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Aleppo Soap Story

Ibrahim Alalou   My homemade Aleppo soap Aleppo soap is world famous. We Syrians take pride in it. Some historians date it back to 2000 years. It was the only soap we use until recently for hair, body and washing clothes. The scent of it is so overwhelming when you walk …

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Gender balance awards unveiled in in UAE

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, expressed his satisfaction with the UAE government’s significant progress in achieving gender balance, through the several initiatives and programmes undertaken by various government entities to promote equal opportunities for both men and women. His …

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Chinese spy author’s novels come true with capture

A Chinese-born Australian writer detained by authorities in Beijing for suspected espionage has long been a divisive figure among overseas Chinese dissidents and activists. To his supporters, Yang Hengjun is a dedicated democracy activist who believed that China’s autocratic system would, with time, necessarily liberalize. His detractors say he had …

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UAE Christian community prepares for Papal visit

A jubilant spirit of gratitude is prevailing among the Christian community in the UAE, while readying themselves up for Pope Francis’ historic visit to Abu Dhabi, the first by a pontiff to the Arab Peninsula. The Emirates News Agency (WAM) spoke to a number of expats from different walks and …

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AABB Annual Meeting Highlights Conference & Exhibition opens in Abu Dhabi

Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Tolerance, today opened the “AABB Annual Meeting Highlights Conference & Exhibition in the Middle East 2019”, held at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre. Delivering the opening speech, Sheikh Nahyan welcomed the participants and praised the conference’s “extensive and informative program, one …

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The 3 Ingredients Instant Syrian Soup

By Ibrahim Alalou   A pot of hot steamy soup(kishk). Nowadays everyone is talking about healthy eating, non-processed natural and authentic food that is nutritious with as few ingredients as possible. Since I lived in the two worlds I looked into our authentic food for answers so the rest of …

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Dubai unveils ‘Fifty-Year Charter’

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, has announced the ‘Fifty-Year Charter’ which promises to improve all aspects of life in Dubai in 2019. “This is a charter that represents our pledge and promise towards enhancing the life of people in …

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From Syria with Roses

By: Ibrahim Alalou A half acre of roses at my farm in Syria. I have a big farm in northern Syria. The story of the farm is worth telling, at least from my point of view. The reasons are many and it will take several posts but what better to start …

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Sesame: Not just a Street

Ibrahim Alalou   Halavah, A Middle Eastern sweet meal made from crushed sesame seeds and garnished with nuts.   Sesame Street was created by Joan Ganz Cooney and Lloyd Morrisett in 1969. The long running American children’s television series was broadcast in more than 140 countries. In 2001 there were over …

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23 new cluses on child law in UAE

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, has issued Cabinet Resolution No. 52 of 2018 on regulations concerning Federal Law No. 03 of 2016 on Child Rights (Wadeema’s Law). The Resolution was published in the latest issue of the Official Gazette. …

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Pope Francis calls for the embrace of difference

Pope Francis, in his Christmas message to the world, urged people on Tuesday to see differences as a source of richness instead of danger and called for reconciliation in places torn apart by conflict. Francis delivered the traditional papal “Urbi et Orbi” (to the city and the world) message to …

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Syrian Thyme: A Daily Bread Companion

By: Ibrahim Al Alou   I made this Syrian thyme mix.   What is Syrian thyme? It is a mix of thyme (Thymus vulgaris or Thymus syriacus) in Arabic (alzaater) with other ingredients that are made in semi-powdered form and consumed with pita bread and olive oil at breakfast or it …

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The Syrian Herbal Tea (Zouhorat Shameea)

By: Ibrahim Al Alou   A Syrian herbal tea blend(zouhorat shameea).زهورات شامية , In a world so stressed with caffeine consumption it is no wonder that many people turn back to local cultures for a relief. Natural plants blends had proven traits that had been passed through generations. In today’s story …

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The Role of Translation in the New World

By Ibrahim Alou Written and spoken languages are traits of human beings and that what makes us unique among all creatures on planet earth. In the animal kingdom different species developed different means to communicate with each other For example bees communicate through dance and convey messages through that practice. …

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The Clinic’s Neighbours

Part 2 By: Dr. Abdul-Salam Ojeili Translated by: Ibrahim Alalou My other neighbor did not come threatening but apologizing. He said he said something and attributed it to me while I had nothing to do with it. My neighbor owns a shop close to the clinic where he sells fresh …

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Yerba Mate: The Un-Tea

By: Ibrahim AL Alou*   What do say about a drink that has the strength of coffee, the health benefits of tea and the euphoria of chocolate all combined in one drink? Seems strange a bit but there is such a drink that delivers all these benefits at once. It …

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The Oldest Olive Trees

By: Ibrahim AL Alou*   The sisters of Noah, Lebanon. They witnessed the rise and fall of civilizations, stood against plagues and epidemics, greeted the sun rising and setting down over thousands of days, yet stood defiant in glory and glamour. These are the oldest olive trees alive bearing their soulful …

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The Syrian Truffles

By: Ibrahim AL Alou*   I took this picture yesterday at the market showing fresh raw Syrian truffles. Truffles are rare. Since they are wild and could not be commercially cultivated people pick them with passion and eventually demand premium prices. The French gourmet Jean Anthelme Briallat-Savarin called it “The …

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