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Sharjah World Music Festival 2018 begins on Saturday

The fifth edition of the emirate’s highly-anticipated annual music event, the Sharjah World Music Festival (SWMF 2018), begins on Saturday night, with an opening act by one of the finest Flamenco guitarists in the world, Vicente Amigo, at the Flag Island Amphitheatre. This will be accompanied by a free outdoor …

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New world record as Burj Khalifa lights up for 2018

As the clock chimed 12, Burj Khalifa came alive with the most spectacular laser show that triggered a collective gasp from thousands gathered here! It also establish a new Guinness world record for the largest laser light and sound show on one single structure. The world’s tallest tower was bathed …

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Beekeeping tradition gets a buzz in UAE

Beekeeping tradition in the mountains of the UAE is receiving a renewed buzz with the opening of the region’s first queen bee rearing station in Hatta on Wednesday. The 110-square-metre Hatta Honey station was inaugurated on Wednesday by Dr Thani Ahmad Al Zeyoudi, Minister of Climate Change and Environment, coinciding …

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First Judeo-Christian Crusade for Jerusalem

The word Crusade is associated with the European Christians of Middle Ages. The declared purpose of the European  Crusades was to reclaim Jerusalem from Muslims. Currently, a Judeo-Christian Crusade is underway to consolidate the territorial claims of Israel, a state instituted by the European Jews with the support of the …

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Hamdan reviews 2018 plans of Dubai Future Foundation

The plans and strategies of Dubai Future Foundation (DFF) for 2018 have been approved by Shaikh Hamdan Bin Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the foundation. The DFF’s 2018 agenda was approved at a meeting of the foundation’s executive …

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5th Sharjah World Music Festival from January 12 to 19

The fifth edition of the most anticipated annual music event in Sharjah is back to entertain UAE residents beginning January 12 to 19. The Sharjah World Music Festival (SWMF), presented by Sharjah Investment and Development Authority (Shurooq) in a strategic partnership with Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority (SCTDA) and …

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India Fest becomes a confluence of cultures

India Fest, a three-day annual festival, ended in the capital on Saturday night with residents appreciating the opportunity as a rendezvous of Indian expatriates from across the country and their friends of various other communities, including Emiratis. Hundreds of residents attended the eighth edition of the festival at the Indian …

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Battle of Karbalā and Martyrdom of Imam Hussein

WRITTEN BY: The Editors of Encyclopædia Britannica Battle of Karbalāʾ, (October 10, 680 [10th of Muharram, AH 61]), brief military engagement in which a small party led by al-Ḥusayn ibn ʿAlī, grandson of the Prophet Muhammad and son of ʿAlī, the fourth caliph, was defeated and massacred by an army sent by the Umayyad caliph Yazīd I. …

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Mixed marriages and their success formulae

Amanda Fristrom, 28, American married to a Finn     I would describe our family as: ‘globetrotting,’ ‘entrepreneurial,’ and ‘sleep-deprived’.   My children’s unending energy comes from both cultures. From having a Finnish breakfast to an American dinner, the children are balanced in the middle. One of the advantages of …

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Louvre Abu Dhabi acquires ‘Salvatore Mundi’

Abu Dhabi’s Department of Culture and Tourism has announced that it has acquired Leonardo da Vinci’s masterpiece Salvator Mundi (Saviour of the World). The work, hailed as one of the greatest artistic rediscoveries of the last 100 years, will go on display at Louvre Abu Dhabi, alongside another da Vinci …

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ICCROM 30th General Assembly concluded

Press Release: Rome – Italy, 1 December 2017 – The 30th General Assembly of the International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property (ICCROM) was concluded today in Rome, Italy, following three days of panel discussions, presentations and meetings amongst participating delegations of 135 countries of …

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Shaikh Mohammad chairs Cabinet meeting at Louvre Abu Dhabi

His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, yesterday (Monday) chaired an extraordinary UAE Cabinet meeting held at Louvre Abu Dhabi. The meeting coincides with the UAE’s 46th National Day celebrations.     The National Day is an occasion in which …

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ICCROM 30th General Assembly

The 30th General Assembly of the International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property (ICCROM) held from 29 November – 1 December in Rome, will provide a platform to stimulate dialogue on sustainable approaches to the reconstruction of destroyed and damaged historic cities. Delegations of ICCROM’s …

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New attractions galore at Dubai Miracle Garden

Dubai Miracle Garden that reopened last week has a number of exciting attractions including live shows, hammocks and floating beds to offer in its new season. Dubbed the world’s largest natural flower garden, it has almost 50 million plants in 120 flower varieties. The number of flowers this year has …

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Sharjah book fair attracts record 2.38m visitors

The Sharjah International Book Fair (SIBF) concluded on a record-breaking note on Saturday, with book sales exceeding Dh206 million. The 36th edition of the world’s third-largest book fair also attracted 2.38 million visitors over its 11-day run at Expo Centre Sharjah. The figure is higher than the 2.31 million visitors …

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Louvre Abu Dhabi opens to public

See for yourself the interconnectedness of humanity, rich cultural and historical offerings and the dialogue of civilisations through art — right here in the UAE. The iconic Louvre Abu Dhabi museum on Saadiyat Island opens its doors to the public today, November 11, 2017 — with 1,000 extra tickets released …

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French minister on Macron’s UAE visit

The upcoming visit of French President Emmanuel Macron for the grand opening of Louvre Abu Dhabi on November 11 demonstrates the advanced level reached by the UAE-France strategic relations in cultural and educational fields, said Jean-Michel Blanquer, the French Minister of National Education. ”The distinct bilateral ties, close co-ordination in …

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Authors promote empathy through creativity

Turkish novelist Burhan Sonmez was left for dead by his attackers in 1996, but he survived and after more than a decade recuperating in the United Kingdom, he returned to his motherland as a successful writer, channeling his experience and anger into creativity. What he couldn’t achieve as a human …

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Legendary quiz master quizzed

Teen school students had a vibrant, brain stimulating treat listening to legendary quiz master Derek O’Brien at the Sharjah International Book Fair (SIBF). O’Brien known widely for hosting India’s longest running quiz show, ‘The Bournvita Quiz contest’ enthralled the audience with his witty repartee and sound words of wisdom. O’Brien …

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A new milestone in UK-UAE literary partnership

A new page is turning in the long-standing literary relationship between the United Kingdom and the UAE, said UK publishers attending the Sharjah International Book Fair (SIBF) on Thursday. As the inaugural Guest of Honour at this year’s book fair, members of a UK trade mission team attending the book …

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