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Slow news month? You bet

Slow news month? You bet

No wonder TV viewing goes up during Ramadan – print media has given up trying to find decent stories. Here’s six of today’s most sleep-inducing headlines.

September 3, 2008 9:14 by

Air-conditioned tents provide cool succour
Qatar’s Peninsula tells us that the Holy Month of Ramadan this year has seen an increase in the number of Iftar tents set up at various locations across the country. Various charitable organizations and companies have sponsored large air-conditioned tents, it says, which is nice – because it’s hot. Who’d have thought?

Prevention of diabetes possible by reducing weight
A consultant stressed yesterday the possibility of preventing diabetes by 60 percent through reducing weight and practicing sports for half an hour a day, reports Kuwait Times. President of Kuwait Obesity Association Dr Yousef Bo Abbas said disease was one of the most widely-spread in the world, including the Gulf region, and especially in Kuwait. The question is: is he on a performance-related pay scheme?

Shaikh Khalifa gets Saleh letter
Gulf News makes sure readers are aware that President His Highness Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan has received a letter from President Ali Abdullah Saleh of Yemen, dealing with bilateral relations and recent regional developments.

Auditors body hosts seminar
The daddy of all dullness – seminars and auditors. The Institute of Internal Auditors and Scientific Accounting Association (QU) hosted a seminar at the Millennium hotel in Qatar, says Gulf Times. If you have already fallen asleep you’ll be pleased to hear the presenter, AbdulQader Obaid Ali, internal audit director of Dubai World, spoke about the radical changes he had introduced in his company.

Government Clarification on Real Estate Regulation Law No 13 Urged
Iftar talk will no doubt center around clarification of this muddied ruling. It is not clear, says Khaleej Times, whether the bulk-sale contracts for off-plan properties have to be registered with Dubai Land Department. An issue that effects thousands of readers.

Orange Card system a boon, says auto insurers
Motor insurance providers have welcomed the Orange Card Auto Insurance Scheme as a significant step in addressing the often protracted delays and hassles associated with the settlement of cross-border accident claims, says The Oman Observer. Jolly good.

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1 Comment

  1. Boryana on September 6, 2008 10:53 am

    Well done Kipp. It was about time someone pointed out the dullnes of Gulf print media. Thanks for doing that. The sad part is that the ones fast asleep are the media themselves. Will be interesting to see what happens when the money from omnivorous real estate advertisers dries up and papers have to start competing for readers.


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