2013 Posts

Dubai December 2013

Had the chance to take some photos of Dubai & Abu Dhabi recently, in spite of the amount of work I had there.

While at Chili’s

Here are some of the photos taken while at Chili’s. Again, my DSC-RX1 is my hero here. Click Read More for more photos

 

Riyadh after the Rain

Riyadh after the Rain

I took this photo after the raining storm settled down and things got back to normal. BTW, the streets were flooded and some people perished because of the torrential rain.

 

Hanan, A Voice Awesome!

Hanan is a Syrian / Lebanese singer who was born  JEANETTE HAYEK HAROUNI in 1929. She had a voice deep rooted and fully flavoured of the Levant culture. She didn’t sing many songs as she left to spend the rest of her life in the USA. This is one of her best songs written by Shafiq Al Maghrebi and composed by Rafiq Hubaiqa.

 

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This made me want to buy a Volvo Truck

Celebrity Make Under

Celebrity Make Under

When I first read the phrase “make under” I had a hard time understanding it. You feel the same? Well, simply put, “make under” is the opposite of “make over”; and what’s a better tool than Adobe Photoshop to do some retouching and “make up” to the photo of celebrities to charm people while on TV, the internet or in magazines. Now touching has become a big business and more touching means more glamour and shine. Well, up to a point after which the people, celebrities in this case, look like they’re from another planet.

This is a real Product

Never thought humanity would come up with something like this!

Heart-beat Skipping Italy

Nothing can be said about this video; just enjoy!

What about Morocco?

Morocco is one of the countries I’m eager to visit. I’m going to one day for sure. There are a lot of reasons behind my loving it, and added to them is the video above. It shows the country in a way I have never seen before on tv, the internet or any other form of media. Enjoy!

An eye opening video about life with smartphones

Can you imagine your life without your smart phone? Well, if you try, you’ll suffer a lot; not because you abandon a device that connects you to the world in many different ways, but because you’ll see how much the folks around you rely on it in every single aspect of their lives. Would you like to see how the world is going with people and their smart phones? Just watch the video above and see.

Random Photo(s) 3 – Souk Al Bahar

Random Photo(s) 3 – Souk Al Bahar

Dubai Mall, which is taken as the world’s largest shopping mall based on total area. Wikipedia states that “over 12 million sq ft (equivalent in size to more than 50 football pitches), the Dubai Mall has a total internal floor area of 5.9 million square feet (55 ha) and leasable space of 3.77 million square feet (35 ha). It also has a 250-room luxury hotel, 22 cinema screens plus 120 restaurants and cafes. The Mall has over 14,000 parking spaces across 3 car parks, with valet services and a car locator ticketing system.” 

Random Photo(s) 2 – Al Fateh Grand Mosque

Al-Fateh Islamic Center & Al Fateh Grand Mosque is is one of the largest mosques in the world, encompassing 6,500 square meters and having the capacity to accommodate over 7,000 worshippers at a time. Besides being a place of worship, the mosque is one of the premier tourist attractions in Bahrain. It is open from 9am to 5pm and tours are conducted in a variety of languages including English, French, Filipino, and Russian. The mosque is closed to visitors and tourists on all Fridays and other holidays. Text Source: Wikipedia.

 

I took this photo in Jan, 2012. the full res for your desktop if you like is here and here.

 

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Random Photo(s) 1 – Dammam Seafront

Random Photo(s) 1 – Dammam Seafront

Dammam Seafront is known as a recreational destination for the people at the weekend. There are a couple of restaurants there with very good seafood. best time to visit is between November and March or April when the weather is at its best; remember, this is the Arabian peninsula, not Europe!

I know, I know. This photo was taken with a fisheye lens with the extraordinary perspective. for more info about the lens I used, check  Sony NEX VCL-ECF1 fisheye converter 0.62x.

For a full res photo, click here.

 

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Grandma’s wrinkled hands

I kiss Grandma's wrinkled hands

My little head

Becomes a hundred years old.

Ali Darweesh
Alone on the grass I lie

The clouds outdistance me

The birds fly faster away

Alone on the grass I lie

Ali Darweesh
Aleppo, Home Sweet Hope!

Aleppo, Home Sweet Hope!

I have always had that feeling of affinity with my home city; Aleppo. I started to realise how much history this city had when I read about it and went to visit the places I had read about. The layers of history Aleppo has makes it a mixture of present, past and past of the past. Things have changes recently because of the war and the destruction of a big part of the old city.

Why read a book

There are two motives for reading a book; one, that you enjoy it; the other, that you can boast about it.

Bertrand Russell

Tree of Life

Trees have played and still a crucial part in our lives. I still remember how often I was asked to write essays about tress when I was at school, probably up to the tenth grade. Luckily enough, I managed to find the English version of a poem that I used in one of the essays that I had read in an Arabic Magazine;

This Planet is What?

My own view is that this planet is used as a penal colony, lunatic asylum and dumping ground by a superior civilisation, to get rid of the undesirable and unfit. I can’t prove it, but you can’t disprove it either.

Christopher Hitchens

Desert Herd

Below are some of the photos of trip to the Arabian Desert. That was September, 2012. It was amazing. the full set of photos are in the photo gallery section.