Bastakiya is the oldest remaining settlement in Dubai, with it first being developed in the 1850s by Iranian traders. Most of the buildings haven been redeveloped since then but they have kept their coral walls, wind-towers and narrow laneways (with which to maximise shade). I visited the XVA Gallery today for a feature for the Al Ghurair Centre Magazine. Below are some photos of an area that is one of the city’s most interesting.
Dubai has a reputation as a glossy, slick city-state where everything is new. The reality of course is very different and most of the city consists of unremarkable low-rise apartment blocks. Below are a few pictures of the area around Al Ghurair Centre in Deira earlier this morning.
Al Ghurair Centre is the oldest mall in Dubai and it has recently rebranded with its Soul of the City campaign, as well as opened a huge new extension. As part of the rebranding, they asked me to come up with a magazine that be different to the other ‘mall magazines’ that dominate Dubai. Some designs below – with a very nice fifth colour on the cover. There are nightly events on throughout the year, and if you have never […]
After a long break, I am back behind the DJ booth every Monday at Media One. A Mad Men themed night, there are two free drinks for men, and it goes from 6pm – 10pm. There are also some great whiskey sours for Dh28, and the bar staff (who were voted second best behind Cavalli in a recent awards event) really know their stuff. I will be playing everything from Donald Byrd to Kyoto Jazz Massive – you can check […]
So, issue 2 of We Are Here hit some glitches – namely the number of changes required by the NMC meant we missed our print slot, and Art Dubai, and therefore, our advertisers. I did not want to published the magazine as a PDF – as the whole point of it is to showcase print, so, I launched this instead. An Indiegogo crowdfunding page that gives people to chance to contribute in return for rewards. Awesome rewards! More information here […]
It’s in the shops, at the very reasonable price of Dh45. For more information on the magazine you can go here and here. Or see above for a list of Dubai stockists. You can also order online here. Edit: Coverage from Art Dubai‘s blog here.
Barring some unforeseen catastrophe, We Are Here will be out next week. It has been more than six months of work, stress, and some agonizing last minute red tape, but it has all been worth it. I have thought about putting out my own magazine for years, and so to have it nearly ready is great. Best of all, I did it in on my own terms – everything I wanted in, stayed in; there is no advertorials, no PR-generated […]