The painful truth about FGM in the Middle East

Today is the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). The World Health Organisation estimates that more than 200 million girls and women alive today have undergone FGM across 30 countries, and that an additional 3 million girls are at risk of undergoing the practice every year. Many people believe that FGM … Continue reading The painful truth about FGM in the Middle East

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The Daymaniyats: Arabian island paradise

With its sprawling deserts of burnt orange sand, towering rocky mountain ranges and pristine white beaches, Oman is becoming a top pick for travellers from around the world thanks to its dramatic scenery and seemingly endless sunshine. Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque in Muscat, Oman (image: Travel and Leisure) The Daymaniyat Islands Nature Reserve, located just … Continue reading The Daymaniyats: Arabian island paradise

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

The Qatar spat: The crack in the GCC’s armour deepens

Six Arab countries cut diplomatic ties with Qatar on Monday, accusing the tiny natural gas-rich Gulf emirate of sponsoring terrorism and destabilising the region. Saudi Arabia and the UAE have closed their borders with Qatar, stopping flights into the country and giving Qatari visitors and residents two weeks to leave their countries. Kuwait and Oman … Continue reading The Qatar spat: The crack in the GCC’s armour deepens

Oman: An Uncertain Future for ‘the Middle East’s Most Welcoming Absolute Monarchy’

Unable to see past the war and instability engulfing the rest of the Middle East, many will look at you with sceptical concern when you inform them that you are going to Oman. Images of suicide bombings in Iraq, Lebanon’s sprawling refugee camps and Yemeni children holding AK-47s inevitably infiltrate perceptions of the region. But this beautiful, … Continue reading Oman: An Uncertain Future for ‘the Middle East’s Most Welcoming Absolute Monarchy’