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Inside/Out: Shub Qureshi

October 24, 2011

City inspirations with the creative polymath behind Dubai's acclaimed Desert Fish magazine

  • Text by Kate Hazell

As the co-founder of one of the region's most acclaimed photography magazines Desert Fish, Shub Qureshi presents an alternative viewpoint of Dubai, through a psychedelic, almost cosmic interpretation of the surreal city. Under the tagline "Dubai Conceptual Style Fanzine", Desert Fish has a certain anarchic fashion voice that you should check out.

Satellite Voices: Where do you live and what inspires you about that area of town?
Shub Qureshi: I live in Dubai right by the water, it’s very calm and peaceful and makes me feel I’m on a permanent holiday.  

SV: How long have you lived in your city and brought you there?
Shub Qureshi: I thought of leaving London to live another country for a year and then return. Much to my parents dismay I've been in Dubai since 2004 and visit them often!

SV: What does your city mean to you?
Shub Qureshi: London is fully charged you feel you are in the centre of the universe, but Dubai still has a new energy which is great and things are more possible here. 

SV: Can you talk about the best creative youth cultures in your town?
Shub Qureshi: Dubai's initiatives for the youth are still being developed; there should be more programs to support the art and creative movements here.  

SV: What are your plans for the weekend?
Shub Qureshi: We are shooting out of a plane at Skydive Dubai and also on a construction site. It's not all so glamourous but the results are worth it.

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