shuya Sophia Cai
Rating: 2/5

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Company: Eco Way
Started: December 2023
Founder: Ivan Kroshnyi
Based: Dubai, UAE
Industry: Electric vehicles
Investors: Bootstrapped with undisclosed funding. Looking to raise funds from outside

The specs

Engine: 6.2-litre supercharged V8

Power: 712hp at 6,100rpm

Torque: 881Nm at 4,800rpm

Transmission: 8-speed auto

Fuel consumption: 19.6 l/100km

Price: Dh380,000

On sale: now

JOKE'S ON YOU

Google wasn't new to busting out April Fool's jokes: before the Gmail "prank", it tricked users with mind-reading MentalPlex responses and said well-fed pigeons were running its search engine operations .

In subsequent years, they announced home internet services through your toilet with its "patented GFlush system", made us believe the Moon's surface was made of cheese and unveiled a dating service in which they called founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page "Stanford PhD wannabes ".

But Gmail was all too real, purportedly inspired by one – a single – Google user complaining about the "poor quality of existing email services" and born "millions of M&Ms later".

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Rating: 4.5/5

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Company name: CarbonSifr
Started: 2022
Based: Dubai
Founders: Onur Elgun, Mustafa Bosca and Muhammed Yildirim
Sector: Climate tech
Investment stage: $1 million raised in seed funding