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A recent report, released in June, by the Economic Development Board (EDB) reports how women are playing an increasingly important role in Bahrain’s economy, particularly in the private sector. More women are also gaining higher educational attainments than men in the kingdom. The report anticipates an increase in women’s participation in the economy by 5% to reach 45.6% in 2020 from the current level. The average wage for Bahraini women grew from BD317 ($840) in 2006 to BD457 ($1222) in 2011.
The International Media Council for The Next Century Foundation presented Pat Lancaster, Editor of The Middle East magazine with the Peace through Media award at a glittering ceremony at London’s Oxford & Cambridge Club in Pall Mall in May. The Next Century Foundation is a charity devoted to conflict resolution.
Richard Wagner’s Der Fliegende Holländer (The Flying Dutchman), for which Wagner both composed the music and wrote the libretto, celebrated its his 200th anniversary at the Royal Opera House Muscat in May. The Flying Dutchman tells the romantic story of a man cursed to roam the violent seas for eternity until one woman’s true love offers him salvation. The opera was presented by the Latvian National Opera, which has been performing Richard Wagner’s The Flying Dutchman since 1919; the performances were conducted by Maestro Mārtiņš Ozoliņš.
Marwan Al Sarkal, Shurooq’s CEO, said the plans for the Dh 500m ($137m) development project began two years ago. “We wanted to create a destination that will really make a difference to the Sharjah tourism sector,” he said.
The concept behind each of the works, generously lent by prominent collectors in the region, was literacy in its wider sense – the notion of reading and writing but also communication .
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The Jameel Prize 2011 touring exhibition has in the past attracted a wide audience, showing in America, Spain and France to more than 20,000 visitors. The work of the shortlisted artists and designers will be shown at the V&A from 11 December 2013 until 21 April 2014. The shortlist is diverse but all the artists and designers are directly inspired by sources rooted in the Islamic tradition.
Muslima is an international an exhibition resulting from the collaboration between four museums from Denmark, the US, the Phillipines and the UAE. It showcases the works of
A wave of investors from the Gulf region have entered the Turkish property market following recent changes to the law that have enabled them to do so. Earlier this year, the country’s government removed the rule of reciprocity, which previously restricted the number of overseas buyers who could enter the country. The old regulations meant that only foreigners from countries where Turkish nationals were also allowed to own real estate could buy property in Turkey. Currently 60% of foreign real estate investment comes from the Middle East and is expected to grow. Turkey’s real estate market was recently showcased at MIPIM (12-15 March) in Cannes as the country of honour.
Prince Charles, the UK Patron for the Qatar-UK Year of Culture 2013 visited Qatar’s Museums to promote this exciting partnership. The trip aimed at highlighting the strong relationship between the UK and Qatar. He said, “Both the Qatari and British royal families have a very close relationship. It is also an opportunity to celebrate the cultural relations between the two counties as we are celebrating Qatar-UK Year of Culture 2013.” Within the context of the cultural activities, Prince Charles launched the Qatar-UK Alumni Association, a new group of Qataris who have had their entire education, or a part of it, in the UK. It will offer professional development opportunity to its members.