International Day/ Dubai Knowledge Village, UAE

Encountering an unexpected global dance party

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Today I was on a video shoot at the Dubai Knowledge Village campus. When I went to lunch, I walked into an international day celebration that one of the universities there was staging. There was food, traditional dress and, best of all, music from all over the region: Africa, Middle East, India, and Pakistan.

It occurred to me how unintimidating an iPhone camera is. If I had tried to use my pro video gear, I don’t think people would have played to the camera like some of them do in this video.


An Oasis of Blended Learning in Dubai

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GUEST COLUMN | by Richard Lakin

Recently, I visited the Dubai Women’s College High School (DWCHS), in the United Arab Emirates, to produce a content management system that will become an “eYearbook” for the students. The high school is on the grounds of the Dubai Women’s College/Higher Colleges of Technology; a strikingly-designed modern learning institution with a campus that is spread throughout lush groves of fig and palm trees in the hot and humid Arabian Gulf climate. The women college students, all wearing black abayas, sit in the shaded alcoves and tap on their iPads and MacBook Pros. It is an idyllic learning environment; a robust education technology infrastructure set in a quiet and shaded garden, surrounded by stylish, minimalist architecture.

It is an idyllic learning environment; a robust education technology infrastructure set in a quiet and shaded garden, surrounded by stylish, minimalist architecture.

I was visiting the on-campus high…

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Fishermen/ Dibba, Oman


self-portrait with falcon/desert outside of Dubai, UAE

T.E. Lawrence said that he liked the desert “because it’s clean.”