7 Incredible Women of Middle Eastern Origins

Women in the Middle East North Africa Region (MENA) play inspiring roles, excelling in numerous fields and showing the world how to get down to business. These merits and accomplishments are projected through the works and missions carried out by these women throughout the MENA region and worldwide. In basically every field and from different countries…

Alexandria in the Winter

It is good to take some time off and unwind in the midst of the crazy hustle and bustle of New York City. This time of year, when the holiday season dies down, the snow melts, and spring approaches, I like to take some time off away from New York city, and preferably travel to a warmer location.

Songs for Days to Come: Volume 1.

Kinan Azmeh: Clarinet, Composer Record Release Concert. Born in Damascus, Kinan Azmeh was the first Arab to win the premier prize at the 1997 Nicolai Rubinstein International Competition, Moscow. A graduate of New York Juilliard school as a student of Charles Neidich, and of both the Damascus High institute of Music where he studied with Shukry…

An Epic Night with Composer Mohammed Fairouz at Carnegie Hall.

October 16, 2016. “The Indianapolis Symphonic Choir inaugurates its 80th Anniversary Season with the return to Carnegie Hall – the Choir’s first performance in the storied hall in nearly 40 years. Eric Stark conducts the New York City debut of the oratorio Zabur by Composer Mohammed Fairouz, a piece commissioned and premiered by the Indianapolis…

The 14th Annual Arab Street Festival

Every summer during the months of June or July, The Network of Arab-American Professionals (NAAP), a nonpartisan, volunteer-based organization dedicated to the development of a prosperous and influential community, hosts one of the biggest Arab-American street fairs in Manhattan, New York City. This year’s NAAP street festival took place on a beautiful small block, with…

8 Ways to Walk in NYC

Walking on New York streets is a form of art not so easily acquired. The experience of walking is a fundamental function for this city. After all, only a handful choose to drive in this insane city traffic. I created a few mental notes and now would like to share them with you. Here are…

The New York Arabic Orchestra.

The New York Arabic Orchestra is a gateway to understand and embrace Arab culture through Arabic music in North America. The New York Arabic Orchestra is a registered non profit organization and NYC’s leading institute in classical and contemporary Arabic music. The group is directed by world-renowned virtuoso and educator, Bassam Saba. NYAO’s mission is…

Islamic Art Section at the Metropolitan Museum of New York City

In this entry, I explore the splendiferous collections of The Art of the Arab Lands , Turkey, Iran, Central Asia, and later South Asia section at the Metropolitan Museum of New York City. I love to gallivant inside museums of this great metropolis in quest for art, religion, history, and identity that trace back to the…