August 16, 2012

Jordan has a handful of cafes that stay open during the fasting hours of the holy month and those who need to, usually make it their business to find them. Shops are open, but you are offered a black bag to conceal your illicit day time groceries. Drinking water in public carries a penalty or prison sentence. At best a ticking off by a policeman.
12:57 GMT

The Middle East region presents varying challenges to these Ramadan victims, who are either not required to partake or who chose to opt out of their religious obligations. Here is Al Bawaba's cross-section of the Arab world's various approaches toward Ramadan - from the strictest to the more lenient and free-fasting.

August 13, 2012

Tunisia: The Tunisians were the stars of the stamina events taking 1 gold, 1 silver and 1 bronze in swimming and steeplechase. Star swimmer Oussama Mellouli was the comeback kid, taking gold in the 10K after his drugs scandal five years ago. That gives him a second gold to his collection on the back of his win at Beijing.
17:13 GMT

Our panel of Arab and Middle East Olympic medal achievements from London 2012. See which Arab athlete defied the odds, broke records or fell short in his game.

August 12, 2012

Samira Saeed: back in the studio
14:46 GMT

Morroccan singer Samira Saeed is spending Ramadan in the recording studio as she prepares for the release of her upcoming album.

Maisa Moghrabi poses with talk-show host Nishan in happier times at Doha Tribeca film festival
04:19 GMT

Maisa al Moghrabi denies some rumors while volunteering others: The Emirati-Moroccan actress claims not to be banned from Saudi Arabia. She tells about 'that picture' and why she split off from Saudi fiance, and admits the failure of a previous marriage.

August 7, 2012

Algeria's Toufik Makhloufi wins gold medal
23:58 GMT

Taoufik Makhloufi of Algeria won the Olympic gold medal Tuesday in the men's 1,500-meter run.

Maisa Moghrabi
09:02 GMT

The Moroccan actress defends accusations that she's "too sexy" in latest TV drama 'Li'bat Al Mar'ah Rajul' (Man is Woman's Play-thing).

July 31, 2012

Hassan Abdul Haq - Moroccan Ambassador in Jordan
10:47 GMT

Jordan and Morocco’s longstanding ties can be a role model for pan-Arab relations, Moroccan Ambassador in Jordan Hassan Abdul Haq said on Sunday.

July 29, 2012

Egypt - the shining light of the Middle East whether in film, learning or revolutions is also, it turns out, the seat of sport triumphs in the Games: So far the Land of the Pharaohs have clocked up 24 medals: 7 gold, 7 silver,10 bronze
Rooting for Egypt this year, you've got 20 chances for Gold as they're entered for 20 sporting events.
12:16 GMT

After the weekend of the Opening Ceremony and flag parades starring Arab entries to the London Games, we look at Arab achievements in Olympic-terms to date. We take stock of medals gained, and success delivered by Arab athletics and tot up the Arab world's collective and individual medal count historically.

July 18, 2012

Shama Hamdan
12:15 GMT

Runner-up on Arab's Got Talent gets the last laugh.

Four coaches who are popular performing singers will train and supervise participants in the program relying on the quality of the singing talent.
10:41 GMT

The hit talent show hits the Arab world.

July 16, 2012

Ramadan like an Egyptian! No one does Ramadan quite like Cairo. Business & pleasure come to a standstill in the day, but the roads heave at break-of-fast (Iftar) time. Throw in extra prayers to the 5, added sheesha opportunities in long Ramadan nights when the dense population is all out, and you get the holy month in the city that never sleeps.
10:20 GMT

For anyone planning on trying Ramadan abroad, whether for the experience of a travelling Ramadan, or out of necessity in times of political unrest in the Middle East, here's our Ramadan tourist special - a cross section of Arab world cities and capitals for a state-of-the-art Ramadan experience.

July 2, 2012

Rajaa Kassabni
13:24 GMT

The Moroccan singer goes all Emirati on us with her latest track, 'Beautiful Bride'.

July 1, 2012

Abu Hamza, one of the law firm's clients
12:56 GMT

A UK law firm defending alleged terrorists caught by Middle East governments are making big bucks.

June 20, 2012

Maisa Moghrabi is daring to film a movie based on a book banned in the KSA
15:14 GMT

Moroccan actress Maisa Moghrabi has completed filming the new television drama “Li’bat Al Mar’ah Rajul” (A Woman’s Game is a Man). The show was adapted from the controversial novel by Saudi author Sarah Al Ilwi.

June 15, 2012

Ragheb Alama
13:13 GMT

The Lebanese actor and singer travels to Morocco for a 'one of a kind' visit.