France’s Ritz hotel smashes record with furniture sell-off

Tuesday, 24 April 2018

Luxury furniture auctioned off by the legendary Ritz hotel in Paris sold for 7.3 million euros ($9 million), a world record in the industry, auction house Artcurial said Saturday.The Paris hotel, home for a while to Ernest Hemingway, Marcel Proust and Coco Chanel, sold off all 10,000 pieces of furniture and decor.They included stools from the Hemingway Bar, a 19th-century bathtub, and sofas and a harp from the Proust Lounge.The Ritz sale outperformed other hotels around the world, the auction ...

PHOTOS: Gravity-defying sculptures on Scottish beach for stone stacking contest

Monday, 23 April 2018

Sculpture artists gathered in Scotland on Sunday to compete for the weighty title of champion stone stacker, in a quirky competition launched last year. More than 30 participants from America, Spain, Italy and from around Britain converged on Dunbar, near Edinburgh, for only the second European Stone Stacking Championships. Competitors must create the most complex and gravity-defying artistic sculptures from rocks and pebbles gathered on the town’s Eye Cave Beach. “(It’s) the ...

EXCLUSIVE: Jack Lang recalls the ‘great joy’ of the Paris student uprising

Friday, 20 April 2018

“I was preparing to appear in a French national level competitive examination to become a Lecturer in Law in 1968 when the student revolution happened in Paris. I was active and got caught up in that.” “It was a period of great joy,” says Jack Lang, France’s longest-running Minister of Culture and later Minister of Education, to Al Arabiya English. In the Arab world, Lang is a familiar personality as former minister of Culture and President of the Paris-based Arab ...

VIDEO: Meet the Indian artist who creates portraits using human hair

Wednesday, 18 April 2018

A young Indian has come up with a unique raw material to make pieces of art – the human hair. Twenty-three-year-old Midhun RR is an architecture student in south Indian state of Kerala. He has done portraits of Mahatma Gandhi and cricketer Sachin Tendulkar. According to him, hair is not an easy medium to work with and the process needs patience and precision. Chemical treatment Midhun cuts the strands into required lengths and then treats them chemically. He started doing hair art a year ...

WATCH: Learning computer programming, with no teachers and no tuition

Saturday, 14 April 2018

Aspiring software engineers Kevin Yook and Becky Chen are hunched over a computer screen, fervently discussing lines of code indecipherable to the average person. The pair of twenty-somethings are students at the Holberton School in San Francisco, founded two years ago by French software engineers and poised to graduate its first class. The goal: to level the playing field when it comes to access to the high-paying computer engineering jobs in Silicon Valley's tech industry. The method: ...

How the famous French Champs-Élysées avenue has a Saudi touch

Wednesday, 11 April 2018

The tie between the ever-famous Champs-Élysées avenue in France and Saudi Arabia dates back to more than quarter of a century ago. In a recent interview with Sultan Shawli, the Saudi undersecretary of the Ministry of Energy and Industry for Mineral Wealth, he revealed to Al that some parts of the avenue have been tiled with Saudi granite of the Brown Najran type. Shawli explained that this type of granite has been extracted from the ministry’s mining site reserve ...

Abu Dhabi University launches Happiness course as part of UAE’s positivity drive

Tuesday, 10 April 2018

As part of its Public Health program, the UAE's Abu Dhabi University (ADU) is introducing its first happiness course as one of the core requirements to complete the program. The course will be taught across campuses in Abu Dhabi and Al Ain. The course is set to focus on defining happiness, positive psychology as well as practice and application, reported Gulf News. The course entitled “The Introduction to Happiness and Positive Psychology” will highlight the optimistic side of human ...

Decades-old Parrotfish festival brings locals, tourists to Saudi Arabia’s Jazan

Saturday, 7 April 2018

The annual Parrotfish fishing festival has kicked off in the Farasan Island of Saudi Arabia in southwestern region of Jazan. The Hareed Festival has become a key tourist festival in the region the brings together both locals and tourists to the region every year. Hareed (Arabic for Parrotfish) is a delicious type of fish, which is also called “sea parrot” by locals for its considerable facial similarities to the parrot. This type of fish comes into the shallow parts of the coast and ...

Three Saudi women appointed in newly formed General Authority for Culture

Friday, 6 April 2018

Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Culture and Information, Dr. Awwad bin Saleh Al-Awwad, has appointed a new board of directors for the kingdom’s General Authority for Culture which handles and oversees all the cultural activities in the country. Among those appointed were three women, two of which are theater and film directors. The first is Mona Khazindar who is a prominent figure in Saudi Arabia’s art scene. She is the first woman and first Saudi ever to be appointed as director ...

Egypt charges 72 for looting, turning archaeological site into parking lot

Wednesday, 4 April 2018

The Administrative Prosecution court in Egypt has ordered that 72 employees from the archeological sector and a number of security officials in Menoufia governorate to be tried on charges of theft of antiquities and turning the location into a parking lot. Counselor Mohammed Samir, spokesman for the Administrative Prosecution, said that the persons responsible for the looting are the former director of the archaeological site in the city of Qweisna, the current director of Kafr El-Sheikh Museum ...

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