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10,000 Ways to Build Success
Editor's Note www.WhatsUpKsa.net
It is quite fascinating to watch a baby learn how to walk. If you analyze how the whole process works apart from the cuteness of it all, you will notice that a human infant goes through many attempts, failing so many times before getting the first successful step. ( Just look at that adorable smile on their faces once they get it right). Now think about that for a second; if a baby were to stop its attempts to walk or at least take a correct step, he would never enjoy the walk. We are all success stories, just by learning a simple thing like walking or even reading and writing. We tend to take these things for granted, yet it took a lot of effort and hard work to learn such simple tasks. Life as we live it is all about that, before you get a full success story you will hear of many failures; we shouldn’t focus on failing, we should focus on the number of attempts we took to get the right move mastered. I cherish a great inspiring quote by the extraordinary inventor Thomas Edison “I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work.”
Get innovative and be open to new ideas; one of the great encouraging things is how our beloved country is shifting in a direction to support that, with the upcoming Social Development Forum that will shed light on such success stories around the Kingdom, providing us with great workshops that will help any new start-up to grow and flourish. So if you have been experiencing failure, think of Edison’s quote and how you can change everything to success. Now I want you to pick yourself up, dust that failure off, go in there and try again, and again till you succeed. That’s what life is all about. Just look at the bright side of things, you won’t make the same mistakes again. PS. While I was writing this note, I met a person who became a new friend, we talked about random stuff (you know how it is when you meet someone new) all of a sudden the whole conversation was about success, he told me that his father had once given him a piece of wisdom, that I found so fascinating that I asked his permission to share it with you.
“If you want to succeed in life you need three things, don’t look at what happened yesterday just learn from it, live today and enjoy it, and plan for tomorrow, but don’t do more than plan. You have to understand my son that this is too fragile to carry around, you need to encapsulate all this with knowledge.”
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SWATCH Splashes of Innovation for this Season
Jungle Blue Where Every Woman is Beautiful
Debenhams Two Centuries of Fashion
Fashion Workshop What's Up fashion collection for Summer 2009
Urban Living An Influential Modern Way to Live
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Manish Arora joins Swatch for signature collection in Spring Summer 2009
Press Release www.Swatch.com
Indian fashion designer Manish Arora combines high-contrast colours and intriguing shapes with Bollywood sparkle, pop culture, humour and sheer joie de vivre to create an exuberant collection of fashionable accessories for the wrist - all in the spirit of Swatch! GIANT SHIMMER There’s a wonderful Swatch sense of humour shining right through this spectacular Irony THE Chrono. Taking up the romantic theme of the Collection, the designer presents giant shiny hearts in re-
lief on the massive links of the bracelet, which is fashioned in stainless steel 316L and coated with gold PVD. The impressively massive stainless steel 316L case and bezel likewise feature polished gold PVD surfaces. The bezel is set with a ring of 36 white crystals, and a parallel ring of smaller white crystals adorns the golden surface surrounding the textured red tone-on-tone dial. A giant silver dollar sign with a textured decorative surface dominates the dial. The chrono and continuous seconds counters have all but disappeared: only the golden hands remain, offset by the subtly textured pattern of
the dial. The pattern presents a delicate variation of the Collection’s hearts and flowers theme, enhancing the continuity and coherence of the overall design. Golden hour and minute hands with white highlights serve to mark the time and are complemented by a delicate golden chrono seconds hand. The Manish Arora Collection The Manish Arora Collection includes Swatch Irony, Skin, Puzzle Motion and Original Gent models.
Where Every Woman is Beautiful
Extremely vibrant, and dynamically fresh is how we can describe Shaima Tayeb, who opened our eyes to a bright and colorful world of beauty and style. Spreading her simple philosophy with her free spirit. This breath of freshness is what the market really needs right now, authentic, alluring, and enchanting.
Shaima Tayeb: I had never traveled on my own before. Don’t get me wrong, I have traveled to Europe and the UK with my family, but never alone on such an adventure. I picked Asia to start with, then I fell in love with nature there. How long did you stay there? On my first trip to Asia I stayed for a month wander-
ing south and north, forests, fields, jungles mountains, lakes and sea , by the end of it I found myself on a small island with a carry-on bag that had all my belongings. On that island I found beauty and harmony. When I finally returned from that trip, I told my father that I needed to go back there again. So to make the most out of my stay, I enrolled in a yoga course. I spent six months on the second trip. I re-
21 member having to cross to Burma every month to renew my visa, and you can’t even begin to imagine how people are treated there as if we were cattle; they would cramp us in a pickup truck, take us on a three hour drive, offload us and shove everyone in a boat that would transport us over the borders to Burma, then re-stamp our passports with a new Visa, and to frame this whole picture for you, envision what happens when they see me standing there, in line, holding my Saudi passport! But hey... Loved it, it was a liberating experience, expansion of awareness,i felt equal with the whole world and independent at he same time, I felt that i can do and bare anything under any circumstance and that anything is possible, and that the world have many splendor angles and views. Beyond our imagination or our cultural stored memory Sounds like you really got hooked to even bother going through all this in order to stay in Asia. I got so excited about this journey of exploration, that I traveled to Laos, and Cambodia too. On the second trip to Asia, I started island hopping, bewitched by the true beauty of nature. What made you venture into such a journey? We don’t like to stereotype people, but in most cases Saudi females would shy away from such adventure-packed trips. That’s true, but I wanted to explore and learn more about our beautiful Earth, and that got me really hooked on such adventure travels. Usually you would find people traveling to known places, where they would gather information from their friends or relatives who have been to such destinations; I wanted something different and new. To me, it is all about the experience. I loved how simple life turned out to be there, I learned that we are all the same as human beings, no one is trying to show off since there isn’t much to brag about. I learned a lot about life, and how beautiful it is when it is simple. Nature has a great influence on people, you won’t believe it till you see how people glow when they travel there. When I returned home I discovered that beauty and harmony are not only outside in the jungle; it is here inside of me .. and it is only a matter of accepting and loving no matter what the outcome might be How did all that reflect on your new shop. Living there for a while, being solitary made me understand that beauty ref lects from you to the world, if you feel beautiful inside, everything around you will become beautiful. You simply ref lect what is inside you to the world outside of you, imagine waking on the wrong side of bed one day, everything will look awful to you, you’ll start treating everyone around you in a certain way that will gather negative feelings towards you, and you will end up with an even worse day than what you’d started with. On the other hand, you can take beauty with you no matter where you are or where you live, everything will become fascinating and attractive. When I was on one of the islands, I found great stuff like fabrics and fashion items made by the local islanders, so I filled my bag with as much as I could carry, brought it back to see how they would sell over here. I had a friend who owned a store called “Tribe Called Earth”, so we agreed that we would start selling the items I brought in the shop, and to my surprise people loved it; I sold them like hot cakes, and I was in business. I traveled again handpicking and collecting more garment and fashion pieces. After a while my friend decided to close up the store and offered that I would take over and run the business, and that is how I thought of revamping everything from scratch and rebrand the whole concept of the store, and that is how Jungle Blue came about. Why Jungle Blue? Jungle Blue is a ref lection of the sea and sky on the jungle, where it adds beauty and color to the jungle and that name describes the whole idea behind the store and the collection we offer. ref lections of beauty and colors I want to spread that to women and show them how comfortable they should be with their real inner beauty and how that will add a beauty and colors to their fashion and life choices. Therefore, a Jungle Blue woman wakes up in the morning, feels the beauty inside out, covers herself up in divine variety of colorful textile garments that ref lects the wisdom underneath. Jungle Blue offers different styles with different garments and collections like, Authentic, Zen, Elegant Doll dresses, Gypsy, Funky, Batik, Hand Picked Vintage items, swim wear, and a full-f ledge Hijab Attire line, plus handmade and ready to wear accessories When I first started, I used to offer handpicked fast fashion and ready to wear products. Over time I started to merchandize and design some of my collection, and in the future I will have a new fresh collection for every season. Of course I still offer the fast fashion and ready to wear garments. My philosophy is to pick every item myself, I take my time doing that because I really enjoy it. Sounds like you spend your time smelling daisies, while picking the ones you like. Do you think the market is ready to understand such an approach to fashion, that of being authentic and unique? I think many people have that taste for a bold statement, where they want to express their own style and taste, and we offer them just that - where they can mix and match depending on their own likings and unique style. Simply put, Jungle Blue is the place which attracts the unique, urban, stylish woman How do you see the future of Jungle Blue? I know it is too early at this stage, but what are your plans? Well I can’t give you much at this stage since I am still working on the plans, but since the store is officially open, I am working on two new lines, which will be designed by a group of young Saudi female designers, hopefully it will be launched by next year or maybe next season What is the message you would like to pass on through Jungle Blue? That every woman is beautiful. And true beauty is an inner beauty that ref lects on the outside world. Another message I would like to send out to all my sisters and brother out there. Be open to experience… Specially the unknown for it is the ladder to find beauty in everything, and mainly to find WHO YOU ARE and what you want to be. All the love eternal.
Two Centuries of Fashion
Fashion Review Mall of Arabia
23 the way they managed to showcase all their famous brands on one level, segregating each department and making it easy for you and your family to walk around and browse looking for the latest trends that might attract you. Creating and maintaining a high level of standards isn’t easy, especially when building on such a solid brand name in the fashion industry with 230 years of experience and success. This new Debenhams store offers a ladieswear department with designers labels such as Star by Julien Macdonald, Rocha. John Rocha, Debut and Betty Jackson.Black. Another section is designated to Menswear which includes Red Herring, J by Jasper Conran, Mantaray and Maine. The up to 16 years childrenswear also has its share with a section that caters to young design and fashion. But it doesn’t stop there, as you explore the store further you will find huge section displaying home products, lingerie, men’s & women’s accessories, plus a full cosmetics department offering both fragrance and skin-care products from major fashion houses like Chanel, Dior, Lancome, Calvin Klein and YSL (Yves Saint Laurent).
Debenhams is a company with a long and wealthy history, owning 153 stores in the UK and the Republic of Ireland, plus spreading their franchise over 17 countries around the world. What is really interesting is that the company opened its first international franchise store in Bahrain in 1997 by Alshaya Trading Company. Following that, Alshaya Company started to spread Debenhams department stores all over Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, and Turkey. Debenhams has been opened here in Jeddah for a little over six years and the famous British department store offers shoppers many brands under one roof. When What’s Up heard about the new store they opened at The Mall of Arabia, we decided to pay it a visit and see what the hype was all about. If like us, you would expect a three level store similar to the Debenhams store we have in Tahlia Street, then think again as you will be looking for the escalator long before discovering that the entire department store is laid out over a massive 5,000 sq meters. Furthermore, what really impressed us was We recommend a visit to the all-new Debenhams at The Mall of Arabia. You will be amazed at the varieties and selection of fashion collections available there all set in a relaxed comforting surroundings which will guarantee you a pleasurable shopping experience.
Porsche Design Bounce S
Unlike traditional shoes that drain your energy with thick, dense foam, the new Porsche Design Bounce S has its upper part made-up of a light purist mesh fabric, while the sole sports Adidas’ new metal lever arms and suspension system which is designed to return most of the energy for a smooth, stable ride, while increasing your propulsion. These premium running shoes comes in two colors black/titanium, black/light scarlet.
This is one of those things you would simply go gaga over, just look at how beautiful it looks. Now you can carry most of your makeup, in a stylish vintage storage suitcase. Etsy has just came out with this innovative Vanity Cabinet. Once you open it you will find it equipped with pull switch lights and cute mini drawers, making it great if you need to get ready for practically anything at anytime, especially while traveling. Surf to Etsy’s site and search for Vanity Cabinet, where you will find it sold for about $300
of what you spend
Fashion Collection Summer 2009 www.WhatsUpKSA.net
Men: Belt - G-Star Jeans - Dondup T-Shirt - Custo Barcelona Shoes - Nanny State Women: Dress - Bag - Wallet - Shoes By Patrizia Pepe
Men: T-Shirt - Sixpack France Shorts - Franklin Marshal Wallet - Juicy Couture Cap - Kidrobot Women: Dress - Taka Bag - Juicy Couture Accessories - Juicy Couture
Shoes - DKNY Jeans - Citizen Of Humanity T-Shirt - Belstaff Jacket - Belstaff Bag - DKNY
Dress - Johnny Was Shoes - DKNY Accessories - Pellini
Dress - American Petro Bag - Sous Les Paves Earrings - Muse
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Secrets Of Working Under Stress
By Mazen Al-Angary
39 Secret 1: Headphones are Your Best Friend You will be amazed at how headphones would help block all the surrounding noise, and by doing that you get a chance to focus and get into the zone you want to be productive and get things done. If music doesn’t work for you consider using white noise or nature sounds. Secret 2: Take Regular Breaks You might not even notice it till it’s too late but working on a laptop, desktop, or even on a blackberry is exhausting, what you need to do is take a break at least every hour. Stand up and take a short walk around, better yet you can stretch out. If you’re stuck on a plane you can stand up and take a walk up and down the aisle. Secret 3: Take a Deep Breath Taking deep breaths will help you calm down and relax, people who meditate know that fact, but what is so great about deep breaths is that it will supply you with oxygen to fuel your brain, while cutting the stress levels to a minimum, try it the next time you’re working hard on a project and remember that it doesn’t take more then seconds. Secret 4: Eliminate any Distractions You Do Control One of the main distractions is your cellphone, turning it off or at least setting it on silent mode while working won’t harm, it will keep your mind focused on the task you’re working on. Another main distraction that you can control is your instant messaging client, and email. So consider turning your internet connection off all together to get that nagging job done. Secret 5: Break the Task to Manageable Chunks Looking at the project or task from an overview would sometimes discourage you from finishing it, especially when you have a complicated entangled project to finish, a great way to finish it is breaking it down to small manageable tasks, this way you will get a sense of accomplishment every time you finish a small task, and it will show you how far you have been progressing through your project. Furthermore you won’t have to dedicate long periods of time to finish everything at once. Secret 6: Turn that TV Off! Personally I am one of those people who gets distracted by flashing media, such as TV sets, and since we have Televisions almost in every room, you run a high risk of getting distracted from the job at hand. If you can’t turn the TV off, you can at least use your headphones (buddies) and sit with your back to the TV to eliminate those little visual cues. Secret 7: Don’t Get Everything Done Once you remove that idea off your mind you will find yourself pushing full charge to finish it all, since thinking that you “have to” finish everything at once will add a level of unwanted and unneeded stress to your work-flow. At times you will find yourself working in a different environment other then the one you are used to, so relax and try to finish the most important stuff, and you will find other time to finish the rest with out stressing yourself. Secret 8: Plan B (Break The Glass in Case of an Emergency) These things happen, you get many distractions every now and then, things that can’t really be even predicted, so what to do? Well have a Plan B ready, that could be shutting every communication down for a period of time, if you have internet at work, consider going offline for a while. Also keep a quite and cozy cafe in mind. A bonus secret I would like to share, is try to regulate your caffeine intake, drinking too much coffee or power-drinks won’t help you focus, it will add a lot of unwanted stress. This article has been written under a lot of stress to meet What’s Up deadline for the next issue, and things went smooth… As a matter of fact I have finished more content that should cover even the next issue.
For various reasons this issue you hold in hand was done under a lot of pressure, to make it on time. So we thought of sharing some of the secrets that would help you when you find yourself working under a tight deadline, flying back and forth between cities trying to finalize that deal, or simply working under a lot of stress.
HEALTH breastfeeding delays the re-starting of a woman’s menstrual periods after childbirth. This may help to reduce the chance of developing breast cancer. Breast cancer is unfortunately a common disease and the number one killer of Saudi women. It is important to recognize that more women than ever before in the western nations are surviving breast cancer due to better awareness, screening, and improved treatments. There this is helping women detect cancer in earlier and more treatable stages. What can make a difference in Saudi women developing breast cancer in the first place? Breast cancer is thought to be caused by complex interactions between our genes, lifestyle and environment. Risk factors are things that may alter the chances of getting the disease. Having one or more risk factor does not necessarily mean that you will get breast cancer – it means that the chances of you developing the disease are greater or smaller. Often there is not a clear cut-off point when it comes to having or not having many of the established risk factors: there is often a gradual increase or decrease in risk. Health professionals think that you should decide for yourself whether to breastfeed your baby or not. Your decision should take into account the benefits for both you and your child and the practical issues associated with breastfeeding. These include how easy and convenient you find it to breastfeed. Your lactation consultant will be able to provide you with more information about breastfeeding. The research studies show that the risk of breast cancer is slightly lower among women who have breastfed their babies for a year or more in total. You might feel, therefore, that if or when you have children, this is an important factor in deciding about breastfeeding. There are many important benefits from breastfeeding for both mother and child. International Health Organizations recommend that women breastfeed for the first six months of an infant's life as it provides all the nutrients a baby needs as well as antibodies to help fight illness and infection.
For one year or more…
By Dr. Modi Batterjee, IBCLC, DHA
Health Column www.albidayah.com
International research studies confirm that breastfeeding most likely leads to a slight reduction in a woman’s chance of getting breast cancer, if the total length of time she breastfeeds is one year or more. This one year can be for one child or more than one child. For example, breastfeeding two children for six months each would give the same degree of protection against breast cancer as
breastfeeding one child for one year. The longer a woman breastfeeds in general, the greater the decrease in her risk of breast cancer. This is because breastfeeding changes the balance of hormones that a woman has in her body which includes the female sex hormones, such as estrogen. Most research studies have found that estrogen levels are lower in women who are breastfeeding because
An Influential Modern Way to Live
Interview www. urbanliving.com
A breath of freshness to interior design and architecture in Saudi Arabia is what we felt once we walked into Urban Living’s office. We met Jumana Shawli the founder and managing director of the company to talk about their new take on our habitat, by living in a contemporary, modern, healthy surroundings.
What made you get into interior design and architecture in the first place? I have always had a passion for art and design, so when time came to pick a major in college I chose to study interior architecture in New England School of Art and Design, Boston (U.S.A). After graduating I returned to Saudi Arabia, and worked in a company that
was starting a new interior design division, and they put me in charge of handling that task, so I went through the entire process. Since I was assigned with a budget, and all the power I needed to hire and create teams, I had to handle the whole project from A to Z. After I was done, I managed to secure a good deal, creating a department that had its own project. I thought,
43 “I can do that on my own, since I have already done it.” Basically I thought of the whole experience as a sandbox experiment to explore my capabilities. I wanted to have my own firm so I resigned to give birth to Urban Living. Did starting your own firm feel the same? I started at home as a freelancer, after finishing my first three projects I earned enough to open an office and go full f ledge by hiring my own employees. When I was at home, I was working alone, I didn’t have any employees, but when I moved to this office, I hired two more people an interior designer, and an administrator. Now we have teams and more employees working under Urban Living. Why did you pick the name Urban Living for your company? Urban, is a word that gives the impression of urbanism and modern cities, metropolitans if you will, and it is something I picked up from living in London, New York, and Boston, where all these cities are urban metropolitans, everything is polished and solid. On the other hand you want some greenery, some landscapes, you need something living, so the name Urban Living is a way of combining the two when we design for clients by giving them a polished contemporary space that they can comfortably live in. Our philosophy is to build modern skyscrapers, without forgetting Earth, and that is what the colors in our logo stands for; the gray for Urban, and the green for Living. What Type of projects do you handle? We generally handle mid to large scale projects, both residential and commercial. Yet these days we have been noticing more focus on the commercial projects, like offices, retail spaces, showrooms, and stores. Recently we noticed a shift in people’s way of looking at their living areas, people are thinking more about practicality, the old fashion approach to decorating is moving out and we are seeing a new trend where people want to utilize every space available, taking advantage of every room to the fullest potential possible. Our job is to make this happen, and bring it to a tangible reality. When you handle an interior design project, you get an open space that you have to bring to life - how do you know that the client will like the final setting? We prefer handling projects from scratch, starting from the architectural stage, where we have more freedom to get extremely creative ideas that could cut on cost and save energy giving our clients more flexible options, but in some cases we do get projects where the building is in existence, and we need to work on the interior. We have to take under consideration the occupant's age, lifestyle, habits, and number of occupants. After that we start to build the interior of the home around them. For example if you have young children we will have to make the home safer for them, where if we have a handicapped person occupying the space then we'll have to take all necessary measures to make the house accessible. If it is a newlywed couple, we focus on making the home cozy and welcoming. What about color schemes? Some clients come with a certain color in mind, while in some cases we have to ask them if they like modern clean cut designs or classical elements. If a client says “I want my house to look like a loft in Manhattan,” we know what he needs and wants, and what range of colors to use. If a client comes with nothing in mind at all, how do you handle that? In that case we ask about their favorite restaurant, or hotel. We can ask about where he or she likes to travel the most, what are their favorite colors, which will give us a sense of what they need. If all that fails we will have to use plan B. (Laughs) What’s plan B? We show them images from a wide variety of design magazines which we get on monthly bases, as well as images of previous projects, so they can decide on a preferred style or color scheme. However our clients often come to us with something in mind, and our job is to materialize it and bring it to reality. I know from personal experience that many companies try to cramp as many employees as possible in the smallest space, or even use cubicles; how would you persuade a client to allocate more space to their employees? First of all designing an office space doesn’t necessarily mean you will end up with wasted space, in most cases through good organization and creative space planning you could fit the same amount of employees you want, and still manage to keep a comfortable setting with good circulation. We focus on ventilation, greenery, sunlight, and temperature to create that environment for employees to work and be productive, most of our corporate clients come with high awareness about the benefits of using interior design since the employees will enjoy coming to work every morning, that way you’re creating a healthy, productive environment for them. I heard the rumor that the What’s Up head office has a secret spa, is it true? No comments (winks)… Is it part of the job to research where you can buy furnishing items? Of course this is a very important part of the job, and not only from the local market, but we have to research and look for the latest trends in interior design and all its components such as furniture, textiles, tiles and stones, lighting...etc; we have to compare between what the local market has, and what the international market offers, and depending on the client’s taste and budget we pick the right pieces. What are your future plans? I always like to lay a five year plan, so we have reached this level in two years so far, we are trying within the next three years to expand to Riyadh. I am also thinking of expanding to Lebanon, since we have already done some projects there. We will have a showroom where people can walk in or lounge and get inspired by ways and ideas to decorate their own homes. Another important thing I have in mind is giving females in Saudi Arabia more options and opportunities to be an active part of beautifying our surroundings, we need to hire more as we grow, since we have two active divisions both residential and commercial, we are currently developing a hospitality division. I personally think that the Middle East needs a new fresh approach to interior design and how we live our lives.
Salone internazinale del mobile Milano 2009
By Ghaith Beshri
Event Coverage www.beshri.me
Isalone del Mobile, the premier furniture and accessories exhibition has just completed its 48th edition at the Milan Fairgrounds in Rho recently. It is an annual international furniture exhibition that takes place in Milan, Italy. It is considered to be, without comparison, the most celebrated design exhibition in the world.
It was indeed a great experience for me to be a part of this grand exhibition. Being a passionate collector of innovative furniture, it was an awesome experience to witness such artistic designs and novel creations. Furniture were displayed according to category, resulting in clusters of royal classic piec-
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New Wave of Saudi Contemporary Art Goes To Venice
05/06/09 - 02/08/09 - Palazzo Contarini Dal Zaffo (Next To Accademia Vaporetto Stop) Venice, Italy
For the first time Saudi artists present their work during the most world's most important visual arts event ... The 53rd venice biennale in Italy. Edge Of Arabia in Venice features the work of 9 pioneering Saudi contemporary artists, male and female, whose work combines photography, instal-
lation, performance and a variety of other media with a multi-disciplinary approach to artistic practice. The artists, most of whom will be travelling from Saudi Arabia for the event, will be joined by curators and experts in the field of Arab culture and
art. The event will be a chance for international journalists, curators and gallerists to engage with this pioneering exhibition and explore the artists’ individual stories. Edge of Arabia launched in London’s SOAS Brunei Gallery in October 2008 with a dynamic web-
55 site, a visual arts book, and an exhibition that attracted record numbers of visitors and helped raise the profile of Saudi contemporary art in the UK. As a direct result participating artists have been invited to exhibit internationally and, for the first time, significant numbers of works by Saudi artists are being included in prestigious museum collections, publications and high profile auctions. This exhibition in Venice is the latest development in the emerging story of contemporary art from the Kingdom. Edge of Arabia Artists: Faisal Samra (Bahrain), Ahmed Mater Aseeri (Abha), Shadia & Raja Alem (Jeddah/Paris), Mahdi Al Jeraibi (Maccah), Ayman Yossri Daydban (Jeddah), Manal Al Dowayan (Dhahran), Abdulnasser Gharem (Khamis Mashet) & Maha Malluh (Riyadh) We are extremely proud to support these Saudi contemporary artists to exhibit in Venice for the first time. The presence of Edge of Arabia during the 53rd Venice Biennale will create a powerful platform for promoting Saudi artists on an international stage. Fadi Jameel, Abdul Latif Jameel Company Ltd. Sponsors: Abdul Latif Jameel Company Ltd. (Jeddah), Jadwa Investment (Riyadh), The Park Gallery (London), Canvas Magazine (Dubai), What’s Up Jeddah (Media Partner) Partners: Saudi Arabian Ministry of Culture & Information (Riyadh), City of Venice (Venice), Arab British Center (London), Lightbox Communications (Venice), JA Clark Charitable Trust (UK) 5 June–2 August 2009 Open: Tuesday – Sunday 10.00–18.00, Closed: Monday Admission Free Exhibition Office: 1 Gough Square, London EC4A 3DE Direct line: +44 (0)20 7832 1332 Mail: info@offsc
ART Faisal Almalki is one of those gifted people who we have been monitoring for some time now, watching how fast and steady he has been climbing the ladder of success as a world class renowned photographer. We had this chat done over VOIP " Voice Over Internet Protocol " with Faisal about his passion that we call photography. Alright, hold on let me test the recording here…Say something… just to test. Should the legendary “Testing 1…2…3” do the job? Great that should do…Okay now we are ready, so I am looking at your site right now, I like the picture on your ‘About Me’ page, where was that, London? You know this is the least page update on the whole site**, I would rather focus on pictures than on myself, and yes it was taken in London by a photographer who is also a friend of mine. So take us to the beginning, how did a phenomenon like you start? I hope this is not going to make it to print (laughs). This is awkward, I think on some level, I have always enjoyed photography, but I never knew back then that it would turn into a serious hobby or even an interest. Since I was a kid, I have always had a camera with me, just shooting randomly, nothing artistic by any means. I remember when I was in school, I used to have a new hobby every year or so, I used to write to Majed magazine, I collected stamps, I wanted to write poetry, I tried many things. I have always wanted to do something related to art or media, something creative. I even wanted to become an actor, or a director or a singer, but you can tell by my voice that that didn’t go far. (Laughing) sorry about that but you have an engaging way of putting things in perspective. Beside all that I have always wanted to do something artistic, I always thought that doing something creative is never a career, it should be something on the side. I ended up studying marketing at university, since I loved how interesting advertising is I thought why not combine business with creativity and I finally discovered that I could make a living by being creative!
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57 I think that ‘advertising and marketing’ is one of those great careers, since it takes more to communicate a message. Absolutely! In 2001, I started working with Saatchi & Saatchi, then I moved to JWT, then Grey and now I am working as a marketing manager in an Investment Bank. Throughout that time, I got many opportunities to travel abroad, whether on holidays or on the job shooting commercials. I had always felt guilt whenever I saw beauty around the world and not shared it with my family, and that is when I bought my first digital camera. In 2005, I took a look at all the pictures I had collected, and I discovered that I had always tried to shoot things in a creative way; I discovered that this is how I look at things, looking beyond the picture, seeing what is really behind it. I found that some of my pictures had an artistic touch to them. By the end of 2005, I started researching photography for the very first time and found an American/Canadian forum that deals with photography; I joined and started to share my images to see how these photographers would react to my images, and that is how it all started. That’s very interesting especially the part where you opened up to others in order to judge your work while you’re still unsure about it. Luckily they liked my work. They helped me with pointers on taking better pictures, but overall they gave me the support I needed to feel comfortable about photography. Now when I look back at those pictures, I see their weakness, but back then those photographers helped me when I was still starting up and encouraged me. I think they saw the potential. On the first day of 2006, I bought my very first semi-professional camera; since then I’ve become a serious photographer. I am browsing over your site again, I like the way you categorized your work, and I can see you’re covering many styles and genres, but what type of photography do you mostly like to do? Well as you can see on my site, about 70% of my work falls under the abstract, and architectural genre, since I find myself to be a very urban person, I love cities, buildings, windows, and patterns. Other photographers call me the abstract person. I do shoot other genres, but I still find the passion in abstracts and architecture photography.
How many exhibitions have you taken part in so far? I joined many exhibitions all around the world, but in most cases they were the contest based galleries. My work was shown in a few galleries in New York, in the National Geographic & PDN contest, World In Focus in 2007 2008, The Lucie Awards - which
is considered ‘the Oscars’ of photography - in 2007 and 2008. I was also in the PX3 in Paris, now after winning the Masters Cup, I get to tour the whole world to feature my work, not sure where exactly right now, but I have been showcasing my work in LA, Qatar, Istanbul, Luxembourg, Austria, to name but a few. »
ART Do you consider yourself as a professional photographer, in terms of selling your work, or even getting job requests? I think I am fortunate enough to treat photography as a passion, I am not a professional photographer, and when I enter any competition I always participate in the non-professional section since I don’t make a living out of photography. I really can’t see myself as someone who would shoot typical commercial photography. The other way of becoming a pro-photographer is selling pictures as fine art photographs. I only got one assignment to do a "commercial assignment" when I worked with SAGIA (Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority), we had an interesting chemistry. I wanted to shoot their building, while they wanted me to shoot it, and that is how they asked me to do the job. I really enjoyed doing it. I think it is very rare to work on such a level of understanding in the Middle East, but if I do get a chance like the one I got with SAGIA, I will definitely be interested. I remember interviewing a Saudi photographer in our Riyadh edition of What’s Up, who told me about how hard it is to shoot in public places, since some people don’t mix well with photography. Do you face some issues while photographing here? I would love nothing more than to go out and shoot whether here in Riyadh or Jeddah, or anywhere around the Kingdom, but that is very difficult, and that is because of two main reasons, the first is that we as Saudis are private people, we don’t like to be on the record or exposed, this is something deeply rooted in our own culture. The second reason is because, officially, photography wasn’t allowed in the past. Two years ago things changed, we got a permit from the Ministry of Interior and the Saudi Commission for Tourism & Antiquities, allowing anyone to take photos of any public places unless stated otherwise with a clear “No Photography” sign. Now the real problem is convincing the officer on the street that such a permit does exist; I even walk around with a printout that any photographer can get from the Commission for Tourism’s site (www.scta.
gov.sa), since they want to spread this. But till now, police on the street won’t believe me even when I show them the paper. I really find it painful not to photograph here in my country, I see all this beauty around me yet my hands are bound not to use a camera in public. I would love to photograph Al Haram in Makkah for example. Since I started photography, two things changed in my life, I first started to see Riyadh as an interesting city, when in the past I used to think it was boring and the second is that I used to think that there is nothing much to show the world right here, now I think that our
country is a gold mine, where we have so many stories and sites we can show the whole world. Do you travel to photograph? Ever since I started photography, any destination I travel to is for the sake of taking shots there; so now I travel to shoot. Henri Cartier-Bresson a photographer who I respect once said that photography isn’t a hobby or a passion, it is a way of life. I started to feel that in the past couple of years, where even if I didn’t have a camera with me, I still saw things in a different way. It could get annoying at times when you’re in a business meeting or a family gathering and all you can think about is framing pictures, but as I said you start to live it. For now I shoot photographs like no one is watching, I enjoy doing that.
ART “The young generation likes this, plus it makes it easier for the outside world to click and adapt to it, making it reach them and blend with their own trends,” added the designer. As a fashion designer Tuhami presents two main lines. The first, Tuhami, focuses on dresses for ladies, suits, and shirts for gents, with a definitive touch of elegance and an eye for style in every detail. The other line, Tuhami Jeans features expressive street style jeans, T-shirts, and accessories. Tuhami sets itself from any other brand out there because of its high quality production and limited number of pieces for any new line. When asked about how exclusive his pieces are, Tuhami replied, “I like to keep a limited production for every line, nothing more than 30 pieces max for any product, so that keeps the quality at the highest level possible, plus it makes my brand kind of unique. I produce everything here in Saudi Arabia, so you can ‘honestly’ say it is made in Saudi Arabia.” As for the fabrics and production quality, Tuhami believes that when his clients use his garments for some time, feeling the comfort, and softness, while experiencing the quality over years, they come back not only wanting more but also recommending you to those around them – this philosophy has been his from the onset of his career and has contributed in what his lines stand for today. “When you open your wardrobe and find a Tuhami T-shirt or jeans that are still as new as the day you bought them, you will go looking for more, because you know that this is the type of quality you’re getting,” he says. Now Tuhami is working on new ideas to spread his brand even further, incorporating his brand name under other leading Saudi fashion companies that will show case a custom-made limited editions of his products. And the scoop we got is that a new Tuhami eyewear design is set to hit the market soon. Tuhami and Tuhami Jeans launch their collections twice a year; as for Tuhami accessory line, new products are launched every three months to keep things fresh and up to date with what’s happening on the streets.
A Bet on Innovation
Tuhami Arabi, is a young innovative fashion designer, who had his start way back when people started to notice a rumble in the Saudi street fashion. “I worked in designing clothes, garments, logos, and ads. I ended up focusing on clothes,” said Tuhami
Tuhami finally created his brand here in Saudi Arabia a little over a year ago. He then started to spread over to neighboring countries like Kuwait and the UAE. But what really gave Tuhami the advantage is the eye for detail and quality, focusing on mixing the Saudi or Arabian culture with a hip trendy street style.
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Name: Saud Al Saud Today’s artist is a self-taught freelance photographer, who was inspired by photographer Fahad Ayyad in the beginning of his career. Saud started pursuing his passion and acquiring more tips and tricks from photographer Saeed Salem. Over time he developed his own style, honing his artistic touch, and getting the eye for fine details, to discover beauty around him. Saud focuses on two main styles; Portraits, and Seascapes where he senses the mysterious affection between the wind and the sea.
Award Winner Hazar Bogary
A Graphics Designer that Sees Things in A Different Way
65 Hazar Bogary is one of the most influential graphics designers. Her professional journey has taken her through many aspects of creativity throughout her life reaching a time when she has become a renowned graphics designer due to her mastery of her skills working for Grey Group – a multinational corporation - creating advertisements that perfectly sync with the Saudi society. How would you define graphic design? (Laughing) well this might sound mad, but I personally think it is a little bit of craziness within logic and a bit of logic within craziness! When I saw your work, the first question that came to mind was how do you get the concepts? Could you take us through the steps of creating an ad? Well I first receive the brief, I prefer meeting with the client and listen to him or her so I can really feel their need, unfortunately this is not always the case. Then I start researching, researching, researching... and researching until I find the hook that clicks both the idea and the client’s requirements. After that the whole team gathers together to brainstorm and filter all the ideas. Then we choose the best concepts. This makes it easy to divide the work and start developing the idea, toning it from here and there until it is beyond perfect. The final step is to put all our work and efforts together to present it to the client; then to execute the whole project. You have such a massive portfolio, how long have you been working as a graphics designer? I joined Grey Jeddah as a graphic designer one month after my graduation from the United States in June 2006 and I am now a junior art director. So how old were you when you first started getting interested in graphics? I got interested in this exciting field during my 12th grade. That’s when it all came together since I got interested in graphics design, photography, and painting. Since then I’ve never missed visiting art exhibits whenever I get a chance, even when I travel on vacations. What inspires you, what really gets you in the mood, or the zone? Anything could inspire me. I believe that graphics designers have the sense of seeing everything from another aspect if you will. But usually I love working in an extremely loud and busy environment, I can’t explain why that is, yet it gets me in the right mood. Do you think that you have an advantage being a Saudi female, when it comes to creating advertisement concepts that can fuse with the Saudi society? (Laughs) BIG TIME! Sometimes it is hard to get or even understand things in any given culture if you’re not part of it; especially if it is as conservative as culture as the one we have here in Saudi Arabia. You have won Al- Jadeedah Weekly Magazine award for the short story competition for the youth; what was the story about, and how was it inspired? (Laughs) During my 12th grade I remember being a very good writer, I still write but not as much. The story was about how people overlook the trees and their importance. Back then I thought that writing was the thing I wanted to do for the rest of my life, I even was a journalist for such a short period of time then all of that passion went into graphic design, art and concerts. You have also won a silver OMNI award, what was it about? I joined the poster competition under the topic of drug consumption. In fact in this design I played around the double meaning of the word 'cool' since it can mean both ‘not hot’ and ‘WOW’ or ‘hip’. If you had time to spare, what would you like to do next to graphic design? I would love to be involved in more youth organizations to enrich our youth power with more educational training and activities. If you never turned out to become a graphic designer, what would the next best thing be? I would want to be a doctor to keep a persistent smile on patients’ faces.
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with the N86 you have both in one sleek package. Once holding the device in hand it gives you a great solid feel, since the body is made out of full-metal with a metal rim surrounding the scratch resistant hardened glass front face that covers the gorgeous bright OLED screen. The Nokia N86 offers aGPS, Nokia Maps 3.0, Wifi, Bluetooth stereo audio support, 8GB internal memory, and the world-class N-Gage gaming capabilities. With all that we like the way the device feels in hand, and the smooth way the device slides to reveal the numerical keypad.
We got a chance to lay our hands on two exciting new devices from Nokia, the N86 and the N97. So without further ado, let’s get down to business. First we will start with the N86, Nokia is introducing a solid built new 8MP camera phone that packs a lot more then meets the eye.
What really sets the new N86 from any other camera phone out there is the true 8MP it offers, since the device sports a Carl Zeiss Tessar optics with a 1.75 micron pixels image sensor, which means in human language, that the outcome is a true 8 mega pixel picture, plus the device offers a mechanical shutter. So instead of carrying a real camera and a mobile phone,
67 Now let’s move on to the real star of the show; Nokia’s f lagship phone the N97, off the bat, I would like to say that it is obvious that Nokia is heavily betting on this one, since you can see clearly that they are getting it right this time around, the Nokia N97 has a unique mixture of a duel personality offering users an engaging responsive touch screen, with a fancy tactile full QWERTY thumb-keyboard. On the 3.5 inch screen you get a quick glimpse of info snippets, since the device offers software widgets like weather, stocks, time, news, or even connect to your favorite social networking sites such as Facebook. Giving you instant on the f ly updates any where and at any time. Plus this will open the doors for developers to create their own widgets for you to download through Nokia’s Ovi service. The N97 can play high-quality videos or even Flash movies on the internet thanks to its 16:9 widescreen ratio, and its support for Flash Lite 3.0, the device also offers a 3.5 mm jack so you can plugin your favorite headphones and enjoy movies and music on the move. On the technical side, the Nokia N97 sports aGPS, Carl Zeiss Tessar 5MP camera, Wifi, Bluetooth stereo audio support, and ready for this... A Whopping 32GB on board memory which you can extend up to 48 GB by adding a 16GB microSD card. The Nokia N97 feels great in hand, with its smooth soft sliding keyboard. From our opinion Nokia is spot on with these two new devices, it would be interesting to see how the market will react to these new Nokia shock waves. Both the N86 & N97 come in two color options stealth black which gives both devices a professional corporate look, and alpine snow white, that gives them a trendy smart touch. Mark your calendars for June when the new phones will be available in the Saudi market. No price tags have been confirmed yet.
N97 (WU Rating): Design User Interface Screen Over All
TOSHIBA NB200 Mini Notebook
In the past technology companies fought over who would give you larger screen sizes, more hard disk space, more graphic capabilities, or even the thinest notebook out there. Nowadays there is a new battle brewing between all the companies over who can give you more battery juice. Toshiba have just came out with a new highly stylish 10.1” widescreen notebook called NB200 Mini Notebook, the device features a TruBrite LED backlight display, 160GB hard drive, VGA integrated webcam, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth. But what really makes this device special is its whopping 9 hour run time. So if you are looking for a true mobile laptop, this could be it... For now at least, let’s see what other companies will have to offer next. The Toshiba NB200 Mini Notebook sells for about $450.
Sharp Mebius NJ70A
We have been hearing some rumors that Apple might come out with a MacBook that would feature an LCD trackpad, something like the iPhone if you will. Well guess what, as this rumor went on someone at Sharp’s R&D decided to take the lead and create the worlds first LCD trackpad touchscreen. Sharp Mebius NJ70A netbook comes with a 1.6GHz Atom CPU, 1GB of RAM, 160GB hard disk, WiFi, a multicard reader, plus the 854 x 480 resolution LCD trackpad. The netbook (not notebook) is priced at $999 and will be shipping by June.
Sony: World’s Smallest Full HD Camcorder
Once on a vacation, the last thing you want is dragging a large bulky camcorder around with you, Sony thought of that and came up with a smart solution. The new Sony HDR-TG5V high definition camcorder features a built-in GPS receiver and a 10x optical zoom in your pocket so that you can geotag all your videos and images to share with everyone, while knowing where you shot them. The Sony HDR-TG5V is the world’s smallest full-featured 1920x1080 HD camcorder using a Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar lens, giving you a 6 hour full HD recording on 16GB of built-in storage with the option to expand memory using Sony Memory Sticks, it has a superb image stabilizer, 120x digital zoom over its 10x optical zoom. And with the built-in GPS you will never forget where you captured footage, since it automatically geotags everything. The Sony HDR-TG5V doubles as a capable 4-megapixel still digital camera with a beautiful, sleek , light, and ultra-compact design with a tough titanium body. Estimated price is $1000. This camcorder might be released in the Middle East under either the product name HDR-TG5V or HDRTG7VE, so check with Sony dealer for more details.
EXILIM Pro: EX-FH20
CASIO has recently announced the release of its newest camera, the high speed EXILIM EX-FH20. This remarkable new camera is capable of ultra highspeed burst shooting at 40 fps (frames per second) and can record high speed movies at up to 1000 fps. Such speeds would put the EX-FH20 in a class of its own. Casio expects the revolutionary unique capabilities of this new camera would generate entirely new applications for digital photography. Here is a quick rundown on the main features: - 9.1 effective megapixels with a wide angle zoom lens. - High speed movie recording at up to 1,000 fps. - High Speed Anti-Shake function. - High Speed Night Scene setting - HD Movie recording function. CASIO EXILIM Pro EX-FH20 can be found at Abbar stores around the Kingdom.
Chairman By Ulysee Nardin
This is one of the most elegant phones we laid eyes on recently, the famous 150 year old Swiss watchmakers Ulysse Nardin is venturing into a new territory with the world’s first mechanical mobile phone called Chairman, what really sets this device apart from anything you have ever seen so far is its visible, fully-functional kinetic rotor that will assist in providing the device’s battery with power, just like you might find in Ulysse Nardin mechanical wristwatchs, a company known for their fine marine chronometers. Ulysse Nardin Chairman innovative hybrid smart phone embodies Ulysse Nardin’s core values of expert craftsmanship, heritage and timeless style, while incorporating the world’s most technologically advanced applications. Chairman features a 2.8" multi-touch screen, fingerprint reader for owner identification and phone lock, numeric keys with high quality tactile response, 5 megapixel camera, Wifi, Email and Internet application, Sapphire glass, Kinetic rotor system, and an 18k rose gold (on some models). It comes limited to 1,846 pieces, with options like Rose Gold, Rose Gold & Blue, Rose Gold & Steel, Stealth Black, Steal & Blue, among other exciting color schemes to be announce soon, the device will be available for purchase on the fourth quarter of 2009, price will depend on the color.
Viliv S5 Premium: Not Just Another UMPC
Let me get the basics out of the way, if you’re not familiar with the acronym UMPC, it means Ultra Mobile Personal Computer. Now back to this amazing new product called Viliv S5 Premium which sold out its initial production of 1000 units on the same day it came out. This ultra mobile high quality built unit boots up into Windows XP from sleep in under five seconds. The Viliv S5 features a superfine 4.8" WSVGA display, 60GB hard disk, an Intel Atom 1.33GHz processor, 1GB of R AM. All that with a 6-hours of use battery life, 200hour standby time, supports 720p HD video playback, and features integrated Wifi, Bluetooth, GPS, and 3G connectivity. Viliv S5 Premium has its own impressive Cube UI that enables you of accessing applications and documents with a click on one of 36 bubbles sorted into 5 categories offering a total of 180 programs. The device offers what is known as a Haptic on screen keyboard, giving you a welcoming feedback, it also allows you to use an external keyboard and mouse if you prefer through a USB port. What makes this tiny device amazing is its 3G capabilities, where you can slide your SIM card to get internet access on the f ly. Another great feature is its built-in GPS receiver that allows you to use Garmin software, Google Earth, or even Microsoft Streets & Trips. The user can choose their favorite operating system from Windows Vesta, XP, or Linux OS. The Viliv S5 Premium sells for $599.
LG GC900 Viewty Smart
LG has been teasing everyone monitoring the mobile phone market with their long awaited Viewty Smart, after the great success they enjoyed with their high-end line so far, LG is taking everything to the next level, the company improved every feature over the original Viewty. The new Viewty Smart sports an 8 megapixel camera with ISO 1600 sensitivity, DVDquality video recording, 7.2Mbps HSDPA connection, integrated WiFi, aGPS, and 1.5GB onboard memory with a microSD expansion up to 32GB. All these great features inclosed in a slick 12.4mm thick phone making the LG Viewty Smart a highly desirable non-smartphone on the planet. The new LG Viewty Smart will be hitting the market soon, so keep an eye open for its release.
Aqua Sounders: Summer Jam Anyone?
It is almost summer time, and we thought we should give you some heads up on this exciting device. Grace Digital Audio have just came out with a new groovy Aqua Sounders floating wireless speakers that you can literally toss in the pool. It gets even better since the Aqua Sounders are fitted with a pair of Ultra Bright LED mood lights integrated for nighttime fun, so the party never ends. The kit includes a transmitter that can send the music from an iPod or any other audio source (offering a 3.5mm jack) over a range of 46 meters, while the speaker’s battery can last you for about 6 hours, just enough time till lunch is served, everyone needs a recharge, right? If you have a huge party, you can throw in up to 10 speakers that can be controlled by one transmitter, imagine how funky that would be like... Wild is the word I have in mind. The kit which includes 1 transmitter and 1 waterproof submersible speaker that will cost you about $150, you can add more speakers to your cart while you’re shopping on Grace Digital Audio website.
Sony Ericsson’s MS500: Take Your Bluetooth Bluetoo Outside utside
Almost every cellphone has Bluetooth capabilities these days, some devices have what is known as Bluetooth A2DP, which is an add-on stack over Bluetooth 2.0 to enable any device to stream music. Now Sony Ericsson have came up with this fun cool idea of providing you with a Bluetooth portable speaker so that you can enjoy your music while doing outdoor activities with friends, family, or even alone. The Sony Ericsson’s MS500 works with any device from any brand as long as it has the Bluetooth A2DP capability, with a range of about 10 meters. It comes attached to a lanyard or a carbine hook allowing you to clip it to your belt or bag keeping it within easy reach. The MS500 has its own set of play and volume controls incase you wanted to pump it up a bit. Adding a set of AA batteries will give you up to 6 hours of music time. You can enjoy your time at the beach knowing that the MS500’s shell is splash-proof. Two color options are available, black and orange or white and pink, it is expected to be out soon.
Parrot By Starck
This new classy minimalistic wireless speakers by Phillipe Starck are truly a work of art. With the collaboration between Parrot and super designer Phillipe Starck, we get this set of 2.5 feet tall speakers that use Bluetooth to communicate with each other. Broadcasting sound in 360°, the speakers uses an extra-flat membrane to create small-scale vibrations across the speakers' entire surface, making the air vibrate. Keeping convenance in mind, all you need to do is dock your iPhone, iPod (touch, nano, or classic) and enjoy all your music library, flipping through with a wireless remote. So if you appreciate the combination between high art and electronics, you can buy these speakers around Spring of 2009 for the suggested retail price of $1,500.
Sony iPod/iPhone Dock
Sony is preparing to release a high-end, stylish micro dock component system for the iPod & iPhone called the CMT-Z100iR. This dock is made for people who want a unique and different dock that can fit in any space no matter how small, with an additional wall-mounting capabilities. The CMT-Z100iR features Audio In, CD playback capability, and a USB port so you can connect your USB-equipped portable music player for additional playback and recording options. The speakers output at 20Wx2, which is more powerful than any average small dock. But what you will love about this device is the attractive touch panel control. Sony is throwing in a S-MASTER digital amplifier, which sounds fantastic. Two way Bass reflex and treble adjustments (-4/+4) with additional bass boost that ensures finding the preferred sound. FM/AM is also integrated, plus a small remote control to make life even a little sweeter.
The New MINI Cabrio:
Out in the open
Car Review www.MINI.com
Eagerly awaited by many fans, the brand new Mini Cooper Cabrio has hit our roads and is now on the loose - unleashed for its special 50th birthday to take you on a refreshing open ride. We can see that the new Mini Cabrio radiates with the very best in performance, design, quality, handling, safety, and versatility. Remaining top of its class, the new Mini delivers efficiency and functionality to ensure being its class leader with all the advanced automotive technologies ever to be introduced on a Mini Cooper. The Exterior: Whenever you set your sight on the Mini Cooper, you can’t help but smile, and the new Mini Cabrio
adds a level of freedom and excitement to that smile, since the Mini Cabrio possesses its own joyful spirit that will never die away. From the exterior you will definitely notice the astonishing elegant British characteristics, hiding all the precise German technology under the hood, creating a delightful mixture of authenticity and practicality. The 2009 Mini Cooper Cabrio has been completely redesigned, since it’s now based on the same all-new Mini hatchback body-style introduced two years ago. Lucky new owners have the luxury of choosing one of twelve exclusive body paintwork colors, with 3 well thought-out shades for the soft top roof –
take your pick between Carbon Black, Classic Hot Chocolate Brown, or Denim Blue. Thanks to the all-new easy load system, you can find easy access to the trunk from the back of the Mini Cabrio. It also provides larger access to the luggage compartment, and to top it all, you can individually fold the rear seat’s backrest to the sides to get more room. The Interior: Let’s step into this awesome groovy car, but before we do that, don’t be fooled by the impression that the Mini Cooper Cabrio won’t fit you if you’re a tall dude! In fact, think again! This baby can comfortably seat tall drivers in its hip interior.
75 The new Mini Cooper Cabrio shares its hatchback brother’s (or sister for that matter) high quality cabin, and the comfortable seating and interior controls, striking a great balance between functional and cute. An example for functional is how the stereo controls are integrated into the center stack, while the cute side is the Mini Cooper Cabrio’s new gauge called ‘Openometer’, which keeps track of how much time you spend with the top down... If you’re like me scratching your head asking why would anyone need such a gauge, the simple answer would be because it is a Mini Cooper Cabrio, and it is that cocktail of style and grooviness that makes the 2009 Cabrio special and fun to ride. In addition to all of that, the interior is spacious enough for the front passengers, but sadly not so for the unfortunate backseat passengers who will be cramped in the back - but hey it takes two to tango. Many options can be added such as a premium 10speaker stereo system, a navigation system, or even a USB iPod interface. An important thing we should mention before moving on is that the new soft top can be opened automatically in under 15 seconds while driving at speeds of up to 30 km/h. Performance & Driving Experience: The Mini’s engines are perfectly suited to its mission, providing excellent all-around response and performance throughout the operating range. If you think you’re taking the Mini Cooper Cabrio on a ride, think again, since it will be the one taking you on an adrenaline power ride, taking corners with razor-sharp reflexes; yet if you shuffle your iPod to some chill out music, and lower the Mini Cabrio top, you can enjoy cruising in comfort around the city. The Mini Cooper Cabrio is available in two 1.6 liter 4 cylinder engine variants: The Mini Cooper S Cabrio which comes with a twin turbo charged direct fuel injection petrol engine producing a maximum output of 175 hp at 5,500 RPM with a top speed of 217 km/h. While the Mini Cooper Cabrio produces 120 hp at 6,000 RPM with a top speed of 191 km/h, offering a go-kart feeling with convincing economy at all times. Safety: All 2009 Mini Cooper Cabrios come standard with reinforced body structure, four standard airbags, including larger front side airbags that extend to head height, pop-up rollover bars, and antilock front and back disc brakes with break assist, dynamic stability control as standard on all Mini Cabrio models. What’s Up Verdict The 2009 Mini Cooper Convertible blends many aspects such as athleticism, quality, comfort, joy, and efficiency in a way matched by few vehicles produced today. The new Cabrio offers outstanding everyday driving qualities and improved updates to the car, by embracing the Minimalism approach, with its outstanding fuel economy, low CO2 emissions, presenting high performance among its class, yet maintaining low running costs and a reduction in the Mini Cabrio’s environmental carbon footprint, making it a positive drive experience every time. The new 2009 Mini Cabrio is now available at Mohamed Yousuf Naghi Motors.
Al Faisal Racing Team:
It Takes More Then Speed to Win
Al Faisal racing team is a Saudi team that has been joining international and national racing events since 2006. What's Up got the opportunity to ride on the fast lane with two of its members, both his highness prince Khalid bin Sultan Al Faisal, and his highness prince Abdullaziz bin Turki Al Faisal to get a firsthand scope on how such athletes live their lives and how they see the future of motor racing in Saudi Arabia. What’s Up: So how did the whole concept of the team come about? Prince Khalid bin Sultan Al Faisal: Before creating the team in 2006, each one of us used to race individually, and then I thought why not
collect all those great Saudi racers into one team, joining our forces and bringing proper attention to what Saudi Arabia has to offer. So what type of vehicles do you focus on? Prince Abdullaziz bin Turki Al Faisal: Well it all depends on which type of race we are getting involved in, and this is why we made Al Faisal team, to gather racers who can specialize in one or two types of auto races. Prince Khaled: After creating the team, we got a better chance in competing in more events, like autocross races here in Jeddah and Riyadh, we joined rally races in the Middle East, we raced in Bahrain’s formula BMW races, among many other races all around the world. »
SPORTS are free to do whatever you need to keep on moving. Driving on a racing track isn’t the same as driving on the streets. Prince Abdullaziz: The first thing they teach you on a racing track is what is called the racing line; that is the fastest line around the track. So if you move away from that line you get slower then the other racers and loose time. Last week I joined the Porsche support race F1 and qualified last, I was 2.9 seconds slower then the leader. On that race we were 14 drivers. So you get 14 cars flashing through the finish line within 2.9 seconds, that’s how intense this sport is. Prince Khaled: Every driver has a different line, and a different technic or way of driving, if a line works great for Abdullaziz, I won’t be doing great on it, and vise versa. So a driver would pick a line that is better for him, and his skills. Does your instructor tell you about it before a race? Prince Abdullaziz: Wish it was that easy, you see you have to watch videos about previous events that took place on that circuit, you have to get the plans of the track and start studying it, and in the end you have to test it yourself with a car to see how you can go about it and find that short line that can give you precious milliseconds. Prince Khaled: Another important part is learning breaking points. On the streets you’re psychologically used to certain points where you break to take turns, on a race it is another world all together, street physics don’t apply there. A racing car is built to go late on breaking and to take corner better then any car on the street. Keep in mind that every type of racing has its own set of rules, so a street car won’t have the same maneuvers of a formula BMW. So how would any one adapt from one type of race to the other? Prince Abdullaziz: This is the part where you need talents, a talented driver would push all the boundaries and become faster then the others in a shorter period of time. Many people get in the race thinking they know what they are doing, then they crash, and that is when a brick wall of reality hits them hard and they come to the full understanding of what is going on around them.
How can someone know if he is cut to become a racer? Prince Abdullaziz: Carting is the preliminary level of all types of auto racing, since you get to truly experience wheel to wheel racing, where you get about 40 to 50 young cart racers competing against each other, and it is also from there where you can spot talented drivers. How would someone take it beyond carting, to the next level? Prince Abdullaziz: The young racer can either move on to formula Ford, or formula BMW, these are called single-seater, and it is there where you start to get the formula sensation. Prince Khaled: Think of a ball, you get the ba-
sic round ball but you can customize it to be used with soccer, volleyball, basketball, or even tennis. It all depends on the round sphere’s size and physics. Car racing depends on engines and wheels, now it would depend on whether it is circuit, rally, formula, or drag. Each has its own strategy, engines, and car type. Since we live in this region, most people brag about having what it takes to drive through desert land, and sand dunes. Is that all it takes to be a rally driver? Prince Khaled: You need to start with talent, then you have to learn how to control that talent and direct it properly. You see driving a car on a track is totally different than in an open terrain where you
79 tors hindered Saudi racers from shining. In 2003 Abdullah BaKhashab started to organize auto-crosses, and this is how things really started to move and evolve to have our own rally races. Prince Abdullaziz: That was the first step, the second was when Bahrain opened its F1 International Circuit, that step did help put the whole region on the world map, and spread the awareness beyond dedicated fans to everyone living in the region. Do you think that one day we will see a formula one racing circuit arena here in Saudi Arabia? Prince Abdullaziz: From a financial point of view, Saudi Arabia can do it easily, but it is a matter of having the racing culture, and building the whole environment that can host and support it. From my perspective I think we are on the right path, since we didn’t start with a big arena then try all we can to weave it into the culture, we are building it from the ground up, getting people interested in the sport, creating groups, hunting for talented drivers, and in the end we will have the racing circuit we all dream about, only then will it be a natural transition. Prince Khaled: You see you have to build the culture first, and in the end you will naturally reach formula one. Then you will find drivers available, you can find potential teams, most importantly, you will find fans who love the sport. I think that the Saudi youth are very talented, they need someone to direct them on the right path. Does driving racing cars affect your normal street driving? I have always wondered about that when I see how fast F1 racers drive. Prince Abdullaziz: It made me go slower on the street. Slower! Prince Abdullaziz: Yeah, you see you don’t really hit high-speeds a lot on the track you average on 270 km/h, but what really matters is the carrying speeds, which you take the corners with, and that should be fast depending on the car and downforce, and of course the drivers ability to handle G-force. Let me give you an example, on the race track in Riyadh, I drove an enzo which had 660hp, the time I got on it was 1.30, after that I tested a radical - a racing GT car with 250hp - on that I scored 1.15, that’s 15 seconds faster then the enzo ferrari. A car race isn’t about gaining distance, it is about gaining time.»
Prince Khaled: I personally think that the best way is to increase your speed gradually, some drivers go so fast at the beginning of their career, without understanding their full level of control skills, and that is a very important part of the race. Saudi Arabia has always been proud of big Saudi racers like BaKhashab, and Mamdooh Khayat, but since we don’t have too many Saudi racers, isn’t it hard to get proper training? Prince Abdullaziz: In modern day racing cars, we have what is called data-log, which records everything you do in the car like breaking, speed, throttle, steering, plus everything else that is happening around you in the car, think of it as a car’s black-box. After going through a full lap, you return to check
on all the readings coming out of that data-log on the computer, so you get to see everything you did, you get to see all your mistakes, where you had been slow, or even fast. That way you get to improve yourself to be better over time, till you reach a point where you’re competing for tenth of a second on every corner, and that requires a lot of practice. Prince Khaled: I think the reason we didn’t have more drivers showing up in the past is very simple, you need the whole culture of racing to develop properly, you need local low-budget races, where you get a chance to find and discover good talented drivers, in the past we never had such a thing. Another part was approaching sponsors, no one really knew how it worked and how to attract them. All these fac-
I would really love to take a look at how you see things through your eyes when you’re in the race, it seems like everything is in a hyper state of slow motion. Prince Abdullaziz: You have to be in the zone. Prince Khaled: Plus you have to think about many things at the same time, think of how you would feel at the first corner of the race, where along with another 19 cars who want to take that same corner at once. You have to be super sharp and very alert to everything. That said you must be calm and relaxed to handle the situation and keep everything under full control. Is there something special you eat before any race?
Prince Khaled: It really depends on the type of race, but generally you have to be an athlete, you need a fit body, you need to focus on water, since you lose a lot during a race. Plus you need to carbload before any race, so a lot of carbohydrates. Prince Abdullaziz: In the BMW race, they would rig you up with a heart monitor to check on how and when your heart is reacting to the race, so that you can monitor everything against your data log, to train yourself on being calm, and keeping things under control. Let’s focus on Al Faisal racing team, what was the idea behind creating it? Prince Khaled: I started racing back in 2002, and by 2006 I thought that I should take things to the
next level and create a team, and luckily I found the guys who loved cars and racing to become our team members, while focusing each one of us on a certain type of motor sport so that Al Faisal Auto team can join most of the auto races out there. Who are the team members and what is their focus? Prince Khaled: We have Majed Al Ghamdi who is into autocross and rally, there’s Said Al Moori who is in autocross, Ahmed Al Tayib is into drag racing, Prince Abdullaziz is into track racing, I am personally into track, rally, and autocross. And our newest member is Prince Khaled bin Al Waleed, he has recently joined the team.
In 2007 and 2008 we got sponsored by Mobily telecom, since getting sponsors was a great step for the team as an approval of the support of the public, it also shows that people really love this sport here in Saudi Arabia. We have a huge plan for the future of the team, we got all the gears set in place, and it is a matter of getting things in motion really soon. Will we see Al Faisal F1 team any time soon? Prince Abdullaziz: If you would fork-off 300 million Euros, you might (laughs). But seriously you might in the future. Prince Khaled: Right now we are preparing for the 2010 season, so far in January this year we did the Dubai endurance race, we did the Lam-
borghini Superleggera championship. Prince Abdullaziz did the Porsche super cup, while I got involved in the Chevrolet Super cup as well as the Mini cup challenge, we did some training in Germany for some up coming races, so I can fairly say we are very active and preparing for more events to take part in the future. That sounds like a busy schedule? Prince Abdullaziz: The Porsche race by itself has about 16 races in 8 weekends scattered all over the region, and that is why we take this as a profession, this is our day jobs. Prince Khaled: Now that the whole team are designated professional drivers, our schedule is full for the next two seasons at least. Right now
we did some training at the Nürburgring* ring in Germany to get ready to compete against European drivers in endurance races. As a team our objective is to be Saudi Arabia’s ambassadors on the racing arena to make every Saudi proud, we would like to spread the awareness about the sport, and to get more people to enjoy it. *Nürburgring Ring: Is simply known as “The Ring” by enthusiasts, it's a 28.265 kilometers racing track located in in Nürburg, Germany. The ring is a little over 5 times bigger then Bahrain’s International Circuit. Car companies test their vehicles there before even producing them for the market.
3 Saudi Students, including 1 Girl Participated:
Red Bull Paper Wings World Finals 2009 in Austria.. Sore Arms and Wide Smiles!
83 A total of 253 athletes from 83 nations pushed the limits of physics with nothing more than a sheet of standard A4 paper this weekend as Red Bull Paper Wings returned after its successful debut in 2006. Participants included from the Middle East, such as Saudi Arabia, UAE, Yemen, Kuwait, Lebanon, Iran and others. The path to the World Finals in Salzburg was long and difficult, with the 253 pilots representing their countries in Austria having to prove themselves against an incredible 37,017 competitors taking part in 613 qualifying tournaments across the globe. In the Longest Airtime category it was Leonard Ang (BRA) who used the official Paper Plane World Championship paper (80g/m2) to best effect as his plane touched down after a flight lasting 11.66 seconds. Japan’s Takeshige Kishlura Kisshii took first place in the Aerobatics category ahead of Poland’s Tomasz Chodyra. “Flying here to the World Championships was my first ever time in a real plane! Now I’m off back home as champion! Nobody will believe me when I get back to Japan,” laughed a delighted Kisshii after claiming victory. Jovica Kozlica (CRO) was the only champion from 2006 able to defend his title in 2009 as he once again secured top spot in the Longest Distance category with a throw of 54.43 metres. “I slept with an ice pack on my shoulder last night. Three weeks of intensive training had taken their toll on my throwing arm,” admitted the Croat after crowning himself Red Bull Paper Wings World Champion for the second time in succession. 02 03 Saturday night saw the culmination of the Paper Plane World Championships as the Red Bull Paper Wings World Finals 2009 reached their climax in Salzburg, Austria. After two days of intense competition in the categories Longest Distance, Longest Airtime and Aerobatics it was Brazil, Japan and Croatia celebrating the podium. The Saudi team participated in the finals (2 boys and a girl) included the winners of the each category in the Saudi qualifications which held last March. Ziad Al-Khelewi (Prince Mohammed Bin Fahad University) has ranked 20th globally in the Longest Airtime Category, while Adul Elah Ismaeel (King Abdul Aziz University) ranked 35th in the Longest Distance Category and Dowa Mufti (King Abdul Aziz University) ranked 54th in the Aerobatics Category.
01. Ziad Al-Khelewi, Adul Elah Ismaeel and Dowa Mufti 02. Dowa Mufti 03. The three winners
Fahad Al Qadi:
The Cutting-Edge of Business
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We sometimes get a chance to meet people who live a very interesting life, people who made a lot and experienced a lot, and those are the ones we wish we had more space for to get through every aspect of their lives in detail. Fahad Al Qadi is one of those very interesting individuals, who has always been on the cutting-edge of technology and
business alike, you will find this interview one of the most interesting ever. As one of the most interesting entrepreneurs we have ever met, you do have a long business history that starts elsewhere, would you give us a glimpse at how things started?
Well first of all I come from a family that has a long business history, my ancestors had their own share of trading, and I guess I was raised that way. Since my father used to make me and all my brothers help him at work during our vacations. So you can call it a family business. My real start was when I went to the United States
85 Now that sounds interesting, what did you do? The whole thing happened during the internet boom, around 1995, back then everything was about memory and space to store information, every company was having problems with lack of storage space. That’s the crack I wanted to fill with my software - which I sold to Nokia. What did your program do? Back then when a computer or a cellphone looked at voice pitch, it analyzed it as a graph, and that took a lot of space to store, and much time to process. My concept was really simple, take the voice and convert it to zeros and ones, binary code basically. So that way you managed to make voice pitches smaller in size to store? Not only are they smaller now, by converting them to binary you break the whole language, accent and dialect barriers, so no matter how the user pronounces the word or name, the system will break it down to binary then checks for the match, pulls that out from its memory and feeds it back to the user. And Nokia bought this technology from you? Well after I got the patent for that software, I got a booth in GITEX, and Nokia saw my application and decided to buy the whole concept of the software in 96, and developed it further from there on, and that is how I made my boom, since I got a substantial amount of money, plus stock options in Nokia. After that I kept on working with them for a year and a half in developing and creating documentation for my software, it was during that time that I learned how the corporate world works. That is so interesting, working with such a large company would definitely add a lot to anyone. Around 98 I started my own company, I called it “Gareeb”, where instead of dealing with voice I wanted to start working with text, I created a software that can look at any text from any language and see it as one universal language. How would that work? Let’s say you write Mazen in Chinese, it would be also Mazen in Arabic, or even English for that matter, so the system will break the language that the word has been written in to again binary zeros and ones, look it up against a database, then come back with the results. During my Gareeb project I dealt with Yahoo mail, and Google mail. Till I got a contract with Google to be a technology backbone to their “Do you mean this” service, our job was to fix some of the problems they might get. Did you sell the software to Google? The reason I made “Gareeb” was to create a technology service provider, and I managed to sign a deal with Google, to get revenue per hit, whenever a user gets to use our backbone service under Google search. WOW! This really sounds like such an exciting life, were you living here during all that time? I lived in California, had my business, had my company and everything was peachy, till 9/11 happened, and I lost almost everything. Luckily I managed to salvage most I could and brought, what money I could pull out, back to Saudi Arabia. I remember when I first came back, I was dramatized about what happened to me, it took me a while to readjust and get back to work, at first I kept on observing the market and how things worked around here, till I started moving with my first project. Was it software? Not yet, I got into steel structure constructions. Since my minor degree was in architecture, I found that there was another gap that I could fill - people buy a piece of land to build a home on, then they use bricks, cement, and concrete to make those homes, these materials cost a lot of money plus they are so fixed that you would have to tear up the house if you wanted to make any changes in the future. I decided to make buildings and homes from steel beams, they cost less, plus they are so flexible that you can change them at any time you want. In the U.S. they build skyscrapers out of them. The best part was the fact that you’re not losing much money if you decide to demolish the building since you can resell the steal depending on the market price. This building we are in is made of steel, if I decide to move out, I can simply unbolt it and move. I saw this as a great opportunity. I used this as a launching pad for my next project. »
to get my bachelors degree in medical engineering, but what I got was a detour to my entire life. How is that? Well since I had a large family, and since my elder brothers were hard on me with financing my trip to the U.S., I had to find a way to make money, I started working in the cafeteria, then I moved to the computer lab to work there, that’s where I learned a lot about computers and programming, I even became an instructor. After about a year and a half, I started working on my own software, that was how I really moved from point A to point B, and never looked back since.
BUSINESS humid Jeddah weather. I never managed to wrap my head around that, I wanted to save time, and do a better job at it, so instead of going to the car wash, I wanted the car wash to come to you wherever you are. I developed the concept of a mobile car wash I called “Wash Me”, it uses no more than a glass of water to wash the whole car, but I needed something that could be sufficient in terms of power and water consumption, and that’s why I traveled to both Germany and Korea, to create a machine that can deliver efficient amounts of power, without making it look and sound like a circus. This is what we have right now. The car wash uses only one glass of water to wash? Yes, and we got a new system that doesn’t even need water at all. Now after I got everything working the way I wanted, I managed to add more services, till I thought of creating the call center. Okay, you’re losing me now… How, what? Simple, you call a toll free 800 number, the operator checks what you need, so if you need a car wash, waxing, exterior or interior detailing, our mobile car wash will do any job, anywhere, while you enjoy a cappuccino with friends, or finish your business meeting. Our operators ask about your location, GPS coordinates, or ask you to accept an SMS message that will figure out where you’re located, then our mobile car wash will be dispatched to that location and gets the job done. You have this business running now? Yes, you can call our center from anywhere, even from cellphones, our call center is in operation to provide a vast range of services, like private chauffeur to any place in Jeddah for a fixed price; or even if you need a plumber, or an electrician. The point is to make things simple, and within reach, we respect our clients’ time, and we want to make things convenient, so whatever they need or want we will deliver that to them. The whole concept behind the call center is to be the number one service provider in the Kingdom. We are now providing jobs for Saudis, and this is what our services are all about.
So have you left the days of technology development for good? I can’t, I love technology so much, now I am into what is called OCR (Optical Character Recognition), where I have developed a new integrated hardware and software system that can scan hardcopy documents, then tag all the words together in a database that enables the user access to. Let’s say you work in an organization that has a lot of paper documents in their archives, we can use our system to digitally archive them. Later on, the user or operator can type in any word, and the system will pull out all the documents that contain that word, I found this very useful since what is the importance of data if you can’t find what you are looking for, and fast. Let me explain how my system works, let’s say you are looking for the word “Islam”, the system will break it down to its origins, which is the Arabic word “salim” then it will search the database for any word that has that same origins, pulls everything else like “islam” “muslim” “salam” and
gets back to you showing all the words that are related, that way we use the word’s origin as a tag. Now keep in mind that the document was a hardcopy scanned into the system to begin with. Let me get this straight, the documents are scanned, then archived digitally? Yes, then the system will break all the words to their source word and use that as search tags, so when you search for a word, it will call the origin word and get all the documents that had this word plus any similar word to the user, fast and simple, and with no high storage space overhead. The best thing is that this system doesn’t have a learning curve, and it works even if you misspelled the word. I believe that data is worthless, and useless if you can’t retrieve it. I totally agree with that. Let’s shift gears, and talk about your two new projects. Back to looking for gaps (laughs), when I returned from the U.S., I wondered why people waste a lot of time, and effort waiting for their cars to get washed, and in most cases in the hot
Prince Sultan College:
Paving Your Path to the Future
We have been sensing many changes lately, where Saudi Arabia has been opening new doorways for more business and career opportunities. While the whole world’s stumbling through a dark and grim future, we can see a bright light that shines over our beloved country, and this is merely the beginning. What’s Up met Dr. Mohammed Balubaid Vice Dean for Academic at Prince Sultan College here in Jeddah to tell us more about that new exciting renaissance we are experiencing. As a college are you connected to any major university? We are affiliated to Al Faisal University, yet Prince Sultan’s College focuses on Administration and tourism majors.
Do you only provide courses and diplomas? We offer our graduates diplomas, and bachelor’s degrees in three main departments. The first is The Department of Management which offers majors like Business Administration, Marketing, Finance, Accounting & Information Systems. We have The Department of Tourism that offers students majors like Tourism Management, Event Management, ECO & Adventure Tourism. The third department is The Department of Hospitality which offer Hospitality Management. The first question that comes to mind when you talk about tourism, is do we even really have such a thing here in Saudi Arabia?
What most people are familiar with is religious tourism. Tourism is an essential part of any country’s economy, and to become a well known tourism destination you need to encourage the locals to be hospitable enough to foreigners, and this is something new that is just starting here, since Arabs have been known to be one of the most hospitable races, we believe that Saudis have what it takes to be a successful country in tourism, of course apart from religious tourism. We are building a new vision and supporting that too. Statistics show that we used a low percentage of the tourism potential we have, if you think of that you will notice that this is a great opportunity for young people to lead a new industry and field that has never been tapped before.
89 Think of the potential of starting your business by renting a tour desk in a hotel to take visitors on trips around Saudi cities. That is an interesting point of view, you remember a couple of years back everyone was trying to get a job in a bank, and now we have this new wide open door with huge potentials. As I said, tourism in Saudi Arabia is the next big thing; all it takes is getting the right knowledge, and applying it. Now bear in mind we have two departments that focus on that; tourism and hospitality, and both of them offer a lot of special knowledge that can really develop professionals to build this industry on. We have been noticing recently that many individuals are starting their own event management business, how would getting a proper education help them? The funny thing is that Saudi Arabia has the largest event on this planet, Hajj. Saudi Arabia manages to handle millions of visitors coming here by air, sea, and land, during a short period of time, and that takes substantial efforts. That shows you that this major is really needed, and not to be taken lightly. When a student signs up to Event Management, he gets to learn everything he needs to build an arsenal of know-hows that will help him manage any number or type of people for any kind of event. So does that mean that the student would learn how to use these skills to gain profit or make a business out of it? Of course, these skills are part of the basics that he will learn within the first two years, where he can obtain a diploma, after that he can finish his bachelor’s degree with a specialized major in event management. Now that said, I would like to add that many people don’t know that we offer a full curriculum in different fields of business. With that type of mixture we can be an essential part of raising Saudi tourism professionals. People have this engraved impression that young Saudis are looking for jobs where they get assigned to a desk with the title “Manager” on it, do you feel that this is still true till date? Well I can tell you first hand that this is changing, this generation is looking for practical ways to live their lives, and we’ve begun to see that ambition to do something that is distinct and different - I think that it will take some time for the public at large to realize that, but the change is happening. We even have some students who are getting night classes because they have a job during the day, that shows that they are responsible and want to make a difference. On the other hand the government is listing job titles, positions, and minimum wages for jobs like waiters, busboys, restaurant managers, and even receptionists, to help in opening more job opportunities for anyone who is willing to work and make a living. Why did Al Faisal University focus on creating Prince Sultan’s College in the first place? First of all you need to understand that Al Faisal’s University is a non-profit organization that strives to help the society, and in our case by spreading learning and proper education in various needed fields, like business, tourism, and hospitality. That’s why all our curricula are in English, to prepare a new breed of professionals who can easily communicate with the outside world, and with that , our graduates will have their native Arabic tongue, with fluency in English, and a solid academic base that would make our grads top notch for the working market. How did you design such a curriculum? We got a great mixture from Virginia Tech University in the U.S., the University of Queensland in Australia, and King Fahad University of Petroleum & Minerals, plus the supervision of our faculty professors, to provide our students with a solid curriculum approved by the Ministry of Higher Education. What are the requirements to join Prince Sultan’s College? Nothing really except being high school graduate, and pass our grading exams, after that and depending on his English language level we will evaluate him to see if he needs to take an English course or not. We even have international students from Switzerland, Austria, and India joining the college. This raises an interesting question, why would a foreigner study tourism, or hospitality in a country that is just starting to explore this field? There are many reasons for that, some of our students have obtained a diploma in tourism in the past from their countries before the college was opened, and wanted to continue their education. In other cases they couldn’t obtain bachelors degree in their own countries because it wasn’t available, and in some examples the cost of study was too steep. Another good reason is that we are offering a curriculum that is designed by some of the most reputable universities around the world; it makes our degree quite desirable and convenient. How much are the tuition fees? As a non-profit organization we managed to keep costs at minimum, since all the revenue is spent on developing and enhancing our facilities, so we have set our tuition per credit hour at SR 900, since each course varies between 2 to 3 hours. Our English program would cost about SR 4000 for each level, and we offer four levels per year. All prices mentioned include curriculum textbooks. The Saudi government is also helping students by granting them scholarships, so you can see the drive towards this new field. That vision is proven by the contracts we got from hotels here in Saudi Arabia who signed deals with us to hire our graduates once they finish their studies, so that’s an extra bonus for students. How many students do you have right now? We have 250 students, keep in mind we are in our second year, many people don’t even know about the college yet. Our country has many tourist treasures that have not been tapped into or even discovered yet, and now is the time to start this new exciting era, and be part of developing and improving our country, that is the least we can do for it.
What are Prince Sultan College’s future plans? Well I can tell you about two surprises we have for our society, but I won’t give you many details right now. The first is offering our own MBA degree for the first time, and the second is that we are planning to start a new section of Prince Sultan College for females. Once we get things rolling What’s Up will be one of the first publications that will get more details.
EDUCATION ed a clean, baby safe surroundings. She had experienced many activities like this outside like Gymboree and wanted to bring the same concept to her children and others here in Jeddah. At ‘Mama et Moi’ mothers have an opportunity to sing and play with their children and watch them climb and jump without worrying about their safety in a clean and safe environment. Not only are their classes for young crawlers, walkers or toddlers, there are also classes for all ages in both Arabic and English. The downstairs sandy playground is always entertaining and messy for the children. Another fun, clean and friendly center is the ‘Enchanted Garden’ This center bloomed from a mummy and me group. Claire AlKouatli and Yara Fayez were active in the mummy and me class and wanted to see it expanded. Along with other relatives, who also had visions of opening a place where children could thrive and develop, they started a center. This was the seed of Enchanted Garden, the idea of combining international-standard developmental skills within an Islamic context for young children. Enchanted Garden encourages every child’s social, intellectual, physical and spiritual development through play, art, music, sports and spiritual activities. The house has spacious and friendly rooms as well as an exciting garden outside. Like Mama et Moi the classes also vary in age and language.
A Baby Boom of Activities
By Rula Abdelrazek
Another pleasant surprise to find was ‘My Library’. A pleasant and quiet library to take little ones and older children to read and look at books, make crafts or just enjoy listening to a story. This was also started by moms who wanted a place for their children to enjoy books and stories in both English and Arabic. So no longer are we forced to spend ‘quality time’ with our young ones at a mall or a café with help running around after them and others like them scattered all around the place. Thanks to concerned and motivated mothers living in Jeddah who share the same passion, we can now laugh and play with our tots in clean, safe and friendly areas designed specially for them and us.
Six and a half years ago I had a baby boy here in Jeddah. As he grew up I learned to be content with entertaining him at the only baby activity in town – the British Consulate’s ‘Mummy and Me’. Every once in a while we‘d hit the mall with friends and go to a ‘non-baby proof ’, ‘non-cleanly’ play area. On lucky days we’d be invited to someone’s compound and enjoy the park.
When my son was 3, we moved from Jeddah to Switzerland. This year I returned with a oneyear-old baby daughter to find a plethora of activities and baby friendly centers. The first I’d heard of and tried was ‘Mama et Moi’. Started by Dima Halaby and her mother, Heind, they wanted to have a place that she and her daughters could play without her abbayya. She want-
Environmental Applications of Nanotechnology in Saudi Arabia
By Sherifa Yousuf Dini
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gy announced that it has reached to a new invention on water treatment with IBM using nanotechnology; this invention involves creating new membranes that have the ability of purifying water from salt and poisonous materials effectively. The article added that both parties agreed on registering this new invention with their name (2009). On the other hand, an interview was held with Eng.Basma El Zein, an electrical engineer and a Management Information System lecturer in the Business Department of Dar-Al-Hekma College in Saudi Arabia to highlight the environmental applications of nanotechnology in Saudi Arabia. Eng. Basma pointed out that nanosilver, which is one of the nanoparticles, had been used by the Saudi government last pilgrimage season in an attempt to purify air and reduce disease transmission percentage among people during that season. She added that nanosilver is also being used in purifying drinking water and in prolonging food lifetime by adding nanosilver into the refrigerators.
Excerpt from a research about Nanotechnology, done by Sherifa Yousuf Dini, who is a Managment Information System students in Dar AlHekma college. The concept of nanotechnology is still new in Saudi Arabia, but there are attempts and researches going on to study the implementation of this technology in many sectors; especially the environment. According to an article published on the Nanowerk News (2008), a joint research project has been started by Saline Water Conversion Corporation (SWCC) in Jubail city in Saudi Arabia with the Japanese Water Recycling Center. This joint focuses on combining high-tech nanotechnology water treatment in the distilla-
tion operations. The article added that according to the SWCC governor Fahd-Al-Sharif, a number of contracts have been signed by the institute to develop recycling and water treatment technology, he added, “The Saudi-Japanese Water Corporation is aiming at reducing expenses of treated water production and the technology brought home”. Moreover, Fahd added that SWCC signed contracts for Saline water technology with a Singaporean center, King Abdul Aziz City for Science and Technology and Saudi Aramco. He added that the kingdom would benefit from these contracts by providing insider information on water treatment (2008). Moreover, an article on Aljazeera.net reported that King Abdul-Aziz Center for science and technolo-
SOCIETY HRH Prince Mishal bin Majed bin Abdulaziz expressed the pride we share as Saudis to hold such a new approach to society, directed and complying to the Custodian of the two holy mosques’ vision to adopt scientific institutional systems in achieving total official and public growth activities. One of the main targets that this forum will achieve is shedding light on new opportunities for multiple partnerships in various trends by brainstorming new ideas and concepts developed by experts for the local market. This will help our society on social development and support, and come up with recommendations to give effect to continuous development. Dr. Yousuf Al Othaimain Minister of Social Affairs, confirmed that the forum aims to achieve several objectives, notably defining the development and social work, enhancing the performance and capabilities of the non-profit associations, and presenting methods of communication between them and the institutions of civil society. The forum deals with a number of key workshops including redefining partnerships, how to monitor performance, how to attain sustainable development, and how to achieve high quality and performance standards. The forum will also present some of the local success stories and how to learn and make use of their practical knowledge in your own business. When What’s Up asked His Royal Highness about whether this is a step directed towards a younger audience to display local business role models, Prince Mishal replied that, ‘This is a first step, and that objective will be reached through spreading this awareness, and that we have what it takes as a nation to be proud of what Saudis have achieved so far. We don’t need to import everything, one of the main objectives is to show every Saudi that we have great local case studies that would fill volumes; all we need to do is get them under the spotlight.’ The Forum will be held from the 6th to the 8th of June 2009 and you can find all the information you need by visiting the forum’s main webpage.
The Social Development Forum:
Shedding Light on Landmarks
We have always been interviewing and talking to local nationals and expats who managed to create a success story in different fields like art, fashion, and even business. What’s Up believes that we have here, in Saudi Arabia, all the ingredients we need to create the type of achievements we hear about all around the world. I was personally fortunate enough to have seen a star shining one after the other since I started to work with What’s Up. We attended a press conference held by His Royal Highness Prince Mishal bin Majed bin Abdulaziz, Governor of Jeddah, and the chairman of ‘Society of Majid Bin Abdul Aziz for Development and Social Services’ and His Ex-
cellence Dr. Yousuf Al Othaimain Minister of Social Affairs who have both announced the organization of the ‘Social Development Forum’ under the slogan "From Sponsorship to Sustainability" with as its patron His Royal Highness Prince Khalid Al Faisal, Governor of Makkah. What is really exciting about this forum is that it’s the first of its kind in Saudi Arabia, making it a milestone on the social development level of the country. The forum will host local and global personnel with long expertise in developing neighboring Arab countries as well as international ones, where they will discuss their practical experience in the field.
TRAVEL & HOTELS
Rosewood Corniche crowned Saudi Arabia’s Leading Hotel at World Travel Awards
Press Release www.rosewoodhotels.com
Dubai, UAE, 6 May 2009: In a glittering ceremony at The Monarch Dubai, Rosewood Corniche was crowned Saudi Arabia’s Leading Hotel at the World Travel Awards, the travel industry’s version of the Oscars. Votes were cast online by over 170,000 travel professionals around the world, who distinguished Rosewood Corniche above all others in the Kingdom. This year was the first that the hotel was nominated in the category of Saudi Arabia’s Leading Hotel, following its successful opening in September 2007. Winning the award after less than two years in operation, Rosewood Corniche’s dedication to impeccable service has quickly given the hotel an established, eminent name in the Middle East hospitality industry.
“It is a tremendous honour to be named Saudi Arabia’s Leading Hotel,” said Hans-Peter Leitzke, Managing Director for Rosewood Corniche. “We are extremely proud to be the standard-bearer for hotels in the Kingdom, and this award represents the culmination of our tireless efforts to provide the highest levels of service and excellence while constantly seeking to surpass our own achievements.” Shamel Droubi, Director of Sales and Marketing, added: “The win is especially meaningful as travel industry professionals around the world have voted, bringing global recognition of our well-deserved reputation as the top ultra luxury property in the Kingdom.”
TRAVEL & HOTELS
Park Hyatt Jeddah - Marina, Club and Spa:
“An Oasis of Contemporary Luxury on the Corniche of Jeddah”
Back in the 12th issue of What’s Up Jeddah, we broke the news about the Equestrian Club. Once again, What’s Up has another exclusive sneak preview for you. By the time you read this article, the hotel will have been completed and will be known as Park Hyatt Jeddah - Marina, Club and Spa. For now, we would like to provide you with some information about the
hotel; in later issues, we will talk in depth about the product offerings. Park Hyatt hotels are upscale properties, renowned worldwide for understated luxury, elegance and prime city locations. Set amidst beautifully landscaped gardens on the Corniche of Jeddah, Park Hyatt Jeddahis an in-
novative five-star sanctuary where contemporary luxury and exceptional service meets unrivalled views of the Red Sea and King Fahd fountain. The hotel enjoys a prime location in the very heart of the city, within the esteemed Al Hamra District at the Equestrian Club of Jeddah, just minutes away from the central business district.
Park Hyatt Jeddah is an intimate and residential-style hotel where French interior designer Gilles Quiffet and architect Patrice Hart fashioned rooms that fuse a sleek European style with Arab-Andalusian architecture.The beautiful gardens and striking interior design create an elegant haven of understated elegance. Modern artwork and designs merge with traditional Arab-Andalusian features, setting a new standard for contemporary luxury.The surrounding resort complex will feature an impressive 10,000 square metres (built-up area) of spa and wellness facilities, the Lazurde Meetings & Events Centre, a yacht marina as well as a variety of innovative restaurants and stylish lounges. The hotel has 142 rooms, 15 of which are suites with
breathtaking views of the Red Sea. All the room categories, which range from Park King to Park Executive suites, offer impressive areas of between 40 and 80 sq m, while two majestic Princely and Royal suites range from 120 to 200 sq m. All rooms are luxuriously appointed with the highest quality design, the latest high-tech business and entertainment software, complete with lavish bathrooms complemented by luxurious spa amenities. Since this is only a teaser, we will just quickly mention some of the unique aspects of Park Hyatt JeddahMarina, Club and Spa: The restaurants offer a variety of cuisines prepared by master chefs using only the finest international and
local ingredients for the ultimate dining experience. Hotel features include: The Lounge, Nafoura, Lazurde Meetings and Events Centre and a Cigar room. The spa facilities, which will open at a later date, will include: gymnasiums, tennis and squash courts, hydrotherapy suites, aqua-medic pools, hammams, beauty salons and impressive treatment suites offering the latest beauty and well-being therapies. Each palatial venue for ladies and gentlemen is beautifully set in extensive and lush private gardens… and this is just the beginning! What’s Up will cover news from Park Hyatt Jeddah in more detail in upcoming issues.
FOOD & RESTAURANTS The sun was shining high above me, the mist was floating between my feet as I walked around exploring this new habitat, I was surrounded by tropical rainforest trees, birds chirping all around me, while water dripping and flowing. I am on a new journey, but this time, I am not using my passport, I don’t need a visa to get there, this destination is right in Jeddah, I took a trip to Papaya a voyage to your sight, emotions, and senses. The restaurant has a very unique feel to it, the minute you walk in you feel that you stepped right into the middle of the jungle, since the restaurant’ owner successfully managed to create a greenhouse, then build what feels like an oriental resort right inside of it surrounded by trees (lots of real trees), plus the whole ambiance and effects that goes with that like waterfalls, mist, fog, fountains, and Birds. As soon as you pull your car into the parking lot, you start to get that feeling where you’re about to embark on an unforgettable journey. Since the whole area surrounding Papaya is landscaped to reflect that same image, where you feel that it is a world inside a world. It almost feels like you’re about to step into a resort in Bali or Phuket. Once seated on your table you will be presented with the easy to read menu, that has many colorful choices that mixes between Tai, Indonesian, Japanese, and some Arabic and Italian cuisines, ranging from appetizers, soup, salads, pastas, sandwiches, Pizza, main courses and dessert. I should also mention that Papaya is the only place in town that offers the Saudi Pizza (bet you never heard of that one before). Another dish I highly recommend is a dessert called Candied Banana, which is banana slices cooked with a sweet brown sugar sauce, then topped with crispy Konafa and whipped cream. Papaya caters to both Singles and Family with two separated sections, if you decide to pay it a visit, I should recommend going during day time, noon would be best, since you will find the whole sky on top of you while you sit under the skylight roof, giving you the beautiful bright sun while blocking all the heat. And don’t worry about what to wear, this is a casual restaurant close to the beach side, so they want you to chill out and relax. Oh and don’t forget to bring your shades in there with you.
A Journey into the Tropical Rainforest
Restaurant Review Kings Road, Al Zahraa District behind Sawari Mall
treat yourself to the new menu, and enjoy a dining experience you will never forget
FOOD & RESTAURANTS
The World's Best Coffee
Food Chronicles www.Starbucks.com
Since its humble beginnings in Seattle’s historic Pike Place market in 1971, Starbucks has always been a place where you can find the world’s best coffees. Today with over 15000 stores in 45 countries worldwide, Starbucks has certainly brought premium Arabica coffee to a whole new level, setting new standards for sourcing coffee within the speciality coffee industry.
Many people think that all coffees are alike however the place that they are grown and the care and attention the farmers, processors and roasters give to the precious beans unlock many different flavors from the countries of origin ! Starbucks samples coffees from around the world – more than 150,000 cups a year, in fact, to find only the finest, richest and most interesting beans.
Most of the world’s coffee is grown between the Tropic of Cancer and the Tropic of Capricorn. It’s grown on plantations, small farms and coffee gardens in Africa and Arabian regions, Latin America and on Pacific Islands. Because the various regions have different soil, climate and cultivation methods, the coffees produced vary greatly by taste. Each is a unique treasure.
Latin American coffees are characterized by vibrant acidity with f loral and delicate cocoa notes and nutty finish, and a clean, well balanced f lavor. Coffees from the Africa/Arabica region, the birthplace of coffee, have distinguished f lavors ranging from berries to exotic spices to citrus fruits, and aromas with hints of lemon, grapefruit, f lowers, and chocolate. The Asia/Pacific region is home to many coffee treasures, from the assertive, herbal spiciness of Indonesian coffees to the balanced acidity and complexity that define coffees from the Pacific Islands. Because of their full f lavor and character, these coffees are found in many of Starbucks heartier blends. Along with single origin coffees, Starbucks offers a wide variety of multi-region blends which bring together complementary elements from the world’s top-quality coffees and combining them to achieve an intriguing interplay of f lavor and aroma. Once you know what to look for when tasting, you’ll be able to distinguish the subtle differences in aroma, body, f lavor and acidity that make each coffee unique. Ask a barista to guide you through the coffee choices; they can help you find the perfect coffee to suit your taste
Grind: Different brewing methods have different grind requirements, but in general – the shorter the brew time, the finer the grind. For example, coffee ground for an espresso machine should be very fine, because the brew cycle is only 1823 seconds long. Yet for a coffee press, the coffee should be ground coarsely, because the water and coffee are in direct contact for four minutes. Espresso machines: Fine grind. Drip coffee makers: Medium grind. Coffee press: Coarse grind (rough grind). When you go into a Starbucks store ask one of our barista’s to show you which grind will bring you the best cup of coffee from your brewing method Water: A cup of coffee is 98 percent water. So the water you use to make coffee should taste clean, fresh, and free of impurities. Water heated to just off a boil (96°- 98° C) is perfect for extracting the coffee’s full range of flavors. Any cooler and the water can't adequately extract, if it’s hotter it may taste burnt. Remember that: Clean water = Better coffee Freshness: Coffee is freshly produced, and its enemies are oxygen, light, heat, and moisture. To keep coffee fresh, store it in an opaque, airtight container at room temperature. You can store it that way for up to a week. For the best results, coffee should be ground just before brewing. Remember that: Fresh coffee = Less than one week old
Acidity Acidity means a lively, tangy, palate-cleansing property, ranging from low to high. Think of the way lemon juice makes you salivate, and you'll get the idea. For example, “Ethiopia Sidamo” is quite lively on the tongue, so we say it has a high acidity. In contrast, a coffee like “Gold Coast” is quite complex with spicy notes– it has a low acidity. Body This is the weight or thickness of the beverage on your tongue. Body ranges from light to full. To give you an idea, this is like comparing skimmed milk – very light bodied to whole milk - full bodied; we sometimes use the wordy “syrupy” to describe a full-bodied coffee like Sumatra. Medium to light bodied coffees are fantastic first thing in the morning when your taste buds are fresh and awake. Medium to full bodied coffees are great later on in the day especially Indonesian coffees late in the evening. Flavor This is the all-important melding of aroma, acidity, and body that creates an overall impression. For example, drinking Kenya often reminds us of grapefruit. There’s just a hint of citrus to it. But when we say that, we don’t mean that Kenya is grapefruit-flavored – it still tastes like coffee. There are many different ways to describe the flavor of coffee, just as there are many different ways to describe snow. The distinction in our coffees is in the complex flavor layers that come from the coffees being grown high up in mountains areas, the higher the coffee is grown the more complex it becomes. The Third Place In addition to the wide range of high quality coffees, Starbucks is known for being a meeting point in the community. Starbucks is a place for people to come to, a place to not be alone, a place to be with other people, and a place where, without having to do anything, people become part of a community. Starbucks has long been dedicated to creating a unique "third place" between home and work, through enlivening the centuries-old tradition of the coffeehouse as a place to gather, share ideas, and enjoy delicious beverages.
Cornerstones of Brewing Great Coffee – The Four Fundamentals
Selecting great coffee is only the first step in savoring a wonderful cup of coffee. How you grind, brew, and store your coffee is just as important. It’s not just the machine that makes great coffee – the “four fundamentals” of proportion, grind, water and freshness are even more important. Armed with a little coffee knowledge, you can create great coffee with a coffee press, home brewer or espresso machine. Proportion: Using the right proportion of coffee to water is the most important step in making great coffee. For the most f lavorful cup, 10 grams of coffee for every 180 milliliters of water is recommended.
Coffee Tasting Characteristics
When tasting different coffees, there are four main characteristics that make up the coffee flavor profile. Aroma This is the first hint of how your coffee will taste. In fact, most of your sense of taste comes from your sense of smell – which is why coffee can smell so sublime and taste so satisfying. A human can smell over a thousand different aromas and Arabica coffee has over a thousand different aromas
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I can see it now, you’re gathering your friends, and assigning tasks to each one of them, “You do this, while I take care of that”, but wait you might be missing out on something. This indispensable guide for indie musicians will lead you through all the steps from picking band members all the way to getting your music out to the public, the book also covers topics like building a brand, build a huge following, networking, web site management, getting booked, playing live and getting publicized. Utilizing and harvesting the power of the internet you can earn profit from your music, and with this clearly written book you will know how to really do that. What we like the most about this book, is how those steps can be applied in other fields that can use the internet, like online marketing, or IT specialists. So if you want to share your talent and take it to the next level, this might be all the help you will need to kick start your way to success.
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Three Dans in one issue is too many, but youmust know that Dan Brown is back with the new eagerly awaited follow-up to his #1 international phenomenon, The Da Vinci Code. The Lost Symbol is a brilliant and compelling thriller. This book’s narrative takes place in a twelve-hour period, and from the first page, Dan will grab your attention on an adrenaline rush to get you through the pages of this strange and wonderful journey as you follow Robert Langdon through a masterful and unexpected new landscape. The Lost Symbol is full of surprises. The author managed to masterfully weave five years of research into the story's twelve-hour timeframe, which added a level of exhilarating challenge. If you’ve been a fan of Dan Brown thrillers like The Da Vinci Code, Angels & Demons, Digital Fortress, or Deception Point, you’re in for a treat, since this should be a ride you will never forget. We have no details yet, except that you can pre-order your copy now, since The Lost Symbol will be officially released on September 15, 2009. Mark your calendars!
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