Archive for the 'Conferences' Category

Aqaba doubles its fast food offerings, with a bang!

Saturday, February 18th, 2006

While in Aqaba on Friday, I heard that the Ayla Park project would be opened that evening. I was there in time for the big fireworks and the loud Arabic pop music. The Ayla park is a retail development project that mainly features, at the moment, fast food outlets. So this is something geared toward […]

Aqaba tourism website launched

Friday, February 17th, 2006

The Aqaba Special Economic Zone’s Tourism Department has just announced the launch of Aqaba’s first comprehensive tourism website. The site was developed by Batelco.

During the tourism promotion session of the ‘Aqaba: turning vision into reality’ event, the tourism deparment also announced several advertisng campaigns to promote Aqaba’s tourism in the UK, Spain, Scadinavia as well […]

Talal Abu Ghazaleh Group announces Aqaba Smart Village

Friday, February 17th, 2006

Among the numerous presentations at the ‘Aqaba: turning Vision into Reality’ event there was an announcement that stood out from the rest: the Talal Abu Ghazaleh Group announced a project to develop a Smart Village in Aqaba. This village will consist of serviced office facilities as well as a convention center. The village is […]

Blogging from Aqaba: ASEZA turns 5

Friday, February 17th, 2006

I arrived in Aqaba tonight to attend the ‘Aqaba, Five Years of Achievement’ conference. The event, which is being held at the new Intercontinental hotel in Aqaba, was shifted for one day in the last minute. HM King Abdullah personally opened the event today. The event was kicked off Thursday with an opening of a […]

Kalle Lasn, the AdBuster, is keynote speaker at TYPO ‘06

Sunday, February 12th, 2006

My favorite design conference, the TYPO Berlin, will, this year, be opened by media activist Kalle Lasn, founder of AdBusters (the self-proclaimed anti-advertisng magazine) and CEO of the BlackSpot Anticorporation (in which I own 1 share as I once bought one of their sneakers :) )

This year’s TYPO, to be held from 18-20 May, 2006, will […]

More interesting Arab design events: Kitabat in Dubai

Sunday, November 27th, 2005

Has the Arab world suddenly discovered that design events are cool? It’s about time! Well, I am really happy to report about Kitabat, a conference on Arabic calligraphy and typography.

The Visual Communication Department at the American University in Dubai, in partnership with Linotype Library GmBH and Stichting Khatt (Center for Arabic Typography), and in collaboration […]

Impressive names (like Bruce Mau) at the upcoming Tasmeem Doha design conference

Saturday, November 26th, 2005

I just stumbled upon the speaker list for the Tasmeem Doha, design conference to be held February 20 - 23, 2006 in Doha, Qatar. I immediatly recognized two names: Bruce Mau and Stefan Sagmeister (the latter I’ve seen speak at the TYPO in Berlin, where I also gave presentations in 1999 and 2001).

I am impressed. […]