All posts by Siobhan Downes

An Emirati woman used an abaya to save a man on fire By Siobhan Downes

The brave 22-year-old has been described as a heroine after coming to a truck driver’s rescue.

This Saudi university is opening a driving school for women By Siobhan Downes

Plans are already in motion to get women behind the wheel in Saudi Arabia.


10 of the best beach clubs and hotel pools in Dubai By Siobhan Downes

Here’s where you can really make a splash.

A long weekend has just been announced in the UAE… By Siobhan Downes

Public and private sector workers will have Thursday off to mark Islamic New Year.

Sheikh Mohammed just opened a centre for youth in Dubai By Siobhan Downes

“The youth of the UAE deserve the best and we expect the best from them.”

This hijabi rugby fan is making headlines in New Zealand By Siobhan Downes

Her unique hijab has caught the rugby-mad nation’s attention.

Gigi and Bella Hadid embraced their Arab roots at New York Fashion Week By Siobhan Downes

The supermodel sisters were the perfect choice for the Arabian Nights-themed Marc Jacobs show.

Muslim women in this country are now free to marry non-Muslim men By Siobhan Downes

This is a big step forward for Muslim women’s rights.

Marks & Spencer has opened a standalone food store in Dubai By Siobhan Downes

This is what biscuit dreams are made of.

Take a peek inside Dubai’s most expensive penthouse By Siobhan Downes

A penthouse on The Palm has just sold for a cool Dhs102 million, becoming the most expensive sold in Dubai this year.

A Muslim woman has been named Singapore’s first female president By Siobhan Downes

She’s a hijab-wearing Muslim Malay by the name of Halimah Yacob.

This UAE minister has made it into the Guinness Book of World Records By Siobhan Downes

Imagine being able to put this on your CV…

Nike’s sports hijab has won a major design award By Siobhan Downes

The Nike Pro Hijab has been named the ‘most important’ design of the year.

Get excited: Carly Rae Jepsen is coming to Dubai By Siobhan Downes

Just when we thought we’d got ‘Call Me Maybe’ out of our heads.