Spring Break: Iraq?

April 21, 2010 5:39 pm0 comments

Cancun, Miami, San Diego…Baghdad? Well, even if you’re not planning on going there for Spring Break, Iraq made an important step in becoming at least a viable destination for world travelers when Etihad Airways announced the commencement of flights between Abu Dhabi and Baghdad beginning on April 26th. Surprised? So […]

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The Real Delivery Capital of the World

April 15, 2010 9:11 pm0 comments

For far too long, America has been lauded as the ‘fat’ capital of the world. We’ve all seen the Oprah segments on fat Americans and ways that they are trying to get healthy. However, there is a country that is just as fat as America and a real contender for […]

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Dining Etiquette in the Middle East – Thanks (In Part) to Wikipedia

April 7, 2010 9:58 pm0 comments

By Sumayyah Meehan April 7, 2010 Dining in the Middle East is pretty much an event of epic proportions with only the finest foods and beverages served to honor guests. However, maneuvering through an entire meal in a culture that is as mysterious as it is rich can be a […]

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Green Looks Forward: Dubai Reps Arab Art at Weeklong Expo

March 25, 2010 6:40 pm0 comments

March 24, 2010 Dubai, home of its eponymous film festival, fashion week, and cutting-edge architecture (including the tallest building in the world), is clearly the Islamic world’s leader in cultural exhibition. Continuing in this spirit was last week’s 4th annual Art Dubai expo, a large, multicultural contemporary art fair repping […]

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Women Fight for Rights in Kuwait – But Who Are They Leaving Behind?

March 15, 2010 8:24 pm0 comments

You’d think we’re living in the Dark Ages the way politics in Kuwait firmly continues to put its women in the backseat of the country’s government. It’s been more than four years since Kuwaiti women won the right to vote and run for parliamentary positions.  However, since that first delectable […]

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NYC Charity Event Plants “Seeds of Peace” for Children of Conflict Nations

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One thousand decked out New Yorkers of all backgrounds – Israeli, Arab, Pakistani, Indian, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, Christian, and otherwise – gathered at M2 Ultralounge in New York for the annual Peace Market benefit for Seeds of Peace. Seeds of Peace is a nonprofit organization that funds camps on neutral […]

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Grandmaster Reviving Chess in Iran

January 28, 2010 12:02 am0 comments

By Sumayyah Meehan January 27, 2010 One of the many items in the long line of bans in Iran was the game of chess. From 1981 to 1988, it was a crime to even play the game of chess in public or sell chess paraphernalia. It took no less than […]

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‘Skateistan’ – A New Afghan Republic?

January 7, 2010 10:13 pm0 comments

By Sumayyah Meehan January 7, 2010 A lesson in economic diversity and universal brotherhood is in full swing in one of the most barren and war-ravaged countries in the world. The city of Kabul, in Afghanistan, is the site of an urban revolution that is changing just as many hearts […]

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Burj Dubai-Khalifa Brings Sexy Back to Tall Buildings

January 4, 2010 10:22 pm0 comments

By Sara Elghobashy January 4, 2010 Just as Justin Timberlake brought sexy back, Burj Khalifa architects Skidmore, Owings & Merrill have declared that “tall buildings are back.” After 6 years of construction and $1.5 billion, the Burj Khalifa (or Burj Dubai as it was known 5 minutes ago) is now […]

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NYU Opens Abu Dhabi Campus

December 21, 2009 11:16 pm0 comments

By Sara Elghobashy December 21, 2009 Earlier this month, NYU announced the opening of its Abu Dhabi campus. The ceremony was attended by the crown prince of Abu Dhabi, Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, and NYU President John Sexton, but it was missing a crucial element of a university: the […]

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