Category Archives: History

Diabetes Awareness – Amiri Hospital

Al Amiri Hospital is hosting a Diabetes Awareness Event this Saturday at Marina Mall Bridge from 11:00AM to 7:00PM

Thanks Dalal N. 😉 (link)

The Khan – Part III – Syria (Last Part)

So this is the last part of my first post about The Khan! Yes, its not gonna be the last one for sure – I love this place ❤

So lets come in from Med’hat Pasha St.! The main entrance to The Khan 😉 Shall we?

This side is the Fashion Side 😉 (link)

It was originally a khan. Records from the Ottoman era identify it as the Continue reading

The Khan – Part II – Syria

So after a very beautiful tour in The Khan (first part)… I went upstairs to take more pictures of the upper level part of it.

The first couple of rooms I went to were for new designers “Createurs” in the region. Beautiful clutches, accessories, clothing, and more…

Very nice collections of Continue reading

The Khan – Part I – Syria

After a long day at Hameediya and Bakdash Booza,Mrs. Sandra -the very very sweet Sandra- picked me up from the hotel to take me to her store, The Khan (link).

We walked in, she gave me a tour – in the middle of which her husband, and co-owner, Mr. Amjad joined in… they were very friendly and very happy to show me around the place… I was over the moon! The place is really hip and old – in terms of history! Its rich of culture… every room, every wall, every corner has a story! I can’t help but admire such places… they retain the history and culture so well, yet they are welcoming visitors from all over the place in!

Then they let me be…. free with my camera all over the place! I took so many pics so I wont post them all in one blog post 😉 Today is part one 😉

I will start with the side entrance to The Khan..

We will start here, with the Continue reading

Souq Hameediyah – Syria

On my second day in Damascus… my sister woke up early to go to work, while I took it kinda easy. I woke up, had breakfast in the hotel with few notes here and there… planning my day ahead. I started of with Syriatel – I needed a local line 😉 Much cheaper than roaming! Then I asked the hotel for a map + directions to get to Souq Al Hameediyah… to my luck-NOT their map was tiny, so I relied on the directions… pretty clear and easy!

I walked (around 15 mins) to the walled old city of Damascus – You really have to pay attention when crossing the roads… pedestrian crossing is suicidal! Just like Hawalli in Kuwait. I got there in one piece 😉

That was my first sign, Salah AlDeen AlAyoubi statue in front of the citadel and Bab Al Nasr, the entrance to the Souq

Its an old market situated in a historical place… so when you walk around you cant help but Continue reading

Beyond No-No!

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Thugs/looters ruining mummies of the Egyptian Museum during the protests Saturday 😦

This is one of the greatest and best Pharaonic treasures of all times :’-(

Mummies, statues, display cases…. WHY WHY!!

Some even were emptied!

The Pyramids

My dad, his Egyptian friend Ali, and I went to see the Pyramids of Egypt. We planned a trip with our driver to Giza followed by Sakkara.

The same thing happened again and we were asked for our passport at the entrance and security check (link). Even though we talked to them in PURE Arabic, they said they have to see passports! It started to become an argument between the two security guards (male and female) and Ali, my dad’s Egyptian friend! I literally stepped back away from that because it was getting “louder”! Thank God we were saved by their young and very helpful superior who surely let us in with no trouble and apologized for the inconvenience (I really hope they work on this because it just sets you off and spoils your mood before you even enter the area!)

First Pyramid is Khufu

An Egyptologist kinda forced his services on us… they would just come back and start Continue reading

Mosque of Amr Ibn AlAas

Cairo is not the cleanest city, nor it is well put together, but surely its people are of the friendliest and most welcoming… it is one of the richest in historical places! It is the city of 1,000 minarets… and for that reason I drop by different mosques whenever I visit Cairo! In this post, I will take you with me to Amr Ibn AlAas Mosque.

The mosque was built back in AD 642 as the center of the newly-founded capital of Egypt back then, Al Fustat (which means tents) – and what we call today “Old Cairo”.

This below is in the center of the mosques and it contains faucets for prayers to perform abulotion before praying!

It is an active mosque, and visitors are welcomed when Continue reading

1001 Inventions and The Library of Secrets

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Thanks Rehaf 😉