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Amundsen collection. Inspired by the achievements of the renowned Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen, these professional sport watches are dedicated to today’s adventurer.

ARCTIC NAVIGATION SYSTEM Selfwinding chronograph Case in stainless steel and black diamond-coated titanium with bidirectional Solar Navigation bezel.

MAKE YOUR OWN STORY UAE: DUBAI, AZAL, EMIRATES TOWERS SHOPPING BOULEVARD, TEL: +971 4 3300 730 . HARVEY NICHOLS, MALL OF THE EMIRATES, TEL: +971 4 4098 888

BAHRAIN: MANAMA, AZAL, AL AALI SHOPPING COMPLEX, TEL: +973 17 582353 . SAUDI ARABIA: AL KHOBAR, KOOHEJI STORE, KING KHALID STREET, TEL: +966 3 8641 113

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One month in the year all the Middle East stops and takes time to reflect on all compartments of life. Some take this season in spirit and religion, some as a sign of family closeness and most take it as a challenging change in their daily routine. In recent years, Ramadan and Eid have shifted from its religious ideology to a seasonal culture (similar to Chrismas & Easter in the West or Shunbun-no-hi in the East) which has become a commercial outlet for many organizations and entities. With businesses only picking up pace post sunset, the whole region has reshuffled to equip for this exciting change. Not only do businesses change, but the whole psyche of people in the region change. Working hours are less, staying up late is a must, food is all around and social gathering is Ramadanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s strength. This cultural change in Ramadan not only has made the season one to look forward to, but has made the Ramadan cool and trendy. People of Muslim or non Muslim faith join into the season and get a chance to experience this unique challenge. brownbook has ventured through out the region to explore how Ramadan is in different cities in the region such as Izmir, Casablanca, Dubai, Damascus, Cairo, Ramallah and other cities. We also look at regional fashion and trend settings in the Middle East, as well as other subjects focusing on Ramadan & Eid around the Middle East.

Preface issue11 Ramadan


One month in the year all the Middle East stops and takes time to reflect on all compartments of life. Some take this season in spirit and religion, some as a sign of family closeness and most take it as a challenging change in their daily routine. In recent years, Ramadan and Eid have shifted from its religious ideology to a seasonal culture (similar to Chrismas & Easter in the West or Shunbun-no-hi in the East) which has become a commercial outlet for many organizations and entities. With businesses only picking up pace post sunset, the whole region has reshuffled to equip for this exciting change. Not only do businesses change, but the whole psyche of people in the region change. Working hours are less, staying up late is a must, food is all around and social gathering is Ramadanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s strength. This cultural change in Ramadan not only has made the season one to look forward to, but has made the Ramadan cool and trendy. People of Muslim or non Muslim faith join into the season and get a chance to experience this unique challenge. brownbook has ventured through out the region to explore how Ramadan is in different cities in the region such as Izmir, Casablanca, Dubai, Damascus, Cairo, Ramallah and other cities. We also look at regional fashion and trend settings in the Middle East, as well as other subjects focusing on Ramadan & Eid around the Middle East.

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September - October Contents . Issue eleven

47 - 55 Lifestyle - Profile Featuring our profiles section is none other than the Saudi industrial designer Ahmad Angawi who creates cultural works of art with modern twist. His innovative style and eye for everything that is complex and significant inspires him to craft unique objects.

47 - 55

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65 - 71

Lifestyle - Trendy Outlet

Design - Architecture

For our trendy outlet spot we chose Damascus because of its oriental and captivating charm. The entire city with its small shops, bazaars and alleys creates a perfect atmosphere for anyone wanting to stroll down and imprint an enchanting experience images in their minds.

Islamic Arts Museum is the latest initiative by Qatar’s government; this structure stands to host world’s most significant Islamic artifacts and cultural relics. Not only does this new museum form an additional member to the region’s existing museums, it also wants to be the next contender which represents the whole of the Islamic world.

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74 - 77

Lifestyle - Blog

Design - Innerspace

Ahmad Humeid’s blog is the perfect example of virtual society in interaction. His blog features news pieces by citizen journalists; it also includes design forum and several other discussion topics.

David Frem’s new car has stirred up public curiosity and definitely got our attention as well. Frem’s regional production pays tribute to this area’s emerging talents.

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September - October Contents . Issue eleven

47 - 55 Lifestyle - Profile Featuring our profiles section is none other than the Saudi industrial designer Ahmad Angawi who creates cultural works of art with modern twist. His innovative style and eye for everything that is complex and significant inspires him to craft unique objects.

47 - 55

O24

65 - 71

Lifestyle - Trendy Outlet

Design - Architecture

For our trendy outlet spot we chose Damascus because of its oriental and captivating charm. The entire city with its small shops, bazaars and alleys creates a perfect atmosphere for anyone wanting to stroll down and imprint an enchanting experience images in their minds.

Islamic Arts Museum is the latest initiative by Qatar’s government; this structure stands to host world’s most significant Islamic artifacts and cultural relics. Not only does this new museum form an additional member to the region’s existing museums, it also wants to be the next contender which represents the whole of the Islamic world.

63

74 - 77

Lifestyle - Blog

Design - Innerspace

Ahmad Humeid’s blog is the perfect example of virtual society in interaction. His blog features news pieces by citizen journalists; it also includes design forum and several other discussion topics.

David Frem’s new car has stirred up public curiosity and definitely got our attention as well. Frem’s regional production pays tribute to this area’s emerging talents.

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“I honestly follow the Green, Sustainable, and Eco-friendly movements because I wholeheartedly support.”

C

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Ahmad Angawi

Y

CM

MY

CY

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September - October

79 - 81 Design - Residence Take a closer look at Rasha Hamdan’s residence to understand her work and creative patterns which gives her distinctive perspective. Her home represents not just Hamdan’s world but also that of her family and friends.

“Dubai is one of the most open minded and forward thinking cities in the Middle East.”

83 - 87

111 - 121

Design - Art Gallery

Report - Arabs in LA

YATF comprises of people who hunt for talented young artists from all over the Arab world. They shape and provide ideal environment for these individuals to perform and challenge themselves.

brownbook takes a closer look at Arabs in LA and their prospects for the future. They share with us some of their conventions and generally introduce us to their world.

90 - 104

123 - 127

130 - 141

Fashion - Photo-shoot

Report - Jerusalem Show

Travel - Navigation

For this issue brownbook opts for more traditional take on what’s new and happening in the Middle East. Now that customary Burqa is making a huge come back amongst younger females, brownbook with you some brilliant portraits of emerging trends.

This show is probably the most interesting live exhibition throughout the Arab world; city of Jerusalem is basically on show.

To fully embrace this holy month and all its eventful impression, we visit Mecca which is the birth place of Islam and a significant location for pilgrimage.

Amir H. Fallah

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September - October

79 - 81 Design - Residence Take a closer look at Rasha Hamdan’s residence to understand her work and creative patterns which gives her distinctive perspective. Her home represents not just Hamdan’s world but also that of her family and friends.

“Dubai is one of the most open minded and forward thinking cities in the Middle East.”

83 - 87

111 - 121

Design - Art Gallery

Report - Arabs in LA

YATF comprises of people who hunt for talented young artists from all over the Arab world. They shape and provide ideal environment for these individuals to perform and challenge themselves.

brownbook takes a closer look at Arabs in LA and their prospects for the future. They share with us some of their conventions and generally introduce us to their world.

90 - 104

123 - 127

130 - 141

Fashion - Photo-shoot

Report - Jerusalem Show

Travel - Navigation

For this issue brownbook opts for more traditional take on what’s new and happening in the Middle East. Now that customary Burqa is making a huge come back amongst younger females, brownbook with you some brilliant portraits of emerging trends.

This show is probably the most interesting live exhibition throughout the Arab world; city of Jerusalem is basically on show.

To fully embrace this holy month and all its eventful impression, we visit Mecca which is the birth place of Islam and a significant location for pilgrimage.

Amir H. Fallah

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Superocean HĂŠritage Chronographe

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Art Director

Ahmed Bin Shabib ahmed@brownbookmag.com +971 50 558 8840

Fashion & Product Editor

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Zaina Adhami zaina@brownbookmag.com Laila Abdulwahed laila@brownbookmag.com

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Reproduction without permission is strictly prohibited. All content in this publication, including but not limited to all text, visual displays, images,

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Brownbook Publishing FZ LLC cannot be held responsible for any unsolicited material.

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Contributors Cover

Issue eleven is a unique issue, as it focuses on Ramadan. We wanted to get as much contributors on board as possible to offer a pan Arab perspective.

Monica Nouwens - Photographer

Sertac Tasdelen - Photographer

Los Angeles

Dubai

Dutch photographer and video artist who recently displayed her ‘Rubbernecking’ solo show at Stedelijk Museum Bureau in Amsterdam. She has also designed commercial works for Nike, Levi’s and Sahartore Ferrogamo. Most of her works have been published by prominent magazines like Wallpaper, Elle and Surface. Report P111

Tasdelen is Turkish photographer who runs his own studio besides working for global management consultancy firm. He photographed this issue’s photo shoots. His expertise lies in subverting traditional forms to non representational objects which takes the shape of something that is altered. Fashion P90

Dr. Stephen J. Phillips - Writer

Basel Abbas - Representative

A few countries infuse atirre and culture with fashion, and the Gulf has successfully taken this concept further. This photoshoot highlights trends set for such attire.

Poster

Idil Jans - Writer

Los Angeles

Ramallah

Stephen Phillips, AIA, PhD is an award winning designer and practicing California architect, theorist, scholar, and is a PhD recipient in Architecture History and Theory from Princeton University. Phillips is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Architecture History and Theory at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Report P111

Basel is a freelance musician/sound designer and also a member of Ramallah underground; musicians who perform throughout Palestine, across the region and around the world. He is brownbook’s representative in Ramallah where he connects us to young talents and emerging artists who add great value to the Middle East. Special Supplement

Writer and photographer based in Turkey for the past couple of years. Jans also contributed to brownbook in many occasions and has assisted with Ramadan feature supplement. Special Supplement

Hamda Al Gemzi - Stylist

Golnar - Photographer

Razan Ghazzawi - Photographer

Dubai

Contributed in fashion section where she explained to us how traditional clothing is viewed and expressed in the Middle East. She was an essential figure in our photo shoots. Fashion P90

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Istanbul

A special Ramadan supplement developed for all brownbook readers, offering a view at how other Middle East natives are spending Ramadan.

Manabu Ozawa Dubai

Isfahan

Beirut

Glonar is freelancer and photographer who have assisted brownbook with Ramadan supplement and regular contributions. Special Supplement

Ghazzawi is freelance photographer who resides in Beirut and Damascus. This is her first contribution to brownbook; she helped with Ramadan feature supplements. Special Supplement

D.I.Y communication designer/artist. Involved in creating graphic designs for furniture and motorcycle. Born in Japan, grew up in Tokyo, started his career as a designer in Houston, TX, currently resides in Dubai. Family of 9714/Kitsch 22, formed design unit “theoverkill” with Raad Haider in 2006. Special Supplement


Contributors Cover

Issue eleven is a unique issue, as it focuses on Ramadan. We wanted to get as much contributors on board as possible to offer a pan Arab perspective.

Monica Nouwens - Photographer

Sertac Tasdelen - Photographer

Los Angeles

Dubai

Dutch photographer and video artist who recently displayed her ‘Rubbernecking’ solo show at Stedelijk Museum Bureau in Amsterdam. She has also designed commercial works for Nike, Levi’s and Sahartore Ferrogamo. Most of her works have been published by prominent magazines like Wallpaper, Elle and Surface. Report P111

Tasdelen is Turkish photographer who runs his own studio besides working for global management consultancy firm. He photographed this issue’s photo shoots. His expertise lies in subverting traditional forms to non representational objects which takes the shape of something that is altered. Fashion P90

Dr. Stephen J. Phillips - Writer

Basel Abbas - Representative

A few countries infuse atirre and culture with fashion, and the Gulf has successfully taken this concept further. This photoshoot highlights trends set for such attire.

Poster

Idil Jans - Writer

Los Angeles

Ramallah

Stephen Phillips, AIA, PhD is an award winning designer and practicing California architect, theorist, scholar, and is a PhD recipient in Architecture History and Theory from Princeton University. Phillips is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Architecture History and Theory at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Report P111

Basel is a freelance musician/sound designer and also a member of Ramallah underground; musicians who perform throughout Palestine, across the region and around the world. He is brownbook’s representative in Ramallah where he connects us to young talents and emerging artists who add great value to the Middle East. Special Supplement

Writer and photographer based in Turkey for the past couple of years. Jans also contributed to brownbook in many occasions and has assisted with Ramadan feature supplement. Special Supplement

Hamda Al Gemzi - Stylist

Golnar - Photographer

Razan Ghazzawi - Photographer

Dubai

Contributed in fashion section where she explained to us how traditional clothing is viewed and expressed in the Middle East. She was an essential figure in our photo shoots. Fashion P90

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Istanbul

A special Ramadan supplement developed for all brownbook readers, offering a view at how other Middle East natives are spending Ramadan.

Manabu Ozawa Dubai

Isfahan

Beirut

Glonar is freelancer and photographer who have assisted brownbook with Ramadan supplement and regular contributions. Special Supplement

Ghazzawi is freelance photographer who resides in Beirut and Damascus. This is her first contribution to brownbook; she helped with Ramadan feature supplements. Special Supplement

D.I.Y communication designer/artist. Involved in creating graphic designs for furniture and motorcycle. Born in Japan, grew up in Tokyo, started his career as a designer in Houston, TX, currently resides in Dubai. Family of 9714/Kitsch 22, formed design unit “theoverkill” with Raad Haider in 2006. Special Supplement


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Brief â&#x20AC;ş Online contents

brownbook strives to reach its audience worldwide by engaging them and covering topics which has captured our attention. This involves interactivity and up to date coverage of all events and buzz around the region.

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Subscription Subscribe to brownbook magazine send us an email to team@brownbookmag.com

The Cover Content With different members and contributors part of our blog, brownbook is able to offer readers a broader perspective on the regional scene.

brownbooks latest issue, issue 11 Photographer: Sertac Tasdelen

City Guide download the urban guides , to print out and use when you are around the Middle East

Where to find brownbook List of shops, stores, restaurants and boutique stores around the middle east.

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Olympians From the Middle East Although the Arabs are associated with a few sports like equestrians, falconry and camel racing, their clout in world sports events is almost negligible. A report filed by Al-Jazeera states in nearly 100 years of Olympic competition, the Arab countries won was just 73 medals. With participation from 22 nations, the Arabs constitute almost 11 per cent of the total number of participating nations (204). Yet, their average win in number of medals is a mere 3.48 every four years. To reiterate its point, the report further explains, that in the last Olympic games held in Athens Arab countries won only 10 of the 929 medals available, which is just a little over one per cent. This year about 289 participants from the Arab countries are representing their nations at the Olympic games. And despite such poor records, each of them is not only determined but also hopeful that he shall return home with a medal to make his country proud of him.

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This year is particularly special for Gulf sports persons; for, the delegations from the United Arab Emirates and Oman include women. While the UAE boasts of Sheikha Latifa (equestrian) and Sheikha Maitha (Taekwondo, Karate and Kickboxing) as her hopeful contenders for gold, Oman extends her support to athlete Buthaina Yaqoubi who will compete in the womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 100m sprint, as well as the long jump or the triple jump.

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This year the Olympics had 6 Egyptian women athletes, 3 Iranian sportswomen (competing in rowing, taekwondo and archery), an Afghan and a Yemeni woman competing with covered heads. Also check out 21-year old Iraqi sprinter Dana Hussein who is braving bullets to reach Beijing. With such women power on the Chinese fields, is the Arab sports history ready to be rewritten?

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Olympians From the Middle East Although the Arabs are associated with a few sports like equestrians, falconry and camel racing, their clout in world sports events is almost negligible. A report filed by Al-Jazeera states in nearly 100 years of Olympic competition, the Arab countries won was just 73 medals. With participation from 22 nations, the Arabs constitute almost 11 per cent of the total number of participating nations (204). Yet, their average win in number of medals is a mere 3.48 every four years. To reiterate its point, the report further explains, that in the last Olympic games held in Athens Arab countries won only 10 of the 929 medals available, which is just a little over one per cent. This year about 289 participants from the Arab countries are representing their nations at the Olympic games. And despite such poor records, each of them is not only determined but also hopeful that he shall return home with a medal to make his country proud of him.

Illustration . Adrian Johnson

This year is particularly special for Gulf sports persons; for, the delegations from the United Arab Emirates and Oman include women. While the UAE boasts of Sheikha Latifa (equestrian) and Sheikha Maitha (Taekwondo, Karate and Kickboxing) as her hopeful contenders for gold, Oman extends her support to athlete Buthaina Yaqoubi who will compete in the womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 100m sprint, as well as the long jump or the triple jump.

www.ArabEastern.com Boundless Reportage

This year the Olympics had 6 Egyptian women athletes, 3 Iranian sportswomen (competing in rowing, taekwondo and archery), an Afghan and a Yemeni woman competing with covered heads. Also check out 21-year old Iraqi sprinter Dana Hussein who is braving bullets to reach Beijing. With such women power on the Chinese fields, is the Arab sports history ready to be rewritten?

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Shooting Sheikh Ahmed Mohammed Hasher Al Maktoum A member of the royal family and the first sportsman to win an Olympic medal for his country, Sheikh Ahmed naturally has more than a reason to rule the local hearts. A national level squash champ turned sharp shooter, Ahmed had won the double trap event and finished fourth in the trap event in 2004 Summer Olympics and won another gold medal in double trap at the 2005 Shooting World Cup. His grandfather and his father loved shooting.

Horse Riding - Show Jumping Sheikha Latifa Bint Ahmad Bin Maktoum Al Maktoum Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, the Vice President and of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai said, “Horse riding is more than merely sitting on a horse’s back. It is nobility and chivalry.” Sheikha Latifa is the first Emirati woman to participate in the Olympics equestrian event and second Arab lady after Princess Haya bint al Hussein, who took part in the 2000 Sydney Olympics. The only contender from the country to compete at the games in this category, she qualified for Olympics 2008 after she won the Individual Qualifying Event at the seventh Qatar International

He had been participatin in hunting since childhood but took up shooting as a sport only when he turned 34. Ahmed took part this year in Olympics to defend the gold he won in Athens in 2004, but failed to reach the finals. He had reportedly admitted to the press that he had begun practising for the sport only two months prior to the event. “I am going to Beijing for myself. I will go and try my best to bring back the gold medal. If it comes, then it’s most welcome. If it does not, then I don’t deserve it,” he had said. The Sheikh had announced through the press that his participation at the Olympics would be the last as a professional shooter.

Show Jumping Championships by clocking 47.72 seconds in the jump-off. Since then, Sheikha moved to France and competed in Belgium, Rotterdam and Italy. Her equestrian achievements include a team bronze medal at the Doha Asian Games 2006 and an individual gold at the Sharjah International Jumping Championship in 2007. She stood third at the 2007 Dubai International Championship and second at the 2007 Abu Dhabi Championship. Latifa mounted on her trusted horse, Kalaska de Semilly to beat German equestrian Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum, also ranked No 1 in the world and Eric Lamaze of Canada, ranked third in the world.


Shooting Sheikh Ahmed Mohammed Hasher Al Maktoum A member of the royal family and the first sportsman to win an Olympic medal for his country, Sheikh Ahmed naturally has more than a reason to rule the local hearts. A national level squash champ turned sharp shooter, Ahmed had won the double trap event and finished fourth in the trap event in 2004 Summer Olympics and won another gold medal in double trap at the 2005 Shooting World Cup. His grandfather and his father loved shooting.

Horse Riding - Show Jumping Sheikha Latifa Bint Ahmad Bin Maktoum Al Maktoum Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, the Vice President and of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai said, “Horse riding is more than merely sitting on a horse’s back. It is nobility and chivalry.” Sheikha Latifa is the first Emirati woman to participate in the Olympics equestrian event and second Arab lady after Princess Haya bint al Hussein, who took part in the 2000 Sydney Olympics. The only contender from the country to compete at the games in this category, she qualified for Olympics 2008 after she won the Individual Qualifying Event at the seventh Qatar International

He had been participatin in hunting since childhood but took up shooting as a sport only when he turned 34. Ahmed took part this year in Olympics to defend the gold he won in Athens in 2004, but failed to reach the finals. He had reportedly admitted to the press that he had begun practising for the sport only two months prior to the event. “I am going to Beijing for myself. I will go and try my best to bring back the gold medal. If it comes, then it’s most welcome. If it does not, then I don’t deserve it,” he had said. The Sheikh had announced through the press that his participation at the Olympics would be the last as a professional shooter.

Show Jumping Championships by clocking 47.72 seconds in the jump-off. Since then, Sheikha moved to France and competed in Belgium, Rotterdam and Italy. Her equestrian achievements include a team bronze medal at the Doha Asian Games 2006 and an individual gold at the Sharjah International Jumping Championship in 2007. She stood third at the 2007 Dubai International Championship and second at the 2007 Abu Dhabi Championship. Latifa mounted on her trusted horse, Kalaska de Semilly to beat German equestrian Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum, also ranked No 1 in the world and Eric Lamaze of Canada, ranked third in the world.


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Sailing Abdel Khaled Abdulghafar

Taekwondo Sheikha Maitha Bint Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum

Daughter of Dubai’s ruler and Vice President of UAE. “I’m honoured and excited to have been selected as a member of the UAE Olympic team for the Beijing Olympiad and I will do my best to make my motherland proud. My dream is to make it a golden success for my father and country,” she had said before leaving for Beijing. A Karate, Taekwondo and Kickboxing athlete, Sheikha Maitha has won several medals at Arab, regional and international levels. She created history to be the first Emirati woman to win an international gold medal when she received first place in the over 65 kg category at the tenth Pan Arab Games in 2004. The following year too, she bagged the first place. Thereafter, she won a silver medal at the Women’s over 60 kg karate event at the 2006 Doha Asian Games. At the Olympics, she will compete for victory in the 67 kg taekwondo category for women. Having won the Best Arab Athlete in 2006 and UAE’s Best Female Sports person award for two consecutive years, Sheikha Maitha seemed to be the natural choice to hoist the UAE’s flag at the opening ceremony of the Beijing 2008 Olympics. Here too, she created history by being the first Gulf woman to carry her country’s flag at the Olympic Games. She is the sole representative in the category of taekwondo from her country. An honorary President of the UAE Karate and Taekwondo Federation.

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6 Egyptian women athletes, 3 Iranian sportswomen (competing in rowing, taekwondo and archery), an Afghan and a Yemeni woman competing with covered heads.

Abdulghafar is the first Arab sailor to compete in an Olympiad and it is his first time at the Olympics also. He believes that with the support of his countrymen, he can make his nation an icon in the field of sailing. “The country can put their hands on me, and we will do it together,” he was quoted saying by the regional press. Although Abdulghafar’s fascination with sailing began much earlier, he started sailing in 2001; when he was just 11. In 2003 he won the European Laser Championships and in 2007 won the Laser Class in the Arab Games. He also won a Silver in the GCC Championship in 2007 and Gold in the both the Europe Championship and the Pan Arab Games in 2007 for the dingy event (laser class). He is competing in the same event at the Olympics. The sailing enthusiast has been training full time since 2007 at the Emirates Sailing School in Abu Dhabi. With a strict diet of salad, vegetables and fruit, he is determined to bring the Gold medal for the UAE.


Brief › Olympics 2008

Sailing Abdel Khaled Abdulghafar

Taekwondo Sheikha Maitha Bint Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum

Daughter of Dubai’s ruler and Vice President of UAE. “I’m honoured and excited to have been selected as a member of the UAE Olympic team for the Beijing Olympiad and I will do my best to make my motherland proud. My dream is to make it a golden success for my father and country,” she had said before leaving for Beijing. A Karate, Taekwondo and Kickboxing athlete, Sheikha Maitha has won several medals at Arab, regional and international levels. She created history to be the first Emirati woman to win an international gold medal when she received first place in the over 65 kg category at the tenth Pan Arab Games in 2004. The following year too, she bagged the first place. Thereafter, she won a silver medal at the Women’s over 60 kg karate event at the 2006 Doha Asian Games. At the Olympics, she will compete for victory in the 67 kg taekwondo category for women. Having won the Best Arab Athlete in 2006 and UAE’s Best Female Sports person award for two consecutive years, Sheikha Maitha seemed to be the natural choice to hoist the UAE’s flag at the opening ceremony of the Beijing 2008 Olympics. Here too, she created history by being the first Gulf woman to carry her country’s flag at the Olympic Games. She is the sole representative in the category of taekwondo from her country. An honorary President of the UAE Karate and Taekwondo Federation.

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6 Egyptian women athletes, 3 Iranian sportswomen (competing in rowing, taekwondo and archery), an Afghan and a Yemeni woman competing with covered heads.

Abdulghafar is the first Arab sailor to compete in an Olympiad and it is his first time at the Olympics also. He believes that with the support of his countrymen, he can make his nation an icon in the field of sailing. “The country can put their hands on me, and we will do it together,” he was quoted saying by the regional press. Although Abdulghafar’s fascination with sailing began much earlier, he started sailing in 2001; when he was just 11. In 2003 he won the European Laser Championships and in 2007 won the Laser Class in the Arab Games. He also won a Silver in the GCC Championship in 2007 and Gold in the both the Europe Championship and the Pan Arab Games in 2007 for the dingy event (laser class). He is competing in the same event at the Olympics. The sailing enthusiast has been training full time since 2007 at the Emirates Sailing School in Abu Dhabi. With a strict diet of salad, vegetables and fruit, he is determined to bring the Gold medal for the UAE.


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Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

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Ahmed Angawi

Accessories / Chairs / Hangers / Benches / Stools / Shelving / Public Seating / Tables

Magis is the brand that has given a novel twist to domestic design, building its identity on incorporating leading edge technology into mass production. Founded in 1976 in the bustling north eastern corner of Italy by a newcomer to the furniture business, Eugenio Perazza, Magis is today a giant international design laboratory. Magis embraces the creativity of leading global designers, Jasper Morrison, Marc Newson.Konstantin Grcic. Ron Arad. the Bouroullecs and many others, andchannels it towards objects perched on the cutting edge. www.magisdesign.com Exclusively at Traffic / +97143418494 / www.viatraffic.org

Preface: Industrial designer, Ahmad Sami Angawi, creates items which have strong cultural themes. His work comprises of products ranging from furniture to prayer rug, Sijada bags. Angawiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s design concept encompasses manufacturing commodities which enjoys both functionality and aesthetics. Steelwood Chair, 2007 The Bouroullec Brothers O47


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Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Conscious Design Objects

Ahmed Angawi

Accessories / Chairs / Hangers / Benches / Stools / Shelving / Public Seating / Tables

Magis is the brand that has given a novel twist to domestic design, building its identity on incorporating leading edge technology into mass production. Founded in 1976 in the bustling north eastern corner of Italy by a newcomer to the furniture business, Eugenio Perazza, Magis is today a giant international design laboratory. Magis embraces the creativity of leading global designers, Jasper Morrison, Marc Newson.Konstantin Grcic. Ron Arad. the Bouroullecs and many others, andchannels it towards objects perched on the cutting edge. www.magisdesign.com Exclusively at Traffic / +97143418494 / www.viatraffic.org

Preface: Industrial designer, Ahmad Sami Angawi, creates items which have strong cultural themes. His work comprises of products ranging from furniture to prayer rug, Sijada bags. Angawiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s design concept encompasses manufacturing commodities which enjoys both functionality and aesthetics. Steelwood Chair, 2007 The Bouroullec Brothers O47


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“My father has always been enigmatic source of inspiration in my life”. Angawi’s journey into design and aesthetics world goes beyond artistic expression or creativity. His parents are both prominent artists in various disciplines like Architecture and Interior Designing. Ahmad’s father is the world renowned architect Sami M. Angawi, founder and general director of Amar Center for Architectural Heritage, whose authority transcends beyond Architecture and Restoration projects. His cultural consciousness is instilled in him by his father. Ahmad sees his father not merely as source of encouragement but a figure that exhibits confidence, grandeur, tradition and beckon of hope. When asked about his opinion on his father, he said “my father is a poet, philosopher, man with a message, cultural preservationist and above all my idol”. Angawi, Sr has been the foundation of Ahmad’s flourishing talent and interest in design aesthetics. His mother has been the fortress of his life encouraging and supporting him in developing his own signature without necessarily disassociating himself from his father. Angawi, Jr feels quite comfortable under his father’s wings; he also thinks that the knowledge and experience which he receives from his father are the sole components which triggers his creative capabilities. Like many young artists from this region Ahmad wants to acquire all the essential comprehension and traditional background knowledge from his predecessors to carry on the conventions of Arab heritage. New York’s Pratt Institute helped mold Angawi’s design thought and presentation. This institution enabled him to flex his imagination and materialize his visions of crafting products that hold distinctive features and performances. As an industrial designer his works include furniture, bags, jewelry, and house/office ware. For this reason, concept creations forces him to design items which not only have functionality but aesthetics too. He pays tribute to most of his teachers at Pratt for helping him realize the fastest route to his dreams. He stresses how the university and the environment reminiscent of pure Brooklyn experience enhanced his understanding of his work and that of his colleagues. According to Angawi Pratt Institute provides the center stage for their students to excel. He also shares with us how his colleagues and teachers behaved with him on the O48

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“My father has always been enigmatic source of inspiration in my life”. Angawi’s journey into design and aesthetics world goes beyond artistic expression or creativity. His parents are both prominent artists in various disciplines like Architecture and Interior Designing. Ahmad’s father is the world renowned architect Sami M. Angawi, founder and general director of Amar Center for Architectural Heritage, whose authority transcends beyond Architecture and Restoration projects. His cultural consciousness is instilled in him by his father. Ahmad sees his father not merely as source of encouragement but a figure that exhibits confidence, grandeur, tradition and beckon of hope. When asked about his opinion on his father, he said “my father is a poet, philosopher, man with a message, cultural preservationist and above all my idol”. Angawi, Sr has been the foundation of Ahmad’s flourishing talent and interest in design aesthetics. His mother has been the fortress of his life encouraging and supporting him in developing his own signature without necessarily disassociating himself from his father. Angawi, Jr feels quite comfortable under his father’s wings; he also thinks that the knowledge and experience which he receives from his father are the sole components which triggers his creative capabilities. Like many young artists from this region Ahmad wants to acquire all the essential comprehension and traditional background knowledge from his predecessors to carry on the conventions of Arab heritage. New York’s Pratt Institute helped mold Angawi’s design thought and presentation. This institution enabled him to flex his imagination and materialize his visions of crafting products that hold distinctive features and performances. As an industrial designer his works include furniture, bags, jewelry, and house/office ware. For this reason, concept creations forces him to design items which not only have functionality but aesthetics too. He pays tribute to most of his teachers at Pratt for helping him realize the fastest route to his dreams. He stresses how the university and the environment reminiscent of pure Brooklyn experience enhanced his understanding of his work and that of his colleagues. According to Angawi Pratt Institute provides the center stage for their students to excel. He also shares with us how his colleagues and teachers behaved with him on the O48

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day of September 11, he says that he was treated with most respect and dignity contrary to popular media half truths. His Sijada bag, which he initially designed for a course at New York’s Pratt Institute, also is featured in his exhibition in Brooklyn. This rug/messenger bag intertwines oriental design patterns with modern versatility. The product itself is suggestive of contemporary lifestyle which involves attention to details and ability to handle multipurpose. The Sijada is reminiscent of Islamic culture and practices; by transforming it to rather clever piece which exhibits modernity while remaining authentic enables Angawi to reconcile tradition and futuristic design model. Also his “when East meets West” chair made of recycled wood highlights two major points from design perspective, the first being his attitude towards environmental issues like recycling/preservation of trees while the second point stresses the integration of cultures by sustaining variety. This particular model displays the interaction between Angawi’s vision with regard to cultural focus and creating furniture that appeals to mainstream audiences. The idea is not to promote plainly his heritage but to contribute to world culture. In fact most of his educational influences do not simply come from his immediate environment; he was educated in the United States for his higher studies. This experience obviously augmented his vision and perspectives. Nonetheless, Angawi is committed overwhelming to sponsor his heritage and culture in the most creative yet welcoming method. O5O

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day of September 11, he says that he was treated with most respect and dignity contrary to popular media half truths. His Sijada bag, which he initially designed for a course at New York’s Pratt Institute, also is featured in his exhibition in Brooklyn. This rug/messenger bag intertwines oriental design patterns with modern versatility. The product itself is suggestive of contemporary lifestyle which involves attention to details and ability to handle multipurpose. The Sijada is reminiscent of Islamic culture and practices; by transforming it to rather clever piece which exhibits modernity while remaining authentic enables Angawi to reconcile tradition and futuristic design model. Also his “when East meets West” chair made of recycled wood highlights two major points from design perspective, the first being his attitude towards environmental issues like recycling/preservation of trees while the second point stresses the integration of cultures by sustaining variety. This particular model displays the interaction between Angawi’s vision with regard to cultural focus and creating furniture that appeals to mainstream audiences. The idea is not to promote plainly his heritage but to contribute to world culture. In fact most of his educational influences do not simply come from his immediate environment; he was educated in the United States for his higher studies. This experience obviously augmented his vision and perspectives. Nonetheless, Angawi is committed overwhelming to sponsor his heritage and culture in the most creative yet welcoming method. O5O

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Sijada bag The Sijada is reminiscent of Islamic culture and practices; by transforming it to rather clever piece which exhibits modernity while remaining authentic enables Angawi to reconcile tradition and futuristic design model. O51


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“Like many children, I spent great deal of my childhood coloring with crayons and coloured pencils. I loved drawing on any surface I could come across”.

Angawi is not concerned with labeling his design concepts as works which belong to a particular school of design, moreover he believes that such classifications presents limitations to him and his facet of creativity. It is safe to say that he has affinity towards creating pieces that have certain functionality to it while exhibiting strong cultural references. Simple designs also intrigue him. In addition Angawi as well believes that classifying a work of art is suggestive of time frame when schools of design had historical implications and context. For instance, a Picasso painting, no matter how significant, is evocative of era that marked its creation, be it war crisis or social upheaval. But if professionals were to situate his work in some category, then at least Angawi’s pieces can be placed with envirnmental conscious items. With the O52

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recent developments in global climate status, many artists feel at ease to be labeled as envirnmental friendly artists. The recurring theme in his work also mirrors his personal view on issues such as identity, tradition and religion. Angawi explains to us that it is not unwise to expand on one’s ability to comprehend diverse traditions and cultures, but in the midst of globalizations it is very crucial to hold on to one’s native culture and promote it in the best interest and intention. He encourages fostering different identities; the reality of life is that we are indeed intertwined in terms of race, creed, background and status. So why must we rear cultural homogeneity while we are diverse in language and attire Angawi’s explores artistic disciplines like Islamic arts, photography, philosophy, drawing, O53


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“Like many children, I spent great deal of my childhood coloring with crayons and coloured pencils. I loved drawing on any surface I could come across”.

Angawi is not concerned with labeling his design concepts as works which belong to a particular school of design, moreover he believes that such classifications presents limitations to him and his facet of creativity. It is safe to say that he has affinity towards creating pieces that have certain functionality to it while exhibiting strong cultural references. Simple designs also intrigue him. In addition Angawi as well believes that classifying a work of art is suggestive of time frame when schools of design had historical implications and context. For instance, a Picasso painting, no matter how significant, is evocative of era that marked its creation, be it war crisis or social upheaval. But if professionals were to situate his work in some category, then at least Angawi’s pieces can be placed with envirnmental conscious items. With the O52

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recent developments in global climate status, many artists feel at ease to be labeled as envirnmental friendly artists. The recurring theme in his work also mirrors his personal view on issues such as identity, tradition and religion. Angawi explains to us that it is not unwise to expand on one’s ability to comprehend diverse traditions and cultures, but in the midst of globalizations it is very crucial to hold on to one’s native culture and promote it in the best interest and intention. He encourages fostering different identities; the reality of life is that we are indeed intertwined in terms of race, creed, background and status. So why must we rear cultural homogeneity while we are diverse in language and attire Angawi’s explores artistic disciplines like Islamic arts, photography, philosophy, drawing, O53


Lifestyle › Profiles Recent events: Angawi so far has had two exhibitions, one called extraordinary objects; displays plunger and toothbrush. The other one was a Hanger exhibition where he had a room filled with hangers of different shapes and functions. It focused on re-using existing materials which are present in our daily lives.

graphics designing and sculpture. He reads books by Gibran Khalil Gibran, Rumi and Al Habib Ali. He closely works with his father not as a parent figure but scholar in his own right. He is also influenced by musicians such as Hamzadin, Dhafer Youssef, Mounir Bashir, Nitin Sawhney and Bonobo. As an industrial designer who is of Arab descent, Angawi is exposed to all individuals who can perhaps complement his personality and knowledge. He not only sees himself as a lively person who enjoys designing but also someone who is enthusiastic about current trends in Middle Eastern cultural awareness. One striking feature which sums up Angawi’s

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eccentric being is his unconditional love for culture and the Middle East. He is some how not interested in presenting shows for the sake of getting himself some recognition; on the contrary he aspires to contribute with what he believes as an original portrait of life and culture in the Middle East. He is stimulated by vibrant traditions and bountiful history which brings pride and joy to his heart, and is always present in the underground scene to form union with artists of similar backgrounds and interest. He along with many upcoming artists from the Middle East strive to combat traditional outlook of this region but authentically providing people

“I honestly follow the Green, Sustainable, and Eco-friendly movements because I wholeheartedly support their cause”.

with novel artworks while presenting themselves as multicultural artists who have universal appeal. Angawi is one such artist; he is Saudi with dreadlocks, bohemian lifestyle and a hilarious sense of humor.

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Lifestyle › Profiles Recent events: Angawi so far has had two exhibitions, one called extraordinary objects; displays plunger and toothbrush. The other one was a Hanger exhibition where he had a room filled with hangers of different shapes and functions. It focused on re-using existing materials which are present in our daily lives.

graphics designing and sculpture. He reads books by Gibran Khalil Gibran, Rumi and Al Habib Ali. He closely works with his father not as a parent figure but scholar in his own right. He is also influenced by musicians such as Hamzadin, Dhafer Youssef, Mounir Bashir, Nitin Sawhney and Bonobo. As an industrial designer who is of Arab descent, Angawi is exposed to all individuals who can perhaps complement his personality and knowledge. He not only sees himself as a lively person who enjoys designing but also someone who is enthusiastic about current trends in Middle Eastern cultural awareness. One striking feature which sums up Angawi’s

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eccentric being is his unconditional love for culture and the Middle East. He is some how not interested in presenting shows for the sake of getting himself some recognition; on the contrary he aspires to contribute with what he believes as an original portrait of life and culture in the Middle East. He is stimulated by vibrant traditions and bountiful history which brings pride and joy to his heart, and is always present in the underground scene to form union with artists of similar backgrounds and interest. He along with many upcoming artists from the Middle East strive to combat traditional outlook of this region but authentically providing people

“I honestly follow the Green, Sustainable, and Eco-friendly movements because I wholeheartedly support their cause”.

with novel artworks while presenting themselves as multicultural artists who have universal appeal. Angawi is one such artist; he is Saudi with dreadlocks, bohemian lifestyle and a hilarious sense of humor.

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A Sweet Culture

Damascus, Syria

Preface Damascus for most part can be labeled as the ‘Pearl of Oriental world’. By this virtue the city offers its inhabitants as well as visitors authentic and preserved culture which is reminiscent of the city’s initial allure and identity. In Ramadan the city rejuvenates itself by embracing many traditional customs which has established its presence amongst natives. One of the most visible and vibrant of these cultures is the sweets traditions which is observed and celebrated each year without fail. Writer: Umal Issak Photographer: Omar Sanadiki O57


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A Sweet Culture

Damascus, Syria

Preface Damascus for most part can be labeled as the ‘Pearl of Oriental world’. By this virtue the city offers its inhabitants as well as visitors authentic and preserved culture which is reminiscent of the city’s initial allure and identity. In Ramadan the city rejuvenates itself by embracing many traditional customs which has established its presence amongst natives. One of the most visible and vibrant of these cultures is the sweets traditions which is observed and celebrated each year without fail. Writer: Umal Issak Photographer: Omar Sanadiki O57


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The sweets culture in Syria is not only confided to portable stalls rather many high end stores such as Ghraoui Chocolate, with their wide range selections of Gourmet chocolates and traditional Syrian confectionery.

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Name: Ryan Faham Age: 25 Origin: Syria Favorite Dessert: Kunafa Favorite dish: Fatat chicken. Favourite restaurant: Restaurant la Casa. Thoughts on Ramadan This spot has been my personal favourite for long time now. I wake up early for my morning prayers and soon after that head to visit friends or do some shopping. If hunger gets best of me I stay indoors and dream of delicious dishes and cuisines. After Iftar, my parents along with myself go to the mosque to perform Taraweeh prayers. Then we hang out with friends and acquaintances, not to mention sparing some time to see the latest drama series. O58

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Along Damascus’s alleys and narrow pavements lie portable stalls that are noticeable from all corners to sell pastries like Kunafah, Pistachio Mabroomeh and Roasted Ballorieh. These street vendors are part of the city aesthetics and charm besides they provide instant services and are budget conscious. In Ramadan a rise in the numbers of these vendors signifies culture which a spannes over one hundred years; people see them as essential objects such as lanterns which are symbolic of this holy month. To attract customers, many of these stalls are decorated with bright and colourful lights. Some go the extra mile by installing music systems which appeals to a younger crowd. They function as a substitute to home prepared sweets which are time consuming in Ramadan because of tight schedules in order to balance work and house keeping. Generally speaking in Ramadan the atmosphere of the city itself transforms to a lively one where people take time off and socialize. Like most countries in the region, citizens of Damascus spend their nights outdoors in café/shisha houses,

restaurants and entertainment parlors. It is this segment of society that gets to fest on sweets made by street vendors from dawn to dusk, what is brilliant about the whole issue is its availability in any street and any hour. Pastries can be eaten on your way home or to the office. Therefore, what these vendors offer is a rich culture rather than a service. The sweets culture in Syria is not only confided to portable stalls rather many high end stores such as Ghraoui Chocolate, with their wide range selections of Gourmet chocolates and traditional Syrian confectionery. For customers it is a matter of serving what suits their tastes and pockets. It is worth noting that people appreciate this tradition because it forms part of their identity and heritage. Syrian sweets in the Middle East are synonymous with fresh and quality goods. Ramadan is the season where there is a heightened interest in sweets/pastries unlike any other season. In other occasions such as Eid, Christmas or Easter particular types of pastries are available whereas in Ramadan all kinds are presented throughout the month. It seems that the

whole city waits patiently throughout the year for Ramadan to appear so that folks can enjoy and profess their love for sweets. Quite literally the city of Damascus dazzles with all these vendors in every corner and passageway carrying their merchandize. The sight of strolling vendors with children trailing along is priceless and demonstrates how much this experience is part of the city’s appeal. Whether one is young or old, people observe their sweet traditions like any other rituals with devotion and joy. The city of Damascus is filled with many traditions and historical relics which makes it unique and exciting place to experience. One important distinction that separates it from others is the customs and long held heritage. The sweets culture is but a minor faction amongst many other great traditions this city witnesses. In Ramadan nothing surpasses pastries as one convention which is followed and valued by the locals. It is that time of the year when locals, see the large numbers of stalls and vendors wandering throughout the city calling for bargains and the best Kunufa one will taste for the rest of his life.

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The sweets culture in Syria is not only confided to portable stalls rather many high end stores such as Ghraoui Chocolate, with their wide range selections of Gourmet chocolates and traditional Syrian confectionery.

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Name: Ryan Faham Age: 25 Origin: Syria Favorite Dessert: Kunafa Favorite dish: Fatat chicken. Favourite restaurant: Restaurant la Casa. Thoughts on Ramadan This spot has been my personal favourite for long time now. I wake up early for my morning prayers and soon after that head to visit friends or do some shopping. If hunger gets best of me I stay indoors and dream of delicious dishes and cuisines. After Iftar, my parents along with myself go to the mosque to perform Taraweeh prayers. Then we hang out with friends and acquaintances, not to mention sparing some time to see the latest drama series. O58

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Along Damascus’s alleys and narrow pavements lie portable stalls that are noticeable from all corners to sell pastries like Kunafah, Pistachio Mabroomeh and Roasted Ballorieh. These street vendors are part of the city aesthetics and charm besides they provide instant services and are budget conscious. In Ramadan a rise in the numbers of these vendors signifies culture which a spannes over one hundred years; people see them as essential objects such as lanterns which are symbolic of this holy month. To attract customers, many of these stalls are decorated with bright and colourful lights. Some go the extra mile by installing music systems which appeals to a younger crowd. They function as a substitute to home prepared sweets which are time consuming in Ramadan because of tight schedules in order to balance work and house keeping. Generally speaking in Ramadan the atmosphere of the city itself transforms to a lively one where people take time off and socialize. Like most countries in the region, citizens of Damascus spend their nights outdoors in café/shisha houses,

restaurants and entertainment parlors. It is this segment of society that gets to fest on sweets made by street vendors from dawn to dusk, what is brilliant about the whole issue is its availability in any street and any hour. Pastries can be eaten on your way home or to the office. Therefore, what these vendors offer is a rich culture rather than a service. The sweets culture in Syria is not only confided to portable stalls rather many high end stores such as Ghraoui Chocolate, with their wide range selections of Gourmet chocolates and traditional Syrian confectionery. For customers it is a matter of serving what suits their tastes and pockets. It is worth noting that people appreciate this tradition because it forms part of their identity and heritage. Syrian sweets in the Middle East are synonymous with fresh and quality goods. Ramadan is the season where there is a heightened interest in sweets/pastries unlike any other season. In other occasions such as Eid, Christmas or Easter particular types of pastries are available whereas in Ramadan all kinds are presented throughout the month. It seems that the

whole city waits patiently throughout the year for Ramadan to appear so that folks can enjoy and profess their love for sweets. Quite literally the city of Damascus dazzles with all these vendors in every corner and passageway carrying their merchandize. The sight of strolling vendors with children trailing along is priceless and demonstrates how much this experience is part of the city’s appeal. Whether one is young or old, people observe their sweet traditions like any other rituals with devotion and joy. The city of Damascus is filled with many traditions and historical relics which makes it unique and exciting place to experience. One important distinction that separates it from others is the customs and long held heritage. The sweets culture is but a minor faction amongst many other great traditions this city witnesses. In Ramadan nothing surpasses pastries as one convention which is followed and valued by the locals. It is that time of the year when locals, see the large numbers of stalls and vendors wandering throughout the city calling for bargains and the best Kunufa one will taste for the rest of his life.

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A New Village Entrepreneur Business Village (EBV), is a landmark commercial real-estate development owned by the Mohammed Bin Rashid Establishment for Young Business Leaders (MBRE) currently under construction in Deira. Located in the heart of Dubai it will offer prime offices on leasing terms. The 1 million Sqft Business Acceleration & Incubation Park is the Establishment’s largest initiative to date and will center Dubai as the focal point for all regional Entrepreneurial Development activities. MBRE Head Quarters & Entrepreneurship Hub of the Region EBV aims to provide a complete enabling environment which will be conducive to the growth of start up businesses and small and medium enterprises (SME). It will cater to 100% UAE national as well as mix ownership companies.

”Products, services, generating experience & value for a prime sample pool of SMEs under one roof in the new Entrepreneur Business Village .

The facility will house a 60,000 sq ft mixed-use (not sector specific) business incubator in a fully serviced offices environment. It will be surrounded by a community of commercial and business organizations that are directly engaged in supporting and providing services to foster entrepreneurship and SMEs. Unlike most commercial real estate developments EBV will be particularly sensitive to the challenges of setting up and doing business in Dubai and will display a portfolio of offerings suited to the needs of the SME sector including incubation services. Business Incubation Center (BIC) largest incubator in the region (60,000Sqft) Strategic Leasing Entrepreneur Business Village will have a network of associations with a wide group of entities to leverage on their strength and bring added value

to its community. These entities will be actively pursued, and will include a portfolio of innovative high growth potential startups and SME businesses, Strategic Partners like government departments, financial institutions, funding companies, Investors, Shared Services & Outsource firms providing organizational support services, Support Organizations such as International Incubation associations, business councils, government & NGOs and universities.

Start Up Businesses - Mainly Through Business Incubation Center (BIC) Small Medium Enterprises - Incorporated under the Dubai law jurisdiction Strategic Alliances . Large Companies . Banks . VC, PE Funds . Investor Network Shared Services . Legal . Accounting/Fin . HR . Marketing . IT & Resource Center Support Organizations . NGO & Government . Business & Trade Orgs . Incubation Orgs & Univ.

VALUE PROPOSITION Products and services and generating experience & value for a prime sample pool of SMEs under one roof in the form of a continuous interactive community. It will also act as the region’s single point reference for accessing SME related opportunities, offerings and best practices. Visibility: Located at the centre of the city, next to the clock tower and Maktoum Bridge (one of the two major arteries of the city), offers tremendous visibility as thousands pass by every day. Accessibility & Location : It falls in the daily route of thousands, no deviation required to reach EBV & is located within 10min radius of key business, government locations and the airport. Size: The leasable area at EBV (approx. 700,000 sq. ft.) is more than the total leasable area at Emirates Towers office building (approx. 550,000 sq.ft.). Offering large floor-plates of up to 60,000 Sqft per floor. Business Frequency: Over 600 companies and business compliments services, around 30 retail units, with an expected full occupancy of the building is about 6000 people, food and beverage outlets will attract visitors from neighboring business community. Prime office space & amenities: Flexible shell and

Over 600 companies and business compliments services, around 30 retail units, with an expected full occupancy of the building is about 6000 people

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Business Village & brownbook | Parntership

A New Village Entrepreneur Business Village (EBV), is a landmark commercial real-estate development owned by the Mohammed Bin Rashid Establishment for Young Business Leaders (MBRE) currently under construction in Deira. Located in the heart of Dubai it will offer prime offices on leasing terms. The 1 million Sqft Business Acceleration & Incubation Park is the Establishment’s largest initiative to date and will center Dubai as the focal point for all regional Entrepreneurial Development activities. MBRE Head Quarters & Entrepreneurship Hub of the Region EBV aims to provide a complete enabling environment which will be conducive to the growth of start up businesses and small and medium enterprises (SME). It will cater to 100% UAE national as well as mix ownership companies.

”Products, services, generating experience & value for a prime sample pool of SMEs under one roof in the new Entrepreneur Business Village .

The facility will house a 60,000 sq ft mixed-use (not sector specific) business incubator in a fully serviced offices environment. It will be surrounded by a community of commercial and business organizations that are directly engaged in supporting and providing services to foster entrepreneurship and SMEs. Unlike most commercial real estate developments EBV will be particularly sensitive to the challenges of setting up and doing business in Dubai and will display a portfolio of offerings suited to the needs of the SME sector including incubation services. Business Incubation Center (BIC) largest incubator in the region (60,000Sqft) Strategic Leasing Entrepreneur Business Village will have a network of associations with a wide group of entities to leverage on their strength and bring added value

to its community. These entities will be actively pursued, and will include a portfolio of innovative high growth potential startups and SME businesses, Strategic Partners like government departments, financial institutions, funding companies, Investors, Shared Services & Outsource firms providing organizational support services, Support Organizations such as International Incubation associations, business councils, government & NGOs and universities.

Start Up Businesses - Mainly Through Business Incubation Center (BIC) Small Medium Enterprises - Incorporated under the Dubai law jurisdiction Strategic Alliances . Large Companies . Banks . VC, PE Funds . Investor Network Shared Services . Legal . Accounting/Fin . HR . Marketing . IT & Resource Center Support Organizations . NGO & Government . Business & Trade Orgs . Incubation Orgs & Univ.

VALUE PROPOSITION Products and services and generating experience & value for a prime sample pool of SMEs under one roof in the form of a continuous interactive community. It will also act as the region’s single point reference for accessing SME related opportunities, offerings and best practices. Visibility: Located at the centre of the city, next to the clock tower and Maktoum Bridge (one of the two major arteries of the city), offers tremendous visibility as thousands pass by every day. Accessibility & Location : It falls in the daily route of thousands, no deviation required to reach EBV & is located within 10min radius of key business, government locations and the airport. Size: The leasable area at EBV (approx. 700,000 sq. ft.) is more than the total leasable area at Emirates Towers office building (approx. 550,000 sq.ft.). Offering large floor-plates of up to 60,000 Sqft per floor. Business Frequency: Over 600 companies and business compliments services, around 30 retail units, with an expected full occupancy of the building is about 6000 people, food and beverage outlets will attract visitors from neighboring business community. Prime office space & amenities: Flexible shell and

Over 600 companies and business compliments services, around 30 retail units, with an expected full occupancy of the building is about 6000 people

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A 360° Perspective www.360east.com

360east is highly interactive web log that focuses on addressing varied topics in the Arabian region with particular emphasis on Amman, Jordan. The creator of the blog is Ahmad Humeid; the initial concept behind this blog was mainly to archive articles he had written for Jordan Times. Humeid is credited for creating the first Arab video and photo sharing site called Ikbis.com. Currently he also established Syntax; a firm which specializes in assisting companies to launch products using innovative design concepts and technology. Topics vary from witty articles that expose social injustices within Jordanian community to highly incriminating political comments which in most cases deals with Middle East calamity. It is rather engaging and direct in grabbing people’s attention by choosing to post items which many will

find intriguing and worth their time. The podcasts along with videos and heated debates fuel this blog to act as unbiased source of information. The blog is distributed evenly with regards to discussion topics. For instance, varied issues are covered from entertainment, lifestyle, pod cast to conferences and architecture. It is almost impossible to classify this blog as one which only focuses on specific issues or topics. The transition from one post to the other is also very convenient and easy to navigate. The overall layout of this blog is simple to follow since each item, along with the post, is verified with icons that responds to original article. Humeid even allots time for recommending popular topics which help newer audiences stay up to date with the latest postings.

360east analysis and scans the region’s political, economical and social conditions. News pieces which don’t appear in local television stations are brought to light in this blog. Implications of financial changes in the region are also scrutinized by public in general. Discussions promote news piece to travel beyond small number of people. Employment opportunities are exchanged and trends in the industry are exposed by people who fee their efforts are not well compensated. All in all this blog is enticing and always rejuvenating its image and content to serve the conscious circles of people in the Arab region. It not only enables people to voice their opinion but find that similar individuals share their experiences makes all the difference.

About the Blog Ahmad Humeid’s text, image and audio commentary on design, media and technology.

Websites Navigation Links to browse the website

Featured Work Topics vary from witty articles that expose social injustices within Jordanian community to highly incriminating political comments which in most cases deals with Middle East calamity

Ahmad Recommendations Ahmad recommends products that vary from technology to books

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A 360° Perspective www.360east.com

360east is highly interactive web log that focuses on addressing varied topics in the Arabian region with particular emphasis on Amman, Jordan. The creator of the blog is Ahmad Humeid; the initial concept behind this blog was mainly to archive articles he had written for Jordan Times. Humeid is credited for creating the first Arab video and photo sharing site called Ikbis.com. Currently he also established Syntax; a firm which specializes in assisting companies to launch products using innovative design concepts and technology. Topics vary from witty articles that expose social injustices within Jordanian community to highly incriminating political comments which in most cases deals with Middle East calamity. It is rather engaging and direct in grabbing people’s attention by choosing to post items which many will

find intriguing and worth their time. The podcasts along with videos and heated debates fuel this blog to act as unbiased source of information. The blog is distributed evenly with regards to discussion topics. For instance, varied issues are covered from entertainment, lifestyle, pod cast to conferences and architecture. It is almost impossible to classify this blog as one which only focuses on specific issues or topics. The transition from one post to the other is also very convenient and easy to navigate. The overall layout of this blog is simple to follow since each item, along with the post, is verified with icons that responds to original article. Humeid even allots time for recommending popular topics which help newer audiences stay up to date with the latest postings.

360east analysis and scans the region’s political, economical and social conditions. News pieces which don’t appear in local television stations are brought to light in this blog. Implications of financial changes in the region are also scrutinized by public in general. Discussions promote news piece to travel beyond small number of people. Employment opportunities are exchanged and trends in the industry are exposed by people who fee their efforts are not well compensated. All in all this blog is enticing and always rejuvenating its image and content to serve the conscious circles of people in the Arab region. It not only enables people to voice their opinion but find that similar individuals share their experiences makes all the difference.

About the Blog Ahmad Humeid’s text, image and audio commentary on design, media and technology.

Websites Navigation Links to browse the website

Featured Work Topics vary from witty articles that expose social injustices within Jordanian community to highly incriminating political comments which in most cases deals with Middle East calamity

Ahmad Recommendations Ahmad recommends products that vary from technology to books

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Doha, Qatar

Islamic Arts Museum

view for the east façade of the museum at night

The Custodian Preface: Knight in shining armor, Qatar’s Islamic Arts Museum affirms its presence as a genuine establishment by offering an alternative to existing prototypes in the area. Writer: Staff Report Photographer: Lois Lammerhuber With the establishment of Qatar Museums Authority in 2005 the country is noticing a surge in artistic awareness with regards to exposing the region as an active institution for islamic art. The proposed projects caters to enhance the cultural landscape of Qatar by engaging public and professionals alike in dialogue over prospects of this region. The Islamic Arts Museum which opens its doors officially for public on 22nd November 2008 serves one simple yet significant role which is a bridge for communication amongst nations. The individual behind this enormous enterprise is none

other than Sheikh Saud Ibn Muhammad Al Thani, Emir of Qatar. Qatar wants to change the perception of the Middle East which is believed to be intolerable and inhospitable to art. By opening an important facility of Islamic evolution which materialized in the form of Islamic Arts museum. The project was commissioned in 2006 under the patronage of Sheikh Hamed Bin Khalifa Al Thani to set up an organization which placed Islam in its right context as one of the leading religions and empires to have contributed to world wellbeing. The Islamic Arts Museum is in partnership with the British Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of New York, the Louvre, the Royal Collection of Morocco, Egypt’s Museum of Islamic Art and the Cartier Collection of France. By funding such a venture Qatar elevates its position as an upcoming presence to be reckoned with. The museum had a warm reception at the British Museum’s Enlightenment Gallery on 27th May, 2008. Such an event further augments the credentials of Islamic Arts Museum as a flourishing and imperative body.

Administrates of this museum includes personalities like Dr. Oliver Watson whose expertise will boost the reputation of this enterprise world wide. As a matter of fact it further encourages people from different nationalities to be aware of events taking place in the Middle East. Institutions like this form the knowledge reservoir through which authentic information is channeled. The draftsman behind this project is Ieoh Ming Pei, Chinese-American architect, who is a noted personality in his field of specialization. He built the Grand Louvre’s pyramid, the East Building at the National Gallery in Washington, the Miho Museum at Shigaraki in Japan. Pei’s muse which transformed his understanding of Islamic civilization is the 13th century ablutions fountain of Ahmad Ibn Tulun’s mosque in Egypt. He was looking for a structure that captured the essence of this religion while at the same time exhibiting its global dimension as world belief that transcends barriers. Situated on an island in the Arabian Gulf, the museum was

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Doha, Qatar

Islamic Arts Museum

view for the east façade of the museum at night

The Custodian Preface: Knight in shining armor, Qatar’s Islamic Arts Museum affirms its presence as a genuine establishment by offering an alternative to existing prototypes in the area. Writer: Staff Report Photographer: Lois Lammerhuber With the establishment of Qatar Museums Authority in 2005 the country is noticing a surge in artistic awareness with regards to exposing the region as an active institution for islamic art. The proposed projects caters to enhance the cultural landscape of Qatar by engaging public and professionals alike in dialogue over prospects of this region. The Islamic Arts Museum which opens its doors officially for public on 22nd November 2008 serves one simple yet significant role which is a bridge for communication amongst nations. The individual behind this enormous enterprise is none

other than Sheikh Saud Ibn Muhammad Al Thani, Emir of Qatar. Qatar wants to change the perception of the Middle East which is believed to be intolerable and inhospitable to art. By opening an important facility of Islamic evolution which materialized in the form of Islamic Arts museum. The project was commissioned in 2006 under the patronage of Sheikh Hamed Bin Khalifa Al Thani to set up an organization which placed Islam in its right context as one of the leading religions and empires to have contributed to world wellbeing. The Islamic Arts Museum is in partnership with the British Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of New York, the Louvre, the Royal Collection of Morocco, Egypt’s Museum of Islamic Art and the Cartier Collection of France. By funding such a venture Qatar elevates its position as an upcoming presence to be reckoned with. The museum had a warm reception at the British Museum’s Enlightenment Gallery on 27th May, 2008. Such an event further augments the credentials of Islamic Arts Museum as a flourishing and imperative body.

Administrates of this museum includes personalities like Dr. Oliver Watson whose expertise will boost the reputation of this enterprise world wide. As a matter of fact it further encourages people from different nationalities to be aware of events taking place in the Middle East. Institutions like this form the knowledge reservoir through which authentic information is channeled. The draftsman behind this project is Ieoh Ming Pei, Chinese-American architect, who is a noted personality in his field of specialization. He built the Grand Louvre’s pyramid, the East Building at the National Gallery in Washington, the Miho Museum at Shigaraki in Japan. Pei’s muse which transformed his understanding of Islamic civilization is the 13th century ablutions fountain of Ahmad Ibn Tulun’s mosque in Egypt. He was looking for a structure that captured the essence of this religion while at the same time exhibiting its global dimension as world belief that transcends barriers. Situated on an island in the Arabian Gulf, the museum was

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View of the cafĂŠ adjacent to the water fountain/ atrium.

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New Chancery Site

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a silver-plated 13th century Iranian casket, an Indian emerald amulet from 1695 and 16th century Ottoman imperial decree with the emblem of Sultan Sulaiman “the magnificent”. Besides the building also houses a 200 seat auditorium, public reception quarters, administrative space, library, a conservation laboratory and presentation room with projectiles, educational segment which handles school students. The Museum traces Islamic heritage and culture from Spain to India. The concept here is to emphasis that Islam is not religion based only in the Arabian Peninsula rather it covers vast geographic locations. By carefully setting the framework for proper understanding and discourse, the museum displays collection of items which includes jewelry, ceramics, art works, glass, metals, textiles, precious stones, wood, literature, rare books, and samples of calligraphy. One striking difference between this museum and others of similar background is that the Islamic Arts Museum is not storage room for valuable artifacts rather it is active, engaging and provides space for exchange of opinions. The current dilemma which faces the Islamic nation in terms of how the religion is examined by non Muslim seems like a pressing matter which requires attention and

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designed to conquer the surrounding area and is located away from inland. The architect intended for the structure not to be rivaled by tall buildings and familiar scenery. The building itself utilizes minimalists approach while accentuating patterns and styles reminiscent of Islamic art. This construction is composed of five-storey building and two-storey education section which are all connected by pedestrian bridges. The design differs radically from other Islamic Arts museums positioned in other parts of the world. Pei didn’t aim at designing a typical Islamic monument which fades within other prominent structures scattered around from Istanbul to Andalusia. The task lay in creating unique building which stood on its league yet alluded to oriental structural design. There are galleries that permanently display collections of priceless objects like 17th century Iznik dish,

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correction through establishments like museums, cultural information centers etc. In show casing essential items that record the movements of Islamic arts through various stages of time, the museum delivers accurate pictures of what might constitute as a reliable documentation of history and thus help raise awareness against the preconceived notions attached to Islam. The museum has plans to assert itself as a learning center, research facility and platform for international dialogue on issues affecting the Islamic world. The notion here is not to promote Islamic culture as excessively righteous and grand but incorporate it within world history as being part of humans’ development towards enlightenment. Now that Islam is dubbed as “intolerant and backward” religion in the general media, this museum hopes to dispel such dissent and inform people from all backgrounds how Islamic culture contributed to human civilization like their predecessors; Greeks and Romans. Furthermore the museum also wants to attract young Muslims who would like to gain more knowledge about their heritage. In order to keep the vitality of the museum high the directing team headed by Dr. Oliver Watson, collection’s curator from Victoria and Albert Museum, considered straightforwardly engaging the public by holding conferences, O69


Doha International Airport

New Chancery Site

Design › Architecture

P e r s i a n

C Ring

Museum of Islamic Art

Road

G u l f a ahd Al W

Al

St.

Grand

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Str

Hama

d St.

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Central Post Office et

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a silver-plated 13th century Iranian casket, an Indian emerald amulet from 1695 and 16th century Ottoman imperial decree with the emblem of Sultan Sulaiman “the magnificent”. Besides the building also houses a 200 seat auditorium, public reception quarters, administrative space, library, a conservation laboratory and presentation room with projectiles, educational segment which handles school students. The Museum traces Islamic heritage and culture from Spain to India. The concept here is to emphasis that Islam is not religion based only in the Arabian Peninsula rather it covers vast geographic locations. By carefully setting the framework for proper understanding and discourse, the museum displays collection of items which includes jewelry, ceramics, art works, glass, metals, textiles, precious stones, wood, literature, rare books, and samples of calligraphy. One striking difference between this museum and others of similar background is that the Islamic Arts Museum is not storage room for valuable artifacts rather it is active, engaging and provides space for exchange of opinions. The current dilemma which faces the Islamic nation in terms of how the religion is examined by non Muslim seems like a pressing matter which requires attention and

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Roa

d

Road D Ring

d Roa

Ali Street

Hamad General Hospital

a Salw

Al Istiolal Street

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Al Diwan Street

Al Khaleej St.

Ahmed Bin

designed to conquer the surrounding area and is located away from inland. The architect intended for the structure not to be rivaled by tall buildings and familiar scenery. The building itself utilizes minimalists approach while accentuating patterns and styles reminiscent of Islamic art. This construction is composed of five-storey building and two-storey education section which are all connected by pedestrian bridges. The design differs radically from other Islamic Arts museums positioned in other parts of the world. Pei didn’t aim at designing a typical Islamic monument which fades within other prominent structures scattered around from Istanbul to Andalusia. The task lay in creating unique building which stood on its league yet alluded to oriental structural design. There are galleries that permanently display collections of priceless objects like 17th century Iznik dish,

Corniche Stre

Qatar Sports Club

ed Moham

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The grand spiral staircase at the centre of the atrium is offset from the patterned chandelier

aS azir Al J

The Museum traces Islamic heritage and culture from Spain to India. The concept of this museum is to emphasis that Islam is not religion based only in the Arabian Peninsula rather it covers vast geographic locations.

Street

Al R ayya n Roa d

khiya

Al Mar

Al Ahli Sports Club

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Jawaan Stree

correction through establishments like museums, cultural information centers etc. In show casing essential items that record the movements of Islamic arts through various stages of time, the museum delivers accurate pictures of what might constitute as a reliable documentation of history and thus help raise awareness against the preconceived notions attached to Islam. The museum has plans to assert itself as a learning center, research facility and platform for international dialogue on issues affecting the Islamic world. The notion here is not to promote Islamic culture as excessively righteous and grand but incorporate it within world history as being part of humans’ development towards enlightenment. Now that Islam is dubbed as “intolerant and backward” religion in the general media, this museum hopes to dispel such dissent and inform people from all backgrounds how Islamic culture contributed to human civilization like their predecessors; Greeks and Romans. Furthermore the museum also wants to attract young Muslims who would like to gain more knowledge about their heritage. In order to keep the vitality of the museum high the directing team headed by Dr. Oliver Watson, collection’s curator from Victoria and Albert Museum, considered straightforwardly engaging the public by holding conferences, O69


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The Museum aims to offer facilities that cater to schools and learning centers alike are made available for educational purposes.

artistic workshops etc. The opening night will host symposium on “Architecture between Tradition and Modernity”. For them to lure in more visitors from all age groups they have also decided to charge negligible fees for entrance into the stand-alone island. The objective here is to create new enriching practice that becomes part of national identity like Tate Modern in Britain, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. One important objective this museum wishes to achieve domestically is to become a family retreat that not only serves leisure activities but also renders younger audiences to have an appreciation for their cultural customs. In our recent history no other religion witnessed such tremendous criticism and misrepresentation like Islam, hence more young adults should be given proper background knowledge and testimonials which counterbalances media biases present in news agencies that alter information according to their political affiliation. Facilities that cater to schools and learning centers alike are made available for educational purposes. Qatar’s Museums Authority plans to launch various other projects of similar nature to general public and certified persons whose contribution sheds light on topics that matter to the region in forums. The development was initiated to establish Qatar as one of the culture capitals of the world. The scheme is to win audiences from traditional cultural hubs like Cairo, Damascus and Istanbul to Doha. On international scope Islamic Arts Museum can offer dialogue, context and authentic characterization of Islamic arts and culture which in turn leaves room for discussion and critical analyses. Acting as a bridge that enables visitors to exchange information. The museum portrays itself as a broadminded institution that shapes the thoughts of individuals. We can only speculate optimistically the impact this museum will have on all segments of society; nonetheless it is safe to say that this project will rearrange the status of competent museums from all over the region. Conventional contenders must now change their strategy to combat the rising star while keeping high sporting spirit.

Name: Ieoh Ming Pei. Age: 91 Profession: Architect, Modernist Architect. Nationality: Chinese-born American. Degree: Bachelor of Architecture, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Project list: 2000 — Dexter the Jack Russel’s Ears, Pershore, UK 2001 — Essensa East Forbes, Fort Bonifacio, Philippines 2001 — Friend Center for Engineering, at Princeton University. 2002 — Tour EDF, La Défense, France 2003 — extension building to the Deutsches Historisches Museum (German history museum), in Berlin, Germany. 2004 — Torre Espacio, Madrid, Spain 2005 — Ferguson Center for the Performing Arts at Christopher Newport University in Newport News, Virginia. 2005 — Bossone Research Enterprise Center at Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 2006 — Martha Stewart Center for Living at Mount Sinai Hospital in Manhattan (currently under construction). 2006 — Embassy of the People’s Republic of China, Washington D.C.(Official opening on July 29, 2008). 2002–2006 — New wing of Suzhou Museum, in Suzhou, China 2004–2007 — Museum of Islamic Arts in Doha, Qatar 2002–2008 — Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center View of the dome allocated in the centre of the atrium.

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The Museum aims to offer facilities that cater to schools and learning centers alike are made available for educational purposes.

artistic workshops etc. The opening night will host symposium on “Architecture between Tradition and Modernity”. For them to lure in more visitors from all age groups they have also decided to charge negligible fees for entrance into the stand-alone island. The objective here is to create new enriching practice that becomes part of national identity like Tate Modern in Britain, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. One important objective this museum wishes to achieve domestically is to become a family retreat that not only serves leisure activities but also renders younger audiences to have an appreciation for their cultural customs. In our recent history no other religion witnessed such tremendous criticism and misrepresentation like Islam, hence more young adults should be given proper background knowledge and testimonials which counterbalances media biases present in news agencies that alter information according to their political affiliation. Facilities that cater to schools and learning centers alike are made available for educational purposes. Qatar’s Museums Authority plans to launch various other projects of similar nature to general public and certified persons whose contribution sheds light on topics that matter to the region in forums. The development was initiated to establish Qatar as one of the culture capitals of the world. The scheme is to win audiences from traditional cultural hubs like Cairo, Damascus and Istanbul to Doha. On international scope Islamic Arts Museum can offer dialogue, context and authentic characterization of Islamic arts and culture which in turn leaves room for discussion and critical analyses. Acting as a bridge that enables visitors to exchange information. The museum portrays itself as a broadminded institution that shapes the thoughts of individuals. We can only speculate optimistically the impact this museum will have on all segments of society; nonetheless it is safe to say that this project will rearrange the status of competent museums from all over the region. Conventional contenders must now change their strategy to combat the rising star while keeping high sporting spirit.

Name: Ieoh Ming Pei. Age: 91 Profession: Architect, Modernist Architect. Nationality: Chinese-born American. Degree: Bachelor of Architecture, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Project list: 2000 — Dexter the Jack Russel’s Ears, Pershore, UK 2001 — Essensa East Forbes, Fort Bonifacio, Philippines 2001 — Friend Center for Engineering, at Princeton University. 2002 — Tour EDF, La Défense, France 2003 — extension building to the Deutsches Historisches Museum (German history museum), in Berlin, Germany. 2004 — Torre Espacio, Madrid, Spain 2005 — Ferguson Center for the Performing Arts at Christopher Newport University in Newport News, Virginia. 2005 — Bossone Research Enterprise Center at Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 2006 — Martha Stewart Center for Living at Mount Sinai Hospital in Manhattan (currently under construction). 2006 — Embassy of the People’s Republic of China, Washington D.C.(Official opening on July 29, 2008). 2002–2006 — New wing of Suzhou Museum, in Suzhou, China 2004–2007 — Museum of Islamic Arts in Doha, Qatar 2002–2008 — Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center View of the dome allocated in the centre of the atrium.

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Design › Residence

Unique Living Space Amman, Jordan

Preface For most people the idea of designing living area comprises of various prerequisites like architecture, interiors and aesthetic fundamentals. But Rasha Hamdan dispels such constrictions to embrace more casual existence and living space. Hence, her residence in Amman houses essentials that garnish her family’s basic requirements. Writer: Staff Report Photographer: Rasha Hamdan

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Unique Living Space Amman, Jordan

Preface For most people the idea of designing living area comprises of various prerequisites like architecture, interiors and aesthetic fundamentals. But Rasha Hamdan dispels such constrictions to embrace more casual existence and living space. Hence, her residence in Amman houses essentials that garnish her family’s basic requirements. Writer: Staff Report Photographer: Rasha Hamdan

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Rasha Hamdan who initiated Umlulu, a multi disciplinary design caravan, is also an architect by training. Her establishment offers interested clients a chance to present themselves as creative, spirited and intelligent enterprises by offering them visual narration, graphic integration and interactive design services. She channels her artistic capabilities to create art works which stand for innovation, rebellion and thought provoking. Her graphic designs are loud, colourful and generally theme oriented. Her exactness in opting for the most suitable solutions at hand, gives her the edge needed for setting up an establishment like Umlulu. Hamdan’s responsibilities go above and beyond branding, marketing and communications. As a working mother, Hamdan always strives to balance her job and domestic household tasks. When she moved in to her flat, the building has its own design impression. It didn’t matter to her if the style was futuristic or baroque inspired but it was essential for her to provide her family with living space that defined who they were. She specifically meant for her home to resemble short story layout; each piece is characterized by symbolic significance and the entire house is diverse in terms of how each room differs extremely from the other. The main theme that runs through her house is relaxed, carefree, nomadic way of life. There are no fancy designer wares rather her home is composed of more valuable items that belong to her loved ones. In the living room lies a table which upholds the drawing of her husband by their son, Luqman, when he was nine years old. Such priceless objects along with her mind’s creation reside in their Amman flat. Hamdan’s TV room is a shrine to her son’s drawings and arty items from the tender age of two. It also serves as a huge wallpaper piece that covers most of the room. This area is used to entertain friends and distant relatives who come along occasionally. The most important thing to note here is Hamdan does not appreciate fancy objects or things that don’t reflect her personality. She has strong opinions towards this issue, “I’m more bare essentials kind of person, when it comes to furniture I don’t like collecting”. O8O

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One interesting object present in her TV room is billiard table which keeps her guests amused when they host parties. She chose this particular item because it represents something unique which is not usually decked in apartments; this attention to details and openness to embrace distinctive attitude with regards to interior designing is reminiscent of Hamdan’s retro style. Hamdan’s office area is very different from the rest of the house, this space inspires her and was designed in such a way that it contains all her immediate essentials yet it is not cluttered. Everything is arranged neatly in boxes and books and are shelved categorically. When you takes a closer look at her office what catches ones attention is not how well each item seems to fall into place rather it is the touch of chaotic calmness that hovers over the room. Wooden installations which form intrinsic patterns serve as wall shelves. This room somehow expresses Hamdan’s need for static environment to complement her ferocious imagination and talent. Moreover, if the design aesthetics of her office doesn’t inflame inspiration for any number of reasons, then the view from her living room will entice her senses. Hamdan enjoys uninterrupted spectacle of Amman while sitting in her house, she appreciates and makes use of this opportunity as an artist. The daily life in Amman as well as the bustling city itself offers continuous stimulation in the form of ideas and reactions which later translates into solid work. The many contrasts present in Hamdan’s house creates unusual aura that stays with you long after you left the premises, this happens because her house is the unrivalled reflection of her authentic self. No object simply lies around if it is not part of her existence or aspirations. Her house is warm, inviting and most of all place which assembles her loved ones. www.umlulu.com

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Design › Residence

Rasha Hamdan who initiated Umlulu, a multi disciplinary design caravan, is also an architect by training. Her establishment offers interested clients a chance to present themselves as creative, spirited and intelligent enterprises by offering them visual narration, graphic integration and interactive design services. She channels her artistic capabilities to create art works which stand for innovation, rebellion and thought provoking. Her graphic designs are loud, colourful and generally theme oriented. Her exactness in opting for the most suitable solutions at hand, gives her the edge needed for setting up an establishment like Umlulu. Hamdan’s responsibilities go above and beyond branding, marketing and communications. As a working mother, Hamdan always strives to balance her job and domestic household tasks. When she moved in to her flat, the building has its own design impression. It didn’t matter to her if the style was futuristic or baroque inspired but it was essential for her to provide her family with living space that defined who they were. She specifically meant for her home to resemble short story layout; each piece is characterized by symbolic significance and the entire house is diverse in terms of how each room differs extremely from the other. The main theme that runs through her house is relaxed, carefree, nomadic way of life. There are no fancy designer wares rather her home is composed of more valuable items that belong to her loved ones. In the living room lies a table which upholds the drawing of her husband by their son, Luqman, when he was nine years old. Such priceless objects along with her mind’s creation reside in their Amman flat. Hamdan’s TV room is a shrine to her son’s drawings and arty items from the tender age of two. It also serves as a huge wallpaper piece that covers most of the room. This area is used to entertain friends and distant relatives who come along occasionally. The most important thing to note here is Hamdan does not appreciate fancy objects or things that don’t reflect her personality. She has strong opinions towards this issue, “I’m more bare essentials kind of person, when it comes to furniture I don’t like collecting”. O8O

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One interesting object present in her TV room is billiard table which keeps her guests amused when they host parties. She chose this particular item because it represents something unique which is not usually decked in apartments; this attention to details and openness to embrace distinctive attitude with regards to interior designing is reminiscent of Hamdan’s retro style. Hamdan’s office area is very different from the rest of the house, this space inspires her and was designed in such a way that it contains all her immediate essentials yet it is not cluttered. Everything is arranged neatly in boxes and books and are shelved categorically. When you takes a closer look at her office what catches ones attention is not how well each item seems to fall into place rather it is the touch of chaotic calmness that hovers over the room. Wooden installations which form intrinsic patterns serve as wall shelves. This room somehow expresses Hamdan’s need for static environment to complement her ferocious imagination and talent. Moreover, if the design aesthetics of her office doesn’t inflame inspiration for any number of reasons, then the view from her living room will entice her senses. Hamdan enjoys uninterrupted spectacle of Amman while sitting in her house, she appreciates and makes use of this opportunity as an artist. The daily life in Amman as well as the bustling city itself offers continuous stimulation in the form of ideas and reactions which later translates into solid work. The many contrasts present in Hamdan’s house creates unusual aura that stays with you long after you left the premises, this happens because her house is the unrivalled reflection of her authentic self. No object simply lies around if it is not part of her existence or aspirations. Her house is warm, inviting and most of all place which assembles her loved ones. www.umlulu.com

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Design › Art Gallery

Talent Spotters Young Arab Theater Fund.

Writer: Staff Report Photographer: Tarek Hefni

Moukhtar Hamima Description : Dance performance « Waçl » by Selma & Soufiane Ouissi (Tunisia)

Brussels, Belgium

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Design › Art Gallery

Talent Spotters Young Arab Theater Fund.

Writer: Staff Report Photographer: Tarek Hefni

Moukhtar Hamima Description : Dance performance « Waçl » by Selma & Soufiane Ouissi (Tunisia)

Brussels, Belgium

Preface: An increase for independent artists who offer genuine capacity to perform and engage large number of people at any given time. YATF presents to these emerging artists a chance to prove their creative outlets and represent their artisti amitions. O83


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The Young Arab Theatre Fund is an international association which caters to upcoming artists from Arab nations. They essentially represent artists, largely independent; by featuring their creative collections in festivals and other events that primarily exhibit their works. Established in 2000, YATF, hosts all kinds of artistic expressions from performing arts to video installations. The organization was set up to form a link between artists, audiences and the media. It is currently based out of Brussels, Belgium. The project manages number of events and programs that bring cultural activities to mass audience. They have three different sectors; the production program, touring program, and finally arts and cultural spaces program. These categorize provide the working ground for the management to function as an establishment which is coordinated. Production program enables young artists to work on their creative projects which vary from multimedia, music productions, instillations etc. This program helps these artists realize which mode of innovation best serves their creativity. This process is very important because nowadays the distinctions between media tools such as videos and paintings are quite minimal and audiences all over the world appreciate various channels of creative works.

The touring program bids financial maintenance for artists who are on regular tours across the region. They also provide them with production tools like projectiles, technical assistance and structural requirements. These procedures enable artists to work without too much pressure on funding themselves with equipments. Arts and cultural spaces program focuses on creating new areas for cultural events. The program so far has commenced eight spaces. Some of these spaces include Garage Theatre, Windows Theatre, the factory space at Townhouse gallery, Nes El Fan Space and the temporary exhibition space â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Houseâ&#x20AC;?. With the development of such spaces ,more people are aware of live events which takes in their respective regions. Also this further helps in sharpen the competitive spirits. In the long run obviously these spots will become part of national heritage and culture. For the time being though they serve as fertile grounds for enthusiastic artists. They maintain several projects at the same time to create synergy and hype. For instance, the meeting points events, which consists of small events that run concurrently, work in a way which exposes these artists to large audiences, while promoting the entire organization as independent and bias free venture. These shows not only brings the audience to the artists but media as

well. Generally speaking media outlets enhances perceptions and devote fans. The administration at YATF, strive to bring the best talents that are available from the Arab regions. The purpose here is to bring authentic and creative artists who understand , appreciate and remain true to what the region has to offer. With the proposed meetings, both formal and informal, YATF coordinates a well orchestrated schedule which allows artists to meet and discuss issues at hand. YATF plans three fixed deadlines annually, 1st of January, May and September. For these particular dates artists are given application forms to specify what projects will they be handling. Soon afterwards they allow contracts which gives them 70 percent of the grant while the rest 30 percent is given. These grants cover expenses such as rent, salaries, operational costs etc. It ranges between 12, 000 Euros to 25, 000 Euros. And the period of time extends from one to two years. So far YATF has proven its stand by being innovative and ever changing. They help artists in a way that they can provide their maximum efforts while adding new dimensions to Arab creative scene. From informal meetings, which addresses issues like funds, legal frame work etc, to specific annual meetings YATF hosts all events which does help bring Arab cultural identity to the world. By contributing on international scale, YATF carries national responsibility of spreading peace, goodwill and hope to all nations. The meeting points functions as medium of contact with several other artists whose works. Description : The Informal meeting of independent cultural spaces and operators in the Arab world. Alexandria, October 2007

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The Young Arab Theatre Fund is an international association which caters to upcoming artists from Arab nations. They essentially represent artists, largely independent; by featuring their creative collections in festivals and other events that primarily exhibit their works. Established in 2000, YATF, hosts all kinds of artistic expressions from performing arts to video installations. The organization was set up to form a link between artists, audiences and the media. It is currently based out of Brussels, Belgium. The project manages number of events and programs that bring cultural activities to mass audience. They have three different sectors; the production program, touring program, and finally arts and cultural spaces program. These categorize provide the working ground for the management to function as an establishment which is coordinated. Production program enables young artists to work on their creative projects which vary from multimedia, music productions, instillations etc. This program helps these artists realize which mode of innovation best serves their creativity. This process is very important because nowadays the distinctions between media tools such as videos and paintings are quite minimal and audiences all over the world appreciate various channels of creative works.

The touring program bids financial maintenance for artists who are on regular tours across the region. They also provide them with production tools like projectiles, technical assistance and structural requirements. These procedures enable artists to work without too much pressure on funding themselves with equipments. Arts and cultural spaces program focuses on creating new areas for cultural events. The program so far has commenced eight spaces. Some of these spaces include Garage Theatre, Windows Theatre, the factory space at Townhouse gallery, Nes El Fan Space and the temporary exhibition space â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Houseâ&#x20AC;?. With the development of such spaces ,more people are aware of live events which takes in their respective regions. Also this further helps in sharpen the competitive spirits. In the long run obviously these spots will become part of national heritage and culture. For the time being though they serve as fertile grounds for enthusiastic artists. They maintain several projects at the same time to create synergy and hype. For instance, the meeting points events, which consists of small events that run concurrently, work in a way which exposes these artists to large audiences, while promoting the entire organization as independent and bias free venture. These shows not only brings the audience to the artists but media as

well. Generally speaking media outlets enhances perceptions and devote fans. The administration at YATF, strive to bring the best talents that are available from the Arab regions. The purpose here is to bring authentic and creative artists who understand , appreciate and remain true to what the region has to offer. With the proposed meetings, both formal and informal, YATF coordinates a well orchestrated schedule which allows artists to meet and discuss issues at hand. YATF plans three fixed deadlines annually, 1st of January, May and September. For these particular dates artists are given application forms to specify what projects will they be handling. Soon afterwards they allow contracts which gives them 70 percent of the grant while the rest 30 percent is given. These grants cover expenses such as rent, salaries, operational costs etc. It ranges between 12, 000 Euros to 25, 000 Euros. And the period of time extends from one to two years. So far YATF has proven its stand by being innovative and ever changing. They help artists in a way that they can provide their maximum efforts while adding new dimensions to Arab creative scene. From informal meetings, which addresses issues like funds, legal frame work etc, to specific annual meetings YATF hosts all events which does help bring Arab cultural identity to the world. By contributing on international scale, YATF carries national responsibility of spreading peace, goodwill and hope to all nations. The meeting points functions as medium of contact with several other artists whose works. Description : The Informal meeting of independent cultural spaces and operators in the Arab world. Alexandria, October 2007

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are received warmly and rated well. This lively interaction spells more events and shows which demonstrate the flourishing culture in the Arab world. Although meeting points is organized by YATF, it works to encompass various other projects like itself and promote independent artists who otherwise are left to face giant cooperations without proper background knowledge of how things are managed in the main industry. From touring around cities like Damascus, Beirut, Amman, Cairo and Tunis YATFâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s meeting points provides an ideal experience for young artists to surround themselves with cultural items and locations which enhances their projects. This flexibility generates constant motion which in turn enables artists to channel their creativity in various disciplines of arts. Lastly one thing which needs to be stressed here is although YATF works from the Belgian capital, Brussels, they have their priorities right by focusing on artists based in the Arab world. Their target audience could be varied due to intense interest in Arab culture since September, 11. Nonetheless all events are based in Arab countries with few exceptions like Belgium and France. YATF was successful in delivering quality artists and even more adventurous shows and activities. www.yatfund.org

Description : The Informal meeting of independent cultural spaces and operators in the Arab world. Alexandria, October 2007

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are received warmly and rated well. This lively interaction spells more events and shows which demonstrate the flourishing culture in the Arab world. Although meeting points is organized by YATF, it works to encompass various other projects like itself and promote independent artists who otherwise are left to face giant cooperations without proper background knowledge of how things are managed in the main industry. From touring around cities like Damascus, Beirut, Amman, Cairo and Tunis YATFâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s meeting points provides an ideal experience for young artists to surround themselves with cultural items and locations which enhances their projects. This flexibility generates constant motion which in turn enables artists to channel their creativity in various disciplines of arts. Lastly one thing which needs to be stressed here is although YATF works from the Belgian capital, Brussels, they have their priorities right by focusing on artists based in the Arab world. Their target audience could be varied due to intense interest in Arab culture since September, 11. Nonetheless all events are based in Arab countries with few exceptions like Belgium and France. YATF was successful in delivering quality artists and even more adventurous shows and activities. www.yatfund.org

Description : The Informal meeting of independent cultural spaces and operators in the Arab world. Alexandria, October 2007

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Al Qasba & brownbook | Parntership

Al Qasba With extreme temperatures ruling the region, indoor recreation centres are increasingly becoming popular. Since its launch in 2004, Sharjahâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Al Qasba has evolved into a popular tourist destination. Established under the championship of HH Dr. Sheikh Sultan Bin Mohammad Al Qassimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah, Al Qasba aims to become a premier destination in the UAE, providing a unique mix of high quality dining, entertainment, cultural events and lucrative business opportunities. Al Qasba is an ideal family joint, offering multi-entertainment options to engage people

of different interests. Children can engross themselves in the musical fountain, abra (wooden boat) rides and a dedicated kids zone that offers varied activities. For the elders, there is Masrah Al Qasba, the theater located in the centre of Al Qasba. The theatre plays regional and international music, film and drama throughout the year. For those who like to immerse themselves in paintings, Maraya Al Qasba is the place. Here, art lovers can enjoy paintings, photography and sculpture displayed in a purpose-built 1,500 square meter space. So, whether its food, fun or films. Al Qasba is the place to be.

Al Qasba is sparing no efforts in developing the destination and transforming it into the ultimate cultural, entertainment, tourism and family destination of the region. The destination has helped in boosting tourism in the UAE, and particularly in the Emirates of Sharjah. In middle of the year 2008, the restaurants and outlets located at Al Qasba have recorded a percent increase in sales, and we would like to thank all the restaurants and outlets who helped in achieving these results, said Al Sarkal.

Al Qasba aims at attracting more visitors and tourists in the coming period of time and it has many future projects lined up which will also help us in accomplishing our vision and goals, playing a crucial role in attracting tourists and visitors into the country. In addition, our strength also lies in a hard working team of local and foreign talents formed from experiences over the years who constantly strive to make Al Qasba the best destination, concluded Al Sarkal.


Al Qasba & brownbook | Parntership

Al Qasba With extreme temperatures ruling the region, indoor recreation centres are increasingly becoming popular. Since its launch in 2004, Sharjahâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Al Qasba has evolved into a popular tourist destination. Established under the championship of HH Dr. Sheikh Sultan Bin Mohammad Al Qassimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah, Al Qasba aims to become a premier destination in the UAE, providing a unique mix of high quality dining, entertainment, cultural events and lucrative business opportunities. Al Qasba is an ideal family joint, offering multi-entertainment options to engage people

of different interests. Children can engross themselves in the musical fountain, abra (wooden boat) rides and a dedicated kids zone that offers varied activities. For the elders, there is Masrah Al Qasba, the theater located in the centre of Al Qasba. The theatre plays regional and international music, film and drama throughout the year. For those who like to immerse themselves in paintings, Maraya Al Qasba is the place. Here, art lovers can enjoy paintings, photography and sculpture displayed in a purpose-built 1,500 square meter space. So, whether its food, fun or films. Al Qasba is the place to be.

Al Qasba is sparing no efforts in developing the destination and transforming it into the ultimate cultural, entertainment, tourism and family destination of the region. The destination has helped in boosting tourism in the UAE, and particularly in the Emirates of Sharjah. In middle of the year 2008, the restaurants and outlets located at Al Qasba have recorded a percent increase in sales, and we would like to thank all the restaurants and outlets who helped in achieving these results, said Al Sarkal.

Al Qasba aims at attracting more visitors and tourists in the coming period of time and it has many future projects lined up which will also help us in accomplishing our vision and goals, playing a crucial role in attracting tourists and visitors into the country. In addition, our strength also lies in a hard working team of local and foreign talents formed from experiences over the years who constantly strive to make Al Qasba the best destination, concluded Al Sarkal.


Styling

Heritage

Style in the Emirates has always been subtle. For summer collections many international designers opted for vibrant colours to highlight or emphasis on the new generation of flamboyant trend setters. Emarati women embraced this season’s flashiest and loudest colors to combat their traditionally black ‘Abaya’. This will serve as revolutionary concept in terms of how the Abaya evolved from traditional attire to fashion tool which beams with confidence. For many generations the style of the Abaya remained simple and obscure but now it is considered as an item which complements ones fashion sensibility and the more colour the merrier. brownbook explores the latest trend in the Emirates Photographer Sertac Tasdelen . Stylist Hamda Al Gemzi


Styling

Heritage

Style in the Emirates has always been subtle. For summer collections many international designers opted for vibrant colours to highlight or emphasis on the new generation of flamboyant trend setters. Emarati women embraced this season’s flashiest and loudest colors to combat their traditionally black ‘Abaya’. This will serve as revolutionary concept in terms of how the Abaya evolved from traditional attire to fashion tool which beams with confidence. For many generations the style of the Abaya remained simple and obscure but now it is considered as an item which complements ones fashion sensibility and the more colour the merrier. brownbook explores the latest trend in the Emirates Photographer Sertac Tasdelen . Stylist Hamda Al Gemzi


The Kandoura is typically worn by men in the Arabian Peninsula and near by countries. It is normally made of cotton, but heavier materials such as sheepâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wool can also be used, especially in colder climates.

Abayat are known by various names but serve the same purpose, which is to cover up. Contemporary models are usually caftans, cut from light, flowing fabrics like crape, georgette, and chiffon. Styles differ from region to region: some abayat have embroidery on black material while others are brightly coloured and have different forms of artwork across them


The Kandoura is typically worn by men in the Arabian Peninsula and near by countries. It is normally made of cotton, but heavier materials such as sheepâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wool can also be used, especially in colder climates.

Abayat are known by various names but serve the same purpose, which is to cover up. Contemporary models are usually caftans, cut from light, flowing fabrics like crape, georgette, and chiffon. Styles differ from region to region: some abayat have embroidery on black material while others are brightly coloured and have different forms of artwork across them


The word thawb/ thobe is the standard Arabic word for â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;a garmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;. It is sometimes spelt thobe or thaub. It is used especially for this garment in the Gulf States. However, in the United Arab Emirates, the word kandura is more common. Dishdashais are the most common word for the garment.

Rolex GMT-Master II. As it is a challenge for men to wear gold, stainless steel and silver is highly demanded for men watches.


The word thawb/ thobe is the standard Arabic word for â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;a garmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;. It is sometimes spelt thobe or thaub. It is used especially for this garment in the Gulf States. However, in the United Arab Emirates, the word kandura is more common. Dishdashais are the most common word for the garment.

Rolex GMT-Master II. As it is a challenge for men to wear gold, stainless steel and silver is highly demanded for men watches.


Sheila The Sheila or headscarf is commonly known all over the world, but there are different styles and ways each person individually chooses to wear it. Sheilaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s are either made from silk, chiffon or very delicate crepe and usually have embellished embroidery on the sides rather than the middle so the Sheila stays in place. In the Emirates, the most common style that is used to wear the Sheila is the depicted in series below. The aim of this style is to make the Sheila look like it has been worn on effortlessly.


Sheila The Sheila or headscarf is commonly known all over the world, but there are different styles and ways each person individually chooses to wear it. Sheilaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s are either made from silk, chiffon or very delicate crepe and usually have embellished embroidery on the sides rather than the middle so the Sheila stays in place. In the Emirates, the most common style that is used to wear the Sheila is the depicted in series below. The aim of this style is to make the Sheila look like it has been worn on effortlessly.


Handbag by Jimmy Choo

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Burqa The Burqa is an Emarati tradition; it is not used as a religious statement to cover the womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s face but for traditional purposes. Elder women in the Emirates usually wear it and use it as an attractive feature to cover the wrinkles around her eyes and beautify their appearance. The Burqa is made of a leather originating from India called Bogum and is dyed with ink in the interior meanwhile the exterior is dyed gold, it is tied around the head with the string and then the Sheila is placed on the head to cover the string and hair. Two decades ago; the Burqa has evolved from ending at the womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s chin to above her bottom lip, the reason for this evolution is because women wanted to keep the essence of the Burqa but modify the style to personalize it according to their fashion sense.


Burqa The Burqa is an Emarati tradition; it is not used as a religious statement to cover the womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s face but for traditional purposes. Elder women in the Emirates usually wear it and use it as an attractive feature to cover the wrinkles around her eyes and beautify their appearance. The Burqa is made of a leather originating from India called Bogum and is dyed with ink in the interior meanwhile the exterior is dyed gold, it is tied around the head with the string and then the Sheila is placed on the head to cover the string and hair. Two decades ago; the Burqa has evolved from ending at the womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s chin to above her bottom lip, the reason for this evolution is because women wanted to keep the essence of the Burqa but modify the style to personalize it according to their fashion sense.


Midkhan Incense or Dukhoun has always been embedded deep in the Emarati culture. Fine perfumes imported from France and India are mixed in with variety of local flowers to create the most unique scent. Abayaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and Kandooraâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s are perfumed daily with Dukhoun and it is also presented to guests when they visit. The presentation of the Dukhoun is a way of expression; there are variations of vases or Midkhan in which the Dukhoun is presented, they can be gold plated, wood, steel or even silver.


Midkhan Incense or Dukhoun has always been embedded deep in the Emarati culture. Fine perfumes imported from France and India are mixed in with variety of local flowers to create the most unique scent. Abayaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and Kandooraâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s are perfumed daily with Dukhoun and it is also presented to guests when they visit. The presentation of the Dukhoun is a way of expression; there are variations of vases or Midkhan in which the Dukhoun is presented, they can be gold plated, wood, steel or even silver.


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Lantern by Hassan Hajjaj From his striking photographs of North African life, to his distinctive ‘recycled’ sculptures, it’s no surprise that Hassan Hajjaj has been dubbed the ‘Andy Warhol of Marrakech’. Hajjaj has been making waves all over Europe. Part of his 2008 series is the Hassan Hajjaj Lantern

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Sheikh Zayed inspired T-shirts To commemorate Sheikh Zayed’s passing away, Japanese artist named Manabu Ozawa designed T-shirt which features the bust of the former President of United Arab Emirates. This project materialized to mark the annual remembrance of this country’s most beloved figure. Limited edition by brownbook

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Saudi Sandals Every Saudi sandals is made of 100 percent hand-crafted leather; from the hard, layered sole to the soft uppers that make wearing these shoes a dream ensuring a unique fit, style and comfort.

Sheikh Zayed inspired T-shirts To commemorate Sheikh Zayed’s passing away, Japanese artist named Manabu Ozawa designed T-shirt which features the bust of the former President of United Arab Emirates. This project materialized to mark the annual remembrance of this country’s most beloved figure. Limited edition by brownbook

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A Scope of Middle Easterns in

The New Avant-garde in Dubai radically challenges East and West

Preface Fervent embrace of avant-garde art and architecture in Dubai among other cities of the United Arab Emirates has radically challenged perceptions of Middle Eastern Culture worldwide. The “Dubai effect” can be strongly felt in cities across the globe—including Los Angeles—where new attitudes, discourse, and resources are emerging for artists and architects in the wake of a new global intelligence that is cutting through centuries of misunderstanding between the East and the West. Contemporary California architect, professor, and theorist Stephen Phillips and renowned Dutch photographer Monica Nouwens surveyed a diverse group of Middle Eastern artists and architects in Los Angeles to get the candid story of these exciting changes as

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A Scope of Middle Easterns in

The New Avant-garde in Dubai radically challenges East and West

Preface Fervent embrace of avant-garde art and architecture in Dubai among other cities of the United Arab Emirates has radically challenged perceptions of Middle Eastern Culture worldwide. The “Dubai effect” can be strongly felt in cities across the globe—including Los Angeles—where new attitudes, discourse, and resources are emerging for artists and architects in the wake of a new global intelligence that is cutting through centuries of misunderstanding between the East and the West. Contemporary California architect, professor, and theorist Stephen Phillips and renowned Dutch photographer Monica Nouwens surveyed a diverse group of Middle Eastern artists and architects in Los Angeles to get the candid story of these exciting changes as

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“Not only was I greeted with excitement and encouragement, there was also a large demand for the arts to develop and expand. Since that trip I’ve seen the city go from one art gallery to having its own art district and art fair. I think the opportunities are endless in Dubai. The people of Dubai are excited to create a dialogue with other large cities to further expand its footing as a must see cultural destination.” Amir H. Fallah

“Dubai is one of the most open minded and forward thinking cities in the Middle East,” Amir H. Fallah

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Image, style, and fashion have always been central to LA’s media frenzied lifestyle. Enchanting, hip, stylish and cool—Los Angeles is a tourist hotspot with extensive beaches, palm tree-lined avenues, soaring downtown skyscrapers, an array of theme parks, vast wealth, and an energetic nightlife. Not entirely unlike Dubai, Los Angeles was built afresh in the desert almost instantaneously. It has attracted an extensive multicultural population alongside a vast array of developer interests, and has proven one of the most compelling cultural centers for art and architecture in the world. Los Angeles shares much in common with Dubai. In fact, Los Angeles and Southern California houses the largest Middle Eastern Community in the United States. According to the University of Los Angeles (UCLA), Middle Eastern Americans are widely spread across Southern California, and are by and large, a highly educated, upwardly mobile, and a prolific group of people that include politicians, literary activists, business and community leaders, educators, scientists, doctors, lawyers, artists and entertainers. Perhaps the most politically active Middle Eastern and Iranian American community in Los Angeles is in Beverly Hills where Jimmy Delshad, a Jewish-Iranian immigrant is the Mayor of one of the richest and most established communities in the United States. Middle Eastern Americans in Los Angeles have strong cultural pride and are committed to

preserving, researching, and studying the wealth of culture and history of the Middle East, Persia, and the Ottoman Empire. Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Levantine Cultural Center, and UCLA Center for Near Eastern Studies are only a few of the well-established institutions that provide community access to Middle Eastern Culture in Los Angeles. These institutions among others, offer strong support for art and research, and provide great investment in Arabic, Persian, and Ottoman literature, scholarship, and the arts. Although the dominant Middle Eastern American concern in art, social politics, and literature is the critical reappraisal of Orientalism in Western art, thought, and imagination—there is now also budding interest in avant-garde art and architecture as seen through the eyes of the Middle East. Contemporary cities like Dubai have radically altered the way the West sees the Middle East, which is affording new opportunities for Middle Eastern artists and architects to pursue global avantgarde practices. As Dubai has increasingly become the most compelling new venue for contemporary art, architecture, tourism, and business in the world, stereotypes of the Middle East and Middle Eastern Americans is beginning to wane. In the face of change, Westerners can no longer simplemindedly continue to harbor mystique for Middle Eastern Culture associated with 19th century fables of The Arabian Nights. Instead, they are being 113


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“Not only was I greeted with excitement and encouragement, there was also a large demand for the arts to develop and expand. Since that trip I’ve seen the city go from one art gallery to having its own art district and art fair. I think the opportunities are endless in Dubai. The people of Dubai are excited to create a dialogue with other large cities to further expand its footing as a must see cultural destination.” Amir H. Fallah

“Dubai is one of the most open minded and forward thinking cities in the Middle East,” Amir H. Fallah

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Image, style, and fashion have always been central to LA’s media frenzied lifestyle. Enchanting, hip, stylish and cool—Los Angeles is a tourist hotspot with extensive beaches, palm tree-lined avenues, soaring downtown skyscrapers, an array of theme parks, vast wealth, and an energetic nightlife. Not entirely unlike Dubai, Los Angeles was built afresh in the desert almost instantaneously. It has attracted an extensive multicultural population alongside a vast array of developer interests, and has proven one of the most compelling cultural centers for art and architecture in the world. Los Angeles shares much in common with Dubai. In fact, Los Angeles and Southern California houses the largest Middle Eastern Community in the United States. According to the University of Los Angeles (UCLA), Middle Eastern Americans are widely spread across Southern California, and are by and large, a highly educated, upwardly mobile, and a prolific group of people that include politicians, literary activists, business and community leaders, educators, scientists, doctors, lawyers, artists and entertainers. Perhaps the most politically active Middle Eastern and Iranian American community in Los Angeles is in Beverly Hills where Jimmy Delshad, a Jewish-Iranian immigrant is the Mayor of one of the richest and most established communities in the United States. Middle Eastern Americans in Los Angeles have strong cultural pride and are committed to

preserving, researching, and studying the wealth of culture and history of the Middle East, Persia, and the Ottoman Empire. Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Levantine Cultural Center, and UCLA Center for Near Eastern Studies are only a few of the well-established institutions that provide community access to Middle Eastern Culture in Los Angeles. These institutions among others, offer strong support for art and research, and provide great investment in Arabic, Persian, and Ottoman literature, scholarship, and the arts. Although the dominant Middle Eastern American concern in art, social politics, and literature is the critical reappraisal of Orientalism in Western art, thought, and imagination—there is now also budding interest in avant-garde art and architecture as seen through the eyes of the Middle East. Contemporary cities like Dubai have radically altered the way the West sees the Middle East, which is affording new opportunities for Middle Eastern artists and architects to pursue global avantgarde practices. As Dubai has increasingly become the most compelling new venue for contemporary art, architecture, tourism, and business in the world, stereotypes of the Middle East and Middle Eastern Americans is beginning to wane. In the face of change, Westerners can no longer simplemindedly continue to harbor mystique for Middle Eastern Culture associated with 19th century fables of The Arabian Nights. Instead, they are being 113


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New opportunities for social and cultural communication between Dubai and Los Angeles are already showing an impact on the lives of a future generation of Middle Eastern American artists and architects living in Los Angeles.

forced to wake-up and acknowledge an evolution in Middle Eastern world interests. For under the leadership of his Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai has become a model of contemporary image, style, fashion, and design unparalleled in recent years. In light of changes happening in Dubai, back in 2004, the Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department (LACAD) chose Dubai as its cultural sister-city. Los Angeles realized it had much to gain from strong interrelationships with the United Arab Emirates. Dubai has rapidly created a wealth of artistic cultural interchange between Western cities and the Middle East, affording new networks for global relations to emerge everyday. New opportunities for social and cultural communication between Dubai and Los Angeles are already showing an impact on the lives of a future generation of Middle Eastern American artists and architects living in Los Angeles. As Publisher and Creative Director of Beautiful/Decay magazine and the first Middle Eastern American artist to exhibit at The Third Line gallery in Dubai, Amir H. Fallah recalls very few of his friends and colleagues back in 2004 even knew very much about Dubai and the economic and cultural boom happening there. It was not until he visited Dubai in 2005 that Fallah really became aware of the developments occurring in the region. “Dubai is one of the most open minded and forward thinking cities in the Middle East,” Fallah discovered. “Not only was I greeted with excitement and encouragement, there was also a large demand for the arts to develop and expand. Since that trip I’ve seen the city go from one art gallery to having its own art district and art fair. I think the opportunities are endless in Dubai. The people of Dubai are excited to create a dialogue with other large cities to further expand its footing 114

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New opportunities for social and cultural communication between Dubai and Los Angeles are already showing an impact on the lives of a future generation of Middle Eastern American artists and architects living in Los Angeles.

forced to wake-up and acknowledge an evolution in Middle Eastern world interests. For under the leadership of his Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai has become a model of contemporary image, style, fashion, and design unparalleled in recent years. In light of changes happening in Dubai, back in 2004, the Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department (LACAD) chose Dubai as its cultural sister-city. Los Angeles realized it had much to gain from strong interrelationships with the United Arab Emirates. Dubai has rapidly created a wealth of artistic cultural interchange between Western cities and the Middle East, affording new networks for global relations to emerge everyday. New opportunities for social and cultural communication between Dubai and Los Angeles are already showing an impact on the lives of a future generation of Middle Eastern American artists and architects living in Los Angeles. As Publisher and Creative Director of Beautiful/Decay magazine and the first Middle Eastern American artist to exhibit at The Third Line gallery in Dubai, Amir H. Fallah recalls very few of his friends and colleagues back in 2004 even knew very much about Dubai and the economic and cultural boom happening there. It was not until he visited Dubai in 2005 that Fallah really became aware of the developments occurring in the region. “Dubai is one of the most open minded and forward thinking cities in the Middle East,” Fallah discovered. “Not only was I greeted with excitement and encouragement, there was also a large demand for the arts to develop and expand. Since that trip I’ve seen the city go from one art gallery to having its own art district and art fair. I think the opportunities are endless in Dubai. The people of Dubai are excited to create a dialogue with other large cities to further expand its footing 114

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“Opportunities are there for everyone,it’s just a matter of being progressive.”

as a must see cultural destination.” Fallah among many other artists, architects, and business people of multi-cultural decent in Los Angeles have become extremely optimistic that the increased interest and opportunities they are seeing in Dubai will prove to change cultural and societal perceptions in both cities for the better. Successful Iranian-American art dealer and curator Leila Khastoo for example, hopes to facilitate a strong exchange between Dubai and Los Angeles so that even more people will pay attention. Khastoo believes, “Dubai holds a tangible potential for growth in the creative sectors,” and she foresees her curatorial work bringing, “an integrative aesthetic to the current art market.” Khastoo is interested to organize exhibitions in Dubai that allow for crossovers and contradistinctions with artists from many continents of different generations. Dubai offers enormous opportunities for artists, and in her recent visit to Dubai, she was astounded by the resources available: “I was dumbfounded by the amazing technical facilities within arms reach of any interested local artist,” she observed. “Opportunities are there for everyone,” she explains; “it’s just a matter of being progressive.” Middle Eastern and Iranian Americans are sensing a renewed optimism through the increased interest and growing awareness of Middle Eastern Culture and its heritage due to the impact Dubai and other progressive Middle Eastern cities are having on the world. “Dubai’s success in the art world,” Fallah explains, “is changing the tides 116

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in the Middle Eastern community; there is more support now than I have seen in the last decade. More Middle Easterners are getting excited about artists coming out of that region and are interested in going to Dubai and seeing it first hand.” As Los Angeles based writer and curator of Iranian decent, Yasmine Mohseni explains: “I think the fact that there even is a cultural exchange between LA and Dubai is fantastic!” In Los Angeles, “there is a thirst for knowledge here for everything that is from the Middle East,” and art as she contends “is, and always has been, a fantastic way to create a dialogue between multiple cultures and bring them together.” By creating a more interconnected and international multi-cultural dialogue, Middle Eastern and Iranian Americans hope to “dispel stereotypes and assumptions one culture can have about another,” Mohseni explains. For Mohseni and young Iranian American writer, Khadisha Oskoui— hope for the future lies in changing worldviews. Oskoui’s greatest hope is that the people of Dubai and Los Angeles will learn from each other and be places of mutual respect regardless of their different histories, cultures, and background. Interaction benefits everyone, as Italian educated AmericanIranian architect Michele Saee explains of his experience building in Europe, China, and America. “Social and cultural interaction invigorates every society and helps each society to see themselves in a new way,” he observes. The road to cultural awareness and acceptance however is not easy. And as President of LA Forum 117


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“Opportunities are there for everyone,it’s just a matter of being progressive.”

as a must see cultural destination.” Fallah among many other artists, architects, and business people of multi-cultural decent in Los Angeles have become extremely optimistic that the increased interest and opportunities they are seeing in Dubai will prove to change cultural and societal perceptions in both cities for the better. Successful Iranian-American art dealer and curator Leila Khastoo for example, hopes to facilitate a strong exchange between Dubai and Los Angeles so that even more people will pay attention. Khastoo believes, “Dubai holds a tangible potential for growth in the creative sectors,” and she foresees her curatorial work bringing, “an integrative aesthetic to the current art market.” Khastoo is interested to organize exhibitions in Dubai that allow for crossovers and contradistinctions with artists from many continents of different generations. Dubai offers enormous opportunities for artists, and in her recent visit to Dubai, she was astounded by the resources available: “I was dumbfounded by the amazing technical facilities within arms reach of any interested local artist,” she observed. “Opportunities are there for everyone,” she explains; “it’s just a matter of being progressive.” Middle Eastern and Iranian Americans are sensing a renewed optimism through the increased interest and growing awareness of Middle Eastern Culture and its heritage due to the impact Dubai and other progressive Middle Eastern cities are having on the world. “Dubai’s success in the art world,” Fallah explains, “is changing the tides 116

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in the Middle Eastern community; there is more support now than I have seen in the last decade. More Middle Easterners are getting excited about artists coming out of that region and are interested in going to Dubai and seeing it first hand.” As Los Angeles based writer and curator of Iranian decent, Yasmine Mohseni explains: “I think the fact that there even is a cultural exchange between LA and Dubai is fantastic!” In Los Angeles, “there is a thirst for knowledge here for everything that is from the Middle East,” and art as she contends “is, and always has been, a fantastic way to create a dialogue between multiple cultures and bring them together.” By creating a more interconnected and international multi-cultural dialogue, Middle Eastern and Iranian Americans hope to “dispel stereotypes and assumptions one culture can have about another,” Mohseni explains. For Mohseni and young Iranian American writer, Khadisha Oskoui— hope for the future lies in changing worldviews. Oskoui’s greatest hope is that the people of Dubai and Los Angeles will learn from each other and be places of mutual respect regardless of their different histories, cultures, and background. Interaction benefits everyone, as Italian educated AmericanIranian architect Michele Saee explains of his experience building in Europe, China, and America. “Social and cultural interaction invigorates every society and helps each society to see themselves in a new way,” he observes. The road to cultural awareness and acceptance however is not easy. And as President of LA Forum 117


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for Architecture and Urban Design, Mohamed Sharif, an Egyptian from the United Kingdom and Assistant Chair of the Architecture Department at Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles realizes, there is already a critical backlash forming by Western architects uncomfortable with Dubai’s powerful embrace of avant-garde art and architecture. Dubai is an architectural extravaganza—the most exciting in the world—boasting the world’s tallest building, largest future theme park, and the most buildings over 100 stories in any one city. Dubai’s

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contemporary architecture scene is astounding. Not only is the city building some of the most radical and innovative architecture designs today, but it is also setting a powerful agenda for energy efficiency and sustainable practices the world has yet to achieve. Regardless of Dubai’s innovative accomplishments and intentions however, Western architects and theorists are already assessing similar to one recent author in Log magazine, that Dubai’s “unbridled exuberance” is all iconographic “folly” and “fantasy” in need of saving by rational western

architects with their sophisticated urban plans. Some Western architects and theorists seem to believe world design standards can only be set in the West, and are perhaps not ready to accept there is a global intelligence emerging indiscriminate of any historic cultural agenda delimiting East from West. We all share in mutual dialogue, internationally benefiting from the wealth of knowledge and artistic exploration happening all over the globe, and it is the foresight and intelligence of leaders in the Middle East who are putting some of these most

innovative global ideas to action. Vast changes are happening, and Dubai is challenging Western and Eastern viewpoints alike. A new global economy has begun to restructure not only the physical landscape, but also international self-understanding. Images of Dubai’s avantgarde architecture and stylish contemporary living are radically complicating worldviews. They are generating multi-cultural awareness globally, in addition to setting high standards of avant-

garde interest and practice. For those of us who relish cultural dialog and are interested to further international relationships, changes happening in Dubai are making a great difference here in the United States. Dubai is opening more minds to contemporary art and architecture, and the city is inciting a global discourse that is creating new standards for greater social awareness.

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for Architecture and Urban Design, Mohamed Sharif, an Egyptian from the United Kingdom and Assistant Chair of the Architecture Department at Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles realizes, there is already a critical backlash forming by Western architects uncomfortable with Dubai’s powerful embrace of avant-garde art and architecture. Dubai is an architectural extravaganza—the most exciting in the world—boasting the world’s tallest building, largest future theme park, and the most buildings over 100 stories in any one city. Dubai’s

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contemporary architecture scene is astounding. Not only is the city building some of the most radical and innovative architecture designs today, but it is also setting a powerful agenda for energy efficiency and sustainable practices the world has yet to achieve. Regardless of Dubai’s innovative accomplishments and intentions however, Western architects and theorists are already assessing similar to one recent author in Log magazine, that Dubai’s “unbridled exuberance” is all iconographic “folly” and “fantasy” in need of saving by rational western

architects with their sophisticated urban plans. Some Western architects and theorists seem to believe world design standards can only be set in the West, and are perhaps not ready to accept there is a global intelligence emerging indiscriminate of any historic cultural agenda delimiting East from West. We all share in mutual dialogue, internationally benefiting from the wealth of knowledge and artistic exploration happening all over the globe, and it is the foresight and intelligence of leaders in the Middle East who are putting some of these most

innovative global ideas to action. Vast changes are happening, and Dubai is challenging Western and Eastern viewpoints alike. A new global economy has begun to restructure not only the physical landscape, but also international self-understanding. Images of Dubai’s avantgarde architecture and stylish contemporary living are radically complicating worldviews. They are generating multi-cultural awareness globally, in addition to setting high standards of avant-

garde interest and practice. For those of us who relish cultural dialog and are interested to further international relationships, changes happening in Dubai are making a great difference here in the United States. Dubai is opening more minds to contemporary art and architecture, and the city is inciting a global discourse that is creating new standards for greater social awareness.

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In times of global inflation, political instability and mass displacement, Dubai’s ruler HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum championed an initiative – Dubai Cares – towards educating children globally deprived of their basic right due to poverty.

The drive was launched in September 2007 during Ramadan with an aim to educate 1 million children around the world. During the initial eight-week campaign to create awareness and generate funds, the ruler’s children acted as ambassadors of the project. They toured a number of developing countries to understand the children’s struggle in obtaining basic education. During this period, the campaign gathered AED 1.7 bn. Sheikh Mohammed generously donated an equal amount

Please visit www.dubaicares.ae to participate in our cause

taking to the initial funds to AED 3.4 bn. The organisation promotes education by providing schools and training materials, training teachers, promoting gender equality in education, offering scholarships, organising school feeding programmes and establishing annual medical check ups for students. In May 2008, it ordered construction of 200 make-shift schools for children affected by Cyclone Nargis in Myanmar. By July 2008, the charity had passed its target of providing pri-

mary education to one million children in the world’s poorest countries. It is believed to have reached three million children in the Arab world alone. Dubai Cares is currently active in 12 countries, and has reached over 4 million children worldwide.

Follow us, we are ahead of you in terms of serving humanity. We can help with this issue. We will reach good numbers. Thanks to Allah, I am happy with what has been achieved and with the amount we have reached. His Highness Shiekh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum


Dubai Cares & brownbook | Partnership

Enhancing Life

In times of global inflation, political instability and mass displacement, Dubai’s ruler HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum championed an initiative – Dubai Cares – towards educating children globally deprived of their basic right due to poverty.

The drive was launched in September 2007 during Ramadan with an aim to educate 1 million children around the world. During the initial eight-week campaign to create awareness and generate funds, the ruler’s children acted as ambassadors of the project. They toured a number of developing countries to understand the children’s struggle in obtaining basic education. During this period, the campaign gathered AED 1.7 bn. Sheikh Mohammed generously donated an equal amount

Please visit www.dubaicares.ae to participate in our cause

taking to the initial funds to AED 3.4 bn. The organisation promotes education by providing schools and training materials, training teachers, promoting gender equality in education, offering scholarships, organising school feeding programmes and establishing annual medical check ups for students. In May 2008, it ordered construction of 200 make-shift schools for children affected by Cyclone Nargis in Myanmar. By July 2008, the charity had passed its target of providing pri-

mary education to one million children in the world’s poorest countries. It is believed to have reached three million children in the Arab world alone. Dubai Cares is currently active in 12 countries, and has reached over 4 million children worldwide.

Follow us, we are ahead of you in terms of serving humanity. We can help with this issue. We will reach good numbers. Thanks to Allah, I am happy with what has been achieved and with the amount we have reached. His Highness Shiekh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum


Travel â&#x20AC;ş Navigation Preface Of all the cosmopolitan cities in Saudi Arabia, Mecca is the icing of them all. It is perfect destination for tourists and sanctuary seekers alike. With its comprehensive structure and complex society conventions, Mecca is the personification of modern city. Writer: Dina Ahmed Photographer: Ammar Abd Rabbo

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Travel â&#x20AC;ş Navigation Preface Of all the cosmopolitan cities in Saudi Arabia, Mecca is the icing of them all. It is perfect destination for tourists and sanctuary seekers alike. With its comprehensive structure and complex society conventions, Mecca is the personification of modern city. Writer: Dina Ahmed Photographer: Ammar Abd Rabbo

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The crack of dawn, sun splashes out onto the streets and buildings where residences lie, already hundreds of men are pledging their faith in the form of prayers. This daily occurrence is the quintessential

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daily life for the holy city. It seems that a place such as this was predestined to be kept forever bygone. The host of the holy mosque, “Masjid El-Haram” in Arabic, situated in the most significant Muslim country, it is only right that its inhabitants lead a pious life. The mosque is arguably the most obvious sign of the Muslim faith. An estimated 2 million dedicated followers flock to the righteous location on a yearly basis for one of the most integral parts of the religion, the trip to Mecca. A mandatory oncein-a-lifetime journey all Muslims must make Hajj is an unspeakable blessing most look forward to their whole lives. For believers it is the most uplifting spiritual adventure a person can experience in their lifetime and it comes but once except for those deeply devout who are able to visit the holy site several times. Of course for locals visiting the actual mosque and the experience of sharing their

unyielding faith in the form of prayer is a daily experience. But the mosque and prayer, which for Muslims is a five time a day event to prove their faith, is only the start of how locals infuse their faith in everyday life. Being the hub of the Muslim world, Mecca is a city that demands a high level of faith. But that doesn’t mean it’s all tight and unapproachable. Locals have to comply with the Muslim way of life even those who do not follow the same path. Being such a unique city with strong values to the faith, all residents are expected to observe Islamic rules, and even go above and beyond what is actually called for in the faith sometimes leading to the social constraints and civil liberties in order to preserve a certain way of life. The local residents consist of Saudi Arabians, born and raised in the city called (Meccawi) as well

as foreigners that come from all over the world to share the experience. Some live in the city while others come for short visits. Situated 80 km from the Red Sea Coast, Mecca contains buildings and urban development built in the form of Islamic and indigenous culture, leaving visitors regaled with the experience. Even in the simple inner city quarters many buildings are designed in traditional Islamic design featuring intricate details and beautiful old world art often times leaving observers breath taken by the sight of something as simple as a door. The architecture of the city itself is complex and intrinsic patterns of old and new converges effortlessly. The center piece in this city’s aesthetics is undisputedly the Kaa’ba with all its history and religious position. One feels lost for words quite literally while strolling down alleys and bazaars. The city is daily rejuvenated by loyal architects

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The crack of dawn, sun splashes out onto the streets and buildings where residences lie, already hundreds of men are pledging their faith in the form of prayers. This daily occurrence is the quintessential

132

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daily life for the holy city. It seems that a place such as this was predestined to be kept forever bygone. The host of the holy mosque, “Masjid El-Haram” in Arabic, situated in the most significant Muslim country, it is only right that its inhabitants lead a pious life. The mosque is arguably the most obvious sign of the Muslim faith. An estimated 2 million dedicated followers flock to the righteous location on a yearly basis for one of the most integral parts of the religion, the trip to Mecca. A mandatory oncein-a-lifetime journey all Muslims must make Hajj is an unspeakable blessing most look forward to their whole lives. For believers it is the most uplifting spiritual adventure a person can experience in their lifetime and it comes but once except for those deeply devout who are able to visit the holy site several times. Of course for locals visiting the actual mosque and the experience of sharing their

unyielding faith in the form of prayer is a daily experience. But the mosque and prayer, which for Muslims is a five time a day event to prove their faith, is only the start of how locals infuse their faith in everyday life. Being the hub of the Muslim world, Mecca is a city that demands a high level of faith. But that doesn’t mean it’s all tight and unapproachable. Locals have to comply with the Muslim way of life even those who do not follow the same path. Being such a unique city with strong values to the faith, all residents are expected to observe Islamic rules, and even go above and beyond what is actually called for in the faith sometimes leading to the social constraints and civil liberties in order to preserve a certain way of life. The local residents consist of Saudi Arabians, born and raised in the city called (Meccawi) as well

as foreigners that come from all over the world to share the experience. Some live in the city while others come for short visits. Situated 80 km from the Red Sea Coast, Mecca contains buildings and urban development built in the form of Islamic and indigenous culture, leaving visitors regaled with the experience. Even in the simple inner city quarters many buildings are designed in traditional Islamic design featuring intricate details and beautiful old world art often times leaving observers breath taken by the sight of something as simple as a door. The architecture of the city itself is complex and intrinsic patterns of old and new converges effortlessly. The center piece in this city’s aesthetics is undisputedly the Kaa’ba with all its history and religious position. One feels lost for words quite literally while strolling down alleys and bazaars. The city is daily rejuvenated by loyal architects

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like Sami Angawi who make it their personal obligation to never let this city sleep or weather out. Tourists enjoy the 1001 night Arabian theme that they witness in every corner, this is not to say that Mecca is not strong municipal body, on the contrary everything authentic about it is still valued and looked after. Besides being backdrop to beautiful urban development, Mecca also enjoys serene atmosphere adopted by its inhabitants. It’s like following another rhythm which your body doesn’t recognize yet but soon adapts to. Time here is slow and life is taken seriously in terms of religious rituals, nonetheless citizens of Mecca are like no other. The city offers more to those hoping to connect to Islam. Mecca was notably known as Holy city, before Islam as it is home to the Kaa’ba which is now seen as the Embassy of Islam surrounded by the great mosque, Masjid El-Haram. Living a religious centric life in respect to the holy city is taken very seriously in Mecca. Not all locals are pilgrims hoping to dedicate their lives to the teachings, but most put faith above all and use its teachings in everyday life. To Meccans the faith is not just a belief system; it is a way of life. This is a place for Muslims to practice their faith without fear of persecution or being judged by those who misunderstand it as is now the case in other parts of the world. Freedom of expression is as much part of daily life as any other modern country. This can be an immense

The city offers more to those hoping to connect to Islam. Mecca was notably known as Holy city, before Islam as it is home to the Kaa’ba which is now seen as the Embassy of Islam surrounded by the great mosque, Masjid El-Haram.

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like Sami Angawi who make it their personal obligation to never let this city sleep or weather out. Tourists enjoy the 1001 night Arabian theme that they witness in every corner, this is not to say that Mecca is not strong municipal body, on the contrary everything authentic about it is still valued and looked after. Besides being backdrop to beautiful urban development, Mecca also enjoys serene atmosphere adopted by its inhabitants. It’s like following another rhythm which your body doesn’t recognize yet but soon adapts to. Time here is slow and life is taken seriously in terms of religious rituals, nonetheless citizens of Mecca are like no other. The city offers more to those hoping to connect to Islam. Mecca was notably known as Holy city, before Islam as it is home to the Kaa’ba which is now seen as the Embassy of Islam surrounded by the great mosque, Masjid El-Haram. Living a religious centric life in respect to the holy city is taken very seriously in Mecca. Not all locals are pilgrims hoping to dedicate their lives to the teachings, but most put faith above all and use its teachings in everyday life. To Meccans the faith is not just a belief system; it is a way of life. This is a place for Muslims to practice their faith without fear of persecution or being judged by those who misunderstand it as is now the case in other parts of the world. Freedom of expression is as much part of daily life as any other modern country. This can be an immense

The city offers more to those hoping to connect to Islam. Mecca was notably known as Holy city, before Islam as it is home to the Kaa’ba which is now seen as the Embassy of Islam surrounded by the great mosque, Masjid El-Haram.

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Places endorsement for Muslims struggling to keep their faith and people from being tempted towards a less virtuous life. As part of that unyielding faith, pride and solidarity with fellow followers locals opt to make their religion a part of everyday life merging it with their spiritual one. This can be seen in the small daily tasks that intertwines religion in a Meccan life such as the daily prayers, debates about Islamic Chronicles and elements of Islam over coffee with friends. This is not always possible elsewhere as the constraints of everyday life often keep followers from achieving this kind of fidelity

of mind, body and soul. The Middle East as a whole is the world’s oldest marketplace and Mecca is true to its heritage, and continues to be a great place to shop for just about anything one hopes to find. Products ranging from locally produced items to international brand. Salesmen and women line the streets of the city hoping to entice you to purchase items ranging from jewelry to Miswaks (vintage tooth brush). In this Metropolis, the city becomes a host for those looking to experience more than a religious journey with different indigenous stores and shops, such as

Saudi Safron, perfume, prayer rugs, commodities and much more. But it is a challenge to keep from over spending as the souq is a bargaining culture and is rare to find set prices. There are also of course the typical shopping malls and conveniences of the western world such as the local Hilton, restaurants, Starbucks, as well as Saudi merchants within minutes of the city gates. So spending time in the holy city does not necessarily mean missing out on modern conveniences. No doubt, there is a uniqueness for those that are well traveled internationally and end up visiting

Mecca. A sense of calm and quietness exists. The daily routine of prayer in the morning, breakfast with the family and socializing with friends, and away from the boom and systematic sense of life makes the experience more than a religious one, but more of a mindset. The time honoring society, the importance of everyday roles within society keeps the city operating like clockworks. Although Meccans may lead very different lives with much higher demanded one, it offers a sense of pristine quality towards the city to those that live in western and developed economies.

Shahd Restaurant Cuisine: Asian Hours: 6:30 AM - 11:00 AM; 1:00 PM 3:30 PM; 8:00 PM - 11:30 PM (966)(2)5399999

Mazaaj Lobby Café Cuisine: Snacks Hours: 24 Hours Atmosphere: Lobby (966)(2)5399999

Le Méridien Towers Makkah Rawabi Ajyad Road · Makkah · Saudi Arabia · Phone: (966)(2)5399999 ·

Jabal Al Noor While its not part of the Hajj ritual this is still an important site; since atop this mountain is the famous Her’aa grotto , where Muslims believe Muhammed first had the Quran revealed to him.

Zam Zam water pure minerals water The Zamzam well was excavated by hand, and is about 30 meters deep and 1.08 to 2.66 meters in diameter. Today the well itself is in a basement room where it can be seen behind glass panels (visitors are not allowed to enter). Other wells throughout the valley have also been established, some with digital recorders, to monitor the response of the local aquifer system. 14O

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Places endorsement for Muslims struggling to keep their faith and people from being tempted towards a less virtuous life. As part of that unyielding faith, pride and solidarity with fellow followers locals opt to make their religion a part of everyday life merging it with their spiritual one. This can be seen in the small daily tasks that intertwines religion in a Meccan life such as the daily prayers, debates about Islamic Chronicles and elements of Islam over coffee with friends. This is not always possible elsewhere as the constraints of everyday life often keep followers from achieving this kind of fidelity

of mind, body and soul. The Middle East as a whole is the world’s oldest marketplace and Mecca is true to its heritage, and continues to be a great place to shop for just about anything one hopes to find. Products ranging from locally produced items to international brand. Salesmen and women line the streets of the city hoping to entice you to purchase items ranging from jewelry to Miswaks (vintage tooth brush). In this Metropolis, the city becomes a host for those looking to experience more than a religious journey with different indigenous stores and shops, such as

Saudi Safron, perfume, prayer rugs, commodities and much more. But it is a challenge to keep from over spending as the souq is a bargaining culture and is rare to find set prices. There are also of course the typical shopping malls and conveniences of the western world such as the local Hilton, restaurants, Starbucks, as well as Saudi merchants within minutes of the city gates. So spending time in the holy city does not necessarily mean missing out on modern conveniences. No doubt, there is a uniqueness for those that are well traveled internationally and end up visiting

Mecca. A sense of calm and quietness exists. The daily routine of prayer in the morning, breakfast with the family and socializing with friends, and away from the boom and systematic sense of life makes the experience more than a religious one, but more of a mindset. The time honoring society, the importance of everyday roles within society keeps the city operating like clockworks. Although Meccans may lead very different lives with much higher demanded one, it offers a sense of pristine quality towards the city to those that live in western and developed economies.

Shahd Restaurant Cuisine: Asian Hours: 6:30 AM - 11:00 AM; 1:00 PM 3:30 PM; 8:00 PM - 11:30 PM (966)(2)5399999

Mazaaj Lobby Café Cuisine: Snacks Hours: 24 Hours Atmosphere: Lobby (966)(2)5399999

Le Méridien Towers Makkah Rawabi Ajyad Road · Makkah · Saudi Arabia · Phone: (966)(2)5399999 ·

Jabal Al Noor While its not part of the Hajj ritual this is still an important site; since atop this mountain is the famous Her’aa grotto , where Muslims believe Muhammed first had the Quran revealed to him.

Zam Zam water pure minerals water The Zamzam well was excavated by hand, and is about 30 meters deep and 1.08 to 2.66 meters in diameter. Today the well itself is in a basement room where it can be seen behind glass panels (visitors are not allowed to enter). Other wells throughout the valley have also been established, some with digital recorders, to monitor the response of the local aquifer system. 14O

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Make it a Ramadan to remember with du

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n the spirit of Ramadan and Eid, du, the UAE’s integrated telecom operator, is hosting varied Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives across

www.du.ae

the country, culminating in the distribution of gifts in two children’s hospitals in Abu Dhabi and Dubai, and old age homes in Abu Dhabi, Sharjah and Dubai during Eid, by the du staff. A range of activities across the UAE cover sponsoring the cannon timings on Radio, newspaper and TV to offering FREE Mobile content in the form of special edition Ramadan recharge cards that will be available in the market throughout the Ramadan month. du customers would have to just send the code associated with

the content as a SMS to a short number 1001 to download the content free of charge. Additionally, du has exclusively partnered with the leading Islamic TV Channel Al Majd offered as an additional channel on its Mobile TV offering, available to customers as a 1 channel subscription or as part of an all channel subscription option. Continuing to be the only ones to offer mobisodes (“mobile episodes”) in the region, du in cooperation with MBC will offer them within the ‘Specials’ category as part of the Pay Per View

offering on du mobile TV. These Mobisodes are not available on TV and have been developed exclusively for du’s mobile audience in the UAE. Standard charges apply. du customers can also subscribe to receive Hadeeth every day during Ramadan, in English or Arabic. They just have to SMS the word ‘hadeeth’ to 9500 to subscribe to Hadeeth in English and ‘‫ ’ﺣﺪﻳﺚ‬to 9500 to subscribe to Hadeeth in Arabic.

Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai and Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi on 10 and 17 September respectively Iftar tables will also be set up in nine locations across Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Al Ain and Sharjah across the month. To give all du employees a true Ramadan experience, du is hosting Ramadan tents in Dubai and Abu Dhabi for them, making sure the spirit of the Holy Month is spread across the country, beginning at home.

du is also hosting Iftar tents for 300 orphans at

The Facts du was recognized as the ‘Best Brand’ for its innovative branding and outstanding success at the Telecom World Awards Middle East 2007


du & brownbook | Parntership

Make it a Ramadan to remember with du

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n the spirit of Ramadan and Eid, du, the UAE’s integrated telecom operator, is hosting varied Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives across

www.du.ae

the country, culminating in the distribution of gifts in two children’s hospitals in Abu Dhabi and Dubai, and old age homes in Abu Dhabi, Sharjah and Dubai during Eid, by the du staff. A range of activities across the UAE cover sponsoring the cannon timings on Radio, newspaper and TV to offering FREE Mobile content in the form of special edition Ramadan recharge cards that will be available in the market throughout the Ramadan month. du customers would have to just send the code associated with

the content as a SMS to a short number 1001 to download the content free of charge. Additionally, du has exclusively partnered with the leading Islamic TV Channel Al Majd offered as an additional channel on its Mobile TV offering, available to customers as a 1 channel subscription or as part of an all channel subscription option. Continuing to be the only ones to offer mobisodes (“mobile episodes”) in the region, du in cooperation with MBC will offer them within the ‘Specials’ category as part of the Pay Per View

offering on du mobile TV. These Mobisodes are not available on TV and have been developed exclusively for du’s mobile audience in the UAE. Standard charges apply. du customers can also subscribe to receive Hadeeth every day during Ramadan, in English or Arabic. They just have to SMS the word ‘hadeeth’ to 9500 to subscribe to Hadeeth in English and ‘‫ ’ﺣﺪﻳﺚ‬to 9500 to subscribe to Hadeeth in Arabic.

Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai and Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi on 10 and 17 September respectively Iftar tables will also be set up in nine locations across Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Al Ain and Sharjah across the month. To give all du employees a true Ramadan experience, du is hosting Ramadan tents in Dubai and Abu Dhabi for them, making sure the spirit of the Holy Month is spread across the country, beginning at home.

du is also hosting Iftar tents for 300 orphans at

The Facts du was recognized as the ‘Best Brand’ for its innovative branding and outstanding success at the Telecom World Awards Middle East 2007


Travel › highstreet

Taksim - Istanbul Taksim is the entertainment and shopping center of Istanbul. Hundreds of shops and restaurants are stacked next to each other on and around Istiklal making it the most popular street on the European side of the city. Nightclubs, bars, hype lounges and restaurants, clothing shops, souvenir shops, music shops, book stores, tattoo studios, street vendors

and thousands of shoppers are what guarantee the popularity of this very busy street. Grab a durum from “Kizilkayalar” before braving your way through the crowd to shop at the various stores lined up one after the other.

Trams This route goes from the district of Zeytinburnu on the shore of the Sea of Marmara northeast through the Byzantine city walls at Topkapi (the Cannon Gate, not the palace), then eastward via Yusufpasa/Aksaray, then past the Grand Bazaar (Kapali Çarsi) and along Divan Yolu to Sultanahmet—the Hippodrome—the historic center of Old Istanbul. From Karaköy the tram continues to Tophane, near the Istanbul Modern Art Museum, then to Kabatas, with its “Sea Bus” catamaran ferry dock and Füniküler (funicular tram) to Taksim Square.

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Tarihi Çiçek Pasaji Manhattan Rock Bar Night club and bar. Open everyday between 21:00 - 04:00. Entrance fee is applied on weekends and live music for five days a week. (312) 427 62 63

The “Historical Cicek Pasaji” started it’s lifespan as being a very famous theatre hall during the Ottoman era. The location was then bought by Greek bankers in 1876, 6 years after the colossal disaster and turned it into apartments and a luxury bazaar. “Cicek Pasaji” literally means the “Passage of Flowers”. It is a must see historical spot in the city.

Tourists enjoy cold beverages and fresh fish while listening to street orchestras play authentic Turkish music, all topped off with the everlasting Beyoglu area magical touch.

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Taksim - Istanbul Taksim is the entertainment and shopping center of Istanbul. Hundreds of shops and restaurants are stacked next to each other on and around Istiklal making it the most popular street on the European side of the city. Nightclubs, bars, hype lounges and restaurants, clothing shops, souvenir shops, music shops, book stores, tattoo studios, street vendors

and thousands of shoppers are what guarantee the popularity of this very busy street. Grab a durum from “Kizilkayalar” before braving your way through the crowd to shop at the various stores lined up one after the other.

Trams This route goes from the district of Zeytinburnu on the shore of the Sea of Marmara northeast through the Byzantine city walls at Topkapi (the Cannon Gate, not the palace), then eastward via Yusufpasa/Aksaray, then past the Grand Bazaar (Kapali Çarsi) and along Divan Yolu to Sultanahmet—the Hippodrome—the historic center of Old Istanbul. From Karaköy the tram continues to Tophane, near the Istanbul Modern Art Museum, then to Kabatas, with its “Sea Bus” catamaran ferry dock and Füniküler (funicular tram) to Taksim Square.

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Tarihi Çiçek Pasaji Manhattan Rock Bar Night club and bar. Open everyday between 21:00 - 04:00. Entrance fee is applied on weekends and live music for five days a week. (312) 427 62 63

The “Historical Cicek Pasaji” started it’s lifespan as being a very famous theatre hall during the Ottoman era. The location was then bought by Greek bankers in 1876, 6 years after the colossal disaster and turned it into apartments and a luxury bazaar. “Cicek Pasaji” literally means the “Passage of Flowers”. It is a must see historical spot in the city.

Tourists enjoy cold beverages and fresh fish while listening to street orchestras play authentic Turkish music, all topped off with the everlasting Beyoglu area magical touch.

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Destinations Gita Mehâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Soffrrehâ&#x20AC;? Gita Mehâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Soffrehâ&#x20AC;? installation marks the opening credits of Jam Jarâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Ramadan projects. Soffreh which translates to â&#x20AC;&#x153;tableclothâ&#x20AC;? draws inspiration from ancient Iranian ritual which has been part of Islamic practices. This ceremony is commemorated to solicit Godâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mercy and anything one seeks from God Al Mighty. The event is hosted by fifty women at any given duration. The artist chose this holy moment only to extent the spiritual manifestation of this giving month. The installation along with specific items like Chadoor, traditional head wear by religious individuals, carpets, prayer

rugs and selected cuisines launch the cultural experiences one feels while reenacting actual scenes in the life of Iranian women. Special dishes are prepared and the occasion begins with prayers, cries, singing and dancing. These activities are carried out in retaliation to traditional constraints they witness in their day to day existence. Meh comments on the significance of such installation in international setting, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Soffreh is the experience of exchanges between diverse individual human landscapes reflecting on collective understandingâ&#x20AC;?. The set up was not created to impersonate actual events specific to certain groups rather the intention of the artist is for individuals to see themselves as extension of this setting. The

entire environment is designed to promote cultural dialogue and facilitate human interaction. The Soffreh installation consists of 30 feet long tablecloth with 300 pounds of sugar decoration, this of course allows people to get creative and draw patterns on top of sugar granules. This innovative installation utilizes individuals as art pieces that compliment the overall concept and further enliven the atmosphere. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Soffrehâ&#x20AC;? by Gita Meh. 6 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 28 September 2008. The Jam Jar.

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Destinations Gita Mehâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Soffrrehâ&#x20AC;? Gita Mehâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Soffrehâ&#x20AC;? installation marks the opening credits of Jam Jarâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Ramadan projects. Soffreh which translates to â&#x20AC;&#x153;tableclothâ&#x20AC;? draws inspiration from ancient Iranian ritual which has been part of Islamic practices. This ceremony is commemorated to solicit Godâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mercy and anything one seeks from God Al Mighty. The event is hosted by fifty women at any given duration. The artist chose this holy moment only to extent the spiritual manifestation of this giving month. The installation along with specific items like Chadoor, traditional head wear by religious individuals, carpets, prayer

rugs and selected cuisines launch the cultural experiences one feels while reenacting actual scenes in the life of Iranian women. Special dishes are prepared and the occasion begins with prayers, cries, singing and dancing. These activities are carried out in retaliation to traditional constraints they witness in their day to day existence. Meh comments on the significance of such installation in international setting, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Soffreh is the experience of exchanges between diverse individual human landscapes reflecting on collective understandingâ&#x20AC;?. The set up was not created to impersonate actual events specific to certain groups rather the intention of the artist is for individuals to see themselves as extension of this setting. The

entire environment is designed to promote cultural dialogue and facilitate human interaction. The Soffreh installation consists of 30 feet long tablecloth with 300 pounds of sugar decoration, this of course allows people to get creative and draw patterns on top of sugar granules. This innovative installation utilizes individuals as art pieces that compliment the overall concept and further enliven the atmosphere. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Soffrehâ&#x20AC;? by Gita Meh. 6 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 28 September 2008. The Jam Jar.

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Mojito Beach Club - Izmir Mojito Beach is one of the most hyped destinations when one wants to enjoy the cool blue sea of the Aegean. Situated in Dalyankoy, Cesme on the coast of Izmir, Mojito Beach is home to the best summer parties that you will find in the area. It is generally a place to spend a day of sun, sea and fun before heading out at night to one of the clubs in the area. Two acclaimed restaurants are available on the premises serving typical Aegean food to their patrons. They’re not only famous for their parties but also as the hosts of the biggest day concerts of summer. If you want to listen to some of the best European DJs and Turkish superstars, Mojito Beach is where you want to be headed. www.mojitobeachclub.com

Pronto - Ramallah

Art Lounge - Beirut, Lebanon

Indulge yourself with a meal of good Italian cuisine, a glass of wonderful wine, or a rich tasty cup of coffee and experience life of the Palestinian culture with a modern touch. With its cozy and warm atmosphere, background music that applies to every taste, and the workers’ friendly demeanor, pronto is more than just a rest café, it is more a sanctuary where you can escape the hassle of life and relax. It is a community where you meet old friends and make new ones

Art lounge is the best place to go to if you’re into art. The place is divided into small lounges with sofas giving the impression of a group of intellects having a chit-chat about cultural matters. Art Lounge makes monthly exhibitions, movie club and sometimes international DJs go there. It makes a Flea Market for second hand cloths and fashion of young designers. Enjoy a drink from the bar, watch paintings and sculpture, talk art with a bunch of friends among artists and art lovers. Karantina, River Bridge Tel: 03 99 7676. 6:00 pm - 2:00 am

Darna - Ramallah Darna Restaurant within the town’s cool breeze and carefree attitude attracting travelers from all over the region. The restaurant was designed in careful details by owner Osama Khalaf and architect Osama Sakakini. Its open patio shaded by banana trees offers intimacy and comfort; in the winter months, an indoor fireplace warms guests from the mountain air. Darna’s flavors come straight from the surrounding hills and nearby ocean - fresh summer salads, homemade breads from a wood oven, and fish grilled on an open fire. www.darna.ps

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Al Bargees - Damascus It is the most frequented establishment which can be classified as ‘Traditional café’. Located in Muslim neighborhoods they mainly serve timehonored homey foods such as fatteh and sahlab (a warm custard thickened with the powder of dried tubers), along with the usual restaurant fare of grilled meats and mezzeh. They also have wide range of Teas and Coffee brews, not to mention the single most like item in Syria; Shisha. Al Barjees is named after local tradition of embroidering shells on plain clothes. Obviously that is long gone now. It currently resides over the old City.

Mint - Doha Casual, but fine environment - this is a perfect place to unwind after a busy day at work, or could be the spot for a good start to the weekend. The menu is influenced by the restaurant’s philosophy of simplistic things - fresh ingredients, delicious tastes and beautiful presentation. Mint Living restaurant serves everything from pastries, salads, and light sandwiches to big juicy steaks all accompanied by an extensive selection of fine coffee, and excellent deserts. You can also find an excellent sushi and sashimi bar. Located on Al- Salwa Road, in Al Muthanna complex - Tel: +974 4675577 149


Travel › Navigation › Destinations

Mojito Beach Club - Izmir Mojito Beach is one of the most hyped destinations when one wants to enjoy the cool blue sea of the Aegean. Situated in Dalyankoy, Cesme on the coast of Izmir, Mojito Beach is home to the best summer parties that you will find in the area. It is generally a place to spend a day of sun, sea and fun before heading out at night to one of the clubs in the area. Two acclaimed restaurants are available on the premises serving typical Aegean food to their patrons. They’re not only famous for their parties but also as the hosts of the biggest day concerts of summer. If you want to listen to some of the best European DJs and Turkish superstars, Mojito Beach is where you want to be headed. www.mojitobeachclub.com

Pronto - Ramallah

Art Lounge - Beirut, Lebanon

Indulge yourself with a meal of good Italian cuisine, a glass of wonderful wine, or a rich tasty cup of coffee and experience life of the Palestinian culture with a modern touch. With its cozy and warm atmosphere, background music that applies to every taste, and the workers’ friendly demeanor, pronto is more than just a rest café, it is more a sanctuary where you can escape the hassle of life and relax. It is a community where you meet old friends and make new ones

Art lounge is the best place to go to if you’re into art. The place is divided into small lounges with sofas giving the impression of a group of intellects having a chit-chat about cultural matters. Art Lounge makes monthly exhibitions, movie club and sometimes international DJs go there. It makes a Flea Market for second hand cloths and fashion of young designers. Enjoy a drink from the bar, watch paintings and sculpture, talk art with a bunch of friends among artists and art lovers. Karantina, River Bridge Tel: 03 99 7676. 6:00 pm - 2:00 am

Darna - Ramallah Darna Restaurant within the town’s cool breeze and carefree attitude attracting travelers from all over the region. The restaurant was designed in careful details by owner Osama Khalaf and architect Osama Sakakini. Its open patio shaded by banana trees offers intimacy and comfort; in the winter months, an indoor fireplace warms guests from the mountain air. Darna’s flavors come straight from the surrounding hills and nearby ocean - fresh summer salads, homemade breads from a wood oven, and fish grilled on an open fire. www.darna.ps

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Al Bargees - Damascus It is the most frequented establishment which can be classified as ‘Traditional café’. Located in Muslim neighborhoods they mainly serve timehonored homey foods such as fatteh and sahlab (a warm custard thickened with the powder of dried tubers), along with the usual restaurant fare of grilled meats and mezzeh. They also have wide range of Teas and Coffee brews, not to mention the single most like item in Syria; Shisha. Al Barjees is named after local tradition of embroidering shells on plain clothes. Obviously that is long gone now. It currently resides over the old City.

Mint - Doha Casual, but fine environment - this is a perfect place to unwind after a busy day at work, or could be the spot for a good start to the weekend. The menu is influenced by the restaurant’s philosophy of simplistic things - fresh ingredients, delicious tastes and beautiful presentation. Mint Living restaurant serves everything from pastries, salads, and light sandwiches to big juicy steaks all accompanied by an extensive selection of fine coffee, and excellent deserts. You can also find an excellent sushi and sashimi bar. Located on Al- Salwa Road, in Al Muthanna complex - Tel: +974 4675577 149


Culture › News Papers

Extra! Extra!

1 Dar Al Hayat This website is designed to assist English speaking people to get first hand news and updates of the Middle East. It features many issues and current happenings by the minute. www.daralhayat.com

Preface: This issue features newspapers from all over the region, there are chosen on the merit of their news coverage tradition and immense impact. The list provided below looks at authentic newspapers which report unbiased information and cultural events. Some are more significant than others in terms of global news reporting, nonetheless, these newspapers’ primary audiences are Arabs and to them news based on the Middle East issues comes first.

2 Al Riyadh

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This newspaper caters to “Y” generation who are interested in Islam, Sports, and posts fun videos. You can also up load images and comments on various issues. Also subscribe to receive alerts on events that you might be interested in. www.m3com.com.sa

El Akhbar Editor and Chief Mumtaz Al Qut along with his team take huge responsibility in delivering information on literature, sports, news and recent events. Up to date news coverage is guaranteed. www.elakhbar.org.eg

Al Ahram Published in Cairo this newspaper focuses issues ranging from Medicine to book reviews and politics. This is highly popular newspaper which enjoys unrivalled position within the Egyptian society. www.ahram.org.eg

Al Sharq AlAwsa This newspaper mainly covers news briefs on the Middle East; they also feature events and latest happenings across the region. It is published in London, United Kingdom and they mainly cater to Arab audience. www.asharqalawsat.com

Al Jazeera This newspaper is the first Saudi newspaper to be published in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia; it focuses on economics, news, sports and society. Surprising it is also the first online newspaper of its kind in Saudi Arabia. www.al-jazirah.com 152

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1 Dar Al Hayat This website is designed to assist English speaking people to get first hand news and updates of the Middle East. It features many issues and current happenings by the minute. www.daralhayat.com

Preface: This issue features newspapers from all over the region, there are chosen on the merit of their news coverage tradition and immense impact. The list provided below looks at authentic newspapers which report unbiased information and cultural events. Some are more significant than others in terms of global news reporting, nonetheless, these newspapers’ primary audiences are Arabs and to them news based on the Middle East issues comes first.

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This newspaper caters to “Y” generation who are interested in Islam, Sports, and posts fun videos. You can also up load images and comments on various issues. Also subscribe to receive alerts on events that you might be interested in. www.m3com.com.sa

El Akhbar Editor and Chief Mumtaz Al Qut along with his team take huge responsibility in delivering information on literature, sports, news and recent events. Up to date news coverage is guaranteed. www.elakhbar.org.eg

Al Ahram Published in Cairo this newspaper focuses issues ranging from Medicine to book reviews and politics. This is highly popular newspaper which enjoys unrivalled position within the Egyptian society. www.ahram.org.eg

Al Sharq AlAwsa This newspaper mainly covers news briefs on the Middle East; they also feature events and latest happenings across the region. It is published in London, United Kingdom and they mainly cater to Arab audience. www.asharqalawsat.com

Al Jazeera This newspaper is the first Saudi newspaper to be published in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia; it focuses on economics, news, sports and society. Surprising it is also the first online newspaper of its kind in Saudi Arabia. www.al-jazirah.com 152

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Conclusion › urban guide

Riyadh - KSA

Urban Guide With Riyadh’s conservatives limitation, the wave of Kitsch and trendy takes place. with upcoming art galleries, high end shopping malls, conceptual stores and much more on the radar screen’s - Riyadh is becoming one of those hip destinations

IRAQ IRAN Sakakah

Murabba Palace (Qasr al-Murabba)

KU UW W AIT

Sightseeing

Jubbah Tayma

Dubai

Riyadh’s second old mud-brick palace, built by King Abdul Aziz after he conquered Masmak Fortress and figured he should build something harder to conquer. Location: next to National Museum 6 to 9 PM Sunday- Friday

Hafar al Batin

Al Wajh

Gu

Riyadh Medina

Ad Dawadimi

Jeddah

QAATAR Al Salwa

Halabán

Mecca

Ranyah

SAUDI ARABIA

Al Khamasin As Sulayyil

Watermelon

Dining

SUDAN Jizan

A modern venue appealing to families and the young alike, serving modern dishes in sleek and modern tableware. Al Tahlya St. www.h2o-lemon.com

D’NA

ETHIOPIA

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

www.dnariyadh.com/home.html

Escape

The newest of the Dammam-Dhahran-Khobar trio, Khobar is generally considered the most pleasant of the bunch, thanks to its seaside location and beachside Corniche.

Kingdom Center (Al Mamlaka)

Places

Undoubtedly Riyadh’s most stunning piece of modern architecture, at 305m the Kingdom Centre is the tallest building in Saudi Arabia and quite a sight, The centre hosts an (expensive) three-story shopping mall, with one floor reserved for women. Daily 4-9 PM

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YEMEN

Shopping

The boutique is the first of its kind in the Middle East. DNA is a lifestyle fashion emporium that offers objects of desire as well as educates and visually stimulates its customers. It offers a retreat that ultimately exposes its members to new experiences. 6611 Tukassisi Street, Al Rehmania TEL +966 1 419 99 66

Khobar

OMAN

Al Qunfudhah


Conclusion › urban guide

Riyadh - KSA

Urban Guide With Riyadh’s conservatives limitation, the wave of Kitsch and trendy takes place. with upcoming art galleries, high end shopping malls, conceptual stores and much more on the radar screen’s - Riyadh is becoming one of those hip destinations

IRAQ IRAN Sakakah

Murabba Palace (Qasr al-Murabba)

KU UW W AIT

Sightseeing

Jubbah Tayma

Dubai

Riyadh’s second old mud-brick palace, built by King Abdul Aziz after he conquered Masmak Fortress and figured he should build something harder to conquer. Location: next to National Museum 6 to 9 PM Sunday- Friday

Hafar al Batin

Al Wajh

Gu

Riyadh Medina

Ad Dawadimi

Jeddah

QAATAR Al Salwa

Halabán

Mecca

Ranyah

SAUDI ARABIA

Al Khamasin As Sulayyil

Watermelon

Dining

SUDAN Jizan

A modern venue appealing to families and the young alike, serving modern dishes in sleek and modern tableware. Al Tahlya St. www.h2o-lemon.com

D’NA

ETHIOPIA

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

www.dnariyadh.com/home.html

Escape

The newest of the Dammam-Dhahran-Khobar trio, Khobar is generally considered the most pleasant of the bunch, thanks to its seaside location and beachside Corniche.

Kingdom Center (Al Mamlaka)

Places

Undoubtedly Riyadh’s most stunning piece of modern architecture, at 305m the Kingdom Centre is the tallest building in Saudi Arabia and quite a sight, The centre hosts an (expensive) three-story shopping mall, with one floor reserved for women. Daily 4-9 PM

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Ash Sharawrah

YEMEN

Shopping

The boutique is the first of its kind in the Middle East. DNA is a lifestyle fashion emporium that offers objects of desire as well as educates and visually stimulates its customers. It offers a retreat that ultimately exposes its members to new experiences. 6611 Tukassisi Street, Al Rehmania TEL +966 1 419 99 66

Khobar

OMAN

Al Qunfudhah



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