World premiere to composition inspired by the Porsche 911 GT1 car


Cars and music….two things together that mean that I am usually not too far away or at least get a wind of…:). A new composition inspired by the famous Porsche 911 GT1 racing car was given its world premiere by the uncrowned kings of classical saxophone music in Dubai – I wasn’t there which means the event didn’t exactly have the diva touch but I thought since it is a unique combination of the two things I love so much, I just had to put my two cents worth in.

The world-renowned Raschèr Saxophone Quartet from Germany delivered their first public performance of the intriguing work with the title “Straßenversion” (‘street legal’ in English), in the second concert of The Score Classical 2013 series at Dubai’s Madinat Theatre at Souk Madinat Jumeirah. The title of the new composition stems from a desire by Joanna Marsh – a British composer currently residing in Dubai – to write a piece with a subject strongly linked to Dubai.

It is named after the “Straßenversion”, the road legal version of the Porsche 911 GT1 racing car built in 1997, and Marsh has dedicated the piece to Ferdinand Alexander Porsche, the designer of Porsches iconic 911, who died last year. The appearance of the Rascher Saxophone Quartet from Germany was a rare treat for Dubai music lovers. The quartet appears regularly at major concert halls around the world and has inspired over 450 composers to dedicate music to them….keep an eye out for them next time!

Intersec 2013 – I’m feeling safer than ever living in the UAE

I love living in UAE…it is I reckon the safest place in the whole world to be. There is no place I can think of that comes close to the safety and security this awesome country provides but it takes a lot of hard work to keep it this way by various industries. I feel so grateful when I hear of the UAE supporting exhibitions like Intersec because it reflects the importance the country gives to security to ensure we stay safe in every aspect of our lives….the authorities here have the latest technology available in the securities industry to keep it this way and Intersec is one place they find what is the best for all types of safety and security.

Intersec has played a major role in the last 14 years in reflecting the security industry worldwide. The exhibition and conference combines a strong international profile, with a huge regional impact. Intersec last year I remember showcased the latest technologies and apparatus in Commercial Security & Information Security, Aviation, Homeland Security & Policing, Fire & Rescue and Safety & Health….I hear this year is no different.

I met casually with some decision makers from Dubai Police and Civil Defence Authorities and we got chatting about video surveillance last week – I would have loved to have some sort of IP surveillance when my daughter was small and I had to leave her with a maid while I was at work…..I am sure most parents feel the same way about wanting to know that their loved ones at home are looked after well while they are out. Then of course there is the airport security…without this we could have all sorts of dodgy people coming into the country so having this as a top-notch priority is great. I am glad that this is also something we are able to take granted for in UAE … the reason we are so safe is because of the tight security measures that are in place at airports etc. There are many safety and security elements covered at Intersec that is superb and I hope this year is no different from last year which had some cool gadgets for home use.

Intersec takes place from 15 – 17 January 2013, at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre. I personally can’t wait to check it out, especially the video surveillance systems and IP surveillance systems so that I can keep a watchful eye on my house and car. Check details on the exhibition on website: