NOVEMBER 2011THE FUTURE OF PAGE 14THE EMIRATI FILM INDUSTRY
It’s nice when things click. Sometimes they click after studied planning, and some times through sheer serendipity. When we launched the “I LoveUAE” competition we thought it would be good way to get multi-media and film fans involved in shooting short videos in tribute to the UAE’s40th anniversary. Little did we know that the interest would grow and grow...to a lively discussion on ways to nurture art among young people....to incredible alliances with other entities, and now...to an invitation by Abu Dhabi TV to showcase some of the videos on their channels! Tempoorganised a session for the young film makers to receive their critiques and guidance from Abu Dhabi TV (you can see photos of the session onpage 6 ), and a few of the entrants are already working with Abu Dhabi TV on various production projects. How great is that?Then there’s Tempo’s Heart and Soul Bazaar at the One to One Hotel in October where communities got together, got to know each other, andcelebrated together. The instance of lucky serendipity is how painters, both professionals and amateurs, were lured to the bazaar by the ideaof artistic expression and the opportunity to imagine and create. Join us again on November 26th at the One to One Hotel as we continue our“Dedication to the Nation.”Here’s to community and togetherness,Sana BagershManaging Editorbagersh@tempoplanet.com letters to the editor 04 19 doc in the house | live well MANAGING EDITOR uspace 05 20 round table Sana Bagersh what’s hot 06 22 musical inspiration FEATURES EDITOR Alma Kadragic the bottom bottom line 07 23 the hidden gem EDITORIAL COORDINATOR tech talk | game hedz 08 24 just handcrafted | book talk Sharon Carvalho in focus 10 25 mini minx | articulate MAGAZINE DESIGN Mark De Castro my style blueprint 11 26 media MARKETING COORDINATOR cat superheroes 12 27 unleash Manjul Abhishek Laskar Laipubam cover story 14 28 yank in sandland | just a thought DISTRIBUTION COORDINATOR people calendar 16 29 horoscope Melaku Muluneh social meets 18 EDITORIAL CONTRIBUTORS Angeli Castillo Dave Solomon Shahid Saeed Layla Ezzedeen Neena Rai Blakniss Preethi Janice D’Sa Manar Al HinaiADDRESS DISCLAIMER Aditya Jain Rohith BhatTo reach editorial at Abu Dhabi Tempo email: editorial@tempoplanet. Tempo is a publication of BrandMoxie. Although Tempo Magazinecom. If you need to find out where you can pick up your copy call: 02 667 does its best to ensure the authenticity and accuracy of its contents, Sara Taher Randy Parker3349 or check out the list of Tempo distribution points on our website. the publisher cannot accept any responsibility for errors, mistakes and Hana Makki Sarah Widdup inaccuracies. The publisher reserves the rights of this product and noNOTE TO ADVERTISERS part of this publication may be reproduced in any form or by any meansAdvertisers can request brand tagging with all advertisements. without the permission of the publisher.To reach advertising call 02 667 3349 oremail: firstname.lastname@example.org. MEDIA LICENCE NO. 1/105866/24295 download www.gettag.mobi Scan the QR CODE using your smart phone to your smart phone Published by } run application for Blackberry this is done through BBM click on tag beside each article to have fun with for iPhone download BeeTag or Neo Reader online content, videos & cool tags! www.tempoplanet.com
Hello Ed, Thank you for the “I Love UAE” competition and thank you now for the “ Tempo Heart and Soul Bazaar”…you are all heart and soul, Tempo - Shadia Malik Dear Ed, I cross this little grassy island to park my car near my house on the Corniche. And very often I step into dog poop! I know you’ve written about this problem before, but please publish my letter so people remember what a pain it is. Scoop your poop, people! - R.N. (aka totally pissed oﬀ) Dear Ed, Tempo’s making news! - http://www.digitalproductionme.com/ article-4734-i-love-uae-winners-announced/ - Almas Naseem Dear Ed, The movies at the Abu Dhabi Film Festival were unbelievable! Foreign films expand your thoughts and perspectives - Claire AThe CAT offers thanks for the acknowledgement! Dear Ed, Every month is a new challengeWe can hardly wait to showcase our Janys De but guess what? You do a wonderful job!Jewelry Tips handwoven jewelry work. Thanks for - Margarita Isabelle Cejudo-Perdomoarranging the bazaar! - Jan Preethi D’Sa Can’t believe it’s been two years, still remember when weDear Ed, launched little Tempo! Sniff sniff - Kulsoom ZakirThe community bazaar sounds Shahid Saeed, loved your article in @AbuDhabiTempo. You alwaysinteresting! - Sarah Widdup have the best technological recommendations! - Manar Al Hinai FAB! @AbuDhabi Tempo is organizing theDear Tempo,I am a tourist to this country and I have to say I am Tempo’s Heart n’ Soul Community Bazaar!totally impressed with Dubai’s metro. It is fast, cheap Oct 29th, 2-6 @onetoonehotel’s terraceand convenient - Armand - AD Culture & Society QUESTION RESULTS OF LAST MONTH’S VOTE: Which artist would you most Q: Do you think there will be another recession? like to see perform in UAE? 1. Lady Gaga 100% 0% 0% 2. PitBull SAID SAID SAID 3. Adele YES, I THINK SO NO, I THINK IT’S I DON’T REALLY CARE, IT DOESN’T 4. U2 Go to tempoplanet to vote JUST TALK AFFECT ME ANYWAY
CAMPUS VIEWDEATH BY IMAGINATION By Rohith BhatFor some reason these days I can never get through a class without imagining myprofessors dying horrible gruesome deaths in front of my eyes. It could be the effect THE WONDER OF THE INTERNATIONAL DATE LINEof vacation withdrawal, it could be sheer boredom, or it could be an early warningsign that there’s a serial killer movie-slash-novel writer-slash-police report, in the (OR AN AWESOME WAY TO TIME TRAVEL)future with my name on it! So instead of doing my assignment for the day I decided By Aditya Jainto do what I do whenever I’m faced with a dilemma; list out the pros and cons of eachof the ways I wish to kill my professors. When I daydream at work, it’s usually about what life would be like if I lived1) Tie them to the railway tracks while twirling my villainous moustache continuously in a hip hop video, orand doing my evil laugh. how Scrooge McDuck doesn’t break PRO: I can finally figure out at what time the two trains meet when travelling from point A and B at different speeds. his neck diving into all those CON: I’ll have to grow a moustache. coins, or how is it possible to have a tiny island in the Pacific2) Hang them inches over a tub of sharks with lasers attached. Ocean where there is a 24 hour PRO: Sharks are an endangered species so feeding them is definitely time difference between two eco friendly. adjacent time zones. CON: I have no idea how to attach lasers to sharks. The last one is true, there does exist3) Force feed them liver until they burst (just like they did in se7en) a tiny island called Kiribati where if you PRO: Well God did say feed the hungry; that should count for stand on the International Date Line, your left something, right? foot will be stuck on Sunday and your right foot can be living it up on Monday. CON: I’ll have to actually cook the liver myself. Confuses the hell out of me - I’m sure a better system exists, but no one has had the time to think of it. So Kiribatians just grin and bear it, time traveling while getting4) Send Hannibal Lector (the cannibal) on a picnic with them as the main groceries, all the while trying to fix their Facebook accounts to show the rightcourse birthdays. The worst would probably be scheduling meetings at work. (“Well Bob, PRO: Who doesn’t love a picnic? once again you’re a day late for the conference”. “But I thought you said Wednesday CON: I may end up as dessert. morning”. “Well it is”. “Not where I live, and not where we’re standing now”. “Well why don’t you shift to your right then”. “No, you move to the left…” You get the5) Turn into a werewolf and bite their heads oﬀ picture.) PRO: I get to be a werewolf. CON: I’ll be susceptible to fleas!!! There’s so much you can do to exploit the time differential: you could register your kids in two schools on two halves of the island, and have them learning for six6) Put about 50kgs worth of dynamite in front of their oﬃce and light the days out of the week. You could also have them sit for exams in the eastern sidefuse. of Kiribati, and then sit again the next day on the western side. And voila! You are PRO: I get to play with dynamite. the proud parent of superkids, and you can watch them graduate from Harvard. The CON: That worked out so well in Tom and Jerry! possibilities are endless…7) Tie them to a chair and force them to watch 50 hours of The Simple Life. I believe the International Date Line should be more PRO: Now they’ll get what’s it’s like to have your brain numbed. CON: I’ll actually have to buy a blue ray of The Simple Life!! Not going famous. Time traveling is pretty much right up there to happen! with Barney Stinson, hammerhead sharks and The White Stripes in terms of awesomeness. The International Date10) Ehh, I’ll think of something later.....and yes I do know that I’ve skipped Line allowed Jules Verne to write his seminal book,out on a few numbers in between. Maybe it’s not such a good idea to kill mymath teacher! (And mom, if you’re reading this, I was joking). “Around the World in 80 Days.” It confused Magellan when he sailed around the world, and led to his well documented aversion to calendars. Even the Pope had aSHAMIMSCENE AT THE DUBAI FASHION WEEK special delegation explain this phenomenon to him when it was first documented. Shamim was behind the scenes at Dubai Fashion Of course, when you cross the date line, you haven’t really gone backward or Week’s showcase of the forward in time, since our measurement of time is all relative. For instance, picture designer Dabya. With yourself as a Russian peasant, living in Provideniya, on the Eastern coast of Russia. a collection inspired by Once, while yelling at a sheep for prematurely losing its wool, you realize from your butterflies and their graceful son’s geography textbook that you live just 20 minutes away from the Internationalmovements, Dabya promises to be one of the Date Line. Or commandeer a boat and steer it to Alaska and you know that you’veregion’s most promising young designers. just gained a day. Of course, when we travel, we go somewhere and then come back, thereby eliminating any time gained / lost while traveling. You may not haveTake a look at what went down. a reason to go back, or interestingly, you may decide to embrace this special extra day and see it as a gift to you of time.
TEMPO’S “I LOVE UAE” VIDEO COMPETITION WATCH US ON TV! The “I Love UAE” film competition Tempo held in association with the New York Film Academy Abu Dhabi may be over but Tempo and the impact is growing. Abu Dhabi TV has got into the action and now wants to air some of the videos on their channels! Abu Dhabi TV selected some of the videos that were submitted for the competition and which they felt most reflected the theme of “UAE national day”. Tempo organised a little creative session at our oﬃces as each participant was given a critique on how to improve the video and raise the technical standard so it is good enough for broadcasting on TV. Mr Mohammed Farah, the Projects Production Manager at Abu Dhabi Media Company met with each of the producers of the chosen films. DUC TION NEW PRO S! CALL FO R ACTOR Ethiopian Female } 16 - 25 South Asian Male } 35 - 65 Arab Female } 30 - 65 Casting for a short film production to be filmed during November/December 2011. Both professional and amateur actors can apply. If you would are interested to coming to an audition email: email@example.com to find out more!
TEMPO’S HEART N’ SOUL COMMUNITY BAZAARBRINGING THE COMMUNITY TOGETHER ONE BAZAAR AT A TIME! Tempo magazine is hosting its second community bazaar called ‘Tempo’s Heart n’ Soul Community • Why is it that the famous-for-nothing Kim Kardashians and the Bazaar’ and hopes to bring the capital’s Paris Hiltons of the world getting so much fanfare whenever they communities together with this initiative. Taking grace our shores? Because of the gossip they generate, that’s place on Saturday, November 26 at One to One why. Speaking of which: why did Kim Kardashian rush out of Hotel- The Village from 2-6 pm, the bazaar is aimed Alhan restaurant in Abu Dhabi right before the photo opps? She at families and will also showcase creative works of students and amateur artists. claimed someone pulled her hair! (BTW, you had to be there to know that)Sana Bagersh, Managing Editor of Tempo, says “I’ve always believed that nurturing • Tche Tche cafe in the UAE....please enlighen your customers aboutcommunity brings about a sense of belonging when the people from different expatriategroups gather to celebrate and learn more about each other. It is this feeling of how you pronounce your name. Overheard: “Let’s meet at chi chi.”camaraderie that Tempo wanted to bring out through the bazaar.” “Where?” “Shi shi.” Say what?!” “Tishee tishee.” “Huh?” “Forget it, let’s go to Starbucks...” (You get the picture).The bazaar also stresses the importance of reusing and recycling, and encouragingthe passing on of products to others, rather than disposing of them. Those interested • Speaking of coffee shops, there›s a golden rule that goes like this:in participating can rent tables and sell anything they wish to, except for food and “if it aint broke don’t fix it” or my version “if it’s exquisite, don’tbeverages, and entry is free to all! dare touch it” and here is where I seque to La brioche’s cheeseThe bazaar will be set up on The Terrace of the One to One Hotel- The Village and there will quiche which used to be a perfect product at Dh 10, but nowbe something for all ages including art, crafts, handicrafts, books, toys and henna stalls. they added four cheeses (including the dreaded blue cheese) and tagged on another Dh 10 percent, and made it virtually inedible“Like all good things that come in small packages, this community bazaar organized and overpriced. Guys, don’t mess with perfection.by Tempo is surely a season starter. We will continue bringing these lovely events toenchant our One to One community and guests.” said Jessica Asher, Marketing and • Yasalam is rolling out and concerts are all over the place right now.Communications Manager at One to One Hotel- The Village. How great is it to be in the centre of all these fabulous choices! But we need to mind the two evils of excess: underage drinking,To book a table, please call 02-6673349 or email Sharon@tempoplanet.com and scalpers. Nuff said. • ADFF last month showed us that film festivals can be enriching and that outdoor cinema is incredible. What an amazing venue the Fairmont is. However....and there is always a however round the corner.....next time ADFF should consider keeping their events venues close together. Film aﬃcionados don’t relish watching something at Marina Mall, rushing to the Fairmont for a talk and then coming back to the Abu Dhabi Theatre. Doesn’t work. Here’s an idea: try transforming Heritage Village into the venue for talks, use adjoining Hiltonia for outdoor cinema, and if there’s still a need, get either Emirates Palace or Hilton Hotel to accommodate bits and pieces. Bottom line: keep it together geographically. • Concierge is no prude, but OSN really pushes the envelope with this nudity and the foul language thing. It was midday and the whole family was flipping through channels when we came across scenes from the movie Machete - and we’re talking full body nudity. Hmmmm. • A tip from the Concierge: are you on googlemail (gmail), and who isn’t? Did you know that there’s a small link at the bottom corner of the email page that shows “activity details”. Click on it and it opens a window that shows who is accessing your account, complete with IP addresses. You may be see the IMAP server in the UK (this is for mobile phone access), but nothing more than that. If you see strange IPs from other places in the world it could indicate that your password has been compromised so get a new one immediately. Don’t say I didn’t warn you. And that, folks, is the bottom, bottom line. Write to me: firstname.lastname@example.org The Concierge
TECH TALK Shahid Saeed | Talker for the Non-Techies GAME HEDZ Blakniss | Original game head from Atari to XBox!APPLE IPHONE 4S GEARS OF WAR 3: POST MORTEM (MEGA SPOILER ALERT!)Apple has announced the iPhone 4S instead of the long E-Day finally arrived and many hours have been spent grinding away at the Gears 3awaited the iPhone 5 which looks almost identical to campaign, multiplayer games and the campaign multiplayer! Aww yisss!the iPhone 4, but is totally overhauled by inner specs.It includes the new Apple A5 dual core chip, dual core So what’s the verdict? It was awesome...with a couple reservations. There wasgraphics, 1GB RAM, 8 megapixel camera, 1080p HD the same great gameplay, even more breathtaking environments, new enemies,video recording, artificial intelligent assistant Siri, at least one unannounced all-new weapon (the Vulcan, a two-person automatic802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, Assisted GPS, Digital gatlin gun) with great voice acting and plenty of action.compass, 14.4 Mbps downstream and 5.8 Mbpsupstream, iOS 5, iCloud, facetime, AirPlay, iMessage, The story was wrapped up nicely, though not without heartbreak. The locust/Music and a long time battery with up to 8 hours talk lambent menace was eradicated, Dom sacrificed his life for his friends and foundtime and up to 200 hours standby. It comes in white his peace, and Marcus found, and just as quickly lost, his Dad.and black colour with 16GB, 32GB and finally 64GBcapacity. Most reviewers say it’s a minor tweak, rather RESERVATIONSthan a noteworthy revamp. The reservations involve pacing and story issues. There were times when the combat was a bit fatiguing and should have been broken up with a mission, or two,BLACKBERRY BOLD 9900 that was less combat heavy (like Intestinal Fortitude - the worm chapter in Gears 2)Research in Motion’s latest attempt at gaining a and presented a couple time-based or agility challenges. The story was awesome,foothold in the smartphone industry is the BlackBerry but one felt the ending could have elaborated on the fate of Marcus and the COGBold 9900, ie its first ever 4G phone. It’s iconic design, remnant, in a post-locust world, with a nice montage or epilogue of some kind.complete with stainless steel frame body and sculptedsurface make it the lightest BlackBerry to date. It hasa full touch screen and QWERTY keyboard made a WHAT’S NEXT FOR GEARS?little wider so you can easily work your way around But (there›s always a but) this ending, I believe, is cleverly designed to segue intoapps, websites and messages. Swiping, pinching and the ongoing comic and book series. A fifth book, entitled The Slab, is to be releasedzooming with a Liquid Graphics touch screen together indicating a closer look at the cryptic main character himself, Marcus Fenix. Thewith 1.2GHz processor, 8GB memory, Dual-band Wi-Fi, Slab refers to the prison where Fenix was held for four years, and from where he720p HD video recording and BlackBerry 7 OS provides was freed at the beginning of Gears 1.fluid animation and instant responses. The smartphone was launched two monthsago and both Etisalat and Du offer payment plans with service contracts. Between the next three comics (released bi-monthly - the third comic in the six arc series is due in December) and The Slab we finally get a detailed look at theMY DATA PLAN BY ETISALAT character we have followed for the entire series, but about whom we really knowEtisalat brings My Data Plan for post paid Data SIM cards that give you attractive nothing. I hereby dub this literature compulsory reading for an even satisfyingpackages and other benefits to access to data on your mobile, tablet or PC. You can closure to this part of the Gears saga! And, Fenix›s conspicuous facial scar is likelychoose from basic, plus extra or ultra package starting from basic AED 29 for 100 to be explained. I have it on good authority that there is material in the book andMB per month and Ultra AED 449 for 20GB per month. Etisalat is also discounting comics, that appears nowhere else in the games. So there.AED 100 per month for Club Ultra package. Etisalat is offering up to 42 Mbps speeddepending on your device. Otherwise, the existence of the new above-ground feral locusts suggests that the war is not quite over, and the future of the Gears franchise lies both in the past andMANAGE AND MODERATE YOUR WORDPRESS future of the Seran universe, and the other characters we have come to love.FROM YOUR IPHONE AND IPADNow you can edit, manage and moderate your Hedz UpWordPress blog and/or website from your iPhone Review of iOS title Shadowgun!through a versatile “WorldPress” application. Nowyou can move around freely without worryingabout your work. This application works on bothApple iPhone and iPad and is available for freedownload from the APP Store. Follow me on @shahidaasi MY FAV APP My Favourite app is Barbie Fashionistas Swappin Styles for iPhone and also for iPad. I like this app because I love Barbie and this app helps me choose my favourite fashionista personality. I can customize my Barbie’s look by swapping head, hairstyle, top, bottom, dress, shoes, purse and I can even change her colour. The most beautiful part is that after customizing, I can take a picture which directly stores into the photo app. - Mariam Jamshed
IN FOCUS: By Ahmed SamirAN INTERVIEW WITHMOHAMMED AL OTAIBA,HEAD OF IMAGENATION ABU DHABII had a chat with Mohammed Al-Otaiba, the newly appointed head ofImagenation Abu Dhabi, to talk about the film industry in the UAE andhis personal experiences.Mohammed, what’s a good film?I think it’s quite subjective. Are we saying it’s a good story, or one thatcommercially makes sense? How are we going to make a judgment? If it’s anart house film, for example, then you are catering to the artists out there, whoare looking for stories that are more intellectual. Also, art house films are morevisually appealing: nice imagery, colours, cinematography. These elements canalso be found in other, commercially focused films, but I guess other factors comeinto play, mainly the budget. I think, bottom line, a film has to find an audience.If it does find a good audience, I think it did a good job.What kind of film would you like to see come out of this region? The UAE, for instance. We worked for 29 days and finished on time, on budget. There was also fantastic work doneWe are raising the bar here with Imagenation. We are exploring different sorts of stories and with makeup. I can’t give away much, but one of our malevolent characters had to use a lotdifferent genres; stories from the UAE, from the region, that we’d like to share with the world. of makeup and costumes, and they did a fantastic job. You’ll see what I mean once the film’sOne film that we’ve just completed is a coming of age story called Sea Shadow, and the other released.film that hopefully we’ll have ready by the beginning of 2012 is called Djinn, which is a horrorfilm. So we have two very different genres that appeal to different demographics, different You’re a writer – where do you draw inspiration from? Anywhere. It can come fromaudiences. The former’s more of an art house film while the latter is very commercial. one’s personal experiences, it can come from the news and coming across interesting situations and interesting characters, and wondering: why does this happen? What drove that person toIs a good filmmaker born or made? A bit of both. You are born with a quality, the quality behave in this way? And then you use your imagination to extrapolate and put the differentof being a storyteller. The ability to tell a story and to engage your audience. If you are born elements together.with that talent, it can be nurtured by, perhaps, learning new methods, new practices and thetechnology that one can use to tell that story. When did you start writing? Writing has always been in the back of mind, in a sense. I’ve always been interested in creative writing, whether for film, script or stories. When I wasWhen did the film bug hit Mohammed Al-Otaiba? You’ve written short film scripts younger, I didn’t know what approach to take. Then when I got involved with filmmaking Iand made a documentary that won several awards, tell me about that. I suppose was taught how to handle a camera and what there needs to be in a solid script. I had a fear ofgrowing up you really enjoy watching films. But hit me, in the sense that wanting to tell a story writing, and I had to confront that fear… that was the first step. And it did take time. There isvisually, that challenge, that intrigue, started in 2001 when I was living in New York and working no shame in getting criticism and feedback, and in seeking mentors.there. I took film courses at the New York Film Academy, and from day one I realized that I lovethis art! It allowed me to express myself visually. From then on, aside from making a few shorts, What experiences have aﬀected your life? I worked with the Ministry of Foreign AffairsI entered a couple of competitions in the US and I got recognition. I made a documentary that for ten years. I also spent five years in New York with the United Nations, and some time inwon a bronze medal and that was screened in the UK, then it aired on Abu Dhabi TV. That was Beijing. In Beijing the embassy covered China, Vietnam and Mongolia. I had the opportunityin 2005. I realized that if the writing’s good, if the story’s solid, everything else that follows will to visit countries that I might not have thought of visiting. My last post was in London, wherebecome just as good, or better. Years after that I decided to sit and write, focusing on narrative, embassy covered the UK and Iceland. And I’m sure these experiences have affected me one wayno more documentaries. In 2009, the Abu Dhabi film commission announced its Aflam Qaseera or another, all positively.short film contest, and I decided to go for it! I sent my script and it was, honestly, a fantasticcompetition. In the end they selected six winners who will get funded, and hopefully have their What has life taught you? To be patient. To be a good listener. To look before I leap. To beshort films produced. kind to people. To appreciate people and to appreciate their work, and to show appreciation for any support they might give you. And things like filmmaking do take time, to mature andWhat was it like working on Djinn? It was a crew of about 120. It was amazing seeing how develop. I’m always happy to receive constructive criticism, in anything I do. Any free advice ispeople communicate and work together, and to see how the director’s vision is translated into always welcome.the images that he would like to see, and how he sub-communicates that to us, to the crew: tothe cinematographer, the lighting expert, the actors. Any advice to aspiring filmmakers, aspiring writers? Keep working at it. It’s a skill that takes time. I would encourage people to start writing, and share their writing with peopleAny experience in particular that you’d like to share? When we were on the set, we who’ve got experience. Find a mentor. Approach film entities, such as the Abu Dhabi Filmweren’t allowed to say the word djinn! The first four days, we started filming at the Al-Hamra Commission, approach Twofour 54, and others who are there to nurture talent at an early stage.village, in Ras Al-Khaimah. It’s an abandoned village that’s particularly historical. And people At Imagenation we’ve got a programme called Mawaheb and it’s a mentorship/internshipsay that it’s haunted. Shooting there gave the story more appeal and authenticity. We had to programme for aspiring filmmakers to break into the industry.be careful not to mock and invoke any malevolent spirits! Otherwise, it was very hot, verydusty; we had to be very patient with one another. It’s not very glamorous being on a film set. 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AD FASHION: most of Dhabi. It’s very different from I love the fashion style of Abu e there ld say it›s more diverse here sinc places where I have lived. I wou kgrounds who t countries and diverse bac are so many people from differen clothing as well is come to live here and that’s why not just culture but perfect mix of traditional clothing with the mixed and international. It’s a latest wes tern trands. FAVOURITE BUY: shoes that I liked so I bought a new pair of LacosteFASHION STATEMENT much but didn’t want to buy just like all my shoes but when ﬁrst since they are red I saw that they were inVERY COMFORTABLE, FREE, MIXED STYLE. sale, it was impossible not to buy them! Nam Tu e: Be Pro räza sik s NY fession hvil U A : St i bu ude Dh nt ab at i FAVOURITE SHOPS IN AD:g since it takes so much time ppin I hate sho I like nice looking clothes but I don’t shop and nerves and I spend mos t of my time studying, that’s why always very producti ve. My favorite brand is that ofthen but when I do it’s , looks good and prices are Topman since it has a very good quality clothes since there r brands of the same class. But not that high compared to othe Zara which have shop in Massimo Dutti and is no Topman in Abu Dhabi I or her clothes look nice similar style clothes. But I think a person makes his r that make a person look chic. You can wea on him or her but not clothes it will look dressed with a good taste and something cheap but bought and on you better than any fash ion design piece.FASHION PET PEEVES: Any kind of men hats and vests with pockets
CAT SUPERHEROES ANIMAL ACTION TO THE RESCUE! By Sara Taher Conditions for stray animals in Abu Dhabi are extremely harsh. Competition for food becomes more fierce as populations increase. Fresh water is scarce and diseases spread quickly through groups. This is where my good friend Marwan (cat super-hero by night, mild mannered lawyer by day) comes in. Marwan is an active member of Animal Action Abu Dhabi; an animal rights group started by expatriates to deal with these issues. Volunteers in the group go out three times a week to feedEvery Sunday evening, I meet my good friends Shafic and Marwan in front strays, bringing along fresh water, dry and wet food.of Mariah Mall on Najda Street. Marwan comes prepared with a big bag fullof cat food, fresh water and disposable dishes. Our task? To visit 12 spots In addition to feeding, the group also traps strays and neuters them, therebyon the block, all designated on a map, delivering fresh supplies to the stray keeping the population in check in certain areas. After a cat has been neutered,cats stationed there. The young kittens get wet food, while the older cats it will stay overnight in an enclosure to recover before being released to theget portions of dry food. As we make our way through our route, the cats same spot that it was picked up. In order to identify neutered cats, once they aregreet us (meow, not hello!) with their tails high in the air. anesthetized, the doctor will clip the top part of one of the cat’s ears. This might seem cruel at first but the cat is under general anesthetic at the time and does not feel a thing. The method is a great way to assess a cat’s status from a distance. While not everyone will agree that neutering the street cats is the right thing to do, the procedure does solve a lot of problems. Male cats that are neutered are much more docile; territorial squabbles become less fierce, young kittens don’t have to worry about being suffocated by roaming males and the cats can live long, normal and healthy lives. The streets of Abu Dhabi are littered with stray cats. They congregate around garbage tins, restaurants, or places near little pockets of sand. Unfortunately, as the population of humans has steadily increased, more and more expatriates began feeding strays. While feeding strays is a very nice gesture, it does not really solve the problem. Groups like Animal Action Abu Dhabi go a long way to help strays live healthy, normal lives. To find out more about Animal Action Abu Dhabi and to see how you can contribute, please visit their Facebook page. The group is always grateful for volunteers. And, you too might get the chance to be a super hero by night.
By Alma KadragicTHE FUTURE OF THE EMIRATI FILM INDUSTRY:YUSRA ABDUL QADER AND DUAA MUKHAYERCity of Gold which opened the 2009 Dubai International Film Festivalis usually considered to be the first full length Emirati narrative film. Ahighlight of the 2011 Abu Dhabi Film Festival last month was the worldpremiere of Sea Shadow, the first full length film by an Emirati producedby Image Nation which is part of the Abu Dhabi Media Company.Ali Mostafa and Nawaf Al-Janahi who directed these pioneering films are recognized as significantfilmmakers. The question for the future of the Emirati film industry, is who comes after them? Isthere a pipeline of younger Emiratis who will write, direct, and produce the narrative films anddocumentaries of future film festivals?Two recent graduates of Zayed University in Abu Dhabi - as well as the directors of the short films shown at ADFF and the Doha Tribeca Film Festival - suggest theanswer. Yusra Abdul Qader, 24, and Duaa Mukhayer, 23, have been making films during most of their university career.Like many young teenagers, Yusra “played” with video at home, but after she enrolled at Zayed in 2007, play became more serious. She and Duaa knew each otherfrom going to the same high school and living in the same neighbourhood, but they weren’t friends. At Zayed they found a common interest in still photography andvideo and became close. Although Yusra’s specialization was Film and Broadcast and Duaa’s Multimedia and Print Journalism, they shared the desire to create digitalcontent, and, as Yusra said, “we proved ourselves making films.”
Their senior capstone project, The Legend, is a film portrait of the Western region They won an award for the short film Mawaqif at the ZU Middle East Film Festival.of Abu Dhabi where people stick to old traditions and live a simpler life. “We chose In June they participated in the Dubai Festival of Student Films.the name to make people curious about our project,” Yusra explained, and theysucceeded in generating enough interest so that seven newspapers published Now the next step is to complete The Legend. They like to use the cooler monthsstories about their film. from November to March for shooting their material. Editing and post production work fine when it’s too hot to be outside. They have been in discussion withThe Legend is entirely their work; they wrote the script; photographed the funding sources, and they are thinking about starting their own productionscenes; voiced over in Arabic; and provided English subtitles. Moreover, to fulfil company.capstone requirements, they also created posters, a photo gallery, and a book “tomake it professional.” “We need to see what the requirements are,” said Duaa. “We’re waiting for the right moment.” They say their parents are supportive and have been from theEarlier video work began as projects for class. “Then,” Duaa remembered, beginning. Meanwhile, the team of Yusra and Duaa is available for work as free“we started in video competitions.” In 2010 Yusra was named Best Student lancers, to produce campaigns and informational packages for companies andVideographer at Zayed University. They took 2nd or 3rd place two years in a row organizations as they decide how to proceed with filmmaking and get into somein the Habib Al Reda student competition, winning the Media Innovation Award. of those major film festivals here and in the region.
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THE ABU DHABI ANIME CLUB The Abu Dhabi Anime Club (formerly J-AMFM or Japanese-Anime, Manga, Film & Music) was established in Abu Dhabi in 2004 as a social group for people who enjoyed Japanese Anime and Culture. The group has grown and evolved into the fantastic organization it is today by the passionate dedication of a group of original members to keep their connections alive and flourishing. Taking the original idea that the group would welcome all who were interested, they have grown that ideal into using their individual talents and characteristics (such as cosplay, gaming and artistic expression) to promote and support charitable causes. I think the main reason that ADAC has seen such an explosion of growth is due to the dedication of those that have poured a significant amount of time and energy into promoting the group. New members are welcomed daily and the group continues to reach out to local and internet communities, spreading the word about their organization, and offering others an opportunity to join whether they want to help a local charity or simply hang out with like minded individuals who share their interest in Japan. MESSAGE TO OTHER ANIME FANS: Anime fans are some of the nicest people I have ever encountered and I feel fortunate to have met many wonderful friends through my interest in Anime and Japanese culture. I have learned so Are much from my fellow ADAC members and feel that my life has been enriched not only by our shared love of Anime and Japanese you an culture, but by simply being with such a diverse group of people. Otaku? To put it simply, I consider my ADAC family as lifelong friends who Do you helped me become the person I am today and I am extremely grateful for their ongoing support. e n j oy A n i m e, UP-COMING EVENT: Manga, Japanese World Game Championship on Dec 2.Music or Films in all their myriad More info: http://adanimeclub.com/mainhall/?p=183forms? Then you need to join the AbuDhabi Anime Club - a place where FOUNDER: Amy Zimmerman OUR WEBSITE PRESIDENT: Abigail Kerr http://adanimeclub.com/fans of Japanese popular culture can VICE PRESIDENT: Maha Mohamedgather to share their interests and GRAPHIC DESIGNER: Ezz Alloush FACEBOOK PAGE https://www.facebook.com/AbuDhabianimeclublearn more about Japanese media TREASURER: Laila Helena COSPLAY TEAM LEADERS: Naureen and Sonia EMAILand society as a whole. WEB DEVELOPER: Hammad email@example.com
DOC IN THE HOUSE Dr.DMS | A Doc from the Bronx LIVE WELL Layla Ezzedeen | Performance Whiz and Feng Shui PractitionerTHE UNSUNG HEROES PLACEMENT WITH INTENTIONThis acknowledgement is long overdue. It’s time to recognize some very It’s been roughly a month since you’ve implemented the Feng Shui basics forimportant colleagues that I work very closely with. home and rooms (remember you can visit issuu.com and view all previous Tempo articles). Hopefully, you’re enjoying the difference. Furniture placement can be taken a step further with the Bagua, which I introduced back in June. These nineThey work all the time. They rarely seem to have days off. They take a lot areas of life map onto a space as follows:of flak from everyone- the patients, doctors, the patient’s families andfriends. But, they are invaluable to the practice of medicine. EMPOWERMENT FAME AND FUTURE REALATIONSHIPS COMMUNITY HEALTH CREATIVITYThey can be my best friends, my allies, my set of eyes when WISDOM SELF HELPFUL PEOPLEI am not around. But at the same time they can be my archenemies. They are to be respected and feared equally. And Entrance to space along this sidedon’t make the mistake of questioning whether they are The Bagua may not cover all areas of an irregular space. Contrary to the generalknowledgeable. They can be your worse enemy in your time opinion, this calls for special Feng Shui “cures” but is not typically cause for seriousof need, so do not underestimate them! worry. Here’s a shortlist of items you can place in the various areas of the house to improve your overall enthusiasm and engagement:Every day it seems they are stretched in terms of their patience, mental Self: Water and/or metallic elements (though not sharp), items that arefatigue, work load and other’s expectations. However, like clockwork, they personally meaningful, anything that gently represents “flow”, blue, black orcome back for more. They are often recognized, but frequently overlooked. metallic colors. Avoid plants and earthy objects.So, who are these apparently selfless souls? The junior doctors? Are youkidding me!!?? Wisdom: Books, study materials, meditation / prayer rug, religious or spiritual items, lights, browns. Avoid water and plants and their corresponding colors.I am talking about the Nursing Staff (also known as “Sister!!!!!!!!” to some Community: Family heirlooms and/or photos, tall items, plants, flowers,of you buffoons ). computer, telephone, the color green. Avoid reds and metals.Very early in my training, I was cautiously advised by one of my seasoned Empowerment: Tall items, tall plants, water elements, the color green. Avoidattending physicians (you may know them as “consultants”) in the anything sharp or metallic.emergency department, to treat the nurses with respect: “They can make Fame and future: Lights, candles, tall plants, anything that represents rising,you have a good day, or a terrible one, be nice”. This is valuable and sound the color red. Avoid blues and blacks or anything related to water and metals andadvice that I have come to understand very clearly and pass onto all my avoid items that represent the past.junior scrubs. Relationships: Anything that represents loving relationships, using pairs for couples and groups for friendships, browns and red colors. Avoid plants, greensThey come in all shapes and sizes, colours, both men and women. Most and metals. Flowers are appropriate.have traveled very far to be here, many of them leaving loved ones and Creativity: Music, musical instruments, art or hobby equipment, items forfamilies behind. I suspect that they are grossly underpaid, given the children and pets, photos of these, white, browns and metallic colors. Wateramount of responsibility that they are burdened with every shift. Yet, supports this area. Avoid reds and greens.despite these seemingly adverse conditions they will console you during Helpful People: Religious items, protective symbols, a table and/or chair to puttimes of hardship, attempt to answer all your banal and seemingly things on when needed, same colour guidelines as for Creativity.unimportant questions about whether you can have a private room or not,or if you can go outside and smoke, etc with an air apparent of someone Health: Pay particular attention to cleanliness here, group seating area, lighting,who is there to help and listen. Could you do all that? Day in, day out? healthy plants though not too tall and imposing, water fountain also small to medium-sized.Please be kind and respectful towards them. They are human beings and Although cleanliness is emphasized for this lastthey have human emotions (most do anyways); so “don’t bite the hand area, it is important in all areas. Use your creativitythat feeds,” and also realize that crocodiles have tears too. and intuition to build on the above suggestions. If it feels right, it probably is.I wouldn’t call this a warning, but rather, a gentle reminder. Need help? Share your thoughts on my Facebook page
CELEBRATING THEUAE’S 40TH ANNIVERSARY Being from the GCC countries means that each and every one of the six countries is home to me and my fellow Bahrainis. An important step is to ensure you’re being part of the UAE’s further development. So when the UAE encourages recycling for instance, we should take part in ensuring the success of that initiative. When the UAE asks its citizens and residents to vote for its Butinah Island then yes, we will aid them in the quest. Bahraini business owners residing in the UAE should also give back to the UAE’s economy, whether by hiring Emiratis and therebyincreasing the number of Emiratis in the work force, or by contributing their proﬁts to donate equipment to hospitals, or ﬁx broken roads. We should also put use the education and knowledge provided to us by Emirati schools and universities to research, or become part of projects that would boost the Emirati economy and businesses.Name: Fatima AliNationality: BahrainiOccupation: Student I believe this should not pertain only to ‹my community› but rather to the community residing in UAE itself. I greatly believe in voluntary work, and I believe one can help the community in that manner. For example a while back one of my Electrical Engineering Design Projects was used to make an educational toy for children with Down’s Syndrome in the UAE. I am also involved in some non proﬁt organizations such as Theory Lamp (www.facebook.com/TheoryLamp). I believe that schools and universities in UAE should introduce the students to voluntary work and through that they can teach people how to help each other. For example, a lot of students these days go for voluntary internship/ training at Sheikh Khalifa Hospital and attend the annual Terry Fox run as well. Such behaviour should be encouraged, and the newer generation should be taught that money is not everything.Name: Umair NathaniOccupation: StudentNationality: Pakistani I believe that the Filipino community is a necessity to any culture. We are naturally a fun loving, happy, helpful, smiling, patient and friendly bunch. Who can say no to such a group? We are everywhere: healthcare, entertainment, service staff in hotels, airlines, airports, restaurants, shopping malls, etc. We have and we can contribute our talents, professions to UAE. Since we Filipinos put great emphasis on being family oriented I believe that through us UAE can learn the real value of time well spent with the family. This brings to light one of our most unsung heroes: the domestic helpers and even the un-skilled workers. Many of them are mothers whosacriﬁce their health and time away from their family and loved ones for many years out of necessity. Coming from a “third world” country, Filipinos understand the value of money and hard work, and put their effort into anything and everything. Sometimes being away from family or being raised in another country, any Filipinowill tell you that their family and loved ones are their priority, so no matter who you are, where you are from or how deep your pockets go; you are bound to realize that Filipinos take pride in everything they do, and with a smile on their face.Name: Angeli CastilloOccupation: Freelance PhotographerNationality: Filipino
I think the main contribution my community is making to the UAE is improving the multiculturalism of the community’s demographic and diversifying the melting pot of cultures whileWHAT IN YOUR VIEW CAN YOUR adding to the wealth of nationalities and experiences availableCOMMUNITY CONTRIBUTE TO in the UAE. Reaching out to both the native-born and newcomers to the UAE and developing lasting relationships among theirTHE UAE? ethnic and religious communities encourages these communities- MANAR AL HINAI to participate fully in society and enhance the level of economic, social, and cultural integration into the UAE. The great beneﬁts of multiculturalism are that it enriches the UAE’s society of nationals and expats. It brings new traditions and new ideas to the table. It helps people to develop a sense of tolerance and peace towards other cultures. They become worldly, and learn about other places and people. It also helps them to connect with other people and learn how to cooperate, compromise and synergise. Name: Alwaleed Osman Occupation: Student Nationality: Egyptian Even as a member of the expat community, I feel I play an important part in the UAE’s development. Because I’m helping students become proﬁcient in English, these young people will be well prepared to be global leaders in whatever ﬁeld they choose. Name: Alone Elisha Occupation: Teacher Nationality: American I like to think we simply contribute other opinions and values than what is already here. Seeing things from other people›s perspective is important, so we bring a European perspective to meet an Arabian perspective. It’s just part of the world coming together to lean about each other. I just mean, people’s traditions are deep rooted so for me to be here and hear about the Arabian families celebrating Eid, and fasting during Ramadan is something I had not experienced before. It has enabled me to understand why this occurs and the Muslim beliefs behind it. At the same time it amazes me to hear parents of my Muslim children and my Muslim colleagues wishing me a happy Christmas and asking me how I spend my holidays and what I do with my family when I’m home. It’s all part of the world ﬁnally beginning to understand each other and respect each other’s views. It’s nice to think Abu Dhabi in many respects is leading the way with this! Name- Ian Pugh Occupation- Teacher Nationality: UK
MUSICAL INSPIRATION: Youth String Orchestra Takes on the CapitalBy Hana MakiAlways on the look out for interesting events I was intrigued I went a long to one of the practice meet ups and I found myself Photo caption: 1.Nick Kohn, 14, U.S.Awhen I heard about a group of kids popping up around the city, becoming surprised. I really hadn’t expected them all to come 2. Niki Moosavi, 13, Iraninstruments in hand, performing classical concerts much to from different schools, to be different ages and to come from FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: 3. Shanthi Hopley, 16, India U.S.Athe surprise of a delighted audience! I spoke to musician and such different places. As soon as the music began the reason TOP ROW 4. Sarah Joubert, 16, France Algeriaconductor of Abu Dhabi Strings Orchestra, Emma Stansfield. why all these kids were meant to play together became clear, 5. Veronica Reeves, 13, Australia the powerful sounds of the strings; I was overwhelmed. 6. Ephraim Belnap, 14, U.S.A“It’s true I was a bit naughty! I wanted us to have fun sothe orchestra went and played on the public beach on the “I like how all the instruments play their own set of music and 1. Anjali Hopley, 13, India U.S.ACorniche,” said Emma. “I thought it would be cool, like a when you put it all together it sounds really amazing! When 2. Fiona D’Silva, 14, India FROM LEFT TO RIGHT:busking atmosphere, and Coldstone Creamery said yes sure set we perform together you really feel like you have a piece 3. Emma Stansfield, Conductor MIDDLE ROWyourselves up. We were all ready to play, we had our stands, mastered,” says Braxton Rhodes, the newest member of Abu 4. Amelia Tee, 15, Malaysiainstruments, and all the parents came to watch. Dhabi Strings. 5. Jenny Willbond, 17, U.K“There was quite a big audience emerging. Just as I was about There was no doubt this grass roots orchestra’s powerful 1. Maha Faruqi, 13, Pakistanto begin a security guard walks up and says, “sorry you can’t performances came through a lot hard work. Violinist 2.Lu Ye, 15, Chinaplay.” I was stunned. I looked at all the kids, and audience, and Fiona D’Silva told me she practices “four hours a day”, and FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: 3. Sara Morris, 13, U.Kjust said pleeaase can we talk about this! He explained I needed Lu Ye complained about her “red fingers”. “It’s quite a big BOTTOM ROW 4. Naomi Mulligan, 13, U.Kpermission from the beach, luckily his boss was there and I commitment, I want it to be even better quality and that means 5. Zainab Majid, 15, Pakistanshowed him the people all waiting for me to go and conduct. even more rehearsing. If you’re surrounded by other people 6.Braxton Rhodes, 14, U.S.AHe said “ok”, but he wanted to talk to me afterwards… I was so that are also doing the same thing then it helps. You also need exclaimed Veronica Reeves. Then with a smile Emma revealed,nervous. The whole time I was conducting I was expecting him to have inspirational influences,” Emma told me. Emma herself “We’re going to be playing in Café Arabia on Friday the 25thto stop me! Afterwards he came straight up to me but this time has played the violin with the likes of Kanye West and Harry November at 4pm. It’s a great venue, there’s going to be awith a huge smile. He absolutely loved the music, everyone Connick Jr, and the Abu Dhabi Strings had the amazing honour buffet, lemonades, art on the walls and we have a wonderfuldid, it was a fantastic day.” of playing with the renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma, probably one of repertoire. It’ll be exciting.” the most famous musicians of the modern age.Emma started this grass roots orchestra in December last After hearing the guys practice, one thing for sure is that thisyear with the goal of taking live peformances out into “You know when you learn to play an instrument you learn is not a concert to be missed. There are limited seats, at Dhthe community. One concert was in the Library of Khalifa so much about classical music. A lot of people our age just 30 each, including refreshments. If you’re interested in seeingUniversity. I didn’t know what the reception would be, but don’t know what we know,” explained Jenny Willbond. That this exciting string orchestra perform make sure you RSVP atlots of local guys came up afterwards saying how much they may be true, yet their music does seem to hypnotise any firstname.lastname@example.org or check them out on their websiteenjoyed the live music. audience. Where could this orchestra go next? “Hogwarts!” www.abudhabistrings.com