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Restaurant and Camel Night

Published: August 17, 2016

Yesterday was a busy day at Al-Wāḥa. We had a few special events in the past couple days. The first activity was restaurant night. We made sure the dinning hall looked its best with decorative glasses and classic red table cloths. We also had the staff act as waiters and waitresses for the villagers. After the delicious food we got to do one of my favorite night programs, the camel counselors. Villagers were organized into groups and charged with leading a counselor-camel...

Arab Idol 2

Published: August 15, 2016

Arab Idol is back by popular demand! Our night program from the last session was so popular we wanted to share it with our new group of two-week villagers. Our leadership staff provided two demonstrations, one an example of a good performance and one example of what not to do. Our villagers divided into three groups, dancing, drumming, and acting. The villagers we’re given some time to prepare their performances before returning to the main group. Our acting group decided to do a...


Published: August 15, 2016

On Saturday, we had a very special evening program. We talked about the architecture of the Arab World. We learned about some of the most famous buildings in the Middle East, from ancient time to the present day. Two of the most iconic Arab buildings are in Dubai, the Burj Al-Arab and the Burj Khalifa. The Burj Al-Arab is an extravagant hotel built on an artificial island off the coast of Dubai. It has been called a 7 star hotel buy some critiques. Another part of the Dubai skyline is the...

I-day 2016

Published: August 13, 2016

Arab Pastimes

Published: August 12, 2016

Yesterday our villagers learned about some of the traditional pastimes of the Arab world. The first activity was Arab board games. We learned about the Arab origins of the board games chess and backgammon. The origins of the modern game chess come from an early Persian version of the game called Shataranj, which was also very popular in medieval Iraq. The board game Backgammon is a variation on some of the oldest board games in history. Racing board games have been around since the Roman...

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