Edi­tor’s Let­ter

Bespoke - - EDITOR’S LETTER -

They say the most im­por­tant thing about dreams is hav­ing one in the first place and though the world may seem to be in de­cline (es­pe­cially the Arab world), over the course of this is­sue we hope you see that not only is there a glo­ri­ous sur­feit of dreams to take in­spi­ra­tion from, their sheer diver­sity will leave you feel­ing bet­ter about what the fu­ture holds. We start with Raghida Dergham, who de­spite the odds against her, is ac­tively work­ing on cre­at­ing a bet­ter to­mor­row. We meet Cody Friesen who has in­vented a vi­able way of cre­at­ing water out of thin air. We ex­am­ine the pos­i­tive and wide-rang­ing ben­e­fits of blockchain. And, around our re­gion, we touch upon Saudi Ara­bia’s dream of mod­erni­sa­tion (via KAPSARC), we visit the in­spi­ra­tional Banksy-con­ceived Walled Off Ho­tel in the Pales­tinian West Bank and, through a photo-es­say, de­lib­er­ate upon the mil­lions of Syr­ian refugees who refuse to give up on their dream of re­turn­ing home. On a lighter note, do check out our OMG sup­ple­ment, which we had a blast com­pil­ing, and don’t miss our ex­ten­sive fea­ture on Alfa Romeo’s mirac­u­lous come­back. Fi­nally, we were su­per chuffed to se­cure not just one, but two global mega-star exclusives – Lewis Hamil­ton and Vir­gil Abloh – es­pe­cially as they’re the kind of peo­ple who per­fectly em­body what you can achieve when you pur­sue your dreams. Now, be­fore I sign off, I should also di­vulge that we too have a dream, and it’s that we can be more than just a bi-monthly in­dul­gence. That’s why we’ve been work­ing for the last year and a half to cre­ate a game-chang­ing dig­i­tal plat­form, with the aim of con­nect­ing with you, our dear read­ers, on a far more reg­u­lar ba­sis. It’s all top-se­cret and in the works, but in the mean­time, en­joy the is­sue and re­mem­ber to trust in your dreams.

Ni­co­las Is­sam Sham­mas Edi­tor-in-chief

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