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Samia Qaiyum

Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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About Samia
Samia Qaiyum is a travel and culture editor based in Dubai, UAE, contributing to the likes of Monocle, Kinfolk, New Internationalist, Condé Nast Traveller, FairPlanet, and InsideHook. She is also a sub-editor with experience in academic textbooks, corporate brochures, as well as print and digital publications.
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Skateboarders: the new face of Palestinian resistance

09 Oct 2022  |  Adventure Uncovered
The article features the perspective of Hammad, a human rights campaigner and researcher, on the ongoing human rights crisis in Palestine. Hammad describes the situation as structurally worse due to the longstanding systems of domination and oppression. He points out the lack of political aspiration among young Palestinians, who have never experienced democracy or participated in elections. The article also touches on a note of optimism with the rise of anti-racism movements, such as Black Lives Matter and the Sheikh Jarrah uprisings, which Hammad believes have informed people about entrenched power systems based on supremacist ideologies. Despite these movements, Hammad feels that significant change is still far off and will require global awareness and action.

The great escape: Sonara Camp

15 Oct 2021  |  National Geographic
Sonara Camp is an environmentally conscious dining experience located in the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve. The camp is powered by solar energy and emphasizes the use of natural materials. Executive Chef Franck Sanna, with a background in Michelin-starred restaurants, upholds a zero-waste policy and focuses on generous, shareable portions. The menu is Mediterranean-inspired, influenced by Franck's heritage and his commitment to using locally sourced ingredients. The camp offers a unique fusion menu created by Franck under the direction of founder Stephanie Danial. Guests can enjoy activities such as camel rides, falconry displays, and lounging in hammocks, all while indulging in dishes like slow-cooked perch with Italian olives, tomato 'ceviche', Sicilian caponata, and corn tacos with beef bulgogi.

The World Made Local: Dancing Through Cairo with Yara Saleh

01 Sep 2021  |  Condé Nast Traveler
Yara Saleh, a 28-year-old former petroleum engineer turned professional dancer, is the first teacher and choreographer of Jamaican dancehall in Egypt. She trained in Los Angeles and Jamaica before returning to Cairo. In an interview for Condé Nast Traveler's 'The World Made Local' series, Saleh describes Cairo as a 'beautiful mess' where anyone can find their niche, despite the city's challenges like class disparity and poverty. She highlights the dynamic neighborhoods of New Cairo, 6th of October City, and Zamalek, as well as her love for the city's energy, rawness, and traditional food. Saleh also praises the resilience and hardworking nature of Egyptian youth, noting their ability to find humor in difficult situations.

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