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AMBASSADORIAL ARCHITECTURE

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Sylvia Smith When Donald Trump recently announced that the opening of the new US embassy in the UK was not a good enough reason for him to travel to the UK, he highlighted the significance of the architecture as well … Continue reading

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KING COLLECTORS

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Sylvia Smith The connection between the Louvre Abu Dhabi and  Charles I, monarch of the three kingdoms of England, Scotland, and Ireland from 27 March 1625 until his execution in 1649, might seem rather tenuous – but the link between … Continue reading

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Tunisia: €160 million cash boost for domestic rail network

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Tunisian railways sees international investment Continue reading

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The Design Revolution

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Sylvia Smith with photography by Richard Duebel Dubai Design Week takes place annually amid a splash of statistics. From the Global Grad show’s 200 innovations and prototypes to Abwab’s 15 countries contributing 47 design to 550 designers participating overall;  the … Continue reading

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NEVER A WORD

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Sylvia Smith with photography by Richard Duebel Dubai brings together creative people from all over the world presenting them with opportunities that they wouldn’t have in more established markets. It’s a chance to blend cultures and often the result is … Continue reading

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Africa by Design

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Sylvia Smith It can’t be the first time that African designs are being admired for their imagination, ingenuity and originality. But Africa By Design, an organisation dedicated to showcasing hand-made items which would otherwise not be seen outside the continent … Continue reading

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London 1:54

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Sylvia Smith After its fifth year in London the world’s leading contemporary African art fair, 1:54, will go on show in Africa with its first edition in Marrakech between 24 and 25 February, 2018 at La Mamounia, a hotel with … Continue reading

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A Lasting Legacy for Yves St. Laurent in Morocco

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Sylvia Smith   Almost a decade has passed since the untimely death of Algerian-born, French couturier Yves St. Laurent whose ashes are buried in the Jardin Majorelle, the garden that he created next to his house in Marrakesh. A new … Continue reading

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Book review:Destroying a nation

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Destroying a nation        The civil war in Syria By Nikolaos Van dam Published by I.B.Tauris ISBN 9781784537975 Price £8.99 paperback Following the Arab Spring, Syria descended into civil and sectarian conflict. It has since become a fractured … Continue reading

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Religious Tolerance and Cultural Dynamics in Oman

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By Frédéric Jarry      In mid-June 2017, the Mus’haf Muscat, the electronic version of the Koran, was presented to Muslim scholars and specialists in Muscat, capital city of the Sultanate of Oman. This initiative, which included the numerically encoding … Continue reading

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