A few months ago, we found ourselves sitting in a blush-walled room in the grey area between Mattancherry and Fort Kochi, Kerala. We were in a Gulf Return house on a Gulf Return street, in a town built with Gulf Return money. Just a short ferry ride away was a Dubai Ports World terminal; right on our doorstep, at the nearby Kunnumpuram Junction, was a UAE Xchange outpost, and an ice cream parlour selling Sharjah Shakes. We had left Dubai, with the intention of producing this issue looking at it from across the Arabian Sea, but everywhere we looked, Dubai was all around us.
Can you ever leave Dubai?
In this Issue: Manan Ahmed Asif, Deepak Unnikrishnan, Ayesha Mulla, Mariam Wissam al Dabbagh, Sophie Chamas, Nilofar Ansher, Sheyma Buali, Ben Thorp Brown, Fadi Shayya, Jareh Das, Manuel Schwab & Jaswinder Bolina
Traffic / www.thestate.ae
By Michael Rakowitz
Artist Michael Rakowitz opens the restaurant Dar Al Sulh for 7 nights only in Traffic's newly renovated front area. Dar Al Sulh is a restaurant that will be the first in the Arab World to serve the cuisine of Iraqi Jews since their exodus, which began in the 1940s. Dar Al Sulh will feature Michael Rakowtiz’s Iraqi Jewish grandmother’s recipes, whose ingredients and combinations of flavors represent something of an endangered species, as many of these dishes were specific to the Jewish population and are no longer served in Iraq today.
Dar Al Sulh seeks to be a time machine, to reactivate a space when there was harmony. The notion of conciliation is the central philosophy of Dar Al Sulh, meant to be reflected in the food and the conversations spoken around it. Dinner will be served each night and will correspond to seven themed conversations hosted by Michael Rakowitz. The restaurant will also host Tuning Baghdad, which will provide a soundtrack for the dining experience.
Make a reservation for any of the nights between 1 - 7 May, 2013, through Daralsulh@gmail.com / +97143470209. Dinner is AED50. For more information, please visit the Facebook Event Page.
Dar Al Sulh is a project commissioned by The Moving Museum and hosted by Traffic.
May 1-7, 2013
From 7:30pm. Dinner is served at 8pm
The fourth installment of THE MARKET OF EVERYTHING will be held in Traffic from April 25 - May 4, 2013. Over 10 days Traffic will be bringing together members of the community looking to buy, sell, trade, rent, lend or donate anything from furniture, books, music, art, food, clothes, toys, cars, pets, instruments and more. The Market of Everything aims to promote community involvement and support social sustainability through the exchange and recycling of our belongings. It also embraces DIY projects. To get involved, please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org. To view the program, please visit the Facebook Event Page
Apr 25 - May 4, 2013 | 11am-10pm
Presented by THE STATE
THE STATE presents a UAE trivia night which will be hosted by political commentator Muath Al Wari. Answers will be written in response to the questions asked by Muath. General knowledge and trivial questions about the politics, demographics, wildlife, media, and culture of the UAE will form the question sets. After each round, the answers will be collected and tabulated. The winning team will win four volumes of THE STATE and Emirati paraphernalia. Ping pong and foosball will also be played. To participate, simply come down and sign up.
Apr 26 | 7:30pm