Tag Archives: 2014

my Top 10 Movies of 2014…

The year is coming to an end quite soon so I thought I put together my Top 10 Movies of this year.

10.  Anchorman 2

It is so funny and I just love Will Ferrel. The second part is even better than the first in my opinion.

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9. Maleficent

quite enjoyed the movie and Angeline Jolie was a lovely Villain.

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8. X-Men : Days of Future Past

Alternately thought-provoking, philosophical, and politically conscious. It’s also seriously cool.

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7. Transformers: Age of Extinction

Might not have been the best movie of the Transformers series, but I nevertheless enjoyed watching it. Mark Wahlberg was a good addition to the Franchise.

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6. A Walk Among the Tombstones

Nice plot twists, a darker Liam Neeson. A Movie I have enjoyed a lot.

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Corruption Perceptions Index 2014 – UAE on 25th position…

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:

Rank Country 2014 SCORE 2013 SCORE 2012 SCORE
1 Denmark 92 91 90
2 New Zealand 91 91 90
3 Finland 89 89 90
4 Sweden 87 89 88
5 Norway 86 86 85
5 Switzerland 86 85 86
7 Singapore 84 86 87
8 Netherlands 83 83 84
9 Luxembourg 82 80 80
10 Canada 81 81 84
12 Germany 79 78 79
17 United States 74 73 73
25 United Arab Emirates 70 69 68
26 Qatar 69 68 68
53 Czech Republic 51 48 49
55 Bahrain 49 48 51
55 Jordan 49 45 48
55 Saudi Arabia 49 46 44
64 Oman 45 47 47
67 Kuwait 44 43 44
85 India 38 36 36
85 Philippines 38 36 34
94 Egypt 37 32 32
126 Pakistan 29 28 27
136 Iran 27 25 28
136 Lebanon 27 28 30
159 Syria 20 17 26
166 Libya 18 15 21
170 Iraq 16 16 18
172 Afghanistan 12 8 8
173 Sudan 11 11 13
174 Korea (North) 8 8 8
174 Somalia 8 8 8

 

Here you can scroll a bit through the interactive map:

Source: http://www.transparency.org

Best & Worst Airports 2014 are now out… Manila not worst any longer…

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:

  1. Islamabad Benazir Bhutto International Airport, Pakistan (ISB)
  2. Jeddah King Abdulaziz International Airport, Saudi Arabia (JED)
  3. Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport, Nepal (KTM)
  4. Manila Ninoy Aquino International Airport, Philippines (MNL)
  5. Tashkent International Airport, Uzbekistan (TAS)
  6. Paris Beauvais-Tille International Airport, France (BVA) + Frankfurt Hahn International Airport, Germany (HHN)
  7. Bergamo Orio al Serio International Airport, Italy (BGY)
  8. Berlin Tegel International Airport, Germany (TXL)
  9. New York City LaGuardia International Airport, USA (LGA) – See

The best Airports in the World are as follows:

  1. Singapore Changi International Airport, Singapore (SIN)
  2. Seoul Incheon International Airport, South Korea (ICN)
  3. Helsinki International Airport, Finland (HEL)
  4. Munich International Airport, Germany (MUC)
  5. Vancouver International Airport, Canada (YVR)
  6. Kuala Lumpur International Airport, Malaysia (KUL)
  7. Hong Kong International Airport in Hong Kong (HKG)
  8. Tokyo Haneda International Airport, Japan (HND)
  9. Amsterdam Schiphol International Airport, Netherlands (AMS)
  10. Zurich International Airport, Switzerland (ZRH)

The best Airpots int he Middle East are as follows:

  1. Dubai International Airport, United Arab Emirates (DXB)
  2. Doha Hamad International Airport, Qatar (DOH)
  3. Abu Dhabi International Airport, United Arab Emirates (AUH)
  4. Muscat International Airport, Oman (MCT)
  5. Tel Aviv Ben Gurion International Airport, Israel (TLV)

You can read the full report here in the official website (LINK)

 

Worlds Top Expat Destinations 2014…

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:

  1. Ecuador
  2. Luxembourg
  3. Mexico
  4. Switzerland
  5. USA
  6. Singapore
  7. Spain
  8. Philippines
  9. Australia
  10. Hong Kong

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:

  1. Switzerland
  2. Spain
  3. Austria
  4. Hong Kong
  5. Germany
  6. Singapore
  7. Czech Republic
  8. South Korea
  9. France
  10. Japan

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)

Criss Angel’s Dubai perforance cancelled…

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.

Sad News. I would have loved to see the show…

Big Boys Toys back in Dubai on October 3-5…

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).

Missed the Illusionists the last time? They come again this year…

illusionsts20 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.

You can watch the Trailer video below: