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A librarian for the pages of history

June 12, 2014

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Laurens Hesselink has made it his life’s work to preserve priceless ancient books and manuscripts dating back to the 15th century As written for Gulf News (June 12, 2014) Looking after what was quite possibly the most valuable stand at the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair, was renowned antiquarian Laurens Hesselink and owner of Antiquariaat […]

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 […]

The Case of The Missing Identity

December 28, 2010

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A certain prominent member of higher authority has very recently (and publicly) called for a systematized curbing in the number of non-Arab expatriates in a bid to ‘preserve’ the UAE’s national identity. He went on to attempt to justify his statement by labeling said expats as a threat to the identity, culture and heritage of […]

Fujairah – The Forgotten Emirate

October 11, 2010

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As written for Khaleejesque I try not to re-post on the blog what I’ve contributed elsewhere, but this little piece here has (as some call it) ‘sentimental value.’ So here’s to the Emirate I truly grew up in, dedicated to the kids who grew up with me. Last week I decided I deserved a break; […]

Sex-Ed 101

April 12, 2010

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Of late there’s been talk (well, heated debate anyway) of the need to integrate Sex-Ed into school curricula. And although this discussion in itself is a big enough move on its own, this seems to be as far as its going to go here in the UAE.For it seems that the majority of parents are […]

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 […]

EAIFL Day 4: Of Food, Glasnosts, Trauma & India; a.k.a The Final Leg

March 18, 2010

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I very grudgingly drove up to the festival venue on Saturday the 14th of March. It was the last day of the Emirates Airlines Festival of Literature, and judging by the back-to-back sessions I had lined up for day, I had a sinking feeling this day was going to just whizz past. Having said hello […]

EAIFL Day 3: In True Festival Spirit

March 17, 2010

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Day 3 of the Emirates Airlines Festival of Literature was probably the day with the most attendance; being a public holiday might have had something to do with it. When I arrived at the venue at 10.00am, the InterCon was teeming with the anticipation of another lit-induced high. Sessions were due to start for the […]

EAIFL: An Interview with Alexander McCall Smith – The Humble Scot

March 14, 2010

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When I scored an interview with Alexander McCall Smith, I was so ecstatic that I walked into the room without my pen and notepad. Only after excusing myself to hurry out and get them, did we finally sit down for an interview. Sorry, chat. Best known as the man behind The No.1 Ladies Detective Agency […]