Online Payments in the Middle East Rise by 22%

Online Payments in the Middle East Rise by 22%

Payfort, an Amazon-owned Online Payment Gateway in the Middle East, just conducted a region-wide survey that showed something quite remarkable. The survey concluded that online transactions in the Middle East rose by 22% in 2016, on the back of a surge in payments for events and entertainment.     The findings of the survey showed that Saudi Arabia led the growth with a […]

Egyptian Metal Band Mascara to Play at SXSW, but Were Refused Entry to the US

Egyptian Metal Band Mascara to Play at SXSW, but Were Refused Entry to the US

by Raghda Elsayed

  Egyptian Metal band Massive Scar Era has been one of the most successful indie acts coming from Egypt, with several awards and international performances under their belt.     The Egyptian band, now living in Canada, has been planning their debut performance at the South By Southwest – also known as SXSW – in […]

MasterCard’s Love Index Shows Valentine’s Spending Habits in the Middle East

MasterCard’s Love Index Shows Valentine’s Spending Habits in the Middle East

  It is Valentine’s Day, and everywhere we go someone is buying a gift. A lot of money is being spent as you read this, and it is not only on gifts for loved ones, single people are also spoiling themselves. The annual MasterCard love index, an analysis of payment card transactions over a three-year period, was […]

Let My 9-Year-Old See Her Mother for the New Year

Let My 9-Year-Old See Her Mother for the New Year

by Amina El-Ghandour

  “When I speak, my every word speaks of you. When I am silent, I ache for you.” – Rabia   I first knew real pain when I lost my first born to a list of congenital anomalies. Ozzy was diagnosed with Warburg Micro Syndrome at the age of one. This genetic disorder snatched my […]

Countries Jordanians Can Travel to Without a Visa

Countries Jordanians Can Travel to Without a Visa

Sometimes you get a little tired of your te resh resh and mensaf and just really need to get away. While some have mistakenly believe the Jordanian passport doesn’t hold much value, there are actually 50 countries where Jordanians can travel to without a visa or by attaining a visa on arrival. Here are the […]

UAE Granted Visa Waiver For Schengen Zone

UAE Granted Visa Waiver For Schengen Zone

Emiratis can now travel visa-free up to 90 days to all 26 Schengen zone countries and eight non-Shengen states. In a ceremony in Brussels this week, the UAE and the European Union signed a visa waiver agreement, making the UAE the first Arab country to be granted free access to Shengen countries. “The UAE doesn’t […]

Egypt Cancels Visa on Arrival for Foreigners

Egypt Cancels Visa on Arrival for Foreigners

According to Ahram Online, Egypt’s Minister of Foreign Affairs announced last Monday that the visa on arrival option for travelers wishing to enter Egypt will no longer be available. Any traveler should apply for a visa prior to coming to Egypt or else they will not be permitted to enter the country, starting from May […]

Egypt Bans Free Travel To Certain Countries

Egypt Bans Free Travel To Certain Countries

The Egyptian Ministry of Interior has issued a ban on free travel for Egyptian citizens who are seeking to visit a number of countries around the region. They must first submit their passport and get a security clearance from the Egyptian passport authorities to obtain permission to travel, which could take 15-30 days. According to […]

Countries Iraqis Can Travel to Without a Visa

Countries Iraqis Can Travel to Without a Visa

The Iraqi passport is one of the most with restricted entry in the world. In fact, it is ranked the 93rd passport and is the second lowest passport with accessible entries to countries worldwide after Afghanistan. Though that might sound kind of depressing, the Iraqi passport allows Iraqi access to these incredible 31 countries without […]

Countries Syrians Can Travel to Without a Visa

Countries Syrians Can Travel to Without a Visa

The Syrian passport is known for having restricted entry to a large number of countries, especially given the current situation and the amount of refugees increasing each day. It came as quite a surprise to find out that the Syrian passport had accessible entry to 35 countries without the struggles of trying to get a […]