Kebabs, casseroles and ‘feteer:’ Street food in Cairo’s Bab al-Shariya

Saturday, 24 March 2018

The street food market in Cairo keeps fluctuating according to a number of circumstances. It was, for example, definitely affected for a while by the opening in the past few years of several “chic” joints in upscale neighborhoods and which drew middle class youths away from authentic restaurants in the heart of the old town. This, however, did not last for long. Soon, the exotic aura of the new places soon dissipated as the old ones proved irreplaceable in terms of both variety and ...

Art Dubai 2018 opening sees major tie-ups with Misk, Jameel Art Center

Thursday, 22 March 2018

This year’s edition of Art Dubai has seen major tie-ups with Saudi arts institutions, thereby adding strength and depth to the contemporary art movement in the Gulf. Misk Art Institute, operating under the auspices of the Misk Foundation, established by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, announced a partnership with Art Dubai that will materialize through exhibitions and talks documenting and celebrating modern and contemporary art of the Arab world. Misk Art Institute is the ...

Claudia Cardinale stars as Tunisia opens city of culture

Thursday, 22 March 2018

Claudia Cardinale, the Tunis-born Italian movie star, was the guest of honor on Wednesday as Tunisia inaugurated a long-awaited complex to showcase its cultural wealth. The richly equipped City of Culture complex, launched a decade ago but long stalled, incorporates a modern art museum, a 1,800-seat opera, two theatres, a cinema, library and studios to host festivals. “Every Tunisian should be proud of this project, culture is the main tool with which we will fight terrorism,” ...

Misk Art Institute holds events in Washington celebrating Saudi contemporary art

Wednesday, 21 March 2018

The recently-established Misk Art Institute announced that it is presenting a program of Saudi art, music and discussion in Washington D.C. on the occasion of the visit of Saudi Crown Prince’s to the United States.The Institute, part of the Misk Foundation, the non-profit foundation established by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to empower Saudi youth, has organized two events in the city in collaboration with the Middle East Institute’s Arts and Culture program. The first ...

Christie’s to auction rare watch once owned by Egyptian king

Monday, 19 March 2018

A rare gold watch once owned by Egypt’s King Farouk is expected to fetch $400,000 to $800,000 when it auctions this week at Christie’s in Dubai.Made in 1944 and embossed with old Egyptian royal crest, the Patek Philippe 1518 with perpetual calendar and chronograph is said to be one of only 281 such models ever made by the prestigious Swiss watchmaker.The watch is the cover lot for the auction on Friday, with the value of the sale expected to be announced on Saturday.King Farouk, ...

Lebanese novelist, feminist Emily Nasrallah dies at 87

Wednesday, 14 March 2018

Prominent Lebanese novelist and lifelong women's rights activist Emily Nasrallah has died at the age of 87. A distinguished author of novels, children's books and short stories, Nasrallah focused her writing on themes of family, village life and emigration, as well identity and the lasting effects of Lebanon's 15-year civil war. A mother of four, Nasrallah grew up in the southern Lebanese town of Kfeir before moving to Beirut, where she took up journalism and gained quick acclaim for her ...

All set for an exceptional edition of Art Dubai

Monday, 12 March 2018

So the season of art is upon us this month. Art Dubai - a meeting point for the international art world – is celebrating its 12th edition and will be held from March 20 to 24 at its home Madinat Jumeirah. The 2018 edition feature a record 105 galleries from 48 countries and the gallery line-up has been announced. Art Dubai’s Contemporary section will feature 78 galleries from 42 countries in 2018, including first-time participations from Iceland, Ethiopia and Kazakhstan. The Modern ...

UAE lawyer discusses his polygamous relationship in book ‘Between Two Wives’

Thursday, 8 March 2018

“My possessions were dispersed, my senses and feelings scattered. That day, I split myself in two before life did.” This is a snippet of Emirati poet, writer and lawyer Hussain Lootah’s book, Between Two Wives, which is based on his own polygamous relationship.Lootah discussed his book at the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature. The book was published in 2016, but he told the Khaleej Times that it took him four years to put pen to paper.“I never regret anything; I ...

Saudi graffiti artists transform old Khobar neighborhood into giant canvases

Tuesday, 6 March 2018

Saudi artists have transformed an area filled with traditional houses into a giant canvas. Using graffiti techniques, 21 male and female artists have adorned the old buildings in Khobar, eastern Saudi Arabia. The “Bayoniya” neighborhood was selected because it meets the requirements for the project, in terms of format and the outcome we're expecting, artist Madawy al-Baz told Al The project solely created by Saudi hands is the first-of-its-kind in Saudi Arabia, ...

‘African Mona Lisa’ smashes estimates at London auction

Thursday, 1 March 2018

A long-lost portrait of a Nigerian princess dubbed the “African Mona Lisa” sold at auction in London on Wednesday for £1.2 million (1.4 million euros, $1.7 million), exceeding estimates and setting a record for the artist. The 1974 painting of Adetutu “Tutu” Ademiluyi, by Nigerian artist Ben Enwonwu, was expected to fetch up to £300,000 (339,000 euros, $414,000) when it went under the hammer at Bonhams auction house. It described the painting of an Ife royal ...

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