The actual Asian Cup Trophy.
A surprise tonight - I managed to gate crash the Iraqi national football team and the actual Asian Gulf trophy before they headed off to a party.
Why in Dubai? Well, Sheikh Maktoum invited them to Dubai so they can safely and properly have the opportunity celebrate their amazing victory in the Asian Cup!
BBC match report
... and a bonus shot of one of the winning team's players.
July 31, 2007
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July 29, 2007
Another phone box... a nice use of solar power too. The UAE needs to embrace solar energy, yet it is still not allowed for buildings that are connected to the national grid to have solar energy.
That's mad in a country with THIS much sun.
July 28, 2007
Sometimes it feels like our experience fills the universe and sometimes it feels like you are a vibrating superstring blinking in and out of this universe whilst drifting in space. The descent from the dense to the gaseous, even if temporary and even somewhat expected, may cause emotional bends if you're not careful.
July 27, 2007
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July 22, 2007
One infamous location in Sharjah is Rolla Square. It's a pretty full on place and I loved it...
So there may be a couple more shots to come from Rolla Sq...
Again - an unusual thing for me to do, however I believe I have one regular Sharjah resident that visits my blog. An illustrious member the UAE's media and a rather erudite blogger. Please drop by his blog sometime Fake Plastic Souks
July 21, 2007
You immediately notice how many mosques there are in Sharjah. Way more than in Dubai it feels and they are very grand affairs too.
Sharjah is a more strict Emirate than Dubai, with generally a more conservative athmosphere and no alcohol allowed at all, more modest clothing etc.
July 20, 2007
Dubai Daily Photo has gone on small fact finding mission... the next few days are from Sharjah.
Like Dubai, Sharjah is one of the seven Emirates of the UAE. Dubai and Sharjah cities virtually merge together yet have different laws and acceptable norms. Sharjah has more extremes than Dubai, yet also has a nice feel to the city.
So what better to start us off than a boat and some oil barrels...
Over the next few days I hope to show some of the people and buildings of Sharjah...
July 19, 2007
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July 16, 2007
I am not a religious person at all. I did find this to be an interesting image. I also wanted to explain it a little...
One of the five pillars of Islam is Salah, or ritual prayer, which must be performed five times a day. (However, the Shi'a are permitted to run together the noon with the afternoon prayers, and the evening with the night prayers). Each salah is done facing towards the Kaaba in Mecca. Salah is intended to focus the mind on God, and is seen as a personal communication with him that expresses gratitude and worship. Salah is compulsory but flexibility in the specifics is allowed depending on circumstances. In many Muslim countries, reminders called Adhan (call to prayer) are broadcast publicly from local mosques at the appropriate times. (source = wikipedia)
July 15, 2007
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July 09, 2007
I wonder when there will be a World Wide Fund for outmoded amenities.
In the age of wi-fi, wap, 3G, iphone, pigeon, youtube, web 2.0, facebook, flikr, orkut and google... who cares for the precious phonebooth? Would you risk your life to throw yourself in front of a harpoon to save one of these fine beasts? I, for one, think we should...
July 08, 2007
July 07, 2007
Modhesh is the mascot for Dubai Summer Surprises. Some people love the impish little wormy character, where as the majority, it seems, hate him...
For the facebook savvy amongst you the facebook group Death To Modhesh has almost 500 members.