Friday, November 17, 2006

The Sad Truth

I was gonna write a detailed post about my trip to Dubai - which was fine by the way and I quite enjoyed - but I'm really tired and not in the mood. Last night, moments after I got home from the airport, we got a call telling us one of my aunts has passed away. That wasn't nice to hear at all, as you can imagine.

In the meantime, you can see some images from the trip on my flickr account. The event at the XVA was a nice, low-key event, during which I talked a little about my work and read a short piece from Moments.

My impression of Dubai - having visited it for the first time in 5 years - is a mixed one. There's plenty to do and you get to meet interesting people and it could be a lot of fun, but its a spiritless city, like a wild boar in search of a heart. It seemed to me as if it were an architectural hungry monster that would eventually devour everything (and everyone) that is around it, and within it.

Tomorrow morning I have to deliver my talk at the British Council and I feel that I am under-prepared and a little out of focus. So wish me luck.


Amira Al Hussaini said...

Sorry to hear about your aunt. Our deepest sympathies.
About the talk.. I am sure you will do fine. Good luck!

Mahmood Al-Yousif said...

my deepest condolences Ali, may she rest in peace and give you and the rest of the family patience and succour.

tooners said...

My heartfelt sympathy about your aunt. Death is such a difficult thing. My hope is that your pain and your family's pain passes with God speed.

Never been to Dubai. Hubby is there right now. I picture it like you write.

Ali Al Saeed said...

thank you Amira, Mahmood and Tooners. I appreciate your words.