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Metalwork, originally uploaded by malyousif.At a Marrakech souvenir outlet. I bought quite a lot of things from this shop; leather cushions, bags, Moroccan clothes for the wife and kids and other stuff. This constituted my first ever souvenir shopping! I normally don’t bother with any souvenir shopping in the countries I visit for business or short trips, but Marrakech was the first exception to that rule. The one thing I did want to get is …

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Time to have fun!

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Djemaa el Fna performer at night, originally uploaded by malyousif.I’m sure that a lot of you are pretty fed up with bad news, politics and the rest of the depressing posts. So allow me to share with you this picture I shot in Djemaa el Fna in Marrakech recently. New friends and I decided to go have dinner in an upmarket authentic restaurant, but see the city at night at the same time, and believe …

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Marrakech

An eight hour flight will get you from Abu Dhabi to Casablanca, another 30 minutes in a connecting flight will get you to Marrakech, and will immerse you in a love that only a fortunate few will experience in their lifetimes. I didn’t know much about Morocco, I still don’t, but that didn’t stop me from the wonder and awe of seeing the snow covered Atlas mountains from air, or the desert in between them and …

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The Old Berber Man

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The Old Berber Man, originally uploaded by malyousif.There are a lot of colourful (and pushy!) characters in the main square of Marrakesh, this is supposed to be the largest open air market in Africa, and there are loads of opportunities to take photographs, but better start with your pocket full of coins as everyone will demand to be paid to get their picture taken! It’s immense fun though.…

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Vlog #26: 12 hours in Beirut

One of my greatest regrets is that I didn’t have the chance to spend any time in Lebanon, Beirut specifically. The only time I had was a couple of months ago. I flew there on the 14th of June to attend an IREX meeting, unfortunately personal tragedy struck and I had to fly back home the very next day. That being said, the time I did manage to spend in Beirut allowed me to fall in …

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Beirut Corniche at Dawn

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Beirut Corniche at Dawn, originally uploaded by malyousif.I just spent less than 24 hours in Beirut about a month ago… the first time I visit Lebanon. I do hope that I will be able to visit again as soon as possible. The short time I spent there allowed me to fall in love with the country. This is the vision that greeted me at dawn from my hotel room balcony. I hope you pull out …

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Mtv’s Scapegoat of the moment: MoClipper!

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In celebration of me going off to Beirut for the first time ever, what better chance is there to put the blame of all the world and everyone’s personal life on a Bahraini living in Lebanon at the moment? So without further ado, let me introduce the Mahmood’s Den Scapegoat of the Moment….MoClipperSo have at him people! He’s the reason that the world is so screwed up! But please allow me to be the …

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A perfect night in Dubai

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I’d like to thank both Anisa and Lujayn for a wonderful evening in Dubai, the best I’ve had here for a very long time. Excellent company, stimulating conversation, good food, and new good friends. I am privileged to know you ladies. I hope that we will make these meetings a regular on my visits here. Bed beckons… good night! …

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Just Chillin’!

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Burj Al-Arab – Dubai, originally uploaded by malyousif.Everything done, the bag is packed, finished breakfast and now just chillin’ in the room till check-out time in a couple of hours and then onwards this evening back home… It’s been fun!…

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What? No way!

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Premier for UK MANAMA: Prime Minister Shaikh Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa leaves today for the UK on a visit of several days during which he will also attend the graduation ceremony of his grandson, Shaikh Khalifa bin Rashid Al Khalifa, at Sandhurst Royal Military Academy. GDN (pdf) :: 8 Apr ’06 I thought he avoids the UK like the plague… I just hope that this visit doesn’t turn this country upside down. …

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