The Real Deal?

The strange case of Real Madrid Resort Island, Ras Al Khaimah and “sportatainment” A billion dollar Real Madrid themed resort – initially planned for Ras Al Khaimah but scrapped last year – could well be back on and shifted to the UAE capital, with The National Bank of Abu Dhabi confirmed as a the Galacticos’…

Everything We Know

[For Esquire magazine, October 2011] The idea of Wikipedia is a huge one – putting the sum of all human knowledge in one place and making it accessible around the world. Executive Director of the Wikimedia Foundation, Sue Gardner, is the person who ensures it remains, in every sense of the word, free. She’s increasingly…

Does Coca Cola really contain alcohol?

Is there any truth in the rumour that Coca-Cola really contains alcohol? A recent report from This American Life, a radio show in the United States, claims to have discovered the closely-guarded formula to Coca-Cola in an archived 1979 article from Coke’s hometown newspaper, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. A photo with the piece shows pages from…

National obsession

Leading the charge in the UAE’s newspaper boom is The National. Time Out spoke to its editor Martin Newland about its launch, censorship, advertising, what he thinks of their rivals – and why the forthcoming paper war will be a good thing for the country. What were you told by your new proprietor about the…

MTV Arabia

MTV Arabia launches this week and the 60th MTV channel could be the most influential since the original launched 26 years ago. Time Out spoke to those in charge about beginnings, censorship, and cleaning up hip hop. Words Matt Pomroy MTV is now older than most of the people who currently watch it. It was…

Voice of the Middle East

Doha-based news channel Al-Jazeera has just launched a new international English-language service, Al-Jazeera English– which will be available free to air across the Middle East. The television station that changed the face of news broadcasting in the region is set to become a major player in the West, but the launch isn’t without controversy and…