Friday, September 9, 2011

A Kawha experience

Arabic coffeee or Kawha is a very important part of local hospitality. One of the many things you will experience during a visit to the local family is Kawha. In fact it is considered an insult to the host if you refuse the first round of coffee. Remember that you continue to get refills of Kawha until you signal that you have had enough. And the only way to do this is a slight shake of the cup. I remember my uncle once telling us about his experience in the 70's when he ended up have several cups of coffee as he had not yet understood the system!

Hierarchy is an important part of life here and this can be seen in the way coffee is served. The first person to be served is usually the most important person in the room. Age takes precedence over rank and hence the older people in the room are usually served first.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Cleaning Burj Khalifa

It is the tallest building in the world. And most people I have met are excited to go up to the top floors for a majestic view of Dubai.

So would the guys who clean the building share the same excitement? 

I happened to visit the Burj Khalifa a few days back and noticed the cleaning crew at their job. Imagine being suspended several hundred feet about ground? I am sure it must be one hell of a scary job. But for these men, its just another day on the job.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Armani Junior - Fashion Fun Fair

It is not often that I get invited for any event. So when I received an invitation to attend the Armani Junior Fashion Fun Fair with the kids, I was quick to reschedule other plans and head down to Burj Khalifa. 

The guys at Armani Junior had organised a fun fair for their young customers which included models walking down the ramp. The event was well organised with the organizers having taken care of everything for the kids. There were several counters handing out pop corn, ice cream and candy floss. There were clowns keeping the kids entertained while a magician kept them spellbound for part of the evening. Kids could get creative by painting mugs while some of them made necklaces and bracelets from beads. 

The highlight of the evening was of course the fashion show where the new collection of clothes from Armani Junior was on show.  


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