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Celestial Chocolate

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Sylvia Smith Photography by Richard Duebel Sublime, fantastic and celestial are adjectives often used to described the flavour of chocolate, but in the case of Mirzam celestial is a doubly significant. Stars in the night skies guided Arab sailors navigating … Continue reading

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Arabian Oryx numbers increase in the UAE

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Some 200 kilometers away from the hustle and bustle of Abu Dhabi city, 14 Arabian Oryx have been given another chance at life in the wild. Once on the verge of extinction, the species will now be able to roam … Continue reading

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Louvre Abu Dhabi

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By Sylvia Smith with photographs by Richard Duebel   The architect is a Frenchman, Jean Nouvel, known for having designed the Institut du Monde Arabe in Paris, France and the soon-to-open National Museum of Qatar; the setting is Sadiyaat Island, … Continue reading

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Serpentine Pavilion 2017

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Sylvia Smith: Inspired by a tree and and made of wood this year’s Serpentine Pavilion has many elements that relate to African architect Francis Kéré‘s home, Burkina Faso. From an ecological point of view the shelter has all the hallmarks … Continue reading

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Moving the Earth

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By Sylvia Smith   The title of the international conference might not be one to get the pulse racing. In fact Islamic Archaeology in Global Perspective could have been the cure for insomnia except for a clutch of excellent speakers. … Continue reading

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Sword making in Bahrain

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Sylvia Smith Along with reciting poetry the love of the sword, the emotional pull of a handmade, highly decorated dress sword that has its own name is something that seems unique to the Arab world. This short video is dedicated … Continue reading

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Africa Heats Up The French Capital

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Sylvia Smith Perhaps it is the number of mainstream venues that have devoted their spring shows to the subject; or perhaps again it is the extraordinary quality of inventiveness whether it be sculpture, painting, video or design – but it … Continue reading

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It’s Show Time

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By Sylvia Smith. The Arab world seems to be popping up everywhere these days – from contemporary art exhibitions to music festivals and from poetry competitions to circus performances. In each case audiences in the West are lapping up the … Continue reading

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PAINTING BY NUMBERS

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Sylvia Smith In tune with the movement towards giving exhibitions numbers as titles (21.39 Jeddah’s co-ordinates and title of the annual contemporary art show, and the London-based  contemporary African art fair 1:54, denoting the number of countries on the continent),  … Continue reading

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The Sweet Smell of Success

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  Sylvia Smith The craft of perfumery is an essential part of Muslim culture. Arabian perfumes were refined and revered even as early as the early 16th century. In Shakespeare’s MacBeth written in 1606 Lady MacBeth cries out, “All the … Continue reading

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