As a child of Syrian immigrants, my passion for the Middle East was sparked in childhood through yearly trips to visit relatives: a time when I got to explore the beauty of my parents’ homeland. I then attended an international high school where I was exposed to many cultures, host students and travel opportunities and this strengthened my commitment to embracing diversity.
After earning a BA in Legal Studies and Political Science, I worked with refugees for three years in Turkey and Jordan as well as took trips to Lebanon, the United Arab Emirates and Kuwait. These experiences made me want to share the beauty of the Middle East and North Africa with others as it is sometimes overshadowed in the media. Upon joining the Audley Team, I spent significant time in Morocco and Oman, where I learned about the local culture, history, cuisines, and people, yet other examples of the diversity that exists throughout the Arab world.
I'll never forget when…
I believe everyone needs to experience Jamaa El Fna Square in Marrakesh at least once in their lifetime. During the daytime, the area looks like a large empty square on the edge of the medina, but every night it comes alive with stalls and lights, pop-up restaurants serving grilled meats and local delicacies, performers, musicians, acrobats, fortune tellers and Berber storytellers. The festival atmosphere and crowds of people gathering to watch performances give off a vibe I’ve never experienced elsewhere in all my travels and reinforced for me why Marrakesh is such a memorable destination.