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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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Happy New Year 

Happy New Year. Hope 2018 bring us more joy and less pain. x


[Image from A Fantastic Woman (dir. Sebastián Lelio)]


Happy New Year


Happy new year.


[Image from the film 200 Cigarettes (Risa Bramon Garcia, 1999)]


Happy New Year

Me with my Dad

A new day, a new year. 2015 was a sad year for me. My father passed away in July and it's been a tough emotional period for my family and me. I became less engaged socially in Dubai, spending most of my time at home with family or watching films at home or in the cinema. Watching films has been a great healer for me.

The pain will never go away, but I hope to get back into the swing of things in this new year. I leave you with this perfect message to greet the new year. Happy new year to all.

"May the best of your past be the worst of your future."  (via One Perfect Shot)



What Are You Doing This New Year's Eve?

Photo I took from the 2009 opening of Burj Khalifa


Last day of the year. Personally, I'm glad it's coming to an end. Has not been the best year for me, especially the second half. I won't look back to share highlights/lowlights. I just want to look forward. 

I leave you with this song by Ella Fitzgerald - What Are You Doing New Year's Eve? (I will be staying home tonight. If you are out and about, be safe and have fun.)

Wishing you all a fabulous 2013. See you on the otherside.  



When the bells are ringing and the horns are blown 
And the couples we know are fondly kissing 
Will I be with you
Or will I be among the missing

Maybe it's much too early in the game 
Aah, but I thought I'd ask you just the same
What are you doing New Year's 
New Year's Eve?

Wonder whose arms will hold you good and tight
When it's exactly twelve o'clock that night
Welcoming in the New Year 
New Year's Eve

Maybe I'm crazy to suppose
I'd ever be the one you chose
Out of a thousand invitations
You received

Aah, but in case I stand one little chance
Here comes the jackpot question in advance
What are you doing New Year's 
New Year's Eve?


New year happiness

© Hind Mezaina

Last post of the year - another year over, out with the old and in with the new and all that. 

I've been wondering for months about this street sign that can be seen on the Jumeriah Beach Road. Everytime I pass it, I ask myself "Begin what?". But looking at it today as I was sorting out some of my photos, I thought this might a good image to end the new year - a message to embrace new beginnings in the new year.

I won't post any new year resolutions or wish list for 2012, instead, I just want to say thank you to everyone that's been hanging out with me on my blog and to everyone that leaves comments or sends messages. I apologise for not getting a chance to reply to everyone, something I want to change in the new year.

Whatever you are doing tonight, do it in style, have lots of fun and see you on the otherside. I'm staying in to enjoy a quiet night and might watch a film.

I leave you with this lovely quote by Roadl Dahl that I received from a friend in her holiday greeting message (thanks Hester for this). 
“And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don't believe in magic will never find it." Roald Dahl

Wish you a happy and meaningful 2012. Hugs to all. 


New year, new hopes

Happy New Year! It's another year, another decade. I just looked at my post last January and saw that I listed the following as my personal wish for 2010:

  • Good health and happiness to all my loved ones
  • Silent movies make a come back
  • Deira becomes the new hotspot in Dubai - but for the real Dubaians, the faux Dubaians won't be welcome
  • Staying in becomes the new going out and people throwing fabulous house parties and movie nights
  • The start of a creative revolution in Dubai

´╗┐Happy to report some of them happened last year. There were a few occasions where silent  films were screened in the UAE, so hope more will be shown this year; the creative scene in the country has been active, so more can be expected this year. Deira is still an undiscovered part of town for many and maybe that's a good thing, I guess it means only genuinely interested people wil make an effort to go there.

So here's my personal wish list for 2011:

  • Good health and happiness to all.
  • More silent films at our cinemas and film festivals.
  • Cinemas screening old classics, art house and non-Hollywood films.
  • Road trips to discover and rediscover the cities in the United Arab Emirates.
  • Events and exhibitions in unusual places. It's time to stop following a formulaic approach to events. Let's have concerts and film screenings in our parks, poetry and book readings in bookshops and libraries, exhibitions outside gallery spaces. ´╗┐

What's your wish for 2011?



Merry New Year

The first day of the new year in Dubai has been met with rain and hail storm. I didn't step out last night, and didn't step out today. Decided to enjoy being cosy at home and spend time with the family.

2009 had more downs than ups, so I hope 2010 will be different. Here's my personal wishlist for 2010:

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