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Podcast featuring discussions and interviews about the cultural happenings in the United Arab Emirates presented by Hind Mezaina (The Culturist) and Wael Hattar.

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Friday
Feb192010

For the love of film - The smallest car in the largest city in the world

Being from Dubai, a city that always like to promote the biggest and tallest, I was delighted to see this gem  called 'The smallest car in the largest city in the world', filmed in London in 1913. Please watch it till the end, it is just over 6 mins long. It is too adorable, even though it was made and used for promotional purposes at the time by the car manufacturing company.

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Friday
Feb192010

For the love of film – Preservation of film

This following post is part of the For the Love of Film Blogathon, hosted by Ferdy on Films and The Self-Styled Siren and sponsored by The National Film Preservation Foundation, an independent, nonprofit organization created by the U.S. Congress to help save America’s film heritage. They work directly with archives to rescue endangered films that will not survive without public support.  Please donate.

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Thursday
Feb182010

The beauty of a camel

Photo by Hind Mezaina taken in Petra, Jordan.

I heard this report about a camel beauty contest that ended a few days ago at Al-Dhafra Festival in Abu Dhabi. This contest has been going on for past three years and I never knew much about it till now. I had no idea the amount of rigorous judging that went on and that millions of dollars was at stake.

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Thursday
Feb182010

Life flows better with Visa



It's on very rare occasions when I love a TV commercial, and last night was one of those times. This commercial for Visa by Saatchi & Saatchi is genius.

I only get interested in football (soccer to the Americains.. yes I'm saying Americains in a terrible French accent) during the World Cup and occasionally during the Euro Cup. With this year's FIFA World Cup in South Africa a few months away, I guess we will start seeing plenty of commercials and promotons leading to the event, hopefully as good as this one. 

Wednesday
Feb172010

Pet Shop Boys concert in a living room


How cool would it be to have a concert of your favourite band in your living room?! I'm not talking about a simple set up and an accoustic set here - I'm talking about the whole nine yards, the light effects, the sounds, the dancing.

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Wednesday
Feb172010

The Fridge Concert Series - Modern & Contemporary Dance


Next Monday will be the closing night of another series that has been going on for the past few weeks – The Fridge Concert Series. It will end with an evening dedicated to dance. 

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Wednesday
Feb172010

The Take-Away Shows - My two favourite videos

My last post about Miroir Noir and Vincent Moon made me go back to The Take-Away Shows site to watch my two favourite videos with Sigur Ros and Bloc Party. After watching them,  I decided to share them here, just because it's good to share.

I think both videos are so special and precious - and each one has a lovely write up explaining the background for each recording. I've included the links below.

Oh to have been in the same space during these recording sessions. Hope you enjoy this as much I do.


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Wednesday
Feb172010

Mahmovies! at thejamjar: Miroir Noir


Next Monday will be the closing night of Mahmovies! Music for the Eyes season. If you’ve been followng this blog, you will know I am a big fan of Mahmovies, so I know I will miss these special movie and music nights on Mondays, till the next season is announced.

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Wednesday
Feb172010

Dibs and Dips – a new bakery in town

Dibs & Dips is an upcoming Emirati bakery that will serve traditional sweets and pastry based on recipes from here and the rest of the Arabian Gulf.

An idea developed by Zeinab Al Hashemi, Dibs and Dips will give a new twist to something old and also create an awareness to the Emirati culture through food. 

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Tuesday
Feb162010

Review: Camp Ka Champ at Mahmovies

Updated on Thursday, February 18, 2010 at 1:23AM by Registered CommenterThe Culturist

Photo by Shady Enbashi - www.juxtapoza.com

Last night's Mahmovies at thejamjar was a very special night in Dubai. It started off with Sita Songs the Blues - which isn't what made the night special. It was the live singing performance after it that captured everyone's hearts.

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