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...
Are MENA Professionals Happy with Their Work/Life Balance? New Bayt.com Infographic reveals interesting statistics on MENA employees. Bayt.com's Work-Life balance of employees in the Middle East and North Africa depicts the following facts: - 56.7% of employees currently have a good work-life...

Mosaic of the Middle East

By Shima "Middle East, Mideast or Near East is the area around the south and eastern Mediterranean Sea, both sides of Red Sea and areas across the Gulf; from Iran to Morocco and Sudan to Turkey." This is one of the...
The statusque women sashaying down the ramp held the audience captive. It was hard to comprehend what it was that arrested your attention. No doubt they were all beautiful to a fault, and yet there was something more. The...
The planned building of the largest Catholic church in the tiny island kingdom of Bahrain – intended to be the main centre for Catholics in the region – is creating tensions between its Sunni and Shia Muslim communities. Reports coming from...
A former Vogue photographer, Charney Magri came to the Middle East with a desire to document the beauty and intensity of women across the Arab world. TV news Correspondent, Hermoine Macura meets the famed photographer and finds out the...
The United Nations on Monday said it needed $54 million to help meet the growing needs of tens of thousands of Syrian refugees in Jordan, particularly children who are suffering the most from the crisis. The UN Children's Fund UNICEF...
A Qatar royal family member has buoyed this year's premier French auction which was otherwise a very unexciting affair, an Australian newspaper reported on Monday. Sheikh Joaan bin Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani emerged as the leading buyer over four selling days at...
Is dating a married man right or wrong? Instinctively, most of you would go for the obvious answer: wrong. But you may be as surprised as I was to hear that some women think otherwise. Ah, why is that surprising...
After a month long unusual routine of day-long fasts, comes the festival that marks the end of special prayers, supplications, meditations, reflections, trials and tribulations, and restrictions. The ninth month of Muslim calendar, Ramadan, is the month of fasting, when...
Morocco is emerging as a beacon in the Arab world in terms of countering extremist ideology and promoting “tolerance, respect and dialogue among religious groups”, a newly published report said on Tuesday. The US Department of State study on religious freedoms...
Majority of Muslims living and working overseas observe cultural and religious traditions during the holy month of Ramadan even more devoutly than they did in their home countries, a newly released study revealed. The finding suggested actions of Muslims living...
“We traced our path of roses; not realising, The twilight’s shadow closing in. Until the fallen leaves, and stench of roses Permeated our collective destinies.”   She was in her early 20’s when smuggled from Guatemala to the US, with  promise of employment opportunities....
The GCC countries are all, to varying degrees, 'characterised by idiosyncrasies that set their labor markets apart from much of the rest of the world', and have employment levels that are internationally low, a report published by Saudi newspaper...
By Rahma Rachdi Tarak Ben Ammar was born on 12 June, 1949 in Tunis to a French mother of Corsican origin and Tunisian father. His father was a lawyer who was later appointed as a diplomat. Tarak is the nephew of Wassila Bourguiba, wife...
The ongoing construction bonanza has led Gulf Arab states to spend on average more money on interior design than their counterparts in Japan, Europe and the United States, according to a study by Ventures ME. The study showed some building...
A survey conducted by an international group said on Saturday women in Lebanon feel significantly less safe walking at night in their own neighbourhoods than men. According to the recent findings of a Gallup poll, 62% of women felt safe...
"We all know William Shakespeare. The  most famous author of all times.Writer of 37 plays, 154 sonnets and several epic poems. And while we are here today, what if I told  you Shakespeare never wrote a single word."  ~ From...
As I write this article, the world's eyes are on London for what promises to be a sizzling summer of super sports! Alliteration aside (poor puns notwithstanding) the serious business of sporting excellence is about to capture a global...
Prices of red and white meat in Algeria have soared during the fasting month of Ramadan despite importing more than 35,000 tonnes of frozen red meat since January 2012 to meet high demand in the country. "Since January 2012, public...
A Saudi catering company has announced it will hire 1000 young people to work at McDonald's restaurants in the central, eastern and northern regions of the Kingdom. Prince Mishal bin Khaled Al-Saud, president of the Riyadh International Catering Company (RICC), also owns McDonald's...
Which are the world’s fattest nations? You probably dodn’t need Google to find out that USA, home to many fast food and dessert chains, topped the list. However, you might have been surprised to learn that 4 GCC countries...
Reports coming from Libya on Sunday said 33 women have been elected to serve in Libya's General National Congress in the first post-Gaddafi elections held two weeks ago. The tally gives women 16.5% representation in the 200-member interim authority. The...
“The understanding of modern art art is that it defies logical interpretation. Modern Art has bypassed the embodiment of visual Esthetics and has in ways evolved into  a state of perverted surrealism.” A couple of years back, on 15th September,...
British Library has announced plans to make more than half a million pages of historic documents detailing Arabic history and culture available online for the first time, as part of its ambitious programme to publish more online content. J.G. Lorimer's Gazetter,...
Dude, Where’s My Car? - Driving in Dubai for Dummies! The girl with the dragon tattoo driving beside your car on Sheikh Zayed Road seems to be a multi-tasking guru. While driving she is talking on the phone, checking emails,...
Coffee and tea consumption in the Arab world more than tripled over the last decade with a whopping 85% increase in the UAE during the last three years alone, a report revealed on Sunday. According to the latest coffee statistics...
Majority of population in Muslim nations expressed their strong desire for democracy more than a year after the first stirrings of the Arab Spring, a report revealed on Wednesday. A survey carried out by the Pew Research Centre showed solid majorities in...
Gulf nations, particularly Saudi Arabia and the UAE, are home to the world’s highest consumption rates of cosmetics, according to a study conducted by Epoc Messe Frankfurt and published by the London-based newspaper Asharq al-Awsat. Saudi Arabia ranks first among Gulf...
DVD Review: This Is Not A Film (2011) – Iran, Farsi language, 75 min. by David Calleja What do you get when two directors get bored and cannot agree on what they want to do? They record each other filming and...
After months of planning, the much-anticipated Carnival day in the historical town of Hertford in the beautiful English countryside  finally arrived. We even had our close friend Sandra fly out from Italy just for that day. I won't lie, I...
International Committee of Red Cross annual report said major crises that erupted in 2011 in the Middle East and North Africa caused immense suffering among millions of people that lasted well into 2012 and made them heavily dependent on...
The greatest challenge in the quest to Arab women's empowerment is not religion but the lack of economic and social development and a dearth of perceived security, a Gallup Poll released on Monday said. The report urged policymakers to allow Arab...
My friend is getting married this season. With a business startup venture that is raking in amazing moolah despite the economic slowdown, a string of intentionally/unintentionally failed affairs, and a Lexus car on top of that, at the age...
Saba Wahid is a well-known TV presenter and chef with a dynamic on and off screen personality. She prides herself on the ability to adapt in any environment, but kitchen is the place where she feels most at ease. Her...
According to a study released on Tuesday, faster-growing Asia surpassed North America in terms of number of millionaires. Capgemini and RBC Wealth Management's latest world wealth report said the global personal wealth of people with $1 million and more to invest fell...
A study conducted in Jordan has found that wearing hijab (head cover) or niqab (face veil) increases the risk of vitamin D deficiency among women. The National Centre for Diabetes, Endocrinology and Genetics, said it has found in a study that 37.3% of...
Hundreds of Saudis have petitioned King Abdullah to allow women to drive vehicles on the first anniversary of the Women2Drive campaign launched in June last year. The signatories, who numbered nearly 600 on Wednesday, asked the king to "encourage women...