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  • Oct 31st, 2013 - 13:38 GMT

    Not all that glitters is gold...and not all that can be learned about the Middle East can be done so through Wikipedia! From biographies of Jerusalem to foreign correspondents raving on the Lebanese civil war, why not turn off your smartphone and get back to basics with Al Bawaba's book club of best books on the Arab world.
  • Oct 29th, 2013 - 13:09 GMT

    With the Gulf's Gerge'an trick-or-treating to the delicious sweets fed to you by your Teta during Eid, the Middle East wins hands down at Halloween traditions. Move aside pagans! Here's why the Arab world can take or leave, and certainly doesn't 'need', your spooky All Hallow's Eve!
  • Oct 27th, 2013 - 13:47 GMT

    In the Arab world where women are as obsessed with beauty as in the next culture if not more zealously, with vigorous hair removal regimes and make-up laid on with a trowel to show for it, there are still some beauty tips with their roots deeper than the ubiquitous Western fads. These are the beauty tips from yester-year -- the bizarre and sometimes gross tricks of the Bedouin trade from our tetas. Myths, old wives tales and tried and tested techniques, here’s how to preserve that oriental beauty, old Arab-style!
  • Oct 24th, 2013 - 13:22 GMT

    It's been 17 years since he came to power - and AT LEAST 17 blunders have been made by Bibi. Al Bawaba puts the spotlight on Benjamin Netanyahu's baddest behaviour and argues that Bibi is bad news - for peace, for Palestine and for Israel.
  • Oct 22nd, 2013 - 13:16 GMT

    Who stood out from the crowd and who should have stayed behind the scenes? The most memorable of the Arabs Got Talent auditions of 2013 -- the ones who stood out, the outstanding as well as the ones who should have sat-out!
  • Oct 20th, 2013 - 13:16 GMT

    The U.S. and Iran’s mutual mistrust: How a quarter of an hour on the phone between leaders has us revisiting a quarter of a century of frosty relations. 15 historical moments in a trajectory of deep-seated distrust.
  • Oct 20th, 2013 - 09:52 GMT

    What not to wear for Halloween in the Middle East if you want to keep it PC and culturally sensitive. The pitfalls of going to town on the fancy-dress potential in the Arab/ Muslim world where funny can touch on disrespectful or sacrilegious.
  • Oct 14th, 2013 - 15:03 GMT

    Eid's entertainment: The celebs and their performances in the region during the Eid al Adha holiday season.
  • Oct 13th, 2013 - 19:17 GMT

    Eid exposed: 10 holiday peeves for the approaching Adha festival. The complaints people are too polite to share regarding the religious festival of Sacrifice that make this break a time to dread just as much as a time to celebrate. A full disclosure of the gripes and grumblings killing the Feast of Sacrifice.
  • Oct 11th, 2013 - 18:53 GMT

    Impending crash or impeccable recovery: Dubai’s furiously pricey properties fueling all the ‘bubble talk’.