That Time Steve Aoki Was More Arab Than You

That Time Steve Aoki Was More Arab Than You

Bahrain’s Formula 1 took place last week and it had a killer lineup that not only car-racing fans will enjoy. It included none other than the Grammy-nominated electronic dance superstar Steve Aoki.   Bahrain Grand Prix is a Formula One Championship race in Bahrain that is sponsored by Gulf Air. It started in 2004 and is considered the first […]

5 Places that Prove Bahrain is an Underrated Holiday Destination

5 Places that Prove Bahrain is an Underrated Holiday Destination

The Arab world is packed with beautiful touristic destinations. People already acknowledge the beauty of visiting Egypt, Lebanon, Morocco, and the UAE; but have they every thought about going to Bahrain? Well, you should!   I myself am a Bahraini citizen who lives in Egypt that rarely visits Bahrain; only recently, I traveled to my […]

Things Our Society Must Stop Telling Victims of Harassment

Things Our Society Must Stop Telling Victims of Harassment

  One of the most Egyptian things a person could do is to give unsolicited advice (mostly in a derogatory way) to shame the person for saying something or stand up for themselves. It could be from loved ones to complete strangers who think they’re collecting bonus points by giving you their two-cents. Women, especially, […]

Our Favorite Middle East Film and Comic Con Costumes Are Here

Our Favorite Middle East Film and Comic Con Costumes Are Here

Society does not celebrates geeks of the worlds quite often. Every year, Middle East Film and Comic Con event gets filled with samurais, ninjas, Game of Thrones and vintage comic art characters.   This week, Dubai is celebrating the sixth edition at Dubai World Trade Centre with celebrity guests, comic-book artists and workshops. The biggest pop-culture convention […]

4 Things I’ve Been Dying to Say About Being a Female Writer in the Middle East

4 Things I’ve Been Dying to Say About Being a Female Writer in the Middle East

by Rana El Hawary

Sexism exists in about anything and everything we do. No one who inhabits the current Middle Eastern society is exempt from it. Some of the toughest lessons I had to learn about sexism came through writing. I found that my capacity to articulate my opinion turned against me. So here they are, the sum total […]

This Saudi Marriage Academy Can Get Men Married to 3 Wives in a Month

This Saudi Marriage Academy Can Get Men Married to 3 Wives in a Month

  Just when you think you’ve seen it all, Hoazn Mirzan comes out and surprises us all with the…let’s just say bizarre concept we’ve ever heard before.   Mirzan, a Saudi lecturer in the King Abdulaziz University, was on Rotana Khalijia’s program Etegahad (Directions) and came up with the idea to open a Marriage Academy to […]

Lindsay Lohan Confirms New Clothing Line Will Be Inspired by Modest Fashion

Lindsay Lohan Confirms New Clothing Line Will Be Inspired by Modest Fashion

New Fashion Line coming soon …. 😘 #fashion A post shared by Lindsay Lohan (@lindsaylohan) on Mar 10, 2017 at 6:05am PST   A few weeks ago, we wrote about Lindsay Lohan teasing the (Arab) world about dropping a modest fashion line soon, and last weekend, she just confirmed it.   Everyone’s favorite Mean Girl […]

Why Dubai’s Royal Family Is the Absolute Cutest

Why Dubai’s Royal Family Is the Absolute Cutest

The weather has been a little bipolar lately in Dubai land, but thankfully over the last few days, it has been quite lovely. Lovely enough weather to step outdoors and pretend your Julie Andrews in The Sound of Music.   Good morning #mydubai صباح الخير A post shared by Fazza (@faz3) on Feb 20, 2017 […]

Egyptian Movie Shows You How It’s Like to Actually Live with Depression

Egyptian Movie Shows You How It’s Like to Actually Live with Depression

  “When a good university friend of mine told me she had suffered from depression in high school, I reacted with skepticism and little understanding: ‘What do you mean, you couldn’t get out of bed in the morning?’” This is a meaningful quote from a text published by Sara Bøgh. A quote, that perfectly summons […]

The Top 10 Scoops of 2016

The Top 10 Scoops of 2016

It’s that time of year when we look back at the Empire’s most popular articles — the viral posts that took Egyptian, Emirati and Middle Eastern social media by storm. Ramadan TV, influencers and sugar were huge trending topics in 2016, while the timeless subjects of nostalgia, relationships and Arab identity remained as buzzworthy as ever. Take a look […]

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