Culture

Media of Yemen

The newspapers are both private and state-controlled, but the broadcasting service that operates radio and television stations are state-controlled. Radio broadcast stations AM 6, FM 1, short-wave 2 (1998) Television broadcast stations 7 (plus several low-power repeaters) (1997) Internet Service Providers (ISP's) 1 (1999) Newspapers Three dailies

Culture of Yemen: Architecture

Yemeni houses are built using local materials and always blend harmoniously with their natural setting. Reeds, mud and brick are used in the valleys and the plains, while stone-building is common in mountainous dwelling areas. Decorations on the house facades tend to vary from region to region. The tower is the most popular type of architecture

Food and Drink in Yemen

The main meal of the day is lunch, which is usually eaten without implements, using a piece of bread to scoop up the food. Salta, the national dish, is a highly spiced stew, containing chicken or lamb with lentils, chickpeas, beans and coriander. This is served on a bed of rice. Shurba is also a stew, but with a more soup-like consistency, and is

People of Yemen

Yemen is one of the world's most ancient countries and played an important part in Middle Eastern trade, supplying the ancient world with such exotic items as frankincense, myrrh, spices, condiments and other luxury items. The southwestern coastal strait known as Bab El-Mandeb, which links the Indian Ocean with the Red Sea, was an important trade

UAE Culture: The Role of Women

Quotes from the President of the UAE: "Nothing could delight me more than to see Woman taking up her distinctive position in society... Nothing should hinder her progress... Like men, women deserve the right to occupy high positions according to their capabilities and qualifications." "We expect our young women to support and to proceed in

Population in UAE

The UAE has grown at an extremely rapid pace since its foundation. The population has increased from about 180,000 to its present 2,407,460 million while the revenues from oil have enabled the government to undertake a massive construction programmes including housing, schools, hospitals, roads, seaports, airports and telecommunications

Religion in UAE

The state religion is Islam which reached the area during the lifetime of the Prophet Mohammed. The country's laws and practices are founded upon Islam and the Holy Qur'an.

People of UAE

As a result of the oil boom, less than 50% of the inhabitants of the UAE are Arabs. There are large groups of Indians, Pakistanis, Iranians and Southeast Asians. The population is, however, 95% Muslim. The capital is Abu Dhabi and the second most important city is Dubai. In the UAE, six years of primary education is free and compulsory. Because of

Tunisia Culture: Media

There are three French daily newspapers, Le Temps, La Presse, and L'Action. Other international papers can be found in the main cities one day after publication. Government run radio and TV transmit programmes mostly in Arabic, except for Antenne 2 which is in French. There are no English programmes, but the BBC World Service can be easily picked

Tunisia Culture: Food

Tunisian cooking is a blend of European, Oriental and desert dweller's culinary traditions. Its distinctive spicy fieriness comes from neighbouring Mediterranean countries and the many civilizations who have ruled Tunisian land -- Phoenician, Roman, Arab, Turkish, French, and the native Berber. Many of the cooking styles and utensils began to

Language of Tunisia

Arabic is the main language, but French is the dominant language in the media, commercial enterprise, and government departments. Berber-speaking people form less than 1% of the population. In the tourist resorts shop keepers and hotel staff usually speak three or four European languages.

People of Tunisia

Over the centuries many peoples, including Romans, Vandals, and Arabs have occupied Tunisia. Tunisians are mostly of Berber lineage, and regard themselves as Arabs.

Syria Culture: The Media

There are four main daily newspapers; two published in Damascus, one in Aleppo and one in Hama. These are all published in Arabic. The Syria Times is the English-language daily, but is strictly controlled by the government and is therefore subject to censorship.

Media of Somalia

The government-owned Xiddigta Oktobar, published in Somali, is the only daily newspaper, with some periodicals in Arabic, English and Somali. Two government-owned radio stations, Radio Mogadishu and Radio Hargeisa, broadcast in Arabic, English, Italian, Somali and some other languages. The state-run television station did not begin operations

The Somali and The Sab

The Somali people speak an Afroasiatic language as well as Arabic. Of the 8.9 million Somalis living in Somalia, 80% belongs to the Somali or Samaale group in the north; the remaining 20% belongs to the Sab, or southern Somali. All believe they are descended from the same male ancestor and his two sons, Somali and Sab. Such a closeness has brought