Oud – an expensive fragrance

Oud – an expensive fragrance

History of Oud Historians can trace the use of Oud also known as agarwood back to ancient times. The Prophet, Mohammad, held the tradition of fumigation with agarwood. This practice continues in the Muslim world to this day. The Holy Prophet referred to agarwood as a...

The Arabic Oud

The Arabic Oud

Origin of the oud For most people, the oud is an old instrument that time has forgotten except maybe in the Middle East. There, the oud is considered to be “the king of instruments”. It is assumed that the name  العود‎ (oud) literally means a thin piece of wood. It...

Arabic Online Community and Cohort Learning

Arabic Online Community and Cohort Learning

Arabic Online courses are designed for self-study. However, the disadvantage of studying alone is ‘lonely learning’, and you need a lot of self-discipline and self-motivation to arrange a programme of study. We frequently receive emails from people asking how Arabic...

Driving in the desert

Driving in the desert

While a desert trip can provide a memorable experience, it’s essential to take precautions. There are a few things you can keep in mind to make sure that you and others have a good time. Here are some tips to help when driving in the desert Check your vehicle before...

How to eat breakfast Arabic Style

How to eat breakfast Arabic Style

Sharing is caring In the Arab world, sharing is caring, especially when it comes to food. Mezze, or small share plates, are the norm at many meals, and the act of filling the table with little dishes creates a sense of ceremony and community. Breakfast is no...

Heatwave in parts of Arabian Gulf (Part 1)

Heatwave in parts of Arabian Gulf (Part 1)

Extreme Heatwaves Soaring temperatures of 56°C could soon be a common occurrence across the Middle East, say experts, as climate change brings extreme heatwaves to the region. The warning comes after extreme heat temperatures of almost 50°C were recorded across parts...

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