Man with Saudi roots who changed the history of Indian theater

Wednesday, 29 November 2017

India has been a trading hub and a crossroads of cultures since time immemorial. The country has had commercial and cultural relations with Gulf countries, the Arabian Peninsula in particular and the Arab world in general. As a result, Arab traders turned to India for commercial activities and the people of Najd sent their children to India in the past centuries. During the influx of traders from the Arabian Gulf, some merchants from Najd and Hejaz settled down in the towns of Surat and Mumbai ...

Here’s how entertainment landscape is changing in Saudi Arabia

Thursday, 16 November 2017

Leaders of entertainment giants are here discussing innovations and experience in cinema. A panel session at the Misk Global Forum discussed how the landscape of entertainment is changing. Adam Aron from AMC Entertainment, the largest movie theatre chain in the world, said he was impressed with the new leadership’s direction in modernization and progress and that “Saudi youth have a very bright future ahead of them.” Commenting on the cinema ban in Saudi Arabia, he told Saudi ...

PHOTOS: Art project transforms historic Indian fishing dock

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Indian fishermen unload their morning catch as sari-clad women carrying buckets on their heads walk past street art that has transformed one of Mumbai’s oldest fishing docks into an exhibition space.Thirty artists from around the world have given the bustling 142-year-old Sassoon Dock, home to Mumbai’s traditional Koli fishing community, a colorful makeover as part of the St+art Urban Art Festival.“The artworks range from mixed media to graffiti to street-art styles to ...

The impressive and amazing Louvre Abu Dhabi

Friday, 10 November 2017

On Wednesday evening, officials unveiled Louvre Abu Dhabi in the luxurious capital of the UAE. It’s a huge cultural “commercial” project that took a decade to accomplish as they’ve been working on it ever since the agreement between Abu Dhabi and Paris in 2007. French experts who are well-known for their skills in establishing museums are behind this great museum which decorated Saadiyat in Abu Dhabi. It’s a message of tolerance, diversity and openness in a world ...

Mashari Althaydi

Five things you need to check out at Louvre Abu Dhabi

Friday, 10 November 2017

It’s easily the most significant arts and culture opening of the region, creating global buzz. The Louvre Abu Dhabi, which officially opens to the public on November 11 has been ten years in the making, but has it been worth the wait? The short answer is, yes! Described as a ‘new world museum of the 21st century’, Louvre Abu Dhabi aims to redefine the traditional museum experience by deconstructing traditional perspectives of art history, and building a narrative that finds ...

Sharjah Book Fair and Louvre Abu Dhabi

Thursday, 9 November 2017

The Sharjah International Book Fair and the inauguration of the Louvre Abu Dhabi have thrilled us in the UAE. The Book Fair displays publications, which delve into the details of those who are flawed. It gives them wings and allows them to fly toward the sun.The exhibition is thus a real place for creative men who are fond of words. Meanwhile, the Louvre museum brought us the most significant works of art and historical artifacts from the Louvre in Paris.In order to live, books and art are as ...

Reem Al-Kamali

The American woman who crossed cultural barriers in Saudi Arabia decades ago

Thursday, 9 November 2017

Around four decades ago, American daily The Ames Tribune published a story entitled “She crossed cultural barriers in Saudi Arabia” to narrate the story of an American woman named Claudia Crawford who had to move to Riyadh with her husband. The daily also published a photo of Crawford as she sat with antique sellers in Suk Al Zell in Riyadh. The photo was published on May 31, 1974. The piece featured excerpts from Crawford’s dairies and explained that she moved to Riyadh ...

The literature of confession

Thursday, 5 October 2017

The most difficult thing a novelist can do is sit before people to testify as this act reveals the literary journey, which turned him into an author. The gathering will thus resemble a sad adventure on a beautiful and hospitable stage. His confession helps people understand the extent of his depth or simplicity.It is through this confession he answers if he relied on experience or impulse. Did he become a writer due to a legacy he inherited or was it all just an adventure? He will reveal his ...

Reem Al-Kamali

Except the land of the Two Holy Mosques

Monday, 2 October 2017

The land of Hejaz and Najd, the Arabian Peninsula, the country of the Two Holy Mosques and the peninsula of Islam are some of the names used to describe the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. I will not comment on why these names are used to address Saudi Arabia as the country has the Two Holy Mosques and it does constitute “most” of the Arabian Peninsula, and yes it is Hejaz and Najd. Now that news from Saudi Arabia make headlines across global television channels, media outlets, talk shows ...

Mashari Althaydi

As languages vanish, can cultures be far behind?

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

This may sound Greek or Latin to some, but it is a fact that in just the last three generations more than 200 languages have become extinct around the world. About half of around 6,000 languages spoken today are in danger of disappearing and even a simple Google search will tell you that one language dies every two weeks. We are not hitting the panic button yet, however, as this phenomenon seems to be unfolding in far-flung areas and not exactly in our vicinity. It could also be because we have ...

Ehtesham Shahid

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