All by myselfie: The Middle East and the rise of the solo photo craze

Published May 28th, 2014 - 10:37 GMT

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Image 1 of 9: Pose for the polls: The Middle East's selfie-craze reached a new level in Egypt when election officials had to tell poll workers to stop citizens taking selfies while voting to avoid violations on standard polling station protocol!

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Image 1 of 9: Sisi fever: Want a selfie with Sisi, but can't get past his bodyguards? Now thanks to an Android app, you can! This timely app lets you seamlessly insert Sisi’s face into your own beautiful selfie for a picture that will definitely wow your friends (if they're into that sort of thing...)

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Image 1 of 9: Selfless selfies: Taking pictures of yourself might not be all that vain if it’s for a good cause. These Tunisian activists are jumping on the selfie bandwagon to expose their country’s growing pollution problems and heighten awareness about environmental issues in the country.

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Image 1 of 9: Spellcheck your selfie: Who would have thought that pre-2013, otherwise known as "the year of the selfie", salafi and selfie could have so much in common? Turns out the two words have the exact same spelling in Arabic! What’s more, we cannot decide which is growing faster, the salafi sect or the selfie movement… you decide!

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Image 1 of 9: Presidents love selfies too: Iran's Mahmoud Ahmadinejad may have not been as charismatic as his predecessor Hassan Rouhani, but who knows, maybe he’ll get some more international love if he keeps up the selfies. He definitely needs to work on that pout though.

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Image 1 of 9: Scared of heights? Alexander Remnev isn't! He climbed the world´s tallest residential building, in where else but Dubai, to take these unreal photos of the city over 411m below. Such audacious thrill seekers are part of a growing number of `skywalkers´ (not of the Star Wars variety) mainly from Russia and the Ukraine.

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Image 1 of 9: Bibi gets busted! Netanyahu the selfie skeptic is snapped taking selfies! For someone who complains that people don't take the time to live because they are 'slaves' to the camera, Netanyahu seems to enjoy gratuitous photo-taking… His response to suggestions that selfies give personality to a situation however?

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Image 1 of 9: The power of selfies: Lebanon's #notamartyr campaign shows just how powerful a snap can be. In Beirut last year, an innocent selfie of 4 friends turned tragic as a car bomb exploded behind them shortly afterwards. One died, sparking an emotional protest with hundreds posting selfies with messages of the change they wanted for Lebanon.

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Image 1 of 9: Man of the people: Even Egypt’s presidential frontrunner has hopped aboard the selfie train. His first selfie was posted on Twitter a month ago with his lovely wife smiling by his side. Mrs Sisi will no doubt get serious love for the pic she posted of her popular husband.

From trivial to triumphant - the (not so) humble selfie in the Middle East is a force to be reckoned with. Selfies have certainly taken the world by storm and the Middle East is no exception. In fact, MENA might just be home to the next selfie-crazed capital in the world! From selfie-apps that allow users to snap photos with Egypt’s Sisi to selfies for a cause in Tunisia, this-shall we say vain!-trend is here to stay. Take a look at some of the craziest selfies from around the Arab world.

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