Ras al Hanout at its core is an incredibly complex and aromatic blend of spices. Across the Middle East and North Africa, blends such as za’atar, dukkah, chermoula and zhug are widely used in cooking, helping to create distinctive flavour profiles that enhance ingredients from aubergines, okra, chickpeas, to fresh sea trout and lamb.
At Pink Jinn, we are all about supporting small businesses, women-owned businesses and social enterprises. Here’s a list of some of our favourite socially conscious brands from the Middle East and North Africa which provide fair wages and employment opportunities to local people – particularly women and refugees.
We are delighted to introduce to the Pink Jinn Souq two new products: The DAMASCUS and PALMYRA crochet clutch bags. These beauties were made by a women’s cooperative in Syria which provides employment to women who have lost their livelihoods as a result of the conflict.
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, social entrepreneur Noora Sharrab shares her reflections.
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
The Monk of Mokha by Dave Eggers tells the encapsulating story of Mokhtar Alkhanshali, a Yemeni-American who travels to Yemen to start a social enterprise to reignite the ancient art of Yemeni coffee. There’s only one problem – when Mokhtar set out in 2014, Yemen was on the brink of civil war.
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!
We are SO excited to introduce these stunning Arabic coffee cups made in Palestine to the Pink Jinn Souq. Hand-painted by Palestinian artisans, no two of these Arabic coffee cups are exactly the same. Each one is unique, bearing a beautiful blue and white olive branch design which is bound to spark conversation. The olive … Continue reading New to the Souq: KHALIL | Arabic Coffee Cups Made in Palestine
Since Pink Jinn began in 2015, we’ve tried to showcase the beauty and complexities of an often misunderstood part of the world – the Middle East and North Africa. A driving force behind Pink Jinn has been to encourage people to visit the region, to get to know its people, experience its cultures and form … Continue reading Introducing… The Souq
With Christmas just around the corner, we thought we’d put together a Wishlist for Arabic students / anyone interested in the Middle East! We’ve got the perfect selection of stocking fillers from, or inspired by the Middle East and North Africa, with an emphasis on products and brands that support local creatives or social causes.