Month: August 2014

Jordan

Interview with StartUp Weekend Amman’s Speaker Aysha El Shamayleh

StartUp Weekend Amman will be one of a few start-up weekends around the region that focuses on the importance of…
Egypt

10 Ancient Egyptian Words That Are Still Alive

The ancient Egyptian language is still alive, and many of its words are still used in modern Egyptians colloquial Arabic.…
Palestine

5 Must-Follow Twitter Accounts to Understand Palestine

As the ceasefire was signed between Hamas and Israel and Gaza slowly fades away from the media headlines, one question remains: how will life…
Cross-border

5 Endearing Things About the Middle East

Unfortunately, mainstream media often paints a rather grim, depressing image of the Middle East. People who have not visited it…
Saudi Arabia

Saudi Scientist Is the First Foreign Woman Awarded by the American Physical Society

Ibtesam Saeed Badhrees, a young scientist from Jeddah, became the first non-American woman selected for the “Woman Physicist of the Month”…
Morocco

How a Moroccan Designer Combines Berber and Bohemian Style

Moroccan designer Sofia El Arabi has created a vibrant, culturally-inspired array of clothes and accessories for her design line BakChic.…
Cross-border

Bayt.com: Going Green in the MENA Workplace

Bayt.com, the most popular job platform in the Middle East, recently took an environmental survey of their site users throughout…
Egypt

One Man, One Photo-Project, 7 Billion Moments

Did you wonder how many things may be happening right this moment, as you read this article? In 2011, the…
Cross-border

7 Arab Women Leaders to Watch

From business women to comedians, activists and athletes, these seven women are championing change in the Middle East with the strength…
Cross-border

5 English Words That Come From Arabic Origin

1) Alchemy/Chemistry الكيمياء “al-kimiya” – The earliest meaning of this term referred to the studies of which creation of silver and gold…
Egypt

Egypt Studies Dolphins for the First Time Since Jacques Cousteau

Photos by Watter Al Bahry “I was under the water, amazed at the dozen dolphins around me, when I suddenly realized…
Palestine, Cross-border

From Morocco to UK, the Rubble Bucket Challenge Goes Viral

Strange thing, empathy is. What is more challenging: to shiver under a stream of ice-cold water, or to experience what…
Jordan

The People of Jordan’s Bustling Jabal El Weibdeh

In the past several years, the Ammani neighborhood of Jabal Al Weibdeh has become a center for the city’s flourishing…
Cross-border

4 Online Resources for Learning or Improving your Arabic

Language learning can be quite a challenge, and the older you get, the more difficult memorizing large portions of vocabulary…
Lebanon, Morocco, Cross-border

Taking the Plunge: Arab Celebrities and the Ice Bucket Challenge

The Ice Bucket Challenge originated with the goal of raising awareness and funds for ALS, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, which is…
UAE

Weekly Spotlight: Re-Imagined Arabic Designs by Shamsa Alabbar

In the past several decades, Arab designers have taken the design world by storm. From Elie Saab to self-professed “King…
Palestine, Tunisia, Cross-border

Gaza’s Little Picasso Tours Tunisia: How This Kid Crossed Over The Barricades

Last April, BarakaBits met Mohammad Qryqa, a 12-year-old artist from Gaza whose artwork dazzled the world. We visited his studio…
Saudi Arabia

We Ask Folks in Saudi Arabia: What Makes You Happy?

In a testament to the photographic style of Humans of New York’s Brandon Stanton, who popularized street photography with a personalized…
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