Archive for June, 2007

My hump, my hump

Wednesday, June 13th, 2007

…or lack of lady lumps in Miss Huzaifa’s case.

Here’s a print ad for Al Huzaifa Furniture that was published in a few newspapers and magazines.

Al Huzaifa Furniture - Bump Ad

‘Cheeky’ but nothing really offensive with that ad (the chair though is just plain wrong). However, officials disagreed and the campaign was pulled… well, almost. Here’s how it probably went down (it’s funnier if you read it with a thick accent).

Official 1: Okay, we have told the ad agency about this offence and have fined them heavily.

Official 2: Well done and what about the media?

Official 1: The papers and magazines have been alerted and will remove this advert from all new issues.

Official 2: Excellent! You’ve done well.

Official 1: There is one small problem… we have a unipole banner on Shk Zayed Road which cannot be taken down.

Official 2: Hmmm… Don’t worry, I have an idea.

Al Huzaifa Furniture - Unipole

Someone, somewhere got a ‘bum’ deal out of this!


Friday, June 8th, 2007

A furniture store in Karama that doesn’t beat around the bush…

Furniture Store in Karama

Branches opening soon across town:

  • Al Dumfakher Electricals
  • Al Gofakhoff Repairs
  • Al Fakhinsheet Carpets

Sharjah Desert Park

Wednesday, June 6th, 2007

For all the shame surrounding the Dubai Zoo, it’s nice to hear to know that neighbouring emirates are doing their part towards the preservation of wildlife in the UAE. Sadly, one initiative that rarely gets any media attention is the Arabia’s Wildlife Centre, located in the Sharjah Desert Park.

The Sharjah Desert Park is separated into four distinct areas:

Natural History Museum
What sets the Natural History Museum apart, from other local museums, is its focus on the history of the Middle East rather than just the UAE. Major sections in the museum include Geology – a look at how the Middle East and early life was formed; Flora – plant life and desert ecology; Marine – overview of various aquatic life in the region. Set aside about 1 hour to go through the entire museum.

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Arabia’s Wildlife Centre
More than just a zoo, the Arabia’s Wildlife Centre brings various reptiles, amphibians, invertebrates, birds and mammals, from the Middle East, under one roof for all to see! The first section is the Reptile and Insect House; you’ll get to see various snakes, beetles, lizards, scorpions, frogs and toads. Next up, is a large indoor Aviary where none of the birds are kept in cages and are left to fly freely… might want to watch out for any presents as they fly overhead. You’ll know the moment you’ve entered the Nocturnal section from the pitch black surroundings. Once adjusted to the low light – bats, rats and nocturnal cats are some of the various attractions to see in this section. Finally, the end of the centre is home to some of the bigger animals in the region with baboons, cheetahs and leopards making their appearance. Set aside about 1 hour and a half to take in all the exhibits.

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Children’s Farm
A chance for kids (and adults) to get up close and personal with animals. Don’t expect anything exotic though, the animals that you’ll find in this centre are the domesticated ones – goats, chickens, cows, camels, horses, ducks and donkeys. You’ll also find bins with hay and grass if you want to try feeding the animals… watch your fingers!

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Breeding Centre
Off limits to the general public, the Breeding Centre was setup to help in the conservation and protection of endangered species in the region. One such project, the Arabian Leopard Project, looks at boosting the population of the Arabian Leopard whose numbers have dwindled to less than 100 in the region.

For more info, the Sharjah Desert Park can be contacted on 06 5311999. The park is open weekdays from 09:00 – 18:00 (closed on Monday), Thursday 11:00 – 18:00 and Friday 14:00 – 18:00. Adults Dhs 15, Children under 16 free.
See in Google Earth


Saturday, June 2nd, 2007

Beware the hyphen…

Emirates Today - Jazeera Airways article

Nothing too exciting, the regular man-complains-to-paper, company-responds-to-paper, paper-helps-kiss-and-make-up article. Short version, passenger leaves messages for airline, never got called back, airline apologises for lack of response, recommends that passengers should email for quick assistance. Seems like good advice, however, on closer inspection


Looks like ‘no frills’ doesn’t quite extend to all departments in Al Jazeera Airways! Hmmm… suddenly their cabin crew annoucements start to make sense…

Good evening ladies and gentlemen and thank you for flying with us today. If there is anything we can do to make your journey more pleasurable, do let us know. Please ensure that you are in an upright position. In a few moments we’ll be screening a safety video…