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READING THE WORLD: BOOKS FROM ARABIA

READING THE WORLD: BOOKS FROM ARABIA

Bahrain is a small island of about 1.5 million people, but surprisingly, there are a few books available in English. “QuixotiQ” by Ali Al Saeed won the Bahrain Book of the Year Award in 2005. It is a story of love, hate and dark secrets,…

RECENTLY READ: MARCH 2020

RECENTLY READ: MARCH 2020

The bestselling and award-winning Indian-born American novelist, Thrity Umrigar, published her ninth novel, Everybody’s Son, in 2017. The story is about a mixed-race little boy, Anton, whose mother is a crack-addict. The mother, Juanita, leaves her nine-year-old son locked in an airless apartment for a…

10 BOOKS AND MEMOIRS FOR ARMCHAIR TRAVEL

10 BOOKS AND MEMOIRS FOR ARMCHAIR TRAVEL

These ten travel books and memoirs will make you laugh, cry, fuel your wanderlust and take you to some known and unknown places. ANTARCTICA: AN INTIMATE PORTRAIT OF THE WORLD’S MOST MYSTERIOUS CONTINENT BY GABRIELLE WALKER The author, who has a PhD in chemistry from…

Historical Ad Diriyah: The Jewel of Riyadh

Historical Ad Diriyah: The Jewel of Riyadh

Ad Diriyah is to Riyadh what Colosseum is to Rome or Acropolis to Athens. This historic site is undergoing a $17 billion renovation project that will comprise not only a renovated historic village, but also luxury hotels, restaurants, a 15,000-seat arena, and a Formula-E racetrack.…

WHAT TO BUY IN SAUDI ARABIA

WHAT TO BUY IN SAUDI ARABIA

If you are planning to visit Saudi Arabia, you are probably wandering about what souvenirs and gifts to buy and bring back home. In this wealthy, oil-rich country you can find anything from international luxury brands to traditional Arabian items. Here are some ideas of…

VISITING MUSCAT: WHAT TO SEE, EAT AND READ

VISITING MUSCAT: WHAT TO SEE, EAT AND READ

Muscat, capital city of the Sultanate of Oman, is often overlooked by travelers who prefer visiting its glitzier neighbors Dubai and Abu Dhabi in the UAE. However, Muscat is a magical place with an air of calm and peace. Instead of the glamorous and flashy…