Arts & Culture
World’s Fairs are global events that celebrate great human achievements in engineering, culture and innovation. For example, the 1889 Exposition Universelle in Paris saw the construction of the Eiffel Tower, a feat of engineering designed to commemorate the centenary of the French Revolution on the occasion of this exhibition. Almost 140 years later, Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia, a country with towering ambitions, has been chosen to host Expo 2030. This choice was determined by a secret ballot in which Riyadh received 119 votes out of 165.
Along Morocco’s Atlantic coastline lies the Souss-Massa National Reserve. Bordered to the north by the town of Agadir and to the south by Aglou, the park covers 33,800 hectares. A breathtaking natural site, where you can stroll while observing Saharan animals and migratory birds. A must-see for nature lovers!
Located in the northern suburbs of Tunis, La Goulette is renowned for its seaside feel. Tourists and families from the region come here to eat fresh fish, enjoy the sunny terraces and relax in the Big Blue. The name comes from the Italian “gola”, meaning gorge in French. A place of cultural cross-fertilization, La Goulette has long been home to Maltese and southern Italians. Rich in these influences, it’s not uncommon to hear phrases from the Sicilian dialect in Goulette’s alleyways.
Travelling to Morocco doesn’t have to involve a plane ticket. There’s a simpler, more economical way: gastronomy! From pastilla to harira to chermoula, you’re on board for this Maghreb country in no time. Ready for take-off? Here are our top 5 Moroccan culinary specialties.
Tech & Business
The United Arab Emirates has officially unveiled the world’s largest single-site solar power plant, the Al Dhafra Solar Power Plant, located 35 kilometers from Abu Dhabi. This 2GW project, a significant stride in renewable energy, was inaugurated by Hazza bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Deputy Ruler of Abu Dhabi.
Arts & Culture
The collection presented last week by Christie’s in London, comprising 58 works, put the spotlight on artists from the Middle East and North Africa, underlining the creative impetus and artistic diversity of the Arab world.
History & Heritage
The Syrian hamster, also known as the golden hamster or teddy hamster, is the world’s most popular hamster breed. Its origins date back to Aleppo in Syria. Despite their popularity, these little rodents have a rather special history.
Nestled in the Red Sea, approximately 40 kilometers off the coast of Jazan, on the Kingdom’s south-western coast, lies a cluster of coral islands known as the Farasan Islands. This remote archipelago, renowned for its white shorelines and bucolic vistas, has remained relatively untouched throughout history.
Cradled by the Mediterranean Sea, the seaside town of Mahdia invites you to slow down and enjoy the simple moments. Stroll between the little white houses, have a coffee in the old town, let yourself be overwhelmed by the beauty of a marine cemetery… A very intimate experience to discover Tunisia in a different way.
History & Heritage
The “evil eye” is a belief rooted in Arab culture and widely held in the countries of the Mediterranean basin. The most important thing is not to attract it, but to protect yourself from it. To counter its effects, the people of North Africa and the Middle East use a variety of means: amulets, incense, Koranic recitations, etc. So what exactly is this superstition of the ‘evil eye’? We tell you all about it!