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 #16: Summer Concerts and Red Carpet

Summer is THE time for both weddings and music festivals in the Middle East, particularly in Lebanon. Here, let’s judge the wedding gowns and performance outfits of the season.  Algerian Actress Amel Bouchoucha at her wedding in Beirut, Lebanon  This is a beautiful, fairytale wedding dress. I love the bows on the straps and that … More Nogomi Fashions #16: Summer Concerts and Red Carpet

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

Do Syrian Refugees in Hungary Have the Luxury of Choice?

What has caused the sudden massive influx of Syrian refugees in Europe? Was it the warmer summer months, which made risking a passage by rickety boat across the Mediterranean more inviting? Is it the fact that the situation has grown worse in Syria, as Bashar Al-Assad’s regime seems to be losing steam against rebels and IS, and the … More Do Syrian Refugees in Hungary Have the Luxury of Choice?

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?