From Hijab to Burqa

Rules about dress code for Muslim women are often open to interpretations. Some Muslim women believe in covering every part of the body, others do not adhere to any specific dress rules. However, non-Muslims often don’t know the difference between a Niqab and a Burqa,...

Eid al-fitr

Ramadan is over (26.05.-24.06.2017). For one month Muslims have fasted worldwide, that is, they have neither eaten nor drunk nor smoked or done anything that pleases their body. They fasted from sunrise to sunset. Yesterday (25.06.2017) the “feast of breaking the...

Falcons in the Arab world

In January 2017 a photo of 80 birds of prey on board a jet in the Middle East went viral after being posted on Reddit. It transpired that they were falcons flying to Jeddah in Saudi Arabia, supposedly for a hunting trip. It is not uncommon for airlines in the Middle...

Arabic in UK schools – Trialling at CFGS Devon

In the sleepy coastal town of Brixham in South Devon, students are ambitiously broadening their horizons by learning the Arabic language. On the 10th of March 2017, five eager students at Churston Ferrers Grammar School turned up into the Modern Foreign Languages...

What Arab men wear on their heads

Since ancient times headdresses have protected Arab men from the hot sun, the sand and wind of their desert environment. The style and choice of headdress reveals a lot about the wearer's nationality, status, and religion. In the six countries of the Gulf Co-operation...

Time Management Tips That Every Online Student Should Know

The growing availability of online courses is one of the biggest success stories of the digital age. It has opened up the possibility of further education to a wider range of people than ever before. Suddenly, domestic commitments, a young family and even a career are...

The rose gardens of Jebel Akhdar

Jebel Akhdar, the Green Mountain, is one of the highest mountains in Oman. Although the road up the mountain is tarmac, only four-wheel drive vehicles are allowed past the police checkpoint. At the top of the mountain, clinging to sides of vast gorges, are a number of...

The importance of the sun and solar power in the Arab world

The sun, sunlight, sunrise and sunset all play a vital role in Arabic culture, much more so than in northern Europe. Sunrise and sunset are reflected in the Arabic names mashriq and maghreb. The Arabic countries east of Egypt and north of Saudi Arabia are known as...

Arabian sand painting

You might have heard of sand paintings from the Buddhist tradition where a mandala is created with coloured sand and then ritualistically dismantled once it is completed. However, there is also a different kind of sand painting that can be found in Arab counties....