Blog

Arab Culture: How Arabian Rugs Have Been Tying Rooms Together for Centuries

Arabian rugs seem to have had a special, sentimental place in homes all over the world for hundreds of years. In fact, it was the whole plot summary behind the 1998 Coen Brothers cult film, “The Big Lebowski”, where the story’s protagonist, Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski, seeks restitution for his ruined (and later stolen) Arabian rug and enlists his bowling buddies to help get it...

Read More
The Role of Tea Arab Culture

We talk a lot about Arabic coffee in articles here on kaleela.com. However, we certainly mustn’t overlook the important role that tea plays in Arab culture. شاي عربي / shay arabiyy (Arabic tea) has been the Arab's beverage of choice for centuries. People serve it constantly, to guests in the home, to business partners at meetings, and at social events. Tea in Arab Society Whether served with...

Read More
The Dance Known as Dabke

If you’re invited to a wedding or graduation in the Levant, chances are that you will be invited for dabke. The dabke is an Arabic folk dance that started in the mountainous regions of the Levant. Legend has it, people used to live in houses made of tree branches and mud. As happens, mud changes in temperature and humidity or just generally when there’s bad weather, it cracks....

Read More
Arabic Words and Phrases for Travel

With the recent concert by world-renowned rock band Coldplay in Amman, Jordan, and two Arab countries and two Arab cities (Morocco, Tunisia, Cairo, and Dubai, respectively) making Lonely Planet’s lists of the best countries and cities to travel to in 2020, it’s no wonder the Middle East is once again fast becoming the destination of choice for many travelers from around the globe. If you...

Read More
“One hand can't clap but it can hold a cup of coffee”. Find out how you can get your hand on a cup in this article on Arabic coffee.

If you travel to the Middle East and you’re not a coffee drinker, you will be soon enough. Coffee in Arabic speaking countries is as much part of everyday culture as it is a culinary tradition. Get over your ideas of your coffee maker because in the Middle East it’s prepared quite differently. Generally, Arabic coffee means coffee that is prepared the Turkish way and there...

Read More