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By Weam Al Dakheel

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Andrew Hammond-Pop Culture Arab World

Arab Popular Culture Covered in LAU

the audience

LAU’s Department of Communication Arts organized a conference about the Arab Popular Culture and the Media from April 21 to the 23rd under the management of Dr.Ramez Maluf. The Arabic popular culture is the common shared theme among 40 scholars from around the world. They will discuss and embark upon culture, religion, technology, music, gender segregation, architecture, Internet, and social media in different parts of the Arab world.

Features of online love stories in the Gulf by Nele Lenze. University of Oslo

How does one find the right life spouse when both woman and men are barely socially interacting in conservative Gulf countries?

In the Arab pop culture conference, which took place in the Lebanese American University, the discussion started from a technological aspect relating to online dating. What are the benefits of publishing online?
2.Easy to publish
3.Audience is known
4.Limited censorship
7.Applying that on online dating

The above list is the prime benefits of online publishing, as you can have:
– Easily Accessible from any PC, 24 hours a day
– Good way for travelers to meet singles at various destinations
– Builds your social network by searching for and meeting like minded people
– Worldwide medium so you can meet people all over the world
– Inexpensive way to browse an unlimited number of single men and women
– Free anonymous email accounts
– New video dating and voice personals help you get more of a sense of the person

Arab Popular Culture Confrence, held at LAU

I agree with Oslo about internet sites segregation, specially in Gulf countries. However, all Internet dating sites are not created identically. Just like clubs or a advertisements, different sites tend to attract different types of people. In Golf countries “love stories are based on gender segregation,” said Oslo. The discussion norms shaping the characteristics of Internet dating are: gender segregation, social status, gender roles, and globalization.

How about a communicating with dating letters through books from libraries? Does it make sense in how much you going to know the person wildly successful?

Nele Oslo Answers the question by illustrating real life examples of couples dating in Riyadh through book libraries, chatting rooms, facebook, and other social media sources. As for statistics, numbers speaks for the molding of online dating on people’s minds and lives.

Online dating stats in the info graphic below, a few highlights:

1.One out of ten users on online dating sites are scammers; one out of ten users leave within the first 3 months; and one out of ten sex offenders reportedly use online dating to meet people.
2.Online, men lie most about their age, height, and income.
3.Women, on the other hand, lie most about their weight, physical build, and age.

The best online dating conversations

Chatting with someone online and sharing some of your most personal thoughts and experiences are much easier than speaking to someone in person. Nele Oslon has focused on this aspect concerning the dating conversations specially the techniques of writing and chatting online.

The list of online writing tips and strategies:

*Try asking a question


Some of the best headlines grab the users’ attention by asking them a question. It should be relevant to your profile but the more obscure the better. People often get drawn in by a question and can’t resist answering it, particularly if it’s quite literal.
Leave the clichés to someone else 
Just doing your research will show you how many people write things like ‘Looking for Mr Right’ or ‘I might be the one you’re looking for’ or even ‘I don’t know what to write’! Think about what an overused headline is going to tell someone about you except maybe that you have limited imagination?

*Or try a misquote

Same as above but with a twist! But don’t forget to acknowledge that is what you are doing or people might just think you are stupid!

*Be philosophical

Try wearing your heart on your sleeve and stating your philosophy on life in the first few words, you’ll be amazed at the effect!
Limit your use of emoticons and exclamation marks
It can be difficult to express yourself in writing sometimes but some people simply hate emoticons etc. so err on the side of caution and try and leave then out of your headline or at least limit their use.

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Anissa Helou

Anissa Helou was born, the daughter of a Syrian father and a Lebanese mother, in Beirut and educated there at a French convent school. Aged 21, she moved to London to escape the rigid social convention of her country and began to study interior design and in Sotheby’s training course, the history of art. She was soon appointed Sotheby’s representative for the Middle East. For a while thereafter, she owned and ran an antique shop in Paris, dealing in furniture and objets d’art which reflected her own sophisticated and highly individual taste. From 1978 until 1986 she lived in Kuwait and was adviser to several members of the Kuwaiti ruling family who were then forming collections of Islamic art. She also advised these and other collectors on the purchase of Victorian paintings, European silver, jewellery and Arts and Crafts furniture.

During this period she travelled extensively and she also started to build her own very personal collections. On her return to London in 1986, she housed her collections in her Victorian house transforming it into an Aladdin’s cave of beautiful and often bizarre treasures.

In the spring of 1999, she decided to change the course of her life. There were no half measures. She sold her house and put her remarkable and idiosyncratic collections up for sale at Christie’s. In the introduction to the catalogue the celebrated art historian and jazz singer, George Melly, described his arrival at her house to dine and to inspect the objects for sale:
‘when the taxi drew up she heard it and through the open door she stood in silhouette instantly recognised by her totally unique ‘coiffure’, an inadequately dainty word for this explosion with its dramatic white streak; the nearest equivalent is in fact that of Elsa Lanchester in ‘The Bride of Frankenstein’. Nothing scary about Miss Helou though. Her hair is more like the personification of her amazing energy. Her smile is as friendly as you can get. She is as lithe as an athlete.‘

An example of her acumen as a collector was the sale of a series of display panels of fishing tackle, one of which achieved a world record price. Having sold all but her books and most personal possessions, she bought with the proceeds of the sale a remarkable two-story warehouse loft in Shoreditch. This she decorated with her usual excellent taste, but this time as a severely functional, minimalist working space.

Anissa has always taken a strong interest in the food of the Levant. She had already written two books about it – Lebanese Cuisine, the first comprehensive collection in the English language (1994) and Street Café Morocco, a fascinating introduction to the subtle flavours of the cuisine of that country. Both books achieved considerable acclaim. In 2002 Mediterranean Street Food followed and was equally well received. In 2005, The Fifth Quarter, a pioneering book on the uses and delights of offal, was published. It is already beginning to overcome the traditional squeamishness of the British cook. Her fifth book, Modern Mezze is published in the UK in July 2007, and her sixth book, Savory Baking from the Mediterrean, is published in New York in August 2007.

Anissa is an experienced, accomplished and photogenic broadcaster on radio and television and writes regularly for the Weekend Financial Times. She speaks 3 languages fluently: Arabic, French and English.

She has recently founded Anissa’s School. Anissa continues with her unique style and her ferocious energy to demonstrate to the West the range of culinary delights offered by the East.