In This Issue
This issue’s theme of Sekka discusses identity.“Where are you from?” is perhaps one of the first questions any of us are asked in a conversation, and as simple as the question may seem, many people around the globe are finding it difficult to define home and feel belonging.
Letter from the Editors
Third culture: From personal experience to a fashion brand
Meet this third culture kid.
Sekka Podcast: What it means to be a “fake Emirati”
A chat with Emirati author Roudha Al Marri.
Arts and Culture
Neo-Bedouins and the search for home
‘The question of “home,” and where home is, is often a complicated question.’
In focus: The Westerners of Arabia
The tales of an American, a Brit and a British-American who found home in the Gulf Region.
7 great things about being a Gulf Arab
A listicle to help overcome the misconceptions about Khaleejis.
Our readers reveal how they were bullied
“Bullying really affects you…really badly.”
Too Western for the East, too Eastern for the West
A photo story that captures the feeling experienced by many.
I felt like I wasn’t Arab or Muslim enough
“I’d never been confronted by my identity that way before.”
How living abroad brought me closer to my national identity
Living overseas reaffirmed my belief that being an Emirati is wonderful.
You can’t sit with us: Prejudice and “othering” between Khaleejis
An examination of the divides between “typical Khaleejis” and “Khaleeji cultural elites.”
What it means to be a “chicken nugget”
Yes, you read that right!
“I was born inside you, but now I long for you.”
The day I was called out for wearing an “abaya”
How was I going to convince them that I wasn’t oppressed?
Poem: The shapeshifter
“I wear a mask that’s invisible…I wear it so I’m beautiful.”
In photos: Oman’s colorful lakes
Find out what gives these lakes their colors.
A love letter to Oman’s mountains
“I could never decide whether they looked their most beautiful during dawn or sunrise.”