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Viral photos show Egyptian ballerina performing in downtown Cairo

Wednesday, 21 February 2018

An Egyptian ballerina was spotted performing at the heart of Cairo’s Downtown streets during the late hours of the night, excising her favorite sport in front of the area’s iconic landmarks.Pictures on social media show a headscarf-wearing young woman perform ballet moves on the well-known Qasr El Nil Bridge, in what has been described as “bold” and “brave.”Social media users praised the woman for “challenging any boundaries attempting to prevent her ...

Saudi Arabia set to celebrate Women’s Day with a musical operetta

Wednesday, 21 February 2018

A Saudi musical operetta entitled "Daughters of Salman" with Saudi women musicians will take place at King Fahd Cultural Center in Riyadh to celebrate Woman’s Day. The operetta is set to feature for two days starting Friday March 2nd under the sponsorship of Princess Nora bint Mohammed al- Saoud. The program includes theatrical performances, poetry by the most prominent women poets in the Kingdom, and the presentation of a documentary film that tells the history of Saudi women. ...

How World Hijab Day divided opinion in the West over religious freedoms

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

“Muslim women, along with followers of many other religions, choose to wear the hijab. Many find liberation, respect and security through wearing it.” That was the British Foreign Office’s message to staff as it invited them to try out wearing the headscarf for the day to celebrate World Hijab Day this month. The occasion – that I’d never heard of until this year – was founded by New Yorker Nazma Khan five years ago. Taking place on February 1 each year in 140 ...

Could a plate of couscous warm up ties between North Africa nations?

Tuesday, 13 February 2018

Could a plate of couscous warm up relations between wary North African nations? A drive to win coveted UNESCO status for the dish could at least get them talking around the same table. The hearty meal itself however is a bone of contention between countries that haven’t always got along. Who makes it the best? And given that the fluffy semolina can be topped with everything from fish in Tunisia to camel meat in Libya, what truly makes a couscous a couscous? As with the “hummus ...

A rundown on reasons for rising divorce rate in Saudi Arabia

Saturday, 10 February 2018

More than 53,000 divorces take place in Saudi Arabia every year despite the nationwide awareness campaigns carried out by the government as well as nonprofit organizations against the growing trend. The high rate of divorce has become a destabilizing factor in Saudi society and it obstructs the Kingdom's march to greater progress. Social consultant and researcher Salman Bin Mohammed Al-Amri has expressed his deep concern over the repercussions of the high incidence of divorce in society. ...

Mecca Grand Mosque to have designated areas for worshipers with special needs

Friday, 9 February 2018

The General Presidency for the Affairs of the Two Holy Mosques in Saudi Arabias has set aside special areas in the Grand Mosque in Makkah for use by people with special needs who visit the mosque to perform regular prayers or for other rituals including Haj and Umrah. There are three designated prayer areas for the disabled, one each for people with hearing impairments, the visually challenged and those with physical disabilities. People with physical disabilities will be given access to the ...

GPP Photo Week 2018: ‘We wanted to make it a photography festival’

Thursday, 8 February 2018

The opening ceremony for the region’s longest running photography event, currently in its 14th edition, was held on Tuesday evening in Concrete, Alserkal Avenue in Dubai. The ceremony kicked off GPP Photo Week 2018, a six-day event from Wednesday to Monday (February 7–12) full of photography workshops, talks, exhibitions, and art programming covering a range of skills and techniques related to the medium. “This time we wanted to make it a photography festival. It’s not ...

Annual Janadriya festival showcases best of Saudi heritage, culture

Wednesday, 7 February 2018

Under the patronage of Saudi King Salman, the National Festival of Heritage and Culture has launched its 32nd edition.The event, commonly known as the Janadriya festival, features an annual grand camel race and other activities that aim to preserve and support Saudi Arabia’s rich culture and heritage and display them in a dignified manner so as to foster the cohesion of the people of the Kingdom.The festival has been extended to last three weeks instead of two, as was the case in previous ...

Art Jameel and V&A Museum announce shortlist of artists for Jameel Prize 5

Wednesday, 7 February 2018

The Victoria & Albert Museum (V&A), in partnership with Art Jameel, has announced the shortlist for the Jameel Prize 5, the international prize for contemporary artists and designers inspired by Islamic tradition. Eight finalists have been shortlisted for the Dh 128,000 (£25,000 ) prize, which is awarded every two years. The artists are: Kamrooz Aram, Hayv Kahraman, Hala Kaiksow, Mehdi Moutashar, naqsh collective, Younes Rahmoun, Wardha Shabbir and Marina Tabassum. The shortlist ...

Film festival offers Saudis a glimpse into Asian culture

Tuesday, 6 February 2018

Saudi Arabian audiences get a glimpse into Asian culture and society through the 11th Asian Film Festival that ends on February 11.Eight Asian films are screened in Jeddah with the concluding Japanese film ‘The Survival Family’ directed by Shinobu Yaguchi.“This year’s film festival is launching at an even more meaningful time as the Kingdom anticipates the reopening of cinema in just a few months,” said Acting Consul General of the Republic of Korea in Jeddah H. E. ...

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