Nick  Smith

    Property Talk

    Nick Smith is the former CEO of The Wave, Muscat. You can reach him at

Anyone for tennis?
    March 5, 2012

7pm, Thursday, March 1, 2012, Dubai. Five thousand people stand to applaud the No 1 tennis player in the world, Novak Djokovic (Nole), as he enters the stadium to play his quarter-final match against Janko Tipsarevic.

The Social Network
    February 27, 2012

“Daddy, it really is time you used Facebook,” announced my daughter Georgie a few months ago. “I am off to university in England and we can stay in touch better.” I had put off the whole Facebook thing for many years, but a couple of aspects had started to fascinate me.

Let the train take the strain
    February 20, 2012

I was three years old when my parents moved to Stanmore, Middlesex, just north-west of London. One of the main reasons they chose to live there was that Stanmore is at the end of the Bakerloo Line (now called the Jubilee Line), part of the London Underground railway network.

Supermarket sweep
    February 13, 2012

My column about service a couple of weeks ago provoked several responses from readers. It is clear that many of you out there are pretty fed up with not getting the level of service you would like, and supermarkets in general came in for a lot of criticism.

It’s not all about football
    February 6, 2012

Football is without question the most popular game in the world. Three years ago, Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed al Nayhan bought Manchester City Football Club in England through the company Abu Dhabi United Group (ADUG).  Whilst the transformation in terms of the football played has been little short of extraordinary, not many people realise the other, arguably much more important, changes that ADUG has started to deliver.