Saturday, April 27, 2013

Mr Starbucks Interview: Howard Schultz on Humility, Community and Business

Thanks Marilu. Great interview with a super CEO. 
The interviewer asked all the right questions IMHO.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Party Planning for the Princess

Looks like we're going with a luau. So grass skirts, leis, plastic blow up monkey and parrot, cute lanterns, party this way signs ordered. Been on the phone to helium supplier (seems you can buy direct from suppliers - cutting out very expensive Partyland). Need to get pineapples, limbo bar, and bamboo garden torches. I think it will have a 'Survivor' team game theme also LOL. Get these kiddlywinks competing. Any more suggestions very welcome and any leads on where I can get more grass skirting and leis would be greatly appreciated.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

FIFA 13 Gaming Competitions at Excite Showroom, Avenues

Rowdy Taco Q8 Opens Tonight

Rowdy Taco restaurant opens the doors today and won't close them ever again! Serving tacos 24/7 - at Alia & Ghalia Towers, Maboulah


Have You Got Your Golden Ticket? Young Kuwaiti Actor Yousif Al Nasser's Directorial Debut;

Tonight is the professional directorial debut of the talented young actor Yousef Al Nasser. Would be lovely for his first show to be a sell out. Crazy, wonderful songs, fun, laughs and dancing. Tickets can be bought on the door at The English School Auditorium, Mousaed Al-Azmi Street, Block 12, Salmiya. Map [link].

Yousif Al Nasser

One lucky boy with his golden ticket

Willy Wonka ready to entertain you

Stage is set

All show profits go to other One World young theatre artists training with experts from abroad. 

They are all 20 - 30 years old and various nationalities they are off to London to work with War horse puppeteers and Globe fight directors this summer. They make all costumes props etc flyers  and so on. To become a director they have to work along side an established one but they get the show credit. Al Mulla Exchange has  just sponsored the programme which is sponsored by Harriet, Hooda Shawa and Alison Price as the One World Studio. 

Next year all actors have to take Arabic as part of their performance training so they can develop the free community workshops.

In addition all training is free. 

LWDLIK - Well done One World! Break a leg people, can't wait to see the show :OD

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Happy Birthday YouTube

Chad Hurley, Steve Chen and Jawed Karim

Founded 8 years ago today, more than one billion visitors each month, more than 4 billion hours of video is watched every month. It was started by three former PayPal employees and sold to Google for $1.65 billion in 2006.

I do Believe She's from My Home Town - Lady boogies at Bus Stop

 Unknown female caught having a little boogy woogy at the bus stop.

“You've gotta dance like there's nobody watching,

Love like you'll never be hurt,

Sing like there's nobody listening,

And live like it's heaven on earth.”

LWDLIK - You go girl! She's got some moves. Yay! Southampton bus company should make her part of their ad campaign.


Monday, April 22, 2013

Smashburger, The Village, Abu Hasaniya Exit 208 :O)

Visited 2 weeks ago. I like the outdoor seating. The burgers were delicious, so juicy and tasty. We were four and each of us enjoyed our various burgers. The sweet potato fries were really, really good (I'd go back just to eat the fries). There are chicken and veg choices available too. It's self-ordering which frees up the staff to see to your every whim. Very reasonable prices and great variety. Loved it!

We had no problem parking but it does get very busy during the evenings on the weekend.

To check their menu and other locations [link].



Le Notre, Marina Mall :O(

I, usually, adore their soups but today the pumpkin and broccoli had a weird taste (more like cauliflower). My friend ordered a chicken avocado sandwich (I'm surprised she agreed to eat there at all after finding a short curly hair in her food many years ago at the Avenues branch, however she must have been too hungry to remember or care - I was with her on that occasion and it was handled very, very badly).

I ordered the burger. Both items were bland and tasteless hers and mine (I'm beginning to wonder if I'm hormonal). The chips were unsalted, I mean who serves chips unsalted? Has Mcdonalds taught you people nothing. We both left more than half of our unappetizing food.

We didn't bother complaining as
a) we wanted to go check on some dresses
b) having tried to converse with the waitress concerning our orders it would have been too frustrating to even attempt.

What is going on? Two poor meals in two days.

In their defense I have had some very decent meals in Le Notre on the Gulf Road, some fabulous incredible sweets and I love, love, love their buffet breakfasts ;O) Would be nice to receive the same standard of food and service in all branches.


Children's Fun and Fitness Carnival 26-27 April

Organized by TAR Events in cooperation with the Premier Goal Academy, the carnival will include two days of games and competitions for children ages 2-12 including bouncy castles, balance beam, basketball hoops, goal kicks, hula hoops, hopscotch, bowling, penalty competition as well as food, soft drinks, displays and exhibitions, car boot sale, football tournament, raffle draws and prizes and much more. For more information, visit or call mobile #9694-2874

What: Children's Fun & Fitness Carnival
When: Fri Apr 26 - Sat Apr 27, 2013
Where: Premier Goal Academy Grounds, Bayan, Blk 7, St 302/Masjid al Aqsa Street next to Fahaheel Expressway (Highway 30)


Thank God for the Humanity at K'S PATH - Do You Care?

Eagle Rescue April 2013 from john peaveler on Vimeo.

Cried me a river over this heartbreaking video but am so very thankful to these wonderful people at K'S PATH. If you would like to make a donation it's

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Figs at Grand Avenues :O(

Ate lunch at Figs today in Grand Avenues. Had high expectations. Tried one of Todd English's restaurants on a cruise liner and it was pretty good. But alas way too much hype over this one - something that's becoming annoyingly common in Kuwait.

Ordered the tenderloin on potato puree with truffle oil and spinach. Had a great debate with the waitress over the cooking of the steak. I requested rare but not bloody, she said that's medium. I said okay rare to medium hoping for a juicy steak good and pinky/red but not oozing blood like a blue steak. I didn't try the delicious looking bread and oil freebies as I was wanting to enjoy my steak. Steak came. It was dry and quite tasteless which surprised me as the menu said it had been marinated. The spinach had so much black pepper on it (I hadn't requested it and double checked the menu to see if it stated that the spinach was going to be au poivre, nope) it was barely edible had to pick off the big chunks. Couldn't taste any truffle oil on the potato puree.

Waitress asked if everything was ok, I told her my gripe. She asked if would I like to speak to the chef I said yes, seeing as the place was almost empty I assumed he wasn't too busy. Chef arrived assuming a pose normally held for confronting trouble. Arms tightly crossed, legs slightly apart and a grumpy face. He did introduce himself but his body language was already in a defensive/aggressive stance. I told him what I thought, he kinda nodded. I don't remember if there was an apology as I was too busy wondering if he was going to launch into a tirade.

He did send over a dessert with the waiter, on the house, but sadly it was quite bland. It was a caramel trifle thing with a toffee sauce and a little cookie on the side. The yoghurt and the beige custard did not bode well. Not very good, might have been better with a little sliced banana but wasn't about to tell him that.  Asked for a double espresso got something that tasted like a black Americano.

Paid full price for the meal - no deductions were made. Would be highly unlikely to ever go back.


A Reminder of the Real Musallam Al-Barrak

Earlier this week, Kuwait’s court sentenced the opposition front man Musallam Al-Barrak to five years in prison for insulting the emir, an act criminalized by the Kuwaiti constitution.

The verdict has been awaited for months and it was not the only case that  Al-Barrak was facing. Al-Barrak was also to attend another trial over storming the parliament with other MPs and protesters in November 2011. When Al-Barrak was arrested in November 2012 for insulting the emir in a public speech, thousands marched to the central jail, prompting his release in less than 48 hours. We thought this man was too powerful to be jailed, so why would authorities commit political suicide by angering his supporters? No one can frighten the authorities anymore it seems, and here are some factors to consider:
Al-Barrak is no longer a representative of the parliament. He no longer enjoys parliamentary immunity and has become a symbol of ‘instability’ for those who are not interested in pushing for change through mass mobilization. Last December, the opposition decided to boycott the elections to protest the voting law that the emir amended using an “emergency decree.” The country witnessed its largest protests that included anti-opposition Kuwaitis who did not approve of a change in the voting law from outside the parliament. That change was the perfect trap for the opposition. Eventually, the protests cooled down, the opposition became a parliamentary past, and a Bahraini-like parliament was installed in place.
To have an idea of what kind of parliament Kuwait has now, we can take Safa’a Al-Hashim’s latest statement as an example. The female parliamentarian — who used to give away anti-protest T-shirts in shopping malls last year — threatened to grill the Minister of Interior Affairs for not dispersing and punishing those who recently protested in Al-Andalus.
By choosing to boycott, Kuwait’s opposition surrendered their only shield that could protect them from politicized trials.
Within the past two years, Kuwait witnessed a number of politicized decisions issued by its judiciary, starting with the decision to void the parliament elected on January 2012, which the opposition dominated, and ending with multiple sentences to Twitter users and activists for insulting the emir. Authorities are now prosecuting any young voices, using the judiciary system, focusing on the constitutional taboo of insulting the emir, and squeezing the opposition in exhaling its last breath. Thousands have been protesting at Al-Barrak’s house since Monday in a show of support and blocking police from approaching him. Authorities might be aiming to allow those crowds gather without confrontation, until they are no longer able to mobilize. After losing its reputation as the only Gulf state exercising free speech, authorities have nothing more to lose but state order and will do anything to maintain it.
What about Musalam Al-Barrak? What does the world know about him? Is the romanticized image of him true? On social media, he is becoming a figure of rebellion around the Gulf, considering his masculine representation and tribal background. After successfully bringing down the former Prime Minister Nasser al-Mohammed al-Sabah during the November 2011 protests, foreign media attributed a number of labels on al-Barrak, including referring to him as one of the most powerful politicians in the region. To confront this image, there are two important details to know about al-Barrak: his political ideas and position towards the Bahraini uprising.
First, Al-Barrak is not a ‘moderate’ politician in the classic definition of the word, but rather a conservative. He was one of many MPs who voted for gender segregation in schools and universities in 2008, and for criminalizing insults to Islam with a death sentence, which was proposed earlier last year and terminated by the emir.
Second, in March 2011, Al-Barrak took part of a rally that was organized to show support for the Bahraini regime. His speech was moderate compared to others at the protest, since he did not criminalize the protests, saying: “we refuse any oppression practiced against protesters but we also refuse any calls for the fall down of the regime in Bahrain. The Bahraini opposition should accept the genuine proposal for reforms put forward by the crown prince.”
A few months later, al-Barrak was rallying against the former prime minister and criticized al-Mohammed for calling the presence of Saudi troops in Bahrain “an invasion.” al-Barrak explained: “This is no intervention. Saudi Arabia and Bahrain are part of a whole [the Gulf].” In the same speech, al-Barrak attacked al-Mohammed for not prosecuting a Kuwaiti newspaper, which criticized King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia.
Third, in 2005, al-Barrak actually voted against a bill—which eventually passed—granting women the right to vote and to run as candidates in elections.
This brief explanation of who al-Barrak is might explain the political challenges Kuwait is experiencing. On one side, you have a state ruled by its police and political trials that aim to wipe out the political opposition and free speech. On the other side, you have politicians incapable of having an agenda free of sectarianism to appeal to minorities, as well as those who support reforms without any clashes, retaining the emir as a symbol of the state and a stability that other Arab revolting countries are lacking.

Mona Kareem is the founder of and a graduate student in Binghamton, NY. She is a blogger, journalist and poet with two published collections. You can follow her blog at

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LWDLIK - Love Mona's articles. I wonder when the authorities will get around to charging 'those' who led the storming and trashing of the parliament building.

Let's not forget the Opposition's combined contribution in prompting the cancellation of the Dow Chemical deal that cost the country 2.5 billion.

Let's also not forget the dramatic walking out of parliament when the unhijabbed female MPs were sworn in.

Would the real al-Barrak please stand up and be held accountable, before more injuries and damage occurs.

Cake Resignation Letter Goes Viral

Most of us quit our jobs with a letter and an awkward conversation, but Chis Holms has found a way to break the news more gently. He decided to quit his job to focus on his burgeoning cake business and made a resignation cake instead of writing a letter. Now, his former colleagues will have something sweet to remember him by as he pursues his cake making dreams at Mr. Cake.

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Natural Fertility Specialist Iva Keene in Kuwait in May

Iva is a natural fertility specialist and doctor of naturopathic medicine that has helped many couples all around the world achieve their dream of having a healthy baby by following her natural methods.
Here are the links to her website: 
Contact info for the Kuwait office is 2263-6613 or 6700-0128.
Instagram @naturalfertility
Furthermore, Iva will be giving a lecture at the Women's Cultural Society in Khaldiya on Sunday May 12th 2013 entitled Women's Health: From Puberty to Menopause - How to stay in optimal shape & prevent most women's health issues.

Friday, April 19, 2013

Boston Shoot Out - One Bomber Suspect Shot Dead, One on the Run

1Marathon Bombing Suspect Dead, Manhunt Underway For 2nd

Police are locking down some neighborhoods in Boston and its western suburbs as they search for the remaining suspect in the marathon bombings.
Authorities urged residents in Watertown, Newton, Waltham, Belmont, Cambridge and the Allston-Brighton neighborhoods of Boston to stay indoors.
All mass transit was shut down.
The announcement Friday morning comes hours after the killing of one suspect, known as the man in the black hat from marathon surveillance footage. 
The man in the white hat is on the loose and police are calling him a "terrorist" who came here "to kill."
Police released a new photo of the suspect at large.
In the new photo, he's wearing a gray hoodie sweatshirt pulled up on his head. Police say he's is considered a "threat to "anybody that might approach him."
The new photo was taken at a 7-Eleven in Cambridge, just across the river from the city.

Suspect on the run has been named as Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, a 19 year old Chechnyan.


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Thursday, April 18, 2013

Ever Wondered Which English Words Derived from Arabic?

What do zero, a giraffe, and alcohol have in common? Not much, other than all these words originate from Arabic, and are part of the huge heritage of language and knowledge that Europe has absorbed from the Arabs over the centuries.

    Ebony is a dark brown wood that’s long been cherished for its decorative purposes. While the tree native to Sri Lank and southern india, the word entered English from Spanish word abenuz which derives from arab influences in the Iberian Peninsula. the arabic name of the wood is abanus.
  • LIME
    Because of their habit in eating limes to prevent scurvy during long sea voyages of the 18th Century, the British were commonly called ‘limeys’. But lime itself derives from the Arabic lumi meaning any tree in the citrus family that bears fruit.
    As an element used in cleaning agents, borax was highly valued by those who dabbled in the sciences of medicine and chemistry in the 18th Century. It was also used in metal crafting and furnaces. Its application was adopted from Arab chemists who were familiar with the Arabic buraq salts.
    The oil of the Sandalwood tree is commonly used for traditional medicines and the wood is deep in yellow colour. It also offers a heavy wood scent favoured in the making of perfumes. The name of the tree derives from the Arabic sandal and imported from the Western Ghats of India.
  • GALA
    In today’s English, gala means a glittering affair where the guests appear in their best clothes to honour a person or cause. The English derives from the Spanish word gala, meaning fine clothing worn on special occasions. But the word gala is a derivation of the Arabic word khila, an honorary vestment or a fine garment given as a presentation.
    For French gentlemen in the 16th Century, mohair clothing was considered both fashionable and desirable. Its first recorded use in English is in around 1570, referring to finely tailored suits of goat hair. It’s a derivation of the Arabic word al mokhayyar meaning chosen.
  • TARE
    In transport terms, tare refers to the empty weight of a commercial vehicle or the weight of an empty container used for shipping. The word derives from the Spanish, tara, itself introduced into the Iberian peninsula from the Arabic al taraha, something which is thrown away, the root word of which is tarah, to throw.
    A minaret is a tall slender tower, most usually attached to a mosque, where a mu’thin calls Muslims to prayer. it entered English through the Iberian Peninsula and derives from the Arabic manar, meaning a lighthouse, or a tower that holds fire, with nar being the Arabic word for fire.
    Genie refers to a magical spirit that, in common culture, resides in a bottle and has the power to grant wishes when freed. it entered English folklore through tales of travelers to the Mideast in the 17th Century, deriving from the arabic word jinni.
    Mizzen is a second mast behind a ship’s main mast. Some dictionaries claim it is from Latin medianus meaning median, but it is more likely that it comes via Italian from the Arabic mizan meaning balance since the mizzen is a sail that balances.
    An almanac is an annual calendar based on astrological movements and a record of times past, often used by farmers and seafarers in relation to planting of crops and maritime conditions respectively. It derives from the Arabic word al-manakh, referring to climate-related activities.
    The herb tarragon is closely associated with the flavours of Meditteranean cuisine, most usually along the coastlines of Spain and France. It derives from the Arabic word tarkhun, referring to the plant.
    This form of decorative body art is most commonly applied to the hands. It first appears in English in the 15th and early 16th Centuries as traders came in contact with the practice during their travels. alkanet is a reddish dye made from the roots of the alcanna plant meaning both "alkanet" and "henna", from arabic al hinna.
  • SODA
    Soda first appears in Italian and then English languages in the 11th Century in reference to the saltwort plant which is burnt to make soda ash, a component of glass manufacturing. it derives from the arabic suwwaad or suwayda.
    Long has Hollywood made use of mummies to scare intrepid explorers as they travelled through Egypt and the Middle East. But the word itself refers to the arabic mumiya, meaning both a bitumenlike substance used in embalming, and the process itself. in Western usage, it’s regard as the drying out of remains.
    One of the formative books in medieval learning was the Canon of Medicine, comiled in five volumes and completed in 1025 as Al Qanun by Ibn Sina. The English word Canon – meaning set of rules or laws, directly derives from the arabic Al Qanun– law or principles.
    To inspect and remove refuse from spice, which comes from the Arabic gharbala, to sieve or sift; which in turn may have come from the Lation cribellare which means to sieve.
    Arrakis is the old name for a star in the constellation Draco now called Mu Draconis. The name comes from the Arabic al raqis, meaning "the dancer". Frank Herbert adopted the name for the site for his famous Dune science fiction series.
    Algol is a large star in the constellation Perseus. the name comes from the arabic ras al ghul, meaning head (ras) of the demon (ghul) as the Greek hero Perseus killed the monster Medusa and the star is the eye of Medusa's head.
    Guadalquivir is Spain’s second longest river, whose name is derived from arabic al wadi al kabir meaning “the Big Valley". the river was the site of the Battle of Baylen when Wellington’s Spanish allies defeated napoleon’s French.
    Algarve is a region in southern Portugal where millions go to holiday or retire. its position on the far west of the medieval Muslim on the atlantic coast explains its root, since it comes from al gharb, arabic for the West.
    Racket is the strung bat with which you play tennis or squash, but the game called rackets is played with only a glove and you hit the ball with the palm of your hand, which is the origin of the word since raha is arabic for palm.
  • EL CID
    EL CID
    El Cid is the nickname of Rodrigo Diaz de Vivar (1043-1099), the national hero of Spain. He was a notable leader in battle who helped expand the Christian territories against the Muslims. His nickname El Cid came from El Sayyid, Arabic for the Lord, although the Spaniards called him El Campeador (the Champion).
  • DRUB
    Drub is to hit or beat something, and comes directly from the arabic darabto hit or strike something. it seems to have come into English in the 1600s with a reference to the punishment of bastinado, canning the soles of someone’s feet.
    Tarboush is the upright red hat worn by all Syrian and Egyptian gentlemen in the 1800s and early 1900s. However, this Arabic word of the Ottoman era has common roots with the word sarpush, derived from the Persian sar (head) and push (cover).
    Tariff is the duty payable, or a bill of fare. It comes from the Italian tariffa, which in turn comes from the Arabic ta’rifa from arraf, to notify. The Arabic word was used in late medieval times for an inventory on a merchant ship.
    Alidade is a modern surveyor's sighting device or pointer for determining directions or measuring angles. The word came into medieval Lation in the late 1400s from the Arabic al idada, which means an upper arm, but also means a pivoting arm.
    Attar is a fragrant essential oil normally made from roses. The word entered English word from India in the late 1700s but originally it came from the Arabic word itr, which means perfume or aroma.
    The plant is widespread throughout fertile areas of south east Asia. For millennia it has been used in the preparation of salads or as a feed source for cattle and goats. The word itself is considered to derive from the Arabic word al fasfasa– a green fodder fed to animals.
    Alhambra is in Grenada, Spain, constructed first in 899 as a fortress and later converted into a royal palace in 1333 by Yousef 1, Sultan of Grenada. alhambra derives from the arabic al hamra, meaning “the red” as in the red-colour stones used in its original construction.
    Historically, camise referred to jackets of various kinds. In modern usage a camisole or camise is a loose-fitting sleeveless woman's undergarment which covers the top part of the body. it entered English from old French, inspired by the arabic kameis, meaning shirt.
  • RICE
    First introduced into English in the middle of the 13th century, the word "rice" derives from the old French ris, itself a derivative of the Arabic word roz. In Arab cuisine, rice is an ingredient of many soups and dishes with types of meat.
    Pistachio nuts take their name from the Spanish alfóstigo, which in turn is based on the arabic fustuq which means pistachio. in transmission, the arabic ‘f’ hardened into a ‘p’, and he 'q' softened into a ‘ch’. Fustik is a dye with the same linguistic roots as fustuqi.
    Tabby is a striped cat with a brindled coat. But this common usage of the word tabby comes from its original meaning in the garment industry to describe a watered silk fabric. English took it from attabi for silk which came from Attabiyah, a quarter of Baghdad where the silk was made.
    Sherbet is one of three words that are based on the arabic word, sharab, meaning ‘drink’. Sherbet means a fruit flavoured fizzy drking, Syrup is normally a thickened sweet drink, and Sorbet is a fruit flavoured ice pudding. they came to English direct from Arabic.
    Swahili is a language used on the coast of East africa from Dar E Salam all the way to Somalia. the language is a mix of Bantu and arabic and about one third of its vocabulary is based on arabic. the word Swahili comes from sawahil, meaning coasts, which is the plural of sahil, coast.
    Serendipity comes from Serendip, the Arabic name for Sri Lanka where people are famously happy. It was introduced by Horace Walpole in 1754 in his fairy tale The Three Princes of Serendip. The Arabic name was taken from the Sanskrit name for Sri Lanka: Suvarnadweep
    Mufti is used in English to describe casual clothes by people out of uniform. the word came into English via the British army in the 1800s, when off-duty officers wore Eastern style dressing gowns and tasseled caps, which looked like those worn by a mufti, an islamic legal scholar.
    Describes a dry fibrous back-scrubber used in the bath. the word came into English in 1706 as a botanical description of the luffa plant, which produced a large marrow-like fruit with a fibrous skeleton, which was dried. in the 1800s it became the loofah, used by bathers.
  • JAR
    As you dig into your honey jar, it is bizarre to know that such a common English word comes from the Arabic jarra, which means a large earthenware container made of pottery. The first records in English come from 1418 and 1421 for olive oil containers.
  • SASH
    Sash is the strip of cloth worn over one shoulder. it comes from the arabic shash, meaning a ribbon of gauze or textile which was wrapped around a head to form a turban, usually made of muslin. in modern arabic shash means gauze or muslin.
  • REAM
    Ream is a measure of a quantity of sheets of paper. it comes from the arabic rizma, meaning bale or bundle, and the word arrived with the introduction of paper itself from the arab world in the 1100s and 1200s.
    Azure is a brilliant blue, and has the same root as Lazurite, a rock with a bright blue colour. The Arabic word, lazward, covering both the rock and colour came from Lajward, which was the name of the site of a huge deposit in Afghanistan.
    Average comes from the arabic awar, meaning ‘defect or anything damaged’ that was imported into italian in the 1100s as ‘avaria’ which referred to ‘damage or loss during a merchant sea voyage’. in time this moved into French as ‘averie’, and in 1491 was used in English as ‘averay’.
    Algorithm: The word comes directly from the name of the Arab mathematician, Mohammad Musa Al Khwarizmi, who worked in Baghdad in the 800s. It came into Medieval Latin with a much wider meaning before it became algorismus in the 1200s.
    Alkali comes from the Arabic word Al Qali, which was made up of sodium carbonate and potassium carbonate used to make soap and glass. Al Jawhari wrote around 1000 that Al Qali is obtained from glassworts.
    Assassin comes from Arabic word, Al Hashashoon , meaning a hashish eater. This refers back to the Crusades in the 1200s when the leader of the Nizari branch, who ruled northern Persia, would send followers on targeted killing missions with the drug.
    Camel appears to be a direct transliteration of the arabic jamal, pronounced in some arabic dialects with a hard G, which brings it even closer to the English word camel. However, the word first came through the Greek kamelos, and then Latin camelus to English.
    Iodine is a chemical element with a deep purple colour and antiseptic qualities, which draws its name from its arabic name, Youd , although some refer the root back to the Greek word, iodes, which means violet colored.
    Turmeric is a bright yellow aromatic powder widely used in south Asian cooking. it comes from the rhizome of the turmeric plant, known in Arabic as Kurkum from which the English name is derived.
    Rukbah is a star in the 'W' shaped constellation of Cassiopeia, named after the famously beautiful Queen Cassiopeia of classical Greece. the name is originally from arabic rukbah "knee", but this is only one of the famous queen's body parts with an arabic name.
    The coffee tree is native to Sudan and Ethiopia. The word coffee derives from the Turkish word kahve and the Arabic word qahwah, which means any stimulating drink, according to Larousse Gastronomique.
    Fomalhaut also known as Alpha Piscisaustrini, is the brightest star in the fish-shaped constellation Piscis. the name Fom Al Hoot comes from scientific Arabic fam Al Hoot (Al Janubi) "the mouth of the [Southern] Fish"
    This popular dish is indigenous to North Africa and used hard semolina. While recipes and variations occur across the region, depending on the spices and meat available, it derives directly from the Arabic kouskous, according to Larousse Gastronomique.
    Wasat is the traditional name for Delta Geminorum in the zodiac constellation Gemini, made up of the two twins Castor and Pollux. Wasat lies at the centre of Castor, which gives it its arabic name wasat, which means "middle".
    Crimson is a deep red colour that originates from the red that infest the kermes oak, native to the Mediterranean area. It comes from old Spanish cremesin, which is derived from the Arabic qurmuz.
    Deneb is the brightest star in the swan-shaped constellation Cygnus, and is a direct transliteration of dhanab, the Arabic for "tail", from the phrase Dhanab Al Dajaja, or "tail of the hen".
  • ARAK
    Arak is a strong alcoholic with aniseed. according to Larousse Gastronomique, the work is derived from araq, meaning sweat. it is widely consumed across the Middle East, Southern Europe and south East asia.
    Alembic is a copper pot used in distillation, deriving from the arabic al’ inbiq. the traditional alembic is made up of a boiler, a cap where vapours collect, and a bent pipe which is cooled to collect the distillate, according to Larousse Gastronomique.
  • UMMA
    Umma is the entire community of Muslims bound together by the ties of religion, according to the oxford English dictionary. It is a direct use of the Arabic umma, which means people or community.
  • TELL
    Tell is an archeological term that refers to the buildup of settlements, one on top of another. according to the oxford English Dictionary, tell word derives from arabic tal, meaning a small hill.
    Tagine refers to an earthenware cone-shaped cooking pot used almost exclusively in North African cooking. It is derived from the Arabic word tajin or frying pan.
    Altair is the brightest star in the constellation Aquila (Eagle in Latin). the name altair is an abbreviation of the arabic al Nisr Al Ta’ir, the Flying Eagle, which was used in 1650 by the Egyptian astronomer Mohammad al akhsasi.
  • ERG
    Erg is a geographical term used in the Sahara Desert to describe an area of shifting sand. It comes from the Arabic ‘arq, meaning a line of sand dunes. Its basic use in Arabic refers to a blood vein or the root of a plant, and subsequently undulating lines of dunes.
    Alderban is a bright red star in the middle of the zodiac constellation of Taurus. The name aldebaran comes from the arabic al Dabaran, which means the Follower, because this bright star appears to fpllow the constellation of the Pleides, or the Seven Sisters, in the night sky.
    Nadir is the direct opposite of zenith, and is the lowest point of any celestial object’s orbit. It also uses the Arabic for pathway, with al samt, as its root, but in this case it is nazir al samt, meaning the opposite on the pathway.
    Zenith is the highest point in the sky of a celestial object, and comes from the same root as azimuth, Al Samt meaning path, which in this case was known as samt al ras (path over the head) which was adopted into old French as cenit, before becoming zenith in English.
    azimuth is derived from The arabic words zawiyat al samt and is the horizontal part of the direction of a star from the observer, and comes from al samt, meaning path or direction. it is one of many astronomica l terms that came into Medieval Europe from science in the arab world.
    A sweater or pullover derived from a sailor’s loose outer jacket. the word arrived in English via the old French adaptation of the arabic word jubba, meaning a robe that can be worn by either sex, the oxford English dictionary says.
    There are approximately 150 species of gerbil or desert rats, which are native to North Africa, India and Eastern Asia. In Arabic, the rodents are called jarbu. They spread, along with their usage, into the Iberian Peninsula, with jarbu being distorted into gerbil in old French.
    The embroidery form macrame in English has been adopted from both Spanish and French usage describing satin and silks which were heavily embroidered or bejeweled. in arabic, miqrama refers to an embroidered veil and its meaning spread through trade in textiles.
    Sirocco refers to a wind that blows across the north african desert from the east. it’s a Spanish derivative of the word sharqiyyah or eastern in arabic. By the 16th Century, sirocco was adopted from Spanish into English to describe warm easterly winds.
    To early Arab mariners and voyagers, the bird with the largest wingspan was impressive in the manner in which it dove into the Al Ghattas means diver, with Albatross being a derivative, spreading through the seaboards of western Europe.
    Monsoon rains occur in the period between June and September in southeast Asia. Monsoon derives from the Arabic word mawsim meaning season. The word was adopted into English as a result of mid-to-late 18th century English travellers to the Indian subcontinent.
    Alcove derives from the Arabic word A l Qubbah which refers to a vault, as in a vaulted ceiling or dome. Islamic architectural style and engineering was introduced into Andalusia on the Iberian Peninsula before being copied throughout medieval Europe.
    The word mattress derives from the Arabic word matrah, meaning a large cushion or soft rug to lie upon. It came to English use in the 14th Century after spreading from Spain into France at the turn of the 10th Century
    Sumac derives from the Arabic word summaq. Its components have been historically used to spice food, in leather making and the dyeing of cloths and as a traditional herbal medicine for stomach ailments.
    Spinach derives from isfanakh in eastern classical Arabic, later evolving to spanekh in Arabic. It was introduced by Arabs to Spain around 10th century, from where it spread to the rest of Europe.
    Descends from the Arabic word naranj and the tree itself is native to India. Arabs introduced the orange tree to the Mediterranean region in the early 10th century and was brought to Western Europe by returning Crusaders.
    Cumin is the dried seed of the herb Cuminum cyminum, a member of the parsley family and derives from the Arabic word kammun. It was first introduced to Europe in the 12th and 13th Centuries.
    The origin of the word saffron is derived from the Arabic word zafaraan, meaning ‘yellow’ and has been used as a colouring and spice in foods for at least 3,000 years.
    The English word amber derives from the Arabic anbar, via Medieval Latin ambar and Old French ambre. Amber is used as an ingredient in perfumes, as a healing agent in folk medicine, and as jewelry.
    Lemons - laymoon in Arabic - are native to India and China and introduced to Persia, Iraq and Egypt around 700 AD. The lemon was first recorded in literature in 10th century Arabic treatise on farming, and was also used as an ornamental plant in early Islamic gardens.
    Trafalgar is where Admiral Nelson won the most famous sea battle in British history, off Cape Trafalgar which sticks into the Atlantic from southern Spain. The Arabs called this cape Taraf Al Gharb, the Uttermost West, as it was the most western point of their dominions.
  • WADI
    Wadi is Arabic for valley. However, it has been in common parlance for centuries via Spanish, and perhaps most famously as the site of some of Wellington’s toughest fighting against Napoleonic forces near the Portuguese river Guadalquivir, the wadi Al Kabir.
    Sugar - Sukkar in Arabic - was a rare and special commodity in medieval Europe which used honey as a sweetener, which makes it a treat. The first recorded uses of sugar in English was at a monastery in Durham in 1302 when a monk recorded the storage of zuker marok, or Moroccan sugar.
    Artichoke is the Arabic Kharshoof, which was borrowed by the Spanish in 1423 as carchiofa and by the Italians in 1525 as carciofo, before changing to the French artichault in 1538 and the English artochock in 1591.
    Apricot comes from the Arabic barqooq, which in turn came from Byzantine Greek, which took it from classical Latin praecoqua, meaning precocious ripening peaches. The Arabs passed the word (and fruit) to the Portuguese (albricoque) and Catalan (albercoc), before it finally arrived in English in 1578 as abrecox.
    Alcohol comes from Kohl, finely powdered stibnite used as eye make up. The word entered Latin in the 1200s meaning well ground material, and in later medieval alchemy it moved to define any purified material or ‘quintessence; from which it was a short lexicographical step to 'alcohol.'
    Muslin is a lightweight cotton cloth in a plain weave that came from Mosul in Iraq, where it was first manufactured. The city gave its name to the cloth which the Italians called mussoline, and the French mousseline.
    Cotton comes from the Arabic qutn, which came to the Arab world from India after Alexander the Great opened up the markets in 300 BC. When the medieval Arabs traded cotton into Europe, it was so soft it was assumed that it must be an animal product like wool.
    Parrot finds its origins in the Arabic babbagha, which arrived in Old French in the 1100s as papegai, as the ‘B’ in babbagha swapped to become ‘P’ as frequently happens (like in other Arabic origin words like apricot, calipers, julep, and syrup).
    Harem is a direct transliteration of the Arabic hareem, meaning women’s quarters in a large household, although the root is the Arabic haram meaning forbidden which indicated the fact that men were not allowed into the women’s area.
    Carat is a unit of weight for precious stones, and may well come from the Arabic world qirat, defined as the weight of one twenth-fourth of a medieval Arab gold dinar, or the weight of four barley seeds. But the Arabic word seems to have its origin in the Greek keration which may also be an origin for the English carat.
    Safari is a Kiswahili word to describe a trip into the wilds of Africa to watch (or hunt) animals, which started in the 1800s in Kenya. The Swahili took the word directly from the Arabic safra, to travel, and is one of many Arabic words used in East Africa.
    Ghoul is a terrible ghost, which comes from the Arabic ghool, and first appeared in Europe in 1712 in a French translation of the Arabian Nights. By the 1800s ghouls were frequently popping up in English translations of Arabian Nights, and became part of the language.
    Candy is a general word for any sweet, but it only arrived in English in 1600s, from the Arabic qand, meaning a hard crystalised mass of sugar, which in turn came from Persian, and in its turn from Sanskrit since cane sugar was developed in India.
    Gibraltar is an Arabic name, Jabal Tariq, meaning Mountain of Tariq, after the famous Omayyad general, Tariq Bin Ziad, who led the first Islamic conquest of Spain in 711. Until the Arabs got there, Gibraltar was known as Mons Calpe, one the Pillars of Hercules
    Magazine is a military store, and it comes from the Arabic makhazin, based on khazan (meaning to store) with the ma- prefix indicating a noun of place. It was first recorded in Marseilles in 1228 as a general store house, but English has always used it as a military store for gunpowder or bullets.
    Shufti: “Take a shufti” is how thousands of English soldiers described ‘taking a look’ when they were posted to Second World War Cairo or later in South Yemen in the 1950s and 1960s, taking the word back to Britain with them. It is derived from the Arabic word shofti.
  • LUTE
    Lute is a direct transliteration of Oud, which is the Arabic for the same instrument. Musicians might argue about how many strings are appropriate, but Spain had its alod in the 1200s, and the first definite English reference was by the late 1300s.
    Started with Al Kimya'a, meaning alchemy, which is how it arrived in Europe in a book by Plato Tiburtinus, after which the medieval skills of alchemy gave way to the modern disciplines of chemistry.
    Arsenal is based on Dar Al Sina’a, the House of Manufacturing, and was first used in English in the Fifteenth Century, when it described a dock-yard for repairing ships, which meaning is still used by the Italians with the fuller word darsana.
    Algebra comes from Al Jabr, meaning to restore broken parts. Its mathematical meaning started with the definitive tome, Al-kitāb al-mukhta’ar fī’isāb al-jabr wa al-muqābala, by the 9th century mathematician Al Khawarizmi.
    Giraffe - was known to the Arabic lexicographer, Jawahiri, as Al Zarafa, which he rather briefly dismissed as “a type of creature’. Later biologists linked the name more firmly to the long-necked beast of Africa which we all know today.
    Admiral - comes from the Arabic word Amir Al Bihar, meaning Commander of the Seas, which was a first title used in Norman Sicily. The ‘D’ was added in Elizabethan England, by court officials ignorant of Arabic. The French still use amiral.