It would be prudent to say that  there has been a resurgence in interest and the promotion of Art  in the Middle East in the past decade. Multitude of Art Museums and Galleries have come up in countries like...
“Rape is a crime against sleep and memory; its after image imprints itself like an irreversible negative from the camera obscure of dreams. Though their bodies would heal, their souls had sustained a damage beyond compensation." She lay there, with...
  Self confidence is one of the most attractive features in a person. It reflects a person's  overall evaluation of his or her own worth. Your sense of perception has a huge impact on how others perceive you. The more...
Earlier this year when I was in California- I realized it was such a good break. I asked myself, if a “break” and a “vacation” are the same thing and I realized that they are different.  I had a...
World Food Program (WFP) said it is distributing food assistance to more than 300,000 affected Syrian families each month amid some security and funding challenges. "We started with a small project in Syria about 18 to 19 months ago and...
Aid groups working in war-torn Syria doubled their estimates and suggested at least 2.5 million Syrians have fled their homes because of the infighting. The figure were released by Syrian Arab Red Crescent on Tuesday, whose volunteers are braving death...
Australians living in Dubai including visitors and guests across the Emirates gathered last week for the 152nd running of the Emirates Melbourne Cup – a prestigious two mile horse racing event which has become a social, cultural and sporting...
This year the Paris Photo exhibition features 4 days of conferences directed by Roxana Marcoci, Curator of Photography at The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Created in 1996, the event is the most prestigious art fair dedicated to historical...
Hicham Lahlou already stands among the world's elite designers. This young French-Moroccan designer - a voluble, dynamic, ever smiling, generous and optimistic personality - is not only very talented but he is also very funny. So much so that...
Currently in it’s second year, the 2012 London MENA Film Festival showcased a strong variety of films from the Middle East and beyond. Hermoine Macura discovers this year’s festival focus. Following a successful pilot launch last year, the London...
Covering 250 km of scorching desert heat in the Egyptian desert over just seven days, Hermoine Macura meets one humanitarian entrepreneur and discovers her unique challenge – all for a good cause. UAE-based Australian lawyer Doris Matlok - has successfully...
An Afghan minister announced on Tuesday Saudi Arabia will build a major Islamic centre in Afghanistan which will include a university and a mosque. AFP quoted Dayi-Ul Haq Abed, the acting Hajj and religious affairs minister, as saying that the "grand and...
Every year around three million Muslims congregate in the plains near Makkah, Saudi Arabia, for what is known as the world’s largest organised religious pilgrimage. Being the fifth fundamental institution of Islam, it is an obligation that must be...
EF Education First's English Proficiency Index revealed on Wednesday that wide gaps exist in English skills across the world with women faring better at English than men. The EF English Proficiency Index (EF EPI), the world's most in-depth ranking of...
A senior World Food Program (WFP) official said on Tuesday the agency provided food assistance to 1.5 million people in Syria in September, a massive increase from the original target of 50,000 people in December 2011. Daly Belgasmi, WFP regional director for the...
Women lawyers in Saudi Arabia have been allowed to practice in the Saudi courts according to a justice ministry directive published on Wednesday. Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Justice decided to permit women lawyers to practice in courts starting from next month....
I was contacted to attend the Harley-Davidson’s Open House 2012 - “Join the Ride, Change Lives” late last month. And to be honest, I thought it was no more than a marketing event where people will get-together for the sake...
A fortnight ago, the Louvre Museum - most visited art museum in the world - inaugurated a new wing devoted to Islamic Art. The project, which itself took more than 10 years of negotiations and work, had a budget...
It all started when Dito Von Tease, 33, was looking for an original avatar to use as his profile picture on Facebook. He chose a finger as a disguise because he was not keen on revealing his identity. The young...
In your whole life, you might have been taught to be optimistic, to be hopeful for whatever happens. No one wants to be a pessimist. But sometimes pessimism actually makes you more realistic, reduces disappointments in life and gives...
With around 39 million blind people in the world, understanding and supporting organizations that can prevent, treat and cure the condition is pivotal in the global efforts to eliminate avoidable blindness, Says Hermoine Macura. Today is World Sight Day –...
Who has not dreamed of owning his own music radio station, to pass his favourite music, the tunes of his childhood when all other public radios only broadcast programmes according to a very institutional grid? Younes Boumehdi has had...
Cameras capture ideas through their eyes! This phrase illustrates a photography genre in which the artist makes a photograph of a concept or idea. It is called 'conceptual photography'. Few photographers are using Photoshop to edit and process the images but remember that all the magic...
“They all broke the rules. They all crossed into forbidden territory. They all tampered with the laws that lay down who should be loved and how. And how much. It was a time when the unthinkable became thinkable and...
It's Silly Things Saturday! Have you named and shamed your silly spend? Go on – take a picture of that silly splurge and upload it today! Share a picture of your most extravagant, regretted purchase with our community – we’ve all...
Other than our basic needs of existence like accommodation, job, food, entertainment, companionship, there is one more thing without which one cannot survive easily which is our inclusion in the society and belongingness. Loneliness, on the other hand, brings...
It's Make a Pledge Friday! What have you pledged? What’s your savings goal? Let’s go – we want to see you with your written pledges! Share a snap of you holding your written pledge and make your savings goal known to...
What is Globalisation?  If you ask me to define globalisation, I would say it is the phenomenon of ‘One World’. It is the coming together of people from different walks of life, having different languages, cultures, living styles for...
A survey conducted by Yahoo! Maktoob Research has revealed that one third of Arab women in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region shop online with single women most active online shoppers. The survey quizzed 1,000 women of all ages across MENA...
It's Cash Savvy Kid Thursday! Did you make a budget plan with your child? Have you involved them in the thought-process behind their allowance? Get creative – snap a pic of you and your kid with your new budget plan! Share...
A leading international humanitarian organisation has warned that women in Yemen are worse off than before the uprising that ousted long-time dictator Ali Abdullah Saleh as the country mires in deep crises. In its latest report, entitled “Still waiting for...
It's Save Energy Wednesday! Have you been switching off to get switched on? Did you plan a greener journey to work today? Share a snap of your energy-saving activity or your utilities bill! Watch your electricity and water bills fall by...

The Story Told by Eyes

Everyday we see lots of children, we capture their smiles in our mind, we preserve their innocence in our heart, we hear their giggles and laughters... Today you will see the eyes of the children and the stories that have...
Ever thought that you should be saving money, but don’t know where to start or how to go about it? Well, you’re not alone. It turns out that financial pressures and debt woes are the single biggest source of stress...
Ever thought that you should be saving money, but don’t know where to start or how to go about it? Well, you're not alone. It turns out that financial pressures and debt woes are the single biggest source of stress...
In a move aimed at unifying Iraq's different ethnic identities and putting decades of conflict and hardship, the government is seeking to replace its national anthem and flag, a report said on Sunday. "We are determined to finish the new...
If you open the classified section of any newspaper, you shall see advertisement of training classes for every subject in school, cooking, driving a car, learning a new language, swimming, and even horse riding. It seems there are means...
I was at the Café Coffee Day  the other day. And like all coffee shop regulars, I was there for a reason: my love-hate relationship with  coffee notwithstanding. There was a proposal presentation that had to be completed before...
They stood like goddesses, descended from the heavens, beholders gazing in awe. Eyes that held eternity, and breath forfeited; as if death by exquisiteness, had come calling. Such was their divinity and crafted to perfection it seemed God had...
Qatar’s ultra-high-net-worth population rose 3% this year despite a 2% fall in the nation's total wealth, a study said on Tuesday. The report, issued by research company Wealth-X, said the total number of ultra high net worth individuals in Qatar stood...