Dubai ruler’s Rolex watch sold in competitive auction for $130,000

Saturday, 24 March 2018

An auction organized by Christie’s Auction House witnessed a competitive bid on a Rolex watch which was designed and made for Dubai Ruler and Vice President of the UAE, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum. The auction was held at Jumeirah Emirates Towers on Friday. The watch, made from rare stainless steel, was sold for $130,000, which equates to Dhs 466,360, reported The National. Another watch which was in competition with the Rolex make, was one belonging to Egypt’s late King ...

Kebabs, casseroles and ‘feteer:’ Street food in Cairo’s Bab al-Shariya

Saturday, 24 March 2018

The street food market in Cairo keeps fluctuating according to a number of circumstances. It was, for example, definitely affected for a while by the opening in the past few years of several “chic” joints in upscale neighborhoods and which drew middle class youths away from authentic restaurants in the heart of the old town. This, however, did not last for long. Soon, the exotic aura of the new places soon dissipated as the old ones proved irreplaceable in terms of both variety and ...

Hollywood heartthrob Chris Evans may not return as Captain America

Friday, 23 March 2018

The actor who plays Captain America may be ready to hang up his shield.Chris Evans tells The New York Times he has no plans to return to the Marvel movie franchise after reshoots of the fourth “Avengers” movie later this year. Evans says “you want to get off the train before they push you off.”The movie has yet to be titled and is expected to be released in 2019. Evans has played the role since “Captain America: The First Avenger” in 2011.The actor is making ...

Located between Croatia and Serbia, will Liberland be recognized as a ‘country’?

Thursday, 22 March 2018

“Free Republic of Liberland is a sovereign state located between Croatia and Serbia on the west bank of the Danube river.” That is how its official page on the web describes the Liberland, a three-square-mile patch of land that is the product of a border dispute. According to this webpage, the nearest towns are Zmajevac (Croatia) and Bački Monoštor (Autonomous Province of Vojvodina, Serbia) and on some maps, this area is referred to as “Gornja Siga”. Formed on 13 ...

Art Dubai 2018 opening sees major tie-ups with Misk, Jameel Art Center

Thursday, 22 March 2018

This year’s edition of Art Dubai has seen major tie-ups with Saudi arts institutions, thereby adding strength and depth to the contemporary art movement in the Gulf. Misk Art Institute, operating under the auspices of the Misk Foundation, established by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, announced a partnership with Art Dubai that will materialize through exhibitions and talks documenting and celebrating modern and contemporary art of the Arab world. Misk Art Institute is the ...

Claudia Cardinale stars as Tunisia opens city of culture

Thursday, 22 March 2018

Claudia Cardinale, the Tunis-born Italian movie star, was the guest of honor on Wednesday as Tunisia inaugurated a long-awaited complex to showcase its cultural wealth. The richly equipped City of Culture complex, launched a decade ago but long stalled, incorporates a modern art museum, a 1,800-seat opera, two theatres, a cinema, library and studios to host festivals. “Every Tunisian should be proud of this project, culture is the main tool with which we will fight terrorism,” ...

Misk Art Institute holds events in Washington celebrating Saudi contemporary art

Wednesday, 21 March 2018

The recently-established Misk Art Institute announced that it is presenting a program of Saudi art, music and discussion in Washington D.C. on the occasion of the visit of Saudi Crown Prince’s to the United States.The Institute, part of the Misk Foundation, the non-profit foundation established by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to empower Saudi youth, has organized two events in the city in collaboration with the Middle East Institute’s Arts and Culture program. The first ...

How Peter Rabbit allowed James Corden to reconnect with the home he left behind

Wednesday, 21 March 2018

I’m sitting in a hotel room in London and James Corden is holding my foot. “That is a good Jordan.” He looks at me, ready for me to banter back, but, as no one has ever grabbed my foot in an interview before, I’m a bit too shocked to come up with anything. “Yeah,” I say. “You’re aware of it. I want you to know that I know you’ve pulled some kind of incredible baller move with these flights and it’s made me feel inadequate.” &ldquo ...

Saudi Arabia Culture Authority to launch first film council

Wednesday, 21 March 2018

The Saudi General Authority for Culture (GAC) announced on Tuesday the creation of Saudi Film Council. Ahmed al-Mazeed, CEO of the authority, said that the launching of the council is a first step in supporting the film and creative content sector in Saudi Arabia as one of the five main sectors supported by GAC. He said that the move will be instrumental in accelerating the economic growth and development in general and promoting the Kingdom’s history and culture in particular in line with ...

Cirque du Soleil Artist dies after falling during performance

Tuesday, 20 March 2018

It was supposed to be a regular day at work for Yann Arnaud, but the performer fell during an acrobatic performance in Tampa Florida last Saturday. The entertaining Cirque du Soleil show came to a tragic ending after Arnaud fell and later passed away at the hospital, according to a statement released to the American media on Monday. In their official statement, Cirque du Soleil expressed their grief and mourned the loss of Arnaud saying: “We, as a family are all shocked and shaken by this ...

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