I write

I am a freelance writer with a focus on the Middle East.

I take pictures

I specialize in travel photography and street photography.

I design

I do graphic design for advertising and publishing, print and online.

Dubai

Dubai: world’s least cosmopolitan city

Dubai is probably the most international place in the world, with less than 10% of its inhabitants holding the local passport. But calling Dubai ‘cosmopolitan’ would be a mistake, derived from a wrong understanding of the term and of reality of life in the Arab Gulf. In fact, Dubai is maybe the least cosmopolitan city there is.

Andalusia

Andalusia’s ambivalence: between convivencia and Islamophobia

The seven centuries of Islamic rule over the southern Spanish province of Andalusia are often romanticized for its convivencia: the peaceful coexistence of Muslims, Christians and Jews. Today, the region exploits this history for tourism, but is not devoid of Islamophobia.

I wrote this article for the Center for Intercultural Dialogue.

Gulf

Identity and nationality in the Gulf

Few countries in the world have more foreigners than locals living within their borders. It is the case in the Arab Gulf states, where the majority of the population consists of immigrants: up to more than 85% in Qatar and the United Arab Emirates. For the locals, this poses unique challenges to their concepts of identity and nationality.

About

 

I’m Linda J. de Wit and I do freelance writing, photography, and graphic design. From the Netherlands, but spending most of my time in the Middle East.