A Boutique Called Fortune Cookie


Located in a mall, which overlooks the Arabian Sea, is a quirky little boutique called Fortune Cookie. Ever since it opened its colourful doors 5 years ago, Fortune Cookie has charmed people for many reasons. Artsy interiors, quirky gift pieces

Pretty Little Things May Festival – Kuwait


  To say Pretty Little Things are back with another event is pointless, simply because it seems to have never left the social circuit at all. And while PLT is getting only prettier with each show, there is nothing ‘little’

Investing in Public Spaces – Alwan 338


The second public art festival held by Al Riwaq Art Space in Adliya Bahrain; will come to a close Next week, April 26, after five weeks of stimulating the local art scene and investing the city’s public spaces with artistic

A Tradition Continued: Souk Al Mubarkiya – Kuwait

Souk Al Mubarrakiya

“Ask him where is he from?” I prompted my translator, Farida, who I bought along for good measure, although I spoke the native language fairly well. Farida translated the question to the shopkeeper, who appeared to be in his late

Pretty Little Things Anniversary Exhibition – Kuwait


Shoppers flocked to the last day of the outdoor market organised by the Pretty Little Things organisation at Salhiya Complex in Kuwait. The market opened on the 4th of December and is held in honour of the orginizations one year

Al Riwaq’s Market 338, Bahrain


It’s that time of year again when the streets of a tiny island off the shores of Saudi Arabia come alive with an array of outdoor activities after a long smouldering summer. One of the more unique activities taking place in Bahrain

Light from the Middle East – Victoria & Albert Museum

Light from the Middle East

The Middle East is coming alive in South West London. The world’s greatest museum of art and design is playing temporary home to 30 artists from 13 countries across the region as the Victoria and Albert Museum presents the first

An Illustrated Designer’s Guide to Beirut

designer's guide to beirut

The following has been illustrated and re-published with permission from, click here to view the original article.   As seekers and promoters of Arabic visual culture and its manifestation in design and typography, has put together a selection of must-see

The Evolution of The Jalabiya

Evolution of Jalabiya

What was once an utterly traditional garment for women accross the Middle East, the “Jalabiya” ; which is essentially as a long dress or kaftan adorned with simple embroidery around the neck and sleeves, has evolved into a magnificently lavish

Multimedia Magic: In the Nyk of Time

Nyk Shmalz

“Hold the installations! What’s an L.A. born, creative industry chameleon doing as Multimedia Specialist at one of Qatar’s most celebrated cultural institutions, Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art? More importantly, what does that kind of role entail for an industry