Falconry: The UAE’s most sacred sport

On December 2 2019, the 48th anniversary of the founding of the United Arab Emirates is celebrated. For that reason, today I want to tell you about one of the most important and sacred patriotic symbols for Emiratis: falconry, a sport using birds that has been elevated to the category of Intangible Cultural Heritage by … Continue reading Falconry: The UAE’s most sacred sport

What to wear when travelling the Middle East

As a western woman, it can be hard to know what to wear when travelling in the Middle East. After virtually every trip I’ve taken to the region I’ve been asked what I wear and whether I've needed to cover up. I get the impression that confusion over what’s appropriate and what’s not massively discourages … Continue reading What to wear when travelling the Middle East

Letters from Baghdad: The female Lawrence of Arabia that the history books ignored

Any student or observer of the Middle East has likely heard of a young man named T.E. Lawrence, whose integration into the tribes of Arabia in the early 20th century helped shape the current reality of this turbulent region. His famous work, Seven Pillars of Wisdom, has become essential reading for anyone interested in the Middle … Continue reading Letters from Baghdad: The female Lawrence of Arabia that the history books ignored