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...
A UAE minister said on Tuesday he fully supported the idea of devising a dress code in the country that is in line with the local traditions. He also supported the idea to create a federal law that effectively...
Four GCC countries have been ranked in the top 10 worldwide list of millionaire households, reflecting the growth in private financial wealth in the MENA region which reached $4.5 trillion in 2011, a new study revealed. The UAE, Qatar, Kuwait, and Bahrain ranked...
Kamal Hassan is a 20-year veteran of the business world with expertise in corporate strategy, innovation management, performance excellence and business development and growth. He has been an active supporter of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and startups in the...
Beautiful Minds by Husna Mohammad Rahul: The Math Genius The continuous line of students and their high pitched chatter filled the room. They were all waiting for their turn, for the dental screening scheduled at the school. The happy smiles and...
Prince Mitaab Bin Abdullah, head of the Saudi National Guard, announced on Tuesday he will create a department within the force that will be tasked with recruiting female soldiers. According to a newspaper report published in Okaz, a leading Saudi newspaper, Prince Abdullah said...
The ancient city of Babylon was once home to the fabled Hanging Gardens, but now an extended oil pipeline popping out from dirt has dug up a conundrum: what is more valuable? Iraqi heritage or oil wealth? While many people...
The chase to host the 2020 Summer Games was cut down to a three horse race between Istanbul, Madrid and Tokyo after Doha and Baku were dropped from the running by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) on Wednesday. Doha, capital...
In our day-to-day life, we quite often observe that our relationships with people who hurt us deeply, one-time or habitually, turn sour as it becomes hard for us to forgive. It is unavoidable that we come across some people who,...
Dear Mr. President, I do not agree with you. By supporting this resolution you have set a wrong example for the world. God created man and woman, Adam and Eve to cohabit, not two men or not two women. Your...
According to a World Bank report, almost 30% of Moroccans between 15 and 29 years of age are unemployed. The study also noted that those most likely to suffer unemployment are uneducated city dwellers. Based on innovative research that focuses directly on...
Can creativity be taught? Here's the deal; I make it a habit to read at least two articles a day about technology advancements. Most of these articles talk about upgrades for existing inventions. For example, TVs are getting bigger, thinner...
The world-famous horseracing industry of Dubai came to the salvation of a crisis-hit family in Uruguay, all thanks to Dubai's ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, also an avid sponsor, owner and rider of horses. When the economic crisis...
Obesity is reaching epidemic levels and no country seems to be immune to this disease. Though the concern for health is evident for many, the financial burden on a country's economy could be crippling. The US has just started...
A relationship between two people is usually based on trust, affection and respect. To love and be loved is the most precious feeling a person can have, but in some cases - with the passage of time - people...
Doha's ambitions of transforming itself into the fashion capital of the Middle East got a big boost when leading Italian fashion designers and executives of top clothing brands attended a two-day fashion event. The gas-rich Gulf nation held its first ever Italian...
Achievement is the desire to accomplish difficult tasks and to meet standards of excellence while affiliation, on the other hand, is the desire to link with others and have harmonious and satisfying relationships. But there are some conflicting views...
A new research shows that male life expectancy would be equal to female by 2030, which means that the gap which was very prominent since the records began in 1841, is now set to close in. Professor Leslie Mayhew, a...
Saudi Arabia has decided to set up a ministerial committee to reconsider lifting the ban on physical exercise for women, by allowing women-only sports clubs, the country's Al Watan daily newspaper reported. The development comes amidst opposition from the...
Asia’s newly expanding yachting class is facing overcrowding issues as the newly rich across the continent are spending more money on buying luxurious big boats as a sign of prestige. Less than 4% of the world’s 7000 superyachts belong to Asian...
By E. Nina Rothe It is no secret that religion becomes an undeniable part of a person's identity in the Arab world. While most often the media concentrates on the more epidermic responses of the Muslim communities in the countries of...