We could travel just by folding the map

An Arabic student who knows nothing about the Middle East

Teaching Arabic in the US after 9/11

Could English 'Kill' Other Languages?

Sean May

Lebanon can be difficult and, at times, violent. But we choose to be witnesses to the hidden heroes working here. Otherwise, we’d miss the greatest opportunity of all: to stand for something more than the sum of our parts.

This week a talk from TEDxBeirut on the beauty of the Arabic language became the first talk in Arabic to be featured on TED.com. Above — a part of a note from the organizers of TEDxBeirut on why holding the event means so much to them and their community.

Watch the talk — “Don’t kill your language” — here»

(via tedx)

arab-gulf:

National dress and the traditional costume of the Arab countries.

arab-gulf:

National dress and the traditional costume of the Arab countries.

Special envoy Princess Astrid of Belgium welcomes Oman’s decision to join the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention

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Princess Astrid of Belgium with (L) Didier Reynders Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Affairs of Belgium and (R) Oman’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Youssef bin Alawi bin Abdullah. Photo issued by Belgium.

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Her Royal Highness Princess Astrid of Belgium, in her capacity as a special envoy of the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention, or Ottawa Convention, has welcomed the decision of the Sultanate of Oman to join the treaty that bans the use, production, stockpiling and transfer of anti-personnel mines. 

Princess Astrid, while on a trade mission to Oman, met with the Sultanate’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Youssef bin Alawi bin Abdullah, to encourage Oman to further its engagement in the international movement to eradicate anti-personnel mines by joining the landmark disarmament and humanitarian treaty.

Oman’s Minister of Foreign Affairs responded to Princess Astrid’s appeal by informing her that the Sultanate had taken the decision to join the Convention.

Read more …

5 Perks of Living in the Middle East

geekward:

I was born and raised in Muscat, Oman. That’s a country in the Middle East. You’ve probably never heard of it but if you have, then you’re awesome. :)

Why am I mentioning this though? Well, because in several days, I will be flying back there for my brother’s high school graduation. Really…

magicalarabia:

Dubai Fountain, Souk Al Bahar, Dubai, UAE نافورة دبي٬ سوق البحار٬ دبي٬ الإماراتby @lindahollier
www.batuta.com

magicalarabia:

Dubai Fountain, Souk Al Bahar, Dubai, UAE 
نافورة دبي٬ سوق البحار٬ دبي٬ الإمارات
by @lindahollier

www.batuta.com