Top 5 Arab Sustainable Designers

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From New York to Egypt, Arab architects and designers show that it’s possible to be cool and environmentally responsible. At Green Prophet, we are always happy to celebrate talented designers who care about the environment and nothing gets us more excited then when they are from the Middle East/North Africa region. So, I have put […]

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UAE Scholars And Imams Speak Up For The Environment

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Littering and lack of moderation violates important Islamic tenants, according to prominent scholars With businesses in the UAE slowly beginning to take the environment message seriously, it seems that  scholars and imams are now doing the same. During a Ramadan seminar titled ‘Islam and Environment’ organised by the Emirates Environmental Group, the renowned Islamic scholar […]

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Moroccan Environmental Activist Faces Two Years In Prison Over Trees

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Reporters Without Borders is providing Mohammed Attaoui legal assistance for trumped up charges received for exposing government corruption over illegal logging. In March 2010, as Morocco hit the headlines with plans for an environmental charter and a $9 billion solar project, an environmental activist was arrested for exposing the illegal logging of protected cedar. Just […]

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Growing Green Ethic Amongst Emirati Businesses

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Despite the UAE’s bad “eco-rap,” Summertown Interiors is helping to boost the region’s environmental ethos The UAE has been getting some rather bad press recently about their lack of environmental awareness. First, it emerged that only 1 in 25 Emiratis walked anywhere on a weekly basis and then that they throw away around 500 tonnes […]

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Detox your life: Take the ‘Buy-Nothing-Ramadan’ Challenge

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During the Holy month of Ramadan, followers have the opportunity to reflect on and reduce their consumption patterns with the “buy-nothing” challenge Despite many people’s initial impressions, Islam’s holy month of fasting known as Ramadan isn’t all about food and drink. It is a time for Muslims to reflect, to re-asses their faith and also […]

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Interview with Egyptian Eco-Fashion Designer Nadia Nour

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Since her launch in 2008, Egyptian fashion designer Nadia Nour has been wowing fashionistas with her elegantly glamorous and individual fashion range which also happen to be environmentally-friendly. Graduating with a degree in Fashion and Philosophy, it’s seems that Nadia Nour was destined to create an ethical fashion range that gracefully combines her love for […]

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“Organic and Islamic” – Muslims Showcase Ethical and Fair-Trade Fashion

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In Islam, fair-trade is more than just a fashion statement, it’s a deeply-ingrained value Many people wouldn’t normally associate Islam with fair-trade and ethical fashion but that is all set to change as a growing number of Muslim companies rediscover Islam’s fair-trade message. Whilst fair-trade fashion would generally conjure up images of well-dressed hippies, there […]

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Foster + Partners in Jordan: What’s Sustainable About a Green Airport?

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Inspired by palm trees, Masdar City architects will expand Queen Alia Airport, to become a “green” airport in Jordan. A couple of months ago, fellow Green Prophet writer Tafline Layline wrote a blog about the dubious green credentials of Fosters + Partners projects across the Middle East. The architect firm behind ambitious green projects such […]

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From Rockstars to Recycling: Interview with Kristiane Backer – An Eco-Muslimah

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“For me green living is part and parcel of being a good Muslim- it’s a spiritual requirement.” Kristiane Backer has undergone various transformations in her life but none as big as the move from a rock and roll lifestyle as MTV reporter, interviewing the Rolling Stones and Lenny Kravitz, to an Eco-Muslimah promoting the green […]

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