Category Archives: The Middle East


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In the mid-2000s, I took a trip with some old friends – the same ones who would live in Dubai later – to Barcelona, Lisbon and Marrakesh. It was to be a rather memorable trip if only because I came … Continue reading

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Summer is ending, and I feel closure approaching just around the corner, almost at my fingertips. As it happens, I have more song “demos” than there are months remaining in 2019. So I’ve got to speed up the “release” of … Continue reading

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Palermo – Splendours of Arab-Norman-Byzantine Culture

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Long before Dream Of A City and my fascination with port cities in Asia, I had been enamoured of the art and the architecture of the Middle East, particularly of the cities that sat at the intersections of Islamic and … Continue reading

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Art and the City – The Museum of Islamic Art, Doha المدينة و الفن متحف الفن الاسلامي، الدوحة

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I meant for this blogpost to be a comparative analysis between the Museum of Islamic Art in Doha, and its sister museum, the Suzhou Museum, both designed by the American architect, I.M. Pei (who most famously plonked an inverted pyramid … Continue reading

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The Middle East… and Dubai الشرق الاوسط … و دبي

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Since my late teens, I have had an enduring fascination with the Middle East, particularly its art, architecture and urban landscape. Every year, I make a pilgrimage, of sorts, to Dubai. The intent is to see how it’s changed, while … Continue reading

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“Victims of Globalisation”

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“Victims of globalization” was what a friend / interviewee of mine in Dubai joking-seriously called himself and other latter-day nomads when I interviewed him for a recent research project.  I told him I’m not so sure I agreed completely. I … Continue reading

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