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Chan'ad Bahraini

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Rumour loving Arabs

Sunday, October 17, 2004

Man, ever since I posted that message a few day ago about democracy in Dubai and rumours of Sheikh Zayed being in a coma I have been getting tons of hits from folks in the UAE and around the world who have been googling things like "Zayed coma", or "sheikh zayed dead". Obviously, those rumours have been spreading fast. I have no idea whether there is any truth to this at all, but it goes to show how much Arabs love rumours and conspiracies. One of the stories I have heard is that he is clinically dead and they were waiting until Ramadan to pull the plug since it is a sacred month. I'm a bit sceptical of this whole thing because I imagine it would be quite difficult to cover up something so big. But in the Arab world, you never know.

Anyhow, I do hope that these rumours turn out to be false and that Zayed is in good health.

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