“Where are you moving to?” “Bahrain.” “Where??” (Emphasis). Trying to tell people where I was moving to was futile. No one had ever heard of a country called Bahrain. I would usually tell them it’s a small island in the Arabian Gulf. Or I would tell them it’s near Dubai (since they’d all heard of … More Reflections on Three Months in Bahrain
Moving to a new country is tough. Now, imagine that, when you touch down after more than 13 hours in transit, it’s 10 pm at night. The meal you’re about to ravenously eat is the last one you’ll have until 6:30pm the next evening. This pattern will repeat itself day after day. You will not … More Eid Mubarak! My First Ramadan
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
The Big Apple Music Awards in Hamburg, Germany Queen of the Red Carpet. It’s nothing we haven’t seen from her before, but this is ravishing, and her makeup is flawless. Haifa Wehbe with Armenian singer Nana at the BAMA This is a #throwback to Haifa circa mid-2000s look, what with hair, makeup and refreshing … More Nogomi Fashion #17: September Styles
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
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
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?
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
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?
What’s going on: Given the number of stylish iftar and sohour pics I stumbled upon this Ramadan, I expected to see plenty of beautiful Eid al-fitr photos of elegant kaftans and abayas galore. Yet there were barely any posts on Eid! Whether it’s because a huge number of the celebs I follow are actually Christian; … More Nogomi Fashion #11: Ramadan and Eid Styles