In February every year, Dubai throws on its fluro dress and squeaky trainers to host the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championship. It’s a really important event in the Dubai social calendar and attracts many of the world’s best players - Roger Federer, Andy Murray, Venus Williams and Andrea Petkov have all vied for the title.

It’s also an important event for Gulf News. It provides a unique opportunity for the paper’s magazine, tabloid!, to monopolise the social coverage of the event, acting as the go-to source for international gossip and sports.

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Chatting with Novak Djockavic at the Burj Al Arab. (Charlotte Moore)

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I’m holding on pretty tight right now. The desert is flying past and Aljeep, the horse is having a fantastic time. Freedom, I think it’s called.

There are camels on the left, on the right, and up on the sand dunes, and an Arabic breakfast waiting for me back at the stables. And I’ve finally found the real Dubai.

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Riding in the desert with Al Jumooh Stables. (Charlotte Moore)

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I waved farewell to Dubai, and now it’s time for me to venture further into the Middle East and even further outside my comfort zone.

As I sped along in a taxi, hundreds of mothers, fathers, children and grandparents gathered around barbecues in the rock strewn fields accompanied by camels, donkeys and horses.

What a change from Dubai’s high rise bling; already I could sense a warmth and a palpable humanity from the Jordanian people.

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LOOK! CAMELS!!! (Charlotte Moore)

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In Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland, there is an exchange between Alice and the White Rabbit, where Alice asks “How long is forever?” and the Rabbit responds with “Sometimes, just one second.”

My time at Agence France-Presse (AFP) has simultaneously felt like one second and forever, with a lifetime’s worth of memories captured in a single experience. It’s hard to sum up in a single post what my time in Tokyo has meant to me, but I know that my memories of my summer here will resonate with me forever.

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Last day at the AFP office. Photo: Kelly Olsen

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It has only been a week since I hopped off the plane and was welcomed back to Sydney summer, and yet it feels like months since I left my cosy apartment back in Seoul.

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I can't believe it's already been a week since my last day at TBS eFM. I've learned so much about myself, about radio and also about production.

The internship has also really opened my eyes to the possibility of working in Korea sometime in the future.

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Five days before my Asahi Shinbun internship started, I was exhausted as my final Japanese exams had just concluded.
Now, five working days after my internship has ended, I am energised and ready to face journalistic challenges head-on with my new role, thanks to a truly engaging and immersive internship experience at Asahi Shinbun.
On my very last day, I was given the opportunity to speak to the ”Freedom To Marry CEO, Evan Wolfson, who spoke about the hardships of the same-sex marriage campaign and how he has held his belief for 32 years that it would eventually be legislated.

In 2015 same-sex marriage became a nationwide law in the USA as a result of Mr. Wolfson's determination.

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Parallax records the experiences of final year students of the B.A. (Media & Communications) degree who have won competitive overseas internships to work in Asian, Indian and Latin American media organisations.
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