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Best of Satellite Voices: Dubai

December 27, 2011

Our local city editors chose their favourite stories of the year

  • Text by Satellite Voices

Earlier this year in March, Dazed & Confused and Swatch unveiled this brand new website dedicated to daily, exclusive stories from the world’s most exciting cities and new creative hubs. If you're checking in now and know what we do, a huge thanks for the support. If this is your first time, then it's time to introduce Satellite Voices, led by our local city editors on the ground across Tokyo, Paris, Shanghai, Moscow, Munich, Rome, Santiago and Dubai, celebrating each region’s fresh, emerging talent alongside homegrown cultural icons.

As a round up of 2011, our city editors pick their favourite Satellite Voices stories in fashion, music, art, film, photography and culture.

Chosen by Simone Sebastian

Art: Anonymous graffiti artist in Barsha/Marina
It’s hard to say if Dubai is harbouring a Basquiat in-the-making, but these cryptic, poignant and (in one case) prophetic messages have been popping up all over the Barsha and TECOM neighbourhoods.

Music: DJ Solo
DJ Solo aka Wriggly Scott aka Neil Andrew is a Dubai-based turntablist and producer. He runs the forward thinking club night Freshly Laced, and is currently celebrating the release of his debut EP “Who is Wriggly Scott”, out now on Dented Records.

Art: Aya Atoui
Introducing our new guest editor, the up-and-coming Dubai-based photography and installation artist.

Photography: Documenting memory with Raja’A Khalid
Raja’A Khalid is the 26-year-old photographer whose love for medium-format film has resulted in various romantic, poetic and sympathetic portraits of the world around her.

Chosen by Kate Hazell

Film: Empire II
The premiere of an independent art film shot in Dubai and continuing on from Andy Warhol's 1964 piece Empire.

Fashion: Mohammed Sultan Al Habtoor
Nicknamed the Henry Holland of the Middle East, Mohammed Sultan Al Habtoor is a whirlwind of creativity stirring up Dubai's scene. He talks to Satellite Voices about his fashion line and his home city.

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