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From Under Its Palm Trees


From Under Its Palm Trees
Misrata, Libya

Thubactis, Kevalay, the city of the sand dunes or that of the two beaches as it faces the Mediterranean Sea with around 120-degree blunt angle of land. The north African city has a full past of different civilisations have lived on, hence the different names. Misrata is a small city comes the third in population after Tripoli and Benghazi with (pop around 386,120), however, it comes the first in trading and industries, the city was used as a commercial station in old ages.

Misrati Icon
The old municipality building of the city of Misrata, Libya. It was built in the late 19th century. The iconic building is the current symbol for the city.

Thubactis was a city founded by the Phoenicians about 3,000 years ago, some 210 km east of the Libyan city of Tripoli. It was located near the present-day city of Misurata.

Kevalay is derived from Cephalae Promontorium and in some historic documents was called Σταδιασμός ήτοι περίπλους της μεγάλης θαλάσσης (The long distances of the big sea).
 The geographical description of Strabo AD as a large head covered with forests and form the Gulf of Sirte, major Ptolemy. geographically known as Trirone Acrone (the three heads) because it consists of three heads of land plunged into the sea and inhabited by a tribe called Misrata, which is the name now known by.

Misrata is a humble city that is inhabited by hardworking and ethnically mixed people, concentrated with Mediterranean breeze and espresso smell on its evenings. Young and old-spirited streets surrounded by rows of palm trees which is what Misrata is known for in the local poets/songs about the city has helped it to make its own Mediterranean atmosphere.


Kuala Lumpur Photography Festival 2019 (KLPF)

The Kuala Lumpur Photography Festival (KLPF) is the hottest and biggest imaging event in Malaysia and possibly Southeast Asia. As travel and photography always go hand-in-hand, the KLPF also include activities in the travel section. Each year photographers and travellers converge at the KLPF to attend the seminars from industry leaders, interact with experts, build new relationships, experience new products and win attractive prizes. The first KLPF was held on 14 – November 1997 and has since become an annual event to look forward to.


On its 21st cycle, and in conjunction with Merdeka (Independence Day of Malaysia) month in August, the Kuala Lumpur Photography Festival spreads the message of love to the photographer’s own homelands wherever they are from. Therefor, I have participated with 12 photos of my hometown (Misrata, Libya) under the title “ From Under Its Palm Trees” (من تحت نخلها) and was privileged to have my photos accepted by the committee to be printed out and displayed in an independent booth in the exhibition that was held in Viva Expo Hall, Jalan Loke Yew, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. From 23rd to 25th of August 2019.


The ceremony started off with a dance performance by Encore Melaka group then followed by a welcome address by Festival Director, Jessica Chan. The halls gates were open after that to the audience to witness a drum dance performance in front of the gates while they entered on the exciting music.

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Although the exhbition was in Malaysia but it was as diverse as the colours of a printer ready to push out a pride parade photo. The schedule was full of free seminars about photography and visual art to both kids and adults, photo competitions of models, and different types of booths and kiosks.

The title of my booth is inspired by my favourite song about the city (Misrata w Nekhalha Hadd Ezzain) مصراتة ونخلها حد الزين by singer Mohammad Omran AbuSha’alah, witten and composed by Mohammad Omran. The song title translates from Arabic to “Misrata and Its Palm Trees” as the city is known for this tree to be in almost every street and neighbourhood, symbolising the true fusion between Sahara desert and the Mediterranean sea.

My Booth

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Other Photos That Did Not Make It to The Exhibition




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