Space ride

July 27, 2017

Space ride When Dubai launched its metro line in 2009, the first cart on each train was painted in gold, and you had to buy a special ticket to enter. The idea was that riding it was an experience, not just a way to get from A to B...

Head elsewhere!

May 20, 2014

Recent interesting reads Starting from now, I’ll be sharing roundups with links to smart, interesting and original stories and projects. Today – development, prison tales and two Indian cities. 80% of the world’s poorest live in 10 countries, says a new World Bank report. In Kolkata, creativity triumphs over...

Older Dubai

May 18, 2014

Older Dubai Made a short stop in Dubai last week for an event for our book, Beirut Re-Collected (which can be ordered online here). The evening was nice: we met at The Archive in Safa Park for live readings from the book and a roundtable with our friends from...

Windows into the world

September 6, 2013

Windows into the world Whether you are someone who is tired of dull and misguided stereotypical representations of the Middle East or just a person happy to discover interesting people who portray the world around them, this post is for you. Yesterday, when walking from one part of Beirut...

Encounters 2012

As we went from 2012 to 2013, I thought back a bit of the year that passed. I think most of all, 2012 was the year when I met fascinating people. Here are some of the people I crossed paths with: In January, we went to Mleeta, the ever-fascinating,...