Marathoner Sarah Attar has inspired other women in Saudi Arabia to take up running as a serious sport.
With Kuwait banned by the IOC, Faye Sultan will participate alongside other displaced athletes at the Rio Games.
Kuwaiti artist Shurooq Amin has returned home four years after a ban on a previous show labelled as “anti-Islamic”.
For Egyptian political satirist Bassem Youssef, deflecting hecklers is part of his routine.
The annual festival, built around an ethos of sustainability, was founded by Kuwaiti recording artist Zahed Sultan.
Two recent festivals granted valuable exposure to Arab film-makers, delving into issues of migration, exile and gender.
Prized works by new and old sell for record sums at recent Christie’s and Sotheby’s auctions in the UK.
Historic UK studio used by Bob Marley, Led Zeppelin and Bono is being torn down and turned into luxury flats.
Hollywood stereotypes tend to portray Middle Eastern characters in negative light.
Two contrasting films from the Arab world – an eye-opening documentary about teenage street life in Cairo and the first ever Saudi Arabian feature film – have tackled controversy at the Cannes Film Festival.