These Are the Pictures That Got Rihanna Kicked Out of a Mosque

Rihanna was in the United Arab Emirates over the weekend, and posed for a series of pictures in front of Abu Dhabi's Grand Mosque. She looked rather fierce in an all-black outfit and hot red lipstick. However! While her hair was covered — abiding by the mosque's guidelines — after posing like she was doing a fashion… » 10/21/13 6:45pm 10/21/13 6:45pm

There's a Dress Code Battle in the UAE's Shopping Malls

Only about ten percent of the 8 million people who live in the United Arab Emirates, one of the world's wealthiest nations, are actually Emirati citizens; the rest are Western expats or Asian, African and Middle Eastern guest workers. Most locals are fans of Western pop culture, but there's one foreign form of… » 7/06/12 10:00am 7/06/12 10:00am

Women in Abu Dhabi Do Not Want Dudes Scanning Their Boobs

I'm still too young (and, theoretically, not genetically cancer-prone enough) to require regular mammograms, but I've certainly been faced with the choice of seeing a male gynecologist right now or waiting a few days for a lady doctor. This is not a difficult decision. As long as the dude's a non-creepy professional,… » 6/11/12 7:45pm 6/11/12 7:45pm

Abu Dhabi Hotel "Regrets" $11 Million Christmas Tree

Abu Dhabi's Emirates Palace hotel apologized for "attempts to overload" on Christmas cheer by erecting a 43-foot tree adorned with gold and jewels. But when a hotel has a gold-bar vending machine in the lobby, excess is relative. » 12/20/10 10:26am 12/20/10 10:26am

Abu Dhabi Jails 14-Year-Old For "Consensual Sex"

A fourteen-year-old Brazilian girl living in Abu Dhabi has been sentenced to six months prison and deportation after a judge ruled that she could not have been raped by a 28-year-old year-old — because she let him into her apartment. » 8/10/10 1:50pm 8/10/10 1:50pm

The Lobby For Abu Dhabi: An Essay By Carrie Bradshaw

Recently, Ms. Bradshaw traveled to the Emirates for a glamorous vacation with a few pals. Here, she recounts her thoughts about her time in Abu Dhabi. » 6/03/10 1:30pm 6/03/10 1:30pm

"Lawrence Of My Labia" And The Whiteness Of Summer Blockbusters

This summer's blockbusters overwhelmingly feature white actors, a stark effect even by Hollywood standards. Relatedly, another big tent movie, Sex And The City 2, is defending itself against charges of cultural insensitivity. But seriously, people. We know hijabs are hilarious. » 5/27/10 3:00pm 5/27/10 3:00pm

Watching SATC2 Live: Our Minute-By-Minute Analysis

It's a monumental day in women's history! We're coming to you from a 10am showing, where we are live-blogging our insights into the movie's magical minutiae. Remember this moment, because it's the moment at which dreams came true. » 5/27/10 10:00am 5/27/10 10:00am

How The Sex And The City 2's Harem Pants Ended Up In Abu Dhabi

Why is Sex And The City 2 set in banal Abu Dhabi but shot in Morocco? Now we know: international sexual mores, intra-Emirates drama and the narrative need for both luxury shopping and Lawrence of Arabia imagery. Mystery solved! [ABCNews] » 4/16/10 2:40pm 4/16/10 2:40pm

New Sex & The City Trailer: Arabian Nights Redux

The time has come. As we approach the May 27 release date, actual plot details are being revealed from the second coming of the greatest film event of womankind. (How did they miss the Easter tie-in?) We close-read accordingly. » 4/09/10 10:00am 4/09/10 10:00am

Awesome Saudi Poet Lambastes Clerics On State-Run TV

Hissa Hilal, a Saudi housewife and a contestant in an American-Idol-style poetry competition, read an incendiary 15-verse poem that criticized clerics who issue ever-more-restrictive fatwas, and referred to clerics as monsters "wearing death as a robe, cinched with a belt." » 3/26/10 6:40pm 3/26/10 6:40pm

Loose Lips

Whoa! Nikki Blonksy, star of Hairspray » 8/01/08 5:40pm 8/01/08 5:40pm, and her father Wednesday for beating up a woman at an airport in Turks and Caicos over a seat in the airport terminal. 's Bianca Golden (9th cycle) was also involved in the fight somehow. • Pam Anderson is in Abu Dhabi where the royal family personally asked her to start a…

A League's Fixed Game, A Nation's Lost Innocence

Okay, I realize I'm taking a wild gamble here, but this is Mike Bibby. Of all the dreamboats on the 2002 Sacramento Kings he was the dreamiest, although I'll always carry a torch for Vlade Divac and Bobby Jackson also rules... anyway, so. Everyone hearts the Sacramento Kings this year. Moreover, everyone hates the… » 6/11/08 10:30am 6/11/08 10:30am