Morocco

June 13, 2012

Dounia at the Mawazine festival
08:32 GMT

The Moroccan Arab Idol star goes hijabi after fans complain about her revealing clothing.

June 1, 2012

The Moroccan national football team coach Eric Gerets (R) attends a training session in Marrakesh
18:26 GMT

Morocco Coach Eric Gerets is hopeful of securing a result as the Atlas Lions arrived in Banjul ahead of their 2014 World Cup qualifier against the Scorpions of Gambia at the Independence Stadium in Bakau on Saturday.

May 28, 2012

Fadl Shaker
08:00 GMT

The fiery Lebanese singer prays for God to destroy the Syrian President at a recent gig in Rabat, Morocco.

May 16, 2012

"There's a lot of potential in the Arab world and all these shows help in bringing them in the spotlight," said Ali Jaber.
13:56 GMT

The singing competition The Voice is coming to the Arab world, with scouts scouring the region for talent.

May 12, 2012

Arabs Got Talent: The show must go on!
21:34 GMT

The fifth episode of Arabs Got Talent (AGT) was the penultimate of the recorded auditions to qualify for the live semi finals. It was marked by a good deal of talent and was not short on comedic elements to lighten the intensity of the competition either.

May 4, 2012

Arabs Got Talent, Episode 4 leaves viewers on the edges of their seats
13:15 GMT

The Arab variety show that is Arabs Got Talent is finding its stride by the 4th episode, gearing up for the 5th which promises yet more surprise factor if the second season's drama is anything to go by.

April 27, 2012

Iraqi-Moroccan Shatha Hassoun defends Elissa
16:05 GMT

Reports are rife of Lebanese singer Elissa rudely kicking the fans and entourage of Iraqi singer Shatha Hassoun out of the Amman hotel in which both stars stayed in Jordan. Shatha protests Elissa's innocence.

April 25, 2012

Arabs Got Talent has returned to our screens for the second season
18:16 GMT

From Jordan, through Morocco, Sudan and Saudi Arabia, here are some of the highlights of last week's 3rd episode of Arabs Got Talent. From the judges side though, while mildly entertaining, it's more a case of "Still haven't found what I'm looking for."

March 25, 2012

Carmen Suleiman: Winner takes all did not apply. Both finalists wished each other the prize in a saccharine  display of graceful sportsmanship combined with Arab warmth, ahead of the final showdown. Consensus agreed that both girls, the Moroccan talent voicebox, and the Egyptian young starlet were deserving winners that did the Arab world proud.
10:41 GMT

The final show-down for Arab Idol was not without all the drama and Arab sentiment that such a show fittingly warrants. Egypt's deserving winner was Carmen Suleiman. Here is a round-up of the best bits in pictures.

March 23, 2012

Ahlam gets judged at trouser-gate: The UAE judge got the Arab judging treatment, with viewers all trouser talk! Her unseemly tighter than tight 'Cameltoe' trousers (pants) got more mentions than the singing stars. Her answer to the media the morning after: 'Are you here to watch & vote for the talented contestants or to comment on my clothes?'
10:30 GMT

Here are some reminders of the talking points, ahead of today's final showing of Arab Idol.

March 15, 2012

North Moroccans protest
11:14 GMT

Morocco's sleepy awakening could be about to get its caffeine fix and join in the revolution of its North African brothers and Levant rebels.

February 28, 2012

Credit cards
06:49 GMT

At the end of 2011, the number of credit cards in circulation in Morocco rose by 13.6 percent compared to 2010, reaching 8 million cards issued,

February 23, 2012

Agadir
07:41 GMT

The Moroccan tourism sector remained stable in 2011 in spite of the Arab Spring and the instability it has created.

February 18, 2012

As Bashar al Assad follows in father's footsteps (the late Haafez al Assad had blood on his hands from Hama '82), keeping a deathly watch over his people as they are slaughtered, we ask what became of his Hippocratic oath. Assad Junior trained to save lives & sight as an eye doctor: medical care not military devastation was his calling.
22:31 GMT

Firmly into 2012, how are the Arab revolutions developing? We check in with some of the Arab protest pictures to gauge to what extent they have reached revolution saturation, or on the contrary are just getting started.

February 6, 2012

Sabeen Atallah, the hot Lebanese act, is dazzling the fans and seducing 2012 already with her music. She has in the past been professionally involved with the Rahbanis (Ghassan and Elias) and has also collaborated with Marwan Khoury.
15:08 GMT

The latest happenings from the celebrity circles of the Middle East in pictures and words!