“Colors of an old Beirut” traces the history of this ancient city through the lives of its residents, their colorful crafts and cultural traditions, their epic architecture, and the colors of their flags. Preserved by generations of men and women who lived through the upheaval that came with the creation of Lebanon as a country in Mandatory Lebanon, this book tells the history of the people who have become a part of the fabric of the Middle East for over a century. Ali Hasbani is a restless and ever Curious traveler whose efforts to understand the complex and often hidden heritage of his adopted home are rewarded when he meets an unlikely hero in Imam Rustom, an archetypal streetwise man of honor. Together, the two embark on a journey that not only reveals to the reader the ebb and flow of life in old Beirut but also the resilience and strength that have kept the people of this famous old quarter flourishing in spite of the many hardships they’ve faced. The resulting story thus reminds us of the power of the human spirit that despite the darkest of circumstances can be the source of ultimate happiness and peace.
“Colors of an old Beirut” traces the history of this ancient city through the lives of its residents, their colorful crafts and cultural traditions, their ancient architecture, and the vibrant colors of their flag. Ali Hasbani is a restless and ever Curious traveler whose attempts to understand the rich cultural heritage of his adopted country are rewarded when he meets an unlikely hero in Imam Rustom, an archetypal streetwise man of honor. Together, the two embark on a journey that not only reveals to the reader the ebb and flow of life in old Beirut but also the resilience and strength that have kept the people of this famous old quarter flourishing in spite of the many hardships they’ve faced. The resulting story reminds us of the power of the human spirit that despite the darkest of circumstances can be the source of ultimate happiness and peace.
“Saleha: A Portrait of a Woman’s Life” is a fascinating look at the many faces of commerce that have touched the lives of millions worldwide. In this light, the colorful and complex history of the UAE is revealed through the life of Saleha, colorful merchantmen from the UAE who was traded as a slave to a Qashqai family in Morocco and brought to the United Arab Emirates. Forced into marriage, Saleha becomes an integral part of her new family and later experiences the brutality of the men of her house who treated her badly. Forced to leave the family she had spent her entire life in, Saleha forms an amazing friendship with another woman from the Abu Dhabi house who becomes her lover.
Forced to marry a wealthy trader whose family owned the only gold refineries in the entire UAE, Saleh’s cruel treatment and subsequent escape to Europe to draw the attention of various agencies that specialized in helping out victims of slavery and forced labor. After a three years’ effort, Saleh finally manages to get herself free and returns to her native land. There, she is exposed to the harsh realities of life as a single mother and a former slave while suffering physical injuries and mental anguish.
This gripping documentary highlights the importance of the UAE’s role in helping its citizens despite the lack of any real development in the country. UAE’s main contribution to world trade and economy lies in its numerous free agent contracts signed by dozens of companies from across the world that are actively tapping into the huge and diverse free-agent market in the country. These multinational companies are required by law to abide by all the labor rules and regulations set by the United Nations Quality Standards Organization (UNSOB) and the International Labor Organization (ILO). However, the highly increasing demand for these types of labor services and the pressure from governments and business groups that want to prioritize more experienced and capable personnel in their respective labor departments pushes the need for the establishment of more permanent labor recruiting agencies.
Once established, these agencies are able to purchase contracts of up to five hundred thousand pounds with teams from around the world who may be interested in recruiting athletes and other talented players who may not be represented by a club in their domestic league. Once an athlete signs with one of these clubs, he/she is automatically added to the list of unrestricted free agents available for transfer to any club in the league. As these players accumulate more experience and accumulate greater quantities of accrued seasons, their value and marketability also increase. With a large pool of talented players now available for teams to choose from, the chance of making the big splash in the championship rounds or other competitions also increases.
Teams and clubs can negotiate an agreement between themselves on an appropriate player contract. Once this is done, both parties are required by law to submit the signed contracts to the UAE Sports Trade Management Authority for approval. If approved, the contracts are made official and become legally binding between the two parties. Once an athlete signs a contract with a UAE National Team or Club, they remain so for the duration of their contract term.
Players in the top tier National Football League (NFL) and lower division United States National Football League (USNFL) are considered UFA prospects. Players in the lower division NFL who sign a one year contract with an existing team are considered Restricted Free Agents (RFA). One-year contracts are usually the minimum amount of time a player may be allowed to spend with an existing club, while two-year contracts (bundling together with another contract year for a total of three years) provide the highest level of protection for a player. Each team has the right to match offers made by other clubs, but no team is allowed to offer a higher amount of compensation than the other team.