Lengthy travels to get here (including a 2-hour delay at Heathrow), but am in Dubai and ready to sleep for hours. It is about 2am on Saturday morning here and the bed looks quite inviting.
Later this evening, I will be meeting with my host (Jim) and the 2 Arab poets I'll be working with throughout the next 2 weeks to talk about the program. Had a chance to speak with Jim on the ride from the airport. He seems open (a bit organizationally frazzled) and excited to work together.