Jeddah Riding the Twestival Wave

March 23, 2011 11:46 pm0 comments

By Sherief Ahmed For the most part, social media has benefited our lifestyles, and continues to do so with initiatives like the Twestival.  It’s a simple idea, Twestival uses social media for social good, connecting communities offline to not only raise awareness but raise capital for various causes.  Jeddah is […]

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Jeddah Economic Forum: Impactful Global Forces

March 22, 2011 8:58 am0 comments

Since 1999, the Jeddah Economic Forum (JEF) has been a leader discussing not only the Kingdom’s socio-economic issues but abroad as well. Held under the patronage of His Royal Highness Prince Khalid Al Faisal Bin Abdulaziz, Prince of Makkah, the central theme for the JEF is, A 21st Century Transformation: […]

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The Magnificent Museum of Islamic Art in Doha

February 15, 2011 5:18 am0 comments

By: Ehsaan Mesghali Designed by I.M. Pei, who was literally begged out of retirement, this dream job embodies the founding principles of Islamic geometric elegance. Pei is renowned for his renovation to the most well known museum in history, the Louvre.  His glass pyramid pavilion that many felt violated the […]

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Economic Prosperity to Come to MENA

February 3, 2011 12:43 am0 comments

By: Saud Masud After losing a quarter of its market value within the first 30 days of 2011 the Egyptian stock market is at a standstill and it appears so is the rest of Egypt.  In the last few weeks the socio-political turmoil sparked in Tunisia, a country of 10 […]

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Youth Leaders of the Egyptian Revolution

February 1, 2011 8:07 am0 comments

By Moniza Khokhar Tunisia.  Egypt.  Lebanon.  Yemen.  Jordan. Where to next?  In an unprecedented act of bravery, the youth led uprisings across the Muslim world have spoken.  The tiresome cycle of fear, frustration and silence constantly overlooked basic humanitarian rights.  Considering today’s technology, these sentiments have been given a global […]

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Qatar 2022 Series, Part II: World Cup Stadiums

January 27, 2011 1:53 am0 comments

By: Ehsaan Mesghali The small Gulf country of Qatar has made big news by being selected to host the 2022 World Cup.  The maverick FIFA (governing body of soccer) board has made risky decisions before by choosing a united post-apartheid South Africa over other perhaps more qualified bids for 2010. […]

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Qatar 2022 Series, Part I: A World Destination

January 25, 2011 5:51 am0 comments

By: Muhammed Shamma Summer or winter, cold or hot, it doesn’t matter. Qatar has delivered serious plans to host the soccer World Cup in 2022. Summer temperatures could arise to 50 degrees Celsius (120 degrees Fahrenheit), yet international fans will be able to enjoy the cool breezes thanks to the […]

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HOD: Revolutionizing Matchmaking for Muslims

January 10, 2011 4:38 am0 comments

Matchmaking is one of the oldest traditions known to man. Yet just as times have drastically changed over the centuries, so has this age-old tradition of pairing boy to girl and praying for a blissful outcome. Traditionally, each culture, faith and region carried its distinct method of going about the […]

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2010: The Year of Contentious Architecture

December 28, 2010 11:00 pm0 comments

By: Maryam Eskandari In 2010, this year’s headlines showcased architectural projects pushing the envelope.  Plagued with debate, below are the top five most controversial buildings this year. On top of the list was none other than the Burj Dubai, renamed Burj Khalifa honoring the ruler of Abu Dhabi who spared […]

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Could Islamic finance have prevented the global economic crisis?

December 1, 2010 9:09 pm0 comments

By: Saud Masud A question that is often discussed is: if the global economic crisis triggered by the housing bubble burst and the sub-prime credit crisis in the US would have been averted if the Islamic finance framework were in place. It is a question that is asked often and […]

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