Mohammed Al Sharekh, a Kuwaiti entrepreneur and author, passed away last Wednesday. Photo: Mohammed Al Sharekh's family archives
Al Sharekh: An Arab pioneer who came into our homes without us ever meeting him

The Kuwaiti entrepreneur, who passed away last week, shaped Arabic as one of its modern fathers

March 11, 2024, 4:00 AM
UAE and Saudi flags during a reception in Abu Dhabi. Ryan Carter / Ministry of Presidential Affairs
The UAE-Saudi relationship isn’t about competition

What is happening between the neighbours is not a zero-sum game, but a positive-sum game in which we can all be winners

February 09, 2024, 4:00 AM
A growing number of Emiratis are writing memoirs. The National
Weekend Essay: Emirati history told by Emirati voices is an invaluable gift to posterity

Without more UAE writers, younger generations risk growing up without learning of the sacrifices made by their predecessors

December 01, 2023, 6:00 PM
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Weekend Essay: Succession planning in family businesses need not be an epic drama

Nearly three quarters of the UAE's private sector workforce is employed by family enterprises. Taking further steps to manage transition and inheritance will help such firms thrive

September 22, 2023, 6:00 PM
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Weekend Essay: Why Dr Al Jaber's role at Cop28 makes sense

Dr Al Jaber, who participated in the 10 previous UN Cop Summits, has also served as the UAE’s climate envoy

January 20, 2023, 6:00 PM
Mohammed Saeed Harib, speaking at the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature 2022 in Dubai, created Freej in 2006. Pawan Singh / The National
How Emirati 'nabati' poetry has kept pace with the changing times

From animation to calligraphy to hip hop, vernacular poetry has cemented its place in 21st-century popular culture

December 18, 2022, 12:24 PM
President Sheikh Mohamed met Sheikh Tamim, Emir of Qatar, at the Amiri Diwan in Qatar on Monday. UAE Presidential Court. 
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Sheikh Mohamed's Qatar visit shows the potential for regional convergence and integration

Stronger ties between the two nations will help the Gulf withstand growing pressures in an uncertain world

December 05, 2022, 1:58 PM
A woman tours Calligraphy museum at  Sharjah Centre for the Art of Arabic Calligraphy and Ornamentation in December 2021. AFP
English is gaining ground in the Arab world – at Arabic's expense

Steps are being taken to preserve our language, but it is an uphill battle

July 13, 2022, 4:00 AM
Jewad Selim's 'Good and Evil, An Abstraction' (1951) was a study for a mural for the headquarters of the Iraqi Red Crescent. Bonhams
A pilgrimage to remember Iraqi artist Jewad Selim

A central figure in Iraq's 20th century cultural scene, Selim was responsible for some of the country's most important post-revolution art

December 28, 2021, 11:24 AM
The 'J Curve' illustrates an immediate loss followed by a dramatic gain. Christopher Pike / The National
The UAE's J Curve

Successful nations are born of hard sacrifices made to attain giant leaps, writes Sultan Sooud Al Qassemi

December 01, 2021, 2:00 PM
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No rest for Sheikh Abdullah in a whirlwind year

He is without a doubt the most travelled foreign minister in the UAE's young history

December 19, 2009, 9:28 PM