Why I Love Studying Abroad

The best part of studying in a different country has to be all the new friends one makes. I’ve befriended people from Vietnam, Egypt, Morocco, France, and many more exotic places! Since I’ve first arrived in the United Arab Emirates I’ve met and befriended many people from every corner of the world. The first person […]

Learning Arabic with Tea

It has been ten weeks since I first arrived in the United Arab Emirates, and yesterday evening I placed an order for drinks all by myself. I would like three karak teas please, “urid thalatha chai karak, min fadlak,” I told the man at the tea shop. He replied in a quick manner and with […]

The Beauty of the Mosque

A few days ago my API director Hong Ho took me and several other American students to the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, the third largest mosque in the world. The mosque is located in the emirate of Abu Dhabi. The mosque, a Muslim place of worship, was beyond beautiful. From a distance, it looked like […]

The Palm Tree

In the month that I’ve been in the United Arab Emirates, I have seen no other plant more often than the palm tree. It’s important to understand the tree’s role in the history of the Arabian Peninsula. It is a source of fruit, shade and protection. More importantly, it serves as a reminder of national […]

Eid al-Adha

All students love a good holiday. They can put their school work down for a couple of days and relax before the next wave of tests. There are certainly holidays in the Arab world too, and one of the best has to be Eid al-Adha. Eid al-Adha celebrates the occasion when Abraham, from biblical times, […]

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