|Links to the Middle East
websites relating to:
Belly Dance, costumes, Middle Eastern dance, Middle Eastern culture / music / customs / traditions
Local (San Diego) ethnic restaurants, cafes and hookah lounges
Are you looking for something specific, but can't find it here? Email Marianna
Music - Some of these sites are only in Arabic. Free downloads or music
purchase: Arabic pop music, remix of the classics, orchestrated belly dance
music, also Persian, Turkish, Armenian, Khaleegi, fusion, and North African.
Amazon You can purchase individual tracks (as low as $.89) as well as entire
allbums, and listen to smaples before you buy.
Maqam - you can listen to sound samples of cds.
Oghnia.com - also lyrics and articles
Iranian Music - a very large selection
Live 365 - free, online live radio. Put in keywords such
as Arabic music, Turkish, etc. and you can listen to music 24/7.
Bollywood Entertainment - Enjoy Bolywood entertainment and shows at
Arabic music lyrics: websites with lyrics of famous Arabic or Turkish songs.
Oriental dancer - lyrics from Abdel Halim, Warda,
Kazem El Saher, Feirouz, Nawal Al Zoughby, Amr Diab, etc.
Sirkka - a few popular songs by Amr Diab, Tarkan, Shakira, Khaled, etc. Songs
are shown with Arabic or Turkish transliteration and translation to English
Bellydance downloads: a website created by a belly dancer - suggestions of
songs to use in performances with links to where they are found on the internet.
A very useful site!
Cultural information -
Near East, Middle East and the Balkans
Umm Kalthoum - The life story of the most famous and important figure in Arabic music.
Feirouz - the most beloved and known Lebanese singer
Feirouz - song lyrics translated to English
Farid Al Atrache
Abdel Halim - a voice to die for: another one of the most famous and loved actor and
Abdel Halim - song lyrics translated to English, some is also in fonetic Arabic
Warda - song lyrics translated to English
Mohammed Abdel Wahab - one of the greatest composer of times
Kazem El Saher - song lyrics translated to English - a very famous Iraqi singer
Chaldeans - who are they?
History/Origins of Chaldeans - this might take a while to load but it's worth it
Assyrians - who are they?
Assyrians - history, news, facts
Assyrians - a brief, but detailed description
Persians - who are they?
Iran - CIA Fact book
Egy.Com - historical, local,cultural information
Egypt - CIA Factbook
Lebanon - CIA Factbook
Iraq - CIA Factbook
Syria - CIA Factbook
Morocco - CIA Factbook
Greece - CIA Factbook
Greek Dance - history and description of Greek dances
Greek Mythology - Greek Gods,Goddesses, Titans, Muses...
Turkey - CIA Factbook
Turkey.Com - useful links for visiting Turkey
Turkishmusic.org - a very large selection of Turkish classical,
pop, and folk music, poetry and information in depth or origin
and history of Turkish music
On line magazines
Supplies (costumes, props, etc)
Costumes By Marianna - special order anything your heart desires - skirts, pants, veils,
special double veils, full costumes (beaded, Egyptian or Turkish style), alterations, etc.
Dahlal - Inexpensive, high end and designer costumes such as Madame Abla,
Audrena - Pharaonics of Egypt designer costumes
Topkapi - inexpensive / high end Turkish costumes
Saroyan Mastercrafts - zills, swords and coins
Bellydancestore Inexpensive- expensive Egyptian costumes, well known and unknown
designers. From $150 - $1500
Miss Bellydance Inexpensive costumes, perfect for students with low budget.
Cairo Couture - costumes from Egypt, via San Francisco
King of the Nile
Other websites -They offer an abundance of information regarding the
dance, its history and lots of links. These belly dancers went out of their
way to create such wonderful sites.
Morocco - a highly regarded scholar who has done extensive research on the
origins of oriental dance and has worked to retain this art in its original form.
hastánc.lap.hu (in Hungarian)
Bhuz.com - the most popular belly dance forum in the US. talk to bellydancers
about music, dance, history, costum, teaching, learning,... anything!
Belly dance Organizations (locally in San Diego and Nationwide)
Sameda - In San Diego
Mecda - In Los Angeles
Online belly dance magazines
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Local Ethnic Restaurants / Cafes
(San Diego restaurants / hookah lounges: some feature belly dance shows)
Ali Baba (Middle Eastern)
421 E. Main Street
El Cajon Ca 92021
Alborz Restaurant (Persian)
2672 Del Mar Heights Road
Armenian Café (Armenian / Greek)
3126 Carlsbad Blvd.
Cafe Europe (Cafe / Hookah lounge)
6168 El Cajon Blvd
San Diego Ca 92115
El Cajon Blvd
San Diego Ca 92115
Greek Town Buffet (Greek)
345 W. Main Street
El Cajon Ca
Greek Palace (Greek)
8878 Clairemont Mesa Blvd.
Greek Village (Greek)
6030 Paseo Del Norte
Kolbeh's Persian Restaurant (Persian)
9514 Miramar Road
634 Pearl Street
Royal Palace (Middle Eastern)
El Cajon, CA 92021
Sadaf Persian Restaurant
828 5th Ave
San Diego Ca 92101
Sahara Family Restaurant (Middle Eastern)
2990 Jamacha Road, Suite 120
El Cajon, CA 92019
Sapphire Hookah Lounge (hookahs, restaurant, nightclub)
8076 Bonita Road
Zorba’s Restaurant (Greek)
Zodiak Hookah Lounge (hookahs)
6455 El Cajon Blvd.
San Diego, CA 92115