Friday - - Editor’s Letter -

I love karaoke and it seems I’m not the only one. But for­get the power bal­lads; it’s all about hip-hop karaoke at a monthly open-mic night on the rooftop at the Hol­i­day Inn Express In­ter­net City. While I was chan­nelling my in­ner Jay Z, I didn’t quite make it to the stage but I’m in re­hearsal at home ready to per­form next month. Now that’s a rap! Mark Setch­field, art edi­tor

This week I got to put up my nine-foot Christ­mas tree – it’s so big it ri­vals the trees in some of the UAE’s ho­tels. I took tips from last week’s tree fea­ture in Fri­day to make sure it looked flaw­less. Be­ing a per­fec­tion­ist, it took two days of dec­o­rat­ing for me to get it right but I’m pretty pleased with the re­sult – the fes­tive feel­ing is fi­nally here! Lindsay Judge, fash­ion edi­tor

I al­ways joke that I’ve been cov­er­ing Dubai In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val for a decade, but have only seen five films (I was usu­ally in the of­fice typ­ing up red car­pet reports). Hope­fully that changes this year – I plan to see La La Land and some of the free Beach screen­ings too. Natalie Long, edi­tor

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