Non-US Reader? Consider GPP.

In America, we are lucky enough to have a near-continual smorgasbord of photo workshops and seminars from which to choose. Unfortunately, this is not always the case for those of you who live elsewhere.

If you are reading this from Europe, the Middle East, the Subcontinent or even the Far East, make the jump to see several reasons to strongly consider making a trip to Dubai this March.

If there is no way in heck you would ever jump on a plane to the Middle East, probably best to skip the jump and avoid the temptation.

A Little Background

Three years and change ago, I open my inbox to see a email from some guy in the United Arab Emirates. His name was Mohamed and he wanted me to come to Dubai to teach at Gulf Photo Plus.

(Okay, curiosity = piqued. But Dubai? I dunno. And I had never even heard of GPP.)

So I looked at their program from the previous year and saw that I had a couple of friends who were involved -- Joe McNally and Scott Kelby. I called them up and they both gave me the same, two-word advice: Definitely, go.

I am now prepping for my third year teaching there, and it is always something I look forward to because GPP is such a fantastic week. For those of you who might be toying with the idea of making the trip, I want to do for you what McNally and Kelby did for me.

So if you are thinking about going (and if you are not in the U.S., you really should be) here is what to expect.

All Roads Lead to Dubai

One of the fortunate byproducts of Dubai's hyper-growth over the last 20 years is that you can get there very easily from just about any major city. Most people fly Emirates Airlines, for which Dubai is the main international hub. I am flying Delta this year just for baggage allowance differences, but I will miss the fiber-optic stars twinkling me to sleep in the ceilings of the Emirates' triple-7s -- they even take care of you back in steerage.

Once landed at DXB airport, you will proceed down a comically long moving sidewalk, after which you will be through customs in very short order. Bear in mind that it is an Islamic culture, so please leave any drugs and/or spicy laptop videos at home. Just be respectful of the culture and you won't ever have a problem. Same as anywhere else.

The whole cultural thing was an overblown concern I had before my first year there. It was a silly worry. Just be respectful, and for Pete's sake, don't use cultural differences as an excuse not to visit an amazing place.

And Dubai is amazing. No worries on language, either, as Arabic and English co-exist everywhere. Much of the population is from somewhere else, so English has evolved as sort of a universal language. All of the signs are in Arabic and English. Assuming you speak at least some English (or you would not be reading this post) you will have zero translation problems.

The inexpensive taxi ride will take you about 20 mins to the Holiday Inn Express in the "Internet City" area of Dubai, which is where you should stay. It is right across a parking lot from Dubai Knowledge Village, where GPP is held. It is less than $80 a night last I checked, and is very clean and modern -- just like most everything in Dubai.

Ironically, the internet at the Holiday Inn Internet City is slow and expensive. I usually snag the free wi-fi in the cafe court at Knowledge Village (left) instead.

But on the good side, the hotel serves as a pedestal for the Vista, the rooftop bar and restaurant where we usually gather each night for the views, beverages and conversation. Most of the attendees from out of town -- students and faculty -- stay in the Holiday Inn, so the vista is the default watering hole.

The late-night conversations over beers and sheesha up on the Vista balcony are one of the things I love about GPP. It is a very informal atmosphere with the students, assistants and faculty pretty much hanging out together. We study and shoot during the day and hang out / sightsee at night. For those of you who make the trip, I want to pull a Strobist mixer together one evening at the Vista. So stay tuned for info on that.

Your Week at GPP

I think GPP may be one of the coolest week-long photo events in the world, and here's why.

First, it is reasonably sized. All-in, it's under a thousand people involved (although photo Fridays can get a little crazy) so you'll see the same people repeatedly and make friends from all kinds of interesting places.

Second, there will be people there with skill levels ranging from beginner to pro. Worry about your skill level is no reason not to go. The classes are stratified enough for just about anyone to fill a week with appropriate courses.

The Mohamed I mentioned above is Mohamed Somji, a young Dubai-based photographer and the head of GPP, which is also an ongoing education venue for local photo enthusiasts. Mohamed is smart in that he pulls together sources of sponsorship and funding to keep tuition prices at a level I would say are on the low side of reasonable.

As a result, there is a gear vendor room that runs all week, too. So you also get to play with the toys between classes.

And the range of classes is the best thing about GPP. You could choose to take a 4-day workshop with McNally (which, of course would require nightly visits to the Vista to re-assemble your head) at rates below what the same class would cost in the US. Joe is also doing a one-day demo workshop.

Or you could spend a week in an intensive still-to-video class with Vincent Laforet, in an up-to-the-minute class like nothing else I have yet seen. Documentary photographer Steve Simon is also running a five-day class for the folks who are happiest when they are shooting out on the street.

If you do not want to go all-in for a week-long boot camp, you can go a la carte on a day-to-day basis. Take a two-day commercial lighting course with JoeyL, or learn how to do amazing post production from Chomasia's David Nightingale.

Kelby even let colleague Matt Kloskowski out of the tiger cage for a week to come over and teach five different day-long post production classes. If I were not teaching on Monday night, I would be sitting in Matt's "Layers" class. Talk about going right to the source. Matt wrote the book.

Zack Arias will be back this year, too. He is doing two OneLights, in addition to a beginner's class and a two-day workshop. I predict Zack will be dead from teaching by the end of the week. Dude goes all-out.

Bobbi Lane is also teaching lighting, Chris Hurtt is doing a wide variety of beginner-oriented classes, and the list goes on. There is lots to choose from -- the full course list is here.

My Courses

I'll be teaching one- and two-day classes all week. Monday evening will be on social media, where we will be looking at how to integrate blogging, Twitter, etc., into your long-term strategies -- be they photographic, business or personal. No secrets and nothing is off-limits.

Tuesday and Wednesday will be a two-day intensive on shooting people. It is a very small class environment. We'll have demo and lecture on Tuesday morning, then you get thrown in the deep end for the rest of the time. You'll be broken into three-person teams, with multiple shooting/editing sessions throughout the next day and a half. I'll be alongside, as will UK photog Adam Swords, who I'm told will be assisting me this year. [UPDATE: The two-day class is sold out.]

That's Adam, left, checking his email in the ground-floor bar at the hotel at GPP 2008. Sadly, Adam was not yet of legal drinking age, but he was more than welcome to hang out anyway.

The two-day class is the longer version of what I wish every day-long lighting seminar I teach could really be: Very small class, starting off with the information fire hose and then plenty of time to drill the techniques into your brain with guided shooting time.

The class label says "confident beginner." But we will be able to tailor the shooting sessions to more advanced students, too. Suffice to say, your butts will be sufficiently kicked.

My other two classes are day-long lecture/demo shooting formats. One is on table-top/illustration and the other is a new lighting class that I am debuting in Dubai: Lighting in Layers.

The latter is a sort-of exploded format that I cannot easily do on a blog, walking through the "how" and "why" of individual lighting problems and progressions.

We go step-by-step, picture-by-picture up on screen to build a shot, showing mistakes and solutions along the way. Photogs are visual people, so that is the way we try to learn it.

Wedged in on Friday (which is sort of like Sunday in an Islamic culture) is Photo Friday, a large-class sampler of many different offerings. It is very economical and aimed at a wider audience, so that gives you a change of pace if you have been skedding more intensive classes all week.

Some full-weekers hit the Photo Friday lectures, and others might opt for some of the off-the hook shopping and sites of Dubai that day.

Stuff to Do

Bearing in mind that nothing in Dubai is old, you may want to visit the souk down by the creek, which gives you a neat window into the culture with the many commercial stalls and the activity down on the water.

And you can also take a trip out in to the desert, many of which end up at a encampment with food, sheesha and those etherial desert sunsets. Or, if you are insane, try a little dune busting with a guided 4WD trip. (Loved it.)

The Madinat (pictured at the top of the post) is also a cool, quick trip from GPP. IT is only five minutes away and is a resort area with a historical theme. (Looks old, but is new. Good place for souvies.)

Nearby is the Burj al Arab, the world's only gazillion-star hotel. Bring decent clothes if you want to hit the Sky Bar up top. That place is all about the superlatives.

If you are a shopper, or just like to walk around slack-jawed in marvel at what a few billion dollars can create, Dubai is your place. Don't let the economic news out of Dubai deter you -- it's all still there, and off the hook. It's just that they are trying to figure out how they are gonna pay for it now.

There are three humongous malls in Dubai -- the Mall of the Emirates, Ibn Battuta, and The Dubai Mall. 'Emirates' is the one you have heard of which has the indoor ski slope -- with real snow. IMO, skip that one in favor of the other two if you have to choose. Which should tell you something about the other two.

Ibn Battuta Mall is themed after an 13th-century Islamic explorer, with ginormous pavillions dedicated to the parts of the world that Battuta explored. Why we learned about the standard explorers in western civ class instead of this guy, I will never know.

Shown at left is the China Pavillion. That's a full-sized junk in the background. Ibn Battuta is about 15 mins away by cab from GPP.

Ibn Battuta, BTW, is the little one. The Dubai Mall pretty much blows the curve for any other commercial venue on the planet. They have an aquarium, left, about the size of Rhode Island, and you can walk out on the promenade (at twilight is best) to view the half-mile high world-record skyscraper next door.

It is insane.

The thing is, I am not even a shopper. I find a pair of tennis shoes I like, I buy three pairs on sale so I do not have to go back for a while. But I still find these places amazing. It is a look into the heart of brain of consumerism -- one big, breathing sociological experiment to watch.

Just Go.

If you are worried about culture shock in Dubai, don't be. Well, other than the mall thing. It is just one of those cities you want to see once in your life.

And if you are wondering about whether GPP is worth the trip, it absolutely is. For those of you in part of the world that make the US classes too long a haul, that means you are probably close enough to Dubai to make it a reasonable hop.

It is certainly as far east as I will get this year, and I hope to see many of you there -- in classes as well as at the Vista afterwards.

Link: GPP 2010: March 1st - 6th, 2010


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Blogger Fred Van Etten said...

Any chance of releasing a DVD along the lines of your Lighting In Layers seminar?

January 21, 2010 5:58 PM  
Blogger Rockhopper said...

I done a course with David on one of the rare occaisons he was in the UK.

Brilliant, dont miss the chance to learn something new, and if you are an old pro be prepared to throw away old ideas and embrace a new way of looking at things.

for the ladies David and his famous shorts are not to be missed..

Wish I could get time off to go.


January 21, 2010 6:22 PM  
Blogger frescova said...

SO Tempted...
Thanks for the write-up...

January 21, 2010 6:52 PM  
Blogger John said...

This may sound greedy, but I sure wish there was a similar seminar like this here in the U.S.!

January 21, 2010 8:28 PM  
Blogger Morgana Creely said...

Any chance you might come to Australia to teach a class sometime? Or alternatively release a DVD of your classes?

As much as I would love to go to Dubai, unfortunately is still a 22 hour and several thousand dollars plane ride away.

January 21, 2010 9:35 PM  
Blogger martinstephens said...

Arrggghhh! I'm landing in Dubai on March 5th. Next year I WILL go to GPP. Hope Mr. Hobby does too!

January 21, 2010 10:44 PM  
Blogger laura evans/photography said...

sounds wonderful ... do you cover the cost of my flight as well? hehehe

January 22, 2010 3:53 AM  
Blogger Eric Duminil said...

Everything sounds great, but it's in Dubai.

I cannot stop from associating Dubai with everything that's wrong in our world : financial, social & environmental problems are magnified through the short-sightedness of this city, and I just don't want to be a part of this.

Let met see : slaves to build tower, no sewage treatment plant, and ski slopes in the friggin' desert.

That's a real pity, because I'd love to hear all those great lectures.

Please tell us if you come to Europe!

January 22, 2010 5:44 AM  
Blogger mr_chompers said...

The courses themselves look awesome, but Dubai has way too many human rights violations for me to go and spend money in. It's a city built by modern day slaves, who are still there and suffering. I'm sure it's easy to go and not see any of that, but just knowing would taint the experience for me. I'm wondering if any of the lecturers have similar qualms or if it's just ignored.

January 22, 2010 6:22 AM  
Blogger Richard said...

That looks amazing! Thanks for the infomercial :)

By the way, from London (UK) Dubai is a 6hr 50 min flight, and New York is a 7hr 45min flight. So conferences/workshops in the north-east of the US are pretty much the same haul as to the GPP.

January 22, 2010 6:47 AM  
Blogger Adam Swords said...

Looking forward to heading back out to Dubai for what will be my third year in a row at GPP.

As David says I'll be assisting him on this workshop (I was out there with Chase Jarvis last year) and so if anybody from the UK has any questions about the event then I'll do my best to help out - just @adamswords me on twitter.

Looking forward to you buying me a beer, David!


January 22, 2010 8:13 AM  
Blogger Sarah and Scott said...

I know this is a little off-subject, but could you give me some leads for finding workshops in the US? I've never been to a workshop and I'm not sure where to start a search for one.

January 22, 2010 9:24 AM  
Blogger Cailin said...

It's a little late for this year, David - money all allocated, etc. but you've done a good sell job for next year. I've always wanted to extend my travels outside of Europe - this seems like a safe way to do so.

Silly question - any issues with women? Certainly Dubai wouldn't expect Western women to wear head scarves, etc. but were there any women present? Or is this just a boys club for now?

January 22, 2010 9:54 AM  
Blogger Dale said...


Along these lines, have you stopped giving your one-day (or two? we could only dream, right?) seminars in the US as you did in 2007/2008/2009?

You never made it to Texas, and I would have loved to participate in one of those...kept waiting for Dallas, or Houston, or Austin, or El Paso, or Lubbock, or Amarillo, or even Luckenbach or Cut And Shoot, TX to come up in the list...Alas, it was never to be!

Seriously, I would really dig the opportunity...if you're still doing them.



January 22, 2010 11:10 AM  
Blogger fellini said...

Well, is there something of this scope in the US, or do we have to hunt and peck to piece it together?

January 22, 2010 1:55 PM  
Blogger Saw-whet said...

Need more info sooner next year. So I can book the cheaper flights and cheaper rooms as I don't expect to sleep much when I am there. LOL

Strange KLM right now from Toronto to Dubai is less then $700.00 CDN.

January 22, 2010 10:51 PM  
Blogger David said...

@Chompers and Eric;

By that logic, I would certainly hope you don't own anything made in China, either. And I do come to Europe, even after what the Romans did a few years back.

Sorry to bristle, but you obviously do not know the people at GPP. It's run by an expat named Mohamed Somji, who, among other specialties, is a documentary photographer who is most interested in covering the lives of workers who have been brought in to build the buildings.

I even gave you a link to his blog, but I am guessing you did not read it.

FWIW, he is one of the more progressive, empathic people I know. And he made a point to show us both sides of Dubai, too. Mohamed, like me, is more comfy at Ravi's (where many of those workers eat) than at the Burj al Arab.


In general, I would imagine that in a big city you are safer in EU than you are in the US. Similarly, in Dubai, you would be statistically safer than in an EU city.

Mohamed jokes that you could leave your gear in the open in the backseat of your parked car an in general not be worried about theft.

In answer to your question about covering, you will see a small percentage of traditional Islamic women who cover in public. But it is by no means required. IMO, at least 90% of the women dress to western standards.

FWIW, I had similar misconceptions about Dubai before visiting the first time, as with most other places. Without fail, my worries have proven to be unfounded. That's one of the nicest benefits of traveling, IMO.

January 22, 2010 10:57 PM  
Blogger Michael said...

Thanks heaps for the heads up on GPP. I'm checking it out now with my wife for a nice, albeit pricey, week getaway from the Aussie outback.

You mentioned rooms at $80 a night. When I look they are $273. Is there a super-secret code for a group rate perhaps?

January 22, 2010 11:34 PM  
Blogger David said...



The super secret is that 1 U.S. dollar = 3.67290571 United Arab Emirates dirhams.

That makes it quite a bit cheaper. Don't tell anyone!

January 22, 2010 11:47 PM  
Blogger David said...


Yes. But still a ways out.


AU is on my list, but I found there is only a certain amount that I can travel per year without putting too much pressure on blog, shooting and family.


I'll see if I can get them to move it up a week for you.


Heh, heh. Nope.


There are TONS. In fact, you or someone else should start a website to consolidate the info and get rich from it.


See above re AU, but TX is on my list, too.


Santa Fe and Maine come to mind, but I like the structure of GPP's much better. Someone should do this in the US -- and have it repeated in several cities. Done well, this could be a great business. But GPP also runs year-round with more casual classes. It is an awesome setup.


TOR to DXB for $700CDN? You can barely get to EU for that! That's a good deal.

January 22, 2010 11:56 PM  
Blogger Vineet Modi said...

David Hobby: You don't know what you have just posted, you really don't! Now you're in deep trouble my man, trust me...

I am a Photographer and VJ with MTV India and coincidentally the biggest fan of your work, blogs, and workshop DVD's. After reading this post, I have decided to come to GPP and kidnap you and bring you here with me, so that you become my personal-life-long-instructor. Really. Else I'm flying back to the US as your assistant. You choose!

January 23, 2010 3:44 AM  
Blogger Heikki Pölönen said...

Wow, thanks for the info. I'll be there listening to what Vincent LaForet has to say and having drinks at the bars with you, if I'll get funding for that. Really looking forward to that!

And why is it that people always have all these fears about new places? If it wasn't for GPP, Dubai definitely wouldn't be on the top of the list of places I want to see, but it's just because I find it culturally kinda poor, as it's basicly been built from dust in these last couple of decades.

Anyways, it's probably one of the safest places to travel IMHO. The only poor people who might be tempted to commit crimes are the ones working at the constuction sites. And they won't, because they don't want to lose their jobs.


January 23, 2010 8:51 AM  
Blogger Sandra said...

It looks like a fantastic programme is on offer and reasonably priced too. I would love to attend sometime, unfortunately it won't be this year for me, as I've just booked my remaining holiday time for the middle of March. Oh well, there will be other years I suppose.

I too was wondering about the question Caitlin brought up about the ratio of male to female attendees - not really worried about the east/west cultural differences I'm pretty certain I wouldn't be doing anything likely to cause offence.

I see from your photostream of the 2008 group there were a reasonable number of female tutors/lecturers. Were there many female students?

January 23, 2010 12:49 PM  
Blogger cricalix said...

Tempting, very tempting. Just have to see if I have the £1500 that I'll need to get flights, room and workshops paid for. That's £1500 from my camera upgrade budget gone, but hopefully skills > new camera.

January 23, 2010 1:14 PM  
Blogger David said...


It's mostly expats, with a few Emiratis mixed in. Plenty of women - not quite 50:50 but that is normal in photo conferences for some weird reason.

You would not feel out of place at all.

I have had a total of two traditional-dress local women in my classes over the last two years, and they were both fantastic. I think I was a little culturally sensitive/hesitant at first (cause imadoofus). But once I got past my preconceptions and worries of offense (about 30 seconds) I quickly saw that they were both fantastic people.

We actually had a cop from Abu Dhabi in one of my classes last year, which I thought might be a style crimper. Of course, he was cool. It was my preconceptions that were the issue. An hour into the class we had several running jokes going back and forth.

Seriously, the more you travel, the more people you meet the sillier your cultural fears and preconceptions always turn out to look in retrospect.

January 23, 2010 4:01 PM  
Blogger Karl said...

Is the web 2.0 seminar aimed to photographers who want like you sell tutorials, seminars and books to other photographers or is it to get non photographer clients???

I would like to know because so far my web 2.0 experience is that I followed your advice and the return was really poor and most bloggers aren´t willing to pay any money for work (they wanted credit but I can´t eat from credit) in the end shifted to doing old school "chevro-legs" driven visits to AD´s and clients and got much, much, much more paid gigs!!! I got some really cool works doing environmental portraits, and 4 product shots, etc. So my problem is: I can´t find where is the market in social media? (most bloggers can´t pay normal rates, and AD´s and most direct clients don´t have time for Twitter, FB or Blogs)unless you are aiming to other photographers as your clients (like Chase, Zack, you do with your seminars, books, DVD,s etc).

Am I wrong? I would love to hear your opinion!! Thanks!!!! :D


January 23, 2010 9:14 PM  
Blogger David said...


I read your comment about 10 times and I am still not really sure what you are really asking.

As for the social media seminar at GPP, our discussion will primarily be on how to build a base in the three main platforms (FB, TW and Blogging) and then expand your audience.

Emphasis will be on the last two, as I have grown to not be a real big fan of the signal-to-noise ratio on Facebook. In fact, I am constantly toying with the idea of shutting my FB account down. My user list is now very tight, and consists mostly of people with whom I have in-person relationships.

Each person will probably have a totally different goal of what they want to do with their web audience, but you have to have an audience before you can flip that switch.

We'll talk about the mechanics of the different platforms, how to make them symbiotic, strategies for growing your footprint and figuring out what it is you really want to accomplish.

That last part is important, because you have to first have an end destination to know the path to get there.

And here's the thing: Not everyone is cut out to be able to take advantage of what social media has to offer. You have to have a voice, and to be able to communicate well in written form.

You have to be able to get your ideas and personality across in print whether it is a 140-char tweet or a lengthy blog post.

If you don't have a compass point, or cannot communicate well, you may just want to use the web in a bare-bones way. But you'd better be on the web in at least some rudimentary form. People expect it.

We will focus mostly the above as it relates to photography, but will use examples from many areas. Good social media strategies are not subject-dependent.

To be honest, you may or may not be a particularly great match for social media. If you are getting better results pounding pavement, stick with that.

I am not here to sell the idea that social media can be powerful. That train has already left the station. I want to give people insights and strategies based on my experiences and those of other successful people on the web.

January 23, 2010 11:09 PM  
Blogger Haristobald said...

Damn you where right! I shoud'nt have hit the jump.

Now I'm just obsesed about how to get the money to go there.

I don't thank you David


January 24, 2010 4:46 AM  
Blogger Justin said...

Thanks for posting this. Im actually heading back to Australia in March but your two day course matches up at the begining of the week. How much of a Advanced Beginner do you need to be before being swept under with information? Seriously looking into booking flights at the moment, dispite the cost. Unless your planning a trip to the UK any time soon?

Thanks again for a great site and sharing your info as freely as you do!

January 24, 2010 8:44 AM  
Blogger David said...


Thanks much for the comment you submitted. But to be honest, I am not trying to raise the temperature level any more than it is around here so I thought I would reference it rather than publish something that could lead to a tit-for-tat continuation of the thread.

My guess is that they have probably never visited (or they would have said so) and can naturally be forgiven misconceptions. As I said, I certainly have had them, too.

Very much appreciate the second on Dubai being safe and friendly, so long as one respects the culture and laws there. And ditto your compliments on the people who run GPP.

I would go further, to say that I think visiting Dubai represents a bit of a hybrid culture (including things that are both western and middle eastern) and thus is a logical place for a first visit into the middle east.

Dominic's comment included the following, with which I completely agree:

" ... you would be pleasantly surprised.
For others that have concerns about cultural, religious or safety issues I can assure you that Dubai is one of the friendliest and safest places around as long as you are respectful and abide by the local laws while you are here. GPP is a fantastic event and I very much look forward to being a part of it again this year. "

January 24, 2010 11:49 AM  
Blogger Alex said...

Wahoo! I booked my place on the McNally course last week when it opened. Can't believe I'm flying all the way from the UK but hell, I can't wait.

All being well, see you there for a pint David.


January 24, 2010 1:19 PM  
Blogger JT said...

Eric Duminil: Dubai is what's wrong with the world? You say you'll only go if it's in Europe, which is clearly the historically moral highlight of the world. These workshops are about the spreading of photographic knowledge and the fun in expanding your horizons. You have interest in only one of these two sides, and it's the wrong one. I apologize if you live in a new country that's off the grid, has never fought a war, has no homeless, minimum wage is a fortune and welcomes everyone with open arms. Also, where is it and how can I get there? Obviously not with a plane. They pollute, and are what's 'wrong with the world'.

January 24, 2010 3:33 PM  
Blogger Radu said...

I have already booked a room at the Holiday Inn Express - looking forward to meeting you at the Vista!

I have posted a longer comment about 24hrs ago and it didn't appear yet. Hence it was either lost (which is unpleasant but ok) or moderated. If the latter is true, then I'm not really sure what triggered moderation in what I said, but I really don't want to leave a bad impression
I follow this site for more than 2 years and one of the reasons for taking part in GPP this year was meeting you. I also wanted to take one of your workshops, but I booked Joe McNally's bootcamp first, so the only workshop you have on March 4th (a day break in the bootcamp) is the still life one. I am more interested in people pictures, so this means I'll have the chance to meet you either at the Vista or similar (hopefully) or at one of your Photo Friday sessions.
Best regards and looking forward to meeting you!
Radu Pencea (

January 24, 2010 4:08 PM  
Blogger h.linton said...

In Eric's defense:

BTW - Is this old news already?

January 25, 2010 8:34 AM  
Blogger David said...

Okedoke, that's the last of the if-they-live-in-Dubai-I-can-blame-them-for-anything-that-happens-in-Dubai comments.

January 25, 2010 2:07 PM  
Blogger register said...

Wanted to sign up for your workshop but someone already booked it... But I am on Zack and Joey L!

See you there!!

January 28, 2010 5:51 PM  
Blogger Athena said...

I'm ecstatic to be attending GPP 2010. My spouse just happens to live and work in a neighboring country so I thought it was a great chance to get a little vacay time in and fly over to Dubai to see some greats (will be attending the "Make It Happen" panel you'll be in). Thanks for the write-up on Dubai, David -- so much better than reading a travel guide, and honestly this alleviated a few of my fears.

February 01, 2010 11:31 PM  
Blogger Vineet Modi said...

Woah! I just called up Holiday Inn at the Internet City and they have rooms starting from around $100 per night. Now I don't know about you guys, but for someone from India, that is expensive! I am coming alone on 3rd and this cost would be on the higher side.

Perhaps we could do a group booking? Or anyone willing to share a room with two beds, so we can split the costs? We can always meet in person at the event and discuss and decide other possibilities, but its good to know if someone is up for it! :)

February 03, 2010 12:54 AM  
Blogger register said...

hi do you know where you can eat at budget near knowledge village?

February 07, 2010 2:55 PM  
Blogger David said...

There are lots of budget eating options on the campus of Knowledge Village. It is basically geared toward the college crowd. There are standalone options (plenty) but just in the cafe court alone there are 10-15 places, all wallet friendly.

There is stuff like Subway and KFC, but I recommend the Indian and Lebanese walk-up places. Skip the burger joint -- better options elsewhere.


February 07, 2010 3:53 PM  

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