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Isabel Debre

Isabel Debre is an author at Religion News Service.

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Culture clash? Conservative Qatar preps for World Cup party

By Isabel Debre — November 17, 2022
(AP) — A clash of values has already erupted in Qatar, a conservative Muslim emirate that restricts alcohol, bans drugs and suppresses free speech, as it prepares to welcome possibly rowdy crowds for the first World Cup in the Middle East.

A hajj closer to normal: 1 million Muslims begin pilgrimage

By Isabel Debre and Amr Nabil — July 7, 2022
MECCA, Saudi Arabia (AP) — While this year’s attendance is far below the pre-pandemic influx of 2.5 million pilgrims, it represents a significant step closer to normal after the kingdom restricted the event to a small number of Muslim residents for the past two years.

Now in spotlight, Dubai Jews struggle for public synagogue

By Isabel Debre — May 11, 2022
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Plans to build a permanent sanctuary for Dubai's fast-expanding congregation have sputtered to a standstill, Jewish leaders say.

As Kuwait cracks down, a battle erupts over women’s rights

By Isabel Debre and Malak Harb — February 21, 2022
KUWAIT CITY (AP) — For Kuwaitis, it's an unsettling trend in a country that once prided itself on its progressivism compared to its Gulf Arab neighbors.

Dubai’s Expo opens, bringing first world’s fair to Mideast

By Isabel Debre and Aya Batrawy — October 1, 2021
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — After eight years of planning and billions of dollars in spending, the Middle East’s first world’s fair opened Friday in Dubai, with hopes that the months-long extravaganza will draw both visitors and global attention to this desert-turned-dreamscape. The coronavirus pandemic pushed Expo 2020 back a year and may affect […]
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