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This is me, alright.

Consults on publishing, media and digital communications. Writes novels. Blogs at Fake Plastic Souks.

Having lived in the UAE for the past 25 years and traveled around the Middle East for the past 32, I have been shocked by how much has been misrepresented, mis-spelled, mis-categorised and generally goofed up by lack of care, attention and desire to respectfully record the truth on the ground when it comes to the region's representation on Wikipedia.

I am frankly amazed by the violent anti-Middle Eastern bias I have found on here. Nothing good can ever come from the Middle East: anything from the region is automatically assumed to be bad. AGF doesn't apply to the Arab world or anything that comes from it because it's naturally untrustworthy. Any negative reference to the region is instantly accepted - anything positive is instantly queried and challenged. It's stunning, to say the least.

I'm going to try and change that. One fact at a time. At least until I get bored or sufficiently annoyed to give up.

Particularly interested in UAE history, archaeology and Emirati things in general - particularly in Dubai and the Northern Emirates...

I've so far created (in no particular order):

Al HeeraSharjah FortSharjah WanderersAl Mahatta FortHatta Fort HotelAl BithnahDubai Creek Golf & Yacht ClubMleiha Archaeological CentreWasit Wetland CentreWadi Suq CultureEd-DurAl ThuqeibahAl MadamMohammed bin Rashid Global InitiativesHafit periodMuweilahDubai International Writers' CentreRain RoomPink CaravanWadi BihJebel Al BuhaisAl Marmoom Desert Conservation ReserveAl AshooshBidaa Bint SaudQattara OasisList of Ancient Settlements in the UAEAl Falayah FortAl FaqaUmm Al Qawain FortMarghamSaih Al SalamNazwaAl LisailiAl SajaaAl Zahra Hospital • Sharjah Police ForceMahdhaSeih Al HarfThameedUAE Drones for GoodAl Falayah FortObeid bin Said bin RashidRashid bin MaktoumMaktoum bin Hasher Al MaktoumDunes (Stamps)Persian Gulf campaign of 1819Hassan bin Rahma Al QasimiAl ZorahSaqr bin Rashid Al QasimiSalim bin Sultan Al QasimiSaqr bin Khalid Al QasimiKhalid bin Sultan Al QasimiKhalid bin Ahmad Al Qasimi ‎• Sultan bin Saqr Al Qasimi II •‎ Rashid bin Matar Al QasimiHumaid bin Abdullah Al QasimiSultan bin Salim Al QasimiRashid bin Majid Al MuallaAhmad bin Abdullah Al MuallaHamad bin Ibrahim Al MuallaAli bin Abdullah Al MuallaMubazzara DamAbdelaziz bin Rashid Al Nuaimi •‎ Abdulaziz bin Humaid Al Nuaimi • ‎Humaid bin Abdulaziz Al Nuaimi • ‎ Al MuallaHamad bin Abdullah Al SharqiSaif bin Hamad Al Sharqi ‎• Mohammed bin Hamad Al SharqiNa'imAl Sharqi ‎• Saeed bin Tahnun Al NahyanKhalifa bin Shakhbut Al Nahyan ‎• Tahnun bin Shakhbut Al NahyanBuraimi DisputeJiri plainBani Kaab ‎• Hamdan bin Zayed bin Khalifa Al NahyanKunudArab Reading Challenge • ‎ MazariManasir (tribe)SharqiyinDhawahirThe Founder's MemorialSudan (tribe)Gainsborough Stud‎‎Duru (tribe)AwamirBani HadiyahArchaeology of the United Arab Emirates • the Arab Strategy ForumRandom InternationalBudi TekIron Age in the United Arab EmiratesBattle of DibbaHeart of SharjahSharjah Investment and Development AuthorityAl Hefaiyah Conservation CentreBait Al Naboodah ‎ and some other stuff, too.


Funny, really, that nobody had bothered before...