Khaleeji ladies online: These Gulf social media mavens know where it's @

Al Bawaba interviewed some of our favorite ladies from the Gulf who are shaking up social media. From Instagram to cooking blogs, these women pull back the veil on the Gulf countries and give us a glimpse into daily life.

Meet eight social media mavens from Riyadh to Dubai, each an online influencer you’ll want to track.

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@Fajalowaish

Kuwaiti instagrammer 'fajalowaish' told Al Bawaba, “Kuwait, my motherland, she brings together the inspiring minds and hearts between her hands.” (@Fajalowaish)

Ya Salam

American girl meets Saudi boy, they marry and move to Riyadh. So what happens when you can't find online tips on Saudi cuisine? This web designer started her own site. Ya Salam brings recipes for Arabic classic dishes to the world, and tracks her expat exploits along the way. It earned her an invite to Masterchef Arabia!(www.yasalamcooking.com)

Sana'a Yemen

Bashayer studies business in Sana'a, and leads a not-so-secret other life as a prolific Instagrammer. She said, “Yemen nowadays is a forgotten gem, due to the stereotyping that people hold about Middle-Eastern countries. I hope, through my photos, people from around the world would be able to see the real Yemen.” (@bash_AJ)

Ayesha Islam

Gulf-based writer and photojournalist Ayesha Islam told Al Bawaba, "I enjoy taking photographs in Saudi Arabia to show the rich culture and amazing hospitality people offer around this beautiful country that has so many misconceptions around the world.” Track her stunning black and white images on Instagram. (@ayeshazi)

Theoverdressed.com

Bahrain's most popular style blogger actually trained as a lawyer before launching her website Theoverdressed.com in 2009, a regional first. Dana Al Khalifa practices what she preaches! She was named in Harper’s Bazaar Arabia Best Dressed in their very first issue and in 2015 becoming the first Arab blogger to make the cover of Hia Magazine.

Desert Mannequin

Qatar-based Anum Bashir (our SS cover girl!) is a fashion influencer and popular blogger who lives by the credo, "Conquering the world, one outfit at a time". She's prolific on her website, read her interviews with fashion industry insiders at http://www.desertmannequin.com/, or just take in her eye candy on Instagram @desertmannequin

Kuwaiti blogger Dalalid

Kuwaiti beauty blogger Dalalid aims is the Queen of Cosmetics! She has a massive following on Instagram (1.7 M fans!) and nearly half a million subscribers to her Youtube channel. She all about confidence-building, and empowering women to become their own stylists and makeup artists. (www.dalalid.com)

How to live like an Omani princess

Three women living in Oman combined their voices and points-of-view into the blog "How to live like an Omani princess". Now down to just two bloggers, their clever narrative is full of practical advice on everything from home improvements to surviving polygamy to tips on how to rock a niqab. (howtolivelikeanomaniprincess.blogspot.com)

@Fajalowaish
Ya Salam
Sana'a Yemen
Ayesha Islam
Theoverdressed.com
Desert Mannequin
Kuwaiti blogger Dalalid
How to live like an Omani princess
@Fajalowaish
Kuwaiti instagrammer 'fajalowaish' told Al Bawaba, “Kuwait, my motherland, she brings together the inspiring minds and hearts between her hands.” (@Fajalowaish)
Ya Salam
American girl meets Saudi boy, they marry and move to Riyadh. So what happens when you can't find online tips on Saudi cuisine? This web designer started her own site. Ya Salam brings recipes for Arabic classic dishes to the world, and tracks her expat exploits along the way. It earned her an invite to Masterchef Arabia!(www.yasalamcooking.com)
Sana'a Yemen
Bashayer studies business in Sana'a, and leads a not-so-secret other life as a prolific Instagrammer. She said, “Yemen nowadays is a forgotten gem, due to the stereotyping that people hold about Middle-Eastern countries. I hope, through my photos, people from around the world would be able to see the real Yemen.” (@bash_AJ)
Ayesha Islam
Gulf-based writer and photojournalist Ayesha Islam told Al Bawaba, "I enjoy taking photographs in Saudi Arabia to show the rich culture and amazing hospitality people offer around this beautiful country that has so many misconceptions around the world.” Track her stunning black and white images on Instagram. (@ayeshazi)
Theoverdressed.com
Bahrain's most popular style blogger actually trained as a lawyer before launching her website Theoverdressed.com in 2009, a regional first. Dana Al Khalifa practices what she preaches! She was named in Harper’s Bazaar Arabia Best Dressed in their very first issue and in 2015 becoming the first Arab blogger to make the cover of Hia Magazine.
Desert Mannequin
Qatar-based Anum Bashir (our SS cover girl!) is a fashion influencer and popular blogger who lives by the credo, "Conquering the world, one outfit at a time". She's prolific on her website, read her interviews with fashion industry insiders at http://www.desertmannequin.com/, or just take in her eye candy on Instagram @desertmannequin
Kuwaiti blogger Dalalid
Kuwaiti beauty blogger Dalalid aims is the Queen of Cosmetics! She has a massive following on Instagram (1.7 M fans!) and nearly half a million subscribers to her Youtube channel. She all about confidence-building, and empowering women to become their own stylists and makeup artists. (www.dalalid.com)
How to live like an Omani princess
Three women living in Oman combined their voices and points-of-view into the blog "How to live like an Omani princess". Now down to just two bloggers, their clever narrative is full of practical advice on everything from home improvements to surviving polygamy to tips on how to rock a niqab. (howtolivelikeanomaniprincess.blogspot.com)