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March 23, 2009


Khaleejia said:
This is amazing, but an emirati 63 years old man has 86 children! That makes his family the biggest in the world.  The first time he married was in earlier 60-s, he married more up to 17 times but having not more then 4 wives at one time(acc. to Islamic law). All members are very friendly among eachother. The "Big" father remember names of all his children that surprise many of us. His family spread all over the Emirates that is very good and remarkable for Emirati population but the most unexpected that he is going to reach number of 100 children but to do it he need just one he said, to find solution how to make the youngest children who jumping and playing all day long around their parents leave him and his wife alone for a while;)

March 15, 2009

IKRAM- Tradition of Hospitality in UAE/gulf region

Khaleejia said:
Hospitality is the original habit of Arab people and especially for Arabs on the blessed land -UAE and the rest gulf region. Actually this custom is as old as Arabs exist. Hospitality gen comes with mother milk to her child so it is more stronger then anything else. Hospitality it's not only a word for Arabs but tradition that includes rights and duties in attitude to the GUEST. where HE is served for all HIS needs and braking this rules brings shame upon house owner and his tribe/family.
In the past when our ancestors had to suffer from hardship of life at that time when they hardly could find a piece of bread to feed themselves and their families, and in spite of such difficulties they didn't leave this habit. More over it was as a measure of generosity of the tribe&family and even of their manhood. Mohammad Ad-dasm wrote a poem about this:

الضيف ضيف الله و صابه حبيبه اسقبل ضيفك في تهلي و ترحيب
قدم له الميسور وماهان جيبه واحلف ورا الميسور دين المعازيب

...Hospitality, hospitality of Allah and His beloved (Prophet Mohammad صلى الله عليه و سلم)so receive your guest with greetings and nice words
..introduce and give him everything that in your pocket to please him
..And so Allah will please you. (my approximate interpretation)

And there is something that even not all old people know that there are certain rules for hospitality. which provides rights and obligatory for guest and house owners as well.
and in case of braking these rules both of the sides can call for their rights back. Some of these rules exist till nowadays and the other were reduced or became more certain norms of hospitality at that time.some of these norms like serving(القهوة) coffee as soon as guest enters the house. the coffee-serving have to last till the moment when guest refuse to have more. At the same time cup should not be filled till the edges as it would mean that guest is unwished in the house. Also with coffee dates are served. And its very important that every house must have coffee and it even have to be ready to be served as door in arab houses never closed and guest or guests are welcomed anytime. For this case termo-dallas became very popular nowadays, coffee can be prepared in the morning and keep its hot till the evning. Another example back in time When guest entering village of some tribe and doesn't visit the very first house as he supposed to do but passed it by so in this case this house owner could make a complaint about the impolite guest to the judge and insist to give his rights back.
One of my Iraqi friend many times told us funny stories how his family and all their neighbors several times were fighting for the guests or for somebody who needed help. Each of them wanted to have those people first to serve them with all they had have.
there are much more examples about hospitality than we have mentioned,but it will not be covered in one post. We just should remember and keep what we have heard and what we have learned from our ancestors.


Khaleejia said:
I am not one of the best blogger over here i know that but sometimes i got really nice surprises when some bloggers tag me, (blushing) (Ange (hegab-rehab blog),or give to my blog an award thanx to mina from humble muslimah blog and malezea french hijabi!
so this time i ll try to be a good girl and thankful to other bloggers who follow mine, that is so actually inspiring!

Habayeb muslim girl in dubai and her awakened by truth blog

Malezea from france with her really nice blog simply muslimah

Wisaal and pretty resent blog fashion hijab dubai

Aalia with her new life expirience in Abu Dhabi chasing-jannah

Pixie/Alix and her all covering muslim fashion blog beautiful muslimah

Umm travis my *neighbor*and her tea-break thoughts


Yeah, and to not forget and to keep this award moving there are certain rules that I have to abide by too ;).
The rules are:
Add the logo of the award to your blog
Add a link to the person who awarded it to you
Nominate at least 7 other blogs
Add links to those blogs on your blog
Leave a message for your nominees on their blogs

March 9, 2009

LUXURY KHALEEJI HOME DECOR and a little bit of furniture MAKEOVER


Khaleejia said:
Oh..before i start i must bring excuses to everyone who follow my blog and waiting for new posts. If there is someone interested why i am not so up2date blogger its just because i got really busy with new projects (al7amdulllah for everything) that terribly take my time and my mind .

LOVE YOU ALL To be honest i collected some new topics that i am going to post in here but i hardly can find myself thinking about my blog as it was before. It is my first and only blog that you re reading now and i don't have too much experience to understand do i still want blogging (i guess i do) or its just some normal life changes that bring me to another stage of living this exact life. Anyhow i still have lots of things to share and inn sha' Allah i ll do it. Just want to thanx everyone who keep on following my blog and leaving comments as i can understand that it is still brings some use what else i can dream about as being the author of this blog. well back to the topic..

I was inspired by some Khaliji serials that i follow sometimes, i am not going to tell the serials stories now but i want to show you what i like to see there. It is furniture decoration. what is khaleeji decor? for sure first thing is the bedou-style :(al-dallas, cushions, floor-seats, carpets and can be more descriptions but i mentioned the most famous attributes of the bedouin style in decor) another part of khaleeji decor includes luxury.. sounds interesting, right? luxury in what? Luxury in colors, luxury in furniture' models&shapes, luxury in textile, luxury means a lot but i believe that almost everyone can easily understand what luxury is and see is there lux or not in decor . But for more sure here is description from wiki
luxury (plural luxuries)
  1. very wealthy and comfortable surroundings.
  2. something desirable but expensive.
  3. something very pleasant but not really needed in life.
i made bold the first description as it is much better match to the decor topic.

But khaleeji luxury and european do no look the same. By the way luxury cars that so ktiiiir(many) you can see in UAE are not completely the same, as ordinary Mercedes-Benz that is oriented to european market actually cant manage with the heat of the Emirates unless it is developed.
european luxury basics on the Baroque,Rococo and Renaissance (XV-XVII) styles, here some examples: but Arabian Luxury it is more modern direction that of cause has in its base beauty of arabian palaces of the richest arabian lands like was Babelon (Iraq) back in time of greate counqures and powerful kings. Also modern khaleeji luxury home designs include basics of the european designs as well. Final result we can see on the next pictures of khaleeji luxury interior designs made by the emirates decor luxury:
this design surprised me by expression of dancing khaleeji women, what you think about it?
how to bring some luxury to the home design its entire science . we can buy gorgeous beds and other furniture, but sometimes enough to pay attention on details, and even how you organize them. Colors! and their combination. to look luxury use very dark-deep colors with white and other light tones. black and white, dark read and beige, white-blue-dark blue, or be in one range of color wisely choosing the right combination.this nex two pics from one of Dubai luxory hotels the first pic belong to Prince suit and the second to the king suit,mostly changes made by colors.

and if there is something wooden or stone in the home, then it should look or be in fact kind of the most expensive wood or stone. Anyhow i always tend to do something my own even my designer did a good job. its so called-personalization. by the way it is one of the key-components to the best home interior decoration :1-personalization; 2-comfort; 3-organization. There is one more way to be in the khaleeji home decor theme. I dont know how to describe it i suggest you just to watch it:
so we have such an ordinary square-table that i used for some stuff like night-lamp,fruite-vase and photo-frame. Also bottom of the tabel was a place for wire and other huge nessessary stuff that i could not move away. this table and all the rest furniture is one set that made from very heavy stone and metal (as usually). I like islamic signs (moon and stars) that are on it as decorative elements. so i didn want to change its look until it got massed. this small square table is in room with bordo and beige colors so it gave me chance to think about makeover. .. inspired by mentioned above Kuwaiti serials i took next steps:
prepared it
covered with a big bordo satin cloth 4x4 and pinned in the middle to make nice wavessome sea-stons i decided can make it more interesting and night lamp is very matching

and final look: what you think? i hope you liked it..If you can draw, make paper cases, or sew then its nothing for you to make your own napkin holders or decorative cases. this idea came to me suddenly, when i was looking around my home for some nice box to put a little gift for my friend and after all unlucky trials i decided to make it (the box) by myself. i used plane paper and clue then i painted it and draw some specific arabian patterns. well me and my friend liked it. and what was nice news that she still keeps this box on her mirror-table while she could just thought it away immediately. i designed some more cases for myself or for some other gift events. (my husband was extremely delighted with this idea and even asked me to do some more cases from wood for presents for some members of our family ). and of cause these small details always will bring that theme to your home decor that you can never reach with anything else.