Greetings from GlassQUBE Coworking.
We were planning on writing about our recent experience at Flat6Labs Abu Dhabi, a technology & media focused incubator here in Abu Dhabi, where one of our Co-Founders was mentoring the newly minted class of start-ups. It was an exciting experience and one which we look forward to sharing with you soon. However, we have chosen to defer that discussion in light of recent tragic events in France and Lebanon.
On Friday 13, 2015, days before the time of this blog entry, Paris was reeling from its second domestic terrorist attack within a year. Beirut had similarly been attacked the day before. Nearly 200 people have been killed in total. Hundreds are hospitalized, many of whom are in a critical state. The world is still processing these events and trying to make sense of the senseless, ourselves included.
Now let's be clear, this is a blog with specific commercial interests and not a forum for political commentary. We will leave the geo-political commentary to more capable minds and more appropriate mediums. That being said, it is not lost on us that GlassQUBE Coworking is located in a region of the world that is center stage of an epic, global tumult of competing ideals and "philosophies". We feel that at this moment, it is important for us, for all of us, to address the 800 pound gorilla currently trashing the room.
Yes, GlassQUBE Coworking operates out of Abu Dhabi, an Emirate within the UAE which sits smack in the center of the Middle East. Pull up Abu Dhabi in Google maps. All the crazy stuff you hear about in the news, it's all happening within a 2 hour flying radius of here. Those of you who have never been to the UAE may be wondering what its like to operate out here.
With that in mind, we simply point to the fact that Abu Dhabi and the UAE continues position itself as a vibrant, and wonderfully tolerant city and country, achieving what many of its neighbors have been unable to; strike a highly functional balance between National identity of which religious piousness is paramount, and a genuine acceptance of disparate views on theism and lifestyle. The result is an astonishingly dynamic, globally competitive economic juggernaut that continues be a top destination for international talent and capital.
The UAE is unquestionably the blueprint for the region, a growing international nexus of culture and commerce, and is positioned as the region's economic engine of growth. Not bad for a little Muslim country that is about the size of West Virgina.
So while we reflect on and mourn the aftermath of Paris and Beirut, let us not lose sight of the fact that a war of ideology is not binary. There are those who want us to believe that it is, that the world can only be black or white despite the fact that it is vividly, beautifully grey throughout. The UAE is a glowing testament to this. The world at large shows us that this is true.
Vive la France.
The GlassQUBE Team