In pictures: TechEd MiddleEast 2010, Dubai

by Shijaz Abdulla on 04.03.2010 at 17:28

TechEd was awesome. 1500 techies under one roof. Amazing.

I could not agree more with fellow TechEd speaker Andy Malone, who wrote in his blog:

The feedback has been amazing and for that you have my thanks. TechEd is a unique worldwide event, now running in ten locations worldwide. One thing that really stands out is its ability to bring people from different countries, backgrounds, religions together. The relationships formed both personal and business can last a lifetime.

Special thanks goes to Arif, Amory and the team at Microsoft Gulf for putting together a spectacular event ā€“ which is also the first TechEd in the Gulf region. I also want to thank the delegates for attending this event and also for their feedback.

As promised, here are additional resources that will help you move forward with UAG:

Here are pictures from the event. The moments below were captured by David Maskell, Security Solutions SSP at Microsoft Gulf, who is also the Security, Identity & Access (SIA) track owner at TechEd ME.



Photos: Windows 7 Launch in Qatar

by Shijaz Abdulla on 18.12.2009 at 01:06

Iā€™m posting some photos from the New Efficiency Launch Event at the Grand Hyatt Hotel, Doha, Qatar.

The event setting was very unique – it was an outdoor event with tents on the beach, popcorn, cotton candy, balloons, live barbeque, and even a clown on stilts and a magic show. The presentations were done inside a tent on the beach!

The event was unique and one of a kind, and I really think our marketing team did a creative and awesome job!

Some of our partners also had stands at the venue, with each of them showcasing an exciting solution based on Microsoft technologies.

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The event setting
Qatar Launch event
Our partner, Mannai (Apps team) Our partner, Information & Communication Technologies WLL (ICT) at the event
Manoj, Antony and others from Mannai Apps team showcasing Mediaroom Joseph, Asanka and Fadel from ICT showcasing the Microsoft UC solution
Our partner, Qatar Datamation Systems (QDS) MS Hardware vendor - Al Masa
Hani and Ali from QDS demonstrating Multi touch Hardware vendor Al Masa
Our partner, Mannai (MS Infra services) xbox area
Johny & Jean from Mannai showcasing Hyper-V xbox area
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Antony with a clown at the event Me šŸ™‚
Tamer, Said and David Eqbal and I
Tamer, Said and David Eqbal and me
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Vinod and Rifaz at the xbox area me, Rifaz and Vinod
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Press coverage: [ Gulf Times | Arabic newspapers ]

Trip to Atlanta, GA

by Shijaz Abdulla on 17.09.2009 at 02:51

I was in Atlanta, GA for about a week in July this year for MGX, an internal event for Microsoft employees.

I had been to the World of Coke Museum, the Georgia Aquarium, Centennial Park and around the city.

Though late, I thought Iā€™d share a few pictures from the trip.

World of Coca-Cola

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Centennial Olympic Park

Georgia Aquarium

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More Atlanta pictures

On the Friday of that week, I went to Al Farooq Masjid in Atlanta for the Friday prayers and was amazed by the local Muslim community. It was a slightly different experience, compared to masjids in the Middle East (especially the baggage security check at the entrance!) At the end of the Friday prayers, I remember there was also a Janazah prayer for a person who had expired in that community.

Al Farooq Masjid of Atlanta

On 26th July I took the flight back home. I enjoyed the entire trip, and it was an truly interesting experience.

Delta flight from Atlanta to Dubai.

Destination Kuwait

by Shijaz Abdulla on 29.03.2008 at 22:03

The Kuwait towers (as seen from Kuwait MVP Tarek’s car!)

with Gulf MVPs

Ready for a great day ahead

The Liberation Tower, Kuwait

receiving appreciation from Sureen Aslavi (Kuwait MVP)

Flickr Photo Gallery on your website!

by Shijaz Abdulla on 02.02.2007 at 11:10

I just stumbled on Diego’s Pictobrowser which is a Flash thingy that gives you a well-designed, ad-free photo browser on your homepage, with absolutely little effort. You just point it to your flickr username, and select your photo set or tag that you want to include in your page and it generates the HTML code itself. Just copy paste the code on your page, and you’re done!

Next time you upload something to Flickr and it matches the tag/set you specified, it will automatically appear on the Pictobrowser you placed on your site.