Arab Culture

Come with us to the visit the Middle East in wintertime and find out why this time of year may be like it’s own winter wonderland you didn’t expect at all.

Whenever we mention the Middle East, many of you likely think of hot, dry deserts under a blistering sun. A place where there is no rain, only one year long hot summer.  Truth be told, however, many of the countries of the Arab world actually have all four seasons in a normal year. Autumn follows summer, winter follows autumn, spring comes after winter, and so...

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Middle Eastern folktale is all about Arabian Nights. You surely know our beloved Aladdin and Jasmine. Click for more on the Aladdin story.

If there is one Middle Eastern folktale we all know it’s the Aladdin story. So learning Arabic means that you are learning its cultures and stories behind everything. At some point, you must have come across the one and only: the book of One Thousand and One Nights. It is also called the Arabian Nights. These Arabic stories and folktales do not only tell stories. They are...

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Only 222 days until Ramadan, so start planning your trip to celebrate Ramadan in Egypt now and find out why this is always a special time of year to visit!

If your visit to Egypt just happens to fall during the holy month of Ramadan, you’re in luck. That’s because there is no better place to enjoy the holiest of all Islamic months than in Egypt. Indeed, when you spend Ramadan in Egypt, traditions seem just a little bit more special there. So, what makes Ramadan so special in Egypt? Well, that’s what we’re going to...

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A Thousand and One Nights for a thousand of Arabic tales. Read all about the Arabic Nights and why this should be your next folklore tale.

It is not common that certain stories make it to historical books. The kind of world literature that lecturer’s and teachers teach students in schools. The Arabian Nights is a work of art that is one of the best influences by the Arabic and Islamic world. This contribution sheds light on so many life lessons through a number of different stories in one set. The Arabian...

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Find out about the two different species of deer that you can find in the Middle East in Kaleela’s look at the Middle East’s answer to Bambi and Rudolph.

Many people visit the Arab world to check out its striking landscapes and rich history. Still others visit the Middle East because they enjoy the wide array of flora and fauna they find only in this region. Today, Kaleela takes you on a journey to learn about some of that wildlife. In particular, we look at the two most widely common species of deer –...

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Cats have a long history in both Middle Eastern and Islamic cultures, so is it any wonder that they’d be included in their proverbs, too?

Cats have been an important part of Middle Eastern culture since the days of Ancient Egypt. Indeed, back then, they were praised for protecting the pharaohs by killing venomous snakes. What’s more this duty to protect got our feline friends turned into gods, and they are even used as symbols of protection in the infamous Book of the Dead. Now, flash forward a couple of thousand...

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Read on for a few fun and Interesting Facts About the Arabic language that is sure to make you want to start learning Arabic with Kaleela!

If you’re thinking about learning Arabic, you’re likely aware of the richness of the Arabic language. Indeed, there are many interesting things about Arabic language learning, but here are a few fun facts about Arabic that you might not know: 1. Arabic is the official language of 25 countries One of the most interesting facts about Arabic language is that there are 466 million native speakers of...

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Today as we take a brief look into the history of one of the most beloved animals in Arab culture – the Arabian horse! And that ain’t no hay!

Bedouins and other native Arab cultures consider the Arabian horse a gift from God and they treat them as such.  Indeed, the bond between Arabs and their horses over the years has played a vital role in Arab culture. After all, how many grand poems have been written to the Arabian horse? And how many songs have Bedouins sung by their desert campfires at night praising these noble...

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