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Halla Walla – Arab Culture through Emojis

It took two months of intense research for Yasmin Rasool and Eriko Varkey to bring the stories of Shaikha, Lula, Waleed and Ahmed to life. They interviewed focus groups of expats and natives from the Gulf for hours, recording stories of their childhood and cultural experiences of living in the region. Then in February 2017 More…

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“I Am Society”: Iraq’s Cycling Girls Ride For Freedom

What started as an art project became a social media meme and then a civil society movement. A group of women now gather regularly to cycle in Baghdad and break new ground. Or is it old ground? “My mother and my grandmother used to ride bicycles. It used to be normal,” Marina Jaber told AFP. More…

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UNESCO Forum in Riyadh Focuses on Youth Participation

The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Forum for Non-Profit Organizations (NGOs) 2017, held for the first time in Saudi Arabia, kicked off on 6th May 2017 with an emphasis on engaging young people in creating a strong social impact worldwide. The seventh edition of the forum was held in partnership with the Mohammed More…

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Dubai Recycles 50,000 Gallons of Cooking Oil Everyday

Fried foods aren’t just bad for your heart – the fats, oil and grease they are cooked in can also be detrimental to the environment every time the slimy liquids are poured down the drain and end up clogging municipal storm sewers and local waterways. Every single day, 14,000 eateries across Dubai discard roughly 80,000 More…

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Saudi to Create Thousands of Jobs from Solar Program

Saudi Arabia is hoping its solar-power program will generate 7,000 jobs and build a local manufacturing industry that can export products to the world, reducing domestic demand for its crude oil in the process. The Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources requires bidders seeking to build about 3.45 gigawatts of solar and wind plants by More…

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Nawaya Network – Helping At-Risk Arab Youth

The Nawaya Network aims to connect promising disadvantaged youth with mentors, businesses, and institutions, to help them pursue skills or passions that would otherwise go unnoticed. They believe that by enabling at-risk youth to pursue their passions, they will be less likely to engage in violence, crime, and drug-use. The Nawaya Network is a new More…

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Bahrain’s National Reading Campaign

A national reading campaign is all set to take place across Bahrain from April 23 to 27.  The campaign, entitled “READ”, is aimed at inspiring children and families to read and make the younger generation as well as parents aware of the importance of reading. “We are focusing on early readers and children under the More…

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Gender Parity in Education a Positive Sign in Oman

According to the World Bank, the ratio of female to male students pursuing higher education in Oman has increased more than ten-fold since 1972, when the ratio was 0.21 females for every male student. Women at universities and colleges currently outnumber men, with the number currently standing at 1.37 females for every male. It is More…

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Film Festival Opens in Cinema-Less Saudi Arabia

The Saudi Film Festival opened with 58 homegrown cinematic works which were screened in the ultra-conservative kingdom that continues to ban public cinemas. “Welcome to all of you, filmmakers, makers of art and makers of hope,” festival director Ahmed al-Mulla told participants at the opening ceremony, which was broadcast online. The fourth edition of the More…

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Bright Days Ahead For Clean Energy

Bahrain aims to increase the share of renewables in its energy mix to 5 per cent by 2025, and to 10% by 2035, said Electricity and Water Affairs Minister Dr. Abdulhussain Mirza. The minister was giving a keynote speech at the opening ceremony of the International Conference on Sustainable Buildings and Renewable Energies, organized by More…