The weather has been fantastic over the past few days. I’ve been a little too busy to step out and use this time of year to its full. Yesterday, I was in the city and I had my small camera with me. I took the coastal route to Shuwaikh – and stopped at one of my favourite photo locations: Shuwaikh Beach. It offers a wonderful vantage point, and the algae lines provide an interesting lead into the scene.
Not a bad result, really, for a small camera… Have a look at the larger version. The Canon G11 must be the best point-and-shoot out there.
I returned last night from a very frustrating trip to Dubai. I’ve always known integrity is rare in the business world; now I add decisiveness. People are so busy covering their backs. Half – if not more – of their energy is invested in avoiding decisions. Result in our case: A year’s work – of putting small pieces together for a business deal – fell apart yesterday because of one man. He was born without a spine.
Anyway, this is a positive blog, and positive it shall remain. My meeting was in Jebel Ali and I had to rent a car to go in. I therefore had some free time in the afternoon, and for the first time in Dubai I had a car. I’ve driven there before, but I was stuck often there with colleagues. Non-photographers are not as patient when, say, we’re waiting for the sun to be at exactly the right angle…
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I lived in London for more than fifteen years, but this was the heaviest accumulation of snow I’ve seen. My trip has changed and I’m back in London over the weekend for some meetings during the week. Colleagues, new to London, were asking me what to do on Saturday morning. I offered shopping, but they preferred to join me on my ‘photo walk’.
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This is one place I haven’t visited on my previous trips to Cairo. Today, I managed to find some time to go to the Cairo Citadel and take a few shots.
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Many Kuwaitis, most I hope, want to see change. Positive change. The elections next month are fast gaining the feel of now-or-never. I feel optimistic this time. I hope the next parliament and new government work to bring this beautiful country back to the forefront.
On my travels, I capture the old and the new – and quite often I capture change. It occured to me today that apart from my Mangaf blog, I don’t look closer to home.Kuwait City is going through a massive change. The skyline changes by the week and I haven’t posted enough about it.
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My host drove me around Abu Dhabi for half an hour today, which was enough to get a flavour of the city. I really like it. It’s well maintained and there are some exciting projects nearing completion, and others further into the future. Abu Dhabi is also preparing to host a FormulaOne race. Parking is a real issue in the city. It’s not uncommon to make a 999 call to complain about someone blocking you. The police call him/her on their mobile and ask them to move their car!
The gardener in me was so impressed not only by the endless green space, but by the quality and variety of the shrubs and trees,. The area near Emirates Palace and the garden within its walls makes me forget I’m anywhere near the Gulf.
I asked about old Abu Dhabi and where the old souq is… I was extremely surprised to learn it had been removed.
Shuwaikh port has seen its fair share of financial crisis, economy slowdown and even war. I love this view of the imported cars, containers in the middle and the city in the background. I hope 2009 is a year of recovery for the world economies, bringing back a sense of reliability and trust.
Whatever your field of work, this is going to be a tough year. Personally I’m happy it’s not “just another year” but rather a year when changes will be seen.
To all of you and your loved ones – HAPPY NEW YEAR.
It’s Liberation Day!
I was hoping to take a photo to commemorate this day but instead (being lazy) I decided to photoshop an older photograph to make the Kuwait flag with the traffic colours.
Happy Independence & Liberation. May god always bless Kuwait and everyone in it.
Photographs from our sailing trip a few days ago. I love how calm the sea can make one feel.
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We took a few colleagues from Europe out on a boat trip yesterday…. It was so hot (obviously) but absolutely beautiful. Dinner was served as soon as it got dark and we were moored near the Kuwait Towers.
The Big Apple….. This photo was obviously taken a while back… I had it framed and in my house a month before September 11th… The world is a different place as well as New York.Heavy stuff aside, New York….. What a city! I love it. My love for London is not a secret and it’s probably why I felt so at home here.
The city that never sleeps is on our list for another trip soon.