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This UAE Initiative Is Helping Kids Overcome Their Fears of Reading Aloud with Dogs

This UAE Initiative Is Helping Kids Overcome Their Fears of Reading Aloud with Dogs

by Fadila Khaled

  Therapy dogs have been emotional supporters of humans since the beginning of time, but in modern days they’re used in hospitals, elder care facilities, prisons, and schools.   Dubai is launching a new program – Reading Dogs UAE – by the Animal Agency this October. The new initiative is aiming to help Dubai’s youngest […]

This Podcast Is About Being Unapologetically Muslim in America, and We Absolutely Love It

This Podcast Is About Being Unapologetically Muslim in America, and We Absolutely Love It

Being Muslim in America is watching the country praise Muhammad Ali one day and an outpour of Islamophobic comments the next. It’s turning off the television for the sake of your sanity. It’s being hesitant to wear your hijab, when you don’t need to be, all because you’re not sure whether people are ready to […]

The Reason Egyptian Arabic Is So Different from Other Arabic Dialects

The Reason Egyptian Arabic Is So Different from Other Arabic Dialects

by Nadine Arab

The Egyptian vernacular has always been a big fat question mark to everyone, including Egyptians themselves. Each Arabic speaking country has its own accent or dialect — most countries are split into groups though. The Levantine dialects for instance are quite similar, the Gulf countries also share their similarities as well. However, Egypt happens to […]

Being on a Plant-Based Diet in Egypt Is Surprisingly Not Difficult

Being on a Plant-Based Diet in Egypt Is Surprisingly Not Difficult

by Fadila Khaled

  What most people don’t notice is that being on a plant-based diet in Egypt is not only super easy, but also much cheaper than one might think. Yes, quinoa and kale are expensive, but when I say “cheaper,” I mean not having to buy any animal products –meat, cheese, milk, eggs, etc – and […]

How Egyptians Utilize Car Horns as an Extra Means of Communication

How Egyptians Utilize Car Horns as an Extra Means of Communication

by Nadine Arab

Egyptians are well known for coming up with innovative ideas on how to utilize anything, in any way possible and for any purpose. From your mama’s notorious flying shebshebs (slippers), to discovering your mad shisha skills as you use car keys to adjust charcoal, or even using Google Maps to detect radar. I am not […]

I Wear My Hijab with Understanding and Pride, and So Should You

I Wear My Hijab with Understanding and Pride, and So Should You

by Marwa Khalifa

This piece of cloth I wear every single day on my head is what defines me, it is what tells others who I am and what my beliefs are. The hijab is about modernity and modesty. I was really scared, scared of not being able to commit to it. I was scared because I travel a […]

The Muslim Youth Camp of California: An Inside Look at Young Muslims in the US

The Muslim Youth Camp of California: An Inside Look at Young Muslims in the US

Founded in 1961, the Muslim Youth Camp of California was the nation’s first sleepaway camp of its kind, an early experiment that mixed Islamic studies and rustic Americana. With a history stretching from Presidents John F. Kennedy to Donald Trump, the camp has helped shape the identities of thousands of Muslim children, many of whom […]

How Dahab Became Egypt’s Most Pet-Friendly Town

How Dahab Became Egypt’s Most Pet-Friendly Town

by Nadine Arab

Unfortunately, Egypt is not the world’s most pet-friendly destination. In fact, stumbling upon stray animals is not a surprising phenomenon whatsoever. Moreover, pet owners’ often struggle to find pet-friendly places where they could hang out.     Despite all of that, more people are trying to change that nowadays. We now have animal shelters; like […]

How to Fix Your Life And Stop Thinking You’re A Louse: A Study Based on Translated Directions From Your Favorite Author

How to Fix Your Life And Stop Thinking You’re A Louse: A Study Based on Translated Directions From Your Favorite Author

by Mostafa El Hakim

What should one do when one finds oneself stuck in life? Should you take a step back to reassess your place in this modern world we live in? Should you have a mental breakdown that culminates in a hot bath with a bath bomb fizzing in between your escaped sobs? Or should you just adapt […]

We Asked Egyptian Drivers About Their Strangest Encounters, and Here’s What They Said

We Asked Egyptian Drivers About Their Strangest Encounters, and Here’s What They Said

by Abdulhameed Afifi

  Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be an Uber, Careem, Osta, or even a taxi driver in Egypt? In this article, I talk to different kinds of Egyptian drivers where they share strange situations — anonymously, per their requests  — that you won’t believe have happened.     “I once picked up […]