VIDEO: Saudi Arabia’s first cinema brand hosts family film festival

Sunday, 21 January 2018

Jeddah – CINEMA 70, Saudi Arabia's first cinema brand, has been presenting a series of international family movies, as cinemas prepare to make a comeback in the kingdom. The six-day family movie festival, organized with the support of General Entertainment Authority, started at the Jeddah Culture and Arts Society on Friday. Organizers said the movies be accompanied by various activities and events. Captain Underpants and The Emoji Movie were the first movies to be screened. Al ...

Q&A with Norwegian artist Fredrik Raddum on art and refugees

Tuesday, 9 January 2018

Norwegian artist Fredrik Raddum has been known to use his figurative sculptures and installation art pieces to evoke and often explore political themes, especially after the refugee and migrant crisis recently. One of Raddum’s sculpture, “Trans ī re”, or “the Passage”, has struck people’s attention and images of it has spread widely throughout the world specially in the Middle East, where the migrant issue has become focal as wars and sectarian conflicts grip ...

Parenting debate: Is there anything wrong with dads bathing their daughters?

Tuesday, 9 January 2018

After a long day in the office, I must admit I love getting home to find my partner and toddler daughter in the bath together. It still amuses me to see this 6”1’ bearded man hunched over in a tub filled with grapefruit-scented bubbles while a three-year-old tyrant splashes him or plays some game that inevitably involves him wincing as she clutches his hairy chest. The last few times I’ve walked in during bath time, he’s been teaching her phonics with rubber bath letters. ...

Children in Portuguese village encouraged to smoke to mark Christian festival

Monday, 8 January 2018

Christian Epiphany celebrations took place around the world on January 6, however in the village of Vale de Salgueiro in Portugal, these celebrations include a strange tradition where parents encourage children as young as five years old to smoke cigarettes.The local centuries-old tradition takes place every year in what is also known as the King’s Feast, where parents are permitted to provide kids with cigarettes even though the country’s legal age to purchase cigarettes is ...

Why did this Egyptian man put his library on the street?

Wednesday, 3 January 2018

Ghareeb al-Sheikh is a 50-year-old Egyptian citizen. He came up with an idea to put a home library in the street and in front of his small kiosk where he offered his books for free borrowing, in order to educate young people and encourage them to read. Ghareeb works as a newspapers salesman in the Dekheila area of Alexandria. He told Al Arabiya that he has a library of about 390 books. After reading most of it, he felt that it should be available to others to benefit from his books and enjoy ...

How Saudi art’s rollercoaster history has mirrored local culture

Tuesday, 2 January 2018

Saudi art is in its modern era, but Saudi artists have never had well-established schools of thought. Dr. Maha Al-Senan, an Art Historian and Associate Professor at Princess Nora bint Abdulrahman University, believes that two Saudi artists have contributed to significant changes between 1980s and 90s. Mohammed AlSaleem, who was inspired by the desert’s horizon, and Abdul Halim Radwi, one of the kingdom's most-respected artists who was inspired by the holy city of Mecca. The story of art ...

The enduring tradition of chess in the Muslim world

Monday, 25 December 2017

The International speed chess tournaments will be held in Saudi Arabia later this month. However, over the years, chess has been a significant part of history throughout the Muslim era. According to history and literature books, chess was very famous among the elites of several Arab and Muslim societies. Princes, caliphs, authors, linguists, poets and doctors mastered that game. Those who were fond of it included founder of the Ayyubid dynasty, Saladin al-Ayoubi, caliphs Harun al-Rashid, ...

Why Muslim influencers are ‘celebrating Christmas too’

Monday, 25 December 2017

Growing up with an English father and Tunisian mother, my family knows a fair amount about embracing more than one culture. Despite my father being a Muslim since marrying my mother, my family still celebrates Christmas every year.As a child, this was often met with either confusion or understanding depending on who I spoke to. I’d like to think that I got the best of both worlds with my parents being from different cultures.My childhood is full of memories of putting up the tree with my ...

WATCH: The tedious valley Prophet Mohammed crossed during his hijrah to Madinah

Sunday, 24 December 2017

Al has been showcasing a series of clips which reflect the valley Prophet Mohammed crossed during his Hijrah from Mecca to Medinah. The video is part of a program aired on Al Arabiya, Aala Khota Al Arab (In the path of Arabs). When standing in the valley, the atmosphere makes it feel as though time has come to an utter stop. Stretching 2720 meters long, the prophet took this tedious route instead of another, known as the Valley of Majah, saving a tiering 6 km journey for cattle and ...

Death threats over a Christmas tree: British boxer Amir Khan faces online wrath

Saturday, 23 December 2017

One thing I really loved about growing up was my mother trying to help me experience as much of the world from our little corner of it in Manchester, UK.If there was a celebration to be had, we’d join in, it didn’t matter if it wasn’t a tradition we observed usually or if it was a religious festival, if we could get involved, we would.That’s why I was surprised and upset to read this week about Olympic boxer and fellow Mancunian Amir Khan being slated for sharing footage ...

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