Qatar is amongst the smallest Arab countries. Doha is its capital city that houses 80% of Qatar’s population. In 1916, Qatar went from being under Ottoman control to becoming a British protectorate and eventually became an independent state on September 3, 1971. Much of Qatar’s wealth comes from its natural resources such as oil which allowed the government to invest in their city. Arab America contributing writer, Leyelle Mosallam writes on the six must see tourist attractions in Doha Qatar, from its sea line to its deserts.
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By: Leyelle Mosallam / Arab America Contributing Writer The Middle East is often overwhelmingly stereotyped as just deserts. One would be surprised by how diverse the Middle East environment and ecosystem actually are. While the desert offers great tourist attractions such as camel rides, dune bashing, and quad biking, the Middle East is beginning to … Continued
By: Leyelle Mosallam / Arab America Contributing Writer In a post 9/11 world, football is how the Arab-American Muslim community in Dearborn expresses their American identity. Fordson High School, located in Dearborn, Michigan, is home to the highest Arab American high school student bodies in the United States. 95% of Fordson High School’s student body … Continued
By: Leyelle Mosallam / Arab America Contributing Writer Palestinian embroidery, known as “tatreez” in Arabic, is a unique style of stitching for the purpose of designing traditional Palestinian abayas, thobes, and keffiyehs. In an effort to protect the Palestinian identity, heritage, and history, the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) added traditional Palestinian … Continued
By: Leyelle Mosallam / Arab America Contributing Writer A little more than ten years ago when my family and I were living in Saudi Arabia it was almost impossible for my mother to find a Christmas tree. Christmas trees, ornaments, and all other festive decorations were banned in Saudi Arabia. Unlike the United States and … Continued
By: Blanche Shaheen / Arab America Contributing Writer Ask any Arab from any continent, what their favorite dessert is, and they will most likely respond: Kanafeh. This iconic pastry, spelled a myriad of ways, from knafeh to knafuh to kanafeh, is undoubtedly the most popular dessert among Arabs the world over. This layered confection consists … Continued
By: Leyelle Mosallam / Arab America Contributing Writer Every culture has very distinct dishes containing potatoes. In the Arab world, there are many different ways you can make potatoes. These dishes can be categorized as “comfort foods” because they can be eaten at any time of the day and they make great appetizers and snacks. … Continued
By: Khalid Kishawi / Arab America Contributing Writer World Arabic Language Day is celebrated every year on 18 December since 2012. The date coincides with the day in 1973 that the General Assembly of the United Nations adopted Arabic as the sixth official language of the Organization. The First Arabic Speakers in America The … Continued
By: Leyelle Mosallam / Arab America Contributing Writer Where the desert meets the turquoise blue sea, the Inland sea is one of the rarest places on earth. Formally known as, “Khor Al Adaid”, the Inland sea is located at the southern end of Qatar on the border between Qatar and Saudi Arabia. The Inland Sea … Continued
By: Blanche Shaheen / Arab America Contributing Writer For some people, a unique dip can add so much to a party. A simple appetizer like a dip can become a magnet of togetherness, initiating conversations and bringing people to a table like bees to honey. While hummus has become the king of all dips in … Continued
Kibbeh nayyeh is an iconic Levantine dish, which is most popular in Lebanon.
By: Blanche Shaheen / Arab America Contributing Writer As a first-generation Arab American, Thanksgiving has always been a celebratory mishmash of cultures in my family. For appetizers, plates of hummus and baba ghanoush shared the table with a westernized cheese board. Cornbread stuffing would compete with “hashweh,” or a Palestinian/Lebanese diced lamb and rice dish … Continued
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