30-day Test Run for Mecca Metro

JEDDAH: The newly established Mashair Railway, which links the holy sites of Mina, Arafat and Muzdalifa with Mecca, will have a 30-day test run before opening to transport domestic and GCC pilgrims during the upcoming Haj season.

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October 7, 2010

Reckless Driving

Vehicular manslaughter is one of the leading causes of death in the Middle East with Kuwait having one of the worst records for road safety in the region.

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September 23, 2010

The Business of Marriage

Success in marriage does not come merely through finding the right mate, but through being the right mate. ~Barnett R. Brickner

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September 16, 2010

Blackberry Ban Bugs Mideast

It may be the signature status item of super celebrities in America, like chat diva Oprah Winfrey, but the Blackberry has gotten itself into a simmering pot of hot water in the Middle East.

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July 29, 2010

Got a Date?

A garden in the Middle East region is simply incomplete without clusters of date palm trees dotting the landscape…

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July 22, 2010

World Cup Woes

World Cup fever moved swiftly into the Gulf region and has continued to hold a firm grip on the television screens of millions of soccer enthusiasts ever since.

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July 11, 2010

The Great Expedition

Lebanese cyclist Mohammad Al-Ali, who has resided in Kuwait for the past three years, plans to spend the summer cycling on his bicycle through countries like Egypt, Tunisia, Algeria, Libya, Morocco, Spain, France, Italy, Greece, Turkey and Syria.

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July 1, 2010

New York Hotel Pioneers Birth Tourism

A New York hotel is staking its claim to have invented a new hospitality niche ? birth tourism. The Marmara Manhattan offers “an exclusive package for new mothers that wish to give birth in the USA”, with the additional bonus of the newborn child gaining US citizenship.

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June 24, 2010

Sweating It Out in Kuwait

Imagine waking up in the middle of the night soaked in your own sweat, unable to even catch your breathe due to an unforgiving heat wave…

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June 17, 2010

Kuwait Is Moving Ahead, So Are Kuwaiti Women!

KUWAIT: Within less than two decades of liberation by a multi-national force from seven months of Iraqi occupation on February 26, 1991, Kuwait and its people present the image of a nation moving ahead in all walks of life, including the progress of women.

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May 27, 2010

Chasing Halal

… the [halal system in the Middle East] is not foolproof and in some countries has completely broken down. One of the most problematic places for distinguishing between halal and haram food is at western-style grocery stores.

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May 20, 2010

Egypt Welcomes Volcano-Stranded Tourists

Egypt’s Ministry of Tourism is determined to keep the good times rolling for stranded visitors. Although hotels are overbooked by 7 percent in the Red Sea resort town of Hurghada and well over 80 percent in Sharm El Sheikh, hotel owners have been ordered not to expel guests who have overstayed their reservations.

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April 22, 2010

Middle-class Muslims Fuel French Halal Boom

Known as the beurgeois – a play on bourgeois and the word beur, slang for a French person of North African descent – these new consumers are behind a rapidly expanding and highly profitable market in halal food and drinks.

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April 8, 2010

Islam in the Bahamas

Vacationing in the Bahamas, who would have thought that there are Muslims living in nice neighborhoods with a beautiful mosque.

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April 1, 2010

It’s All in the Bag

Through her business, “Sarah’s Bags”, she has found a way to use her skills as an artisan to make a difference in the lives of both the rich and the poor, annihilating social stigmas all along the way.

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April 1, 2010

The Friday Market: New Reality

It’s a little known secret that one of the richest countries in the world just so happens to also be a bargain hunter’s paradise.

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March 25, 2010

Marriage 101

The divorce date, in the Middle East, has spiked considerably over the past few years, which has sounded the alarm for many of the conservative Islamic governments. Iran responds with marriage courses…

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March 18, 2010

Two Steps Forward, Three Steps Back

At a special symposium held to commemorate International Women’s Day in Kuwait, Kuwaiti women showed up in force to demand answers in an all too public forum…

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March 11, 2010

Breaking the Chains of Labor

The State of Kuwait this week announced that the Kuwaiti government is initiating plans to replace its estimated 600,000 strong foreign workforce, in various sectors, at a rate of 10% per annum.

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March 4, 2010

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