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Dalia Al-Dujaili Column: Who wants Chai?

“Mino e’reed chai?” my mum will bellow from my grandma’s tiny kitchen, located at the very top of the block of flats. The sound of her rhetorical question is perhaps one of the sweetest and most comforting in my ear. Of course I want chai. As we – ‘we’ being whatever assortment of cousins, aunties […]

Print – Fundraiser – Aly Saab 02

– Leftover from our last print fundraiser – Fundraiser to help people affected by the war in Ukraine. We want to donate the proceeds to non-profit organizations helping Ukrainian civilians, refugees.

Print – Fundraiser – Aly Saab 01

– Leftover from our last print fundraiser – Fundraiser to help people affected by the war in Ukraine. We want to donate the proceeds to non-profit organizations helping Ukrainian civilians, refugees.

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Dalia Al-Dujaili column: Dance is the pursuit of pleasure and of purpose

I read somewhere that the only times we move our bodies solely for the pursuit of pleasure are during sex and dance. At first reading, this makes sense. But the more I thought about the most powerful and memorable times I’ve danced, this didn’t quite add up. True, dance is used for pleasure. The irresistible foot-tapping, hip […]

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Dalia Al-Dujaili column: Mother’s Spice Cupboard

Joy awakens in the memories of my mother’s spice cupboard. Jars filled with incongruous substances and powders, with Arabic words – curcum, za’tar, shbint, za’afaran – haphazardly labelled in marker pen. “Helping my mum crush noomi Basra (Persian limes) for my favourite timmen ala jizar”, Riyam reminisces on her mother’s spice cupboard. “Big jars filled […]

Hidden Istanbul

Edited by Françoise Caraco and published by Art Paper Editions.

The Greater Middle East

The Greater Middle East Volume 3 An insight into the Greater Middle Eastern art scene and a debut to a new chapter of This Orient. The richness of specialities, the pure potential and authenticity of Middle Eastern and North African regions needs to be explored and shared with the world.



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This Orient gives an insight into the Greater Middle Eastern art scene. The richness of specialities, the pure potential and authenticity of Middle Eastern and North African regions needs to be explored and shared with the world. We want to share what already exists, yet is still waiting to be explored. The name This Orient implies the idea of a space no matter if physical or not, where one feel free to express hisself. Architecture, its residents, their art: We visit artists at their studio and, or home to explore their art.

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