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Princess Lamia Unveiled a New Islamic Art Space at the Louvre in Paris

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A new space at the Louvre Museum in Paris dedicated to Islamic art have been unveiled on Tuesday by Princess Lamia Al-Saud, the secretary general of Alwaleed Philanthropies.

The department will explore 12 centuries of Islamic art showcasing the most extensive collections of Islamic artifacts and Muslim art that date back to the 7th century to the 19th, they are 3,000 items that was gathered from Spain to India via the Arabian peninsula.

The exhibition will give visitors an introduction to Islamic art and the chance to witness the evolution of its style and form that was influenced by other artistic traditions and in return, influenced others.

In a statement, HRH Princess Lamia said, “We believe that art has a special ability to unite people of different cultures and faiths. The new and expanded spaces allow visitors to enjoy world-class Islamic art and appreciate the shared human values expressed in its creativity. Importantly, this space has also been designed to be inclusive of everyone, with interactive features to ensure the art can be experienced by all.”

 

The expansion covers two floors with the support of Alwaleed Philanthropies, which has a strong and longstanding relationship with the Louvre. The global foundation chaired by Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal has donated $23 million in 2005 to support the foundation of the museum’s department of Islamic art.

Jean Luc-Martinez, Louvre president, thanked Alwaleed Philanthropies “for its commitment in favor of the Islamic Arts Department.”

“Thanks to this redesign, we hope to reach even more visitors, and provide them the keys to understanding the wonderful artistic heritage with which we have been entrusted,” he added.

 

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Abu Dhabi to Launch Tolerance Film Festival

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Abu Dhabi is launching their very own film festival ‘Tolerance‘ which will take place on September 12 till the 14th, where a number of films on the theme of tolerance will be screened.

The festival is held in cooperation between the German Embassy, Manarat Al Saadiyat, Cinema Space and the Goethe-Institute (German Cultural Centre), the event will also include a concert by the Emirati Youth Symphony Orchestra conducted by Riad Kudsi under the patronage of Minister of Tolerance Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan. 

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Join us now for our TOLERANCE FILM FESTIVAL under the patronage of H.E. Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Tolerance, Manarat Al Saadiyat from September 12-14! Lets enjoy together some of the interesting documentaries, feature films and comedies. You can also enjoy a musical performance from the talented Emirates Youth Symphony Orchestra (EYSO) For more information, visit https://www.goethe.de/ins/ae/en/kul/sup/tff.html This film festival is orgaized by @germanyinuae in cooperation with the Goethe-Institut. انضموا إلينا الآن في المهرجان السينمائي للتسامح والذي يقام تحت رعاية معالي الشيخ نهيان بن مبارك آل نهيان ، وزير التسامح في الإمارات العربية المتحدة, في منارة السعديات من 12 وحتى 14 سمبتمبر/أيلول. فلنستمتع معاً ببعض الأفلام الشيقة الوثائقية والروائية أوالكوميدية والتي هي من إخراج كوكبة من المخرجين ذوي الأصول المختلفة مثل ألمانيا والولايات المتحدة ولبنان. كما و بمكنكم الإستمتاع بأداء أوركسترا متميز مقدم من أوركسترا الإمارات السيمفونية للناشئين. للمزيد من المعلومات يرجى زيارة الرابط التالي: https://www.goethe.de/ins/ae/ar/kul/sup/tff.html يقدم هذا المهرجان من قبل السفارة الألمانية و بالتعاون مع معهد جوته. #filmfestivals #filmscreening #germancinema #deutschefilme #funevents #abudhabilifestyle #myauh #mydubai #dubailife🇦🇪 #dubai #ابوظبي #دبي #أفلام #المانية

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As the name suggests, the festival will screen movies that promote peace and tolerance including, Robert Mulligan’s 1962 To Kill a Mockingbird, Exit by Karen Winther and Styx by Wolfgang Fischer.

The movies will be screened at Manarat Al Saadiyat, Abu Dhabi and Cinema Akil in Dubai’s Al Serksal Avenue, and will also see several Arab films, including Nadine Labaki’s Where Do We Go Now?

For the full line-up, Click here.

 

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Saudi Arabia to Host The Highly Anticipated Dakar Rally

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The entire world is anticipating the Dakar Rally 2020 and Saudi Arabia is the country to host such a huge event and bring the rally to an Asian continent for the very first time.

The rally is the world’s most famous and difficult dessert races, and registration for the historic event is now open. The event has been monopolized by African continent and South America for 30 years and now the world is waiting for it to be staged in the Kingdom.

Participants will start from Jeddah governorate on motorcycles and auto-bikes that are specially modified to cope with the challenge of the race, contestants will cross thousands of kilometers over 10 stages. The ride will oversees beautiful cities of Saudi Arabia that are rich in history, as well as projects that are currently getting ready to launch such as NEOM, Red Sea Project and Qiddiya.

Prince Abdulaziz Bin Turki Al-Faisal, chairman of the General Sports Authority (GSA) said: “The agreement to host the most difficult race in the world, the Dakar Rally, for many years, is nothing but a confirmation of the Kingdom’s welcome to the world to see the beautiful sceneries, cities throbbing with life and vast deserts where the sand dunes meet the sea. The world will get acquainted with the Kingdom’s rich history, the qualitative transformation it is witnessing and the its friendly and generous people.”

“The Dakar Rally will present the real picture of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to the world, at all levels — sports, entertainment, culture, heritage and tourism.” Prince Abdulaziz said.

“The rally will promote the Kingdom’s ability to compete against the most powerful countries in the world in organizing international events. It is a message of openness and love to the whole world,” Prince Abdulaziz added.

The race will begin in Jeddah on 5th of January.

 

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Saudi Female Directors Sending Messages During Venice Film Festival

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Female Saudi directors at the Venice Film Festival have been sending messages along with their movies that women must be heard and seen.

Mansour’s movie “The Perfect Candidate” is among those films and is competing for the festival’s Golden Lion award, the movie revolves around a young doctor called Maryam who decides to run for public office and in doing so, she starts to face obstacles along the way that are of course related to gender. The movie takes us on a journey of how the heroine, played by Mila Alzahrani, is trying to break stereotypes and gender inequality.

While Ameen’s film “Scales‘ revolves around a young girl trying to survive in a village where her existence is viewed as a curse by superstitious villagers.

Both directors hope to deliver a message through their films and send empowering messages at a time where the Kingdom is already easing male guardianship rules and is showing gender equality.

“Showing a lead female character, it is indirectly empowering women,” Mansour said.

“The one who will make most money in this film is the girl, she is not a supporting role, she is the main role. You invest in her journey, love her and root for her that is what is very important for a conservative audience to see.”

The start of Mansour’s film already reflects the reforms in Saudi Arabia, by showing Maryam driving her car to work.

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