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Loss and Laughter in Dubai’s Labour Camps

March 1, 2014

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As written for The Platform (March 01, 2014) Mahmoud Kaabour explains how his new docu-film, Champ of the Camp, delves deeply into Dubai’s notorious camps to expose feelings of pain and yearning  We just separated only yesterday But how will I live in this condition for ages Death didn’t come, but why have your memories come Oh long […]

Dubai’s Reading Cafes

May 14, 2013

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As written for The National, UAE (May 14, 2013) Another fun round-up for the lit lot. At a time when a true appreciation of literature is seemingly on the demise, thanks to the doomsayer-esque allure of technology and its de-romanticisation of the written word, Dubai seems to be witnessing a sudden revivalist surge in the promotion of […]

A Guide to Dubai’s Best Second-hand Bookshops

July 26, 2012

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As written for The National, UAE (July 26, 2012) My definition of a glorious (yes, glorious) Saturday morning; 6 hours, 4 stores and a personal acquisition of 6 titles later = a round-up and critique of the top second-hand book stores in Dubai + the most fun I’ve had on a writing assignment in a […]

#DubaiMovies

January 10, 2011

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What started off as a radio competition to win Amy Winehouse concert tickets, turned into one of the most entertaining online trends instead. On having been asked to come up with creative Dubai themed movie titles (the best out of which would win the pair of tickets), UAE residents took to Twitter and launched -what […]

NOT Nice, ‘Baby’

March 31, 2010

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As written for The UAE Community Blog. Residents of the Emirates were racked with the shocking news that Sheikh Ahmed bin Zayed (younger brother of Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed, the President of the UAE and Ruler of Abu Dhabi) was involved in a plane crash last Friday. On the recovery of his body from a […]

Twest and Shout – Dubai Twestival 2010

March 27, 2010

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The norm when it comes to most charity dinners or events, is that donors have to fork up a heavy sum (usually a fixed amount) to book themselves a ’table.’ These to-do’s are normally frequented by the elite of the social hierarchy and is heavy with an air of pretension so thick that the muah-muah’s […]

Our Unsung Heroes

June 8, 2008

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Dubai is a great city.It’s new, it’s hip and it’s got a cultural mush of more than 185 nationalities. The roads are clean and the buildings are tall. Life is good and everyone is happy. But behind every clean street and architectural marvel are the little-known, little-acknowledged people responsible for it being there. They work […]