Samira Al Yaqoubi: The Jewel of Muscat

Artists have long been known to bring culture to life through their work. This is particularly the case in the Sultanate of Oman, where patriotism and national pride frequently find their way into the art work of its citizens. One of these artists is Samira Al Yaqoubi, a well-travelled, incredibly well-educated artist from Al Dhahira … Continue reading Samira Al Yaqoubi: The Jewel of Muscat

6 reasons why you need to visit Istanbul NOW

The number of tourists travelling to Turkey has drastically declined over the last two years. This is partly due to security concerns after a spate of terror attacks frightened many into staying away. Domestic political tensions within the country have also played a role, as the recent referendum in the country has led many to … Continue reading 6 reasons why you need to visit Istanbul NOW

Shift – 3 female Saudi artists reflect on their changing culture in a London exhibition

Since the discovery of oil in the 1930s, life in Saudi Arabia has changed beyond recognition. What was once a traditional subsistence economy has become the linchpin of the global energy industry. Oil revenues have translated over the years into massive government spending, with gleaming new cities shooting up in place of previously modest, sleepy … Continue reading Shift – 3 female Saudi artists reflect on their changing culture in a London exhibition

Amal Al Raisi – The fashion designer taking Khaleeji style to the runways of Paris and Torino

Omani business graduate Amal Al Raisi found a career in fashion totally by accident while working for a government ministry in Muscat. After searching for a wedding dress and becoming frustrated at the lack of choice, she decided to design her own. The dress was so popular that she began designing for her family and … Continue reading Amal Al Raisi – The fashion designer taking Khaleeji style to the runways of Paris and Torino

4 photographers who will change your perception of Iran

An air of mystery seems to shroud the Islamic Republic of Iran. The country has frequently been the subject of negative press, which highlights tense relations with the West and other Middle Eastern countries, dubious links with militant groups in Syria and Iraq, and reports of human rights abuses in the country. Simply put, in … Continue reading 4 photographers who will change your perception of Iran

Cairo’s Ballerinas are redefining Egyptian society

In 2015, Egyptian filmmaker Mohamed Taher had an idea. Inspired by New York City’s Ballerina Project, Taher wanted to show a different side to the Egyptian capital, which has in recent years played host to headline grabbing protests, instances of sexual abuse and terrorist attacks. He discussed his idea with photographer Ahmed Fathy and dancer … Continue reading Cairo’s Ballerinas are redefining Egyptian society

The refugee who fled Syria with nothing but a violin: Pink Jinn talks to Rami about his new album

When leaving their homes, families and friends to escape war-torn countries, refugees take only what is most important to them. For Rami Basisah, this was his violin.  He wrapped it in clingfilm, strapped it to his back and began his journey, which saw him cover 4,000 miles both by foot and by boat, crossing eight … Continue reading The refugee who fled Syria with nothing but a violin: Pink Jinn talks to Rami about his new album

5 Instagram accounts that capture the culture of the Middle East

1. Everyday Middle East @everydaymiddleeast Everyday Middle East is one of a series of ‘Everyday’ accounts that aims to capture the culture of the region through candid photographs of the day to day lives of its people. It features the work of various photographers based in the region, from North Africa to the Gulf. 2. … Continue reading 5 Instagram accounts that capture the culture of the Middle East

Into the Jungle

6,000 migrants live in the bitter cold limbo of the Calais 'Jungle.' Volunteering there this weekend at a clinic run by The Hummingbird Project, I was shocked by the inhumane conditions in which these people live so close to home. UNHCR Za’atari Refugee Camp in Jordan seems luxurious in comparison to the slum-like conditions of the … Continue reading Into the Jungle