The country is shaking off the Ramadan and summer hiatus and coming back to life. Tempo is in full swing with exciting projects and events.First and foremost is the “I LOVE UAE” competition which is in conjunction with the New York Film Academy Abu Dhabi. We were quiet in summerand then suddenly received an avalanche of calls from everyone who’s just come back from vacation. So in response we have extended thecompetition’s deadline to September 20, so be sure to send in your videos. Hint: poetry and skits can be great for this format. Super hint: Arabicand other languages are great.By the way, we have set up a “UAE greetings page” in www.tempoplanet.com (in ‹forum - tab is on top left), so be sure to write your greetings tothe UAE on the occasion of its 40th anniversary this year.As you know Tempo is a great community supporter, and is especially committed to spreading information about any initiative that servesthe public good. There are various grass roots projects that aim to support the disadvantaged within the UAE and overseas, especially now inplaces like Somalia which great need. Tell us about your fund raisers and we’ll share it with our readers. On the other side of the coin, if you’recontributing money for any cause be sure to do ask the right questions and ensure that the money is really going to those in need. If in doubtchannel your contributions through the large charities such as Red Crescent or Medicin Sans Frontieres, but try not to rule out the communityorganised efforts either, as these go right to the heart of the need, without having to support overheads.Keep giving, keep caring.Sana BagershManaging Editorbagersh@tempoplanet.com letters to the editor 04 18 people calendar MANAGING EDITOR uspace 05 20 art escape at DIFC Sana Bagersh what’s hot 06 22 round table FEATURES EDITOR Alma Kadragic the bottom bottom line 07 24 social meets EDITORIAL COORDINATOR tech talk | game hedz 08 25 doc in the house | live well Sharon Carvalho tempo top 10 songs 09 26 journey of attestation MAGAZINE DESIGN 10 Mark De Castro tempo planetarian 28 just handcrafted WEB DESIGNcity bites | dishes for dummies 11 29 articulate Ricklen Abellera my style blueprint 12 30 media MARKETING COORDINATOR 14 32 Manjul Abhishek cover story just a thought Laskar Laipubam youth talk 16 33 horoscope DISTRIBUTION COORDINATOR time capsule 17 Melaku Muluneh EDITORIAL CONTRIBUTORSADDRESS DISCLAIMER Angeli Castillo Shahid SaeedTo reach editorial at Abu Dhabi Tempo email: editorial@tempoplanet. Tempo is a publication of BrandMoxie. Although Tempo Magazine Dave Solomon Layla Ezzedeencom. If you need to find out where you can pick up your copy call: 02 667 does its best to ensure the authenticity and accuracy of its contents,3349 or check out the list of Tempo distribution points on our website. the publisher cannot accept any responsibility for errors, mistakes and Neena Rai Blakniss inaccuracies. The publisher reserves the rights of this product and no Preethi Janice D’Sa Manar Al HinaiNOTE TO ADVERTISERS part of this publication may be reproduced in any form or by any meansAdvertisers can request brand tagging with all advertisements. without the permission of the publisher. Shamma Al Suwaidi Ahmad SamirTo reach advertising call 02 667 3349 or Alia Youssef Rohith Bhatemail: email@example.com. MEDIA LICENCE NO. 1/105866/24295 Lean Abadi download www.gettag.mobi Scan the QR CODE using your smart phone to your smart phone Published by } run application for Blackberry this is done through BBM click on tag beside each article to have fun with for iPhone download BeeTag or Neo Reader online content, videos & cool tags! www.tempoplanet.com
Dear Ed, Thank you so much for granting my request to pose in your magazine. I picked up a copy of the August issue of Tempo and saw my picture in it and I liked it a lot! Thank you Tempo! - Ismael Gabriele Saballa (Ed- see Ismael in this issue of People Calendar!) Dear Ed, About the ‘I Love UAE competition”: When is the last day to submit videos for the NYFA video competition. When is it the last day to view videos?- Jeldeen Tresa Ed- The deadline has been extended to 20 September because of overwhelming response! And you can view the videos on www.tempoplanet.com. Dear Ed, I love your magazine, it’s awesome! - Mariam Abbasi Ed-Thanks Mariam Dear Ed, I’ve noticed one of your entries ripped content off other sources, is that going to be taken into consideration during the judging process? Alan D Ed- yes, the judges of the competition are keeping a close eye on copying and plagiarism. We need original content…it can be simple, but catchy and with a message. Dear Ed, I take issue with your negative comments in August issue’s Tempo about Rebecca Black…in Rohith’s column and in ‘The Bottom Bottom Line”. Even if Rebecca might not have talent, she still managed to become famous. Right? - Donna Amar Ed- you have a point Donna- let’s hope this is a stepping stone for RB to sustainable celebrity. The “I Love UAE” competition is a creative and fun way to show UAE’s true beauty. Thank you for the feature - the video is now up on www.shamimscene.com and it’s called Let’s TALK blogs! August issue was the first time DANA JOULANI I read the magazine and I found the articles interestingSHAMIM SCENE ALVIN BRYAN Great job on the new issue! I’ve Thanks for publishing only seen snippets at the my post about moment. I’ll grab a copy soon. Dani Shay! More power LYNN AGATHA BEAROSE KARMEL VELARDE QUESTION RESULTS OF LAST MONTH’S VOTE: Q: What are you doing this summer? WHAT FORM OF SOCIAL MEDIA DO YOU USE THE MOST? a) Facebook b) Twitter d) My Space e) Others 69% 23% 8% OF YOU WERE WORKING OF YOU WERE AWAY OF YOU WERE TAKING c) Google + ALL SUMMER ON HOLIDAY SOME TIME OFF AND Go to tempoplanet to vote CHILLING AT HOME
KNOW YOU’RE GETTING OLDSent by Arwa Darwish (‘this one is circulating via BBM”) “I LOVE UAE” COMPETITION Billy Stewart goes to the American Community School, Abu Dhabi Windows XP was I heard at my school that there was a video making competition and I already love filming and editing videos. I try to take every opportunity to make a short film when there is a contest, released TEN years and I make videos for my YouTube channel whenever I have an idea. Then when I heard that ago, in 2001! the first prize was a course at a film school and a camera, it motivated me even more. The basic idea came from my friend Adam (who is the actor in the video). His idea was that The “new” Millennium is more than a decade old! we would use snapshots of different locations in the UAE, and we could manipulate them… like in the Iron Man movies: We could jump into the Pierce Brosnan last acted as snapshots and then be in the snapshot and walk around James Bond nine years ago! in them. This idea was a little more complicated so we decided to have flags he could move around instead of snapshots of different places. So right before summerIt’s been 10 years since 9/11! began, I filmed it with Adam behind my house. Over the summer, I edited the video, and now it’s done!The Matrix came out 12years ago and Keanu Shabari Shankar goes to the Abu Dhabi Indian SchoolReeves is 46 today! Watch the videos I decided to participate in this competition is becauseMother Theresa and Lady Diana have been dead for 14 years! of my love for UAE! I was born in the UAE and I have spent 16 years here. So, I share a strong attachment to this place. Besides that, I love singing,Macaulay Culkin is 30 today! ( “Home writing and composing songs and I felt I should be expressing my love for this countryAlone” came out over 20 years ago.) through a medium that I am really passionate about.Terminator 2 is 20 years old! (Edward Furlong who This music video came about because of the support and encouragement from my band mates, friends, teachers and, most importantly, my parents. The main idea behind this videoportrayed kid John Connor is 33 now) was to capture the beauty of our country. I tried to express my love for this country and I’m really thankful to Tempo for providing such a wonderful opportunity to show my love for thisSean Connery is 80 years old and retired! amazing country. The youngest Spice Girl is 35, the oldest Tempo Video Feature: Cruzin’ In The Heat Backstreet Boy 39, Gwen Stefani is 41, and Madonna 52! Formed in 2002, rappers Desert Heat is made up of two Emirati Brothers, ‘Illmiyah’ (eel- mee-yah) and The first Harry Potter book ‘Arableak’, who share the goal of being the first truly came out 14 years ago! Arabian voice of Middle Eastern youth. Desert Heat primarily rap in English, but the majority of their songs contain some Arabic, adding nothing but The first season of F.R.I.E.N.D.S aired 17 years ago! originality to their music. Kids whom you remember The highlight of Desert Heat’s music is that they in their diapers are posting never use any negative vocabulary or profanity their pictures on Facebook! in their lyrics. They believe that to make good rap music, you don’t need to curse, which is quite a challenge for the group, but it is also what keeps them going. From early on, Desert HeatJurassic ‘Kids’ born in 1993 can legally drive focused on writing lyrics, expressing what life is like for an Arab in the Middle East, and thisPark is and vote this year! video is no different – Cruzin’ is a story of a summer day in the Emirates, where the brother are out and about in Dubai and eventually ending up at a barbeque with friends etc. The hitolder than Bryan Adams’ cult song “Summer of 69” was released 26 years ago! features upcoming R&B artist Tiny’o (Hassan Shams), and may just be this summer’s anthem.Justin Facebook has been around for To view this video, go to www.tempoplanet.comBieber! seven years! Check out Shamim’s behind the scenes of the Cruzin’ video and interview with the boys on www.shamimscene.com TO CHECK OUT THE VIDEO...
TO KNOW MORE ABOUT WHAT’S HAPPENING... CYCLE THE SEVEN EMIRATES CHALLENGETHINKING OUTSIDE THE “MALL” AND RAISE MONEY FORBy Alia Youssef A WORTHY CAUSEEid is just over and school is starting! Most of us would either say “No, I don’t wantto go to school” or “Yay, can’t wait to see my friends, but I’m dreading the school Join charity Gulf for Good for a second adventure that involves cyclingwork“. But we can at least enjoy the first few weeks of school when we can hang through all seven Emirates of the UAE (and a little corner of Oman). The routeout with our friends and we don’t have a lot of work to do. starts in Al Ain and will take you on open roads, mountain trails, coastal roads and desert tracks. Staying in a mixture of small local motel and desertSpeaking of places to hang out with our friends, don’t you wish there was a place camp, this challenge will give you an authentic taste of the emirates, beforeto meet up with friends that didn’t have the word ‘MALL’ in it? Well, guess what, the triumphant return to Dubai on the UAE 40 National Day!there is! Yes, that’s right, a place for both guys and girls to hang out and it doesn’t Fitness First, who is sponsoring the event, willinclude the word ‘MALL’ in it! offer free training sessions but no previous experience is needed to enroll. The maximumIt’s Al Forsan International Sports Resort; a new sports and recreation club that number of participants is 25 with a registrationhas many fun and enjoyable activities which are great to do with friends. My fee of Dh 2,200. There is no better way to mixfavorite was the Go Karting that they offer. I went there with my friends and we charity with work out and this fundraiser willhad a BLAST. They gave us suits, helmets, and we even had an instructor that give all proceeds to The Al Manar Charity Schoolgave us instructions on how to drive, safety precautions and so on. We drove for in Ajman which is in dire need of capital.15 minutes, which was plenty, and the track and atmosphere was FABULOUS. You For more informationfeel so free, with the wind blowing, and driving around the peaceful track. It costDh 120, but it was totally worth it! SHERATON’S FIRST INDOOR “SECOND HAND BAZAAR”Another activity I tried there was the archery. It’s difficult, I won’t lie to you, but FOR PAKISTAN AND ROMANIAit was an incredible experience. You get to practice aiming, and you have aninstructor with you the whole time, guiding you on how to use the equipment. Sheraton Abu Dhabi Hotel & Resort will host its first indoor Second HandAfter you finish practicing, you can even have a competition with your friends! Bazaar on Saturday the 17th of September in the Arzanah Ballroom. The bazaar is part of the “Road to Awareness 2011” fundraising initiative ofOne thing I would recommend while coming to Al Forsan is to rent a locker to Starwood Hotels & Resorts in Europe / Africa / Middle East which aims to raisekeep your items secure, especially if you’re going Go Karting. Also, wear light US$250,000 for UNICEF’s education programmes in Pakistan and Romaniaclothes, because all the activities are outside. One more thing, children under where millions of children are missing out on their right to go to school.18 do require an adult or guardian to sign a waiver before you can take part inthe sports activities at Al Forsan. So make sure you go with an aunt, or an older On Saturday, 17th of September, the hotel will host a flea market in itscousin, or even an older friend! And don’t worry about the food, Al Forsan has a ballroom, selling unused hotel items as well as enabling private households tovariety of restaurants. sell unwanted items. These can range from electronics to clothes, accessories, small furniture, kid’s toys or general items, as long as they are second handAnd finally, bring a camera and a group of friends and don’t forget to have fun. and in good quality. Visitors will have the opportunity to stroll around theAfter spending time with your friends outside of a ‘mall’ school will probably be indoor bazaar and make bargains. For more information contact thea great experience. Sheraton or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
WINNERS OF THE SOUGHA CORNER QUIZIn the July issue of Tempo, Khalifa Fund for Enterprise Development launched acompetition that was aimed at reviving Emirati heritage through entrepreneurial • Restaurants across the country are geared up for (post-skills development of local artisans. The competition was three questions about Ramadan) re-launches: we can expect more interior revamps,Sougha products and the prize was Dh 1,000 worth of Sougha products from the new menus and possibly more new restaurants as well.Sougha Kiosk at the Central Market, Abu Dhabi. Sougha products are hand made (Hopefully more quality seafood, and more Emirati cuisine?).by Emirati artisans and the patterns are inspired from Emirati heritage. These • Traffic cameras recorded 1,043 speeding violations in Dubaiwere the questions asked in the competition and answers to each of them: the past year, according to news reports. “[…] which police attributed to a rise in the number of the devices on1. What does Sougha mean? the emirate›s roads.” This could mean that the cameras areIn the Emirati dialect, Sougha is the present that a traveler brings back home doing the opposite of deterrence (?) or that the number ofafter his/her trip. speeders hasn’t changed but that cameras are catching more of them…?2. What is Shaira? • S&P, whaat? Who contributed to the subprime mess and creditShiara means tree in local dialect. It is also the name of the Bedouin patterns on crunch by over-rating in the first place? What we need is athe Bedouin weave. rating agency to rate the rating agencies.3. How does Sougha fly? • So 50 Cent pulled out of Dubai’s Shoppiesta Festival last month.Sougha products are now available for sale on board Etihad Airways flights and My suspicion is 50 got tired of everyone mispronouncing histhat is how Sougha flies! name….it’s “Mr Fitty cents” to you. • Beyonce’s four concerts in NYC this past month all sold out inThe winners of the competition were: 22 seconds. Seconds!Ms. Faria Suman • Liam Gallagher might think about showing more leg for hisMs. Razia Yasmeen upcoming concert in Abu Dhabi.Ms. Cynthia Reginald • The Economist’s Big Mac Index is an unofficial (but quiteThe winners were presented with their Sougha products on August 18 at the accurate) measurement of purchasing power parity acrosskiosk in the Central Market, Abu Dhabi. currencies. Concierge proposes ‘the Jones the Grocer Index:’ this sees how many seats are filled at 8pm on Thursday night at JTG to determine the number of expats in town. • Congratulations to Imagenation. With ‘The Help” you bet on the right horse. “The Help” is winning critical acclaim and already receiving serious Oscar buzz. • Back from summer and noticing our spiffy new garbage skips? That’s courtesy Averda, the new company contracted by the Centre of Waste Management to take care of waste in Abu Dhabi. Next step: ‘pretty and green’. • On topic of aesthetics, Anna from Karama wrote in to say the new Lifeline gyms deliver value but she wants them to: “beautify the gym space…anything to make exercising more fun.” • Tempo recently received an invite from a PR company to join them for dinner at Yemen Saeed restaurant near the Immigration building in Abu Dhabi. Indeed a sign of recessionary times (especially coming from a PR agency), but kudos, Yemen Saeed is worth a visit for authentic, “Arabian soul food”. • Praveen in Al Ain tells us to remind all you dog owners out there: scoop the poop! • I was chatting with friends and someone said something of note: “When you hear the news about all the donations going to Somalia, don’t assume that your little bit won’t make a difference. It does. So give.” • A reminder to all: be sure to enter the “I Love UAE” competition. Now’s the time to show your love…and show off your talent. And that, folks, is the bottom, bottom line. Write to me: email@example.com The Concierge
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Fail, and you will be cursed with unending and woeful boredom!SONY VAIO E SERIES NOTEBOOKSSony has launched its new E Series notebooks in the Middle East. This new IOS GAMESseries is built with second generation Intel Core i5 Processors and AMD Dual- This will be quick:core Processors specifically designed to improve the video quality, enhance BACKSTAB is a newish game on the iPad, a swashbuckling, promising pirategame play and extend battery life. A hexagon pattern is embossed into the shell adventure. One word: disappointing. Repetitive, badly portrayed characters, dodgywith screen size from 14” to 15.5”, Nvidia GeForce 410M GPU & AMD Radeon AI. Nuff said. We give it a 5/10.HD 6310 or Intel HD 3000 graphic controllers. The notebooks come with severalapplications and utilities pre-installed; which are designed to launch through Two games to look out for on IOS are EPOCH and SHADOWGUN. Both are third-one touch buttons. The notebooks are widely available in Jumbo stores and person shooters and look great, so far. In Epoch you play a robot blasting its wayleading electronic shops across the UAE with a starting price of Dh 2,495. through an apocalyptic world of...other robots. In Shadowgun you play a grizzled bounty hunter blasting his way through an apocalyptic world to find a muchNEWS & GOSSIP sought after scientist. Ah, apocalyptic worlds where would gaming be withoutGOOGLE PLUS (+) you? Probably stuck at checkers. No release date on either, but slated to come outGoogle’s new social network, Google Plus, is about to launch. The launch date before the year’s end.has not yet been made official, but the search engine giant claims it providesanswers for social media users’ security concerns. To begin with, Google+ does Check gamehedz.blogspot.com for gameplay video and other details.pretty much what all other social networks do, that is, facilitate connections Braap!and sharing. 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have a huge impact collectively. Even at home, people should be more active by encouraging their parents and family members to take measures to conserve energy. For example, the problem in the UAE is the huge amount of electricity that is being used. Families can take steps to reduce the electricity load and use more fuel efficient materials. IRENA plans to launch educational and awareness building initiatives in the UAE in the coming year.IRENA: The global voice of renewable energyUrging Community Engagement and Involvement To learn more about IRENA and how you can become involved visit: www.irena.orgBy Gauri SinghThe International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) was o cially createdin Bonn on 26 January 2009, and mandated by its member nations of 148states and the European Union, to promote the adoption of sustainableforms of renewable energy in the world. The global headquarters of IRENAis in Abu Dhabi, which also hosted the organization’s very rst assembly inApril. Tempo sat with Gauri Singh, Director Knowledge management andInnovation Technologies at IRENA to nd out more about the organizationand to learn how the community and young people can become involved.TEMPO: How would you summarize the reason for the existence ofIRENA?GAURI: The objective for IRENA is to become the leading international centreof excellence for renewable energy and to become a platform for exchange anddevelopment of renewable energy knowledge. Our aim is to create knowledgecentres that are equipped with research, and technical and economic information,as well as renewable resource potential data, that countries can use whenthey discuss their measures and create their policies. We aim to be the turn-toorganization for member countries to access all the relevant information theyneed to make their decisions.TEMPO: Is IRENA achieving this objective? Gauri Singh at IRENA’s April conferenceGAURI: IRENA as an organization is very young. It held its first assembly in Aprilthis year so it’s really only five months old. What’s impressive is that 148 countriesand the European Union have signed the IRENA statue, and 83 countries have IRENA’S Statuteratified the treaty. Renewable energy is being seen as the key solution for • Collect renewable energy related information and knowledge, and analysedealing with the looming problem of climate change. and disseminate current renewable energy practices, including policiesTEMPO: How can the public get involved? and incentives, available technologies, and examples of best operationalGAURI: The problem is that everyone feels that climate change is a huge problem practice.and that there is not much that they can do on a personal level. But young people • Foster international exchanges about renewable energy policy and itsespecially have the energy and creativity to make a real difference. They can form framework conditions.advocacy groups which can help to influence policy makers to take steps to • Provide relevant policy advice and assistance.increase the share of renewable energy in their countries. • Improve renewable energy knowledge that facilitates technology transfer and promotes the development of local capacity and competence.Young people can be empowered by working with larger organizations, and • Promote capacity building services such as training and education.unleash their imagination and creativity towards conservation and promoting • Provide information and advice on the financing mechanisms available forrenewable energy. They shouldn’t feel that they are doing anything in isolation, renewable energy projects.but that they are part of a larger global network committed to tackling this • Stimulate and encourage research (including on socio-economic issues), bychallenge and mitigating climate change. The youth network is powerful and fostering research networks to undertake joint research, development andthis has been demonstrated through many recent events. Young people use deployment of technologies.social media like Facebook and Twitter and this means that they can be more • Provide information about the development and deployment of nationalproactive in their demand to save the future for next generations. and international technical standards in relation to renewable energy,TEMPO: How can our readers make a diﬀerence? based on a sound understanding through an active presence in the relevantGAURI: I think there are many examples where they can make a difference, fora, andfrom small groups of 10 to 20 people to larger communities. What they each do • Disseminate knowledge and information and increase public awareness onto engage on the environment and climate change can appear small, but can the benefits and potential offered by renewable energy.
By Sharon CarvalhoWhen you step into Sennara at the One to One hotel,you immediately get the sense that this is seafoodrestaurant. Fish nets, baskets, an aquarium and soothingbeach-evoking music puts you in the mood for seafoodin leisurely dining ambience. The entrance into therestaurant might confuse you a little bit (you have to takethe lift up), but once you’re in the restaurant it is spaciousand homey. Sticking with the Lebanese theme, Sennara offers desserts such as Halawet Al Jeben and Mafukeh with Achta along with your more conventional desserts. These might sound like a mouthful but informed waiters make choosing desserts a piece of cake. Basically made of white cheese and stuffed with nuts and sugar syrup, these desserts could easily be too much to handle but the bite size portions make them the perfect ending to a satisfying meal. Small, bite size sugary delights just enough to satisfy your sweet tooth craving.The menu offers a choice of seafood dishes with an ethnic Lebanese twist. Withwaiters at your side to explain the intricacies of the menu, you could perhapsbegin a meal with delicious hot and cold mezze platter or their signature dish“Batata Harra”; crispy fried cubes of potato tossed in finely chopped corianderand chilies, or alternately their “Shrimp Shakshooke” which is succulent prawnscooked in a spicy tomato and capsicum base. A note to the wise: here whenthey say spicy, they don’t mean wimpy-spicy, but the take-it-like-a-man-and-grin kind! Or of course, you can ask the waiter to tone it down a little if you want By Angeli Castillo(a strong recommendation from this reviewer).Sennara offers you a variety and control: choose the fish you want, cooked the INGREDIENTSway you want, and in the sauce you want. The varieties of fish include salmon, 8 cups chopped seedless watermelonsea bass, and lobster to the usual gang of human- friendly sea creatures. You 1/2 cup freshly squeezed lime juicemay decide to grill, fry, steam or even barbeque your fish! You could do what I Mint leavesdid, and have sea bass grilled with a creamy garlic-lemon butter sauce, and try Icesome batter fried lady fish to make them crispy or, if you prefer a light dish;you could get your choice of fish steamed to such perfection that it melts in DIRECTIONSyour mouth. Puree the watermelon, lime juice and sugar in a blender until smooth. Add more sugar, if needed. Transfer puree to a pitcher and chill until ready to serve. Stir and pour into glasses over ice. Garnish with mint. RATING SCALE: LEVEL 1: SUPER EASY LEVEL 2: RELATIVELY EASY LEVEL 3: MEDIUM SKILLS REQUIRED LEVEL 4: COOKING SKILLS A MUST LEVEL 5: ARE YOU SURE YOU WANNA DO THIS?
Cervil Anne Vileta Reyes is a 28 year old Filipina who has been working as a medicaltechnologist at the Gulf Diagnostic Center for almost two years.FASHION STATEMENT:For Cervil it is all about comfort: “I don’t follow anyparticular style nor see myself as a fashionista. I likewearing t-shirts that are plain or have a simple printand pairing them with my favourite jeans”. I love shopping at Bershka, Stradivarius and Aeropostale because I believe they fit my simplistic style. “I guess the effect of growing up with two brothers is that I’m not into accessorizing or make up. The most I would do is put on lip gloss when I go to work. On the occasions where I need to dress up and wear something formal, I usually pair a black dress with sandals and a pair of pearl earrings.” “I do quite like fashion and read fashion magazines a lot, but I just don’t know if what I read is for me. I see myself as loving my comfort and being way too simple for what fashion magazines have to offer. For me, it’s all about knowing who you are and being yourself all the time.”
PHOTOS AND MODELS WITH A “5 FEET” TWIST By Sharon Carvalho When Vibhu Raj, a free lance photographer based in Abu Dhabi realized that there was a market in providing media and design solutions along with unique events, he got together with six of his friends, each who had a different skill set, to form 5 Feet Productions. He gave Tempo a behind the scenes look into “Fashionova” a 5 Feet Productions project that featured photography, modeling and design, and one that he expects will be held annually and developed into its own brand. Neha GaggarQ: Tell us about Fashionova 2011A: Fashionova is a fashion event with a difference. The idea was that models ofany size and age could participate by getting their portfolio clicked by about 30photographers and then walk the ramp in designer wear. We realized that peoplelove posing for the camera but may be shy because of their size or because theydon’t know what to do in front of the camera. That was how Phase 1 of the eventbegan. Men and women of any age or size participated, learned how to poseand modeled, and were given a fabulous portfolio at the end. The photographystudent were trained by renowned photographer, Binu Bhaskar, on how totake portfolio pictures. This led to Phase 2 which included training the modelsto walk the ramp, and teaching the photographers how to create commercialphotography. Commercial photography covered products, architecture, wildlife,still life, landscapes etcetera. The photographers got invited to the design studioswith their pictures and were taught how to take better pictures. This includedtouch up work, how to figure out better camera settings, lighting for a bettershot, etc. For the models, it was about wearing designer clothes and getting The 5 Feet and Fashionova Team
trained to walk the ramp by Ajay Ashok. Phase 1 shoots happened on 22 and 23July at Lighthouse Studio, Dubai and on 29 and 30 July 2011 at the MillenniumHotel, Abu Dhabi and, because of immense demand, another shoot took place on19 August at Lighthouse Studio, Dubai.Q: Binu, tell us about yourself and your experience with Fashionova2011.A: I am photographer but I also consider myself to be an artist. I have a degreein photography from Melbourne and I participated in a number of commercialshoots over there. But over the past six or so years I have been focusing on myart. It was through my art shows that I met Vibhu and the 5 Feet team. I haddone quite a few shows in Dubai and I started workshops which wer more aboutconnecting photography with art. Through these workshops I talked to the 5 Behind the scenesFeet team and they asked me to train the photographers for Fashionova. I wasdelighted to do it because I like the energy of the 5 Feet team. They are keento bring something new to the market and I hope it works out for them. I wasonly here for the first phase and I won’t be here for the fashion show but I haveenjoyed my time with the models and photographers. PHOTOGRAPHERS Firoze Edassery- every element of the workshop was superb. Binu Bhaskar backed with the 5 Feet Production team made it informative and entertaining. Binu has the ability to communicate complicated lighting, composing and Angel Drake framing concepts with incredible ease. We had a good shoot at Light House with models who were trained equally well. It was worth every Dirham! I learned a lot about studio lighting and portfolio shoots and I had a great time having met Sophia Mehrass great people. Nelson Davis- I am an amateur and I’m happy I got the privilege to learn from the best in the industry. The way the workshops were organized and how the knowledge was communicated was great. The workshops have helped me take my photographic interests to a new level. MODELS Vimal Vijayan- Fashionova was a great experience. It gave me the opportunity to work with highly professional people and share their experiences. It was fun and exciting. I think it’s good for aspiring models who want to learn about the fashion industry and for photographers who want to learn different concepts and techniques.Ajay, what was your role in Fashionova. Reshma Khan- When I heard about Fashionova I jumped at the opportunity because I have always wanted to get my portfolio taken by professionalI am a fashion choreographer and model trainer. I’m here to style the shoots and photographers. I am extremely glad I did. They taught me how to pose andtrain the models on how to walk the ramp with grace and confidence. I loved the corrected my expressions and now I have photographs that make me do a doubleidea that men and women of any age and size could participate in this event. take to make sure they are mine!It helped reach out to those that may never be models but can learn how to beone through these workshops. It helps by increasing self confidence and helping Sheetal More- Fashionova was not only about learning but about having fun.them develop a positive attitude about themselves. It is also an experience they I got the opportunity to interact with professionals from the industry and I amwill never forget. thankful to 5 Feet for organizing this event.
SOCIAL MEDIA: WHERE IT STARTED THE GLASS SLIPPER …ANDTHE LEGACY OF TEENAGE CAVEMEN WAITING FOR PRINCE CHARMINGBy Ahmad Samir By Shamma Al SuwaidiSocial media sites are everywhere, just as the words “Facebook” and “Twitter” The concept of the “glass slipper” is a familiar one to all ofhave become synonymous with the hordes of their fervid users. I am by nomeans an exception; I’m as guilty of over-using social media sites as the next us. We all grew up on Walt Disney, and it has left its markguy! And in all likelihood, everyone reading this is a user of social media in some on most of us. Every story in the children books we used toform, so we can logically conclude that social media is here to stay. read, or the movies we used to watch delivered a certain Why are they so popular among us teenagers? What makes us gravitate to them message that implanted itself in our subconscious mind.in large numbers? The explanation is very simple. We are social beings; and I want to talk about Cinderella because it was the story Ihard-wired to stay connected. loved the most. It made us believe that one day our ownEons ago we gathered together, by default. We lived and hunted in groups; special prince will find us and carry us away to ‘lala land’always together; always connected. It was in our every interest to be together as where everything is hunky dory.our survival depended on it. Boog the caveman, for example, thought nothingof staying connected with his mates Ta and Gog. They were always a stone’s What the story failed to tell is was that along with love comes pain. And it’s notthrow away (literally). In terms of social circles, we lived in tiny communities. just the stories that mislead us; it’s also our upbringing along with our innocentWhat’s very significant is that, in those cavemen who were lucky enough not inability to know the difference between fiction and reality. We believe that loveto be mauled to death by saber tooth tigers only ever lived a few years past is forever and that it has no boundaries.adolescence; they had very short life spans. For the most part, all cavemen wereteenagers! (How cool is that?) Now comes the follow up question… is it our fault? Can we be blamed for pursuing love and looking for forever? For having this deep desire to have thatFast forward a few thousand years, and you’ll find that while our modus operandi glass slipper fit? My answer is no. We didn’t know then what we know now.hasn’t changed: our need to stay connected remains intact. And it’s exactly that We didn’t know that ‘Prince Charming’ would leave us with a broken heart. Wevisceral need to stay connected to our fellow man that has made these networks didn’t know what our religion begged us to know. And now we pay the price forso popular. The internet has given us the means to, once again, fulfill that need. a mistake that wasn’t ours to begin with.(Even if it’s just to post pictures of our cats) So the message I’d like to send to women all over the world is a direct and clear:The teenager of today has, virtually at least, achieved the highly coveted status those who still have that child in them who believes in the idea of love like I do:of being a global citizen; one whose circle of communication isn’t bound by it’s not about having the right foot to fit the right shoe, and it’s not about livingterritory. The Borg (the alien race from Star Trek) comes to mind. Plainly put, in a real pessimistic world either; it’s about that inner child that must not die.they are a race of cybernetic organisms that are all connected together through That inner child needs to have hope and needs to wish and dream of brightera central network called the “Unicomplex”. The similarity is uncanny. Come to tomorrows.think of it, the idea of the Borg was probably a metaphor for us as a race and theway we’re taking in technology. A dear friend of mine once told me to believe. And that’s exactly what I’m going to tell you. But don’t just believe in love, believe in Allah.With all the technology we’re using, we are still staying true to the primalhuman and our teenage cavemen ancestors. And Believe that Allah has the ability to turn your fantasy into reality so hold onof course there’s also the fact that it’s free, a good to that faith with both hands and never give up. In a world of lies and deceitway to kill boredom and, well, totally awesome! and negativity, we all need faith and to know that it can take us to the highestNow, please excuse me; I need to tweet… mountains and deepest oceans. And maybe even to the land where ‘Prince#WhySocialMediaIsPopular Charming’ awaits us just around the corner.Drop me a line at: Open to feedback, firstname.lastname@example.orgAhmedSamirSalama@yahoo.com Follow me on Twitter
Name: TOUFIC ISSAA FREEZE FRAME OF MY LIFE: SEPTEMBER 2011 Age: 21 Profession: STUDENT Nationality: LEBANESE Motto: LET YOUR COLOURS SHINE My most valued possession would be my new amazing professional camera You can usually find me hanging out at Mugg and Bean, Ohio cafe and Special Cafe I CANNOT LIVE WITHOUT THE GOOD COMPANY I HAVE Lady Gaga inspires me the most because of her artistic and amazing performances A typical day in my life would be wake up, brush my teeth, check my emails, have a small breakfast, clean my room, do some chores around the house, take a small nap, cook for mum and dad and then see my peeps I would like to own a Volkswagen Beetle Five things I cannot live without are Friends, Gummy Bears, Parents, Strawberries, Music My earliest memory is when I was four years old. I remember watching my favorite horror movies which are Freddy Kruger and Bram Stock Dracula If I wanted to look absolutely great I would wear a nice buttoned up shirt with a cardigan. Pair that with jeans or nice slacks with a nice belt and mocasins along with a nice watch that matched the outfit I would love to be stuck in an elevator with Lady Gaga and least like to be stuck in an elevator with George Clooney I would play Hip Hop and RnB music to get a party started! Avril Lagine –Smile is my last song syndrome If I could be trapped in a TV show for a month it would be Glee email us : email@example.com want us to time capsule your life? THE MOST RECENT MOVIE THAT MADE ME CRY WAS MY SISTERS’ KEEPER My idea of the perfect weekend is chilling at the beach, going to a nice restaurant and watching a good movie with friends and loved ones I have been to Greece, Switzerland and Canada and I would love to go to Bali, Hawaii, New York and Greece again. If I could be anywhere in the world right now it would be Canada I love the Summer season the most! My favourite dessert is Blueberry cheesecake If I could be any drink/ snack/ fruit / vegetable, it would be a colourful cake but with a bit of sweetness.
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ARTESCAPEAT DIFCAN ARTISTIC OASIS AMID AN URBAN JUNGLETempo took a stroll recently in DIFC Gate Village and was thoroughly invigoratedby the art gallery scene that is integrated throughout the business park. Weloved the urban planning and use of space, and the way the art provides a visualand spiritual reprieve in the high-octane financial environment. The art galleriesat DIFC not only nourish the business community around it, but are open to thepublic, offering a vibrant calendar of art and culture events throughout the year.Indeed, the galleries host numerous events, including exhibition openings,launches and corporate receptions.Tempo went snap happy as we strolled throughthe galleries, and here we present some of the artthat caught our whimsy. Some are showcased aspart of exhibits indoors while a few are located inthe landscaped outdoors.The art galleries at DIFC include ARTSPACE, Ayyam Gallery, Cuadro Fine ArtGallery, Opera Gallery, The Empty Quarter, The Farjam Collection and XVA Gallery.DIFC tells us that they are expecting to open up more galleries very soon. Formore details of the exhibitions go to DIFC’s website www.DIFC.ae.
CELEBRATING THE Write your greetings to the UAE on the occassion of it’s 40th anniversary this year. Go to www. tempoplanet.com in ‘Forum’ (tab on the topUAE’S 40TH ANNIVERSARY left) and leave a message and your name. WHAT DO YOU THINK NEXT MONTH’S ARE THE UAE’S DEFINING QUESTIONS ARE: VALUES THAT COULD GIVE IT 1. Besides high paying jobs, what in your opinion AN EDGE IN THE LEAGUE OF attracts people to reside in the UAE? WORLD NATIONS? 2. If the UAE capitalised on its current assets, how do you think it can transform itself 100 years from now? WHAT, IN YOUR send us your views to firstname.lastname@example.org OPINION, HAS BEEN THE UAE’S Name: Abdulrahman Belhaik GREATEST H INAI L ACHIEVEMENT, RA Occupation: Fresh graduate AND WHY? A1. UAE’s greatest achievement is its high standards of safety and security in N MA the country. Although the country is highly diversified, it is also very safe, and that is a remarkable achievement. WITH2. To me, safety and security are important defining values. This is because once you have accomplished those, everything else is uphill from there. I believe it is easy for the country to develop in a positive manner if everyone feels happy and secure. Name: Hessa Mohammed Occupation: Media researcher 1. The greatest achievement of all time is the establishment of the UAE federation that consists of seven unique emirates that blend modernity with originality and set a good example of how real unity is. The UAE federation was the foundation to all of the achievements we celebrate today. 2. There are many defining values of the UAE that can give it an edge in the league of the world nations. The ones I believe that stand out is first the UAE›s international role and responsibility towards regional and worldwide matters, such as in: Libya and Somalia. Name: Mohammed Ahmed Another value is the emphasis on education with Occupation: Diplomatic Attaché world class universities opening branches in the UAE and the rising number of students it attracts from 1. The greatest achievement that the UAE has made is the establishment of the UAE the region and worldwide to study. Moreover, the federation, and uniting all seven Emirates under one rule. In unity there’s strength, ongoing modernity, advanced technology, renewable and under separation is weakness. energies, and concern for environment safety. Not to 2. The one thing that separates the UAE from all other countries is the relationship also forget the safety of the UAE that is an appealing our president has with his people. It is that of a father-child relationship. For factor for businesses, tourism and education. example, the late president Sheikh Zayed treated all Emiratis like his children, and when asked why he provided them with houses and all the amenities they required, his reply was that the Emiratis were like his children, and his only wish was to make sure that his children were comfortable so they could have a clear mind to focus on building the nation and help it prosper.
Name: Al Waleed Osman Occupation: Student1. I think the UAE’s greatest achievement has been building a world class city in the record time of 40 years. It has become one of the most sought after destinations for work, business, leisure, and entertainment. It is one of the very few places in the world that has been able to attract such a great pool of talented and diverse people. It has improved the quality of life of everyone who has been lucky enough to live in it. It has managed to maintain the intricate balance between old and new and to seamlessly integrate into the future without having to give up on its past culture and traditions. But most of all the greatest achievement the UAE has ever made is to capture the hearts and souls of everyone who has visited it or heard about it.2. Charity: The UAE has rushed to aid every single country that has gone through any trying situation. It has been on the forefront of any effort to relieve them and help minimize the casualties. Sympathy: the UAE has taken care of any individual or group who requires its help whether by shelter, money or moral support. Education: it is one of the most valued and prized possessions by the UAE nationals who are willing to improve themselves and develop their homeland. Compassion: for the elderly, the weak and youngsters who need the care to grow and thrive and those who are less well off in the community. Name: Aditya Jain Occupation: Assistant Relationship Manager 1. The United Arab Emirates has risen from a relatively unknown country in the backwaters of the Middle East to a country of national prominence. We’re not quite there yet; there are many political, social and demographical issues to be solved. However, I believe the UAE’s greatest achievement is becoming the de-facto role model for all the other Middle Eastern countries. Think back to ten years ago, the UAE was practically unheard of. Glazed looks crossed faces every time you mentioned you were from Abu Dhabi, and conversation had to be shifted back to more popular countries like Turkmenistan or Liechtenstein. However, with Dubai’s love for breaking world records and Abu Dhabi’s immense sovereign wealth funds, the world has turned to the UAE as a saviour, which I believe is no mean feat for a nation to achieve. 2. It is difficult to pinpoint exactly what makes the UAE special, what defines it. Is it the billions of barrels of oil, the monstrous skyscrapers, the hundreds of different nationalities all co-existing relatively peacefully? I believe if we look at the league of world super-powers, we seem to be doing pretty well. Are we bankrupt like Greece, Portugal or Ireland? No. Are we on the edge of collapsing like Europe? No. Have there been revolutions in the streets like in Egypt? No. On the whole it would be hard to disagree that the leaders of this country must be doing something right. Name: Rachel Lange Occupation: CEPA Supervisor 1. A while ago I read some research on the effect of being the first in your family to pursue higher education, mostly conducted in places where higher education has been widespread for an extremely long time. Given that, just a couple of generations ago, very few people in this country even considered higher education, I would say what the UAE has accomplished in terms of education is nothing short of amazing. 2. Throughout its short history, the UAE has been committed to preserving its traditions and identity, while incorporating the best of what other nations have to offer. What seem at first to be two opposing forces actually make the nation stronger.
FOOD LOVERS ABU DHABI KEY PERSON- AAMIR SYED Christiane Hunold- I was already a member of other Meetup groups and I sort of got caught up in the Food Lovers group because of my love of food. My friends and I used to dine out quite regularly and we were constantly on the lookout for new places that weren’t necessarily posh. Our aim was to find the hidden, unknown places that provided a great dining experience. With the Food Lovers Meetup group we were guaranteed to meet interesting people and eat good food. All in all, I really enjoy myself every time I go to a Food Lovers meet up session. Food Lovers is all about g r e a t Sandi Hermann- The meet up Rachel Lange: Life in cities people at the Belgian Cafe was my first can be isolating. Groups like coming food lovers event but I thought it the Food Lovers’ Meetup can together was put together very well, they be a great way to meet new to enjoy great seem to organize almost weekly people outside the office and food. I’ve realized events with a great variety of go to places you might notthat people spend the most amounts of restaurants, perfect way to meet have gone otherwise. A lotmoney and time on food, here in Abu new friends and at the same of fun.Dhabi. I figured that since that is one of time experience all the differentthe best ways to socialize, I created a group restaurants in Abu Dhabi.and realized that social rotation would bemuch higher as people would be moreinclined to gather.Aamir Syed- I’ve met people from allover the world. From LA, Egypt, Koreaand so many more places and its alwaysnice to have so many different peoplegather together to enjoy good food andgood company while talking about theircultures and the differences they see. It’salways nice to see a person from LA havinga debate with a person from Egypt about The group has a social meet up almost every week and they use theirthe most random things! website to communicate with group members about meet ups or even to exchange ideas about diﬀerent restaurants they feel they should try out.
DOC IN THE HOUSE Dr.DMS | A Doc from the Bronx LIVE WELL Layla Ezzedeen | Performance Whiz and Feng Shui PractitionerWORK AVERSION SYNDROME (WAS) WHO’S WHO IN MY LIFEEveryone wants to be remembered, right? I want to make my mark on Before we tackle Feng Shui techniques proper, one area is worthy ofthe world and go down in history. Well, I think I may have stumbled upon coverage: the relationships in your life. One way to categorize them ismy everlasting legacy for the medical community. I know that I am not as (1) those you must invest yourself in, (2) those that need redefinitionthe only person who has diagnosed this syndrome, but I am going to and, (3) those that need to end – as simple as that. A person may be inbe so bold as to claim it my own. Let me introduce you to a syndrome, two or more categories, which probably implies that you need to do morewhich I know, has aﬄicted you all at some time: it’s called ‘Work Aversion thinking about them.Syndrome’ (WAS) Invest yourself in people who matter the most andIt may not be as intellectual as ‘Downs Syndrome,’ or as fancy as ‘Von who ‘return with interest’. Loved ones and co-workersHipple Lindau Disease,’ or ‘Tay Sachs’…but its mine. And, it is FAR morecommon than the aforementioned conditions. It aﬄicts everyone at are good examples. Do not invest yourself in peoplesometime, sparing no one. who do not care about you or don’t know you exist.I diagnose WAS and hand out so many work notes per shift that it makes One good example is the people you follow religiously on television orme wonder: who is actually working at any given time in Abu Dhabi? I other media. Honestly, couldn’t you be doing something better with yourget asked by everyone- from those who don’t even appear to have jobs, time? They make money from your gaping foolishly at them before theto others who should have enough wasta (Work Aversive Strategic telly. If you are going to spend several hours a week following someone, atTactician?), to those who don’t need it. WAS is a pandemic! least make sure they offer some kind of valuable input to your life. Don’t give of your time so freely.Back in the day, you never asked for a sick note. If you were ill you mayget rewarded. But to actually ask.......shame! You trusted that the doctor It is not clear what some people do in your life. Are they friends? Foes?knew how to “sniff” out the sick from the b%!!$h!t. Nowadays, mothers Acquaintances – who help with what exactly? Ensure that people in yourwill insist that their child gets a day off (maybe even two), for a scraped life have a clear role. Of course, this is not something you ask them to do,knee (or other minor ailments). Somehow the kid managed to survive the but rather something you decide for yourself. These relationships requirerest of the day at school, so why does he/she need a sick note? Come on your clever redefinition or must be moved to the third category.mom; is that a good example to set? When a relationship is not what it used to be, has no relevance or, worse, isHere’s what not to do: come to the hospital at some ungodly hour an obstacle in your life, get real and wrap it up. This is not necessarily easycomplaining of chest pain, then finally get a work note only to get caught and there is not one way to go about it; different people manage differentlyby me the next day at a cafe smoking sheesha during daylight hours (read: in different circumstances. This could be an intimate relationship that isworking hours). Bad form! getting costly (grow up and move on) or a flaky type who calls when they need something (say you are not able to respond to them without givingI wish folks would just ask. Instead, I carefully wade through mounds excuses). Guard your right, this is part of self-respect.of details about some fictional illness until I spot the unconscious mark,which alerts me to a case of WAS. Time and effort wasted by all concerned. To start this process take a large sheet of paper, call it “The People List” andThere is a certain population that I can sympathize with their WAS list everyone you know. Then ponder each one and assign them a category.aﬄiction. They work hard and in less than desirable conditions. A simple Highlight the problem people and think about what this relationshipwork note means more to them than any prescription I can offer. I think should transform into. Use visualizations like a movie in your head; it willof it as a prescription for rest. That rest day may save them/ us from some prepare you for your new reality.fatigue related accident. So what to do now? I feel a sense of failure. As thediscoverer, I can offer no cure. The most useful treatment? The tried andtrue ‘work note’. Maybe it’s possible that I don’t want to find the cure forWAS. If I did, how would I be able to pull a “sickie” then? Need help? Share your thoughts on myJust further proof that we are all the same. Facebook page
JOURNEY OF ATTESTATION WITH SANA BAGERSHUAE TO USA ROAD TRIP3000km: 10 STATES, A DOZEN CITIESTHE DEALThose of you who read August’s editor’s note in Tempo would have learned about my‘journey of attestation’ across the eastern United States. The challenge was to go to theUS and attest my degree from the University of Tennessee once and for all, to get all myUAE paperwork correctly regularised, and be back in time for Ramadan. Yes, we could havesent it to a degree attestation agency and done it all from Abu Dhabi, but we wanted toexperience the whole process first hand. So we decided instead to indulge in a ‘mission-cation’ (mission + vacation ) and do it ourselves. My husband Ali agreed that this wouldbe a good time for him to get his Georgia Tech degree authenticated as well . (We decidedto ignore Seattle University degrees, and the US west coast for another journey, anothertime). So on July 15, we left Abu Dhabi…THE MISSIONTo fly into New York, take a domestic flight and go to Atlanta. Rent a car and go to GeorgiaTech (for Ali’s degree), get it attested by the university and then the State of Georgia. Wewould then drive to Knoxville, Tennessee, pick up my degree, drive to Nashville to get itattested by the State of Tennessee, drive to Washington DC, get it attested by the US StateDepartment and then by the UAE embassy. (Once in the UAE, the next steps are now to getan official translation and a final attestation stamp from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs).THE ROAD TRIPMISSION PART: GEORGIA, TENNESSEE, WASHINGTON DC JULY 18: FLEW NY TO ATLANTAVACATION PART: NEW ENGLAND & NEW YORK Riding on the Georgia Tech trolley. Chatted with Naeema, a new Muslim student from KenyaAtlanta to Knoxville: 327 km and an architecture student at GT. She told me about how she was looking forward to fastingKnoxville to Nashville; 291 km her first Ramadan in the USA. (I found out that you break your fast there around 8.15pm!).Nashville to Washington dc (via Knoxville): 1,075 She raved about Dubai’s structures and her dream of one day working in the UAE.Washington DC to New York: 362 kmsNew York to Boston, Mass: 351kmsBoston to Hyannis (Cape Cod): 163Hyannis-Boston-New York: 514 kms grits For more info on grits JULY 19: GRITS IN MARIETTA, GEORGIA We stopped at a Pancake House in Marietta for breakfast. I decided to reacquaint my taste buds with ‘grits’. For those of you not familiar with grits, they’re a popular breakfast staple in the southern United States. They’re made from coarsely ground corn and have the consistency of thick porridge. ON TO MY ALMA MATER- UTK This part of the journey was emotional forJULY 15: REACHED NYC me. It brought back memories of arrivingWe arrived in NYC and took two days to recover from jetlag and our 16 hour flight on here decades ago, a young teenager, copingEtihad from Abu Dhabi. Spent all the time on Manhattan island. Below are photos of with being away from home and family,shawarma and falafel stands on Seventh Avenue. All the stands that you see in this picture and dealing with the rigours of university(and indeed in most of NYC) sell halal meat. They get a lot of business from Muslims life. I walked through the school cafeteria,living and visiting, but they are immensely popular with New Yorkers. I’ve seen long the student centre and the communicationqueues, of up to 30 people, waiting to be served. The stands typically sell chicken and beefshawarma, gyros and falafel, but also usually hotdogs and pretzels. Every time I visit NYC building as memories flooded back. Funnythere seem to be more stands than ever and Middle Eastern food seems to be growing in how so much yet so little has changed. Wepopularity. A sandwich/ shawarma costs around US$ 3, and the stands are usually run by The Mass Communication building where picked up my university degree which wasEgyptians (don’t ask me why). Inset: a photo of Egyptian Ismael who ranted to us about I took many of my classes. Funny, but the already attested and notarised and hit theMubarak and the state of global politics. pictures hadn’t changed. road to Nashville.
July 19. Nashville to get the State ofTennessee’s authentication stamp(aﬃrming the integrity of the THE VACATION PARTuniversity’s attestation).We dashed to the Tennessee State OF THE JOURNEY...department office and arrived at 3.25pm,15 minutes just after the offices were SHOPPING IN VIRGINIA: Outlet shopping.closed. We called before getting there Note the double rainbow. I took it as a signand pleaded with the lady responsible, that it was OK to overshoot my budget.to wait for us. She agreed after learningwe had driven all the way from Knoxville.(Imagine how she’d react if we told wehad come all the way from the UAE?). Sheattested my two degrees and charged usUS$4.July 19. Nashville for Killer Steak.We learned about the Stockyardrestaurant being rated one of the ‘top 10 HYANNIS (CAPE COD): yes, it as idyllic A museum dedicated to native sonsteakhouses in the USA’. We had to check as you’d imagine. John F Kennedy.for ourselves. The steak was incredible;never knew steak could ‘melt in yourmouth.’Ali and I agreed that it was the best steakwe have ever had. We were taken in bythe Stockyard’s authentic ambience. Itwas used before the turn of the centuryas a livestock trading and distributionhub with cattle delivered by the railroad WASH DC: A photograph I took of a Libyannearby. peacefully protesting in front of the White PLYMOUTH,MASSACHUSETTS:ThereFind out more about the Stockyard restaurant House. He told me he wanted to remind really is a Plymouth Rock at Plymouth. An Obama about Libya everytime he opens interesting place to visit to understand the his window (wonder where he is now, if historic importance of the pilgrims and to only he knew how fast events will turn). get insight into the birth of America. NEW YORK, THE DAVID LETTERMAN SHOW : last day, seven hours before our departure to Abu Dhabi. As we strolled around Times Square when we ‘bumped’ into someone from the David LettermanJULY 21: WASHINGTON DC to obtain the authentication stamp of the US show. He asked us a question about theDepartment of State (whose attestation essentially affirms the authenticity of the stamps show (which we barely managed to getof Georgia and Tennessee State Departments). We waited an hour and a half and paid a right – sorry Dave) and so Ali and I gottotal of US $ 24. Inset photo: Ali outside the attestation office double checking that the tickets to attend the taping of the show onstamps were all there (there was no way we would ever repeat this journey again!) the same afternoon. A great way to kill time before leaving to the airport, or what!?? THE UAE EMBASSY... the marble building Me and Ali standing in front of the Ed Sullivan theatre marquee. We had to be there an immediately made me think of Abu Dhabi. We hour before the show where we joined a looong queue of people with tickets. If you we rushed there and arrived a little after the ever catch the David Letterman show on TV watch for the one with Ricky Gervais and Cat embassy closed but the attestation personnel Deeley (of ‘So You Think You Can Dance?’) and you may catch a millisecond of Ali and me agreed to meet us (after we explained that we sitting in the sixth row, centre of the theatre. And yes, we had an absolute blast! Watch had come all the way from Abu Dhabi). They a clip of Ricky Gervais’ interview on www.cbs.com. told us that the cost of attestation is US $ 90 FINAL NOTES: After bringing our attested degrees to the UAE, the rest of the process involved getting (for all three) and that the normal processing an oﬃcial translation (you can do this at any of the typing oﬃces) and then getting the documents time was four days, but they agreed to do it in authenticated by the Ministry of Foreign Aﬀairs (they do it same day, and on the spot). I’ve been two working days, so that meant we can pick told that accrediting university certificates from other countries is easier than from the US, only because you don’t always have to deal with state or municipal level governments. And yes, there are the documents on Monday. This is me in the companies that attest degrees from here, so you don’t have to do it yourself. Be sure to shop around picture on Monday, July 25 after receiving the as rates and delivery times vary. Or, you could indulge in the experience of a ‘mission-cation’ like us. attested degrees.
JUST HANDCRAFTED Preethi Janice D’Sa | Scientist-artiste hybrid PREPARING TO GIVE A SPEECH? NEVER IMAGINE YOUR AUDIENCE NAKED! By Rohith BhatTHE MAGIC OF PRECIOUS METAL CLAY Imagine this, you’re standing in front an audience, you’re ready, you’ve prepared for this, but your sweaty palms and parched throat won’t let your words come out... It used to happen to me too, until a professor of mine suggested that the best way to calm my nerves is to imagine your audience in their underwear. Now that may be a great idea if you go to Baywatch High where everyone has perfect figures or six pack abs, but when you’re in the real world where most of your audience is made up of overweight hairy dudes, it may not be the best idea to put in your head... anyway, for all you aspiring speakers out there, here’s a list I came up with of what you shouldFive years ago I took an awesome silver clay course in Hong Kong. Imagine and shouldn’t imagine as you prepare to give your big speech.gooey clay that, once molded and fired in a kiln, transformed into agorgeous silver ornament. Thanks to Lisle Skriker, owner of the Dubai One: Victoria secret supermodelsbased company Wow Creations (who provides me with my supplies), I no Although enthusiasm is a good thing, it’s never a good idea to be too excited orlonger have to fly out to Hong Kong or Singapore to purchase silver clay “Happy” during a presentation!nor have my pieces fired.The basics are as follows. Once the clay is conditioned, roll it according to Two: Stage at the Oscarsthe thickness you desire. You can use mini-cutters for the ideal shape. The In certain circles it’s considered bad form to begin a speech with the words I’d likepiece needs to be air dried thoroughly before firing. Sanding to correct to thank the academy or “You love me! , You really really love me!!!”minor infirmities is a good idea. The piece is then fired either in a kiln or ablow torch. The organic binder and water (which keeps the silver in clay Three: Your Grandmotherform) burn off, leaving 99.9% fine silver. Stick to the appropriate firing You really don’t want those cold eyes judging you while you give yourtemperature; the last thing you want is either a half-baked cracked piece presentation.or melted silver! To achieve the antique look, use liver of sulphur. You cancombine this technique with gold leaf, resin, enamel or even polymer Four: Tap Dancing Penguinsclay. Just remember to keep your work environment clean at all times. Because I was forced to watch “Happy feet” against my will, I now wish someone would come up with a Kentucky Fried Penguin!Lisle’s background was an inspiration to me so I would like to share itwith you. She says of herself, “I was trapped in the service industry, even Five: People Performing Russia Operathough my passion was handcrafts. The emptiness of the job made me I believe it considered rude to fall asleep during your own speech!want to vent my frustration on a silver tray at work. Thankfully, I channeledthose negative energies into completing my art clay certification in my Six: Your Audience Nakedfree time, quit my job and am now happy designing with metal clay and Think about it; the image of a room full of hairy dudes and your 80 year oldteaching those interested.” professor comes back to haunt you at the most inopportune of moments!Like Lisle, you may find working with art clay a grounding exercise.Contact Wow creations for more My advice to any potential speakers out there with a reallyinformation and see you at Ductac soon! active imagination is this: the best thing is to imaginewww.wowcreations.com your audience as a bunch of bored or half asleep guys. That way you can say whatever you want to withoutPreethi Janice D’Sa runs a medical & artscopywriting business. Join her arts and the pressure of anyone actually listening to you.travel facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/CulturalArtsTravelogue Happy speech-ing!
} Neena Rai An artist with a flair FESTIVE ART: THE STREETS COME ALIVE Every year, without fail, I see Abu Dhabi deck up for various festivities. It is a pleasure to see a beautifully lit and bejeweled capital. Be it Eid or National Day or any significant event taking place in the city - the streets, squares and public gardens come to life. In my opinion, these decorations turn the capital into a living, breathing piece of art! For Eid, this year, lovely illuminated electrical shapes and varying light fixtures have been installed. Decorative lighting has covered the entire length of the Corniche up to the breakwater. Beautiful decorations can also be seen on the bridges and certain tunnels. The majority of the electrical installations that are installed depict Islamic symbols, like the glowing crescents depicted in the picture here. The date trees too are made fancy by the string lights enveloping them from top to bottom. Over the years, I have seen some incredible shapes and designs, especially on the roundabouts. One of my all time favorites was an installation of numerous white horses breaking into a gallop. The bodies of these horses were made up of a fine mesh of white light and in the evenings, it was a sight to behold. All the pretty decorations were put in place by the Abu Dhabi Municipality. And, just for an idea on how much effort has gone into it, here are some figures. Decorations included the installation of more than 1200 white string light pieces, and 850 assorted pieces of engineering figures featuring a host of diverse designs measuring from two to three meters in length and 120 to 220 cm in width. Trees have been decorated with 200 crescent-shaped pieces, 200 star-shaped pieces and 120 lanterns colored in white and blue. This is quite a feat, and I hope youVisit Neena’s blog and website enjoy the artistic installations across the city as much as I do.
LAUNCHING MIDDLE EAST MEDIA EDUCATORBy Alma KadragicAlthough I have been living and working in the UAE since 2005, until last However, there hasn’t yet been much study of the media from an academicSeptember, I had never thought about starting a journal about media in the perspective. As some pieces in MEME show, media and media professionsMiddle East. That changed during a visit to the University of Wollongong in are undergoing development and change. The result is that the launch issueAustralia shortly after I joined the University of Wollongong in Dubai (UOWD) of MEME contains fewer pieces of academic research than might have beenas Academic Program Developer. The mission was to meet the key people expected. This will change, but for now, we felt it was important to define theconcerned with journalism, media, public relations, and communications at media market in order to stimulate the dialogue.Wollongong because I was supposed to create a graduate program in media andcommunications in Dubai that followed the Wollongong model. Hard copies of MEME will soon be available from the UOWD website (www.uowdubai.ac.ae).All of that happened more or less as expected, and the new Master’s program inMedia and Communications was accredited August 1 by the Ministry of Higher For now, download the PDF at http://www.Education and Scientific Research. What I hadn’t expected was to meet Dr. Eric uowdubai.ac.ae/pdfs/publications/MEME_Loo who showed me several issues of Asia Pacific Media Educator, the journal he Vol_1_Issue_1.pdffounded in 1996 and has been editing ever since.My first question to Eric was, is there anything like this in the Middle East? I wasfairly sure there wasn’t because during my first four years in the UAE teachingjournalism and public relations, I had been looking for teaching materials thatrelated to the region. When Eric confirmed that there was no equivalent journalin the Middle East, I recognized an opportunity. The President and other seniormanagers at UOWD supported the idea, and we set to work, we meaning firstof all Eric who was involved from the beginning and agreed to join the editorialadvisory board.As first in the region, Middle East Media Educator (MEME) can become theplatform for dialogue between media practitioners and the academics who areteaching future media practitioners as well as providing theoretical backgroundand wider contexts for existing practitioners. It is crucial for academics to maintaincontacts with industry in any area but especially in media and communicationsand especially in a region which is changing socially, economically, and politicallyas a result of history and globalization.In this first issue of MEME, we were limited by time. Because of my backgroundcovering daily news for a major American television network, I set tight deadlines,not all of which were observed, but which kept us on track. A commitment tointroduce MEME and some of its contributors in a panel discussion at the annualconvention of the Association for Journalism and Mass Communication in St.Louis on August 13 guaranteed the publication date would be met.In an emerging market like the UAE and indeed the Gulf and the wider MiddleEast, the pace of everything is furious. Academics tasked with making up foryears of education ill suited to a knowledge economy and given heavy teachingloads have difficulty producing research. The push for more research has begunand in several countries including the UAE is supported by the government.
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A Khaleeji girl who overthinks a lot JUST A THOUGHT Manar Al Hinai and loves to write ARE YOU LOVE STRUCK IN THE UAE? Then this is for you!A PART OF WHO WE ARE Hey there… it’s me again! I hope you all had an enjoyable Eid break.By Lean Abadi I know that I will miss Ramadan quite terribly. It was such a great experience…fasting during one of the longest Ramadans in 26 years and getting together with many of my loved ones!Many people in the United Arab Emirates are On another tangent, I have a confession to make: I am a sucker for loveforeigners. Some foreigners are here because this stories. The stacks of romance novels I have underneath my televisionis a safer country than their own. Others are here to prove it.experience a new way of life, and a new culture. Many I have watched countless movies and read triple that amount aboutpeople have their own reasons for being in the U.A.E. love stories that took place in America, Ireland, Paris (typical right?),If you’re like me, and don’t visit your country very but none about our beloved UAE! And I thought was a shame.much and you end up not knowing much about your Through my friends, I have heard about passionate love stories andcountry. weddings that have taken place in this very blessed land. Unfortunately, not everyone hears about them.True, your parents might both be from your home country, but you could still endup as a child, for example, who does not speak much Arabic or is not really Arab in So, I decided to start my own project and it is one that I am passionatelynature. Also, you might not be very familiar with your country’s culture and could involved in. It’s called “From UAE with Love”. The name might not behave a shallow image of what it’s like. That, my friends, is not good enough. I’ve very original but, hey, I wanted a title that people automaticallyspent years without a proper sense of pride and without paying proper attention understood.towards my “home” (which is Iraq) but recently I read “Barefoot in Baghdad” byManal Omar. I figured that the best way would be to start a blog (http:// fromuaewithlove.wordpress.com) where UAE citizens and residentsThis was a great book that reveals a lot about the people of war-torn Iraq and could submit their very own love stories. I knew that many wouldwhat they have experienced. Zainab Salbi, founder and CEO of Women for Women be hesitant when it came to telling their stories, so I decided that allinternational, and author of the national bestselling book “Between Two Worlds: entries will be published anonymously.Escape from Tyranny: Growing Up in the Shadow of Saddam”, commented on thebook saying, “Manal Omar captures the complex reality of living and working in How can you tell your story? People send their stories towar-torn Iraq, a reality that tells the story of love and hope in the midst of bombs email@example.com, I edit them, and then publish them onand explosives”. the blog.“Barefoot in Baghdad” gave me a sense of pride in the country I call home. I felt So, my beloved readers, please take part and help me make this projectthe anguish and suffering they felt, and appreciated the strength they posses to HUGE. It’s not only my effort, butovercome their suffering. everyone’s. Looking forward to reading your stories, or those of your friends,I encourage each of you to be proud and to excel in whatever you do. I encourage which I am sure will be more than amazing.you to read and explore more about your country. I urge you to become honorableand to be true to who you are and the family name you carry. For more information about this project: please follow me on Twitter @manar_And I quote Coco Chanel: “In order to be irreplaceable, one must always alhinai, and do not forget to spread thebe DIFFERENT.” word! With love, Manar. Follow me on twitter @manar_alhinai
HOROSCOPEAries (21 March - 19 April)The summer heat could go straight to your head in September. A difficult aspect from Mars tothe area of your chart ruling home and family could see you clashing with your nearest and dear-est. By the end of September your energy levels will settle to a more constant and manageablepace, perfect for getting on top of any practical issues.Taurus (20 April - 20 May)You start the month focused and wanting to be taken seriously. Things will soon lighten up foryou, an encounter with someone who ‹lights your candle› perhaps. You can be sure this situationwill remain steamy and by the end of the month when you could find yourself acting in a waythat surprises everyone as well as you.Gemini (21 May -20 June)Keeping a watchful eye on the cash flow can be dreary, especially when your friends are outmaking the most of summer. But don›t despair because when you›re off on a bigger betterholiday than everyone else you›ll be glad you saved your dough. You will soon find your love lifereaching boiling point by mid September.Cancer (21 June - 22 July)You›re full of life this month, but what exactly are you achieving from all this activity? This canbe frustrating but a bright idea at the end of the month will help you find a solution to this. Justremember to keep calm. The best advice for you is avoid mid day burn out and instead make themost of warm balmy nights which is much more your style.Leo (23 July - 22 August)Smooth talk comes easily and you›re quite happy to use it on any unsuspecting individual youtake a shine to. You’re in for some summer sizzle this September with an equally fiery partnerand there could be a connection with foreign places too. Perhaps a holiday romance or a roman-tic interlude with someone from abroad is on the cards.Virgo (23 August - 22 September)Strong undercurrents from other people are making you feel a little on edge. It seems everyone›sbehaving oddly as though the sun›s gone to their heads. Even you›re acting a bit out of character.However you should be able to smooth over any brewing trouble with soothing words that justroll off the tongue. Those dulcet tones could prove very useful in September when someonespecial is seduced by your pleasing manner.Libra (23 September - 22 October)You›re determined to set the world on fire in September. You›re feeling hot and ready to take theplunge with someone special. No one will be able to resist your confidence. This is an importantmonth in an important year for you, it›s time for you to make the most of each opportunity thatcomes your way.Scorpio (23 October - 21 November)A powerful and meaningful connection with someone is on the cards, whether you know themor not already. You›re a force to be reckoned with and when you set your sights on your idealpartner there will be no stopping you getting them. You may also be tempted to take a bigfinancial risk this month, but practice caution there›s no guarantee of a settled outcome.Sagittarius (22 November - 21 December)You›re feeling wonderfully energized as the month starts, leaving others in your wake as youbounce from one task to another. Watch out for ego clashes with other strong personalities whowant the limelight too. Mid September sees you embroiled in heated exchanges with individualsfor whom you can barely disguise your passion.Capricorn (22 December - 19 January)The month begins with a feeling of harmony and balance and you are feeling a bit more confi-dent about your financial circumstances. As the month moves forward the possibility of sometension between your work and domestic life increases. If the tension in the air does boil overyou can be consoled by the fact that it›s all a storm in a tea cup.Aquarius (20 January - 18 February)Arguments with siblings, close friends and partners are possible this month and any troublethat does occur could simply be little more than hot air from all parties concerned try not to beeverywhere at once; no one is expecting miracles so stop trying to perform them. Relationshipshave taken a serious turn recently, but you should start seeing the situation more clearly.Pisces (19 February - 20 March)September is a good month to pour your energy into sorting out money matters. Thinking of allthe adventures you could soon afford to go on will be more than enough of an incentive to getwise with your dough - money equals freedom for you. Be careful not to fall for the charms ofsweet talkers who aren›t exactly what they are making themselves out to be.
A S BER, 2011 S ION H EPTEM BMIS ILL 20 S F OR SUDED T LINE EXTENDEAD EEN B TEMPO LAUNCHES THE “I LOVE UAE” VIDEO COMPETITION IN ASSOCIATION WITH SHOW YOUR LOVE FOR THE UAE AND "FOR ME" CATEGORY: CELEBRATE ITS 40TH ANNIVERSARY All participants should be 18+ years with a high THROUGH YOUR CREATIVITY! school diploma or equivalent and should hold a valid UAE residency. MAKE A MINI VIDEO ON THE UAE! FOR "ME AND MY SCHOOL" CATEGORY: THEME: “I LOVE UAE” All participants should be 11+ years (with parental CRITERIA: consent if under age) and should hold a valid UAE residency. • Be creative: music video, skit, snapshot, promo... • Film on camera, mobile phone or anything you PRIZES: like! • FIRST PRIZE FOR "ME" CATEGORY: Twelve week • Language: Your choice! (if other than English or intensive ﬁlm making course at the New York Arabic please include English subtitles) Film Academy, Abu Dhabi. • Films should be between 40 seconds and 2 mins. • FIRST PRIZE FOR "ME AND MY SCHOOL" • Deadline: September 20, 2011 CATEGORY: You will be invited with your class and your senior grades, to a ﬁlm making TWO COMPETITIONS: workshop at the New York Film Academy, Abu Dhabi. The student who submitted the winning You can Enter "For Me" or video will also win a video camera. for "Me and My School" For more details, go to: www.tempoplanet.com Start uploading your videos now!