Saturday, 6 November 2010
In Tayyif, my father and I discover a mud hut during a picnic to the countryside. Inside the cool soft air and the texture of clay/mud packed walls. During my visit to the Sharjah International Book Fair, the director of our brigadier of authors/tweeters/bloggers, Rupert Bumfrey, took us on a tour of the mountains and farms outside of Sharjah city. Bidya Mosque in Fujairah returned me to that first place of exploration as a child that had left such an impact on my memory.
Did not expect to see this painting at all!
Another interesting painting was by Palestinian Jerusalemite Steve Sabella.His painting Exile is what every Palestinian feels. Simply out of place.
Now this Painting was a real pleasant surprise by Tagreed Bargouth born in 1979. What women look like after plastic surgery.
Never thought that music legend Om Kalthoum was American too!
Was so sad to hear that this young Palestinian Artist passed away so young at age 23. Her Art is dominated by the color green.
However, Maisoon Al Saleh of UAE was some thing else.
Now this is what happens to you when you talk too much on the phone.
or this painting!
I saw this beautiful small mosque while leaving the area. I was told that Friday sermons are held in English.
Oct. 26-Nov. 1: Sharjah, UAE
I just returned from an eight day visit to Sharjah http://www.sharjah.com/ , the Cultural Hub of the UAE. I was a guest speaker at the 29th Sharjah International Book Fair.http://www.sharjahbookfair.com/home.html
I have never been to this part of the UAE before. I have been to Dubai and to Abu Dhabi last year and found Sharjah to be very different in many ways. It does not have the tallest building or the largest indoor ski slope. It has 18 museums and one of them is the world class Sharjah Museum of Islamic Civilization. http://www.islamicmuseum.ae/
Here are some photos I took.