The Housemaid’s Tale

“Some 250 million people are international migrants – people who leave their home countries for opportunity or safety,” states a recently published report from United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), discussing why migration is a feminist issue. It goes on to point out that nearly half of these migrants are female, and that a large part of female … More The Housemaid’s Tale

Oman: Migration and the Importance of State Policies

Spending an afternoon in Al Khuwair, a busy commercial and residential area of Muscat, I can’t help but marvel at how diverse it is. The smiling Syrian restaurant owner greets me and my weekly order of dips and falafel at his popular corner shop. Omani men appear from the golden domed mosque nearby. A crew … More Oman: Migration and the Importance of State Policies

Dates in Oman; Bringing the Past into the Future?

The heat of summer brings date harvesting season in Oman. Palm trees around the country are heavy with produce, shops and markets are full of juicy delicious dates. If you haven’t had one yet, I suggest you do so promptly. Date farming is of great economic and social importance in the Sultanate. “The date palm,” … More Dates in Oman; Bringing the Past into the Future?

5 Things I Bet You Didn’t Know About Dates in Oman

On my first visit to Oman, I was offered “a hot sticky date?” Hot from lying in the sun, sticky and explosively sweet. I fell in love. With the date, not the guy who offered it to me. My kitchen cupboard currently stocks dates, date syrup, granola sweetened with dates and some rather fabulous date … More 5 Things I Bet You Didn’t Know About Dates in Oman

Beyond Mosques and Camels: Discovering Art in Muscat

I can’t help but feel a little awestruck as I am welcomed into Radhika Hamlai’s studio. A bright room filled with sunlight, commanding sweeping views of Al Ilam and Al Shatti with its low whitewashed villas and elegant minarets rising towards the sky, greets me. This is the room where Radhika’s art is created. Canvases … More Beyond Mosques and Camels: Discovering Art in Muscat