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Modern Arabia


07th January, 2000

He is on the

top floor of

the tallest

building in the

world, face to

face with a

pristine blue sky. Below

him is a gleaming

cityscape of steel and

mirrors. The sun is

reflected in the endless facets of

thousands of man-made surfaces.

This is how far he has come: just a

few years ago, he was a slave to the

sands of the desert; today, he surveys the

planet from a point so high, Sheherezade

herself could not have imagined it in her most

fanciful tales. For a moment, he is a God,

intoxicated by absolute power, convinced he could leap

off the building and land on the ground unharmed. But

then his gaze falls on the sea and he remembers. He

remembers who he is and who his people have been for

centuries. The sea - with her endlessly shifting diamond face -

has been his lifetime companion, seducing him with her nightly

murmur. She has inspired him to build the most dazzling city on

earth but she has never allowed him to forget that the waters

with which she washes his feet are the same as those with which she washed

the feet of his ancestors. He looks at the skyscrapers, the roads and the

cars. And he smiles. Because even though the world he has created

appears to share not a single feature with the one in which he grew up, his

heart knows that beneath the modern achievements is an oasis. He closes his eyes and

he is there, sitting outside a tent, running his fingers through the sand, watching the sun

set behind a dune, the skin of his face burnished by the ancient, golden light.

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      • Redneck Perfumisto | 9th January 2010 03:52

        Very interesting stuff. I have to say - if I was a perfumer, I know exactly what I would want to do here. It's a very interesting smell. My interpretation would likely not be skilled enough to get it to where it could fully go, even if I had the perfumery skills. But maybe one of the perfumers wants to take a crack at it, because it's really, really interesting.

      • Sorcery of Scent | 9th January 2010 09:44

        I love this concept - the imagery is very vivid and compelling! I enjoy the contrast your describe between nature and man-made structure, as well as industrial and rural. I would like to see this as a strong contender to be put into production. :thumbsup:

      • dareka | 9th January 2010 10:02

        Thanks very much indeed for taking the time to write, Redneck and Dimitri. Even though I say so myself, I would love to see the above turned into a perfume... especially after last night's news footage of two guys Base Jumping off the Burj Khalifa.

        Anyway, now that all the briefs have been made public, I thought people might be interested to see mine in the original submitted version, which also uses colours etc to get its ideas across and makes specific mention of some fragrance notes. Here's a link to the PDF:

        Good luck to one and all!