A National Day Like No Other in the UAE

American Independence Day has nothing-I repeat nothing-on the United Arab Emirates’ National Day. I love the Fourth of July, because of the symbolism behind it and because, on the Eastern End of Long Island, it means high summer is in full swing. But Independence Day here is lowkey-parties, barbecues, a parade, lots of red, white … More A National Day Like No Other in the UAE

Nogomi Fashions #15: Summer Styles in Sweltering MENA

Besides traveling to Europe, Arab fashionistas also traveled to other Middle Eastern nations-Lebanon, Egypt and Morocco being popular, while the stiflingly hot Gulf was not-or had staycations. In which country did fashionista’s style reign supreme? LEBANON A LA MODE  Lebanese Reality TV star Nadine AbdelAziz That may or may not be a rubber band wrapped … More Nogomi Fashions #15: Summer Styles in Sweltering MENA

MENA Viewpoints: USA Presidential Primaries Debate (R) #1

August 6 marked the second American Presidential Primary debate for the Republican party, an event that promised to be full of interesting (read: highly questionable) soundbites, particularly on American foreign policy in the Middle East. The candidates did not disappoint, sharing their (scary) views on the future of the Islamic State aka Daesh; how to … More MENA Viewpoints: USA Presidential Primaries Debate (R) #1

Celebs: Just Like Us?

American tabloid magazine US Weekly features a page called “Celebs: Just like Us?” with pictures of celebrities either living the high life or doing shockingly mundane things. Let’s do a Middle East version featuring the region’s superstars. NOT LIKE US! They drive a red version of the Batmobile, or at least pretend to. I mean, … More Celebs: Just Like Us?

Nogomi Fashions #10: Ramadan Styles Part 1

what’s happening: the Holy month of Ramadan does not mean that there’s a lack of stylish ladies around: au contraire. Between sohours, iftars and other events the fashionistas of the Middle East were kept busy one-upping each other. One star-studded event was singer (and recent Murex D’or winner) Shatha Hassoun’s sohour at the Sofitel Hotel … More Nogomi Fashions #10: Ramadan Styles Part 1

More than a Song: Domestic Violence Tackled in Elissa’s Ya Merayti

 Lebanese superstar Elissa’s most recent music video is also her most serious: “Ya Merayti” (“My Mirror”) features Elissa as a domestic abuse survivor. Shunning the romantic lovey-dovey storylines popular with Arab music videos the clip, shot on location in Serbia, brings to light a problem that is all too familiar for plenty of Arab women, yet, … More More than a Song: Domestic Violence Tackled in Elissa’s Ya Merayti

Ramadan Kareem! A look at Mosques Around the World

First of all, a very happy Ramadan (Ramadan Kareem) to the Muslim ummah! Ramadan is a very special time, one of contemplation, community, charity, celebration and, most of all, faith. It’s a time of sacrifice and solidarity, peace and perseverance; a time to ask forgiveness for one’s sins. In honor of the start of Ramadan, … More Ramadan Kareem! A look at Mosques Around the World