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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.

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,

“Female athletes are finally getting the credit they deserve. The world is more open to that, and in terms of how the ...
10/16/2017
elan | WWE signs first woman wrestler from Arab world in global push - elan

“Female athletes are finally getting the credit they deserve. The world is more open to that, and in terms of how the region will react to it, I‘m hoping its going to be very positive,” said Bseiso. #Jordan #FemaleAthletes #GirlPower WWE

http://bit.ly/2xIJMoN

World Wrestling Entertainment Inc. signed its first female performer from the Arab world on Sunday, smashing cultural taboos as the U.S.-based pageant seeks

The King of Saudi Arabia has issued a decree allowing women to drive, state media has said.  Congratulations to Saudi wo...
09/26/2017

The King of Saudi Arabia has issued a decree allowing women to drive, state media has said. Congratulations to Saudi women. A long, hard battle has been won! #SaudiWomen #SaudiArabia #SaudiDriving

Wishing you and your loved ones a blessed Eid Al-Adha!  #EidMubarak #Eid2017
09/01/2017

Wishing you and your loved ones a blessed Eid Al-Adha! #EidMubarak #Eid2017

“The Railway Corp. seeks to play its role in realizing Vision 2030 by harnessing its energies to serve pilgrims and gu...
07/24/2017
elan | Haramain high-speed train arrives in Jeddah for first time - elan

“The Railway Corp. seeks to play its role in realizing Vision 2030 by harnessing its energies to serve pilgrims and guests through the Haramain train project, linking Makkah and Madinah through Jeddah, King Abdul Aziz International Airport and KAEC in Rabigh,” said Rumaih bin Mohammed Al-Rumaih, chairman of the Public Transport Authority (PTA). #Saudi #SaudiArabia

http://bit.ly/2tmsKGP

The Haramain Express Train has arrived at Jeddah station for the first time after operational tests of the Saudi high-speed train system. To read more,

“Sports is empowerment,” said Lina Almaeena, a member of the advisory Shura Council who founded the kingdom’s firs...
07/20/2017
elan | Saudi Arabia to introduce physical education for schoolgirls - elan

“Sports is empowerment,” said Lina Almaeena, a member of the advisory Shura Council who founded the kingdom’s first female sports club, basketball team Jeddah United. “It’s a historic announcement.” #Saudi #SaudiArabia #Women #Empowerment

http://bit.ly/2tUtNPr

Saudi public schools will begin offering physical education for girls in the coming academic year, the education ministry announced on Tuesday, in a long-awaited

"Women are suffering here [Kabul] a lot," she added. "I am very fortunate to have had the opportunity to be educated, to...
07/18/2017
elan | This Afghan Refugee Is About to Become the Youngest Female Pilot to Fly Around the World - elan

"Women are suffering here [Kabul] a lot," she added. "I am very fortunate to have had the opportunity to be educated, to find something that I love...I want to do something to give back to these women,” Waiz says. #Kabul #Afghanistan

http://bit.ly/2tbtKBt

Shaesta Waiz’s life began in a refugee camp in Kabul, Afghanistan as her family was fleeing the Soviet-Afghan war. Now, 29 years later, Waiz has returned

Traditional Arts School in Karachi will offer courses taught by experts in traditional Islamic geometry, ceramics, texti...
07/17/2017
elan | Prince Charles launches arts education project for Pakistan - elan

Traditional Arts School in Karachi will offer courses taught by experts in traditional Islamic geometry, ceramics, textiles, woodworking, painting and manuscript illumination; students will learn how to use and master traditional materials and methods and courses will be structured to suit all levels of skill and experience. British Monarchist Society & Foundation

http://bit.ly/2tn3XkX

His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales has launched an arts educational program in Karachi which will help Pakistani students learn about traditional arts

Here, empires were won and religious wars fought. Now, thanks to the brand new 400-mile Jordan Trail, you too can travel...
07/14/2017
elan | Introducing the Jordan Trail - elan

Here, empires were won and religious wars fought. Now, thanks to the brand new 400-mile Jordan Trail, you too can travel on foot across this fabled terrain. #Jordan #Travel

http://bit.ly/2sVLz2h

Thousands of years ago, Jordan was the center of the King’s Highway, the historic Iron Age trade route stretching from Egypt to Damascus. During the first

To campaign against the obligatory wearing of headscarves – or hijabs – Alinejad last month encouraged women to take...
07/13/2017
elan | How #whitewednesdays aims to give Iranian women a voice - elan

To campaign against the obligatory wearing of headscarves – or hijabs – Alinejad last month encouraged women to take videos or photos of themselves wearing white and upload them on social media with the hashtag #whitewednesdays. #Iran

http://bit.ly/2uT4dt6

Before she begins her Wednesday morning, Iranian activist Masih Alinejad spends hours sifting through scores of videos and photos sent to her of women in

The University of #Mosul, which was founded in 1967, the central library at the university contained hundreds of thousan...
07/12/2017
elan | This Man Is Trying To Rebuild A Library Burned Down By ISIS - elan

The University of #Mosul, which was founded in 1967, the central library at the university contained hundreds of thousands of books in #Arabic and #English, historic maps and periodicals from the #Ottoman era, and ancient #Islamic manuscripts, including a ninth-century #Qur'an. #Iraq

http://bit.ly/2tqbmDv

When ISIS took control of Mosul and declared its caliphate in 2014, militants ransacked the city's university then burned down its library, destroying hundreds

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