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Singapore sees economic spin-offs from Mideast medical tourists
Dr Ameen Talib, Member of the Arab Association and Owner of Cafe Le Caire, said: "By promoting it as little Arabia in Singapore, more and more Arab visitors will actually visit the area.Therefore, the business people here will start providing markets and services for this market segment, meaning the Arabic cafes and shops selling ghaharu."
stressed that the personal element is all important if ties are to be developed further, beyond Singapore's shores.
The other side of Arab Street - JUNE 10, 2004
Dr Ameen Talib, chairman of the organising committee, said it had been organised to create an awareness of Arab culture - and to liven up Arab Street.
'We want to create in Singapore an awareness of the Arab community which has been here for a long time,' he
'The festival hopes to introduce Arab culture to Singaporeans.'Dr Talib
is aware that current concerns about terrorism and developments in the Middle East have thrown the spotlight on Arab culture.
said: 'We have no intention of politicising the festival.
For example, Yemeni dances are performed mostly by men, Dr Talib
said.But for the Egyptians, female belly dancers are a common sight.
There are about 10,000 Arabs here who form a close-knit community.Dr Talib, who is also a member of the management committee of the Arab Association, said Arabs had contributed to nation-building despite their small size.He
said Arab traders arrived here in the 19th century.
'Many of the big Arab families here, like the Alkaffs and Alsagoffs, have played their part to help build Singapore.
'The festival hopes to bring this across and introduce the community to the rest of Singapore,' said Dr Talib
Mr Wan Nor, 32, said the festival opened his
eyes to Arab culture.
Three or four years ago, the street was dead after 5pm, Dr Talib
'I've told all my staff that if you are not comfortable calling the customer 'uncle', then you check his IC,' said Mr Ameen Talib, who owns Cafe Le Caire.He
and the owner of Cafe Ambrosia
, Mr S. Abishek, said they would sack the waiters involved.
There's smoke... But who says I'm smoking? - FEB 23, 2004
'They've got to be pretty dumb if they don't think it's smoking,' said Mr Ameen Talib, 41, owner of Cafe Le Caire.
'Singaporeans are well-travelled and many have tried smoking sheesha overseas.
Arabian nights in Singapore - JUNE 4, 2004
To that end, Dr Ameen Talib, 42, says that Singapore's first ever Arab Heritage Week aims to 'let people know that there is an Arab culture in Singapore'.He is the chairman of the organising committee for the event, which is organised by the Arab Association Singapore.