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Tempo May 2014

Cover Story: French Artist does Arabic Calligraphy

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Tempo May 2014

  1. 1. May2014 French Artist does Arabic Calligraphy Daring Derby Speed and Passion LA with love: Yemen and UAE P16 P9 P15 Jon Duschinsky Tamakkan presents P28 Meet Marcelle Filmmaker - Storyteller P19
  2. 2. Sana Bagersh Managing Editor Bagersh@tempoplanet.com Twitter @bagersh ADDRESS: To reach editorial at Tempo email: editorial@tempoplanet.com. If you need to find out where you can pick up your copy call: 02 491 8624/25 or check out the list of Tempo distribution points on our website. NOTE TO ADVERTISERS: Advertisers can request brand tagging with all advertisements. To reach advertising: tel: 02 491 8624/25 | fax: 02 491 8626 | email: advertising@tempoplanet.com DISCLAIMER: Tempo Magazine does its best to ensure the authenticity and accuracy of its contents, the publisher cannot accept any responsibility for errors, mistakes and inaccuracies. The publisher reserves the rights of this product and no part of this publication may be reproduced in any form or by any means without the permission of the publisher. MEDIA LICENCE NO. 1/105866/24295 Meet Noa, the Los Angeles based visual genius behind Wanderlust Found, a photography and video series that sheds light upon the darkest notions of countries, places that other people take for granted. 9 ontents d’s note 04 notes & cyberchatter 05 talking books / the blog 06 what’s hot 07 what’s cool / people calendar 09 from LA with love 10 top ten / #temporeviews 11 the dream players: zainab hafiz 12 style blueprint 13 rejig it 15 daring derby 16 young artist savannah 18 city bites 19 meet marcelle aleid 20 #temposwag 21 flash fiction 22 articulate / dhabi dames 23 doc in the house / planetarians 26 technology 28 tamakkan 29 women in business / an expat returns home 30 youth talk 31 tempo skill market Welcome to a fabulous new issue of Tempo. We’re happy to be celebrating our artists, writers, entrepreneurs, designers,performers, inventors, thinkers and social innovators. In this issue we feature an exciting crop of out of the box stars - whether it is Savannah, the 18 year old French girl who is in love with Arabic calligraphy, to the international social innovator Jon Duschinsky, to locally loved filmmaker Marcelle Aleid, to Los Angeleno photographer Noa, to the intrepid roller group that make up the derby club - to much much more. One thing that’s constant in Tempo is that undeniable spark that’s apparent in all those featured in our pages - whether they are the subject of our interviews, or the contributors who write for us. We love them all for their talent, courage, staying power, and passion. I take this opportunity to salute all of Tempo’s new partners - the new malls, coffee shops and universities, as well as the brands that have reached out to us. Let’s make this a better world. MANAGING EDITOR Sana Bagersh EDITORIAL COORDINATOR Ajir Shujahi MARKETING COORDINATOR Vera Rosales DESIGN & LAYOUT Roshan John Kalarickal WEB & VIDEO Subin John Mathew PHOTOGRAPHER Angeli Castillo DISTRIBUTION COORDINATOR Melaku Muluneh TEMPO GROUP: EDITORIAL CONTRIBUTORS: Adithya Christopher Alma Kadragic Azza El Masri Blakniss Diji Shujahi Dorian “Paul D” Rogers Dr. DMS Fatima Almansoori Lama Younes Mariam Bagersh Marien Oomen Rania Elamin Rhea Oommen Shahid Saeed Seumas Gallacher Sophia Grifferty Theresa F. Weber
  3. 3. POST YOUR VIEWS AND COMMENTS ON OUR SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORMS notes cyberchatter tweet @abudhabitempo @tempoplanetlikeusonfacebook/abudhabitempo The world of politics is unlike any other. What is it that makes it different? I had the opportunity recently to explore this question, and to walk in a diplomat’s shoes… Abu Dhabi Model United Nations (ADMUN) is, as its name suggests, a conference in which schools in the UAE and other Gulf nations meet to discuss issues and propose resolutions for the problems the UN faces. These include the Kurdish problem, technological advancement in the context of international security, nuclear disarmament, and so on. The meetings are conducted in the same manner of official UN conferences. I was the representative or “delegate”, as we were addressed, of Denmark, and I was assigned to the World Health Organization committee. We discussed two issues, one for each debating day: the ethical and legal issues concerning abortion and the controversy surrounding genetically modified foods. Debates and diplomacy are all part of the daily routine. The political world is definitely different in the way in which debates and arguments are conducted. A diplomat would state the facts and develop the conversation and strive to defend one’s assigned country until the very end. That is precisely what I tried to do throughout the conference. When my “country” was called out, I stood up in front of the other delegates and the two chairpersons of my committee and presented my country’s position on the issue we were tackling. Then I was bombarded with questions that I was expected to have a direct and diplomatic response to. Sometimes the occasional heated debate broke out. Initially I stumbled over my words and my voice wavered. However, by the end of the conference, I spoke clearly and without hesitation. I went from being the quietest delegate at my school meetings to winning the Gavel award, the most prestigious award there is. This was a great achievement for me as a junior because I was among so many more experienced seniors. Aside from it being a great educational experience, the meeting was also extremely fun. I got to meet many interesting and intelligent people, some of whom I am still in touch with. The experience has even swayed my career prospects as I am now considering political science and international relations. I am glad I participated, and I hope other students who are interested in politics consider the ADMUN experience. I cannot wait for the next conference, as I will be a senior then… I hope it will be as memorable as this year’s event. My name is Oreo. I am a one year old cat, and I’m looking for a new family to live with. I was found crossing Baynounah Street – a few weeks old, super-cute, and searching for my mother. I got picked off the middle of crazy traffic. But I made it, and that’s sort of what my personality is like – I’m a fighter, I’m playful but still respectful of space (I know how you human beings can be), I like to be fed three times a day (my favourite brand is Whiskas – but I’m open to new tastes and flavours). I was called Oreo for obvious reasons…I’m black and white, and deliciously fun like an Oreo cookie. Oh yes, I’m neutered (ouch!) if you’re interested in that kind of thing. And another cool thing about me – I was born with a square- tipped tail…is that cool or what? I’m looking for an open- minded family, one that believes in the spiritually uplifting value of inter-species relationships. I’m good fun and ready to be part of a loving family. Contact editorial@tempoplanet. com if you’re interested in me. Abu Dhabi Model United Nations (MUN) By Nisma Osama Hamid Fatouta, Abu Dhabi International School Becoming A Diplomat Are you the one? ON YOUTUBE SENSATIONS @QiasOmar Aaaaah this is so cooool.. congraaats!! =D @ AbuDhabiTempo You should think about bringing Qias and the other Youtubers to AD ;) @AbuDhabiTempo @QiasOmar @captsparklezfan nice article thank you - Hobbie Stuart @ HobbieStuart @Hayette_F- ‫حياة‬ ON UAE YOUTUBER STRIKES GOLD Tamam ya Zoul - Rania Hassan My friend and YouTube sensation, @OHPcaptured on the cover of @ AbuDhabiTempo . Check it out! - Tamara Clarke @GlobalGazette @AbuDhabiTempo great office and loved the vibe! Thank you : ) - Noura Al Kaabi @NouraAlKaabi Look who just moved in! You can now pick up Tempo in @MarinaMallAD! Get your copy now! Tempo magazine is going like hot cakes here at the Boutik on Reem Island! - Leslie Barbour Pavlovich Thank you Abu Dhabi Tempo magazine for this. Small joys of registering with the media zone as a writer... - Archana RD Thanks to Lama Younes and Abu Dhabi Tempo for publishing my skills – Mohammed Khair M.K This guy is so talented and that too at this young age. Congrats M.K! – Noufel Mohammed ON FIRE GAMES www. tempoplanet.com4 Absolutely agree with Charlie. These old dudes can rock hard. Happy for the students. It is indeed a once in a lifetime opportunity. – Christine Very nice article. Good writing. – Shaun Thankyou so much shaun for your encouraging words! - Manisha. R. Manikuttan ON FASHION MAKEOVER ON TEEN ANGST ON MOVE LIKE JAGGER Tempo’s new feature! Love the concept – Rida space A picture of me. Nisma ( left) with teammatesArabfirefighterMohammedKhair,23
  4. 4. www. tempoplanet.com 5 TALKING BOOKS A book review by Azza El Masri Azza El Masri is an avid reader and is always looking for new recommendations! If you want her to review a book you fell in love with, or leave a comment on her book bulletin, then you can reach her on: www.tempoplanet.com/category/talking-books THE BLOG By Seumas Gallacher Mirror, Mirror on the wall… am I really here at all? Prolific novelist Neil Gaiman, whose works like his Sandman series and Neverwhere still make the bestseller shelves well after their first edition, presents a quirky and thrilling story of supernatural creatures. Pocketed here and there within our universe, his creatures – insidious or helpful – come in all forms and shapes and are much older than the world. The Ocean at the End of the Lane opens with a man driving around familiar lanes and countryside homes that made up his childhood. He stops at a farmhouse at the end of the lane of his old family house, where he starts to remember that he might have had a friend – named Lettie Hempstock – and that she’d been older… maybe three years older? Or four? They hadn’t kept in touch; he remembers that she had left for Australia. Pulled by memories of his friendship with Lettie, he finds the duck pond she used to call an ocean. As he sits by the pond, contemplating, memories start flooding back to the real nature of his memories with his friend. They were events that were too complicated for him to understand; frightening for a seven year-old boy, confusing even to a grown man. The reader is given access to the memories of the hero by the author’s use of the first-person perspective. Slowly the reader gets sucked into a whirlwind of events that grow increasingly bizarre and impossible to understand: from ancient vile creatures that manipulate the vices of earthlings, to shadowy hunger birds that rip dimensions apart. The Ocean at the End of the Lane is a grand little novel that makes one’s imagination run wild with horror and fascination. Gaiman’s illustrious 175-page novel is fueled with just the right amount of fantasy. The author, whose novels have enchanted strangers all over the world, is a master storyteller; his prose is simplistic, yet often lyrical, and he communicates profound messages in an accessible and matter-of-fact style. Gaiman makes fantasy seem like a natural component of the universe, and just like JRR Tolkien and CS Lewis, he effortlessly creates one world after the other. This novel has something for everyone as it explores adult tropes of pain, betrayal, love, and awe, which youth can understand just as well. The Ocean at the End of the Lane’s realism is palpable and transports the readers into mazes of a fantastical world, and makes us wonder: is the universe really all there is? by Neil Gaiman The Ocean at the End of the Lane …over the last wee while, I’ve noticed several Author ‘Facebookies’ complaining to the WURLD at large that, basically, nob’dy LUVS them… the sum’times paralysing constant checking of the Amazon Kindle Sales reports with sparse downloads leaves them utterly bereft… the eternal clamour for Facebook ‘likes’ leaves me bewildered, mainly coz I really don’t understand the need for Facebook ‘likes’… it’s even more apparent to me, despite my dearth of little grey cells, that far too many writers, newbies and established names, expect an avalanche of affirmation merely by throwing their masterpieces onto the internet… a-hem… IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT!… IT DOESN’T WURK THAT WAY!... consider this, Lads and Lassies of Blog Land— at my last guesstimation there’s a trillion, squillion new titles being released on the ePublishing channels every fourteen and a half minutes… the sheer volume of timeline traffic on Facebook and the other SOSYAL NETWURKS reduces the odds of yer pleas to the readership universe to have a decko at yer WURK being heard… but, all is not as desperate as it may appear… this ol’ Jurassic’s been banging on for a while now about the efficacy of BUILDING THE PLATFORM... yeez have to develop yer NETWURKS’ relationships… every day, every week, every month… and then maintain and LUV the heck out of them… the measure of ‘success’ differs for each of us, but I still get that fabulous buzz when even one person downloads anything I’ve written, and multiply that buzz if they scribble a review for any of it… it’s called ‘affirmation’… and if we’re honest about it, it’s one of the primary reasons most of us quill-scrape in the first place… to be acknowledged… to know sum’body likes our stuff… but, here’s another wee tip… if Facebook is being unreasonable, tardy or reluctant to show emb’dy on there acknowledging yer greatness, just step over to yer wall mirror… and repeat after me… ‘ye’re a wonderful writer, I LUV yer WURK,’ … that’ll fix it… see yeez later… LUV YEEZ… mean time, if all else fails, here’s a wee peek at my new launch, SELF-PUBLISHING STEPS TO SUCCESSFUL SALES: http://bookShow.me/B00JBL6K8 Follow Seumas on Twitter: @seumasgallacher MAY 28 – 29, 2014 9:00 - 5:00 P.M. BrandMoxie, twofour54, Park Rotana Complex #307, 3rd Floor Salaam St. Abu Dhabi, U.A.E This is your one stop shop for corporate gifts, promotional items, giveaways, executive gifts, VIP gifts and “green” items! For more details or to schedule a visit, contact 02 491 8624 or email business@brandmoxie.com 2ND CORPORATE PREMIUM GIFT FAIR
  5. 5. www. tempoplanet.com6 TO ADVERTISE YOUR EVENT AND BE INCLUDED IN OUR ISSUE, CONTACT US AT: +971 2 491 8624 PhotoWorld - Dubai May 6 – May 8 Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre - Dubai World Trade Centre PhotoWorld-Dubai is an annual exhibition that attracts professionals, businesses and enthusiasts interested in photography, video and creative imaging. Sideline seminars cover new techniques and products. The event is aimed at visitors from the MENA area. Visit: www.photoworld-dubai.com AmCham Women in Business Breakfast 12 May An empowerment seminar on financial planning for women. The speaker will explore, and debunk, the excuses that women use for not taking personal financial responsibility. The seven myths include: Money is too complicated to understand, If I take a risk I will lose everything, I don’t have the money to save, I don’t have the time to manage my money, It is selfish to put yourself first, Someone else should be taking care of this for me, If I take control of my money I might offend others. Visit: www.amchamabudhabi.org JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE May 23 Du Arena, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi After dominating the global charts with 2013’s bestselling album The 20/20 Experience, and The 20/20 Experience – 2 of 2, megastar Justin Timberlake returns to Abu Dhabi. He will be performing at du Arena, Yas Island, as part of his world tour. Visit: www.thinkflash.ae Kings of Leon May 28 Atlantis, The Palm, Dubai The multiple Grammy Award winning American rock band will be returning to Dubai this summer. Live @ Atlantis brings Kings of Leon who rose to fame with their fourth album “Only By Night” which included the single, Use Somebody. They will play in Dubai as part of their 2014 Mechanical Bull Tour. Visit: www.thinkflash.ae BLACK SABBATH May 29 Du Arena, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi Heavy metal legends Black Sabbath will perform Abu Dhabi as part of the band’s 2013-2014 world tour in support of 13 – its first studio album in 35 years, which entered the charts at #1 in 13 countries (including its first #1 in the US). Visit: www.thinkflash.ae The Airport Show 2014 Championship May 11 – May 13 Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre - Dubai World Trade Centre The Airport Show is the leading airport- dedicated event in the Middle East and North Africa and one of the leading airport-focused events in the world. This show began back in 2001 catering specifically to the Dubai International Airport expansion. It has since evolved into a key B2B aviation industry event providing the MENA region and Indian Subcontinent with the latest technologies and solutions from around the world. Visit: www.theairportshow.com Middle East Event Show 2014 May 20 – May 21 JW Marriott Marquis Hotel, Dubai The Middle East Event Show 2014 exhibits event management equipment such as lighting and sound, temporary structures, fireworks and pyrotechnics, decorations, props and designs, as well and special effects. It is also a place where the industry can network with others in the field and build successful and lasting relationships. Visit: www.me-eventshow.com ADFF at The Space Mondays | 7:00pm ADFF at The Space is a series of film screenings presented by the Abu Dhabi Film Festival (ADFF) in partnership with The Space. Visit www.adff.ae or follow #ADFFatTheSpace Silent Voices May 11 to May 15 | 8:00am - 8:00pm The third edition of “Silent Voices” will be held at The Space. “Silent Voices” is an art exhibition showcasing artworks done by human trafficking victims residing with EWA’A. Daisy World Reconsidered (D-WR) May 18 to May 20 | 8:00am - 8:00pm Daisy World Reconsidered (D-WR) is an explosively colourful account of how individual memory and collective consciousness collide. The art installation is NYUAD student James Hunt’s senior year project Filmmakers to Watch screening series May 31 | from noon on-wards Launched in 2013, ‘Filmmakers to Watch’ is a touring screening series that highlights the work of unique and remarkable voices in the art of film making from the Middle East, Africa and South Asia. Stay tuned to #TheSpaceAD The Space is located @ twofour54 Rotana Complex, Abu Dhabi TheSpaceAD
  6. 6. www. tempoplanet.com 7 • 35 Yrs Old • Filipino • Accountant amor mercado Women Empowerment @ Family Development Foundation – Main Branch Abu Dhabi 13th Arab Media Forum @ Madinat Jumeirah 6th Dubai Tango Festival @ The Meydan Hotel may4 < Angeli Castillo september18 may20 may21 may21 may25 The Big Picture at the Pro Art Gallery in Dubai, 10 -20 May The Big Picture announced the final 40 artists who will exhibit their work for the second edition of the independent art exhibition. The Big Picture is an independent non-profit art initiative, which aims to promote artists in the UAE and provide them with a platform to express their interpretation in a simple method, freeing works from art politics, say the organisers. This year’s exhibition will also show original works by legendary artists such as Picasso, Andy Warhol, Salvador Dali, Roy Liechtenstein, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Bansky. The masterpieces will be showcased alongside the 40 artists from the UAE, including Amar Abou Zahr, Khawla Darwish, Emily Wang,Kevin Badni, Iman Al Sayed and Magda Majczyna along others. The Big Picture will be exploring multifaceted artistic creations featuring painting, photography, sculpture, digital art, performance art, installation as well as audio-visual arts by emerging and established artists. Visit: http://www.gulf4good.org Can you act? Actors / actresses, send your details, photo, age, ethinicity and acting experience (if any) to wearthedream@gmail.com. 3-4 full days at Dh 400. Those chosen will be invited to audition. Beirut Film Station 2015 For young filmmakers from the Middle East and North Africa by the Goethe Institut and Ashkal Alwan This is the second year for Goethe-Institut and Ashkal Alwan’s residency programme for young filmmakers from the Middle East and North Africa. It provides filmmakers technical equipment and a space for work, along with an opportunity to network with filmmakers from the region and Europe. In 2014, 187 applications were received, and 11 residents were chosen from Lebanon, Sudan, Syria, Egypt and Palestine. The application is open for those who have already professional work experience and who plan to realize a film project or part of it (pre-production, production or post-production). The deadline for application is 30th of May 2014. Beirut Film Station: http://beirut-filmstation.org/ Casting Call New experimental webisodes pilot.
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  8. 8. www. tempoplanet.com 9 Meet Noa, the Los Angeles based visual genius behind Wanderlust Found, a photography and video series that sheds light upon the darkest notions of countries, places that other people take for granted. Noa kicked off her project with profoundly candid shots from Yemen and the UAE. She sat down with Tempo to chat about her exhibition, inspiration and future plans. Tempo: Tell us about Wanderlust Found. Noa: It is based on a project that I started conceptualizing about two years ago, to places I travelled that were politically significant, where I was able to focus on quality life - basically on things that are not traditionally newsworthy. And Yemen happens to be the first reiteration of that… I’ve been travelling around the Gulf for about three or four years now, so I’ve included photos from the UAE and other places in this showcase. There’s also a video that I made along with the photographs, so this is basically a video and photography series. Hopefully this will be the first of many. I produced the Yemen photos over the spans of three weeks back in November 2013. The rest were taken during the period when I was travelling back and forth between the United States and the Emirates. Why did you do this project? Noa: I was born and raised in Los Angeles, but I have Yemeni roots from my grandmother’s side. I just got here for the exhibition; I wanted to showcase my photos in the UAE because I love the UAE. It’s funny that people in the United States do not really have a concept of what countries like the UAE and Yemen are really like. The purpose of this project is to take people’s pre-conceived notions about what they think a place is and readjust them to see the things we have in common with these countries and the people in them. What kind of artist are you? Noa: I see myself as a fly on the wall. I try to capture moments and ideas as organically as possible and represent them as best as possible to the people who do not have the opportunity to see it themselves. I hope people see my art as honest. The theme of the project is to capture things as they are, as opposed to the idea of what people think they are. And I think there is beauty in honesty, in something peple find ugly. A community may not be the wealthiest and the shiniest from the outside, yet if you look closely you can see the beauty inside. What inspires you? Noa: There are a few photographers that I think are spectacular. There’s Peter Beard who has done a lot of work in Africa; he does photography mixed with journaling about nature and a little bit of fashion. I also like Dan Golden who has done very organic stuff in New York, where he takes people as they are and how they live every day. I also draw energy from literature works by the likes of Henry Miller. What’s next for Noa? Noa: Ideally I’d like to go to Myanmar and other similar places to continue this project. I’m also being considered for a fellowship… should that come through it would take me to Papua New Guinea, Cameroon and Laos. So we’ll see! Noavi’s Wanderlust Exhibition is currently available for public viewing at the Le Royal Meridien. For more information visit: www.wanderlustfound.com View Noa’s compelling video WANDERLUST FOUND www.vimeo.com/89982912 “Yemen is a feeling / An ancient culture / Perpetuated for generations / With vices + virtues / With style + grace / Where generosity is second nature…” - Noa FROM LA WITH LOVE YEMEN TO THE UAE Noa
  9. 9. www. tempoplanet.com10 tempo movie reviews Follow #TempoReviews on Twitter for more. now showing coming soon Tempo rates the latest movies released in the Gulf. With lots of much - awaited movies releasing every week, “Another Johnny Depp film that got underrated reviews. Futuristic and thrilling, this movie deserves more love!” Directed by: Wally Pfister Starring: Johnny Depp, Morgan Freeman, Rebecca Hall “The world’s famous monster is back in a more intense scale. We suggest watching the old films before watching this one!” Directed by: Gareth Edwards Starring: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Bryan Cranston “See what happens when the X-Men send Wolverine back to the past to change history and prevent a clash between humans and mutants.” Directed by: Bryan Singer Starring: Patrick Stewart, Hugh Jackman, Jennifer Lawrence “Peter Parker’s past gets him into an unexpected web of action and emotions! The cast delivers the nicely written screenplay exceptionally well.” Directed by: Marc Webb Starring: Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx Transcendence Genre: Drama | Mystery | Sci-Fi Rating: PG-13 Godzilla Genre: Action | Adventure | Sci Fi Rating: PG-13 X-Men: Days of Future Past Genre: Action | Adventure | Fantasy Rating: PG-13 Amazing Spiderman 2 Genre: Action Rating: PG-13 RATINGS: RATINGS: Happy > Pharrell Williams All Of Me > John Legend Fancy Feat. Charlie XCX > Iggy Azalea She Looks So Perfect > 5 Seconds of Summer Sing > Ed Sheeran My Love Feat. Jess Glynne > Route 94 Nobody To Love > Sigma Not a Bad Thing > Justin Timberlake Changes > Faul & Wad Ad VS Pnau You & I > One Direction 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Altayeb “Boggy” Osama 23 #Sudanese, #Rapper. born & raised in #AbuDhabi. #UAEU graduate. basketball fanatic. Check out his music at www.reverbnation.com/boggy from the local scene POWERED BY
  10. 10. www. tempoplanet.com 11 The Dream Players Judge’s Choice Zainab Hafiz Introduce yourself My name is Zainab Hafiz. I am 31 years old. I am Pakistani, born in Saudi Arabia and raised in California. I spent most of my life in the States. My family is still in California. I studied Cognitive Science at UC Berkeley and that has led me to be an Instructional Designer creating training programs to teach people how to use software in a hospital. Singing is my favourite hobby but I also really enjoy dancing, writing, reading, cooking, and creating art whether it’s a song or a painting or some other craft project! How did you start singing? I grew up around music. My dad was always singing or playing an instrument. I remember the jam sessions my dad would have with his friends, playing sitar and tabla. My mom always sang too so I just thought it was very normal. I sang constantly in private but I didn’t realize that other people also enjoyed my singing until a friend heard me on accident and said she liked it. I used to do a lot of karaoke with my friends and the more I sang in front of people, the more they liked it, and it really built my confidence to sing. I decided to start a band so I could sing more of what I liked, and to also create my own music. Your inspiration…? My parents were the first to instill the love of music in me. The first singers I remember listening to when I was very young were Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston. Stevie Wonder is my favourite singer/ musician. I really learned to use my own voice by listening and singing to Etta James. Your achievements…? I don’t have any official awards or anything. I won a karaoke contest in San Francisco a few years ago and that led me to start a band because I wanted to sing and perform more than just karaoke. The band was called The Feral Cats. We split up when everyone moved apart but it’s still the thing I loved most. The obstacles you’ve faced? The biggest challenge has always been trying to reconcile my passion with my responsibilities. I grew up in a family where we all took care of each other because my father was really ill most of my life. If I could, I would pursue music full time but I have responsibilities beyond just myself and I can’t do that right now. I am really blessed to still be able to sing and write songs in my free time. The only other challenge is trying to find avenues to perform and find other musicians to perform with. I was really blessed in San Francisco to be surrounded by incredibly talented musicians, and lots of places to send your details and a small video clip of your perfomance to info@thedreamplayers.com Dreams Players Auditions Now open! I am really blessed to still be able to sing and write songs in my free time. The only other challenge is trying to find avenues to perform and find other musicians to perform with perform and showcase our work. Abu Dhabi has a really burgeoning art scene and I’m glad to be part of it but the opportunities are fewer and networking is harder. That’s why I’m so grateful for Tempo and The Dream Players who support and bring together artists and help promote them. You were a Dream Players ‘Judge’s Choice’? Yes. I think the Dream Players and other talent shows are fantastic opportunities for aspiring artists to perform and receive feedback about their art! Even though I didn’t win, I was just so grateful for the opportunity to perform and I had lots of people tell me how they felt about my songs. It continues to motivate me to continue singing and improving my talent. There were so many kids that were also inspired by The Dream Players. It’s fantastic to see that! Your future plans? I don’t ever plan too far ahead. Right now I’m making the most of my time in the UAE and trying to continue singing and writing as much as possible. I want to focus on recording my own original work and to perform as much as possible. Advice for aspiring singers? Keep singing! Get out and let people hear you, and listen to what they say. It’s humbling and inspiring and motivating and it will definitely help you grow. But no matter what anyone says, never stop singing.
  11. 11. www. tempoplanet.com12 Fashion Statement Something bold, loud and outgoing but always classic Fave buy Beach shorts from Cotton On Fave store SacoorBrothers Top places to shop Cotton On and Matalan Does AD have style Yes, because of the diversity of its cultures Fashion hates Crocs definitely Mcmillan Chiwawa 19 YRS OLD Zimbabwe Rugby Player for AD Saracens TEMPO'S MY STYLE DO YOU HAVE YOUR OWN DISTINCTIVE STYLE? SEND US A PHOTO AND A PARAGRAPH ABOUT YOURSELF TO: editorial@tempoplanet.com
  12. 12. www. tempoplanet.com 13 I am 38 and from the Philippines. I work as a freelance motion designer and time-lapse photographer. I see my Motorize Time-Lapse Skate Dolly as more of a DIY project. I rigged it together out of necessity: because I needed a dolly so I could take time-lapse photos in a straight line and in arc, on a table or on any smooth surface. It needed specifically to be able to take time-lapse photos in an arc if you place it on a round table. It also needed to be a system that is small enough to carry in a bag. I built it using a skate dolly, a stepper motor, an MX2 controller and a pulley belt. I got the idea to build this after I saw a time-lapse dolly system with a 6-foot rail. I needed a system that can move smoothly. It wasn’t easy. I kept failing at the beginning, but it eventually worked. I participated at the recent Innovator event, and I can see my invention being developed commercially, if given the chance. I believe it is a good system that can, for instance, shoot a 360 degree time lapse of a plant growing, or even a stop motion of different angles inside a 360 degree circle. Invention Motorize Time-Lapse Skate Dolly Inventor Lewis de Mesa Photo of Sheikh Zayed Mosque taken using Lewis’ motorised time-lapse dolly
  13. 13. www. tempoplanet.com 15 What is Abu Dhabi Roller Derby, and how did it begin? SUE: It began in October in 2012. I came to the UAE and was addicted to Derby and there was none here. I reached out for derby people for months but found no one. Then I hooked up with a girl in Dubai who wanted to raise a league and she had made contact with Amanda here somehow, so I had a meeting with her to work out how our leagues would work and how we would support each other. Initially Abu Dhabi travelled to Dubai. We had the skill set but Dubai had the numbers... so it worked like that for a while; now Dubai are on their own feet and our numbers are growing here. I must say, if it came to a showdown Abu Dhabi would beat Dubai!!! Put that in your article haha.... What makes roller derby fun? TRACIE: This is a great sport that’s awesome for fitness, and also a lot of fun. SUE: The game inspires me; the bond and unity between the girls and the fun. It’s a hard sport, you need support. It’s not for everyone; it’s a certain type of personality that plays this game. I think we inspire each other... but every one of us would have a player they look up to and think is amazing. I’m inspired by a player of my home league, The Canberra Roller Derby League (Australia) called King Cam. She reads the game and predicts what is about to happen before it does. She is always in the right spot at the right time and hardly seems to fall over. Another player is Bambi Von Smasher. She is a little pocket rocket and can really zip about between skaters. She is quiet agile but don’t let her size fool you, she will take you down if you’re not on your game! We heard that you all have derby names? What’s up with that? TRACIE: Derby names and numbers are identities girls will skate under, like a persona where you invent yourself into something you want to be. My derby name is ‘Nerd Badger’. Derby is a lot about playing a sport but also being who you absolutely want to be. SUE: A derby name is your alter ego and generally a witty play on words: My name is Rolla Moll…it’s kind of awful so I like the shock value of it. My league once called me Sueviette because I skated around one day with a Serviette on my helmet. Amanda is Kamanda because she used to command her players to do stuff. What difficulties does the ADRD face? TRACIE: Getting gear is really hard here because no one sells quad skates! SUE: There’s no indoor venue – it’s a tough gig as people don’t want to skate outside here. We’re talking to Du Forum who are looking at helping us, but we also need sponsorship! So what’s next for you guys? SUE: To get big and fill Du Forum up with paying people to watch our games. This sport has a big following overseas: in Australia we used to get 4000 people to a game, imagine what we could do here! TRACIE: A game next year with Dubai Roller Derby and maybe even the Cairo group How can people get started with derby here? TRACIE: Put on some skates and be your own hero…that’s from the movie ‘Whip It’ SUE: Give it a go... it’s amazing fun. Derby is hard and fun and gets under your skin. It builds confidence and is empowering. It accepts all body shapes and does not discriminate. I was one of those kids that was average at most sports I played. In this case whether I’m good or not is irrelevant, I feel like I’m awesome when I play roller derby and that’s what is fun about it. It’s a little big edgy but a whole lot amazing... just get your skates on and come and join us! Speed and passion on wheels! Roller derby is a contact sport where two teams roller skate in the same direction around a track, and competition involves a designated scorer winning points by lapping members of the opposing team. Roller derby is growing a fan base of ardent women roller skaters that love the game not just for the fitness it provides, but also for its rapid-fire action and unbridled fun. Daring Derby By Ajir Shujahi Community Sue Mercer. 41. Australian. Military (in Australia)/ Mom Derby name: Suelander Amanda. 45. American. Teacher. Derby name: Kamanda Tracie. 39. Canadian. Lawyer Derby name: Nerd Badger Christopher (Referee). 39. Canadian. Teacher Janice. 30’s - American. Teacher. Lisa. 30’s. American. Mother. Heather. 30’s. American. Hospital Administrator. Maria. 20’s. UK. Teacher. Shali. 20’s. Indian. Engineer. The Abu Dhabi Roller Derby: Members of the Abu Dhabi Roller Derby
  14. 14. www. tempoplanet.com16 french artist savannah “Veronika Gess and I wished that Calligraphic Art be perceived in a different manner. Through the elegant beauty portrayed in Calligraphic Art, many viewers will appreciate this type of art at its true value. We will donate 16 paintings to museums around the world. The 1744 pieces of The Ultimate Collection will travel from the UAE to museums around the world, for people to view. This collection received a unanimous welcome even in Iraq, where a daily newspaper published ‘To Learn Wisdom...French publishes Peace across Islamic Civilization.’ I studied at the Tring Park School for the Performing Arts in the UK since 2009 and graduated in July 2013. I have lived in France, Switzerland and in England, a few among other countries, and I have always been interested in what happens on a financial, political or religious level in the countries I live in. An 18-year-old French artist who goes simply by the name Savannah is generating attention for her Islamic calligraphy skills, and also for her initiative entitled ISLAM-The Ultimate Collection in which, along with her partner Veronika Gess, she designed a set of 1774 artworks and is gifting some artwork to museums around the world - including, she says, the Louvre Museum Abu Dhabi. Here’s her story. does arabic calligraphy
  15. 15. www. tempoplanet.com 17 In France, the art I was ‘bathed’ in was classical art: Monet, Leornardo da Vinci, Degas, Cezanne and Renoir. When I went to the UK, I was exposed to modern art by Rothko, Haring and Warhol. Through ISLAM-The Ultimate Collection, I wished to unite people who have differences, through art. I appreciate and respect different social and cultural backgrounds, and that’s something not typical of people my age Calligraphic writings are extremely elegant and detailed, which contrast with the spontaneous, vibrant and colourful backgrounds on which they are placed. Calligraphic art was something I always wanted to do and coming to this region gave me the inspiration to go forward with my passion. I wish to continue producing art, doing exhibitions and sell my art, and also have my own gallery and card shop. Another one of my projects would be to create the “Dubai Artist Fund” so artists could come from all around the world, produce and exhibit their works. It is all about respecting one another and living in a harmonious way with our differences. I believe this is a true message of peace and tolerance.
  16. 16. Shhhhhh Shawarma Shhhhhh ShawarmaTEMPO TRIED & TESTED By Diji Shujahi Shawarmas are the quintessential Middle Eastern snack. Over the years UAE has adapted multi cuisines and cultures but the queue for Shawarmas in any Arabic restaurant endures. The up and coming Shawarma-only restaurants are a testimony to the growing love for Shawarmas. Hunting for the best Shawarma joints in town, is no mean task, but here are a few good ones: 4 WHERE: Beyt Al Khetyar, Al Najda Street, Abu Dhabi What: Chicken Shawarma BUILD: Chicken shavings wrapped in ‘khuboos’ with garlic sauce, hummous, French fries and pickles. COMMENT: Beyt Al Khetyar serves Shawarma in the generous “half-moon” pouches with lots of filling. The Shawarma comes to you piping hot, and when you bite into the pouches you find the right amount of sauce and crispy French fries. Perfect as a meal rather than a quick bite. RECOMMENDATION: Great value for money as it costs the same as a standard roll-Shawarma, but is double the size. WHERE: Sanine Palace Restaurant, Salam Street, Abu Dhabi What: Chicken Shawarma BUILD: Chicken shavings wrapped in ‘khuboos’ with garlic sauce, hummous, French fries and pickles. COMMENT: Sanine brings Shawarma with the same old-school flavor and aroma that has been associated with Shawarmas for centuries. The Shawarmas here are not subjected to any modern twists and do not intend to be pretentious. If it is the classic Shawarma you are looking for, then Sanine is the place to be.. RECOMMENDATION: Sanine has quite a good selection of fresh juices, and every die hard Shawarma fan knows the value of a thick and satisfying cocktail juice. as well. WHERE: Maroosh, Tourist Club Area What: Meat Shawarma BUILD: Meat shavings wrapped in ‘khuboos’ with garlic sauce, hummous, French fries and pickles. COMMENT: Maroosh has built their entire reputation for decades, around their famous Shawarmas. The build of their Shawarma might have changed over the years but the taste and aroma remains the same. The Shawarmas here are mostly soaked in an irresistible sauce that keeps you coming back for more. RECOMMENDATION: Maroosh is known for serving food in large family-friendly quantities. 3.54.5 www. tempoplanet.com18
  17. 17. www. tempoplanet.com 19 By Lama Younes MEET MARCELLE ALEID FILM-MAKER STORY-TELLER “I am a simple person who wishes to help change the world to a better place. It is a big dream, bigger than me and everyone else but why not give it a shot? I am Syrian and lived in Abu Dhabi since 1991, so I can say I carry a Syrian soul and a UAE heart! I write short stories in Arabic and some articles as well which I post on my website www.marcelle.tv “I have been in the business side of filmmaking for around seven years. I started with The Circle a global business conference on filmmaking, which is held annually in Abu Dhabi. I then worked as the Deputy Director of Abu Dhabi Film Commission and after that as the Project Director of Bidaya Media, the new Sesame Street branch in the UAE and the Gulf region. “During that entire period I have assisted numerous international productions to film in Abu Dhabi and have worked very closely with Emirati film makers, helping to promote their films and talent internationally and to support them at film festivals around the world. I have helped manage short film projects and have worked on six of them as Associate Producer. I have enjoyed working with filmmakers from the UAE and the region and also connected with different Film Commissioners and Film Markets around the world. I have also worked with the BBC on Wild Arabia. This was their first major series to focus on the Arabian region and has now been broadcast all around the world. I am very proud of the productions I have helped to film in Abu Dhabi that have now been seen by audiences around the world, highlighting the fantastic beauty, culture and the people of the UAE. A Letter is an Arabic short film I’ve been working on. It is about a kidnapped man during war and shows the different feelings he passes through while he is locked up somewhere. The film talks about the letters that are written during war: some reach loved ones and some don’t. I wanted the world to see that in war, all people want is peace; to see the end of the war! “I wrote the story as one of my short stories and I could immediately imagine it as a short film. I could not get it out of my head and I could clearly see the images I wanted to use to help tell this story in a film. So I spoke to the Executive Producer Roland Daou and the Producer David Shepheard and they both supported the idea of turning it into a short film. “Through films you can tell a story, give a human solution to issues we face in life in the most peaceful way. You hope that people will see your idea for making the world a better place, and that your ideas are contagious. What is better than films and books for doing that? If hundreds watch your movie and let’s say half of them believe in your message and want to support your idea for positive change… that’s a great achievement! “The story of war and of people getting kidnapped is happening everywhere in the region and in the world. I have seen those who were kidnapped and made it out alive, the pain they suffered, and how all they wanted was to see their loved ones again. A Letter talks about a real man in a real place somewhere in the world we live in. What was his ‘letter,’ and what happens to him and the letter? I will leave that for viewers to discover when they watch the film. “I was lucky enough to get the support of many friends and family members and most importantly all the film crew of Media Mania Productions in Abu Dhabi who volunteered for this film. The film is now ready and I have started the submissions to film festivals around the world. We are now working on a long list of festivals around the world, and my dream is that it gets nominated for the Oscar! Once we are done with the festival circuit I will make it available on the internet and my website as well. “I want to thank all the people that supported this film; all the people that volunteered or who pledged on the Aflamnah crowd-funding website… or even talked about it. I hope viewers like the film, I personally love it!” Follow Marcelle on Twitter: @Marcellealeid
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  19. 19. www. tempoplanet.com 21 ZAYED UNIVERSITY’S AL KHARAREF STORYTELLING CLUB was created to enrich the legacy of the Emirati storytelling tradition and contribute to the revival of this important cultural heritage within the United Arab Emirates. Last year, the Club in partnership with the Abu Dhabi Music and Arts Foundation exhibited Story Mile a collection of 48 original fables and folktales, written by students from the Academic Bridge Program, illustrated by College of Arts and Creative Enterprises majors and translated by ZOWD volunteers into the language of its characters, Emirati dialect. The tales, which are soon to be published in a book, share not only the storytelling traditions of the Emirates, but have also introduced other key aspects of Emirati culture. These latest stories are creating new footprints in Emirati's storytelling folklore, while preserving and reintegrating 24 archetypical traditional characters researched by Master Storyteller Abdul Aziz Al Mussallam and designated by the Department of Culture, Heritage and Information as genuinely Emirati back into the cultural landscape. Mr.Flentstroikem (Mr.Flent as we shall call him now) was on yet another one of his mad, unending rampages. He entered his lab, licked his lips, and ate an entire box of biscuits while carefully dividing Infinity by the number Zero. He put on his white lab coat, but it had a stain. A dark, black stain the size of a pin-prick. “Unbelievable!” he said,” Who DARES touch my coat?!” And then he remembered, it was Martha. The girl who came to sell him biscuits the other day. But now, none of that mattered. He had the mission for the day. Remove that ghastly black dot upon his sparkling white coat and make it clean and white once more. He would achieve this, he thought, but how? Leaving aside the divisions and subsequent multiplications, Mr.Flentustroikem went into his lab. His OTHER lab. Wearing his astronaut suit, he jumped into a rocket he’d made for himself while being bored. (The reason he was bored was that he’d done all there was to do and if you’ve done all there is to do then what is left for you to do that you’ve not done because you’ve done it all and nothing is left to be done ?) The rocket was shaped like a pomegranate with a large ice-cream scoop shaped structure at the top. At the bottom of the “pomegranate” was a large tube, almost like a cone faced downwards. The rocket ran on Frequently Altering Rocket Traveler’s Steam. In a moment’s notice, he was in the rocket, and the pomegranate-like rocket was about to launch into Outer Space. 3….2…..1….. And off the rocket blasted (and as for HOW nothing below was burned or destroyed, that’s another story). As the rocket left behind it a trail of unintended stench, it pushed itself forward to break through the gargantuan atmospheric barrier, and soon, it entered space. The true reason behind why Mr.Flent was so adamant to enter desolate space for the sake of a stain on a lab coat was completely unknown to anyone at that time. Many of the world’s top politicians and leaders and presidents and others convened a conference when they heard of his untimely departure. They discussed, argued and consequently decided that it was best to leave Mr.Flent to his own devices. The round table conference ended and the world was once more at rest. Maybe. Elsewhere, Mr.Flent: “Based on extremely intricate calculations made while eating biscuits, I have determined the exact velocity by which it is possible to prevent the SG Force from creating the Chaos paradigm. Space Golf Ball!! Here, I come!!” he shouted. (The Golf Ball, of course, refers to the moon.) The rocket darted across empty space and the moment it came in the vicinity of the Great Golf Ball, it came to a standstill. Hovering in mid-space, a ladder descended downwards towards the moon like an anchor dropped by a ship. Mr.Flent stepped down, slightly, steadily (with his anti-gravity boots), all the while holding onto his lab coat with firm, strong hands. (Biscuits were the secret of his energy). The moment his boots came in contact with the white moon, he stopped, placed the shirt on top of a pole (which he took from some part of his astronaut’s suit) and placed it firmly within the moon’s land. He then proceeded to a nearby rock, sat down, placed his timer on the ground, and waited. Eating biscuits of course, although it’s not clear how he managed to do that on the moon, scientists remain baffled to this day about this extraordinary feat of Flentish innovation. All at once, the timer ticked, and as expected, the lab coat was once more white. It seems to be of the utmost importance to ask the question that shall now be presented below: “Why go to the moon to remove the pin- prick stain upon the lab coat via exposure to a region without an atmosphere, when all you need to do is send the lab coat to the laundry?” Indeed, if such a question were to be asked, an equally baffling answer would have to be stated. However, I am not at liberty to do so. Mr.Flent then put on the clean, white coat, put the pole back into whatever place it came from, jumped into his rocket and went back home (with the help of Fr.Al.Ro.Tr.St of course). Once back, he relished the taste of a dark chocolate biscuit (which seemed all the more tastier while he wore his coat), when all at once, a single drop of that savory cream dropped onto his Moon-Washed lab coat. A dark, black stain the size of a pin-prick. FLASH FICTION IS A STYLE OF FICTIONAL LITERATURE CHARACTERIZED BY BREVITY; WITH THE STANDARD BEING A STORY OF UNDER 1000 WORDS. The Lab Coat By Adithya Christopher “You’ll never make it! Go wash fast!” he exclaimed. The men in the room are starting to rustle and I’m understanding the slight sense of urgency in the wide-eyed man in front of me. The lines in his face always seemed like scars that deepened with each breach of his dignity, rather than the subtle marks of old age. I help him up, despite his protests and he walks to the bathroom; he knows that only one of us will have time to wash up properly before the hoard of men huddle in front of the bathroom awaiting their turn. But I continue helping my elder with his morning rituals… I know I might have a chance to clean up, once I get to the large corporate building I work as a security guard in. I have just enough time to wipe away some of the smell of sweat that accumulates in a room of 15 men. We change into our individual work clothes that will outline our roles throughout the day. As we leave the large building, a few men are beginning to walk to the big buses – they are the early birds, who want to remain sweat free by sitting as close to the AC as they can. A man in a big shiny car, with his fresh clean clothing, drives by fast and throws insults through the window as his car spews dirt on us from beneath the tires. We take our seats in the bus, and the old man says, “if only…” IF ONLY By Mariam Bagersh DO YOU WRITE SHORT SHORT STORIES? Share them on Tempo. Send your story to: editorial@tempoplanet.com Once upon a time, the sun was smiling, the flowers were dancing and a symphony of birds was singing in celebration of Hamad and his gorgeous cousin Alia’s engagement. Um Al Duwais, the jinni of love looked at the couple with a smile on her face and laughter in her heart. Um Al Duwais is an Emirati legend and a beautiful woman with the legs of a donkey and a tempting fragrance that lures cheating men to their downfalls. However, her most important role is that of a guardian, safeguarding the precious love of couples. Four months after their engagement party, Hamad got a scholarship to study abroad in Ireland. Alia was sad True Love Written by: by Fatima Naser Saleh Mubarak Almansoori Illustration by: Mariam Fahad Yousif Obaid Al Zaabi & Aysha Saif Al Hamrani to see him go, but accepting for the sake of their future. The sounds of goodbyes filled the air. Hamad drove away, leaving a tearful Alia behind. During the first semester, Hamad became friends with his classmate Salma. He treated her like a favored sister. She used her soft skin and wild beauty to lure him into love, hiding her true intentions behind dark, silky hair, innocent eyes and a kind face. Hamad eventually fell in love with Salma. A year later, he came home. By night, he dreamt that Salma was a wolf, eating his heart. By day, he felt someone was watching him. He didn’t know it was Um Al Duwais. One night, Hamad started thinking about breaking off his engagement to Alia. Um Al Duwais was furious and appeared as Salma with evil, red eyes. Hamad started to run. Um Al Duwais cried, “Hamad! You’re stupid for ever trusting me.” He called a friend in Ireland and asked about Salma. He learned the truth that he had wished with all his heart was a lie. He felt devastated, betrayed and foolish, but deep down inside he knew that he deserved it. Hamad remembered an old, Emirati proverb, ‘The sweetness of the dress is to patch it with itself.’ He learnt his lesson and realized that his first love was pure. That’s how Um Al Duwais reunited Hamad with Alia, his one true love. “Hamad! You’re stupid for ever trusting me”
  20. 20. www. tempoplanet.com22 Tempo contributor and award-winning poet, Dorian “Paul D” Rogers, sat down for coffee with multi-talented musician and artist, Ahmed “Shaf” Alshafea, to discuss art. Paul D: Tell me a little bit more of your upbringing. You are of Sudanese descent but grew up in Abu Dhabi. Where were you born? Shaf: I was born in Omdurman, Sudan, back in 1985. I then moved here to Abu Dhabi when I was one year old. I was a very crazy and adventurous kid and used to spend most of my day dancing in the street with my friends. Paul D: Maybe you can teach me some of those moves sometimes. You are a multi-talented musician. What instruments do you play? Shaf: I play many piano, guitar, flute, bamboo flute, bansuri “Indian” flute, percussion, and ukulele. I guess what made it easier for me to learn all of these instruments by myself is my natural familiarity with tones, notes, and how they sound. Paul D: How did you get in to music? Shaf: I remember for my fourth birthday, my father brought me this cute little Casio yellow, mini keyboard. I wasn’t interested in it at all, so I kept on playing with my friends. My brother decided he wanted to open the box and try it. The second he touched it and it made a sound is when I became hooked on music. Music has always represented a personality to me. I always refer to it as The Lady Called Music; the way it speaks to me, the way we converse, the massive amount of emotions attached to “her”. Paul D: So your brother deserves some credit for your musical success. That’s after you forgave him for opening your gift I am guessing. What is your favourite instrument to play? Shaf: My favourite instrument is the piano. There is something about the sound of its strings, and the way the hammer strikes each one of them, the great dynamics of this instrument, and how I can control its loudness and softness. I love how its presence in any song can make a huge difference and add so much to its meaning and that it’s the only instrument that can exactly translate what I feel. Paul D: You are also a music producer and engineer? When did you get into that side of the art form? Shaf: Before I joined SAE-Dubai in 2010 to study audio production, I was always interested in sounds. Every time I listen to music, I connect each sound I hear with a memory, a colour, a smell, an emotion, a place, or even time. I then started translating whatever I feel or connect with in to my music. Paul D: You are one of the organizers of Lamatna, a poetry initiative in conjunction with the Sudanese Cultural Club. Tell me more about that. Shaf: Lamatna, a Sudanese word which means “our gathering”, was actually a thought of a very good friend of mine and co-founder, Reem Alfadil. We noticed the huge numbers of talented Sudanese and Non- Sudanese youth in Abu Dhabi and the UAE not only in poetry but in different forms of art. We then decided to gather them all in one place where they can showcase their talent and improve their skills. Since we already have a great venue at the Sudanese Cultural Club that supports us fully, we decided to take this to the next step and have the first show last November. We were surprised by the large number of people that attended and showed us support. We have a lot of plans for poetry workshops in English and Arabic, music workshops, acting, drawing and many disciplines in the near future. dhabi damesBy Marien Oomen articulate Tempo contributor and award-winning poet, Dorian “Paul D” Rogers, sat down for coffee with multi-talented musician and artist, Ahmed “Shaf” Alshafea, to discuss art. Gushing Granma They say a grandmother is a mother who has a second chance, or a mom with a lot of practice. Walking my dog around my compound, the other day, I bumped into my neighbor Juliet and her husband. Their little grand baby was in the pram, and they excitedly announced they were giving him his first bath all by themselves. The parents had gone to Al Ain and left him in their charge. It was grandpa who was doing the honours, grandmamma was just a little too hyper and couldn’t trust herself. I wished him luck. May your skills come back in double dozes, I said. Far away in India sits another doting grandma, Annu Ammachy, who has written a collection called ‘Never Do Stories’ for her grandchildren, in which she writes of all the naughty things she did as a child for which she was punished, and which her grandkids must never ever attempt to do. The grandkids loved her stories as she weaved mystery, suspense and tryst into the fabric of her tales. Their eyes would get rounder and mouths open wider as they heard of an ancient cupboard that was never opened, and whose key was never found. Or of the boat that was found drifting on the river with nobody inside. Last week, my friend Suja, another grandma, told me how she kept her grandchild, busy chatting, singing and doing her homework, long distance from Dubai, on Skype, while her daughter took a much-needed nap after a hectic working day. Technology put to good use imparting great pleasure on both sides! Precious People Grandmothers come in all shapes and sizes. The more fashionable ones cast aside their traditional attire and don modern clothes for convenience. When they visit, they take over the kitchen and cook the tastiest meals. They also have traditional recipes for any ailment, their ultimate chicken soup, being the cure of all diseases. Sleeping next to them, in the crux of their arm, is the ultimate in comfort. Ultra modern grandmas get techy and learn to write emails, use Facebook and take the new world in their stride. They even “google”. The best part of the grandma factor, what I remember of how my mother was to my kids, was the praying bit. My mother always insisted on praying to our heavenly Father, reading the bible, trusting in God more than anything else. I treasure her diaries in which she tirelessly wrote down all the sermons she heard, with little notes on the side. Her kneeling by the bedside in prayer is a sight my children won’t ever forget. Pattom Amma, as they called her, would dress as Santa for Christmas, bring the most unusual gifts, and she always had the lyrics of her favorite songs in her little handbag which she would produce if anyone needed some entertainment. I have seen many beautiful grandmas right here in Abu Dhabi. They nurture their grandkids long distance or near, with blessings, letters and gifts. Grandmas never run out of cookies and kisses. Grandpa might lose some of his patience, but grandma is always holding the fort, and maintaining peace. My Scottish grandma friend, almost 75, showed off her grandchildren’s pictures, far away in Scotland, with great pride and tears in her eyes. These grandmas leave a heritage that all the money in the world can’t give. So next time you see an old lady, remember that she is someone’s grandma, and because of that worthy of your respect. Treat her kindly. Read the entire interview online: tempoplanet.com
  21. 21. www. tempoplanet.com 23 Dr. DMS A doc from the Bronx Rania Elamin doc in the house I have seen a lot of changes during the few years that I have been here. But I have to say, when it comes to certain issues nothing seems to have changed at all, and it has resulted in a seismic shift on how I view well-being matters. I love reading about how much progress there has been in such a short time here, but this of course is based on selective milestones. I applaud the pristine highways, beautiful new architecture and great airlines, but these are things that we as individuals don’t have any control over. But…how about those flying kids falling out of buildings? Or the erratic selfish approach to driving? Or the lack of children’s car seats? Or the childhood obesity epidemic and poor eating habits? All these issues are all controlled by individuals - and the public at large. Let’s look at a couple of these closely... How does a kid fall out of a window? How is a toddler big enough and/ or strong enough to haul himself out of a window or over the balcony/mall railing? Why are the windows or balcony doors open while the child is not being watched? These are not the thoughts of a genius, but rather a normal concerned parent. I watch my kids closely because I know that they are not yet in a position to make the best decisions for themselves all the time. They have no concept of consequences. So, who is to blame?? Negligent parents! (This is the nicest way I can describe them). Why are there no rulings that mandate sealed windows on all high rises and balconies? People have demonstrated time and time again that they are apparently not responsible enough. How about the unsecured kids in moving cars, the ones hanging out the windows or sun roofs, and those who treat the moving car as a playing field? Again, kids don’t always make the best choices. So who allowed this behavior? The parents. I have read about numerous campaigns to buckle kids up yet I still see this negligent parental behavior. And explain this to me, why are the parents strapped in, while the kids aren’t? So what is the solution to all this? How about laws that are enforced and HARSH penalties, for a start? People need to fear penalties. We can continue to educate people all we want and see marginal improvements…but folks, you’re individuals and you need to take responsibility for yourselves. On top of that, you need to understand that there are consequences of your actions that affect others besides you; the “Butterfly effect” is real. I used to get furious about these things, but now, for better or for worse, I am becoming quite ambivalent. I know that you’ll do whatever suits you best, and by doing so, it further justifies my belief in Darwinism. ‘Sustainability’ is a popular concept not just in Abu Dhabi but all over the world. It is also referred to as corporate responsibility, corporate sustainability and in some organizations corporate social responsibility - different terminology but the same meaning. What ‘sustainability’ means may differ from one person to another. I was fortunate enough to be a founding member of the prestigious Abu Dhabi Sustainability Group (ADSG) which started the sustainability dialogue in Abu Dhabi and organized several awareness-raising and knowledge- sharing sessions; as well as serving as a think-tank on sustainability. So for the sake of this article, I will adopt the terminology of the ADSG: sustainability awareness journey. Sustainability is the concept by which an organization “achieves and maintains superior performance over a period of time, while at the same time taking into consideration all its stakeholders’ present and future needs,’ states the ADSG Sustainability Handbook. I see sustainability as an ideal that would make the corporate world a better place. It reflects the right things that an individual should do to protect the environment, society and economy as a whole. Working with the ADSG was immensely fulfilling. I was sitting at a forum that included 15 of the leading public, private and non-for-profit organisations in Abu Dhabi: debating how to educate people on sustainability, how to report on sustainability and GET ENGAGED. BECOME A PLANETARIAN. how to embed responsibility practices into an organisation. So where does the responsibility of sustainability reside within an organization? In many entities in Abu Dhabi and around the world you may see the role placed within the strategy and planning division, or within corporate communication, or as part of human resources, or alternately within the environment, health and safety (EHS) division. Rarely would you find sustainability managed as an independent role. Yet at recent sustainability workshop the message was that “ideally sustainability should be under the CEO but managed by the sustainability manager”. In fact, the reality is that within most of the organizations sustainability doesn’t come under the CEO at all, but is driven from the bottom up with very limited CEO buy-in! Sustainability should be a strategic dimension within an entity, placed within the heart of its business, yet more often than not, it is neglected and treated as a marginalized activity. In other instances when the role is cascaded down the organization from senior management the challenge then becomes the execution; how to embed sustainability into day-to-day business; how to identify sustainability champions; and how to reflect responsibility across the business. Sustainability is a challenging role with many obstacles, but it is also a discipline that is dear to my heart, and well worth pursuing. Hello??? Is Anyone Listening? planetarians Adopting Sustainability > www.theplanetarians.com > www.facebook.com/ theplanetarians > www.twitter.com/theplanetarians
  22. 22. www. tempoplanet.com26 technologyBlakniss Original game head from Atari to XBox! game hedz tech talk Shahid Saeed Talker for the Non-Techies Follow me on @shahidaasi NOKIA X MY FAV APP: HAAD HAAD: The Health Authority – Abu Dhabi (HAAD) is the regulatory body of the Healthcare Sector in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi that promotes health and wellbeing in the population. This application gives you access to news and events, information about HAAD. In addition, you can also search for doctors, facilities, pharmacies, medicines, sick leave certificates etc. Free to download for Android devices. > Shahid Saeed The first quarter of the year is done, which means it’s time to recap what’s coming up soon! But first, have you gotten Titanfall, Dark Souls 2 or the 3rd episode in A Wolf Among Us? Do. So what highlights be there in the next 3 months? The veeeery long awaited Watch Dogs is the most anticipated highlight, look out for Ubisoft’s cross platform joint May 27. It’s essentially Assassin’s Creed in the 21st Century. Hacking, hiding, vigilante justice. At the end of April the arty cross platform game Child of Light will have been released. Also from Ubisoft it’s an RPG where a little kidnapped girl must bring home the sun, moon and stars and escape the clutches of the Queen of the Night. Highly stylised and imaginative, side-scroller. Finally, The Last of Us (I know I can’t not mention it) will get a remastered edition for the PS4. That should be, interesting, but not sure it will be a must-have. Game on! SAMSUNG GALAXY S5 The Samsung Galaxy S5 has been officially launched. The S5 is the latest challenger device to launch into an ever-crowded market. This time Samsung’s focus is more into what users need; the phone looks great; and you can easily recognize the S3, S4 and Note 3 DNA footprints in Galaxy S5 design. A good thing about S5 is that it is water and dust proof - to an IP67 rating - which means it’s completely resistant to dust and water to a depth of 1 metre for 30 minutes. The S5 uses a snapdragon 801 2.45GHz quad core CPU with 2GB RAM combined with Full HD Super AMOLED 5.1-inches display and a 16 mega pixels camera. The other cool features of S5 are finger print scanner and heart rate sensor. Samsung has also included a ‘kid mode’ which enables you to restrict device usage while in the hands of kids. The S5 is packed with 2800 mAh battery and gives up to 12 hours of Talk time. Android for wearable’s coming BBC: Google is branching out in the wearable technology market, with the release of a software development kit. This would allow developers to create wearable devices such as smart watches and fitness trackers using the Android operating system. Samsung’s Galaxy Gear smart watch did, for some time, run a version of Android - but following concerns over its interface and battery life, switched to the Tizen software platform for its latest watch, the Gear 2. Rotimatic (Automatic Roti Making) The Asian bread, Roti, is well known and consumed all over the world. Ideally you want to make fresh homemade roti or chappati, but that’s not always possible for working women, and men. Well now Zimplistic has manufactured the “Rotimatic,“ which can make the dough and cook fresh roti in a matter of minutes. Here’s the video: (http://www.youtube.com/ watch?feature=player_embedded&v=EsfccHgWDb0) NOKIA X Nokia has long been known as a mobile handset manufacturing giant. The Nokia X is their first device, working on Android OS. Nokia X is based on Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Dual Core 1GHz processor, 512 MB RAM, 4GB Internal memory, a 4-inches WVGA capacitive touch display, 3 mega-pixels FWVGA camera and Dual SIM capability. The battery provides up to 10.5 hours of talk time over 3G and is equipped with 17 days’ standby time with dual SIM. SAMSUNG GALAXY S5 What’s on
  23. 23. www. tempoplanet.com28 “Jon Duschinsky” International Social Innovator presents.... tamakkan How do you get voted as ‘the world’s second most influential communicator in social innovation?” (being beaten only by Bill Clinton?) TEMPO asked the man who that did just that: Jon Duschinsky - a towering figure in global philanthropy and social innovation. TEMPO: Jon you’re known for championing the idea of companies integrating social profit with financial profit, and giving back to the community. Take us back to the start of your career: how did you develop your ideas, and what were the influences that shaped your thinking? JON: I began my career as a humble fundraiser, standing on street corners shaking the tin to get people to donate to causes. As mundane (and very cold, especially in the winter) as this may sound, it gave me an opportunity to learn what it was like to stop 3000 people a day and ask them for money to make the world a better place. I learnt a huge amount about the psychology of giving, how people relate to causes, and where charities were succeeding and failing in engaging people to make change. Over the course of my career, it became clear to me that philanthropy, whilst important, represented only a very small piece of the puzzle. In most countries, no more than 2% of GDP is channelled towards philanthropy, and in many countries it is much less. I became fascinated with how we could develop innovative new ways to leverage the remaining 98% to achieve greater impact on issues of social change and social justice. Hence much of my work today focuses on helping businesses put the agenda of conscious capitalism at the heart of business. TEMPO: Tell us about bethechange the global consultancy that you founded. What were the successes and challenges you faced? JON: I have always been interested in step-change – how to take things to the next level – rather than slowly progressing the status quo. At bethechange, the modus operandi is to identify the obstacles and challenges that a non-profit is facing in achieving its mission and then focus on using creativity and innovation to remove them, one by one. Bethechange takes a lot of inspiration from the Margaret Mead quote « Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” TEMPO: How do you see individuals, and companies, harnessing the power of innovation and creativity for the social good? JON: We are witnessing a real upsurge in creativity in this field. Some of the world’s largest companies, such as Coke and P&G are experimenting with new ways of using their brand to connect people and to achieve new types of positive contributions. Perhaps one of the most exciting innovations is the way that companies engaged in conscious capitalism are actually rewriting the fundamental notion of social good. We tend to associate social good with fairly traditional notions of giving money to good causes. But as I mentioned earlier, money given to good causes only represents 2% of GDP (at most). Well-run, values based businesses can contribute to humankind in many more tangible ways than charities or any other organisation (including government). And as the case builds from a profit point of view for adopting these business practices, more and more companies (the other 98%) are following this path and reinventing the landscape around social change as they do it. P&G, for example, launched their “Proud sponsor of mums” campaign at the London Olympics, and continued it in Sochi. They championed the role of mothers in the lives of athletes, and by doing so opened up a huge conversation around the lack of value that many societies attribute to the work of mothers. This conversation moved the needle on this issue way more effectively than any government policy change, or NGO fundraising campaign had ever managed previously. TEMPO: How can each of us be a positive force in this world? JON: In my recent book, (me)volution, I write about a concept that I call the “coffee cup moment.” Imagine sitting over a cup of coffee, taking a short break from the day. You are staring out of the window, sipping your coffee and daydreaming. Maybe you are thinking about an image that you saw on the news last night, or something that you read in the paper this morning. Maybe you are thinking about that homeless person who asks you for money as you walk past them on your way to work every day. Or about Jon Duschinsky is co-founder of The Conversation Farm, a global strategic communications agency based in North America and Europe, and his portfolio includes two books and faculty roles at several universities on both sides of the Atlantic. Duschinsky take an innovative approach to solving the world’s problems: The Conversation Farm creates ideas that engage millions of people in conversations that are aimed at changing attitudes and behaviours. Its clients include Fortune 500 companies, NGOs and governments in over 20 countries. the shocking images from Syria, or other such crucible of poverty and suffering that inhabit the daily newscasts. As you think about these things, maybe you also start to think how much you would really like to help that homeless person back onto their feet, or do something that would make a real difference for those people suffering in silence. You maybe even begin to imagine what you could do. And then you realise the coffee is cold, or the cup is empty, and you cease the daydream put the cup down and go back to your routine and daily life. We all have these “coffee cup” moments. They are all different, but I believe that they are absolutely critical. In those moments of reverie, we each hold a small part of the future of the world in our hands. And what fascinates me is why some people put the coffee cup down and don’t go back to their day jobs. Why do some people act on the compulsion they feel in this moment, and why do others simply not? We live today in the era of the Conversation. The future is being created, more than at any time in our history, by individual people. People who are passionate about something are using the power of the Conversation to share their interests and values and gather a tribe around themselves of people who feel the same way. These tribes are influencing consumer behaviour, they are influencing policy, they are influencing almost every aspect of our societies. Today, policy follows people. Corporations follow people, too: people have changed their buying habits and attitudes, and this has legitimised conscious capitalism and helped begin the slow transformation of successful corporate models. Billions of people are leveraging the power of the Conversation every day to achieve things that are important to them. And so if we can understand why some of them choose to put down their cups of coffee and go back to their routines, and why some capitalise on their “coffee cup moments”, we have the opportunity to perhaps harness the most powerful tool of social change known to man. Who is Jon Duschinsky? Tamakkan is an initiative aimed at nurturing entrepreneurship, leadership and innovation. Established in June 2009 by BrandMoxie, a leading advertising and marketing company in the UAE, Tamakkan support s the growth of SMEs and startups by providing access to information and networking, as well as promoting innovation, best practices and corporate social responsibility to corporations and institutions. The initiative has steadily grown into a powerful knowledge sharing and training platform that has contributed to the development of the local economy. For more information, visit: www.tamakkan.com Read the entire interview online: tempoplanet.com
  24. 24. www. tempoplanet.com 29 When I lived in the UAE from 2005-13, I attended many events in Abu Dhabi and Dubai but except for the Emirates Festival of Literature and the Abu Dhabi Book Fair, none directly involved books. In Miami I’ve found that book-related events happen almost daily, and I get to meet an author, acquire the book, and network at the same time, as often as possible. Two weeks ago I was at the University of Miami at an event organized by the Women’s Chamber of Commerce - a local group that has been around since 1984 uniting executive women in all industries – and Books & Books, a major independent bookstore and a leader in marketing books in new ways. The University provided the space and the interviewer, and students attended the presentation along with members of the chamber. Everything was constructed around Arianna Huffington, founder of the Huffington Post, and her new book, Thrive. The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder. Members of the Women’s Chamber and their guests were invited to a reception at 4 pm. Meanwhile, as students lined up outside to buy the book and to enter the auditorium, Arianna Huffington circulated around the reception, graciously greeting us and posing for photos with everyone. Chamber members didn’t line up to buy Thrive. An autographed copy was included in the price of tickets ($40 for members, $50 for others). As we checked in, we each received a copy. On stage at 5 pm, Huffington sat with Donna Shalala, President of the University of Miami and former US Secretary for HHS (equivalent to Minister of Health). Shalala asked questions and Huffington answered. Later, the audience also asked questions. The entire performance took about an hour and was streamed live to bookstores where Thrive is on sale and available to anyone with a good internet connection. I’m still reading Thrive because I always like to have a non fiction book – that I’ll be able to put down when I start feeling sleepy – next to my bed. If you didn’t hear Huffington in person, it’s worth buying. Her thesis is simple. The “third metric” is quality of life; the first two are money and power. Most of us wouldn’t mind having both, and women around the world work hard at school and on the job to fulfill that ambition. Huffington’s point is that there is more to life than work and that never having time for yourself and your family makes no sense. She calls on women to redefine success and to work better by working less. One of the pillars of the method she advocates is getting enough sleep. Huffington quotes well known people including former US President Bill Clinton who says that all the bad decisions he ever made came when he was too tired to think straight. Perhaps her most controversial point is banning electronics from the bedroom. That includes TV, iPad, and smart phone which she says must be turned off at bedtime and left in another room. I agree with her about turning off the phone – I don’t have a TV in the bedroom and never use the iPad there – but my trusty BlackBerry is handy, next to the bedtime book. I turn it off when I turn out the light, and power it back first thing in the morning to check email before getting out of bed. Theresa F. Weber Dr. Alma Kadragic The 2014 Forbes Billionaires list has the highest number of women billionaires ever – 172 out of 1,645. That represents 10.5%. It also has the highest-ever percentage of newcomers. Of the 268 people new to the 2014 Forbes Billionaires list, a record-breaking 42 are women or 16% of the newcomers. Women Billionaires – Self-Made versus Inherited Wealth That is encouraging news for women in business. However, a closer look reveals that only 1.9% of female billionaires built their own fortunes versus inheriting one. American TV host Oprah Winfrey, Spanx’s founder Sara Blakely and Facebook’s Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg are examples of women who have become billionaires without the help of a parent, husband or sibling. As Sandberg notes in her best selling book Lean In, “Businesses are going to care about diversity not because they want to do good in the world. They are going to care about diversity if it’s going to change their bottom line.” New women billionaires who have built their own fortunes represent a variety of businesses ranging from on-line information technology to oil. They are: • Sheryl Sandberg - $1.05 billion, U.S., Self-Made, Age 44 - COO of Facebook • Denise Coats - $1.6 billion, U.K., Self- Made, Age 46 – CEO of Bet365 an online betting firm • Folorunsho Alakija - $2.5 billion, Nigeria, Self-Made, Age 63 – Nigeria’s first female billionaire thanks to her own lucrative oil-producing asset, Famfa Oil Womenwhoinheritedtheirfortunesalso representawiderangeofindustrysectorsfrom cosmeticstoclothingtorealestatetomedia: • Jane Lauder - $1.15 billion, U.S., Inherited, Age 41 – Youngest American billioniare thanks to the beauty business her grandmother Estee Lauder created • Sandra Ortega Merca - $6.1 billion, Spain, Inherited, Age 46 – Her wealth is owed to the Inditex clothing retailer started by her father • Carrie Perrodo - $10 billion, France, Inherited, Age 63 – She manages the fortune left by her late husband, a family owned oil company, Perenco Women Billionaires – Under the Age of 40 The 31 youngest women and men on the Forbes list (defined as under the age of 40) have a combined net worth of $115.7 billion. IT dominates the list. Three Facebook employees account for 42% of that number:, Mark Zuckerberg (age 29, $28.5 billion, Facebook CEO) Sean Parker (age 34, $2.4 billion, former Facebook President and Napster founder)and Jan Koum (age 38, $6.8 billion, Founder of Whats App). Jan Koum created Whats App in 2009 as the first smartphone application to let people send text messages between different phones and countries for free, using only their cell phone numbers. It is now the biggest mobile messaging service in the world with 430 million active users, bigger than Skype and Snapchat combined. It was recently sold to Facebook. Where are the women? Well 22% - or 7 of the 31 youngest billionaires – are female. Perenna Kei is the youngest billionaire – male or female - at age 24. However, the females on the list did not create but rather inherited their wealth. They are from Hong Kong, China, France, Germany and Switzerland. Here is the listing of the youngest female billionaires in order of their age: #1 Perenna Kei –$1.3 billion, Hong Kong, Inherited, Age 24 – She owns 85% stake in Logan Property Holdings #9 Yang Huiyan –$6.9 billion, China, Inherited, Age 32 – China’s richest woman as Vice Chairman of real estate developer Country Garden, her fathers stake. #11 Marie Besnier Beauvalot - $2.7 billion, France, Inherited, Age 33 – She inherited French dairy giant Lactalis, producers of popular President brie among hundreds of other cheese, milk and yogurt brands #13 Julia Oetker - $1.75 billion, Germany, Inherited, Age 35 – Youngest of eight billionaire beneficiaries of the Oetker fortune built on baking and pudding powder is now a holding company that employees 26,000 people and generates $15B in annual revenue #17 Yvonne Bauer - $3.5 billion, Germany, Inherited, Age 36 – Fifth generation of her family to run Bauer Media Group, which publishes 600 magazines in 37 countries world wide. #26 Rahel Blocher - $2.9 billion, Switzerland, Inherited, Age 38 - She is the largest shareholder along with her sister Magdelena of Ems-Chemie, a gigantic Swiss polymer and chemical manufacturer her family has run for decades. #31 Miriam Blocher - $1.1 billion, Switzerland, Inherited, Age 39 - She is a major shareholder in Ems-Chemie and sold some shares to buy Lackerli-Huus, a Swiss confectionary and baked goods company. Lets hope we see more women on the list next year, including women who earned their listing without the help of a parent, husband or sibling. The Growing Number of Women Billionaires “Thriving” with Arianna Huffington women in business an expat returns home Follow Alma on Twitter: @almakadFollow Theresa on Twitter: @TheresaFWeber Arianna Huffington with lawyer Serena Minott on the left and Alma Kadragic on the right
  25. 25. FIRST EVER TEDX YOUTH @ACS ABU DHABI By Sophia Grifferty, 11th Grade Student Council Vice President, ACS Abu Dhabi’s youth is active, exciting, and inspiring as evidenced by the first TEDxYouth event held recently at the American Community School of Abu Dhabi (ACS). Organized by high school students Dina Shriem (Palestinian) and Dennis Hilgendorf (American), and adviser Lane Graciano, the theme of the event was “tell us a story,” featuring 10 presenters: three students and seven teachers. Teachers’ topics included reasons to read classic literature and questioning the meaning of education. But the best presentations were by three high school students who each had their own unique message to convey. Ashwini Singh, a 16-year-old South African, spoke about anime—Japanese film and television animation— and how it has something for everyone. She advocated that through the medium of anime that attributes such as compassion and generosity can be learned. Amira Al-Subaey, a Saudi-American 16-year-old, spoke about the seven lessons she learned from her journey to the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro. Being the youngest Saudi woman to top the African peak, Amira talked about her experience through different lessons she learned including “surrounding yourself with motivation,” “mind over matter,” and that “the end is not the end.” She said she would carry with her, for the rest of her life, the lessons she took down from that mountain. Julia Grifferty, a 15-year-old American, talked about the detriment of using plastic water bottles, and her environmental campaign titled “Boot the Bottle.” Julia gripped the audience demonstrating how discontinuing the use of plastic water bottles is both economically and socially beneficial. Her anti-plastic bottle campaign has swept the American Community School, and plastic water bottles are no longer sold to students. TEDxYouth was the perfect outlet for these students to express their passions and inspire new ideas and ways of thinking in the audience. Watch the presentation here: http://www.youtube.com/user/TEDxYouth/videos TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) is a nonprofit organization that began as a conference in California 26 years ago and has since then grown into a global set of conferences with live presenters communicating ideas and stimulating conversation. With its slogan and mission “ideas worth spreading” TED created a programme called TEDx, which are independently organized events designed to give communities, organizations and individuals the ability to create a local TED-like experience. With more TEDxYouth events, Abu Dhabi’s youth can continue to inspire the public. Once in high school, as I was standing outside the exam hall waiting for my friend to finish her test, I clutched a heavy book titled “A History of the Modern World.” For those few minutes, I felt inexplicable pride as I imagined holding the entire world in my hands. Much as I love watching historical fiction and visiting museums, I could never major in history at college because I was always somehow intimidated about learning anything that happened before the 1200s. There seemed to be way too much going on in ancient civilizations. More recent history, such as the Renaissance, the Enlightenment and the World Wars appear to some extent more accessible and ‘safe’. Last week, I was speaking to an Egyptian friend who spent a year at the American University of Cairo. I asked her what the campus was like, imagining something similar to my university…lots of classrooms, a cafeteria and maybe (if you’re lucky) a bowling alley. I was surprised when she casually told me that the university was less than an hour’s drive away from the Pyramids of Giza! It dawned on me that it didn’t matter how trendy and intellectual my campus in Boston is, her ‘historical’ varsity wins every time. Close to Ancient Egypt?? Talk about making ancient history accessible to modern day education. Why is it that the only times we celebrate the past is when it is romanticized in movies or books? In the UAE we always seem to be living for the future. We always want to build the world’s biggest, ‘best-est’ something. It’s a good thing to look forward; but sometimes it’s just as exciting to ponder the past. Think about the mysteries of your country and religion. Think of your roots, your heritage and then think beyond that. And cool facts like, somewhere, somehow we are all related because there is only a 0.1% difference in genes between two humans (thank you Psych 101! ) Sometimes I google a query and find only questions of other people who are looking for the same answers as me. So I urge you to go ahead and google/read/watch and search and study the past, even your own past. You may find some of your family’s history locked up in a trunk in your grandfather’s house. You may even have some cool stories to swap with your friends. Left to right Julia Grifferty, Amira Subaey, Ashwini Singh Our World, Our Hands A letter from a UAE ‘expat’ at Boston University By Rhea Oommen Do you have any ideas worth spreading? For information about TED’s upcoming conference, visit http://www.ted.com/registration Oganize a TEDx event http://www.ted.com/participate/organize-a-local- tedx-event Follow TED on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/TEDtalks, or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/TED www. tempoplanet.com30
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  27. 27. For more information contact: mastersprograms@psuad.ac.ae | +971 2 656 9252 www.sorbonne.ae • Transports, Logistics, Territorries and Environment (NEW!) • Geodynamics of Current and Past Spaces (NEW!) • Social Research: Consulting, Survey and Evaluation (NEW!) • Muslim and Arab World Studies (NEW!) • International Business Law • International Law, International Relation and Diplomacy • Sustainable Development Law • Banking and Finance • Marketing, Management, Communication and Media • Teaching French as a Foreign Language • International Business and Languages • Urban and Regional Planning • History of Art and Museum Studies • Performing Arts Management • Publishing, Information and Multimedia Tuesday May 6, 2014 from 4 pm to 8 pm STUDENTS, TEACHERS, PARENTS AND PROFESSIONALS ARE CORDIALLY INVITED TO ATTEND OUR ANNUAL Masters Open House 2014 You are cordially invited to the Paris-Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi Masters Open House on Tuesday, May 6, 2014, from 4 pm to 8 pm. Take your career to the top and explore your study options by networking with fellow professionals, interacting with the alumni and consulting with our faculty members. The road to success starts at Paris-Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi, so unlock your career potential and achieve your dreams.

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