Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Baghdad mummified in the 80’s

The Al rasheed hotel, tired with no maintenance, war damages, but still alive functioning poorly with minimum staff and electricity , but the amazing quality used at that time keep it in a good shape despite the situation 

The airport VIP lounge speak by itself 

Thursday, December 11, 2008

The Dubai that I love .

You are maybe not very familiar with that Dubai.
Beside the crowd the numerous malls the fancy living and the Disney-kind of scene park for grownup where everything is to clean and pretty to be honest . here are the vestige of the real gulf . mummified into a “clean-pretty” look . But they did conserved it kept it. wish is a good thing because most of the Gulf countries did not yet realized how valuable is their heritage , such as Kuwait , old mud house and “ madinas”(old city or village) have been turn down by hungry promoters and nothing remain but one or two “diwanya” and mosques .

The ancient Arabic living is very interesting in terms of surviving skills , How this peoples survived in tremendous summer heat , with little imported water from Iraq , surrounded by aggressive desert .

They had to be a fantastic team work for anything at any stage of life. Blending into the environment, understanding nature and hidden bounties provided, having little needs and great pride for what they achieved in life rather than what they accumulate in materials.
Reading the surface of the sea to avoid being stuck on traveling sand dune in the meddle of open sea , they hade to put their life in God’s hand to dare navigating without instruments on a such basic barge sleeping on the deck eating dates and dry fish .

Where is that knowledge today ? only little of them remembered and it was not so long ago those mans still alive but silent no body cares really , they are more vestige than heroes . it ‘s to shiny outside to look at the inside .