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 Fashion #7: Illusion Netting, Sparkles and Tulle

the scene: this was an eventful week in the Middle East, with plenty of big events that drew the region’s celebrities. the Mawazine music festival kicked off in Rabat, Morocco: it draws both international stars like Jennifer Lopez, Avicci and Pharrell Williams and regional stars perform in this celebrated festival. The Middle East Music Awards took … More Nogomi Fashion #7: Illusion Netting, Sparkles and Tulle

Long Skirts VS Underwear: The Control of Women’s Bodies Continues

Dress codes come in all different shapes and sizes: some are strict and rigid, backed up by local laws or the rules of an establishment; others are more cultural ‘suggestions’ backed up by the frowns (and likely harassment) of a certain community. Dress codes serve different purposes: some are meant to unify; some are safety … More Long Skirts VS Underwear: The Control of Women’s Bodies Continues

Reality TV Invades Lebanon with The Sisters

Reality TV has already established itself in the Middle Eastern with music and talent competitions: Arab Idol; Dancing with the Stars ME; The Voice; Arab’s Got Talent; MBC’s The X Factor and Golden Mic are just a few of the programs dominating Arab media. Yet the type of reality TV that has become increasingly popular here … More Reality TV Invades Lebanon with The Sisters

Nogomi Fashions #6: gowns, brights and ugly shoes

The Scene: Cannes Film Festival continued; Just Cavalli opened in Beirut at the end of Summer Fashion Week; and Adore Beauty Salon opened a new outpost in Dubai, with MJK Haifa Wehbe presiding over the festivities. Fashionista of the Week: Najwa Karam. Najwa was touring the United States and Canada, and while some of her … More Nogomi Fashions #6: gowns, brights and ugly shoes

 Fashion of Arabia #5: Shirt dresses, ill-fitting couture and vivid florals 

 What’s Goin’ On: The 2015 Cannes Film Festival, which OK is in France and not the Middle East but it’s still a big deal. Actually, I’m making a point of including it because I have seen like two Arabs on the entire Croisette. What gives? Cannes is more international than, say, the Oscars, and Bollywood stars … More  Fashion of Arabia #5: Shirt dresses, ill-fitting couture and vivid florals 

Fashions of Arabia #4: Blue dresses, Kaftans and Frothy/Flowery Gowns

 What’s goin’ on: The 4th annual Cairo Fashion Festival 2015, which took place in Cairo Festival City, featured fashion shows, American brands and Cairo’s middle class; Light Expo Kuwait showcased Ramadan designs (it’s sooner than you think!) and Haifa Wehbe has been filming her Ramadan series Meriam in Cairo. Fashionista of the week: Paola Elsitt, designer of … More Fashions of Arabia #4: Blue dresses, Kaftans and Frothy/Flowery Gowns

Fashion of Arabia #3: Tchitch dolls, kitsch and sequins

What’s goin’ on: The kickoff of “wedding season,” which included the huge wedding of society couple “Malek and Reef” at the ancient Bahia Palace in Marrakesh, Morocco; a Ralph Lauren Spring/Summer showing in Dubai; the premiere of Salma Hayek’s animated film The Prophet in Beirut, Lebanon; and several birthday celebrations. Fashionista of the week: Hadia … More Fashion of Arabia #3: Tchitch dolls, kitsch and sequins

Fashion of Arabia Week #2: Denim, Black Abayas and Dominique Hourani

 Arab Business released its 100 Arabs Under 40 list, which included a few entertainers and beauty icons in addition to superachievers in business, science and technology. Congrats Nancy Ajram (#19) for being the highest performer/culture icon on the list! Also congrats to Sherine Abdel Wahdy (#84), Tima Shomali (#88), Diala Makki (#89), Huda Kattan (#94) … More Fashion of Arabia Week #2: Denim, Black Abayas and Dominique Hourani

Spotlight: Women’s Crisis Care International

I am declaring 2015 the Year of Women’s Rights. Given that it is only April, 2015 already seems posed to be the year that awareness about violence against women (VAW)-including domestic abuse, sexual harassment, psychological abuse and rape-came to the forefront. Whether this is because it’s the 20th Anniversary of the Beijing Platform for Action, or … More Spotlight: Women’s Crisis Care International