What Arab men wear on their heads

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...
The rose gardens of Jebel Akhdar

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...
Falcons in the Arab world

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...

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....
Arabic in UK schools – Trialling at CFGS Devon

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...