Millennial Gulf

A series reporting on youth-led initiatives in the realms of culture, politics, technology, and entrepreneurship in the Gulf Arab countries. The goal of Millennial Gulf is to elevate the voices of youth in the region and deepen understanding of their concerns and aspirations.

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Revitalizing Yemen’s Ancient Traditions of Coffee Cultivation

Young Yemenis set up coffee startups to bolster Yemen’s agricultural sector, setting the stage for economic recovery and social change.

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Abdullah Al Bahrani: Bringing Economic Education and Financial Literacy to Young Omanis

Through YouTube videos, podcasts, and innovative educational programs, an Omani microeconomist encourages informed discussion about key issues of diversification and youth employment.

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101: Stimulating the UAE’s Grassroots Art Scene

During the coronavirus lockdown, young Emiratis set up a platform to support emerging local artists and engage with a wider audience to inspire curiosity and raise awareness about the local art scene.

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Mudhawi’s List: Advocating for Kuwaiti Women in Politics

Kuwaiti women have played a significant role on the political stage in recent years, but they have yet to reach equal representation in the National Assembly. Mudhawi’s List aims to support women to achieve a more promising future in politics.

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Controlling the Narrative: Censorship Laws in the Gulf

Kuwaiti activism against book censorship yields a partial victory, but expression remains strictly regulated through press and publication laws across the Gulf.

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Women’s Nabati Poetry Captures Hearts

Inspired by love, longing, and the desert environment, female poets have long contributed to Nabati poetry. Now, women are breaking norms, refuting the notion that women and men are on different levels in poetry.

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Mental Health in the Gulf: Reforms and Challenges

While youth-led awareness campaigns and public health education are shifting the landscape of mental health care in the Gulf, sociocultural challenges persist.

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Young Emirati Women Take the Stage in an Experimental Theater Production

“Al Raheel,” a play written by a young Emirati woman, made its world premiere in January in Abu Dhabi. With its all-female Emirati cast, this poetic and innovative production shakes many assumptions about theater and what it means to be a young woman in today’s United Arab Emirates.

Ramadan Adapts to the Pandemic in the Gulf

Gulf countries have celebrated the arrival of the holy month of Ramadan under unprecedented and strict precautionary measures to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus. Yet Gulf citizens are still finding ways to pray communally and sustain community.

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