I design

I do graphic design for print and online.

I take pictures

I specialize in travel photography and street photography.

I write

I write articles with a focus on culture and identity.

Cosmopolitanism in Dubai

Dubai: world’s least cosmopolitan city

Dubai is possibly 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, based on 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.

A result of convivencia: the lion of Spain’s coat of arms appears as part of Islamic-style wall decoration in the royal palace in Seville.

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.

Identity and nationality in the Gulf states

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.

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LindaJW.com stands for Linda J. de Wit. I am from the Netherlands and spend most of my time in the Middle East.