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April 10, 2014

Dubai, UAE Heritage:Traditional Housing & Life Style with Bo Mansour


Khaleejia said: Heritage village in Dubai is a popular place among as local citizens as tourists. The village is open yearly from October till May. Daily hundreds or thousands of guests visiting its premises welcoming to demonstrate local heritage and culture. 

 You can see diving village with all their stuff to learn more about this hard job in the time of survival. Passing by Beduin camp notice all details of that simple life they had. I said to Noura that i love the simplicity and order, so  she replied saying : if we just try that life for one day we will start loving more our modern life.. her true.
More over it is nice place to walk around while eating some irgag (local bread) with cheese , egg or honey... on your choice.

 And still you may not find such a deeply knowledgeable and traditional man like uncle Zayed ( Bo Mansour) who has an amazing talent to tell about the Past that you wish it to be the Present! 

Me and my friend Noura were honored by Bo Mansour hospitality & learnt a lot from his short but deep presentation about housing and life-style back on decades. Hopefully  this very unique video (by chance we were able to film) will find its fans and bring some light to the "mysterious" households of the past..



Watch the video below.

Location: Heritage Village (Dubai). Date: 7 April 2014.



March 14, 2014

Traditional Emirati Breakfast: "Balaleet" with Chef Latifa

Khaleejia said: Emarati Breakfast series will show you how to cook at your home kitchen most of the traditional dishes of UAE. Chef Latifa presented the art of traditional cooking on Sama Dubai TV . & Exclusively for Khaleejia's Life 
حلقات عن الريوق الاماراتي مع الشيف لطيفة بشكل خاص على "حياة خليجية"
تتعلمون 
طرق طبخ الاكلات الاماراتية التقليدية الشعبية




Recipe:

Ingredients:
2 cups of vermicelli/noodles
2 tablespoons cooking oil
100 g of butter 
cup sugar
2 tablespoons cardamom powder
2 generous pinches of saffron 
4 eggs beaten 
Directions:
In a wide pan, heat  2 tablespoons of cooking oil and add 1/3 of the raw vermicelli. Lightly fry vermicelli until it gets dark, golden brown color. Constantly stir alli with a  spoon,  so it won't burn.  Then add enough water to boil the fried raw vermicelli.Once the water starts to boil, add the  rest of non-fried vermicelli and cook for just 3-4 minutes and then drain. Place back into the pot and add to it  butter, cardamom powder, sugar and saffron. Mix all with the vermicceli and place on a small fire for about 10 min or until the sugar melts. 
Serve vermicelli hot on a large dish. 

Serve with omelet, for that:
Heat about 3 tablespoons cooking oil and then when getting very hot add the beaten eggs. Tip the pan around to spread the uncooked egg. When dry on top, turn the egg omelet over and cook for one minute more and top the vermicelli.

Bel 3afia!

February 5, 2014

Traditional Emarati Breakfast: خبز الخمير Khobz Al Khameer by Chef Latifa



Khaleejia said: حلقات عن الريوق الاماراتي مع الشيف لطيفة بشكل خاص على "حياة خليجية"
تتعلمون 
طرق طبخ الاكلات الاماراتية التقليدية الشعبية 
We presenting you New video series "Traditional Emarati Breakfast " with  Latifa Al Masoud one of our best cook in UAE who had several programs on Sama Dubai.  Chef Latifa offered her help in creating these series exclusively for our followers. We hope you will enjoy and learn a lot from these videos.

The first part telling about Khobz Al Khameer ( or Yeast Bread ). The Traditional Emarati bread that cooked at home. Once cooked, it can be served with cheese, honey, or jam. Used as sandwich or wrap.
Emarati Breakfast series will show you how to cook at your home kitchen most of the traditional dishes of UAE.
Chef Latifa presented the art of traditional cooking on Sama Dubai Tv . 
& Exclusively for Khaleejia's Life

Recipe:
2 glass of warm water.
4 cups of flour
2 table spoons of:
-Sugar,
-yeast,
-milk powder,
-ghee butter
-1 egg ( to lubricate the top of the dough before cooking)
1 tea spoon of:
Salt,
saffron,
Kurkum, 
Sesame seeds.


1. Add warm water to yeast mix well and leave to leavened
2. Add to the flour milk powder and salt mix well then
3 Add Kurkum and Saffron
Mix all well & add warm water.
When the dough gets well mixed and becomes sticky leave it for  30 min to ferment.
Once the dough ready, make from it ball shapes using some flour. Then flatten them and stick it to the hot metallic cake pan. Over spread some egg and sesame seeds. Place it up-side-down on the top of the deep empty hot metal pan that is placed on the fire directly and used as an oven.  Leave it for about 2-4 minutes, depends on if you like  to reach less or more brown bread. Chef Latifa prefers more brown. At the end put some ghee butter then serve with honey, cheese or jam.
 Try it and Share your experience. And by the way, you all are welcome to ask Chef Latifa  any question regarding the cooking process.

Thanks & see you soon!


February 4, 2014

Exclusive: Meet star Ahmed Al Mansori Emarati singer - munshid.



Khaleejia said: We met Emarati munshid Ahmed Al Mansori who's popularity is rapidly growing day by day. Enjoyig his voice and meaningful Islamic songs anasheed firstly from his site http://almansori.net  Youtube and Anghami (an android application) we got chance to see his Live performance in different events such as symposium dedicated to the National Day & Winning of Dubai Expo 2020 organized by Dubai Police. 
His talent is impressive, beautiful voice with unique ability to replay any melody that he just hear. Ahmed Al Mansori  is our local and  we hope soon will be an international star who proudly present the cultural and Islamic values.
To know more about his life & ideas,  Ahmed  answered all our questions exclusively for Khaleejia's Life readers. 

When did your adventure with music start? When you were a child, in teenage years or later?   Do you play any musical instruments?

I become a singer since high school when I've been discovered by one of my teachers back then. I started to sing in the morning queue after that I had to join the Enshad band to sing the songs. When I join the college I found new band then I became a member.  


هل باستطاعتك اخبارنا واخبار متابعي موقع حياة الخليجية الأعزاء بنقطة شغفك بالموسيقى؟ بمعنى هل بدأ اهتمامك بالموسيقى منذ الطفولة أو في مرحلة المراهقة أو بعد ذلك؟ وهل باستطاعتك العزف على أية من الآلات الموسيقية؟

أصبحت منشدا منذ أن كنت في المرحلة الثانوية في المدرسة ، حيث اكتشفني أحد المعلمين ، ثم بدأت أقدم بعض الأناشيد في طابور المدرسة ، إلى أن انضممت إلى فرقة مدرسية لتقديم الأناشيد ، ثم حين التحقت بالجامعة انضممت أيضا إلى فرقة إنشادية جديدة .
How did you get into singing anasheed? Was there some role models who inspired you to become a nasheed singer? What nasheed singers of today do you like? Do you sing in English? If not do you plan to? What do you think of famous  nasheed singers like Sami Yusuf, Yusuf Islam, Dawud Wharnsby Ali,  Zain Bhikha etc?

My example was the Kuwaiti singer Mohammed Alhesian and my favorite songs at this time it’s the Sami Yousif collection specially Moealem and Maher Zeen with In Shaa Allah song.
I never sing in English which I'm planning to do in future. International singers reached the big stage of proliferation and influence in the audience, and this shows in the selection of their intelligence work that fits the community in which they live, and reflects the large desire of the public to listen to such aimed acts.


الأناشيد بحر آخر من بحور الموسيقى ولكن بطابع اسلامي فكيف بدأت بالاهتمام بالإنشاد هل نستطيع القول بأن هنالك من ألهمك لتصبح منشد أم لا؟ من الذي نشيده يلفت نظر المرزوقي  في الساحة حالياَ؟ ربما يكون السؤال غريب ولكن هل قمت بالإنشاد باللغة الانجليزية وهل تفكر بذلك في المستقبل على غرار بعض المنشدين من الوطن العربي؟ وما رأيك بالمنشدين العالميين إذا صح لنا قول ذلك أمثال سامي يوسف ويوسف اسلام وداوود وربوشي علي وزين باهيتا وغيرهم؟

لم أنشد باللغة الانجليزية ، وأخطط في المستقبل لتقديم أحد أعمالي باللغة الانجليزية .المنشدين العالميين وصلوا إلى مرحلة كبيرة من الانتشار والتأثير في الجمهور ، وهذا يدل على ذكاءهم في اختيار العمل الذي يناسب المجتمع الذي يعيشون فيه ، ويعكس رغبة الجمهور الكبيرة في الاستماع إلى مثل هذه الأعمال الهادفة .
Would you like to collaborate with any other local or international nasheed artists?
 Of course I am ready to deal with any singer, whether at the local or global situation.


وهل تود عمل دويتو مثلاً مع أية من المنشدين في دولة الإمارات أو الخليح أو الوطن العربي أو حتى العالمي؟
بالطبع أنا على استعداد للتعامل مع أي منشد سواء على المستوى المحلي أو العالمي .






When you  just started your journey who was there to offer you the most support and encouragement from among your family or friends?  Do you rely a lot on their support and opinion of what you do  now?  If your children wanted to choose singing nasheed as a career would you support them?

I Started my journey in professional singing after graduating from college, where I opened my own studio, to implement my art, and cooperate with institutions within inside or outside the country, to create a national songs and privet songs especially for weddings, birth and so on.
I found great support from my family and friends, where I had to listen to their opinions about my work, and also Benefited from their suggestions about topics that I pose in my work. If one of my sons wanted to turn to the area of the anthem certainly I will not mind.

طبعاً جميعنا يعرف بأن الدعم تحديداً الدعم المعنوي للإنسان بشكل عام مهم ويدفعه للعطاء فمن الشخص أو الأشخاص الذين كانو وراء دعم وتشجيع المرزوقي سواء في محيط العائلة أو الأصدقاء؟ وهل تسمع لملاحظاتهم وتأخذ بنصائحهم حول أدائك وماتقوم به الآن؟ كثير من الآباء لا يحبذون أن يسلك أبنائهم نفس مهنته ولا يقدمون له الدعم الكافي إذا انخرطو في نفس سلكهم فماذا عنك؟

بدأت رحلتي الاحترافية في الإنشاد بعد تخرجي من الجامعة حيث افتتحت أستوديو خاص بي ، لتنفيذ أعمالي الفنية ، والتعاون مع المؤسسات داخل الدولة وخارجها ،  لتنفيذ أعمال وطنية وأغاني خاصة لحفلات الزواج أو الميلاد وما شابه .
وجدت دعم كبير من عائلتي وأصدقائي ، حيث كنت أستنير بآرائهم حول أعمالي ، وأيضا أستفيد من  اقتراحاتهم حول المواضيع التي أطرحها في أعمالي .
إذا أحد من أبنائي أراد أن يتجه إلى مجال النشيد فلن أمانع  بالتأكيد .

Do you like to perform live? What other countries do you want to perform in?
Of course I would love to sing (Live), and the country's that I love to sing in are Egypt, Indonesia, Oman and London.

 هل تحب أن تقدم عرض حي أمام حشد من الناس؟ وماهي البلد التي تود أن تقوم بعرض حي فيها مرة أخرى أو لأول مرة؟

طبعا أحب أن أغني ( لايف ) ، والدول التي أحب أن أغني بها هي مصر وأندونيسيا وعمان ولندن .

In which countries did you perform and how did the audience receive you in different countries? Are you happy to see Muslims of different nationalities and cultures, different backgrounds loving what you do and celebrating their faith when going to your performances. What countries did you like most when making a tour?

I found a huge welcome in the countries where I travel, and this reflects their great vulnerability and follow-up to my work, it gives me joy and more sense of responsibility. Of course I'm happy when I see people of different nationalities and cultures like my work. The must countries that I would love to travel to is Turkey, Malaysia and Switzerland.

لننتقل للحديث عن الجولات الفنية بعض الشي ونود معرفة البلدان التي قمت بالإنشاد فيها وكيف كان استقبال وتفاعل الناس مع أناشيدك؟ وهل تشعر بالسعادة عند رؤية المسلمين من مختلف الثقافات والجنسيات يستمتعون باناشيدك ويرددونها؟ ومن خلال جولاتك ماهي البلد المفضلة لديك وتركت ذكرى جميلة فخاطرك؟

وجدت استقبال الجمهور في الدول التي أسافر لها كبيرا  ، وهذا يعكس تأثرهم ومتابعتهم لأعمالي ، مما يعطيني سعادة وشعور بالمسؤولية أكثر . بالطبع أكون سعيدا حين أرى أناس من مختلف الجنسيات والثقافات يحبون أعمالي .أكثر الدول التي أحب السفر  إليها هي تركيا وماليزيا وسويسرا .

Through your work as a famous nasheed singer do you feel also as an ambassador of Emirati culture to the world? If yes, in which ways does it show?

I definitely feel that I am ambassador for my country in any place I go I show my commitment, my accent and my UAE local dress, and certainly good communicate with others.


كونك من أشهر المنشدين في دولة الإمارات العربية المتحدة هل تشعر بأنك سفير للدولة للعالم؟ إذا كانت الإجابة بنعم فكيف نستطيع رؤية ذلك؟

بالتأكيد أشعر بأني سفير لبلدي في أي مكان أذهب إليه وأظهر ذلك بالتزامي بزيي الوطني ولهجتي الإماراتية ، وبالتأكيد حسن التعامل  مع الآخرين .


7) What would be your personal message to the readers of Khaleejia's Life who are admiring UAE  people and the culture.

Last message to my readers is thanks to them first, and then to emphasize that the UAE has become the country of peace and safety, with over 200 nationalities living on its soil with love and harmony.

في النهاية نحن بحق استمتعنا بالحوار مع منشد خلوق ورحب ويتحلى بايتسامة وروح جميلة مثلك وكلمة أخيره توجهها لقراء حياة الخليجية الذين يحبون طابع الحياة والثقافة في دولة الإمارات العربية المتحدة؟
الرسالة الأخيرة  لقرائي هي الشكر الجزيل أولا لهم ، ثم التأكيد على أن الإمارات أصبحت هي بلد السلام والأمان ، فبها أكثر من 200 جنسية تعيش على أرضها بحب ووئام .

With Love By Khaleejia

January 6, 2014

Glamorous T-Shirt Fashion from Qatar


Khaleejia said: Fanilla Couture is a Qatar based t-shirt label which is quite the hit ever since it started. Fanilla-Couture offers a range of chic and trendy t-shirts that will make you feel special no matter how you decide to wear them. 

The label was founded in 2011 by Razan Suliman; a Saudi self-taught designer based in Doha. Her t-shirts feature all the Arabic pop culture and fashion iconography using vibrant, trendy and popping colors. They convey a feeling of humor, fashion and love for brands with a flashy style.
See contacts below: 
















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With love by Khaleejia