In each issue of Tempo we showcase the uniqueness of individuals, and celebrate those who not only talk about doing something, but actually go out and do it.
We started Tempo in 2009 out of a deep need to connect people. We see now more than ever the relevance of open dialogue, and a discourse on how to improve our world.
We love to share stories of social engagement, artistic creativity, community giving and entrepreneurship. We are eternally inspired by people who have passion – backed by the will to make things happen.
The UAE is undoubtedly blessed by the richness of its social fabric; people of different nationalities, cultures and backgrounds coming together to make this country home. What you may not know is that Tempo’s writers reflect the diversity of the stories we present – in fact we currently have more than a dozen nationalities writing for Tempo, bringing their unique perspectives and insights into the features we present.
I was recently asked about what it was that makes Tempo different, my response was that we have a community that believes in our values, and that we at Tempo always strive to “give a platform for people with big ideas’ and to ‘help those who help others.”
Welcome to this issue of Tempo where we bring you artists like Mansoor al Obaidli who won the Eurasia Beauty Championship for the UAE, to change agents like young Abdul Muqeet, whose conservation message is being heard across the world, to givers like Fadwa Qadan, a student who spends her spare time helping others, to motivators like Tonia Browne who shows us, by example, that we can achieve anything we want.
We also take this opportunity at Tempo to say Happy Birthday America through coverage of the US’s Independence Day celebrations where the American community joined others in an extravaganza of American culture, music and food. We salute AmCham Abu Dhabi for their contribution to the UAE through events and initiatives that build understanding and nurture partnership.
This Tempo we share with you more of the winning stories from the Flash Fiction competition we organized with New York University. Await the announcement of more thrilling events and competitions to come, and be sure to link to our social media pages for updates.
As temperatures notch higher and the slower summer vibe sets in we use this time for introspection to get our house in order. This is where we go back to the drawing board and see how we can be better, bolder and more relevant. We periodically get together with Tempo readers to learn more about what you want to see in Tempo. If you have any ideas on stories, events and competitions, drop us a line – we want to hear from you.
Have a relaxing summer everyone!