Dear .Net Palmers!

A very wet and chilly welcome from Dubai! As the weather takes its turn and a brand new winter season comes with all the rain and over cast conditions (some thing good for us desert dwellers who have added rain to their hashtables containing sun, sand and beach) we have taken a similar approach and updated our portal ( ). With its new theme it offers a better look and feel, thanks to great work from Imran Sami.

By the way it’s not only the weather and a new theme of our portal that’s new out there, more good things have been happening on the IT landscape of Arabian Gulf. Prime example would be launching of first Gulf based Architect Community, called GulfSkyScrapers ( ). It’s a great initiative for all those who are interested in learning about or sharing their knowledge on Solution and Infrastructure Architecture.

Also, Imagine Cup ( has been launched in Gulf ( ) . Imagine Cup is Microsoft’s Global Student Technology competition and a phenomenal opportunity to showcase our commitment to innovation and education – where students demonstrate solutions to real world problems facing society today.

TechGuru( ) competition is also announced. It’s a great opportunity for IT professionals to win great prizes and get recognized as guru. So hurry up as the contest ends January 31st, 2007.

Soon we will be launching our Windows Vista and Office Launch series of events to get all of you in depth and technical knowledge of this next generation platform. Till then happy .netting.

Your g e e k mate,

Hammad Rajjoub

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