Hand gestures in the Arab world

Hand gestures in the Arab world

In the Arab world there is a language of hand gestures, which you can have great fun in observing. One gesture is associated with the Arabic word ta3aal (Come here, please. Come with me). Whereas Europeans signal for somebody to come with the palm of the hand facing...

A map of a thousand words …

I have often read George Friedman’s articles and books because they do offer interesting geo-political insights even though the analysis is often hawkish and contrary to my own Weltanschauung. In one of his latest articles he posts some maps without too much...
Learning Arabic with the Help of a Map

Learning Arabic with the Help of a Map

Whilst I was learning Arabic, I sometimes came across a new word and noticed that there is a place with that word integrated into the name. Such instances are sometimes useful ways to remember and recall new words and learn a bit more about the Arabic language....
The Violin Magician

The Violin Magician

The Royal Opera Muscat was officially opened on October 12, 2011 and has since hosted numerous performances by world-famous opera and ballet companies, renowned symphony orchestras as well as well-known individual singers and musicians from all over the world. The...