Archive for the ‘Dubai’ category

In Manama, Bahrain (pics)

March 1, 2008

Arrived after sundown last night to a pleasant Bahrain evening.

Have started a .Mac Gallery for the trip so you can keep tabs (link).

A couple of friends in London asked what brought me to the middle-east so frequently (third time in two years). Short answer is my day job. It’s not without side benefits though. If you’ve kept up with the news, there are all manner of VC in Dubai and Manama. I’ve been fortunate to have met a few of them. More fortunate still is the fact most of them have offices stateside.Interestingly enough, I was lunching with the Oklahoma Business Ethics group Thursday listening to David Rutkauskas (owns Camille’s Sidewalk Cafés, HQ in Tulsa) and he mentioned they had sold a master franchise license to an operator in the middle east (Dubai and Bahrain specifically). What are the odds that I’d be looking to support a Tulsa-based restaurant on the other side of the globe?

This old world just keeps getting smaller and smaller. 

Set My Tweets Free In Dubai

December 4, 2007

I’m tired of not being able to participate in the discussion. Here I sit in Dubai with a need to blurt out <140 characters at will with my friends. And, I can’t. I can’t because @SomeoneInDubai doesn’t like Twitter. HUH?! Yeah, they’ve got a bone to pick. This being “Internet City” and all. 😉 Riiiiggghhht.D SomeoneInDubai GET A FRIGGIN CLUE! (That’s my best slighly sanitized, safe for work Sam Kinnison, btw. Wonder if he ever took the stage here? Nah.)

Yeah, Twitter.com is blocked. M.Twitter.com is blocked [EDIT: Except my iPhone accesses sites just fine that Dubai would otherwise block. Huh?]. Twitterific can’t update either. It’s all blocked. Facebook.com has more objectionable stuff than Twitter ever will (except for those *.* and B– and, well, you get the idea). Yes… ASCII can be a dangerous thing. Xerxes said it best though, “A pictogram is worth a thousand words.” So, block Facebook.com and let my Twitters flow like wine.

If, like me, you want to see Twitter set free in Dubai… Visit this link. They’ll never know what hit them. Now, I bet they’ll block WordPress.com for all the referer traffic. Sorry Matt & Co. I feel strongly about it. What can I say? (Mr. Scoble will be my one phone call from the Dubai pokey.)

Now, would someone with some swing (Chad…) please Digg this? I want em to feel a little bit of homestyle web 2.0 grassroots uprising before I leave. Besides, it would be a hoot to walk into the Geek Dinner with Scoble and say, “Damn! Did I just do THAT!?” Why, yes. Yes I did (with a gob of help from several thousand people).

The-Twitter-Uprising <<— Here’s what the comment screen looks like. Click to enlarge.

[EDIT: Oh, and the iChat protocol seems to be blocked too. Phooey! And, for those of you who have emailed me about various other sites… I’m not your puppet baby doll. But, yes, Playboy.com is blocked. And, no, I’m using my own personal MBPro for all of this. No workplace policies were harmed in the making of this post.]

Twitter’s Blocked in Dubai! WTF!?

December 3, 2007

Site blocked

OK, this place is so officially NOT the “internet city” it’s billed as. iChat’s not being allowed through either. What next? I get thrown in jail for blogging this crap? (Tin foil hats get me through airport security, btw. They give me a wide berth. Must be the nervous tick in my eye.)

Simply means I go try something else. DAMN! Twitterific’s not able to download tweets from Twitter.com. Sucks. Sucks. SUCKS!

Will someone please FedEx me the last two days of my friends Tweets or just send them with Mr. Scoble. I’ll read them in London on Friday. UGH!

Dubai: “Under Construction”

December 3, 2007

Dubai This place is so Web 1.0. So much so that it should just have a big 404 that says “Under Construction”. It’s a beautiful place and the people are incredibly friendly (except that one ass-hat taxi driver this evening).

I’ve experienced chronic throughput issues at the hotel and the convention center. So, for a place dubbed “internet city”… meh, thinking not so much.

It’s midnight here and I’m off to the “other office”… Kinko’s… here in a bit to run out some poster sized banner art. Never ending and I’m on day three with no sleep outside of cat naps on the plane and the exhaustion induced 2-hour nap at the hotel. Feel surprisingly fresh after hummous/pita and pellegrino for dinner.

Dubai reminds me of a very large, more shiny and modern version of Manama, Bahrain (looks like I might be going there in March).  Lots of that darned dusty topsoil. My camera and laptop are going to hate this place. Palm trees everywhere. And the craziest kamikaze taxi cab drivers I’ve ever experienced first-hand.

To top it all off… there is an above-ground mausoleum outside my hotel window. Somehow this isn’t the picturesque promo pic on the web I recall seeing. Just glad to be on this side of the flying mess.

Arrived Dubai Finally

December 3, 2007

Am finally in Dubai and ready to get down to the business I came here for. Five nights and back through London. Not fair to say I’m already excited about leaving. I’m just dog tired and have a long day ahead.

To those iChat well-wishers out there. Thanks! Appreciate the encouragement.

iPhone is still borked with the “No Service” message. Gotta get that solved before long. It’s times like this when you realize how much you rely on something.