UAE rejects three transgender Emirati women’s bid for gender status change

Friday, 23 March 2018

Three Emirati women who underwent hormonal and surgical operations in Europe to alter their gender have been denied a bid to legally change their status in the UAE. The request had been turned down by the UAE’s Federal Appeal Court. It was also rejected by a medical committee appointed by the court. According to the women’s lawyer, Ali al-Mansouri, the basis behind opting for a surgical change was not an ‘elective’ one but a ‘corrective’ decision. According to ...

How culture and arts enhance Saudi diplomacy

Thursday, 22 March 2018

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s recent visits to Egypt and Britain were of political, economic and security significance as they addressed matters that are often discussed between governments through the usual official channels, i.e. ministries of foreign affairs, economy, defense and others.What was interesting were the cultural activities that accompanied these visits particularly the activities sponsored by the MiSK Foundation through its several cultural initiatives, visits, ...

Hassan Al Mustafa

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 ...

Saudi artist Saddiek Wassil transforms metal scraps into art

Monday, 5 March 2018

Saudi artist Saddiek Wassil chose the hammer over the paint brush and used it to shape iron into many creative forms. Wassil ’s beginning was in the city of Mecca, where his father used to take him to his mechanic shop and he developed an interest in iron as a material for his sculptures and transferring scrap metal to unique works of art. The choice of work on solid metals, especially iron, is a challenge for the Saudi artist who sought to form models that reflect the cultural features of ...

Reconstruction of Iraq: The menace of Iran and corruption

Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi has called on the international community, especially the Arab world, to help Iraq rebuild what was destroyed by successive wars.Of course, Gulf countries were the early donors, but the mullahs of Iran did not commit to paying a single dollar. I was not surprised by Iran’s reluctance, but had expected it.Iran’s dark shadowIn my opinion, the two most important obstacles impeding the reconstruction of Iraq are financial and administrative corruption ...

Mohammed Al Shaikh

Greetings to the city of Muharraq

Tuesday, 13 February 2018

I regularly receive dozens of invitations to attend conferences, seminars, forums, meetings and exhibitions on a wide range of political, economic, social, intellectual and cultural issues. However, many of such events turn into “duplicated copies”, having same faces and same themes, and some of them are repeated “periodically” in which merely the location of the city or the host country is changed, but the subject and its treatment remain boring and monotonous. This is ...

Hussein Shobokshi

The secret behind popular beliefs

Thursday, 8 February 2018

Popular beliefs are an important part of our behavior and character. They’re deep-rooted and we often use them on a daily basis although they are illogical.We don’t want to eliminate them after we fondly inherited them. This is why many people protect them even though they are irrational. Who hasn’t been to a museum somewhere in the world and saw a painting that reflects a popular belief? Who hasn’t read a popular novel that highlights a culture’s legacy? Or watched ...

Reem Al-Kamali

PHOTOS: India guest of honor at this year’s Janadriya festival

Thursday, 8 February 2018

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman inaugurated the pavilions of MiSK Charity, Ministry of Energy and Industry and Mineral Resources as well as that of India, the guest of honor country, at the Janadriya village near Riyadh on Wednesday evening. Upon arrival at the pavilion of MiSK Charity, the King was received by Secretary General of MiSK Charity Badr Al-Assaker and other officials. King Salman toured the pavilion and was briefed on the pavilion’s interactive platform about ...

Traveling with female friends becoming a trend for Saudi women

Saturday, 3 February 2018

With many changes taking place in the customs and habits of Saudi society, a new trend has appeared, which is grandstanding. People travel abroad with the sole objective of swaggering around snapping selfies simply to show off, even if it is at the expense of essential needs of the individual or family. Young women have become an inseparable part of any family trip nowadays. And often they are the ones who plan, lead and even finance the trip, according to a report published by Al-Riyadh ...

On systematic ignorance during Islamic awakening

Thursday, 1 February 2018

Saudi author Mohammed al-Mahmoud said in a tweet that Saudi Islamic scholar Safar al-Hawali said in a lecture that when poisonous gas was used against the Afghans, it cleared like a cloud and the winds then directed it towards the infidels’ path, adding that the wind was the God’s soldier.Safar al-Hawali was a master of Sahwa (Islamic awakening) as he significantly contributed to establishing it and lecturing about its ideas. I am certain that many people who heard him talk about ...

Mohammed Al Shaikh

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