Sergei Parajanov’s work featured in Turkish art scene for first time

With the boundless fantasy world and symbolism he created, Parajanov was the master of object art, and these works offered him freedom.26/12/2018 (Sabah – Turkey): Istanbul’s Pera Museum is showcasing the artwork of acclaimed director and artist Sergei Parajanov for the first time in Turkey. The “Parajanov with Sarkis” exhibition shines a light on the extraordinary fantasy world of one of the greatest masters of poetic cinema. Contemporary artist Sarkis Zabunyan’s pieces based on Parajanov’s work are also at the exhibition. The “Parajanov with Sarkis” exhibition can be visited until March 17, 2019. The “Parajanov with Sarkis” exhibition is being jointly organized by Pera Museum with the collaboration of Parajanov Museum. It is celebrating the world of esteemed artist Sergei Parajanov, regarded as one of the most important directors in the history of cinema, on his 95th birthday for the first time in Turkey…


Louvre Abu Dhabi celebrates one-year anniversary and 1m visitors

11/11/2018 (Emirates 24/7 – UAE): Louvre Abu Dhabi announced that it has welcomed more than one million visitors in its first year, establishing itself as one of the leading cultural institutions on the global stage. Commenting on the first anniversary of Louvre Abu Dhabi, Mohamed Khalifa Al Mubarak, Chairman of the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi, said, “One year ago we spoke about Louvre Abu Dhabi as Abu Dhabi’s gift to the world – and today we are proud to have shared it with more than one million visitors already. Louvre Abu Dhabi has become an icon and a favourite destination in Abu Dhabi both for our local communities and visitors to the city.”..


Saudi Arabia’s first ‘smart’ pharmacy inaugurated

21/07/2018 (Arab News – KSA): TABUK: Prince Fahd bin Sultan, governor of Tabuk region, inaugurated the Kingdom’s first smart pharmacy — operated by a robot — at King Fahd Specialist Hospital on Thursday, following his meeting with the province’s director general of health affairs, Ghurmallah bin Abdullah Al-Ghamdi. It is hoped that the smart pharmacy — which can dispense 1,500 packages of medicine per hour, store over 20,000 packages of medicine, reject expired drugs, and deal with 240 prescriptions per hour — will save the time of patients and pharmacists, ensure better control of drug stocks, provide the highest safety standards, and reduce medication errors. The pharmacy has six outlets, one of which is dedicated to serving disabled people…


Erdogan to inaugurate TANAP pipeline in central Turkey

Erdogan to inaugurate TANAP pipeline in central Turkey10/06/2018 (Anadolu Agency – Turkey): President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will inaugurate Trans Anatolian Natural Gas Pipeline (TANAP) project on June 12 in central Turkey, the country’s presidency announced on Sunday. “The opening ceremony of the Trans-Anatolian Natural Gas Pipeline (TANAP) will be held in Eskisehir on June 12, 2018 under the auspices of our President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan,” a statement by the presidency’spress office read. The opening ceremony will host government and state heads, energy ministers, executives of energy companies and senior bureaucrats from shareholder and friendly countries, the statement said. The TANAP project aims to transport the natural gas produced in Azerbaijan’s Shah Deniz-2 gas field in the Caspian Sea and in other fields in the south of the Caspian Sea first to Turkey and then to Europe, it added…


Sheikh Mohammed launches construction of Dh394m Shindagha Bridge project

20/05/2018 (Emirates 24/7 – UAE): His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, accompanied by H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, has launched the construction of the AED394 million Shindagha Bridge Project, which features an iconic design based on the concept of the infinity sign. The Shindagha Bridge is part of the AED 5.035 billion Shindagha Corridor Project extending 13 km along Sheikh Rashid Street as well as Al Mina, Al Khaleej and Cairo Streets. On arrival at the launch venue, His Highness was received by Mattar Al Tayer, Director General and Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of the RTA, along with several senior officials of the RTA…



Multi-lane tunnel to open in Dubai on Thursday

29/04/2018 (Emirates 24/7 -UAE): A tunnel on both sides of Sheikh Rashid Street (Al Garhoud and Mina Rashid) comprising four lanes in each direction is set to open in Dubai Thursday, May 3rd, according to Mattar Al Tayer, Director-General and Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of Roads and Transport Authority (RTA). Improving the traffic flow on Sheikh Rashid Street, this tunnel is part of the Improvement of Sheikh Rashid and Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Streets Intersection Project. Early February this year, RTA opened two major bridges, one on Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Street comprising two lanes in each direction, and the other was a one-lane bridge stretching from Zabeel Street to the direction of Sheikh Rashid Street. The opening of the two bridges had eased the traffic heading to Al Karama, and the World Trade Center junction in the direction of Sheikh Zayed Road…


Egypt authorities prepare for Easter and Sham el-Nessim celebrations

07/04/2018 (Egypt Indipendent – Egypt): The Egyptian government has intensified its preparations to secure the celebrations of Easter and Sham el-Nessim. Egypt’s Coptic Christians celebrate Easter this Sunday, and all Egyptians celebrate Sham el-Nessim on Monday, which is a national holiday, during which people take to parks and streets. Security services strengthened the deployment of their forces in the vicinity of gardens, parks and churches to face any cases of breaking the law and launched campaigns to control food and corrupt goods. Local Development Minister Abu Bakr al-Gendy ordered the formation of emergency teams in governorates to repair facilities and services, and follow-up the preparations for recreation places, public parks and tourist places, as well as organizing campaigns to control corrupt goods and follow up the operation of bakeries and butane gas cylinders storehouses…


Jeddah revels at Kingdom’s largest jazz festival

23/03/2018 (Arab News – KSA): JEDDAH: World-renowned and Grammy-winning musicians took to the stage on March 22 as the largest jazz festival yet held in Saudi Arabia got underway. The location for the two-day event, featuring 10 acts, was Juman Park in King Abdullah Economic City (KAEC), which echoed to the sound of soulful and rhythmic tunes deep into the night. One of the largest privately run economic projects in the world, KAEC is a residential and business location in Northern Jeddah. It has quickly established itself as a leading venue for concerts organized by the General Entertainment Authority (GEA), a government organization set up to develop and expand entertainment in Saudi Arabia through high-quality events…



Art Alert: Jordan’s Dozan Wa Awtar choir returns to Cairo

CCC17/03/2018 (Ahram Online – Egypt): In an event dubbed World Music Concert, the Cairo Celebration Choir (CCC) will be joined by the Dozan wa Awtar choir from Jordan, on Thursday, 22 March, at El-Dar, Heliopolis. The first concert series that featured both choirs took place in February 2017, when CCC and Dozan Wa Awtar performed at the Cairo Opera House and at the Alexandria Opera House in a programme that included popular compositions and folkloric songs from the Egyptian and Jordanian repertoire, many of them arranged by Nagui, Awatef Abdel Kerim and Gamal Abdel Rahim. The World Music Concert will feature a new selection of songs from around the globe…–Culture/Music/Art-Alert-Jordans-Dozan-Wa-Awtar-choir-returns-to-.aspx


Louvre brings ‘unprecedented’ show to Tehran TEHRAN – AFP

Louvre brings unprecedented show to Tehran10/03/2018 (Hurriyet – Turkey): Journalists flooded Iran’s National Museum on March 5 for the arrival of more than 50 artworks from the Louvre, the first major show by a Western museum in the country’s history. The show reflects France’s determined use of cultural diplomacy as it seeks to rebuild traditional ties with Iran, even as their officials hold tense talks over political and security issues. The doors were unsealed for journalists at the National Museum in central Tehran, which is currently celebrating its 80th anniversary, a day ahead of the public opening. Among the items shipped over by cargo plane were a 2,400-year-old Egyptian sphinx, a bust of Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius and drawings by Rembrandt and Delacroix…