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  • Nov 6th, 2011 - 04:28 GMT

    Why is the holiest site of Islam, Mecca, being compared, disparagingly to Las Vegas? Still this scornful comparison is offset by national pride in the Kingdom's rennovation and unashamed investment in Islam's holiest sites, the pride and joy of the King of Saudi Arabia, the Custodian of the Two Mosques.
  • Nov 3rd, 2011 - 16:59 GMT

    Zamzam -- the Muslim faith's miracle Mekka Valley holy water is the Islamic answer to the Jordan Valley's Blessed Babtism water. This 'Muslim' water has had a long and more recently checkered story. It is associated with a special thirst-quenching experience, said to satisfy hunger appetite as well as to cure illness. Though more recently people are alleging that it might cause harm to the human body.
  • Oct 31st, 2011 - 11:18 GMT

    Curious about the Hajj season, 2011, and wondering what the whole journey to Hajj entails (not to mention attainment of a new status, becoming the esteemed title holder - 'Hajji'- or one who has completed the journey of a life time)? Albawaba offers an overview of what is involved in the process and ultimate journey of pilgramage to Mecca.
  • Oct 29th, 2011 - 15:03 GMT

    Love stories and tales of Palestinian prisoners released in the last fortnight, whose stories have been somewhat buried by the tale of one Israeli soldier made hero by his Gazan kidnapping. Updates on this headline-making story, and new prisoner-swap deals that have come out of this initiative. Albawaba redresses the balance with some Palestinian names and stories behind the prisoner-swap Shalit-Deal.
  • Oct 24th, 2011 - 09:17 GMT

    Free and new Libya last night ushered in a new era of post-Gaddafi political and social life. In a series of celebratory speeches in which new leaders declared liberation for Libya, any regret by Mahmoud Jibril for the brutal death of their cruel lingering tyrant, was muted by jubiliation and optimism for a new Islamic path that included a lift on the polygamy ban and a return to Islamic banking.
  • Oct 21st, 2011 - 22:17 GMT

    In pictures, a short tale of a bloody demise for the Libyan ousted, now dead, Leader Colonel Gaddafi. Also, a look at his scattered and, finally, it would seem, crushed family empire.
  • Oct 17th, 2011 - 15:24 GMT

    European 'indignance' with a touch of Arab flare has brewed and begun to boil over. Europe has stolen the thunder from the Arab spotlight. Protests are no longer the preserve of the Middle East. Not even Palestine going the UN-way, or not, or indeed Syria still unfurling could draw our attention away from European plazas, piazzas and squares in financial hubs last week.
  • Oct 9th, 2011 - 14:43 GMT

    An introduction, or a reminder if you prefer, of who's who in this year's winner line-up for the Nobel Prizes, 2011, across all categories. Regionally the prize that created the biggest stir in the climate of Arab Spring and the fight for woman's rights was nabbed by Arabia's very own Chammpion of Peace, journalist Tawakkul Karmen, the Yemeni lady and mother. The chemistry category could have proved 'combustive' in its prized Israeli winner, given the Arab in the winners draw, but the spirit of the occasion, not to mention the Peace Prize principle, ensured that all stayed on best behavior.
  • Oct 7th, 2011 - 15:34 GMT

    October 6th, 2011 marks the passing of a 'Beautiful Mind', Steve Jobs; a heroic, resilient man, co-founder of Apple computers and former CEO. His legacy and history, including the un-sung Arab within.
  • Oct 2nd, 2011 - 13:04 GMT

    The Latest News in Pictures of Celebrities and Entertainment in the Arab World. (Part 6)