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 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

Predictions and Resolutions for the Middle East: 2014

 2013 proved to be yet another turbulent and dramatic year for the nations of the Middle East. Protesters have continued to keep the area volatile; the Syrian Civil War has continued to shed blood and uproot its citizens and it appears, reflecting back on my past years’ resolutions for the Middle East, that none of … More Predictions and Resolutions for the Middle East: 2014

Arabian Princesses: Morality and Justice

What are Arabia’s princesses like? Unlike the royal families of Europe, who are more symbolic icons of their countries than actual law-makers (see the Windsors of England), the royal families of Arabia lead in all aspects of the word, most of all as examples of great hypocrisy. The Arab kingdoms-Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, the United … More Arabian Princesses: Morality and Justice

Compromise and Tolerance: Are they Words in Islam?

Perhaps the devout Muslim who toes the line has nothing to fear, but woe to all those who culturally decide to stray. Not content with letting Allah be the judge, religious police and ‘Virtue vs. Vice’ commitees are hellbent on punishing blasphemers, government anarchists and plain old hooligans, and it doesn’t matter if you’re a commoner or … More Compromise and Tolerance: Are they Words in Islam?