Has the world become more tolerant or have we become more critical? My passion in life is to help people understand Arabic culture and Islamic faith. Along the way, I have realised that my way of life, faith or culture needs no apology We are unique individuals, cultures – and differences should to be celebrated.
Then there’s politics and what goes on in the world of politics Although I write this piece for the opinion column, ironically it is about opinion itself – when one should have it and when one should refrain from it.
About the Arab Culturalist (Arabic)
We will always have disagreements, but we can all agree to disagree without including violence against each other or insult. I have enjoyed an extensive career divulging various aspects of the rich and diverse Emirati culture to thousands of visitors to the UAE.
Emirate has thriving 200,000 Chinese community. Visitors had the chance to ask questions on Arabic culture in a series of open discussions held by Nasif Kayed raising awareness of the local culture, customs and religion of the UAE.
The day after terror struck Paris, I left for a MegaFam in Dubai. An agent seated next to me on the flight expressed bafflement over packing and expectations. We contemplated if the events in Paris would impact our journey to the Middle East.
It is the national dress that Emiratis say they are proud to wear. But some say they are thinking twice about travelling abroad in their kandoura or abaya, saying it is not worth drawing attention to themselves. The issue came to light after the mistaken arrest of UAE businessman Ahmed Al Menhali in the US state of Ohio last week.
“Open Doors, Open Minds” was the title of a presentation recently given by Nasif Kayed, Director of the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding (MCCU), to the General Studies students at the HCT-Sharjah Colleges. Mr Kayed spoke passionately about his dedication to breaking down stereotypes and inter-cultural misunderstandings.
A: Very important. In times gone by Chinese people knew who we were as Arabs, as Emiratis and as Muslims. Today the younger generation is more influenced by the Western media and Hollywood. So this is a great opportunity for us to say, ‘Come and see us and let’s have the opportunity to talk.’
Listen to the show and our guest Nasif Kayed, General Manager of the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding. Click to listen to the four great show segments separately. Dubai – Segment one Dubai – Segment two Dubai – Segment three Dubai- Segment four Destination: Dubai Wonderland on the Gulf June 1, 2013 on …
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Maybe they’ll snore, or encroach on your personal space, or perhaps it’ll be a screaming baby. Passengers flying on Qatar, Emirates, Etihad or Royal Jordanian Airlines, however, have a unique type of neighbor to worry about — the pet falcon.
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DUBAI // Residents should work as hard to protect their privacy online as they do offline, a conference heard on Monday. As nearly everyone in the UAE has internet access, greater caution is necessary, according to Nasif Kayed, director at the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding.
Nasif Kayed is the general manager of the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding (SMCCU), a non-profit organisation that brings together people from different backgrounds, cultures and religions to broaden their horizons. What was money like growing up? I was born in Kuwait. We had barely any money growing up.
You can break the ice with citizens at Shaikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding.
Fathers of the 21st century have a lot more to worry about when it comes to their kids, perhaps much more so than their dads before them. But don’t take our word for it, hear it from the dads themselves – and Happy Father’s Day!
In late January 2015, a tour of the Old Dubai area brought the Teach UAE Magazine team to the Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Center for Cultural Understanding (SMCCU). We were fortunate to meet the inimitable and personable Nasif Kayed, who hosted a fantastic brunch during which he animatedly regaled us with rich cultural anecdotes.
BBA students visited Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding, Dubai – S P Jain School of Global Management
Date: 31st August 2014 S P Jain BBA Jaguars were in for a complete surprise when they found themselves in an Arabian courtyard amidst a majlis and authentic Emirati cuisine. That was how; S P Jain Dubai campus welcomed the new BBA cohort in Dubai.