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  • Arabic Calligraphy Types and Islamic Design

    Arabic Calligraphy Types and Islamic Design

    There has always been plenty of interest in Islamic calligraphy and the Arabic typeface, but not a lot has been written about its origination. Considering Ananasa has a comprehensive Arabic calligraphy shopping selection, we ventured out, to go and learn about the roots, types and uses of Arabic calligraphy. Continue reading

  • Design Thinking In Brand Building - Visual Conceptualization Of Logos

    Design Thinking In Brand Building - Visual Conceptualization Of Logos

    We don't often come across great well written articles from brand identity designers who invest a lot of brain power in building a unique brand. Fortunately, we were introduced to Markhor a Pakisitan born and bread brand that is involved in handcrafting men's leather shoes and accessories. In our quest to finding the best article that explains the design process from it's preliminary stages to it's development, we found the perfect designer that took us on the step by step process behind the brand logo, identity and dignity development. This is a raw experience of how a real graphic designer thinks and what steps we should all take to develop our own brands.

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  • Turkish Coffee Cups - Fortune Teller Reading In Dubai

    Turkish Coffee Cups - Fortune Teller Reading In Dubai

    Reading your fortune through a coffee cup is such a big tradition in Arabic and Turkish cultures. In fact, usually women meet up for coffee at noon time and read each other's coffee cups. We had a lovely intimate afternoon with a very special lady who was generous enough to host us for some traditional turkish coffee and some nibbles. The experience was so pleasant that we had to share it! We'll take you through our little session of coffee cup reading and what our cup had to say about our fortune. Continue reading

  • Handmade In Oman By An Omani Girl

    Handmade In Oman By An Omani Girl

    Ever wonder why glimpsing through all the many blogs that are out there, certain ones stand out and others don't. Yes, pictures and layout have a huge impact visually, but beyond the obvious, there's the energy of the person/people behind the blog.

    Al-Balsam's Arabic inspired blog brings just that. She's young and passionate about what she writes about and there's a certain fiery that comes along with that. More importantly that you feel when reading her posts. Handmade in Oman, from an Omani girl, she is the owner and executive editor/creative director of the blog aimed for the modern day fashionista.

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  • Globe Jumpers Take Us To The End Of The World!

    Globe Jumpers Take Us To The End Of The World!

    Ananasa and Globe Jumpers made it to the end of the world!!
    This picture has been taken in the southernmost city of the globe, Ushuaia, and what people actually call "the end of the world, "el fin del mundo".  Ushuaia is the capital of Tierra del Fuego, Antártida e Islas del Atlántico Sur Province, Argentina. A humble nature loving city that hosts the Bienniel of Contemporary Art at the End of the World, that has gathered over one hundred artists from five continents addressing the motto "think at the end of the world that another world is possible".

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  • Up-cycling At It's Best - Oman

    Up-cycling At It's Best - Oman

    On a little road trip to Oman from Dubai, we stopped at Sur (a small town off the coast of Oman) to stay the night and stretch our little legs at the Sur Plaza Hotel.

    After 8 hours of driving and discovering the humble country and beautiful spirit of the Omanis we called it an early night and nestled into our clean and cosy rooms for some shut eye.

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  • We Catch Up With Gonj from Istanbul, Turkey

    We Catch Up With Gonj from Istanbul, Turkey

    We met the lovely ladies behind GONJ in Istanbul on a very beautiful summer day. Walking on the cobblestone streets, away from the busy bustled streets of Istanbul where both Gonca (GD) & Neslihan Satiroglu (NS) live and work. We agreed to meet both inspiring women in a delicious Turkish ice-cream parlour overlooking the Bosphorus to learn more about their life in this vibrant city, their love for fashion and their innovative new accessory line.

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