Muslim prayer mat designed to use 50% less material

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The Bahraini design office Shepherd Design Studio has tongue-in-cheek reinterpreted the traditional Islamic prayer mat to make it more sustainable. Their solution? Use 50% less material but removing the bits y9ou don’t need. Featuring an unusual form, the rug will certainly catch the eyes of your neighbors during your call to prayer.  “When Muslims are in prostration […]

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Reasons to get your eyes tested

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It is a common saying that “eyes are the window to your soul”. Even, in reality, they act as an exceptional window to our general wellbeing. In case you’re somebody who don’t wear glasses or contact lens, you presumably think that you don’t have to get your eyes checked until you face some problem. But […]

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Uri Geller predicted it: An ancient, kosher natural soap factory found in Jaffa

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Mentalist Uri Geller is building a museum in the world’s most ancient port city, Jaffa. When they start digging, an ancient olive soap factory is unearthed. The impressive masbena – or soap-manufacturing factory – dates back to the nineteenth century was discovered along with several large underground chambers. “Our work on the museum required, among […]

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Shaving in Arabia: the Halal and the Haram

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One of Green Prophet’s most-read stories was our article on sugar-waxing, an ancient method of hair removal that predates waxing. What is it about body hair that makes for riveting reading? Come learn what I’ve picked up about dealing with body hair in the Arab Middle East. (Feedback welcome: I’ve been knocking around the region […]

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5 places to see in the Middle East before you die

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Today, we are in the unfortunate situation where the only thing we associate with the Middle East is political turmoil, strife, and extremism. However, this transcontinental region that spans so many different nations, languages, landscapes is steeped in history, culture, and even features a few of the world’s wonders. It’s easy to forget all about […]

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