Why do we not have more solar power in the region?

It would seem like an obvious idea. The planet needs to wean itself off fossil fuels, so why haven’t we built solar power plants in the deserts, to give us the energy we need? After all, in just six daylight hours, the Earth’s deserts soak up more energy than the entire planet uses in a…

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…

The cat in the hat

This month, Saul ‘Slash’ Hudson will play in the UAE with the band Velvet Revolver. He’s not only the most recognisable guitarist on earth, but one who’s written some of the best and most memorable riffs since the Rolling Stones stopped being any good. He spoke to Time Out about cheating death, not being let…

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…