Blackberry Madness in the ME

January 24, 2011 6:26 am0 comments

By: Sherief Ahmed Blackberry’s or if you will, crackberry’s, haven’t had the smoothest ride in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE).  Why would anyone have a problem with such a useful device? And why not have problems with other smart phones that can access the web?  The answer […]

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Jordan’s $10 Million Deal With Google

January 12, 2011 4:35 am0 comments

By: Sherief Ahmed Madaba, Karak, and Wadi Rum, ever heard of them?  That isn’t a surprise, but that may change soon. They are just some of the lesser known historical sites to visit while traveling in Jordan.  Jordan has been trying to boost its tourism in recent years and has […]

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What is Starbucks Doing in the Middle East?

January 9, 2011 9:46 am0 comments

By: Said Baaghil Starbucks is mainly the go-to place for coffee in the Middle East but only by the niche and upper middle class.  With the new logo change, it has thrown the consumers into confusion leaving the perception that Starbucks will mean something other than just coffee.  The brand […]

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Kuwaiti Teens and the App Craze

November 9, 2010 6:28 pm0 comments

Every time I turn around, open a newspaper, switch on the TV or even take a breath of air it seems a new “app”, a.k.a. “application”, is revealed that is setting its creator up for the kind of success that only the likes of Mark Zuckerberg could dream up. Perhaps […]

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The Makkah Makeover

September 13, 2010 5:43 pm2 comments

The Holy City of Makkah is undergoing a makeover courtesy of more than 440 artists from all over the world. Muslim artists have been invited to submit their original works of art, with an Islamic theme of course, to be considered as one of the contenders in making Islam’s most […]

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Who wants to be an Imam?

August 2, 2010 9:25 pm0 comments

By Zayba Abdulla When he’s not enjoying a game of badminton or rocking out to religious songs, Muhammad Asyraf Ridzuan, spends his time brainstorming ways to be an effective Imam.  The younger generation needs an Imam they can open up to and relate to.  Malaysian TV officials thought, “What better […]

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Perilous Taxi Drivers in Sharjah

July 19, 2010 6:54 pm0 comments

You’ve probably heard dozens of jokes about the driving techniques of American taxi drivers, some true and some mere fodder for a couple of laughs. But an ocean away in Sharjah there ain’t no one laughing at the poor state of taxi services, run by Sharjah Transport, in the rich […]

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The Middle East’s Real Stars of Science

July 6, 2010 2:44 am0 comments

Reality and talent shows are a dime a dozen in the Middle East. The vast majority are cheap knock-offs from the originals created in either Europe or America. We’ve got the Arab version of ‘The Biggest Loser,’ which pits overweight men and women against each other to lose weight with […]

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Palestinian Teens Break New Ground in Science

June 7, 2010 4:07 pm0 comments

A trio of diminutive teen science divas hailing from the city of Nablus, located in the war-scarred Palestinian West Bank, has single-handedly changed the lives of billions of blind people across the world. At the recent Intel Science and Engineering Fair held in California, Aseel Abu Aleil, Aseel Alshaar and […]

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In Oman, Love – Literally – Reigns Supreme

May 24, 2010 8:47 pm0 comments

When it comes to marriage in some Middle Eastern countries, if the price isn’t right, there won’t even be the tiniest notion of a union. Exorbitant dowries for the hands of prime Arab girls often reduce the sanctity of marriage to a mere financial investment. Love and the hope of […]

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