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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.

Filed under: Culture, Gulf Cities, UAE
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Al Manakh’s latest post at Huffington Post

July 19 2010
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Dubai’s major English-language paper Gulf News reports today on a phenomenon that plagued Dubai throughout 2009, but now it comes with a new twist. The abandoned car — left to acquire a sand coating in a Dubai parking lot, sometimes with a note from absconding debtors (”Bye bye, Dubai!”) — was the reporter’s symbol of Dubai’s looming demise.
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
Messages written into the dust of a car that has not been moved for some time in Dubai.

Filed under: Announcement, Gulf Cities
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The Architect as a City Critic - Al Manakh goes to the Huffington Post

July 14 2010
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The architect, perhaps more than other professionals, is a mythical figure. He projects a marriage of expertise with panache. Seductive imagery with poignant words. A suit man who doesn’t carry a calculator because he can do the math in his head.

Business Bay, Dubai, June, 2010.
Business Bay, Dubai, June, 2010 / Todd Reisz

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