Aqeel Ahmed – Filmmaker. Creative. Entrepreneur.
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Sharjah leading the way with the first local elections in the UAE

It is easy for Westerners to criticise other nations for not sharing the same values of freedom and democracy that we enjoy. Although we somehow think that it is our duty to export our ideals, the reality is that you cannot just copy and paste democracy — which by the way, has taken us many hundreds of years to develop — onto another country just like that. Rome was not built in a day. That being said, the United Arab Emirates has led the way, and continues...

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Anti-Discrimination and Anti-Hate Law

The more I learn about the UAE’s laws and culture, the less anxious I feel. Yes, there will be things we from free nations will have to refrain from when in their country but all in all, the UAE has the best rights in the Middle East. On top of that, their government is constantly improving the country and gradually bringing it in line with International standards of rights and protections. The law I will highlight in this post is Law No. 2 of 2015 and was passed...

The more I learn about the UAE...

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Taking Somebody’s Photo Could Get You Deported

For expatriates and tourists coming from free countries to the UAE, you could find yourself doing things you think of as perfectly acceptable yet be falling foul of local laws.

When in any country, you must try to be aware of and respect their laws and traditions, even if you do not personally agree with them. So, in order to create awareness and to prevent people unintentionally breaking laws and customs, I will try to compile a list of UAE specific posts relating to them, starting with this...

For expatriates and tourist...

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