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Camels are camels are camels

November 27, 2017

Camels are camels are camels While in the country for a couple of weeks, meeting with artisans for the online archive Atharna is building with Middle Eastern crafts, I inevitably crossed paths with many individuals from this long-standing community in the peninsula – camels. That’s typical of course, just like seeing a moose...

Jeddah – more than the gateway to Mecca

November 21, 2017

Jeddah – more than the gateway to Mecca Port cities, especially those on important travel and trade routes. They are more than cities, more than ports. With all the people coming and going, bringing pieces of home and place with them, they become meeting points and crossroad spaces – inherently rich...

Jeddah’s Al Balad

November 10, 2017

Jeddah’s Al Balad ‘Al Balad is a unique place. This architecture cannot be found anywhere else. There are traditional high-rises in Shibam and Sanaa in Yemen also, but they are made from clay.’ Sami Nawar, the head of the municipality in Al Balad, Jeddah’s old town, stands on top of...

Head elsewhere!

May 28, 2014

Recent interesting reads A new study sheds light on the hard situation for Syrian refugees in Lebanon – it shows that over 90% view them as “symbolic threats”. I wrote about the anti-Syrian racism and discrimination for Swedish Amnesty last year, find the article here. Rana Jarbou writes about...

Windows into the world

September 6, 2013

Windows into the world Whether you are someone who is tired of dull and misguided stereotypical representations of the Middle East or just a person happy to discover interesting people who portray the world around them, this post is for you. Yesterday, when walking from one part of Beirut...