Saturday, September 30, 2006

Help me find this poem

A long time ago, I read a poem in arabic written by the Iraqi poet Ahmed Matar. I don't remember the name of that poem, or where I read it. The most memorable part of that poem was basically a man yelling at his wife like so ;

SHUT UP! Not Another Word! I'm trying to write an article about freedom of speech!

if anyone knows the poem I'm talking about... please let me know. Have a nice day.

Monday, September 18, 2006

Are you loyal?

Uncovering treason in the last couple of months has been more common than summer wasps! Every day, a master mind plot is stopped at its brink; like the terrorist cell that wants to go to Afghanistan, the Sudanese/British advisor/spy, the mysterious home buyers of Persian origin in Muharraq, the naturalization of scores of immigrants on a “who wants to be Bahraini?” basis, and last but certainly not least, the petition that went to the UN or the FIFA or wherever.

Has everyone gone paranoid? Everyone is accusing everyone else with ridiculous accusations. So what if someone wants to buy a home in Muharraq, or write a report about elections, or send a love letter to Kofi Annan?

I think we’re being very insecure about our loyalty. And I honestly don’t know why they’re worried about the elections being swayed, like parliament is able to do anything anyway.

Wednesday, September 06, 2006


The real estate sector in Bahrain boomed and echo-boomed in the last couple of years. Now I don’t know if this phenomenon is the result of property owners trying so hard to put their offerings on the market while its still hot, but most of the new buildings do not suit, in design and location, their purpose.

These are examples of buildings which I think should be renovated into different facilities.

A’ali Mall:

The building is very elegant, retains the local experience, and the location is the most valuable on the Island. On the other hand, it does not have open corridors, but a rather star-shaped design which makes it hard for impulse shoppers to get around. If I was a business owner, I wouldn’t set a shop in that maze.

I think that building should be turned into a museum of modern arts. The kind of people that will go there will be the kind that is really dedicated to the cause. I think they will enjoy losing themselves in that intricate structure.

Bahrain Financial Harbor

I don’t know if the promoters realized this already, but Investment Banks, or private banks really emphasize on the “PRIVATE” bit. That’s why they’re incorporated under laws that value confidentiality like Switzerland and the Cayman Islands. So I don’t think they’ll be very eager to come to the center of Manama, right under the spot light, since their customers want privacy first and for most. Besides, these banks probably don’t want to be next to each other, since all their competitors can see who walks in and out of their office and try to solicit business.

I think the two towers should turn into luxury hotels. The nice connector between the two buildings can make a very nice lobby, with restaurants on the sea side. You can get rid of the “Financial” aspect and call it the Bahrain Harbor. I think the gem will be piano or jazz lounges on the top floors. One with a view of the sea, and the other with a view of the old city of Manama.

The Al Fateh Library

I don’t have a problem with the library they’re constructing in Juffair, next to the Al Fateh Mosque. I just think the building is so beautiful to serve as a library by the sea.
If the project managers built that construction out of the ambit of the grand mosque, and closer to the sea, it would make a very nice opera house, like the one in Sydney. Just imagine.