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Aswat: Voices of Arabia

Jan 26, 2019

Saudi Arabia has a huge cat population. Many of them are strays. There are so many, in fact, that they are regarded as pests by many people.

One woman in Jeddah doesn't share this view. She's opened up her home and her heart to these animals. She has over 300 cats living with her and she feeds hundreds of street...


Jan 8, 2019

With just one deep breath Mariam Shalan can reach depths of 50m. At only 17 years old, she holds the Egyptian National Record for 50m free diving in the category Constant Weight, and is the youngest professional female free diver in Saudi Arabia. 

Free diving is quite technical. Terms such as breathe up, lung packing...


Jan 2, 2019

Open Paws is a dog rescue centre in Jeddah. Dogs have had a bad reputation as being dirty and dangerous so it's quite unusual to see or hear a dog in this region. 

But this seems to be changing. However, the number of abandoned, lost or unwanted dogs is increasing. Open Paws is doing an amazing job helping these...


Dec 15, 2018

Open Paws Jeddah is a rescue centre for dogs. In this region, dogs have had a bad reputation of being dirty and dangerous, so its quite unusual to hear or even see a dog. But this seems to be changing. However, the number of abandoned, lost or unwanted dogs is increasing. Open Paws is doing an amazing job in helping...


Nov 29, 2018

Susie met Adnan in 1977, while they were both students at The University of Arizona. She's American and he's Saudi.

They fell in love.

After a long courtship, they married in 1990 and lived in America for 30 years.

Then, in 2007, they moved to Saudi Arabia.

Susie tells her story and how blogging about her experiences...