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A podcast about the cultural happenings in the United Arab Emirates presented by Hind Mezaina (The Culturist) and Wael Hattar.


Summer Series - Cornwall Summer by Mattia Bicchi 

Cornwall looks like a delightful seaside town.


Summer Series - Summer in Croatia by Nikita Suchanov


I want to get lost in the blues of Croatia.


Summer Series - The Balkans by Train by Leon Visser

Travelling by train is one of my favourite things to do. Here's a short trip across the Balkans.


Summer Series - Bali 

Bali is high on my wish list of places I want to visit. For now, I will imagine what it's like being there thanks to these videos.


Beautiful Bali by Michael Matti


Postcard from Bali by Stephan Kot


Bali by Casey Liu


Bali by Nada Hashish


Summer Series - Let's Go Surfing by The Drums

Wake up, it's a beautiful morning
Honey, while the stars are still shining
Wake up, would you like to go with me
Honey, take a run down to the beach

Oh momma, I wanna go surfin'
Oh momma, I don't care about nothing




Summer Series - Club Tropicana by Wham!


The video for Club Tropicana is wonderfully cheesy.



Summer Series - My Friend Has a Swimming Pool by Mausi


This is a fun song and video.


Summer Series - Se a vida é (That's the way life is) by Pet Shop Boys

One of my favourite summer songs by one of my favourite bands. This song and video brings me so much joy.


Come outside and see
a brand new day
The troubles in your mind
will blow away
It's easy to believe
they're here to stay
but you won't find them
standing in your way

Se a vida é I love you
Come outside and feel the morning sun
Se a vida é I love you
Life is much more simple when you're young
Come on, essa vida é
That's the way life is
That's the way life is


Summer Series - Abee Fawq Al Shajara / My Father Is Up the Tree


أبي فوق الشجرة / Abee Fawq Al Shajara (My Father Is Up the Tree) is the quintessential Egyptian summer film from 1968, directed by Hussain Kamal and starring  Abdel Halim Hafez, Nadia Lutfi and Mervat Amin.

The film follows Adel (Abdel Halim Hafez) and his friends on a summer break in Alexandria, Egypt. Whilst on vacation, he attempts to spend some alone time with his girlfriend Amal (Mervat Amin), but being the good, well behaved girl that she is, she keeps refusing. Adel then meets and falls for  Firdaus (Nadia Lutfi), a nightclub belly dancer and a woman older than him. They have an affair together and during this affair, they go to Beirut for a break together where she has a dancing gig. I won't explain what happens in the rest of the film, but it will include heartache and betrayal.

But for now, I'd like you to watch this scene from the film with Adel and Firdaus in Beirut - what is basically a video clip for Abdel Halim's song جانا الهوا / Gana Al Hawa (The Wind Has Come to Us).

The tanned bodies, passionate kisses, dancing, hillside picnics, swimming pools and boat rides, it's all in this clip.



Summer Series - Ice Cream

What is summer without ice cream?