Here are two photos I took while roaming in Dubai during its annual DSF. Below are the links to hi-res copies if you would like to use them as Desktop Wallpapers.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.”
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.
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.
I kiss Grandma's wrinkled hands
My little head
Becomes a hundred years old.
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.