Yemeni soldiers stand guard outside a public security camp following a reported suicide attack in the southeastern Yemeni port of Mukalla on May 15, 2016. AFP
Yemeni soldiers stand guard outside a public security camp following a reported suicide attack in the southeastern Yemeni port of Mukalla on May 15, 2016. AFP

Yemenis must look for a political end



The UAE, as Anwar Gargash put it, was “reborn” by the conflict in Yemen. Speaking at a Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Ramadan majlis on Wednesday, the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs acknowledged the testing time that the country had undergone as it joined the Arab coalition to remove the Houthi’s grip on Yemen and restore a legitimate government.

“War was never the choice but it was the only solution,” he said, pointing out that, as dialogue over the future continues in Kuwait and the majority of Yemen’s land is back under the control of the legitimate government, the UAE had played an important part and will continue to do so.

Going to Yemen was never going to be an easy decision – as Dr Gargash acknowledged, among the victories there were also “tears and emotions” at the sacrifices of UAE servicemen – but it was necessary to stabilise an important neighbour. This is exemplified by the city of Mukalla, where UAE and Yemeni troops pushed out Al Qaeda in April this year. Not only did this return an important port city to Yemen’s authorities, but it also denied Al Qaeda a city it was using to generate revenues and train its cadres. This is why the Yemen campaign has been so important – without it, militant groups like the Houthis and Al Qaeda would have free rein, to terrorise civilians and plot attacks across and beyond the Peninsula.

But now attention must turn to the political process. After 50 days of talks in Kuwait, there is still no will on the part of the Houthi rebels to compromise. The broad outlines of a peace proposal are there, as suggested by the UN envoy Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed. These are the withdrawal of Houthi troops from the capital Sanaa and the region around it, the handing over of weapons by the group and an eventual return of the legitimate government. So far, the rebels are stalling.

The UAE, said Dr Gargash, is monitoring the situation and assisting the government. But it is ultimately Yemenis who must build the country and the nation. That is perhaps the most pernicious aspect of the Houthi’s war – the country they are destroying is their own, and, despite being offered a role in the future, they refuse to make peace. But there is no choice but peace on offer – Yemen, and the Gulf states, can settle for nothing less than a lasting political solution.

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Chris Greaves, the managing director of Hays Gulf Region, says those without a pay rise for an extended period must start asking questions – both of themselves and their employer.

“First, are they happy with that or do they want more?” he says. “Job-seeking is a time-consuming, frustrating and long-winded affair so are they prepared to put themselves through that rigmarole? Before they consider that, they must ask their employer what is happening.”

Most employees bring up pay rise queries at their annual performance appraisal and find out what the company has in store for them from a career perspective.

Those with no formal appraisal system, Mr Greaves says, should ask HR or their line manager for an assessment.

“You want to find out how they value your contribution and where your job could go,” he says. “You’ve got to be brave enough to ask some questions and if you don’t like the answers then you have to develop a strategy or change jobs if you are prepared to go through the job-seeking process.”

For those that do reach the salary negotiation with their current employer, Mr Greaves says there is no point in asking for less than 5 per cent.

“However, this can only really have any chance of success if you can identify where you add value to the business (preferably you can put a monetary value on it), or you can point to a sustained contribution above the call of duty or to other achievements you think your employer will value.”

 

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While the taste of beans and freshness of roast is paramount to the specialty coffee scene, so is sustainability and workers’ rights.

The bulk of genuine specialty coffee companies aim to improve on these elements in every stage of production via direct relationships with farmers. For instance, Mokha 1450 on Al Wasl Road strives to work predominantly with women-owned and -operated coffee organisations, including female farmers in the Sabree mountains of Yemen.

Because, as the boutique’s owner, Garfield Kerr, points out: “women represent over 90 per cent of the coffee value chain, but are woefully underrepresented in less than 10 per cent of ownership and management throughout the global coffee industry.”

One of the UAE’s largest suppliers of green (meaning not-yet-roasted) beans, Raw Coffee, is a founding member of the Partnership of Gender Equity, which aims to empower female coffee farmers and harvesters.

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