TRYP: an urban escape in Dubai

TRYP is located in Barsha Heights and offers a variety of rooms and services. (File/AFP)
Updated 09 June 2019
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TRYP: an urban escape in Dubai

  • The hotel is located in an urban and busy location
  • It also has numerous environmental initiatives

DUBAI: Although a lot of people head to Dubai for a fly and flop holiday, it is also a good choice for a city break.

Tecom, or Barsha Heights, is one of the places to go to if you want a more urban escape. It is located next to some of the busiest areas in Dubai such as Internet City, Media City and Sheikh Zayed Road. The area is packed with restaurants and hotels.

TRYP by Wyndham is one of the hotels in the area that combines a great stay with a convenient location. Its facilities and interior decor are geared toward a young and professional clientele.

The premium room was spacious and divided into a sleeping area with a big comfy bed and a living area with a TV and sofas. It was very user-friendly. The TV was set up in a way that allowed it to be rotated to face the bed and one of the couches could be turned into a bed.

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TRYP has several eco initiatives to help the local environment. The toilet paper, tissues and hand towels are manufactured in the UAE from locally recycled cardboard. The plastic used in the packaging for the bathroom amenities and toiletries, as well as the handles of the toothbrushes and combs, are made from recycled plastic.

Although we had a full-board stay, we were only able to enjoy breakfast and dinner. For dinner we ordered a camel burger and steak. The portions were slightly smaller than we expected, but enough for dinner.

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The breakfast buffet at Local had a variety of cheeses, cold meats, vegetables, fruit, cereals and other traditional dishes. The waiter approached each guest to ask if they wanted eggs, their preferred cooking method and other add-ons. Pancakes were also available.

The staff at the hotel were friendly and welcoming, doing their best to help us with our inquiries.

TRYP has a gym and a pool, as well as two other restaurants, L!qd and Barbary, for guests to enjoy. The gym is small, but has basic equipment. The pool is an average size, but has cozy seating around it.

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The hotel’s location allows visitors easy access to popular areas in Dubai such as Marina, Jumeirah Beach Walk, Downtown. The building is also a five minute drive from Dubai Internet City Metro Station.


Saudi film industry heralds new dawn with opening of first arthouse cinema

Updated 26 June 2019
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Saudi film industry heralds new dawn with opening of first arthouse cinema

  • Cinema El-Housh is the brainchild of Saudi film director, producer and screenwriter Mahmoud Sabbagh and the event will continue until July 25 as part of the Jeddah Season festival
  • Mahmoud Sabbagh: We chose old Jeddah because the phenomena existed here, and the idea of an arthouse film isn’t new

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s blossoming film industry on Tuesday heralded a new dawn with the launch of the Kingdom’s first arthouse cinema.

The outdoor Cinema El-Housh opened in the historic city of Jeddah with the screening of director Stanley Kubrick’s celebrated “2001: A Space Odyssey” to mark the movie’s 51st anniversary.

The project is the brainchild of Saudi film director, producer and screenwriter Mahmoud Sabbagh and the event will continue until July 25 as part of the Jeddah Season festival.

“Cinema El-Housh is one of the first proper arthouses for film theater initiatives in Saudi Arabia and in Jeddah,” Sabbagh told Arab News.

“The idea of the cinema comes from outdoor cinemas, which was a phenomenon that existed in old Jeddah from the 1940s until the end of the 1970s, where people gathered in courtyards where they would screen a film and enjoy it.

“We are bringing that back to the community with all its minimalism and gestures for bringing people together and bringing the communal experience of watching films again,” he said.

“We chose old Jeddah because the phenomena existed here, and the idea of an arthouse film isn’t new. It really strikes a balance between a commercial cinema and non-commercial cinemas.

“With the opening of cinemas, we are witnessing a burst of commercial-driven cinema multiplexes. However, there was a void someone had to fill by introducing this idea of arthouse cinemas,” added Sabbagh.

“We are free to screen films that are of non-commercial value, non-mainstream, more independent films that are film festival frequent and classics, and Saudi films. We want to be a platform for all the emerging Saudi voices.”

 

Tuesday’s private screening of “2001: A Space Odyssey” was also attended by Saudi actor Khaled Yeslam who said the film’s message conveyed the dawning of a new era in the Kingdom.

“From my perspective, choosing “2001: A Space Odyssey,” it started with the new dawn of mankind. And the music played was the music we listened to in the 1980s and 1990s,” Yeslam told Arab News.

“So, seeing such an entry as a film in Al-Balad, it’s a metaphor itself; here in Al-Balad, in Jeddah, in Saudi Arabia itself. I thought it was planned and that he meant to do that. And I think Mahmoud is such a genius for choosing such a film.”

On the Kingdom’s booming film industry, Yeslam said: “Through movies, it’s finally our (Saudis) time to tell our stories. We’re fed up with the stereotypes and double standards by Western media and it’s time to reveal our reality.

“In the end, we’re just human, we’re just like everyone else, and I believe that art is a way to connect with others as humans.”

FACTOID

Outdoor cinemas existed in Jeddah from the 1940s until the late 1970s.