The new Corruption Perceptions Index 2014 is out. Looking only at the Middle East and North Africa the UAE has kept the top spot in front of Qatar which sounds weird keeping the FIFA World Cup investigations in mind but OK.
Poorly equipped schools, counterfeit medicine and elections decided by money are just some of the consequences of public sector corruption. Bribes and backroom deals don’t just steal resources from the most vulnerable – they undermine justice and economic development, and destroy public trust in government and leaders.
Corruption is a problem for all countries. A poor score is likely a sign of widespread bribery, lack of punishment for corruption and public institutions that don’t respond to citizens’ needs. Countries at the top of the index also need to act.
Here a few of the 175 entries:
United Arab Emirates
Here you can scroll a bit through the interactive map:
Finally the Best & Worst Airports 2014 report has been released by The guide to Sleeping in Airports. In the last days lot of articles could be found relating to Manila being worlds worst airport. Stupidly these people used the results of 2013. The 2014 report has been issued today and looks different.
Worst Airports top ten for 2014 are:
Islamabad Benazir Bhutto International Airport, Pakistan (ISB)
Jeddah King Abdulaziz International Airport, Saudi Arabia (JED)
Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport, Nepal (KTM)
Manila Ninoy Aquino International Airport, Philippines (MNL)
Tashkent International Airport, Uzbekistan (TAS)
Paris Beauvais-Tille International Airport, France (BVA) + Frankfurt Hahn International Airport, Germany (HHN)
Bergamo Orio al Serio International Airport, Italy (BGY)
Berlin Tegel International Airport, Germany (TXL)
New York City LaGuardia International Airport, USA (LGA) – See
The best Airports in the World are as follows:
Singapore Changi International Airport, Singapore (SIN)
Seoul Incheon International Airport, South Korea (ICN)
Helsinki International Airport, Finland (HEL)
Munich International Airport, Germany (MUC)
Vancouver International Airport, Canada (YVR)
Kuala Lumpur International Airport, Malaysia (KUL)
Hong Kong International Airport in Hong Kong (HKG)
Tokyo Haneda International Airport, Japan (HND)
Amsterdam Schiphol International Airport, Netherlands (AMS)
Zurich International Airport, Switzerland (ZRH)
The best Airpots int he Middle East are as follows:
Dubai International Airport, United Arab Emirates (DXB)
Doha Hamad International Airport, Qatar (DOH)
Abu Dhabi International Airport, United Arab Emirates (AUH)
Muscat International Airport, Oman (MCT)
Tel Aviv Ben Gurion International Airport, Israel (TLV)
You can read the full report here in the official website (LINK)
Internations has launched a report showing the Top Expat Destinations in the World. 13851 expats have participated representing 165 nationalities and 169 countries of residence.
The Expat Top Destinations are:
Germany is coming in on 12th position. Oman on 30, the UAE on 33, Bahrain on 48, Saudi Arabia on 60 and Kuwait on 61st position.
To be honest the list is quite interesting, I would have not expected the Philippines on 8th but it is cool to see. Extremely wondering for me is how Kuwait is seen worse then Saudi Arabia. I have been living in Kuwait for some time and did not find it too bad…
Looking into Quality of Life the picture changes a bit:
Another interesting fact of this report is that when it comes to personal happiness the Philippines are on 2nd place after Ecuador…
If you want you can see the full report here: (LINK)
As per statement on the Platinumlist website the Criss Agel show which was upcoming in November got cancelled for unknown reasons. Here is the information on the website:
Done Events have announced that due to unforeseen circumstances, they regretfully announce the cancellation of the Criss Angel MINDFREAK shows at the Hamdan Sports Complex, which were scheduled for 12th – 14th November.
It is hoped that new dates can be announced soon.
As Done Events are unable to confirm new dates at this stage, full refunds will be issued.
Big Boys Toys is back for the 5th time in Dubai. This time not next to the Atlantis Hotel on the Palm Jumeirah but at Skydive Dubai from October 3 to 5.
In a media statement today, organizers said the unique collection at the venue should appeals to high-net worth individuals from the region. More than 100 exhibitors from around the world are all set to attend.
Among the products that visitors will experience are the Triton Submarines, the world’s deepest diving submersible equipped with a transparent pressure hull for a visually captivating underwater view; Rage Buggies, the ultimate off-road vehicles tested by World Rally and Formula 1 drivers; and Deep Trekker, an innovative remotely operated underwater camera, just to name a few.
As well you will find a supercar test drive area this year.
Tickets are on 100AED per person which gives you entrance for one day and 50AED voucher for interactive features.
You can find more info on the official websites (LINK).
The Alchemy Project is presenting the Illusionists 2.0 in Dubai. Under the slogan Witness the Impossible the Illusionists will return to the Sheikh Rashid Hall at the Dubai World Trade Center on the 30th of September. Tickets are on sale now at Tixbox.ae for customer of Emirates NBD and are starting at 199AED. If you are a Emirates NBD customer you get not only the tickets earlier but also 15% off on the tickets if you book before the 23rd of May.
The Tickets go on regular sale on the 22nd of May.