Tea is practically an institution in the Middle East. In the Gulf, the favourite is karak, a sweet, cardamom and saffron flavoured chai made with evaporated milk. Whether you’re missing the khaleeji flavours or are just looking for a spicy twist on your morning cuppa, we’ve got you covered with this basic recipe for making karak tea at home.
With Covid-19 causing chaos throughout the world, we decided to conduct a series of interviews with people across the Middle East and North Africa to try to understand how the effects are being felt across the region. In this interview, Jordan-based vlogger Rachel (MummyInAmman) shares her reflections.
The following tips and hacks will help you to build an Arabic study habit into your daily routine so you can learn from your home, for free.
Here's everything you need to get started at home with three beautiful traditional Middle Eastern crafts - Arabic calligraphy, Palestinian embroidery, and Islamic geometric art.
These non-native Arabic-speaking vloggers show life and culture in the region through a unique lens - both local and foreign, and also not quite either. If you’re looking for Arabic resources on social media or perhaps just a bit of inspiration to remind of what you can achieve when you commit to learning Arabic, you need to follow these guys now!
Oman hit the headlines recently after the passing of the country’s ruler of 49 years, Sultan Qaboos Al Said, in January 2020. These three books constitute an essential reading list for anyone with an interest in Oman - whether academic, professional or otherwise. They include both non-fiction and fiction books covering useful information about the country’s fascinating history, complex politics, and the ever-evolving cultural dynamics that make the Sultanate so special.
Food is one of the best ways to break down cultural boundaries. Relationships are built over a shared meal or a cup of coffee, regardless of one’s background, ethnicity, class or religion. It’s the ultimate equaliser and a wonderful way to share one’s culture. The Middle East is famous worldwide for its incredible cuisine, from … Continue reading 3 ethical food projects helping victims of conflict in the Middle East
These five awe-inspiring change-makers are using their platforms - along with their vision, passion and determination - to empower communities and shape culture in the Middle East and beyond, and we’re so excited to share them with you!
Famously dubbed the Paris of the East, Beirut is a city of contradictions: It’s the city where you’ll see people on the street bearing nose jobs and flashy cars (usually paid for on finance), passing by buildings pocked with bullet holes left behind by the civil war and tangled electricity cables from the generators keeping … Continue reading 24 Hours in Beirut
With its heady spices, depth of flavours and artful simplicity, it’s not difficult to comprehend the appeal of Middle Eastern food. Food has an irrevocable sense of place, and this can be seen clearly across this region. Below you’ll find a small, concise list which includes a few (of many) iconic dishes which frequently grace family tables across the Levant.