In May 2020, Pink Jinn shared some of the stories of life during lockdown for girls living in the remote Atlas Mountains. We're delighted to offer an update on the situation of the girls, which highlights the power of simple technology and online fundraising platforms to make a huge difference to these girls’ futures.
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 article, we hear how the pandemic is affecting young women in the High Atlas Mountains of Morocco.
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, Morocco-based entrepreneur Amanda Mouttaki shares her reflections.
We’ve been umming and ahing about whether we should continue to content focused on travel in the Middle East and North Africa right now what with everything going on in the world. But after a lot of thought we decided that people still need reminding of what a beautiful place the world is, and of what’s waiting for us beyond our front doors when this is all over.
When most people in the ‘West’ think of Arabic music, we tend to imagine the deep twanging sounds of the oud and the cliché oriental music of Hollywood films romanticising the ‘East’. Most people outside the Middle East and North Africa have no idea how varied Arabic really music is. It ranges from the old classics like Fairuz to the upbeat dance music out of the clubs of Beirut, and the more relaxed, hipster sounds of up-and-coming young artists bringing reggae, funk, blues and R&B vibes into the mix. If you’re interested in exploring Arabic music, these 7 Spotify playlists will get you well on your way with music for every occasion, from chilled out coffee hour tunes and upbeat workout songs to the perfect dinner and dance party soundtracks.
The Jardin Majorelle in Marrakech is a magnet for Instagrammers. But when did travelling become more about getting likes on Instagram than about exploring beautiful places, meeting people from different backgrounds and cultures, and informing our understanding of the world?
If you're visiting Morocco, don't miss a trip to Kasbah Bab Ourika in the Atlas Mountains. Its authenticity and deep connection to the local environment shine through in every detail – from the rose petals scattered on your pillow on arrival to the bowls of home-grown oranges on every table top. Just a stone’s throw from Marrakech, it’s the perfect place to relax, recharge and come back to yourself.
Rooted in local cultures, Middle Eastern food is one of the world's most delicious and intriguing cuisines. But really, it's all about sharing food and precious moments with friends and family. To help you start your own Middle Eastern cooking adventure, we’ve put together this list of 12 essential ingredients that are used in many recipes from the region.
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
It’s no surprise the Middle East and North Africa are among the hottest regions on earth, but what many don’t realise is that rising temperatures and resource shortages caused by climate change could soon make the deserts of Arabia totally uninhabitable. According to scientists, the entire MENA region is susceptible to some of the severest … Continue reading Why the Middle East’s next great security threat will come from the environment