Farouk Luqman

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Ahmed Fitaihi: A jewel of a man

To see Ahmed Hassan Fitaihi the first time I simply walked into a small shop in Qabel Street in downtown Al-Balad. It had already got a big reputation as one of the oldest jewelry shops in the country.

February 14, 2014

Muscat: A modern state built from scratch Oman’s Sultanate Capital

I was in London in August of 1970 when news spread that the sultan of Muscat in Oman, a state in the southeast of the Arabian peninsula, had been ousted and that his son, Qaboos, had replaced him.

January 24, 2014

Addis Ababa: Budding flower of Africa

Despite many years of civil war following the army coup and a harsh Marxist regime, Addis Ababa, capital of Ethiopia, is one of the most pleasant cities in Africa.

January 17, 2014

Djibouti: A Red Sea state and former French colony

The flight from Aden, now part of Yemen Republic, to Djibouti used to take just over twenty minutes by the ancient DC3 of Boeing airc

January 10, 2014

Bali: Sea, sand and clear skies

Bali in Indonesia has been the dream resort of most Europeans, Americans and Australians since the past century. It was glamorized by the Dutch who colonized Indonesia for so long that few people expected them to quit at all.

January 03, 2014

South Korea: From rubble to Asian Tiger

For a first great impression very few cities are likely to beat the South Korean capital Seoul. And this was confirmed to me the first time I arrived there as a guest of the government to carry out a series of interviews and write feature articles which I did following a fortnight’s visit.

December 27, 2013

Bahrain: A small but fascinating country

Years ago I flew to Bahrain from my birthplace in Aden, where I was still living at the time, while both countries were ruled by the British government.

December 20, 2013

Cairo: A city known for its rich culture and education

Cairo is one of the first cities on my list because of its special influence on me and my generation and those preceding it.

December 13, 2013

Taiwan: Asian tiger par excellence

My first visit to Taiwan, one of the “Asian Tigers” known in the present day as the “Republic of China in Taiwan,” took place in the 1970s. It was the right country to visit because it was an original tiger and the most impressive of the lot, which included South Korea, Hong Kong and Singapore.

December 06, 2013

Hong Kong: From a British colony to a miracle economy

Although Hong Kong was a tiny British crown colony seized from China in 1840 during the opium wars, Hong Kong had soon become a developmental miracle by the end of the 20th century just a few years before the British pulled out from the colony.

November 29, 2013