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text 2018-12-24 10:55
Oman Is an Attractive Location for Arabian Sands Dream Desert Camp

Oman was once beneath the rule of an oppressive sultan, who wouldn’t enable international guests into his country. This modified in 1970 once he was overthrown, and also the country openly welcomes guests. Today, Oman has evolved into a preferred vacation location attributable to its welcome, luxury amenities at family-friendly hotels and exclusive resorts, non-public beaches, and best cooking. Families from around the world will currently get pleasure from Oman along. Luxury Asian country family holidays supply a unique chance to expertise a distinct culture as a family.

Oman holidays enable families to pay quality time along quiet, happy and eating. Best Holiday Tour Packages in Oman, in general, reminds us of the importance of playing time with family. Whereas on vacation in Oman, families will choose between a good sort of activities, like the ever common desert discovery tours, the tours feature long mobile tenting excursions, guided tours, camel rides, deserted beaches and luxury accommodations in building titled rest homes. Throughout your visit to the present lovely, culturally wealthy town, you’ll understand that Asian country travel provides several exciting and exotic decisions for each member of your family.

Another reason to choose Arabian Sands Dream Desert Camp is that the final family vacation destination is that the country is incredibly clean and very safe. Crime is nearly unknown during this intensely lovely country. Oman offers the right juxtaposition between the trendy and also the recent world. There are urban areas crammed with open markets, wherever the scents of incenses fill the air that co-exists in excellent harmony with rustic, sheep social, desert villages.

 

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text 2018-08-28 19:46
Czytniki Kindle wchodzą na nowe rynki

Internetowy sklep SOUQ.com stał się oficjalnym sprzedawcą czytników Kindle na terenie Zjednoczonych Emiratów Arabskich, Bahrajnu, Kuwejtu i Omanu. Jak się więc okazuje, wprowadzenie obsługi języka arabskiego w czytnikach Kindle (od firmware w wersji 5.9.6) było krokiem także do wejścia na nowe, arabskojęzyczne rynki. Wiadomość podał (chyba jako pierwszy) serwis Good Ereader.

 

 

Amazon wprowadza do sprzedaży czytniki Kindle w krajach arabskich (źródło: souq.com)

 

Sprzedażą czytników we wspomnianych krajach regionu Zatoki Perskiej nie zajmuje się Amazon bezpośrednio. Dostępne są one przez należącą do Amazonu i mającą siedzibę w Dubaju (ZEA) platformę handlową souq.com (suk - bazar w krajach arabskich). Sklep akceptuje nie tylko (jak w Amazonie) płatności kartami płatniczymi, ale także gotówką, przy dostawie. Jednak aby kupować książki, które trafią na czytnik, trzeba się zalogować w amerykańskiej centrali Amazonu. I oczywiście najlepiej tam właśnie kupować e-booki. Co ciekawe, w souq.com oferowane są trzy czytniki: Kindle 8 (za równowartość ok. 260 PLN), Kindle Paperwhite 3 (za równowartość ok. 400 PLN) oraz Kindle Oasis 2 (za równowartość ok. 1000 PLN). Nie ma więc takiego ograniczenia jak dla nas, bo Oasis 2 wciąż nie jest wysyłany do Polski.

 

Także w ZEA trwa akcja "Back to School" (źródło: souq.com)

 

Księgarnia oferuje obecnie około 12 tys. książek po arabsku. Według Michaela Kozlowski’ego, wśród autorów są najbardziej popularni w regionie, m.in. Nadżib Mahfuz, Nizar Kabbani, Ahlam Mosteghanemi czy Harbo Alkalbi Athania. Niestety, nic mi te nazwiska nie mówią :(

 

 

Amazon oferuje obecnie ok. 12 tys e-booków po arabsku (źródło: amazon.com)

 

Przy okazji wprowadzenia książek po arabsku do Amazonu, pisarka Ahlam Mosteghanemi powiedziała “W końcu moja praca trafi do arabskich czytelników na całym świecie. Jestem  podekscytowana faktem, że Amazon otworzył ten serwis, skracając dystans między książkami po arabsku a czytelnikami". Jej książki są bestsellerami w arabskim świecie, ale z racji "wywrotowych" i feministycznych treści , niekoniecznie każda czytelniczka by chciała, aby wszyscy naokoło widzieli co czyta. A czytnik taką dyskrecję może jak najbardziej zapewnić!

 

Podsumowanie

Napisałem o wprowadzeniu czytników Kindle na rynki arabskojęzyczne, ponieważ raz po raz pojawiają się (i będą pojawiać) plotki o wejściu Amazonu na rynek polski. Mamy kolejny przykład, jak to działa. Nauka płynie taka, że może jednak być całkiem odwrotnie niż w Polsce. Wpierw książki i obsługa języka, a potem dopiero dalsze, szerzej zakrojone działania. No to czekamy teraz na wprowadzenie obsługi książek w języku polskim do formatu KFX. Trzeba więc wciąż wytężać słuch, coby nie przegapić (kolejnego) wejścia Amazonu:

“po drogach, po których lece,

drzewa się palą jak świece,

ciskają się błyskawice,

jak lecę Duch:

wytężaj, wytężaj słuch!”

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review 2016-10-25 18:06
The Turtle of Oman by Naomi Shihab Nye
The Turtle of Oman - Naomi Shihab Nye

The book is written for children and the story is really cute. What I found most appealing was the universal nature of hating change, particularly changes as big as moving to another country so far away for any reason. Aref has normal and understandable concerns about moving from his home country. His parents have normal and understandable reasons to want to make the move happen.

I've seen stories about Americans moving to other countries and it was fun to experience a story where America was the strange and dreaded destination. It's not even America that's the problem. It's the leaving in general.

I also really love Sidi and his way of dealing with this issue. I love the way he seems to revel in his country and in spending time with his grandson. I love the way he talks about the turtles laying eggs in the sand and the way Aref's favorite animal brings into focus what is expected of him in this moving adventure.

I listened to the audiobook, read by Peter Ganim, and was only 4 hours long. It seems like a perfect length for a book rated for this age group. This would be a great book for middle grade readers, especially for schools to add as recommended reading at that age. It reminds us that moving and hating to move and everything that worries us about it are completely normal and fairly similar. We aren't so different after all and someone is looking at our hometown the same way that we are looking at theirs.

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text 2016-04-15 23:00
Femme Friday/Arab American Heritage Month Crossover
Atrium: Poems - Hala Alyan
Sea and Fog - Etel Adnan
The Moor's Account: A Novel - Laila Lalami
Old Islam in Detroit: Rediscovering the ... Old Islam in Detroit: Rediscovering the Muslim American Past - Sally Howell
The Turtle of Oman - Naomi Shihab Nye
The Olive Tree - Elsa Marston,Claire Ewart

Did you know it was Arab American Heritage Month? 

I went way down the rabbit hole on heritage/awareness/celebration months after learning that it was also National Poetry Month. That being said, expect there to be more crossovers in the future of this series. 

 

As I wrote the first few versions of this post, I realized that I had not read many Arab American authors, nor have I read about many Arab American characters. In fact, I'm pretty sure that I had only done so for one of each, Tahereh Mafi who wrote the Shatter Me Collection and Kamala Khan who saves people as the new Ms. Marvel

As I was verifying Mafi's heritage (I wouldn't want to call her Arab American if she wasn't, I hate it when people assume my heritage), I came upon something else that was interesting. Did you know that she was given an honorable mention by the Arab American National Museum for Shatter Me? Mafi was mentioned in 2013, since Shatter Me was published in 2012. The same year she was mentioned, both the poetry awardee and honorable mention were also women. There were others, but I mention these two also because this is both Arab American Heritage month and National Poetry Month. Their books are connected above. 

But what about this year? Well, the 2016 awardees haven't been announced yet, so we'll take a look at 2015 instead.  

Three of the five awards were given to women for the following books: 

The Moor's Account: A Novel - Laila Lalami 

Old Islam in Detroit: Rediscovering the Muslim American Past - Sally Howell 

The Turtle of Oman - Naomi Shihab Nye  

Also, one of the honorable mentions was a woman:

The Olive Tree - Elsa Marston,Claire Ewart 

 

Even though this is Femme Friday, I'd still like to mention the books of the three men who were awarded/mentioned also (crossover! and the one novel does have a female protagonist so it totally counts anyway). They are: 

An Unnecessary Woman - Rabih Alameddine 

Tahrir Suite: Poems (Triquarterly) - Matthew Shenoda  

And the Time Is: Poems, 1958-2013 - Samuel Hazo 

 

What have you read that was written by or about an Arab American? 

 

 

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review 2015-01-29 17:13
The Turtle of Oman
The Turtle of Oman - Naomi Shihab Nye

I loved this quiet, thoughtful book about a young boy from Oman who is moving with his professor parents to the US for three years. Set in the week before he leaves, it pays great attention to the emotional turmoil of moving as a child. Aref is a great character, and I think this would be great for fans of Kevin Henkes. I loved the description of the many things that Aref values about his home, and his wonderful relationship with his grandfather. This is truly a beautiful book and I intend to look up Nye’s other works.

Source: bysinginglight.wordpress.com/2015/01/29/recent-reading-nye-mcgowan-partridge
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