FEATURE. “I am a good listener, a kind of psychiatrist even,” says the Beirut-based wedding designer Ziad Raphael Nassar who likes to envision a couple’s dynamic even before envisioning the setting for an event. “Most people will speak a certain way about themselves, but in the end they are not like that. I often goContinue reading
Architecture. Islam is the fastest growing religion in the world, and demographically, the majority of the Muslim population is made up of young people. “You’d expect then,” suggests L.E.FT Architects Principal Makram el Kadi, “that when it comes to the architecture of Islam, which is the mosque, you would see much more experimentation and forward thinking.Continue reading
INTERIORS. Beirut fashion photographer Tarek Moukaddem’s converted shoe factory blends old world flavour with warehouse edge. “Both my work and my home are organized chaos, but there is harmony hidden within,” says, Tarek Moukaddem. In much the same way that the boundary pushing fashion photographer, draws out the sculptural beauty of unconventional faces from behindContinue reading
COLLECTOR PROFILE: Doha, Qatar. “Doha’s skyline is an untamable urban garden of steel and glass skyscrapers, each more futuristic than the next. Yet, just 30 minutes’ drive into the desert quarter of Al Samriya lies a striking fortress, complete with windswept turrets. The thick limestone walls of the Sheikh Faisal Bin Qassim Al Thani MuseumContinue reading
I am an American freelance writer based in Boston. I have been working in the Middle East since 2004 and lived there for seven years. I hold a graduate degree in Middle Eastern Studies from Harvard University. My publications center around arts and culture from the Middle East and far beyond its borders (most recently, New England).