Hi. My name is Syed. I am a sociologist from Brooklyn, NY. I was in Dubai doing research in the summer/fall of 2006. I wrote this blog to keep friends and fam back in the US and elsewhere up-to-date on what I was doing. Also, by putting up my Dubai notes, I invited people in Dubai, and people from Dubai living elsewhere to engage me in dialog -- challenge my ideas, correct me where I'm wrong, tell me I'm an ass, or say right on. I am currently writing a book on Dubai based on this research -- it should be coming out in late spring 2010.