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Thursday, March 15, 2007

Al Ain Times Whine

Divide and rule.

Our local newspaper loves to do this with one half in English and the other half in Arabic. While this week's English section tells us about the latest Harry Potter saga, the Arabic section tells us that Emirati university professors are going to get a 25% pay rise. Why does the editor at our local rag think that I don't want to know this?

Al Ain Times, are you two different newspapers? Don't you think the readers of the English section might be interested in some real news rather than cut and pasted health advice from the internet?

Al Ain Times. It's good for lining the cat litter tray.

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Blogger elle said...

That use to irritate me too. Why can't they have the same newspaper in both languages.

3/15/2007 01:03:00 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree--this latest issue irked me.

3/15/2007 02:18:00 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Okay I work in the english section in the newspaper and whoever wrote this note well u obviously understood what the arabic section was tlkin about so y r u complaining?!!
You know what if it was translated then u would be complaining about how pointless it is to have the same news in both languages and how it is a waste of space

3/24/2007 07:15:00 pm  
Blogger Al Ain Taxi said...

Do you write in text speak for the newspaper as well?

I cannot read Arabic, a friend told me about the 25% pay rise article that I referred to. In fact, you don't need to be able to read Arabic to see there's a lot more content in the Arabic section.

What's pointless is most of the stuff in the English section- that's a waste of space.

3/25/2007 12:26:00 pm  
Anonymous kochumanavalan said...

There should be a separate edition for each language, targetting separate readership. All-in-one naturally leads to a great deal of superfluousness.

3/27/2007 02:36:00 pm  
Blogger secretdubai said...

That's weird and sad the two sections don't match.

You could mention this over at the DMO blog at well.

3/28/2007 03:04:00 am  
Anonymous kochumanavalan said...

I don't think (as I said above) it's so much about the two languages covering identical stories...it's about accurately catering to your readership. The pyschographic profiles of the two (broad) linguistic groups here are obviously so vastly different, it would be better to split it up into two separate papers.

(Sorry for being repetitive.)

3/28/2007 03:42:00 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I like that it has both English and Arabic. I think the point is that the English section seems to give a lot less actual Al Ain news, compared to the Arabic section. What other reason is there to read the Al Ain Times other than to read about Al Ain events, people, places, etc.? (I don't read it for beauty tips or Harry Potter trivia.) Al Ain Times can be a useful and fun publication for our community, but it should dedicate itself primarily to Al Ain topics, in my opinion.

3/28/2007 09:10:00 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

al ain..hmm.doesn't actually have any news at all

3/31/2007 10:56:00 am  

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