13 essential blogs and websites to help you understand the Middle East

The Middle East is one of the world’s most complex regions. Media reports struggle to get across the context and nuance needed to get a clear understanding of events on the ground. Meanwhile, books and academic works often seem stuck in time and can be rendered irrelevant overnight in the face of rapid developments. These … Continue reading 13 essential blogs and websites to help you understand the Middle East

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Stronger Than Bullets: Music on the Frontlines of Libya’s Revolution

“Music gives me power, it gives me hope. It moves hearts… Strings have more power than bullets, stronger than bullets” – Masoud Buisir, the Troubadour of the Libyan revolution. You wouldn’t necessarily expect this statement to come out of Libya, a country that has been torn apart by revolution, counter-revolution, extremism and warring factions since … Continue reading Stronger Than Bullets: Music on the Frontlines of Libya’s Revolution

5 initiatives using food to support Syrian refugees

Since the Syrian conflict began in 2011, more than half of the country’s 21 million strong population has been displaced. Around 5 million of these people are living as refugees outside of Syria. While the civil war and the refugee ‘crisis’ have been met with feelings of hopelessness and despair around the world, a number … Continue reading 5 initiatives using food to support Syrian refugees

Why learning about other cultures is the best way to change the world

Pink Jinn was founded on the belief that learning about and engaging with different cultures makes the world a safer, happier and more prosperous place. In this post, we explain why we feel so strongly about cross-cultural engagement and how we believe it can change the world… Sharing our knowledge and experiences makes the world … Continue reading Why learning about other cultures is the best way to change the world

From rocks to agriculture – the ingenuity of the Omani Aflaj system

By Tone Delin Indrelid I can’t help but wonder what it must have been like in an inland Omani village, before tourists and resident expats arrived on weekend day trips, before all the comforts and amenities of modern society were available. At a time where some seem to think we can simply take whatever we … Continue reading From rocks to agriculture – the ingenuity of the Omani Aflaj system

Misfat Al Abriyeen: A peaceful oasis in Oman’s Hajar Mountains

Nestled in the foothills of Oman’s Hajar mountain range overlooking a steep valley is the village of Misfat Al Abriyeen. 1,000 meters above sea level, this tiny, traditional village built into the rocky mountain is an agricultural sweet spot and a lush oasis of calm in a region characterised by hot, dry desert. It’s truly … Continue reading Misfat Al Abriyeen: A peaceful oasis in Oman’s Hajar Mountains

Feynan Ecolodge: Setting the standard for ecotourism in the Middle East

On World Environment Day, we're celebrating the positive impact Jordan's Feynan Ecolodge is having on the environment and the local community. Hidden away in the wadis and canyons of the Dana Biosphere Reserve lies one of Jordan’s best-kept secrets. Blazing the trail for ecotourism in the Middle East, Feynan Ecolodge is an environmentally friendly hotel … Continue reading Feynan Ecolodge: Setting the standard for ecotourism in the Middle East