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Ahmed Saif bin Saad al Suwaidi
* 1985, Student

Ahmed drives a big Jeep and loves turning the music up loud. He did not want to speak about politics – out of consideration for his father who is a diplomat. We got Ahmed’s telephone number from his sister who works in the museum in Sharjah. She herself was curious as to how her brother would respond to our questions. Ahmed, she told us, listens to fast music and, she assumes at least, sometimes goes to wild parties. Ahmed wanted to be photographed in the Hayet al Sudan. This is where the Suwaidi Clan used to live before the oil brought wealth and all the families moved to villas in the suburbs. Ahmed shows us the place where the house of his grandfather once stood. His grandfather was a highly-respected man whose job it was to pray for the members of the clans and to lead others in prayer.

My name is Ahmed. My full name is Ahmed Saif bin Saad al Suwaidi. Basically how the family scheme is working here in the UAE is this: My first name is Ahmed which is my name. My fathers name: Saif. Bin Saad is my family’s name and al Suwaidi is my tribe’s name. I was born in Sharjah but I have been living in Abu Dhabi all my life because of what my father does. I am 19 years old and I study in the Higher College of Technologies in Abu Dhabi.

I listen to stricly electronic music, you know, to techno, trance and yeah, I listen to certain German music as well. I am a big fan of Ramstein as well.

No matter how much we advance in the world we will still stand out because we keep our own traditions. We may speak other languages, we may do all the advanced things people do but we will still be who we are. We all wear our turbans and our dishdashas. We all speak Arabic and we all listen to Arabic music we listen to old things. We basically have our grand mother sitting beside us all the time and we drive German cars which are very advanced or American muscle cars. This is basically a funny example of culture clash. Yes, I do think there is a culture clash. But I think it’s a good one because some cultures need to open up to each other.

Well, I think the Western culture seem to be more advanced. Yes, some… but there are differences. Some are very open towards other cultures but some do not even know that other cultures exist. You can go to somebody in England…well, not in England, but you go to somebody in America or in Germany or Western Europe and they would ask you: "Where are you from” and you would say: "From the UAE.” And they would ask you: "Where is that?” Its quite ironic that they seem to be more advanced then we are, but we know everything about them and they don’t even know anything about us. They don’t even know their own geography.

Well, to I would rather hand it to you because you have come here and you have explored and I think you have seen and I think you are impressed that one side of the country is advanced like Germany or even more and how you can still find the culture and that you can find good places to shoot. To shoot photographs. Basically for other people, I would say it’s a goodMy name is Ahmed. My full name is Ahmed Saif bin Saad al Suwaidi. Basically how the family scheme is working here in the UAE is this: My first name is Ahmed which is my name. My fathers name: Saif. Bin Saad is my family’s name and al Suwaidi is my tribe’s name. I was born in Sharjah but I have been living in Abu Dhabi all my life because of what my father does. I am 19 years old and I study in the Higher College of Technologies in Abu Dhabi.

I listen to stricly electronic music, you know, to techno, trance and yeah, I listen to certain German music as well. I am a big fan of Ramstein as well.

No matter how much we advance in the world we will still stand out because we keep our own traditions. We may speak other languages, we may do all the advanced things people do but we will still be who we are. We all wear our turbans and our dishdashas. We all speak Arabic and we all listen to Arabic music we listen to old things. We basically have our grand mother sitting beside us all the time and we drive German cars which are very advanced or American muscle cars. This is basically a funny example of culture clash. Yes, I do think there is a culture clash. But I think it’s a good one because some cultures need to open up to each other.

Well, I think the Western culture seem to be more advanced. Yes, some… but there are differences. Some are very open towards other cultures but some do not even know that other cultures exist. You can go to somebody in England…well, not in England, but you go to somebody in America or in Germany or Western Europe and they would ask you: "Where are you from” and you would say: "From the UAE.” And they would ask you: "Where is that?” Its quite ironic that they seem to be more advanced then we are, but we know everything about them and they don’t even know anything about us. They don’t even know their own geography.

Well, to I would rather hand it to you because you have come here and you have explored and I think you have seen and I think you are impressed that one side of the country is advanced like Germany or even more and how you can still find the culture and that you can find good places to shoot. To shoot photographs. Basically for other people, I would say it’s a good place to come and explore. You can do whatever you want. You can go Jet-skiing on the beach, you can go to desert safaries you can go to the shopping malls you can go anywhere you want. This country has a bit of both. So I’d rather tell the western cultures that you should open up to other cultures and start exploring because it’s good for your knowledge of geography first of all and for your knowledge of people. People should just start to open up. We have been opening up for the last 20 years or so. And it wouldn’t hurt. We have seen good things more than bad things by opening up. So!



Ahmed Saif bin Saad al Suwaidi
* 1985, Student


 

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