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Book review – The sultan’s world

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The Sultan’s world -the Ottoman Orient in renaissance art By Robert Born, Michael Dziewulski, Guido Messling Published by Hatje Cantz ISBN 9783775739665 Price €49.80 hardback A look at the Orient: Renaissance masterpieces evoke the Ottoman Empire News of the fall … Continue reading

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Movers and Sheikhas

Mosaic Video Arts

Sylvia Smith The meteoric rise of ‘girl power’ in the Gulf coincides with plummeting oil revenues, and its trickle-down effect on already reduced arts budgets, is sparking deep discussions about the longer term cultural impact. A recent conference has put … Continue reading

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UAE sponsored THEEB nominated for Academy Award


  The movie Theeb, by Jordanian director Naji Abu Nowar, has been nominated, along with four other projects from Denmark, Hungary, France, and Columbia for an Academy Award in the Best Foreign Language Film category, out of 82 films originally … Continue reading

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Hi Jaafar, Nice to meet you – You are currently living in Miami, but you are originally from Jordan. How was it growing up in Amman ? What music did you listen to ? When did you decide that you … Continue reading

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Mosaic Video Arts – Book Marker

Mosaic Video Arts

Book Marker Sylvia Smith Although 1,001 Nights and Khalil Gibran’s The Prophet continue to hold Western audiences in thrall, it was Naguib Mahfouz’s beautifully nuanced The Cairo Trilogy which won the Arab world’s only Nobel Prize for literature in 1988. … Continue reading

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Qatar to celebrate links with China in 2016

China's innovative contemporary art scene is certain to provoke debate

 Under the patronage of Chairperson, Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani (below), Qatar Museums (QM) has announced the outline programme for the Qatar China 2016 Year of Culture. The Qatar Turkey 2015 Year of Culture, which will … Continue reading

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Dubai Design Week 2015

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Grand Design on an Epic Scale Sylvia Smith Dubai is all about design. You see it in the hand-crafted cars parked at the Dubai Mall, where 75 million satisfy their shopping habit annually, as well as in the latest in … Continue reading

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Exclusive to The Middle East magazine a new online video section devoted to Arab arts, culture, environment and design. Read the text in Mosaic and then click on to the link to watch the video.

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In Search of Nefertiti


  Egypt has said it will conduct more tests this week in search of a hidden chamber in King Tutankhamun’s tomb that a British archaeologist believes may be the burial place of Queen Nefertiti. Archaeologists have never discovered the mummy … Continue reading

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EXCLUSIVE TO THE MIDDLE EAST MAGAZINE ONLINE: Crossing the Empty Quarter – a celebratory expedition


  For the second time in recorded history an attempt is being made to cross the Rub Al Khali from Salalah, Oman, through the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to Doha, Qatar. The expedition led by British explorer Mark Evans and … Continue reading

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