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Book Review: Oman: Politics and Society in the Qaboos State

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Oman Politics and Society in the Qaboos State By Marc Valeri Published by Hurst & Co ISBN 9781849044851 Price £18.99 Paperback When Sultan Qaboos overthrew his father as ruler of the Persian Gulf state of Oman in 1970, with the … Continue reading

Category: Travelog, Uncategorized

Misk appears in Paris

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Sylvia Smith One of the world’s greatest sponsors of contemporary art is the Riyadh-based foundation, Misk. Its very first European show took place in Paris at its annual art fair, Art Paris Art Fair. Along with exhibiting works from 9 … Continue reading

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Hezbollah declares ‘victory’ in Lebanon elections

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Hezbollah and its political allies are the biggest winners in Lebanon’s first general election in nine years, an analysis of the preliminary results show. Hezbollah and Amal – dubbed the “Shia duo” by local news media – are predicted to … Continue reading

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SHEROES: Arab artists make their voices heard at London exhibition

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Three Arab artists participated in the Sheroes Exhibition held in East London last month, which aimed to give a voice to under represented female artists in the art world. By Karen Dabrowska The organisers, Lon-art, displayed their mission statement at … Continue reading

Category: Mosaic, Travelog, Uncategorized

KING COLLECTORS

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By 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 … 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

Category: Business, Uncategorized

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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