AMF concludes with the presentation of the Arab Journalism Awards

Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum honors winners of Arab Journalism Award 2017 at the 16th Arab Media Forum in Dubai. (AN photo)
Updated 04 May 2017
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AMF concludes with the presentation of the Arab Journalism Awards

DUBAI: The winners of the Arab Journalism Award 2017 were announced on Tuesday, at the culmination of the 16th Arab Media Forum in Dubai.
The awards honored 17 outstanding Arab journalists from daily newspapers, magazines, online web portals and media organizations from the Arab world.
Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum honored Ghassan Charbel, the editor in chief of Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper, with the Media Personality of the Year award. Asharq Al-Awsat is the sister newspaper to Arab News.
Sheikh Maktoum also honored prominent Emirati journalist and writer Nasser Al-Taheri with the Best Column Award and the Saudi Sabq electronic newspaper with the Smart Journalism Category Award.
The award ceremony started with a short video about the recent key global events.
Tunisian singer Latifa and Lotfi Bouchnaq performed a song about the current issues facing the Arab world, with lyrics by Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum.
This year, the award’s General Secretariat received over 5,900 submissions by journalists competing from across the Arab world.
Other winners include Imad Abdul Hamid from Al-Bayan newspaper, who picked up the Investigative Reporting Award, and Amjad Rasmi from Asharq Al-Awsat, who was given the Outstanding Cartoonist Award.


Google Doodle serves up falafel in quirky animation

Updated 18 June 2019
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Google Doodle serves up falafel in quirky animation

  • It is believed falafels originated in Egypt, where they were called ta’ameya and made of fava beans
  • The popularity of falafel then moved towards the Levant area, where the use of chickpea became a staple

DUBAI: One of the Middle East’s favorite dishes has been featured in a Google Doodle as the site apparently took a break from the Women’s World Cup.

Google had been running a series of doodles about the major sporting event, but on Tuesday – apparently randomly - focused on what the search giant described as the “best thing that ever happened to chickpeas.”

We don’t know why they chose Tuesday to run the Doodle – June 12 having been International Falafel Day.  

But the Middle East’s claim to these mouthwatering balls of chickpeas, onions, herbs and spices is undeniable.

Here's a simple step-by-step guide to making falafels, posted by food blog Food Wishes:

It is believed falafels originated in Egypt, where they were called ta’ameya and made of fava beans, about a thousand years ago, by Coptic Christians who ate them during lent as a meat substitute.

Another version of the story suggests that it goes further back to Pharaonic times – traces of fava beans were said to be found in the tombs of the Pharaohs, according to website Egyptian Streets, and that there were paintings from ancient Egypt showing people making the food.

The popularity of falafel then moved towards the Levant area, where the use of chickpea became a staple.

Over the years, many variations of falafel were invented, with global fast food chain McDonalds joining in the falafel craze with its McFalafel.

Popular Iraqi-American comedian Remy Munasifi, attracted more than 1.5 million views for a song about falafels he posted on his YouTube account “GoRemy.’