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  • Aug 21st, 2013 - 13:01 GMT

    From Inshallah (God willing) to being able to tell someone they have heavy blood as an insult to their sense of humor, check out our editors' picks of the most untranslatable or precious Arabic words and phrases that wouldn’t work anywhere else but the colorful, sand-swept Middle East!
  • Aug 18th, 2013 - 15:29 GMT

    Did you ever think that there was glamor and glitz before there were gillabs and gutras? Conservative clothing may be the Middle Eastern garb of the moment, but before the Iranian Revolution of 1979, Western colonial powers exerted their influence over not only the politics of their puppet governments, but the fashion trends of the region too. Slick hair-dos, towering platform heels and a hefty amount of skin on show could be spotted on every street corner. Take a look at our choice of the top 12 pictures that show just how much things have changed fashion-wise across the region in forty short years.
  • Aug 15th, 2013 - 13:15 GMT

    Whether it is Dubai, Doha or Kuwait City, the speed at which those cities transformed themselves from what was a desert into clean-cut avant-garde cosmopolitan cities is remarkable.
  • Aug 12th, 2013 - 15:25 GMT

    Here's a glimpse of our favorite modern architectural wonders around the Middle East. From the phallic to the plain phenomenal, some of the most enterprising edifices to deck the deserts.
  • Aug 10th, 2013 - 11:46 GMT

    Marking the end of Ramadan, Eid Al Fitr, the first of two Eids in the Islamic calendar, began this weekend. A time for celebration, family and eating as much as possible during daylight hours, the ways in which Muslims across the globe mark the festival varies from country to country.
  • Aug 7th, 2013 - 12:31 GMT

    Eid Al Fitr, also known as the fast-breaking festival, occurs at the end of Ramadan and is a chance for families and friends to come together and enjoy a meal in daylight hours! After a long month of fasting, Eid, for many, couldn't come soon enough. As the crazy holiday is about to descend on us, we are going to show you the traditions that make Eid Al Fitr one of the most loved holidays in the Muslim world.
  • Aug 6th, 2013 - 12:03 GMT

    In the last days of Ramadan, let’s take a moment to revel in some Muslim pride and celebrate the lasting legacy of Islamic inventors. We’ve made a panel of our top ten monumental Muslim inventions that we should be grateful for, from the candid camera to the crisp cheque.
  • Aug 5th, 2013 - 09:42 GMT

    The pitfalls of Ramadan and the ways you may have slipped up in your fasting endeavors without realizing it. We've set up the “So You Think You Can Fast” challenge to see how many of you will still think fasting is a piece of cake after reading about the many don’ts that can break your fast in the blink of an eye or a bite of baklawa.
  • Aug 4th, 2013 - 14:03 GMT

    There seems to be graffiti on every corner across the Arab world. With the recent spate of artistic brilliance being showcased in paint, its hard to argue that this graffiti is vandalism. Taking inspiration from the political turmoil of the Middle East as well as the culture, it seems that graffiti is very much alive and kicking. From Banksy in Bethlehem to powerful images of child labour in Iran, Middle Eastern graffitiers are producing work worthy of any gallery. Here's our selection of the best of the bunch.
  • Jul 31st, 2013 - 15:55 GMT

    What's happened to the safe, cutesy and family friendly Ramadan telly time? Crowding around the TV with all the family has been ruled out as Ramadan TV shows have gotten grittier, sexier and more risque than ever before. It seems that the Egyptian censor has taken a holiday as the Nile is churning out some of the naughtiest content ever seen on regional telly and viewers are advised to take heed. We've listed the top eight most x-rated shows this year, leaving you with the decision of whether they're too