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A new post at the Huffington Post: Camp Ka Champ!

July 27 2010
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‘Dubai Idol,’ as the event is popularly known, gets a blurb in the local UAE papers around this time of year. The articles raise readers’ eyebrows, cause grins and evoke a warmth, perhaps out of self-righteous pity, toward Dubai’s most visible invisibles — the South Asian men who build, clean and guard Dubai’s buildings. The event’s official name is Camp Ka Champ (’Champ of the Camp’)…
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The stage and crowd in the Sonapur district of Dubai.
The stage and crowd in the Sonapur district of Dubai.

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Engaged at a Distance: Larry Beasley interviewed by Marieke Hillen

May 6 2010
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Since his retirement as a civil servant, Larry Beasley, who was the director of planning in Vancouver for thirty years, spends around seven to twelve days a month working as a special advisor of what appears to be his second homeland, Abu Dhabi. Last fall he spent one week in Rotterdam as a visiting urban [...]

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The Birth of Burj Khalifa, 828 meters

January 5 2010
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photo: Joumana al Jabri

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Dubai’s crisis and Jeddah’s disaster!

December 9 2009
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An article from today’s Emarat Al Youm. We’ve translated it here for our readers who don’t read Arabic:
by Rashid Mohammad Al-Fozan
translation by Sandra Bsat
photo credit: Mohammed Al Sharif (alsharif at flickr.com)

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Fairness — Carlos Ott Forgets to Sign

November 14 2009
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To celebrate the 10th birthday of Dubai’s quintessential icon, the Burj al Arab hotel, we present an interview with architect Carlos Ott from the archives of Al Manakh 1.

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A Morning Routine, Palm Jumeirah

October 30 2009
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Every weekday between 7:30 and 7:45, the workers at the Marina Residences Towers on Palm Jumeirah congregate for morning exercises called rajio taiso, or radio exercises.
Al Manakh visited for one morning. Here’s some footage from a day got off to a good start.

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