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Elan is a NY-based digital platform that aims to give voice to remarkable young professionals empowering their communities, enlightening their peers and inspiring those around them from the Middle East. Since its launch in 2008, Elan continues to offer an unprecedented platform that goes beyond the Middle East and South Asia's portrayal in the media and highlight the changemakers that seek to empower the people around them, their countries and the region as a whole. Elan has always covered the MENASA region in a way that has not been done before by focusing on innovation and staying away from divisive political issues that tend to drown out otherwise fascinating stories. Elanthemag.com was founded by Moniza Khokhar and was voted one of the hottest launches of 2008 by min Magazine. Elan is a company of Wahid Media Ventures.

Mission: Elan aims to highlight positive trends developing in the Middle East and South Asia, and bring to light stories that highlight the true innovative and creative spirit of the people within and beyond the region.

The design of this magnificent stadium is inspired by the interplay of light and shadow that characterizes the fanar lan...
12/16/2018
elan | Lusail Stadium: Qatar reveals design for final venue of 2022 World Cup - elan

The design of this magnificent stadium is inspired by the interplay of light and shadow that characterizes the fanar lantern. There are also echoes of the intricate decorative motifs on bowls and other vessels found across the Arab world and in museums and art galleries globally.

http://www.elanthemag.com/lusail-stadium-qatar-reveals-design-for-final-venue-of-2022-world-cup/

#Qatar #Doha #FIFA #WorldCup #RoadTo2022

It was in Lusail where Qatar's founder, Sheikh Jassim bin Mohammed Al Thani, lived in the early 20th century, drawing up the blueprint for

“The Punjab Tourism for Economic Growth Project is based on the government’s agenda and can serve as a platform to m...
12/02/2018
elan | Pakistan Ramps up Tourism Efforts - elan

“The Punjab Tourism for Economic Growth Project is based on the government’s agenda and can serve as a platform to market strategic alliances because they build public-private partnerships,” said Minister for Tourism Raja Yasir Humayun Sarfraz.

http://www.elanthemag.com/pakistan-ramps-up-tourism-efforts/

#Pakistan #Tourism #Punjab

The Punjab Planning and Development Department has set its sights on boosting the tourism sector by strengthening institutional capacity through better

The vision for Education City began with HH Sheikha Moza bint Nasser Chairperson of Qatar Foundation by fulfilling a per...
11/20/2018
elan | A Look into Qatar Foundation’s Education City— A Beacon of Light Located in the Arab World - elan

The vision for Education City began with HH Sheikha Moza bint Nasser Chairperson of Qatar Foundation by fulfilling a personal need of the Sheikha–she simply wanted the best education for her children and thus began the Qatar Academy in Doha, a school that provides Qatar with a high quality bi-lingual education in English and Arabic. Her Highness’ overall mission lead to forming the Qatar Foundation that trains students to become Qatar’s future leaders.

http://www.elanthemag.com/a-look-into-qatar-foundations-education-city-a-beacon-of-light-located-in-the-arab-world/

#Qatar #Doha #Leadership

The moment you enter Education City in Doha it radiates a sense of balance.  The newly constructed sleek buildings blend harmoniously with the natural

Underlining Doha Film Institute’s commitment to support quality film productions, four films in competition are backed...
11/12/2018
elan | 13 Compelling Features to Spark Curiosity and Bridge Cultures at Ajyal Film Festival Competition - elan

Underlining Doha Film Institute’s commitment to support quality film productions, four films in competition are backed by the institute, reinforcing #Qatar’s continued focus on promoting distinctive and compelling narratives of universal resonance. Ajyal Youth Film Festival

http://www.elanthemag.com/13-compelling-features-to-spark-curiosity-and-bridge-cultures-at-ajyal-film-festival-competition/

  An eclectic selection of 13 thought-provoking feature films that present diverse perspectives of life will compete for the top honors at the Ajyal

A onetime #Somali #refugee and the daughter of Palestinian immigrants shared the historic distinction Tuesday of becomin...
11/07/2018

A onetime #Somali #refugee and the daughter of Palestinian immigrants shared the historic distinction Tuesday of becoming the first two #Muslim #women elected to the US #Congress. Congratulations! Rashida Tlaib For Congress Ilhan Omar for Congress

10/14/2018
elan | Palestinian champions ‘drift’ racing for women - elan

“I went for what I want, I didn’t listen to anyone. When I got successful, people started to respect me (and say) ‘wow, she did it!’” added Daoud, who regularly takes part in international competitions.

#Palestine #GirlPower #RaceCarDriver #Women

  Noor Daoud was the only woman to take to the track in Egypt’s Red Sea resort of Sharm Al Shaikh, where the Palestinian racer impressed the crowds

Women supporting women-Hira Batool Rizvi, a young entrepreneur, has taken it upon herself to provide a safe mode of trav...
10/10/2018
elan | Girls gotta ride: ‘A safe carpool service for women by women’ - elan

Women supporting women-Hira Batool Rizvi, a young entrepreneur, has taken it upon herself to provide a safe mode of travel designed to facilitate female mobility. With the launch of SheKab, Rizvi aims to not only provide a safe and reasonably priced transportation service for women but also create employment opportunities for a vast number of individuals.

#Pakistan #PakistaniWomen

As more and more women enter the public and professional spheres across the country, the need for safe modes of transportation for women has become increasingly

Leading up to the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Doha, Qatar, the program presents a golden opportunity for the city.  Startupbo...
10/08/2018
elan | Qatar is leading the world in SportsTech Innovation - elan

Leading up to the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Doha, Qatar, the program presents a golden opportunity for the city. Startupbootcamp is proud to announce the first SportsTech program in partnership with Qatar Development Bank (QDB).

Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy FIFA Qatar

Startupbootcamp is proud to announce the first SportsTech program in partnership with Qatar Development Bank (QDB). The accelerator will be aimed at attracting

The Amaala development would be ‘a natural extension of the Mediterranean Sea, and dubbed the Riviera of the Middle Ea...
10/04/2018
elan | Saudi Arabia plans to build 'Riviera of the Middle East' - elan

The Amaala development would be ‘a natural extension of the Mediterranean Sea, and dubbed the Riviera of the Middle East’, according to the country’s top sovereign wealth fund.

http://www.elanthemag.com/saudi-arabia-plans-build-riviera-middle-east/

#Saudi #SaudiArabia

Saudi Arabia will turn its northwestern Red Sea coast into a luxury tourism resort to rival the French Riviera, its Public Investment Fund (PIF) announced

Spotlighting places, garments, and styles from around the world, the exhibition focuses on clothing that responds to ind...
10/02/2018

Spotlighting places, garments, and styles from around the world, the exhibition focuses on clothing that responds to individual and collective interpretations of modesty. It considers how Muslim women define themselves and are defined by their dress, providing a snapshot of the current moment in Muslim modest fashion.

http://www.elanthemag.com/contemporary-muslim-fashion-exhibition-opens-san-francisco/

Fine Arts Museum Of San Francisco #Muslim #MuslimFashion Halima Aden

Clutching iPhones, their fashionable outfits topped by a hijab and often with children in tow, more and more of the Midd...
09/27/2018
elan | Why Middle East travel deserves a closer look - elan

Clutching iPhones, their fashionable outfits topped by a hijab and often with children in tow, more and more of the Middle East’s female millennials can be spotted exploring the world’s trendiest tourist spots.

http://www.elanthemag.com/middle-east-travel-deserves-closer-look/

As travelers from the region go more international and digital, the opportunities for travel companies, including Amadeus, Booking.com and, yes,

George Lewis "Motorcycle Series"
09/27/2018

George Lewis "Motorcycle Series"

The change is part of the sweeping modernisation drive led by Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman, who wants to offer the c...
09/19/2018
elan | Sweeping changes add ‘fun’ to Saudi life - elan

The change is part of the sweeping modernisation drive led by Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman, who wants to offer the country’s 32 million people something that was never a high priority here: fun.

http://www.elanthemag.com/sweeping-changes-add-fun-saudi-life/

#Saudi #SaudiArabia

On a packed night at Al Comedy Club in the Red Sea port city of Jeddah, as Saudi Arabia was preparing to allow women to drive, a performer asked the women

Byblos, an ancient coastal city has made an ambitious decision to ban single-use plastic bags by the end of 2018. https:...
08/22/2018
elan | Lebanon bans plastic bags usage - elan

Byblos, an ancient coastal city has made an ambitious decision to ban single-use plastic bags by the end of 2018.

https://bit.ly/2nNLcH7

  In Lebanon, an ancient coastal city has made an ambitious decision to ban single-use plastic bags by the end of 2018. The goal is to decrease

Eid Mubarak!
08/21/2018

Eid Mubarak!

Two million Muslims gather in Saudi Arabia this week for the hajj as the annual pilgrimage becomes increasingly high tec...
08/20/2018
elan | Pilgrims descend on Mecca for 'smart hajj' - elan

Two million Muslims gather in Saudi Arabia this week for the hajj as the annual pilgrimage becomes increasingly high tech, with apps to help the faithful navigate Islam’s holiest sites.

https://bit.ly/2vXVcC3

#Hajj #Hajj2018

Two million Muslims gather in Saudi Arabia this week for the haj as the annual pilgrimage becomes increasingly high tech, with apps to help the faithful

By facilitating a dialogue between two different generations of artists, El Beit casts a light on the ongoing impact of ...
02/05/2018
elan | From Palestine with Love - elan

By facilitating a dialogue between two different generations of artists, El Beit casts a light on the ongoing impact of the Palestine-Israel conflict whilst providing an insight into various artistic practices and perspectives in Palestine today. #Palestine #Israel #ConflictResolution #MiddleEast Tabari Artspace

http://bit.ly/2E2QGIK

Tabari Artspace is proud to present El Beit, a collective showing of contemporary and modernist Palestinian artists exploring themes of identity through painting,

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