Thursday, August 31, 2006

Friday Prayer Preachers (Egypt vs. Saudi)

I read an article by a Saudi called Hamza Al Mezeeny (taken from Al Watan Saudi newspaper) talking about Friday Prayers in Egypt and how Egyptian Azhar preachers (Imam or Sheikh of Masjid\mosque) seem to be better than Saudi preachers.
Al Azhar (for those who don't know) has been the most prestigious religious institution in the Islamic world for around 1000 years now.

Part of the article goes...

حمزة قبلان المزيني

صليت خلال هذا الصيف خمس جمع في مساجد متعددة في القاهرة، وكان لصلاة الجمعة في تلك المساجد طعم خاص.فمن أهم ما لحظته أن الناس يأتون إلى صلاة الجمعة طواعية من غير أن يساقوا إليها بالعادة أو الإلزام. بل يسوقهم إليها إيمانهم الذي ينعكس على الطريقة التي يأتون بها مخبتين إلى المساجد واندماجهم الذي لا تخطئه العين في أدائهم شعائر الجمعة.وأول المظاهر الأخاذة في أداء هذه الشعيرة هناك أن يتقدم قارئ مجوِّد قبل الأذان بنصف ساعة ليقرأ ما يتيسر من الآيات الكريمة. ويبدع بعض أولئك القراء في التلاوة فيقرأ بأكثر من قراءة مما يضفي جوا خاصا عليها.
ولوجه الحق أقول إنني استفدت كثيرا من الإنصات إلى تلك القراءات، وكثيرا ما يتجلى لي من المعاني ما لم يكن قد خطر لي من قبل، بل أكاد أشعر أحيانا أني أسمع تلك الآيات المباركات لأول مرة. ولابد من الحديث عن خطباء الجمعة في تلك المساجد؛ وقد صليت أكثر الجمع حين كنت في القاهرة في مسجد مصطفى محمود في حي المهندسين، وهو مسجد له خصوصية فريدة من حيث مستوى الخطباء الذين يخطبون فيه، لكني وجدت ظاهرة الخطباء هذه في المساجد الأخرى التي صليت فيها.ومن اللازم أن أقول إنني قلما استمعت من خطباء الجمعة في مساجد المملكة شيئا لا أعرفه، ولا أتذكر أبدا أني خرجت من صلاة جمعة وأنا أفكر فيما قاله الخطيب. وعلى نقيض هذا ما حدث لي في القاهرة؛ ذلك أني أجد دائما فيما يقوله الخطباء أفكارا جديدة تجعلني أنشغل بالتفكر فيها لأيام
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I have to say i agree with Mr.Al Mezeeny. I've been to Saudi, United Arab Emirates, Oman, and Qatar and i still find Egyptian preachers much better.
I am not being bias to my fellow country men, of course there are exceptions on both sides.
The thing is, there are many places i have been in Egypt where the Imam (preacher or clerk) was really good. And here are some of the reasons i think why:
  1. Indepth knowledge of Islamic rulings (sharee'a), history and teachings.
  2. Simple.
  3. Down to the point.
  4. Aware of current issues and problems.
  5. Prepare well (research).
  6. Talk about what interests people like current affairs, economical conditions, ethics...etc. but from our religion's perspective and how to make things better.
  7. Not giving long lessons (people lose concentration).

Of course these are not the only reasons, there are others. One of them is charisma which is very important (not all of them have it). When they do have charisma, then they become extremely popular.

One of them is the Sheik of the Masjid near where i live in Egypt (never got to know the name of the masjid although i lived there all my life, weird, eh?!).

Ever since i started going to Friday prayers and he was the Imam of our area Masjid. The way he talked, the issues he talked about, and how he tackles issues made me really listen to what he says. You go out of the Friday prayers with things to think about and things you need to work on to improve yourself as a muslim.

In the Gulf states of course there are good preachers\clerks, no doubt. And i mean by good, making contact with people and being on the same wave-length. The problem is that the good ones are not as many as one would like to see.
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One of the things i like to do is visit mosques (Masajid) in any country i'm in. And to tell you the truth, many of the preachers are not my piece of cheese.
Ironically, some of the ones i found to like in the Gulf countries turned out to be Egyptians !!
What a coincidence... :)
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Mood: Cheerful :)

Naguib Mahfouz (The End)

Photo - Al Ahram Newspaper

Naguib Mahfouz has passed away the day beffore yesterday Tuesday the 29th of August 2006. You can feel the sorrow and pity in many Egyptians you'll talk to.

I wasn't really into his works that much, but the man as a Novelist has to be remember with all due respect. He was after all the first Egyptian to win a Nobel prize in literature in 1988(http://nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/literature/laureates/1988/)

Allah yerhamo...

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

New Cars Syndrome (Purchasing Streak)

A few months ago i bought myself a nice new car (thank God for everything).

The weird thing is that now everyone at work is buying new cars. You might say:"so what???". Well, i'll tell you...

Before i got that car everyone for the past few years got small moderate cars (for economical reasons) like Aveo, Corrolla, old Nissans, Optra, Lancer, Sunny, ...etc. And for the last few years my colleagues used to make fun of anyone who spends a lot of money on his car (not that i joined in of course).

So, ever since i bought that new car, most people started selling their old cars and getting brand new very expensive cars. To the extent that even the people who made fun of anyone who had a nice car before, now got new cars for thousands and thousands of Riyals (i'm talking in the 100,000s).

Not only that, one of them actually came up to me and said: "You started it!". And i went: "What the....????!!!!". lol :)

Now this place is turning into a competition arena, everyone is trying to beat everyone to decide "Who has the best car"!
Now there are Mercedes, BMW, Land Cruisers, Pajero, Pathfinder, Audi, ...etc (Sedans and SUVs) all over the place. Most of these if not all are brand new. And all this is since i as one of them said: "Started it"!

This is a clear "New Cars Syndrome".

Mood: nodding...tisk tisk!

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Jews And Media

There is a new book out called "Paradise..A Study In Kabala" by an Israeli called Adam Shamir (not sure about the spelling) talking about Jews and their bad influence in many parts of the world (to read summary go to: http://www.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/5749794E-2A0E-4DA3-AF86-C30B226C9F22.htm).
A part of the summary i read is very interesting and i quote...

وينقل عن البروفيسور بنيامين غرانسبيرغ أستاذ العلوم السياسية بجامعة جون هوبكينز قوله إنه "رغم أن اليهود لا يمثلون سوى 2% من سكان الولايات المتحدة، فإن نحو نصف المليارديرات الأميركيين هم يهود. والمديرون التنفيذيون للقنوات الثلاث الرئيسية للتلفزيون ومديرو الإستديوهات الأربعة الكبرى للسينما، هم يهود، وكذلك الحال بالنسبة لمالكي المجموعات الصحافية الكبرى، وعلى رأسها نيويورك تايمز".
And another good point..
ويقدم الكاتب بعض النماذج عن ذلك: ففي الحرب العالمية الثانية ألقيت قنبلة نووية على اليابان فمسحت من الخريطة مدينتين كبيرتين هما هيروشيما وناغازاكي، وتعرض اليهود في الوقت نفسه لمحرقة على يد الزعيم الألماني النازي هتلر، غير أن الإعلام ركز أكثر على اليهود المعذبين ولم يركز حتى بالقدر ذاته على اليابانيين الغابرين في لمح البصر.
وقبيل علو اليهود في سنة 1968 اشتهر فيلم "هيروشيما هي حبي"، غير أنه بعد ذلك طمس الفيلم وطغى عليه فيلم "لائحة شنايدلر".
It is really strange that out of %2 of the Americans (the Jews) they represent almost half the Billionaires in America (do they??!). Not only that, but also the Jews control the main managerial positions in three of the most important news agencies in America (including New York Times). Moreover, they even control high positions in the four top Cinema studios.
No wonder Muslims and Arabs feel that the US media is against Islam and Arabs (although we also are to blame for the bad image) and usually baised to Israel.
Amazing how well organized, focused and shrewd the Jews are. When you control the media you control the minds... and they did just that.
Mood: Amazed

Monday, August 28, 2006

Egyptian Gov. Crack-down on Muslim Brotherhood

Part of an article in Al Masri Al youm (to read in full goto: http://www.almasry-alyoum.com/article.aspx?ArticleID=28443)

كتب محمود محمد وعماد فؤاد

جانب من الجلسة
طالب ٩٩ نائبًا من نواب الإخوان المسلمين والمستقلين في مجلس الشعب، بعقد جلسة عاجلة للجنة حقوق الإنسان بالمجلس، لمناقشة الانتهاكات الخطيرة من قبل الحكومة، والتي تصفي حساباتها السياسية مع خصومها، خاصة الإخوان المسلمين الذين فازوا بـ ٢٠% من مقاعد البرلمان في الانتخابات الماضية.
وأشار النواب في مذكرتهم إلي قيام الحكومة باعتقال أساتذة الجامعات وآخرهم الدكتور محمود عزت الأستاذ بكلية الطب بجامعة الزقازيق، أمين عام جماعة الإخوان، ولاشين أبو شنب عضو البرلمان السابق، رغم إصابته بشلل نصفي. وطالب النواب بمحاكمة وزير الداخلية ورجاله ممن انتهكوا الدستور،

It is obvious to everyone here in Egypt that our beloved government is cracking down on everyone who dared and pressured it for democracy and legislations reformation.

Around a year and a half ago when the Egyptian gov. was getting a lot of heat from USA and EU for applying democracy, the gov. (The National Democratic Party) was forced into giving more space for other parties and their reps. to move and express themselves more freely and openly.

Although the Egyptian media was not fair at all in the coverage of the non-ruling parties in the parliament elections and the presidential elections, some people came into the picture in a way that seems to have scared the ruling party and it's gov.

One of them being Ayman Noor (Al Ghad Party) which the gov. jailed for an accusation that he forged his party's registration papers... now what a coincidence, they found that out just after he got more than half a million votes in the presidential elections!!

The other group of people who came in strongly into the picture (although they have been always present for the past 80 years as being strong and of substance) were the Muslim Brotherhood (Al Ikhwan).
There are different explanations for their sudden and surprising rise and winning %20 of the parliament seats although there were many violations by the police or thugs pushed into the streets via security forces to force people away from election voting places to make sure the MB reps. never win.There were also some very well known cases of forgery done on purpose against the MB reps. who won some seats (i.e. Damanhour area with the once respected Moustafa El Fiki of the National Democratic Party...not anymore!).

Photo (Baheyya blog) - Police Blockage (Parliment Elections 2005)

One of the explanations is that the Gov. let the MBs win to scare off USA , as if it is saying "if you want democracy in Egypt, you'll end up with these people ...islamists".
Another explanation is that the Gov. had no choice but leave MBs and try and beat them at the elections to show everyone (inside and out) that the MBs are not a strong group as everyone thought over the years. Yet, when the MBs made shocking progress (shocking for the Gov.) in the first phase of the elections the Gov. Cracked down on them to stop their progress in the second and third phases of the elections.

Now after reading the above newspaper article from AL Masri Al Youm, it is obvious that with the US busy with all it's administration's screw-ups all over the world and maybe even that same admin. worried that real democracy in Egypt will bring islamists (even if moderate), the US backed off and stopped pressuring the Egyptian Gov. Only then did the Egyptian Gov. decided to get ride of the biggest threat (to the gov. of course)..the MB! and stop any reformations for the time being (maybe just do one or to pathetic adjustments to save face).

The issue is simple, the MBs won and will win (if there ever will be clean and democratic elections without security forces intervening as always) because of four clear reasons:

1- MB reps. in general are known to serve their communities. 2- MB are known (generally speaking) to be (Aydehom Bayda'a) not corrupt people unlike other well known hated persons in the National Democratic party and it's gov reps.
3- People want change, people are sick and tired of the National Democratic Party (democratic...yeah right...humph!).
4- The mast majority of Egyptians love their religion and will backup anyone who respects that and tries to put it in action.

Lately, the Gov. and it's media pros (pros of suck up that is) are playing a very dangerous game. Frightening Christians about the MBs winning in the future (which if you think of might actually happen one day if given the chance).

If you thinkof it for a minute, Egypt has always been an Islamic country with Islamic oriented rulings since the 600s. So, if an islamist will rule...WHAT'S NEW??? as long as our Christian brothers get their rights and are treated fairly.

But nooooooooooooooo, the Gov. has to make it a point to scare Christians and the whole world that the Christians will be ill treated if MBs or any other islamist will take control (as if this Gov. is not the cause of most of the problems between Muslims and Christians in this country).

I do agree that MB do need to be more clear about a few things they have said in the past. And they should do a new Constitution for their group clearly spelling out how they think about everything and what they'll do if in control.

Someone might say "how do we guaranty that MBs will stick to what they say and not change when they gain control?". The answer is simple, we are not God to know the intentions of people. We can only judge per what is in front of us. Another thing, look at the situation now... does the NDP do everything they say they will???!

And to answer that question better, we need to make sure we have a real democratic system in which through elections we (the people) can remove any party that will not abide to what it says just like any other democratic country.

Anyway, God only knows what will happen in the future. But i see this going one way till the next parliament\presidential elections in 2011... breaking down the MB will be the priority of the Gov.

Will they succeed????

Mood: thinking...mmm

Cairo Subway Deterioration

What a pity, the Cairo subway has been deteriorating over the past few years. Just read the following from Al Gomhoriya (http://www.algomhuria.net.eg) newspaper...

الأعطال.. التأخير.. الزحام الشديد.. التكييف المعطل مفردات بدأت تظهر بصورة واضحة كل يوم داخل عربات مترو الانفاق.. هذا المرفق الذي بدأت تظهر عليه علامات الشيخوخة تزداد يوما بعد يوم هذه المعاناة اليومية أدت الي هروب إعداد كبيرة من المواطنين للبحث عن وسيلة مواصلات أخري بعيدا عن "فرق البطاطا".. كل هذا والمسئولون يؤكدون كل يوم ان "كله تمام".. وجار انهاء جميع المشاكل.. "الجمهورية" رصدت معاناة الركاب داخل قطارات المترو.

I remember when i first used it, it was in 1995 when i joined college (i think subways in Cairo started in 1987 or 1988). It was clean fast and on time. It was one of the few things that were really good in Cairo back then.
I have a lot of memories with my university friends in the subway especially in the first year at college.
I remember back then i was really fat and one time i sat near a friend of mine known as Mr.Tita. I kept making awful jokes and he kindly kept laughing. After we got to know each other well he told me that he hated those jokes and that he almost suffocated because i was too fat but he didn't want to hurt my feelings so he kept quiet....lol

Mood: Laughing :)

Typical Egyptian Newspaper Articles

Things like the article below really frustrate whoever reads an Egyptian government owned newspapers. Read this news slip from Al Akhbar newspaper...

تأييد لسياسة الرئيس مبارك من فتيات مصر بالمعسكرات الصيفية

كتبت فاطمة السيد:

أكدت فتيات مصر المشاركات في المعسكرات الشبابية تأييدهن لسياسة الرئيس مبارك الداعمة للسلام والاستقرار بالمنطقة حفاظا علي متطلبات التنمية وتهيئة المناخ لتوفير فرص العمل لشباب مصر وطالبت 2800 فتاة شاركن في المعسكرات من مختلف المحافظات بضرورة توحيد الصف العربي في اطار كيانات تحافظ علي وحدة الأمة العربية ومستقبل شبابها. كما أكدن علي ضرورة فتح قنوات للحوار والتواصل بين شباب الوطن العربي وتوحيد الرؤي تجاه القضايا المصيرية. وصرح الدكتور صفي الدين خربوش رئيس المجلس القومي للشباب بأن التثقيف الفكري للفتيات من خلال برامج وأنشطة المعسكرات الصيفية في كل من بورسعيد ورأس البر والاسماعيلية يهدف إلي تشجيع الفتاة علي المشاركة السياسية والتنمية.

Now how ridiculous can they get?!! VERY is the answer!

Do you want to convince me that 2800 Egyptian girls actually said that they agree with Hosni Mubarak's policies about peace, how to unit Arabs and so on???!!!

Any Egyptian knows what Egyptians really think of Hosni Mubarak and his policies which lead to our current so called prosperity.

It seems that the same people who used to write in newspapers from the days of Abdel Nasser are still around. Writing nonsense and think they can shove their thoughts down our throats...

it's as if everyone is screaming "help!!!!" and then the newspapers relay it on as..."the people are saying thank you my lord"!

Mood: Frustrated!

An American Protester's Poster


One of the popular American protesters' posters. The language is a bit too much but it shows the frustration people are in. ...

Sunday, August 27, 2006

Alone in Qatar (Aug-Sep 2006)

Well, ever since i came back from my yearly vacation (1 month) i have been alone. My wife and kid are still back in Cairo.

The house feels so empty without them. Awful!

Strange, you never appreciate what you have till you actually are apart from it.

The bad thing about being in Doha alone is that there are not many things to do or many people to meet.
There are some things like cinemas, Golf, walking on the corniche...etc but with this weather (40s Celsius) it is difficult to actually do most of them. Not to mention the malls which we know inside-out (the ones to visit are about 4).
A new addition is the new Carrfour Hyper Market. It is huge!

Another problem I have is the long working hours i have to go through. We have a 1 hour break. After work i feel so tired i just want to go home and as Egyptians say A'ANTAKH (relax).

Doha now is having a face lift for the Asian games (http://www.doha-2006.com/gis/menuroot/main/main.aspx) that are to be hosted here from 1st of December till the 15th 2006. All streets have been torn apart and are to be re-paved hopefully before the beginning of the tournament. Although, with the rate things are happening i doubt most streets will be finished.
One of the things everyone here noticed is that a bout a year ago they tore everything apart and just left the streets like that for about 8 months with no progress at all. So much for planning!

One good thing to do here is shopping. Ironically I am not into it :(

I'll just try to hold myself together till my family comes back to me... meanwhile, pictures on the PC are my companion.

Mood: Sulking :(

Imprisonment In Egypt

I came across this news slip (from http://www.almesryoon.com) about Aboud AL Zomor (one of the main people who killed late president Sadat). This is what it says...


كتب حسين عودة (المصريون) : بتاريخ 26 - 8 - 2006
علمت "المصريون" أن وزارة الداخلية تعتزم الإفراج عن عدد كبير من المعتقلين السياسيين وكذلك الذين صدر لصالحهم أحكام قضائية بالإفراج الفوري عنهم، مع مطلع شهر رمضان القادم.ويأتي على رأس هؤلاء الذين ينتظر الإفراج عنهم عبود الزمر زعيم تنظيم "الجهاد" السابق الذي قضي نحو 25 عامًا بالسجن في قضية اغتيال الرئيس السادات، والذي رفضت وزارة الداخلية الإفراج عنه بالرغم من تقديمه عدة التماسات وتظلمات للقضاء لإطلاق سراحه، بحجة أنه يشكل خطرًا على الأمن العام.وتأتي تلك الخطوة المرتقبة بعد معلومات أفادت بنجاح الداخلية في إقناع الزمر بالقبول بعدة مطالب أساسية تقضي بامتناعه عن الإدلاء بتصريحات تهاجم أجهزة الأمن والحكومة إضافة إلى قيامه بإلقاء محاضرات داخل السجون تعزز فكرة المراجعات الفكرية لدى عناصر إسلامية معتقلة لم تلتزم بمراجعات "الجماعة الإسلامية التي صدرت عام 2002م وهي المراجعات التي لم يوقع عليها الزمر في حينها ، المصادر أشارت إلى أن "الزمر" أبدى تفهما لمطالب الداخلية واقتناعا بأهمية أن يكون له دور في تفكيك أفكار العنف لدى القطاع الإسلامي القريب من تنظيم الجهاد .يشار إلى الزمر كان ضابطًا بالمخابرات العسكرية قبيل اتهامه في قضية اغتيال السادات عام 1981م وأقامت أسرته دعوى قضائية ضد وزارة الداخلية للإفراج عنه مؤكدة أنه أمضى عقوبة السجن المؤبد. وقد حصل على عدة أحكام قضائية بإطلاق سراحه بعد انتهاء مدة عقوبته، غير أن الداخلية أكدت مرارًا أن عقوبته سوف تنتهي بعد 40 عامًا
Of course we all hate what happened to late president Anwar Al Sadat and feel that we lost an intelligent\cunning president. We also believe that everyone responsible for his death had to go to trial and get a very harsh punishment if proven guilty by the jurey.
But, I have a comment about that news slip above...
It is inhuman and unethical (an un... anything in the world) to keep someone who did his imprisonment time in jail for more time than he was originally sentenced for (without a jury deciding so). What is happening in our prisons is unacceptable. That is of course regardless of all the NAFKH (as we Egyptians say) that happens in our prisons.
They say that we are in a democratic country... Yeah Right! Democratic to the extent that even the jury's decission to take Aboud El Zomor out of prison is not put into action because someone in Amn EL Dawla decided so.... that is really disgusting.
Even Jihan AL Sadaat herself said: "They all did their time, let them be and get them out" on a TV programme called Ala El Hawa on Orbit.
Mood: disgusted!

طاطي طاطي

A poem by Ahmed Fouad Nigm...

انت ف وطن ديمقـــــــراطي
طاطي راسك طاطي طــــاطي
انت ف وطن ديمقراطـــــــي
انت بتنـــعــــم بالحــــــــــرية
بس بشرط تكون مطاطــــــي
لما تكون شغــال بذمــــــــــة
خايف على مصــلحة الأمــة
شغلك يطلع من غير لازمــة
علشان مبيعلاش غير واطي
طاطي راسك طاطي طاطـــي
انت ف وطن ديمـــــقراطي
لما حاميها يكون حراميــها
وبلاده ورا ضهره رامـيـها
طالع نازل واكل فيـــــــــها
مسنود بالبدلة الظباطــــي
طاطي راسك طاطي طاطـــي
انت ف وطن ديمـــــقراطي
لما شــقاك يصــبح مش ليك
فقرك سد السكة علــــــــــيك
تتلفّت تلــــقى حـــوالـــــــيك
إما حرامي و إما عقــــاطي
طاطي راسك طاطي طاطــــي
انت ف وطن ديمقراطـــــــي
لماتلاقي بـــــلاد الـدنـيـــــــا
فيها البني آدم حــــاجة تانية
وانت في الطبقات الـــــــدنيا
قرد مسلسل أو وطواطــــي
طاطي راسك طاطي طاطـــي
انت ف وطن ديمقراطــــــي
لما الجهلة يبــــــقوا أمــامــك
أو فوقك ماسكــين ف زمامك
ويسوقك ع الهــلكة إمامك
تشرب م السم السقـــــراطي
طاطي راسك طاطــــي طاطي
انت ف وطن ديمقـــــــراط
يلمــــا الكلـــمة تكون بتدينـك
لما تخبي ف قلـــــــبك دينــك
لما الذل أشوفه ف عيـــــــنك
هات إحباطك على إحباطــــي
طاطي راسك طاطي طاطـــي
انت ف وطن ديمقراطــــــي
انت ف وطن ديمقراطـــــــي
This is what i call (as Egyptians say)... "Ham yeedahak, wee ham yeebaki"!
Special thanks to Mr. Meez!

Qatar


Well, i guess i should start by mentioning where i am currently.
Right now i'm living with my wife and child in Doha, Qatar. We have been here since 2004.

Here are a few things about Qatar...
Qatar's population is around 800 thousand. Around 280 thousand are qataris. The rest are from different nationalities. Mainly, Palestinians, Lebanese, Egyptians, Filipinos, Indians, Nepali, and a few other countries.

You will notice (as usual in most Gulf countries) the large Egyptian community. Anywhere you go you'll hear that famous Arabic Egyptian accent all over the place (aaah feels like home).
Egyptians here are mainly either working in Banks, schools, ministries or ordinary labor.
going into many of the Masjids (which is one the things i like to do) you'll notice that most of the Imams (Islamic Clerks) are Egyptians (although this has been changing recently).
It is said that the reason for that is that in the 1960s a lot of the Ikhwan Muslimeen (Muslim Brotherhood) people fled from Egypt to Qatar (including the famous Sheikh Qaradawi whom i admire and respect). That generation of MBs took prestigious places in the Ministry of Islamic affairs and were dedicated to the welfare of Islam in this nice little country.

The other nationality you'll also notice is the Lebanese. There are a lot of them here. Most of them fled from the Civil war (1975-1990). A lot of them were even born here.
Of course nowadays with the economic boom here in Qatar many others came in.

Qatar is a nice small place compared (size wise) to our beloved (yet suffocating) Cairo. From what i see this place will transform into a mini-Dubai (competing with Dubai is their target) in the next few years.

A couple of pics of the corniche (2004)...

The Beginning

Hello everyone,

This is the start of my new blog space.

Mainly, i'll be... discussing, documenting, and reviewing things that happened in the past, are happening in the present, and maybe things i wish would happen in the future.

Some of my close friends have been bombarded with e-mails from me about different issues for a while now (maybe up to 4 years actually). One of them told me "why don't you just create a blog and we'll read from there"...

So, special thanks to Mr.S...here it is.

I'm not sure how long it will last, but lets just try and see.

Fadfadation
27August06 10:08AM