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The UAE continues to throb with the tempo of lively entertainment for the entire family. In a nod to this season's celebration of women's achievement, we focus on three locally based female artists: Sol Abiad and her Star TOO Experimental Theatre, on calligrapher Narjes Noureddine and on emerging talent student Lama Younes (who has designed the front cover artwork for this issue of Tempo). And in the spirit of collaboration between the genders, and the races, we showcase a banter between American poet Dorian Paul D, and young Palestinian phenom Farah Chamma who together treated Tempo's staff to an exciting and heart wrenching poetry repartee, totally organic and impromptu. We loved it so much we taped it and put it on our website and You Tube channel for you to watch. The launch of the Shams 1 Solar Power Plant garnered the focus of the Planetarians - what a huge accomplishment for the country's green movement! At our humble level Tempo has also started to make a transition to sustainability, through the introduction of our new magazine stands, which are 100% recycled from locally available waste. Tell us what you think.
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TALKING BOOKS By Azza El Masri
THE MUSIC OF LOVE By Samarpan Chakraborty
RACING AGAINST TIME By Nabeela Huda
In this musical moment called life I promise to hold you In the fog seemingly dense I will be your clarity I can be the philosophy to your conflict The thought coming out of the abyss I will be still just like the water flowing into the ocean For it is my destiny to be nothing in this emptiness In nothingness, there is something And in that something, lays everything Beyond the limit, infinity, infinity Like the reflections on the mirror That goes beyond the mirror itself Into dimensions untouched by logic Encompassing the completeness of life And in the understanding of this experience I rid myself of all limit and grievances For this is an involvement going beyond physicality Where you dissolve yourself of identities All you have left is a memory Of a peaceful heart and tearing eyes And the everlasting burst of ecstasy Roaming freely without care into your body
She sits on the finely furnished chair with her body leaning forward, her chest resting on the larger side of the table. Looking out of the window, she sees the big clock and watches its hands move slowly. She thinks about how fast time flies by. How every minute races the next, and how there's no stopping. There's no resting in this world, not even for a split second. The running road doesn’t look back at the runner who just tripped on it. She shifts her eyes and sees across the Parliament building and onto the busy road. The road paves the path for thousands of travelers going upon their daily routines. There they are, polluting the environment, she thinks. Honking to hasten the pace, or yelling at the top of their lungs to curse with almost little or no road manners. They are always in a hurry, she thought. Perhaps racing time to get to where they have to be? Or where they want to be. Impatient whiners who've lost against time, yet again…? She stands up, gently pushing the chair behind and walks to the windowpane. Her dark black hair gently rests on her shoulders and her twinkling hazel eyes drift to the blue sky. The puffs of white clouds move across the sky with no rush to reach their destination. She shifts her thoughts and wonders how vast the sky is and how it seems to canopy the earth. But she corrects herself, the sky is an empty space that leaves much to explore. She wonders about the depth of its beauty and the incomprehensible factors governing its existence. She smiles to herself, reassuring herself that there is much more to this world than just racing time.
MR. PENUMBRA’S 24-HOUR BOOKSTORE by Robin Sloan 2012 Every book holds a new adventure. And every bookstore is a maze with an infinite number of doors leading to it. And so, in Robin Sloan’s debut novel, does this adventure begin. In 2008 San Francisco, Clay Jannon finds himself meditating about his doomed web-design career when he stumbles upon a job vacancy at the most peculiar store: Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore. Its owner, Mr. Penumbra, is an unusual oId man with strange secrets. Picture a cozy, dark bookstore that endlessly stretches vertically, that sees few yet regular clients who only appear at the wee hours of the night borrowing books that have never been heard of. Indeed, the bookstore houses incomprehensible mysterious books that lead Clay and his friends to embark on a unique quest. They would discover an underworld literary society that spans the globe. However, this literary world is not to be taken for granted as it holds dark immortal secrets. Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore is a book you – the 21st century denizen – can relate to. Robin Sloan touches on the real to deliver us a beautiful ancient world; he manipulates all that’s at a common man’s disposal to gift us the extraordinary. Geeks, dorks, nerds, and booklovers - this one’s for you. The novel mixes new and old: the traditional reading experience with the hyper-reality of ebooks, Google, Kindles, and Nooks. This is a compelling read that will remind you of the exquisite sensation of holding an actual paperback, and immersing yourself within its pages. E-Readers might be the future, but there is nothing like picking up a real book.
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YOUR GUIDE TO THIS MONTHS’ HOTTEST EVENTS
MIDDLE EAST FILM AND COMIC CON 2013 April 5 – April 6 Dubai International Marine Club
WORLD BEATS March 22 – Apr 6 Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, Yas Island Abu Dhabi World Beats is a 16-day event at the Park that brings a world of music and rhythm with several acts representing Asia, Africa, Europe, Americas. The performances include Japanese and West African drummers, brand new stomp act, capoeira dancers, jam skaters and kids arts and crafts activities.
YOUNG ENTREPRENEUR COMPETITION (YEC 2013) April 3 – April 6 Abu Dhabi Dubai SME has announced the launch of the 9th cycle of the Young Entrepreneur Competition (YEC 2013) in three different locations: Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Ras Al Khaimah. The four days event brings together students from different private and public high schools, colleges and universities across the UAE, who will set up their stands and sell their products in a competitive environment. The competition aims at educating students on the basic principles of starting and operating a private business, and to inspire the students to become entrepreneurs in the future by creating a simple entrepreneurial environment.
Details: www.yec.ae GO YAS LADIES ONLY TRAINING April 3 – April 24 Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi
BRUNO MARS LIVE IN DUBAI April 12 Dubai Media City Amphitheatre, Dubai
The largest popular culture festival in the Middle East, focused on film, TV, comics, manga, animation, collectibles and pop art, is back! The Middle East Film and Comic Con is one of the region's prominent events in this category! Following the success of its premiere event, the second annual MEFCC will feature celebrities, artists, music, art and exhibitors from across the globe.
Nominated for the Grammy Awards 13 times, super star Bruno Mars is set to perform at Dubai Media City Amphitheatre on April 12. Having sold over 45 million singles worldwide, and with more than one million views on YouTube, Mars is one of the most exciting performers today. His Dubai concert will be his first in the UAE.
HEARING LOSS INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE April 23 – April 24 Zayed University, Dubai
Go Yas exclusive ladies only training nights at Yas Marina Circuit is everything from an evening stroll to some serious training. Walk, run or cycle free for all ages and are welcome to attend any or all of 4 dates reserved for ladies only. Get fit and have fun, this activity is suitable for all abilities.
Aimed at addressing the perceptions about the basic requirements of the hearing impaired in the UAE, Kalimati Speech and Communication Center is organizing a conference about hearing loss. Kalimati Speech and Communication Center devotes a large part of its program to raising awareness of speech and language therapy in general and hearing loss and deafness in particular. "Hear My Voice - Understanding Hearing Loss" will be held at Zayed University, Dubai.
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SADIKA DAWOOD > 30 years old > South African Teacher AL GHARBIA WATERSPORTS FESTIVAL 2013 April 18 – April 27 Mirfa-Al Gharbia, Abu Dhabi
ABU DHABI INTERNATIONAL BOOK FAIR 2013 April 24 – April 29 ADNEC, Abu Dhabi
Al Gharbia Watersports Festival is a 10-day extravaganza filled with wonder, water and world-class athletes. From kiteboards and surf ski kayaks in the waves to chilled-out camping and concerts on shore, the festival is destined to be the wettest wildest week in the UAE. Besides the sporting competitions that include wakeboarding, beach volleyball and beach football, the festival will also offer a water sports photography competition and night camp activities with music concerts and festive food stations as well as a traditional 'souk' to satisfy eager shoppers.
Abu Dhabi is rapidly becoming the hub of the Arab book trade and the point of reference for booksellers, publishers and distributors in the Arabian Gulf region. The Abu Dhabi International Book Fair offers great access to industry professionals and key market players in the region. Details: www.adta.ae
The Wave Competition Ain @ Wadi Adventure Al
The Race Competition @ Abu Dhabi Sailing Yacht Club
BIRTH OF A MUSEUM April 22 – July 20 Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi
The Abu Dhabi International Environment Film Festival is an international gathering of the film and environmental industry. The Film Festival is an initiative of Media Lab, from the office of Sheikh Ahmed Bin Hamdan al Nahyan and is co-organized by Media Lab and Informa Exhibitions. The Festival is supported by UNEP, IFAW, IUCN, ASIFA, EAD, WFSJ and many more. The objective of this prestigious event is to raise awareness of global environmental challenges in the region and support the film industry that covers this sector.
The exhibition presents important works of art from the Louvre Abu Dhabi's permanent collection, some of which have never been seen, or revealed, before. Almost 130 artworks will be displayed at Manarat Al Saadiyat, giving an insight into the museum’s narrative and collection ahead of its 2015 opening. Born of an agreement between the Abu Dhabi and French governments, Louvre Abu Dhabi will display art, manuscripts as well as significant historical, cultural and sociological objects. The iconic building, designed by Jean Nouvel, is conceived as a complex of pavilions, plazas, alleyways and canals, evoking a city floating on the sea. Hovering over the complex will be a form inspired by traditional Arabic architecture: a vast, shallow dome - some 180 metres in diameter - perforated with interlaced patterns so that a magical, diffused light filters through.
ABU DHABI INTERNATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL FILM FESTIVAL April 20 – April 25 Abu Dhabi
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APRIL 28 Sheikh Zayed Book Award 2013 @ ADNEC, Abu Dhabi
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RIGHT HERE (FEAT. DRAKE) JUSTIN BIEBER
WHEN I WAS YOUR MAN BRUNO MARS
RUKSANA AJIR is a 26 year old Fashion Designer who feels that music is the perfect stress buster
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ONE WAY OR ANOTHER ONE DIRECTION JUST GIVE ME A REASON (FEAT. NATE RUESS)
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Everything I Do I Do It For You - Bryan Adams Leaving On A Jet Plane – John Denver When You Say Nothing At All – Ronan Keating I’ll Be Right Here Waiting For You – Richard Marx As Long As You Love Me – Backstreet Boys Ring My Bells – Enrique Iglesias Fields Of Gold – Sting Powerless (Say What You Want) – Nelly Furtado Hips Don’t Lie – Shakira Single Ladies - Beyonce
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When I Was Your Man - Bruno Mars
What About Us (feat. Sean Paul) - The Saturdays
Suit and Tie (feat. JAY Z) - Justin Timberlake
Mirrors - Justin Timberlake
Just Give Me a Reason (feat. Nate Ruess) - P!nk
One Way or Another (Teenage Kicks) - One Direction
Feel This Moment (feat. Christina Aguilera) - Pitbull
When I Was Your Man - Bruno Mars
Harlem Shake - Baauer
Just Give Me a Reason - P!nk
Radioactive - Imagine Dragons
Pompeii - Bastille
Heart Attack - Demi Lovato
Ready or Not - Bridgit Mendler
My Songs Know What You Did In the Dark (Light Em Up) - Fall Out Boy
White Noise (feat. Aluna George) - Disclosure
Troublemaker (feat. Flo Rida) - Olly Murs
I Could Be the One (Nicktim Radio Edit) - Avicii and Nicky Romero
10. I Love It (feat. Charli XCX) - Icona Pop
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10. Boomerang - Nicole Scherzinger
ABU DHABI PHOTOGRAPHERS
Abu Dhabi Photographers have been meeting from before December 2009. Initially the group's activities were limited to online photo sharing and comments from other members. But as time passed the group held its first proper meetup in September 2011, and has been meeting regularly ever since, to discuss new opportunities and to hold photography workshops.
SHAHID SAEED ADP FOUNDER AND ORGANIZER Nationality: Pakistan
THE MANTRA: ARE YOU PASSIONATE? THE MEET-UPS: ADP organizes different meet ups every month covering many topics from portraits to street photography. In the past, ADP has held trip-based meet-ups at Al Ain Zoo, Al Ain Paradise, Al Ain Souq Al Qatara, Ras Al Khaima and Liwa. It is working on holding a camping plus photography meet up in Mirfa.
“ADP is a great community for photography fans and open to everyone for whom photography is a serious hobby”.
THE IDEA: To help everyone who owns a camera and has a passion for photography but is struggling to produce quality photos.
MUNIR EL KADI CO-ORGANIZER Nationality: Iraq “ADP is a community about extending caring, respect, knowledge, culture and courage. We tell our members to bond together as a group, and to keep clicking!”
SHERILAL MOHANAN CO-ORGANIZER Nationality: India
LEONID YAITSKIY CO-ORGANIZER Nationality: Russia “At ADP we exchange knowledge on small tricks. We travel and meet people, and we try new things. We fail and we succeed but most importantly we do what we love to do!”
JENIFER HASENKNOPF Assistant Organizer Nationality: Canada
“ADP welcomes all those who have a passion for photography, regardless of their level of knowledge about photography!”
AMJAD RASOOL Assistant Organizer Nationality: Pakistan
The recent meetup, “photography using available light,” was attended by 25 group members and five models. Matthew Dols, an assistant professor at Zayed University Abu Dhabi, conducted the theoretical session to explain flow of light and how to get a good amount of light using reflectors soft boxes and other light sources. This was followed by a practical photo shoot session.
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ENGLISH AGE: 46 MUSICIAN
CUTHFORT FASHION STATEMENT:
“MOSTLY BLACK WITH A HINT OF BLACK AND DR. MARTENS” “Clothes are a real expression of the person and my mood gets affected by what I wear which is why you will rarely see me out of dark tones. I feel really awkward in colours.” PERSONAL STYLE: “James bond fighting Sid Vicious over Gwen Stefani”. FAVOURITE BUY OF THE PAST MONTH: “Black military jacket from Max. I bought three of the same one to be on the safe side.” FAVOURITE STORE IN ABU DHABI: “I think if you know what your style is, it’s easy to shop anywhere from H&M to Hamdan centre… or even Giftworld. So long as you are selective, expensive doesn’t always equal good.” DOES THE UAE HAVE STYLE? “Style over here seems to be only influenced by exactly what’s in the shops. There’s not much interpretation, although I think that’s changed in the 14 years I’ve been here. There are now a lot of people who have style and who like to mix it up a little.” FASHION PET HATES: “Crocs, wide ties, t-shirts (with insane social comments printed on them), polo shirts, cycle shorts, women who buy the wrong size jeans, anything yellow or turquoise. Anything Versace or Cavalli.”
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PHOTOGRAPHING PEOPLE By Shahid Saeed
PEOPLE PHOTOGRAPHY: Point your camera towards the person then explore different angles. Check to see where the lighting is perfect, which positions work better, and which backgrounds are nice. Take shots from all-around. Featuring the work of photographer
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TITLE: The Moment MODELS: Nermis Stas LOCATION: The Heritage Park, Abu Dhabi SETTING: Aperture Priority Mode PURPOSE OF THE SHOT: “A candid picture can capture feelings, emotions, sense and natural beauty”. CAMERA MODEL: NIKON D90 F-STOP/APERTURE: f/4.5 ISO: 200 SHUTTER SPEED: 1/2000 secs. POINT TO PONDER: “A good snapshot keeps a moment from running away” (Eudora Welty)
> TITLE: Couple > MODELS: Maram Dallow and Nermis Stas > LOCATION: The Heritage Park, Abu Dhabi > SETTING: Aperture Priority Mode > PURPOSE OF THE SHOT: “While taking picture of two people you should show them at their best, looking relaxed and comfortable in their relationship”. > CAMERA MODEL: NIKON D90 > F-STOP/APERTURE: f/1.4 > ISO: 200 > SHUTTER SPEED: 1/4000 secs. > POINT TO PONDER: “A picture is a secret about a secret, the more it tells you the less you know” (Diane Arbus)
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TITLE: The Frame MODELS: Sujjit LOCATION: The Heritage Park, Abu Dhabi SETTING: Aperture Priority Mode PURPOSE OF THE SHOT: “Clever framing that leaves those viewing your image wondering a little, or imagining what is behind your frame can be quite effective”. CAMERA MODEL: NIKON D90 F-STOP/APERTURE: f/4.5 ISO: 200 SHUTTER SPEED: 1/400 secs. POINT TO PONDER: “There are no bad pictures; that's just how your face looks sometimes” (Abraham Lincoln).
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SPLISH SPLASH CANVAS MAGIC By Ajir Shujahi
Many of Lama Younesâ€™s friends know the 23 year old Syrian as an English literature university student, who is currently studying business administration. But the wild side of Lama is artistic and explodes with paintings, doodles and graffitiâ€Ś Tempo: How do you express yourself artistically? Through my work. I attempt to feed my curiosity of ideas, objects forms, philosophy, facts and fantasy. I try to create a link between old and new. I use my doodling as a form of organizing my thoughts. Through mixed media art I try to link the past, present and future. I draw on familiar imagery, dreams and imagination. Tempo: Where does your inspiration come from? Spending time in my head is important. From when I was 12 I'd tune out my surroundings and just spend time in my own thoughts. I still do that. I'm often scribbling down fragments that later act like trigger-points for artwork. I'm very fidgety and I seem to work best when my hands and head are occupied, so I always doodle. I seek inspiration in anything around me: books, music, art, people...I especially relate to Salvador Dali's artwork 'The First Days of Spring' because of its intensity.
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Tempo: What are the challenges you've faced? The starving artist is one of the oldest clichés for good reason. But for me, the image of the tortured artist is a myth – you don't need to be miserable to create art. Your creativity is like a tap: if you don't use it, it gets clogged up. Even if you have talent, technical training, time, and tenacity, it's quite possible that you'll never really earn a living from your work. A visual artist finds success in this field, as in all the arts, not through artistic talent alone but through the ability to network and market oneself. Tempo: Your future plans? I have many plans that are on the right side of my brain. However, none of them are practical…yet! (she smiles impishly). Time gives us a glimpse to the future. In the short run I hope to graduate so I can have more time to explore different art mediums. Tempo: Any final thoughts? I believe that training brings an artist freedom. When you learn the fundamentals of your craft, you are limited only by your imagination. Without technical training, you're stabbing in the dark. Sure, you might create one or two truly great works of art, but they'll be unrepeatable accidents. You can create anything your mind dreams up only if you know how. Also, persistence is the most critical factor in any success.
QUICKIES: Oil or acrylic? Acrylic Car or canvas? Canvas Funky or abstract? Abstract Art exhibitions or fashion shows? Hmmm… Partying out or dinner at home? Dinner at home
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EASY TO MAKE DISHES FROM SOMIYA MUKEET’S KITCHEN
BARBEQUE VEAL CHOPS
MOLTEN LAVA CAKE WITH VANILLA ICE CREAM
Ingredients: Brown bread (3 slices) 1 egg Cinnamon powder 1 tsp Brown sugar 3 tbsp Vanilla essence 1 tsp Milk 1/4 cup Method: • Mix all ingredients well until sugar dissolves. • Dip the bread slices and fry in butter on medium heat until both sides are done. • Serve with fresh strawberries and cream.
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Ingredients: Veal chops: 500g Barbeque sauce: 1/2 cup Salt Pepper Tarragon 1 tsp Baking soda 1 tsp Method: • Soak the veal chops with baking soda plus water for about an hour. • Wash the chops and pat them dry. • Marinate with salt, pepper, tarragon, barbeque sauce for 4-6 hours. • Pre heat oven to 180 c and bake the chops • for 60 minutes or until well done. • Brush with some butter and barbeque sauce 10 minutes before its done. • Serve with bread and fries.
Ingredients: Eggs 3 Sugar 1/4 cup Butter 50g Vanilla essence 1 tsp Salt 1 pinch Flour 1/4 cup Chocolate 150g Method: • Melt the chocolate and the butter on a double boiler. • Whisk eggs until light and fluffy, adding sugar and salt and vanilla until its dissolved. • Add the chocolate mixture to the egg mixture. • Fold in the flour. • Divide the mixture into 4 ramekins. • Bake in a preheated oven for 10-12 minutes at 180 c. • Serve with vanilla ice cream and strawberries.
WHAT’S COOL, FUNNY AND QUIRKY ON THE NET
UAE ECOLOGICAL FOOTPRINT ANIMATION-EWS WWF
ABU DHABI-TIME LAPSE FILM (SHORTER VERSION)
A cool animation explaining the UAE’s ecological situation.
An amazing time lapse short film on Abu Dhabi. First released in 2011. Still breathtaking!
SAND ART IN A GLASS CONTAINER
29 WAYS TO STAY CREATIVE
Art made with colored sand in a glass container.
Stuck with same old creativity? Here is the solution; 25 ways to stay creative!
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APRIL’S COOL So April is cool for two reasons: 1. Not many new releases this month - so not a hot month for games and 2. One new release that should be very cool indeed! But first, a post mortem for March: Tomb Raider touched shelves to mixed reviews. While many enjoyed the open world feel, adventure/survival slant to this prequel, some thought it became a pure shooter and strayed away from its adventure/puzzler roots. What with the popularity of shooters like Modern Warfare and Battlefield gaining loyal multi-player fans, I think the developers were hoping many would flock to the TR multiplayer. Are you interested? Dead Space 3 also received mixed reviews, but maybe the DLC Awakened (which should have been released in the second half of March) will make up for any shortcomings? I enjoyed the full game and am now playing through as Carver. My advice: watch the credits all the way to the end and play with a fairly dark setting. It’ll make all the difference. As for the Awakened DLC, if it’s as good as Severed (DS2 DLC) then huzzah! Look out for a review next month. Now that cool game I mentioned? If you’re a fan of the DC comicverse then your dreams are coming true! Injustice: Gods Among Us is a cross platform game featuring villains from The Joker and Harley Quinn to Solomon Gundy, and heroes including Batman, Flash, Wonder Woman and more. It’s a fighting game, but comes with a built in story to complement the relentless whooping you will be handing out. It’s hotly anticipated by fans of the fighting genre so pick one up when it comes out April 16. Till next time - game on! CY
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EMIRATES NBD MOBILE: If you are an EmiratesNBD customer, then you may like their recently launched mobile app that gives you a secure connectivity with your account and provides almost all online banking features - from checking your account balance, to transferring payments, to making credit card and utility bill payments. It also provides a list of ATM’s and branches, and offers a currency converter for global currencies.
SAMSUNG GALAXY CAMERA Samsung’s cameras are innovative but there’s no doubt that the Galaxy Camera is the most groundbreaking product in the market. It is an Android smartphone that is equipped with a substantial 16-megapixel 21 x zoom lens with image stabilization. The camera has 4.8 inches 1280x720 pixel LCD, Quad core 1.4GHz processor, 1Gb RAM, 8GB internal Memory. Thecamera can also record full HD 1080p video, it supports 3G/4G, Wi-Fi & GPS connectivity and slew of other features. It runs Android 4.1 Jellybean up-to 280 hours standby time on 3G. And it costs AED 1999 at Carrefour across the UAE. ASUS VIVOBOOK S400CA The Asus S400CA is a 14-inch touch screen and a solid, mostly metal body ultrabook. It comes with Intel Core i3/ i5/i7 Processor, 2Gb/4GB RAM, 14” 1366x768 LED backlit touch screen display, Integrated Intel HD Graphics 3000/4000 Graphic Card, 320GB/500Gb Hard Disk Drive, HD Web Camera, Wi-Fi (b/g/n), Bluetooth 4.0, Gigabit LAN port, SD card reader, HDMI & VGA out, 1 USB 3.0 & 2 USB 2.0 ports, built-in speakers and microphone. It comes with preloaded windows 8 and the performance is very good as compared with same range ultrabooks.
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MUSCLE MANIA HEALTH
By Ajir Shujahi
Leeroy Arron Colaco, 24, is an Indian personal trainer who has gained local celebrity as a bodybuilder. Leeroy moved from India to the UAE in 2009 and currently lives with his parents and brother, and works at the Abu Dhabi Country Club. He chatted with Tempo about his background, education and his chosen sport… “ I completed high school and college in Goa, India and then got my personal trainer certification from the American Council of Exercise (ACE) through MEFIT, Dubai. “Aside from bodybuilding I used to do weight lifting and power lifting and competed at university level competitions. I was a regular medal winner for my college in all the three sports for three continuous years and I represented my state for the nationals at university level. Apart from lifting weights, on my off days I played football (I am a big fan of Manchester United), listened to music and watched movies.
Leeroy Arron helping out a customer at the gym.
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“When I first joined Abu Dhabi country club in 2009 I was complete fresher. Everything was very new and different for me. It was a little difficult in the beginning to get along with people from different countries and cultures, but our gym manager Captain Hassan gave me a lot of advice on how to train and deal with members. He was a world champion body builder and Mr. Universe in 2002 and 2003, so he was the perfect person to ask for guidance. He helped me to prepare for a competition in Goa last December where I won the title of state champion and came in second at the Western India bodybuilding competition held in Madhya Pradesh, India. Captain Hassan helped me with my training and my dieting for eight to six weeks up to the competition.
Exercising regularly turned out to be a hobby and I started seeing a difference in myself. It was when I went to high school that I started seriously bodybuilding as a sport. I was just 15 years old and I started going to a gym. When I started working out country club Captain Hassan encouraged me to excel in bodybuilding. That was unusual for me because back home it was more a hobby. He’s become my inspiration because I can see for myself what it takes to be a champion bodybuilder - believe me it’s a tough sport and I am truly lucky to have his guidance all the time.
“My work as fitness trainer at the Abu Dhabi country club has been wonderful; you get to know lot of new stuff and learn training techniques. It’s a nice learning experience that has helped me to improve as a fitness trainer.
“At the beginning my parents were not very happy about the career choice as I was a Bcom graduate. They wanted me to have a white-collar job, and not bodybuilding! But now they are ok with what I’ve chosen. The club has got the bestequipped gym in the UAE, something I would not find in Goa. The facilities have helped me improve my fitness levels and focus better on bodybuilding.
“I was inspired by my cousins who were working out. I used to be amazed at their bodies. From then I started doing light exercises at home.
My next goal is to be best in India. I know it’s going to be difficult but it will definitely be possible. I’ve already started training.
Leeroy Arron helping out a customer at the gym.
Dj Froid (Dave for Drivers License purposes)
Age: Really? Profession: DJ/Remixer Producer/Entrepreneur Nationality: American Motto: Your life is an occasion...rise to it! Always do your best! You never know who is watching!
BASIC INFORMATIONS YOUR MOST VALUED POSSESSION: Gave up most of our “possessions” when we moved away and don’t really feel like we have much that is so valued it cannot be replaced. If I had to choose: selfishly, I would say the contents of my laptop (music, photos, etc.) Emotionally, a brush art picture my wife and I got several years ago while on vacation. WHERE CAN WE FIND YOU HANGING OUT MOST? These days, the gym. ONE THING YOU CANNOT LIVE WITHOUT: Music THE PERSON WHO INSPIRES YOU THE MOST: My grandparents. That generation is tough and we have so much to be thankful for today because of their hard work, sacrifices, ingenuity, and tenacity! FIVE THINGS YOU NEED FOR SURVIVAL (LIST MATERIAL THINGS ONLY) This is always such an interesting question to interpret. Are they “real survival things” (a good knife, lighter, sturdy clothes, etc.)? Or are they modern “kind of” survival things (iPod, cell phone, chocolate)? I guess that’s the point ;)
WHERE DO YOU SEE YOURSELF IN 10 YEARS? Deeply involved in music; DJing some, still performing when I can, as well as producing and working with various artists. The plan in that time frame would put us in Japan. That is what’s on the current long-term life goal list. WHAT IS YOUR IDEA OF PEACE? For everyone to be able to live worry-free and fear-free lives. WHAT ITEM DO YOU KEEP BUYING EVEN THOUGH YOU HAVE PLENTY? Spices and hot sauces. I love to cook and always seem to see a new spice or sauce at the market. LEAST LIKE? Anyone who cannot carry on good, intelligent conversation.
HOW CAN THE RIGHT MUSIC MAKE A PARTY BETTER? Music is one of the truly universal things that we can all connect with. It taps into our feelings, our emotions, and sometimes even our primal instincts. Need proof? The next time some good music is playing at a venue, restaurant, or someplace you wouldn’t normally dance, try to ignore it. WHAT’S YOUR CURRENT LAST SONG SYNDROME (LSS)? Current LSS’s are ”Kick, Push” by Lupe Fiasco and “Beam Me Up” by Cazzette. Want to understand the torrent of music genres that floods my head? There’s a sneak peek. IF THERE IS A PLACE, HANGOUT, CAFÉ, MALL OR HOTEL (ANY PLACE) THAT YOU FEEL AT HOME-WHICH PLACE WOULD THAT BE? There was something about Kyoto, Japan that felt like “home” to me. Went to the mall, walked the streets, strolled through the grocery stores, tried some small, local restaurants, had incredible interactions with the people; everything about it was perfectly comfortable. WHAT IS YOUR IDEA OF A PERFECT WEEKEND? I’m a mood and feelings type person so this can go anywhere. I can have a great weekend dancing the night away with friends at a club, or spend a quiet weekend on the couch with my wife having a movie marathon. Both of those have been perfect weekends.
WHO IN YOUR LIFE DESERVES A BIG OLD THANK YOU? The biggest one for sure would go to my wife. She married a dreamer and we are not always the easiest people to live with. Big Thank You’s also need to go to everyone in my life journey who has ever encouraged, taught, and/or supported my musical education and dreams. From my parents, family, and band teachers, to DJ mentors and friends who have stood patiently by during practices, concerts, shows, and even the disasters. When no one knows who you are, you can truly tell during those times who cares for you.
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POETRY HE SAID/ SHE SAID
Award-winning poet Dorian "Paul D" Rogers enjoyed coffee and stimulating banter with poetry phenom Farah Chamma. The two chatted, compared notes and jammed together in an organic poetryfest that intertwined their lines in powerful juxtaposition and imagery. PAUL D: You are the youngest member of Poeticians, a Dubai-based poetry collective and the first of its kind in the UAE. How did you get involved with them? FARAH: I heard about the Poeticians through a friend and decided to contact them. I was fourteen back then. Hind Shoufani, the founder of Poeticians, told me that their events are usually 18+ yet accepted to give me a shot. My experience with the Poeticians was very pleasant from the beginning. I remember
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being able to easily bond with the members of the group, before having even read any poetry. After reading my piece, they gave me a standing ovation – not because the piece was extraordinarily good, but because the audience was very responsive and supportive. PAUL D: I think you may be taking for granted the fact that people are impressed with the wisdom you display despite the fact that you are so young. You were born in Dubai but and are of Palestinian decent. Some of your poetry, “I Am No Palestinian,” for example, deals with Palestine and your search of self-identity within that context. FARAH: It can be quite confusing to be a Dubai-born Palestinian especially when not having had the possibility to visit Palestine. Given the fact that there’s a large Palestinian
community in Dubai. So, I ended up forming a vague Palestinian identity that I seem to question from time to time. What does it mean to be Palestinian that has been constantly in exile? How much do I understand of the Palestinian conflict? I find these questions very thought-provoking and therefore constantly include them in my poetry. FARAH: Do you have a similar experience when you write your poetry? PAUL D: I share some of the same experiences growing up in self-segregated South Georgia. You had blacks and whites and few people of other ethnicities. It wasn’t until my late teens that I felt comfortable in my own skin. I got most of my acceptance through poetry. You have a lot of conviction and passion in your words. What do you attribute these qualities to?
FARAH: Ever since I started performing poetry, my perception of it changed completely. It went from being a simple soothing pastime that I enjoy, to a sort of passionate way of communicating with those who are around me. Only when I formed this perception did I start to feel a very strong conviction being portrayed in my words. When I stand in front of an audience, I feel like I owe them this passion and conviction.
because I feel like I am slowly losing my ability to poetically express myself in Classical Arabic, which has been almost completely replaced by dialectical Arab and foreign languages. I’d also choose it because I feel like it’s a language that has been especially made for eloquence and poetry. There is something very beautiful about the melody and the strength of its words that I haven’t found in either English or French.
PAUL D: Your writing is very introspective and polished for an eighteen year old. When did you memorize your first poem and who are you major inspirations?
PAUL D: At Paris Sorbonne University's Abu Dhabi campus, you have recently been mobilizing local university students as head of student activities. What are some cultural programs or dreams that you have in the pipeline?
FARAH: I only started memorizing my poetry when I got exposed to the art of “spoken word”. I think I memorized my first when I was thirteen. I started watching poetry videos on YouTube, especially those of Mahmoud Darwiche. My major inspirations currently are Hisham El Jakh, Sarah Kay, and Hala Ali, a fellow Poetician. I usually watch these people perform their poetry in order to get inspired to go write something of my own. FARAH: How about you Paul? When did you start memorizing your poetry? PAUL D: I was eighteen when I memorized my first piece. I was inspired by the Black on Black Rhyme poets around me when I attended university in 2000 – that was when you were like three and a half years old! It was so inspiring to see poets with so many different approaches. Some had more of a rhyming, hip-hop sound. Others were more story tellers. Still, others had strong visual images. I was a literal sponge soaking up different styles. People like Roger Bonair-Agard and Patricia Smith blew me away. PAUL D: You speak multiple languages. If a poem could only be spoken in one language, which one would you choose? What characteristics of that language make it a beautiful vehicle for poetry? FARAH: What’s great about writing poetry in different languages is the fact that each language engages you in a different writing experience. Given that my current Law and Political Science studies are in French, I find that my French poetry usually revolves around political and social ideas. If I were to choose only one language, I think I’d choose classical Arabic. Not because Arabic is my mother tongue but
FARAH: I just hosted a student poetry showcase that went extremely well! I am currently trying to put together a student-based poetry group that would in some sort revive any young spoken-word talents that are in the region. I always feel like I have been immensely encouraged and supported by those who are around me, especially members of the Poeticians, and would like to do the same to anyone who finds that he/she has the “poetic dream” that I had when I was a little younger. I am hoping to be able to start putting a tangible programme into place by the end of this year. There are around fifteen talented writers at the Sorbonne and in NYU that I see as emerging poets. That’s why I find that the student-based poetry group would serve as a great platform for students to get out there.
“ORGANIC DUETS” SHE SAID… I want to free this poem From every linguistic chain I do not want it to have a rhyme scheme And maybe not even a name I am not going to categorize it Nor place it in a social frame I am going to make it as amorphous As the wind Its words so hard to tame. HE SAID… In the World of Words metaphors just bully on similes making them pick up trash in abandoned yards in front of all the parts of speech at the bus stop. Nouns just claim everything and the adjectives just hang around them and listen. These adjectives have the power to ruin your name or make you powerful in the world of words. SHE SAID… I am going to make it run in the streets I am going to make it run Without having any commas to stumble upon. It’s going to run without having any full stops, check points or brackets to wave on. This poem will not have a passport nor any other filthy documents to get a stamp on.
PAUL D: That is so exciting that there is an emerging scene. I can’t wait until there is a strong middle school/high school poetry scene along with a university scene to complement the adult poetry scene that is flourishing currently. What would you suggest to youth that are interested in pursuing poetry as a career or passion?
HE SAID… In the world of words, the verbs just can't sit still, always instigating. Little epiphany looks so pretty with her barrettes buttoned to her braided her. She wears poodle sweaters and swears she is the cutest girl in P.S. 102. She passes by all the boys in the halls so obviously eager for attention That they don’t even notice her anymore…
FARAH: I would suggest for them to always make sure that their passion is not shadowed by the idea of fame or wealth and that they write poetry to better understand themselves and those who are around them. Once they’ve given their poetry a valuable reason to be, they should start taking any opportunity they find their way!
Click to watch the video that Dorian ‘Paul D’ Rogers and Farah Chamma prepared on the spot for the Tempo staff
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NARJES NOUREDDINE PASSION FOR THE WRITTEN WORD ART
By Amnah Qasim
Narjes Noureddine is a young Emirati female calligrapher who has studied from calligraphy masters in three countries, and who is striving hard to make a name for herself as a serious practitioner of the cultural artform. Here’s her journey as told to Tempo... "I was born in Abu Dhabi in 1975. I have a diploma in banking studies, and have worked in banking until 2007. Then everything changed…my sole calling became calligraphy. In 2000 I joined Ma’had al-Khat (The Institute of Calligraphy) and the Home of Calligraphers in Sharjah, where I trained under the master calligrapher Khaled al-Sa’iy." "In 2006 I went to Istanbul where I studied under Sheikh Hassan Chalabi and professor Dawood Baktash the discipline of the thuluth script. Then I travelled to Tehran in 2007 to learn the Persian nasta’liq script under professor Abbas Akhawin. I still frequent the two cities — both central hubs in the calligraphy world — to immerse myself in the art." "Although calligraphy is my passion, in my spare time I also like reading, cooking, writing, and playing volleyball.
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"I have participated in several local and international exhibitions, the most important of which were the Sharjah Islamic Arts Festival in 2002, the Calligraphy Meeting of 2004, and the Dubai International Calligraphy Exhibition in 2005. I also regularly attend open-to-the-public calligraphy workshops." "Calligraphy emerged in the early stages of my education. I used to look at the beauty of the paintings and I tried to emulate
their essence in my art. I also scrutinized well-written scripts for long periods of time, and then I used to paint them in my mind. My father encouraged me right from the beginning, and advised me to join the Sharjah Institute of Calligraphy. The institute was where I learned many things. But I was lucky, because even after I got married, my husband was also a major morale-boost for me. Finally he advised me to sacrifice my banker job and pursue calligraphy full-time." "A girl from a conservative family like me faces a lot of challenges in a diverse society such as the UAE. Most parents find it hard to accept the idea of their daughter plunging into society on her own. Pursuing calligraphy naturally requires a person to leave the home and encounter people of many kinds. Thankfully though, this wasn’t a problem with my family: my dad was very understanding and supportive. I know the same can’t be said of other girls whose families aren’t as understanding. My main challenge was the difficulty of juggling my job with my desire to invest more of myself into my art. In fact looking back I feel that my job prevented me from a lot of opportunities. "I’d like to continue studying calligraphy and offer more of my works to art exhibitions. My husband and I plan at some point to establish a specialized calligraphy gallery. I hope that calligraphy becomes popular with our youth – it’s definitely worth preserving."
NARJES’S WEBSITE: http://narjesnour.blogspot.com/ https://twitter.com/NarjesNour > (twitter) http://www.facebook.com/narjes.noureddine > (facebook)
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Dr. DMS | A doc from the Bronx
Dorian ‘Paul D’ Rogers
A POET’S TWIST ON THE ANCIENT CLASSICS OF RUMI. PAUL D’ TAKES A CLASSIC POEM AND REMIXES IT FOR A CONTEMPORARY SPIN. Suddenly the drunken sweetheart appeared out of my door. She drank a cup of ruby drink and sat by my side. Seeing and holding the lockets of her hair My face became all eyes, and my eyes all hands. Written by Rumi Translated by Shahram Shiva from Thief of Sleep The Corner of My Eye by Dorian "Paul D" Rogers
HOSPITAL VIOLENCE This is not about the violence occurring in schools, movie theaters, etc in the US. This is about here. I can already hear you. "But it’s so safe, what do you mean??" I guarantee that some of you have been physically threatened and verbally assaulted at work. Verbal assault? Please..... "Sticks and stones may break my bones....." Let me spin this differently. What if those words were," If I see you outside, I’m going to cut you." Not threatening enough? Does the name Dr Rajan Daniel sound familiar? Maybe you know his story? He was a doctor in Abu Dhabi who was murdered by an enraged patient in his office at work, last November. At home this problem is taken seriously, and for good reason. We are trained to look out for and be wary of violence in the emergency room (ED). It’s a common occurrence and won’t even make the news. It’s well documented in medical literature, however most lay folks will never see those. I have worked in places with metal detectors that screen everyone coming into the ED. We had armed NYPD stationed at all the entrances with steel lockdown doors, separating us, from the outside. I once worked alongside physician assistants who happened to be Special Forces troops. They were around to learn trauma practices and to "keep the peace". They did a great job, surprising our violent offenders, ( as the Special Forces staffs were dressed as regular medical staff ). With the amount of verbal abuse and aggression (a large man throwing a tray of food at a petite nurse) I see here at work, topped off by the murder of a doctor at his work place, I sense a problem. When a patient states that they will kill themselves, we don’t take it lightly. Why should we tolerate such threats when they are made against us, the medical staff? It’s time these people are held accountable for their actions. This problem needs to be recognized and taken seriously. These few give the greater population a bad name. I’m not interested when you say sorry, or that it was a joke, when you said, "I will cut you".
She dwells at the corner of my eye like the newspaper man, the wife of the newspaper man the day after he was murdered, the hot dog stand owner, and the wooden light pole riddled with fliers and staples. Not the staples you can pry off with thumbnail but the heavy duty ones meant for stapling decrees, city auctions, and official notices. The ones that will rip your nails clean out of the socket or whatever you call the tissue that binds them to finger tip. She permeates my peripheral view. Sets up shop in the corner of my eye. Sells double-takes for half-off and 2-for-1 specials. Women are like hot dog stand operators. Sometimes there and others, absent. They think they can come and go as they please just because they're mobile. Oblivious to the fact that humans are habit-forming and there's someone expecting to have them today around 3pm with relish or mustard and ketchup or mustard no ketchup or chili or whatever people eat on their hot dogs. Never mind the fact that I have business to handle and not the ritziest of restaurants can accommodate me right now. The point is that she's best suited on the corner of my eye where I can always imagine that I saw her and even if she is no longer really there to be seen. If my death certificate ever reads that I died from self-immolation know that my autopsy report was inaccurate. Too cowardly to set myself ablaze, I could only have self-combusted from the fire caused from my burning passion for her. Love is no fairy tale though so I'm content in giving her this patch of broken concrete with varicose veins, weeds blooming from them like burst blood vessels. Too afraid to look directly at her in fear of pushing her away. This corner-dweller. This bag lady beholding the keepsakes and compliments I have been too reluctant to give her. This wooden light pole with all of my imagined approaches ripped from her like fliers and posters of tonight's club promotion, last month's big screen movie at the park, and last year's, now illegible solicitation for a lost dog. I saw her out the corner of my eye.
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FINDING CLIENTS: SECRETS FOR SUCCESS One of the hardest things I discovered when starting up my own business was finding clients. Not just new clients, but any clients! It was a constant struggle to identify the right companies to target – many companies were so small that there was a risk they would not pay or couldn’t afford my services, while any decent-sized company either had another consultancy or were looking for more established consultancies with a proven track record. It was very frustrating, and severely tested my admittedly limited patience. There were many times I wanted to throw in the towel when my meagre overheads were still outweighing my income. And I was only a one-employee business working from home on a laptop. This is why so many start-up businesses disappear within the first 18 months. They don’t have the capital to last much longer than this without a steady roster of clients to pay the bills and provide themselves with at least some revenue. I learned many lessons along the way, some of which I am happy to share with Tamakkan readers: NETWORKING This is a somewhat overusedword now but it really is the best way to gain new contacts and prospective clients. Networking can range from using your personal and social media friends, to promoting your services, to attending events, functions and meeting industry groups. And meeting people. And meeting more people. Networking is about you telling people, who might tell other people. Don’t be shy to mention that you are looking for new business. This is not a sign of failure - rather it is an appeal for even more work if you take the enthusiastic approach. One tip: always, always, always carry business cards with you. There is nothing worse than gaining a promising lead, only to miss out because they can’t contact you. Or you ‘fossick’ around in your handbag or wallet for a business
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card and can’t find it. It looks disorganized and untrustworthy, and certainly doesn’t leave a good first impression. PRO BONO WORK This is another phrase for ‘free work’. Don’t be afraid of this. Sure, it might not bring in money, but in the initial stages you need to build a portfolio to demonstrate your skills and expertise, and this is a good way to do it. I don’t mean doing all work for free but be selective and look towards future opportunities. Do they regularly use paid consultants? Do they have a good network of clients who might see your work? Look at the long-term, not the short-term. If your business involves products, how can you give these away in a strategic manner as a sampling exercise? A good option is to provide your services to a not-for-profit organization; it helps them out and gives you an impressive corporate social responsibility image.
SELECT CLIENTS CAREFULLY This is always a difficult one. You don’t want to attract clients who only want bargain-basement rates. In my experience, these clients always want more and more, and sometimes, quite frankly, they are not worth having even when you are building a client base. In any case, price should never be the overriding factor in selecting a consultancy - these clients are not generally interested in building a relationship and will quickly move to the next consultancy that offers them an even lower rate. Your fees should reflect your offering; if you are proud of what you offer, and genuinely believe you provide something different or better, then stand firm with your competitive rates. Good clients will respect and appreciate this. It is hard to walk away from a potential client, but trust me, it will most likely be short-term gain for long-term pain if price is the key factor.
HE Dr Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber CEO of Masdar speaks during the Shams 1 Concentrated Solar Power plant opening ceremony.
HH Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan President of the UAE and Ruler of Abu Dhabi, stands for a photograph with two children during the Shams 1 Concentrated Solar Power plant opening ceremony.
UAE POWERS FORWARD
FACTS ABOUT SHAMS 1:
With the opening of the largest operating concentrated solar power plant in the world last month, the UAE once again put itself at the forefront of sustainability and green technology.
The Shams 1 Solar Power Plant in the western Region was opened by Sheikh Khalifa and attended by the UAE Cabinet, highlighting how important this historic moment is for the future of the UAE.
The Shams power plant, however, does not work like the traditional solar panels on building roofs that we have heard so much about. Giant curved mirrors concentrate the sun’s heat on small glass tubes. The sunlight then heats the synthetic oil within the tubes, which travels to the plant’s power block and is used to heat up water to power a steam turbine, generating electricity. Producing 100 Megawatts, which is enough to power 20,000 homes in Abu Dhabi, the power plant not only contributes to the amount of sustainable energy that the UAE produces, but the sustainability of the economy and workforce too. Young Emiratis have been working closely with large scale international companies, helping to develop their skills and experience within the workforce.
Displaces 175,000 tonnes of CO2 per year Equivalent of planting 1.5 million trees, or taking 15,000 cars off the road Covers 2.5 km2, roughly 285 football fields 258,000 parabolic mirrors on 768 tracking parabolic trough collectors Dry cooling system reduces water consumption at the plant
As part of the Vision 2030 plan, the Shams 1 project helps to reduce the reliance on oil, and increase the knowledge base within the UAE workforce. It will result in the country taking global leadership in large-scale solar plant installations. Shams 1 shows how building sustainable energy projects, not just helps the environment but helps increase the sustainability of the workforce, and the economy. If we can all be sustainable in many aspects of our lives, it will have a great impact around the world. The Shams 1 Concentrated Solar Power plant, is a project of the Shams Power Company, a subsidiary of Masdar, in association with Total and Abengoa Solar.
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Sumayyah Al Suwaidi walking the platform after her show called "SEEN".
SUMAYYAH "SEEN" IN MIAMI Photos by Jalal Luqman
The day I arrived in Miami late last month, it seemed as if I was back in Abu Dhabi because I spent the evening into the early hours of next morning with two Emirati friends. Sumayyah Al Suwaidi, designer and owner of Grafika boutique, was showing her new collection of evening gowns at Miami’s International Fashion Week. The well-known artist Jalal Luqman who is Sumayyah’s husband was there as well. Not counting taxi drivers, porters, and waiters, Sumayyah and Jalal were the first people I saw in Miami, and it was wonderful to be with them in a completely different environment and get some of their impressions of Miami Beach. The fashion show at the Miami Beach Convention Center was glorious. Sumayyah’s collection is called SEEN, and while I expected something like dressy abayas, her 20 gowns were international evening clothes, the kind that Emirati fashionistas wear at private parties. The gowns were simply beautiful in brilliant colours, all with slim skirts. My favorite had a gold lame top and white skirt embroidered with gold flowers. Sumayyah said in one of the interviews that followed the show that she liked to use Emirati traditions like embroidery in designing the gowns. Another I especially liked was a deep pink printed with white flowers. At least two were 28 | www.tempoplanet.com
black livened up with couture details. Only later did I realize that these clothes which looked terrific to my western eyes were relatively modest with at least cap sleeves and always covered almost to the neck.
Evening gowns by Sumayyah Al Suwaidi
Fabrics were universally silk or silky, following the body loosely. The models looked gorgeous in the gowns, but a woman of any age or ethnicity could wear them, as long as she was reasonably slender. Bulges wouldn’t work. Almost each model wore decorative headgear although nothing like a shayla. Most often it was a gold filigree cap that showed plenty of hair and gave the effect of delicate jewelry. The other version was black with jet strands. Either looked perfect with the dress and could be worn by someone who didn’t usually cover her hair. The evening ran very late. Sumayyah’s collection was supposed to be shown around 10.30 pm. She actually went on around 11.45. By the time the show was over, and Sumayyah did the designer’s traditional triumphant walk down the runway, it was well after midnight. Then she was mobbed by journalists and did a series of interviews, sounding terrific from what I saw and heard. While that was happening, Jalal and I packed the gowns into two suitcases – and we didn’t do it nearly as well because everyone was tired and hungry after the excitement of the event. Finally, around 1:30 am we bundled into my rental car and drove to the News Café about 10 minutes away on the other side of South Beach
on Ocean Drive just off the water. It is open 24 hours a day – something not unusual in Miami Beach. While Jalal and I went Italian with fettucini and shrimp, Sumayyah ordered French toast with blueberries and cream, all of us going for comfort food after a really long and very successful day. Our waiter was a young guy, probably what most Tempo readers would consider typically American-looking. As he took the orders, he asked where we were from. I said from here, coming back after eight years in the Middle East. Then he looked at Sumayyah and Jalal. We’re from Abu Dhabi, Jalal said, and we all expected the guy to say, where’s that? Didn’t happen. Instead, he said, smiling, ‘Awesome. My sister lives in Dubai. I’ve visited her several times!’ That’s what happens when you try to leave the UAE!
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ARIES: This month you’ll be extremely busy, but loving it. The people you meet, the circumstances you embrace and the directions you take steer you towards a more fulfilling life. An irresistible magnetism keeps lovers on their toes as they sense that your magical allure can enthrall potential rivals. At work, expect to rub shoulders with more professionally oriented people who have no qualms about helping you. Make the most of your contacts. TAURUS: You will find yourself more secretive or withdrawn. Or maybe you just aren’t inclined to share your feelings. Others should respect this. You may hear from people from the past, if only in a dream. Whatever happens, make some quiet time just for you. GEMINI: Life becomes more relaxed as Venus focuses on fun. If single, friends become a great source of introductions. Intimacies take on a gentler tone for those whose personal affairs have been tense lately. Activities increasingly relate to the arts and media. Venus’s influence isn’t limited to social activities; you’re also more skilful at dealing with groups of people. CANCER: Mars is in your career sector this month. This arouses your desire for status and prominence. It’s a great time to start a new job or business. The downside: you’re less tolerant of others’ interference. Still, little will be gained by mounting an assault. With patience, April promises professional acclaim. LEO: Change is on the cards, and while things may flow too swiftly for you at first, you’ll soon get the hang of it. Further fulfillment may come via travel or study. Look for social, romantic or business opportunities through overseas contacts. Learning to juggle work priorities makes more time for love and fun. Follow your dream, Leo. The time is right. VIRGO: If you’ve been tongue-tied trying to talk to someone special, take a risk this month. Follow through with some romance and love should be yours. Professionally, you’re in your element. When presented with options, act decisively and you will be rewarded. LIBRA: Few Librans are loners. Without the company of friends and family life would seem empty. So why take this for granted? There’s no denying that you should enjoy your triumphs, but be sure to share the rewards. Everyone around you has helped you to achieve your current success. Bind those friendships tight. SCORPIO: You’re full of fighting spirit this month. Emotions will swing between concern and rage, but don’t forget that life is about change. The weeks after the 21st hold the promise of success, with one dream finally receiving recognition. You’re never short of great ideas, but many are unworkable. Late April’s schemes, however, merit a shot. SAGITTARIUS: You’ve been giving in to others’ expectations. You emerge knowing your own worth and with an urge for something new; don’t be surprised if a soul mate appears in your life. For happy couples, love will grow more secure. Less fortuitous relationships are likely to wind down into friendships. CAPRICORN: This month is a time to nurture those you love, or to focus on developing deeper love with someone special. Money may be spent on entertaining at home, with some DIY thrown in for good measure. Just avoid the usual Venus tendency to overdo. Don’t overspend and don’t promise more than you can deliver. At work, be happy to delegate. AQUARIUS: It’s great to be loved, but Aquarians can also feel trapped, usually when they’re being taken for granted. In this case, you might want to take a leave of absence. You’re also concerned with finding out the truth. What you discover could leave you speechless, especially if there’s been more than one hand writing the cheque’s. PISCES: Step cautiously through April, particularly around the 12th when impulse rules. Logic might not prevent your emotions from running wild, so it may be wise to listen to others. Not everything is a cause for concern. Financially, the occasional luxury is a must.
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ART AND THEATRE
THE HUMAN WAY By Sanah Chauhan
Sol Abiad is a suitably theatrical name for the ebullient instructor who teaches drama at Sorbonne University. Lebanese-French Sol moved to the emirates in 1984 where she also founded STAR TOO Experimental Theatre Project in Dubai.
When you meet Sol you are enveloped by her creative energy: "My main interest is in the human story: human presence and human creativity that I believe is in every being no matter what they do in life. Imagination and the capacity for invention are phenomenal human qualities that enable us to make a difference in the world…for better rather than worse, I would like to believe. My job is to ensure the context in which creativity can flourish is safe, inviting, and inspiring." STAR TOO IS BORN Sol’s idea initially was to start a first of its kind experimental theatre in the UAE that reflects the diverse culture and expatriate makeup of the country. Because of the financial downturn at the time she was setting up STAR TOO, Sol decided to implement a cost-cutting but creative method of expression; she used foam sticks and plain cloth for multimedia productions where actors of different nationalities could compose their own narratives and each of the shows would address a question. What started as a theatre workshop soon became a fully functioning theatre troupe. “You could say that STAR TOO theatre was born not out of a need to fill in any gap, but rather to link the gaps, differences and all. To keep an educational angle to our project as well as highlight the existence of a talent pool, the group also invited practicing artists in the 30 | www.tempoplanet.com
community.” Since its establishment, Star TOO has hosted guest lecturers such as published authors, silk artists, dancers, architects, magicians, and others.
thou wearing?” and “Is it real?” Each show gives the audiences a new perspective on questions that otherwise seem ordinary by everyday standards.
Two of the troupe’s main principles are maintaining the bond between the actors and thinking outside the box, qualities that are evident in their performances. Without traditional props or costuming, performers or dance gear, the group evolved into a highly physical theatre with a distinct style. “Since we are not limited by actual props, this means that we can construct anything. If an actor says she needs a boat for her scene, we shape that boat for her with our bodies, cloth and specially designed foam sticks. Our constructs are quasi-limitless.”
SHINE ON Star TOO is currently working on a production that will involve a lot of advanced stage-crafting and technical wizardry. “Our new piece is our most adventurous to date. It is based on Jules Verne’s lost novel: Paris in the Twentieth Century. We are working on a project that will involve a video-relayed interaction between actors in the UAE and overseas.”
“The troupe also integrates multimedia and digital arts into some of their performances by projecting scenes on the walls around the audience to transport them along with the actors to where the story takes place, whether it is in someone’s home, garden or even a train!”
STAR TOO is now also offering Applied Creative Thinking workshops to non-actors and will be touring their workshops to art spaces across Dubai to offer creative environments to artists and theatre enthusiasts in the country.
FORMING A CONSTELLATION Beautifully incorporating drama art and dance into the performances, each of their shows asks a question. Indeed Star TOO’s first show was initially called “Where is home?” and each of the actors gave a definition of ‘home’. The show evolved, along with the questions, which became “What’s the time?” “Who did it?” “What art
Sol plans to establish an identity for the theatre group overseas. “Along with actor-director Sarah Dufayard and dancer-choreographer Flora Diaz Hurtado, we are registering STAR TOO as an official association in Europe so we can carry on our activity there as well. It will probably be a long time before the arts group has the means to set up as a full-fledged company here.”
Published on Apr 8, 2013
Published on Apr 8, 2013
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