Fake Plastic Souks: Gin Pahit

Posted on the September 21st, 2014 under Personal Bloggers by

(Photo credit: Wikipedia)One and a half ounces of gin, half an ounce of Angostura.It's a very odd thing to put in your mouth. It's the sort of thing meths drinkers would recognise: powerful, alcoholic and somehow carbolic. It's drunk without iceSomerse...

Christopher Saul's Blog: Back in Saudi

Posted on the September 17th, 2014 under Expat Bloggers by

For this first time since 2009 or 2008, I think. So little seems to have changed. A few newer cars and a few newer buildings. Riyadh airport immigration queue was just over two hours. Hotel ok but not really functioning properly, with no one seeming to...

ginger and scotch: Sri Lanka 2014 – Day 5 (Galle and Cooking Class)

Posted on the September 16th, 2014 under Expat Bloggers by

I had really hoped to get this post finished in April when we were in Sri Lanka but here we are in September! We spent our last full day in Sri Lanka by traveling to Galle Fort which is a UNESCO World Heritage site. I also participated in a Sri Lanka...

One Nine Seven One: The Review AE: In Focus: Introducing Mohamed Al Turki, a Saudi with a passion for film.

Posted on the September 15th, 2014 under Uncategorized by

By Muhaira LamkiWe might not have Hollywood nor Bollywood in the Arabian Desert but we sure have a young talent who is taking Hollywood on behalf of all Middle Easterners by a storm, and It's about time the Arabs and the rest of the world came to appla...

Christopher Saul's Blog: Uber impressed

Posted on the September 13th, 2014 under Expat Bloggers by

I finally got around to signing up for Uber last week, using them several times in Jo’burg and today in Dubai. I’m totally blown away by the whole system – it’s such a perfect use of today’s mobile technology. Available in so many cities,...

Fake Plastic Souks: Sparkle Towers

Posted on the September 9th, 2014 under Personal Bloggers by

(Photo credit: Wikipedia)A press release went out on Business Wire yesterday announcing 'Sparkle Towers', the 'first ever crystal inspired residential haven'.The developer is a company called Tebyan. In the release, its managing director, a Mr Naji Ali...

One Nine Seven One: The Review AE: The Congress: Hollywood’s hate letter to Hollywood.

Posted on the September 3rd, 2014 under Uncategorized by

Screen legend Harvey Keitel’s latest movie ‘The Congress’ is an unusual sci-fi feature that is part live action, part animation and on a whole disjointed. Directed by Ari Folman of Waltz With Bashir fame, The Congress is a satire of the Hollywood...

One Nine Seven One: The Review AE: In Focus: Will the real Hussein Al Jasmi please stand up?

Posted on the September 1st, 2014 under Uncategorized by

For anyone who does not know about contemporary Gulf Music, but wanted to learn, then artist Hussein Al Jasmi is a good place to start. Fusing many musical genres spanning from traditional Arabic pop to 90’s urban music and acid jazz influe...

Fake Plastic Souks: Book Review: Beyond Dubai: Seeking Lost Cities In The Emirates

Posted on the September 1st, 2014 under Personal Bloggers by

"Dubai has nothing. No culture, no history, no character. It has no heart, no spirit, no traditions... It's not a real city, it's just a mirage, all spin and no substance, a city built on sand."This book starts on that statement and then sets out to pr...

Christopher Saul's Blog: What a surprise

Posted on the August 28th, 2014 under Expat Bloggers by

Well educated people have some of the top jobs in the country – at least the jobs that require a good education. My father went to a grammar school. If I wanted my daughter to have an education of similar quality I would have to pay a fortune to ...