Arabian Leopard in danger of extinction

Arabian Leopard in danger of extinction

Rare Arabian leopard spotted in Dhofar mountains According to the Oman Observer in September 2020 images of an Arabian leopard were caught on camera in Dhofar Governorate. “An Arabian leopard enjoys the charm of nature and the picturesque ambiance of the khareef...

Halwa – a sweet treat from the Middle East

Halwa – a sweet treat from the Middle East

Sweetness Halwa’ حلوى‎  in Arabic means ‘sweet confection’.  The root in Arabic: ح ل و‎, ( ḥ-l-w), means "sweet".   Halwa is a popular dessert in Arab countries and it is usually served with coffee. It is quite easy to make and it is a great dessert to end a meal....

Differences in body language in Arab and Western countries

Differences in body language in Arab and Western countries

Body language can be very different between cultures, and it can also be a source of misunderstandings between Arabs and Western societies. Distance between people when talking to each other Westerners frequently stand further away from each other, whereas Arabs...

Benefits of camel milk

Benefits of camel milk

Camel milk has for many centuries been an important source of nutrition for Nomads living in harsh desert environments. However, camel milk is now commercially produced and sold. It has recently gained attention as a health food in more developed countries. It is also...

Driving and driving behaviour in some Arab countries

Driving and driving behaviour in some Arab countries

Erratic driving behaviour Driving in some Arab countries can be an interesting experience for visitors who are not used to erratic driving behaviour. Do not expect drivers to stick to any rules or speed limits, use an indicator or have any regard for other drivers....

The impact of coronavirus on Ramadan

The impact of coronavirus on Ramadan

During Ramadan 1.8 billion Muslims around the world are observing the month-long spiritual contemplation unlike ever before. Coronavirus has forced the hands of governments, with traditions that have stood for centuries unable to be observed due to...

Teaching Arabic in UK schools (Part 3)

Teaching Arabic in UK schools (Part 3)

Where could we go next?  Language Ambassadors for Arabic  In order to garner interest in learning Arabic for both students and schools, we need to raise awareness of this amazing language. Perhaps current university students of Arabic could act as ambassadors by...

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