Arab Culture

What so funny about peace, love, and understanding in the Middle East? Read this article to find out what makes Arabs laugh.

Jokes and a sense of humor have pretty much existed in every culture since mankind’s beginning. Indeed, in every culture around the world, the goal of jokes and humor is to reduce the daily pressures of life, creating a sense of understanding and often bringing us together. In this regard, the Arab world is no different. Although they are often stereotyped in the West, Arabs...

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The Middle Eastern scene is always changing. Read all about the up and coming cities that are destined to change the future of the Middle East.

Lately, when we’ve talked about Arab culture or the Arabic language, we’ve often talked a lot about the oldest this or the oldest that. However, with the recent news of the United Nations estimates that predict two-thirds of the population of the Middle East will live in cities by 2050, it’s time we switched directions and started talking about the youngest this or that. So, today,...

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If you’re traveling overseas visiting any of Arabic speaking countries for any long period of time, eventually you might have to get a تحلق / tiHla' (haircut). However, if you’re like some and suffer from tonsurephobia (the fear of getting a haircut), the idea of a tiHla' might only be less than that of getting a قناة الجذر qanat aljudhur (root canal). Incidentally, barbers used to...

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Roses are red - and they’re also the official flower of Iraq! Find out what are the national flowers of a few of the Arabic-speaking countries

Every country has the right to present what is most beautiful about where they live. So, what better national symbols to show off than flowers? You might think that Arab countries might not have a diverse flora. Obviously, we understand why, considering the vast areas of desert. Certainly, other factors contribute, such as lack of adequate soil or rain. This makes life tough for plants...

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You’ve filled your stomach with Moroccan main courses like spicy couscous and savory tagine. Now fill your sweet tooth with these Moroccan desserts!

We’ve already talked about Moroccan food and how mouthwatering it is. However, do you want to know what’s even more mouthwatering than Moroccan main courses? That’s right! Moroccan desserts and here are a few to whet your appetite: Halwa Chebakia Halwa Chebakia is a chewy, crunchy, honey-coated Moroccan sesame cookie. Moroccans make it by arranging rolled-out dough into a flower shape, frying it and then dipping it into...

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Arab culture and history are full of people who helped make the world a better place. Here are just a few Arabic heroes that shaped the world.

When you decide to learn Arabic language skills, you’re deciding to join the ranks of people who share a language and indeed a culture and identity. However, more importantly, you’re sharing a language with the people of from the Arabic speaking countries. Arabs surely left their footprints on the world’s stage in areas from science to politics. These people went on to become unforgettable in...

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You’ve learned some Arabic by watching television shows from the Middle East. Now learn even more with Netflix Arabic shows

We’ve already talked before about how turning on your Arab TV box and watching Arabic TV shows can help you learn Arabic language skills and Arabic dialects faster. Well, move over Arab TV because there’s a new kid in town that goes by the name of Netflix. Watching Netflix series and shows in Arabic can also help language learners learn to speak Arabic better in...

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When it comes to the deserts of Jordan, Wadi Rum might be the most famous, but it’s not the only beautiful desert you’ll find in the kingdom.

Located between the Levantine and Arabian areas of the Middle East, Jordan is bordered by no less than four other Arabic speaking countries. You will find Syria to the north, Iraq along its northeastern panhandle, Saudi Arabia to the east and southeast, the Gulf of Aqaba, Jordan's only outlet to the sea, is to the south and Palestine to the west. At 96,188 sq. km,...

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The love of sports throughout the UAE has grown in the country in the last few decades. Find out which Arab sports are tops among the Emirati population.

Sports have been around as long as the Middle East has been around.  In fact, archaeologists have found wall carvings that depict wrestling scenes from the time of pharaohs. Arab sheikhs have flown their falcons across Arabian skies for hundreds of years. At the same time, Bedouins have raced their Arabian steeds across the desert sands. In the UAE, they still race their camels too....

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