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Issue no. 34 of Brownbook is out, and here’s what you’ll find inside:
It has been an important twelve months for sports in the Middle East. With the Arab Games in Doha in December and the Olympics just around the corner, we believe that athletes have an opportunity to be true ambassadors to their countries. So, for this issue of Brownbook we have selected five personal tales from the region to champion their hard work and to give them an extra boost as they head to the podium. Read about Bahaa al Farra, a sprinter from Gaza, Goksu Uctas a gymnast from rural Turkey, the synchronised swimming team in Cairo, Jordan’s boxing star Ihab al Matbouli and the UAE’s football team. Additionally we visit Baghdad where a relic of Iraq’s 1950s Olympic bid is still standing.
Elsewhere in the issue we travel to Turkey’s capital Ankara and visit the art districts setting the scene for a new creative economy. We talk to gallery owners and trendsetters as to why it is becoming a centre to rival Istanbul. We also go to Algeria to check out the museum of modern art and to Beirut where two vintage furniture designers are turning old into new.
As Ramadan will soon be with us, we have included a Dubai-based guide to the holy month and a supplement on etiquette in the Arab world.
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