H.E. Ahmed Bin Bishr: Promoting Local Arab Culture in the Digital World
“I believe that practicing your passion day in and day out is the only way to live,” says His Excellency Ahmed bin Bishr.
His Excellency Ahmed Bin Bishr – also known as Shb7 to his 1.2M Instagram followers – exemplifies an international lifestyle and culture influence, that defines luminary and significance. As the son of His Excellency Butti Humaid bin Bishr, personal secretary to Sheikh Zayed Al Nahyan, undeniable diplomacy in his family leverages great pride in preservation and promotion of Arab culture.
Despite the 30 degree heat, Ahmed is still committed to putting in the time and the effort to keep the tradition of falconry, one of the UAE’s oldest traditions, alive. He perceives falconry as an art which requires long hours, constant devotion, finesse, subtlety and skill. For Ahmed and his team, it is more than just a hobby; it is a lifestyle that taught them the values of teamwork, friendship and trust.
I believe that practicing your passion day in and day out is the only way to live.
Ahmed’s passion for photography is also pictured through his Instagram account. Being a bird of passage, Ahmed takes stunning images of iconic landmarks, that can serve as an authentic universal postcard while showing the contrast between Arab culture and cultures around the world.
With his increasingly growing social media following, Ahmed has reached millions of people across continents and showed them the beauty of Dubai and diversity of the United Arab Emirates. He has made it his mission to continue the legacy of his father as a dedicated and patriotic citizen and public official of this great nation.
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Ray Hanania is an award winning political and humor columnist who analyzes American and Middle East politics, and life in general. He is an author of several books.
"I write about three topics, the Middle East, politics and life in general. I often take my life experiences and offer them in an entertaining way to readers, and I take on the toughest topics like the Israel-Palestine conflict and don't pull any punches about what I feel is fair. But, my priority is always about writing the good story."
Hanania covered Chicago Politics and Chicago City Hall from 1976 through 1992. Hanania began writing in 1975 when he published The Middle Eastern Voice newspaper in Chicago (1975-1977). He later published “The National Arab American Times” newspaper which was distributed through 12,500 Middle East food stores in 48 American States (2004-2007).
Hanania writes weekly columns on Middle East and American Arab issues for the Arab News in Saudi Arabia at www.ArabNews.com, Middle East Monitor in London, the TheArabDailyNews.com, www.TheDailyHookah.com and at SuburbanChicagoland.com. He has also published weekly columns in the Jerusalem Post newspaper, YNetNews.com, Newsday Newspaper in New York, the Orlando Sentinel Newspapers, and the Arlington Heights Daily Herald.
Palestinian, American Arab and Christian, Hanania’s parents originate from Jerusalem and Bethlehem.
Hanania is the recipient of four (4) Chicago Headline Club “Peter Lisagor Awards” for Column writing. In November 2006, he was named “Best Ethnic American Columnist” by the New American Media. In 2009, Hanania received the prestigious Sigma Delta Chi Award for Writing from the Society of Professional Journalists. He is the recipient of the MT Mehdi Courage in Journalism Award. He was honored for his writing skills with two (2) Chicago Stick-o-Type awards from the Chicago Newspaper Guild. In 1990, Hanania was nominated by the Chicago Sun-Times editors for a Pulitzer Prize for his four-part series on the Palestinian Intifada.
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