Egypt Commemorates 118th Anniversary of Heliopolis

Culture Baron Empain palace's in Heliopolis. (Shutterstock)

Egypt Commemorates 118th Anniversary of Heliopolis

Egypt held weeklong celebrations to mark the 118th anniversary of Heliopolis, or New Egypt, one of the capital Cairo’s most famous neighborhoods. During…

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Culture An Egyptian antiquities worker brushes a recently unearthed embalming bed at the site of the Step Pyramid of Djoser in Saqqara, 24 kilometers (15 miles) southwest of Cairo, Egypt, Saturday, May 27, 2023. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)

Egypt Unveils Recently Discovered Ancient Workshops, Tombs in Saqqara Necropolis

Egyptian antiquities authorities Saturday unveiled ancient workshops and tombs they say were discovered recently at a Pharaonic necropolis just outside the…

Asharq Al Awsat (Cairo)
Culture Guests tour the Sursock Museum's exhibitions after relaunching an opening event for the iconic venue in Beirut, Lebanon, Friday, May 26, 2023. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

Iconic Beirut Museum Reopens 3 Years after Massive Damage from Port Blast

Lebanon’s Sursock Museum has reopened to the public, three years after a deadly explosion in Beirut's port — set off by tons of improperly stored chemicals —…

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Culture Saudi Arabia Achieves Two Advanced Places in Khalifa Award for Education

Saudi Arabia Achieves Two Advanced Places in Khalifa Award for Education

Saudi Arabia has achieved two advanced places at the Arab world level in the 16th session of Khalifa Award for Education, announced in Abu Dhabi, UAE. Nuha…

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Culture Saudi Darah, Iraq’s NLA Agree to Exchange Copies of Historic Documents

Saudi Darah, Iraq’s NLA Agree to Exchange Copies of Historic Documents

King Abdulaziz Foundation for Research and Archives (Darah) and Iraq National Library and Archives (NLA) have agreed to exchange copies of documents and…

Asharq Al Awsat (Riyadh)

Culture AlUla's Maraya Concert Hall. (AlUla)

AlUla's Jabal Ikmah Listed on UNESCO's Memory of the World Register

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) listed AlUla's Jabal Ikmah in its Memory of the World Register, years after Al…

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Culture The Abu Dhabi Forum for Peace signed an MoU with the Pontifical Academy for Life, establishing a collaborative partnership. WAM

Abu Dhabi Forum for Peace, Pontifical Academy for Life Sign MoU

The Abu Dhabi Forum for Peace signed an MoU with the Pontifical Academy for Life - a Pontifical Academy of the Roman Catholic Church dedicated to promoting the…

Asharq Al Awsat (Abu Dhabi)
Culture The Patek Philippe Ref 96 Quantieme Lune timepiece once owned by Aisin-Gioro Puyi, the Chinese Qing dynasty’s last emperor (R), is seen on display in Hong Kong on May 23, 2023 ahead of its auction in the territory on the same day. (AFP)

Last Emperor of China’s Watch Sells for Record $6.2 Mln in Hong Kong Auction

A watch that was once owned by the last emperor of China's Qing Dynasty, whose life formed the basis of the Oscar-winning film "The Last Emperor," sold for a…

Culture French President Emmanuel Macron (2-R) visits the Chateau de Joux during a ceremony marking the 175th anniversary of the abolition of slavery in France, in La Cluze-et-Mijoux, near Besancon, eastern France, on April 27, 2023. (AFP)

Records of French Slaves Inscribed on UN World Heritage Register

Several hundred documents and items revealing the names and other details of victims of slavery in France’s colonial empire is being added to UNESCO’s Memory…

Culture A general view of the museum is pictured at the Royal Collections Gallery in Madrid, Spain, Friday, May. 19, 2023. (AP) 

New Madrid Museum Set to Unveil Five Centuries of Spain’s Royal Collections 

It’s not as if Madrid was short on world-ranking galleries with the likes of the Prado Museum, the Thyssen-Bornemisza and the Reina Sofía, among others. But…

Culture Smoke rises from the burning Manila Central Post Office building after a massive fire, in Manila, Philippines, May 22, 2023. (Reuters)

Fire Destroys Main Post Office in Philippine Capital, a Nearly 100-Year-Old Neoclassical Landmark 

A massive fire tore through Manila’s historic post office building overnight, slightly injuring one person and razing the nearly 100-year-old landmark in the…

Culture Guatemalan artist Elena de Leon walks the runway durning fashion show featuring her Guatemalan textiles, Friday, May 12, 2023, in Brownsville, Texas. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Guatemala-born Designer Links Culture with Fashion Show Trends

A Guatemala-born designer combined Indigenous weaving technique, modern clothing design and colorful history from her native country in a recent runway…

Culture NEOM’s First International Exhibition Opens in Venice

NEOM’s First International Exhibition Opens in Venice

More than 20 of the world’s leading architects, designers and future thinkers led a major opening event for NEOM’s first international exhibition in Venice…

Asharq Al Awsat (Venice)
Culture Colorado Lt. Gov. Dianne Primavera, left, is shown a photograph of "Monument 9," an Olmec civilization statue that is believed to represent an "earth monster," before a part of the creation was repatriated Friday, May 19, 2023, in Denver. (AP)

United States Returns ‘Earth Monster’ Olmec Sculpture to Mexico

Mexico announced Friday that a huge 2,500-year-old Olmec stone sculpture has been returned from the United States. The almost six-foot-tall (two-meter) …

Culture Researchers were able to uncover more than 6,000 sites that used to be traps for wild animals (SPA).

Stone Monuments in Northern Saudi Arabia Date Back to 9th Century BC

An archaeological survey by an international scientific team in Saudi Arabia uncovered stone structures dating back to the 9th century BC, in the northern Al…

Omar Badawi (Riyadh)
Culture The Saudi participation in this year’s edition of ADIBF is represented by prestigious publishers and universities

Remarkable Saudi Participation in ADIBF 2023

Organized by the Abu Dhabi Arabic Language Centre (ALC), the 32nd edition of the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair (ADIBF), held at the Abu Dhabi National…

Asharq Al Awsat (Abu Dhabi)
Culture FILE - Sotheby's unveils the Codex Sassoon for auction, Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2023, in the Manhattan borough of New York. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)

World's Oldest Near-complete Hebrew Bible Sells for $38.1 Million

The world's oldest and most complete Hebrew Bible sold for $38.1 million om New York on Wednesday, Sotheby’s said, one of the highest prices ever for a book or…

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Culture In this picture taken on February 19, 2023 a smith uses a flame to heat a jewellery piece during its fabrication process at the Azza Fahmy workshop in the 6th of October industrial zone southwest of Egypt's capital.(AFP)

Egyptian Artisans Carve a Path to World Luxury Markets 

Egyptian luxury brands are harnessing traditional craftsmanship from jewellery design to carpet weaving to bring the country's ancient cultural riches to the…

Culture This undated photo issued as a handout on May 16, 2023 by the Archaeological Park of Pompeii shows two skeletons uncovered at the Archaeological Park of Pompeii, likely middle-aged males who died in an earthquake during the devastating volcanic eruption that buried the Italian city in 79 AD. (Photo by Handout / Parco Archeologico di Pompei press office / AFP)

Two More Victims of Volcano Eruption Found in Roman Ruins of Pompeii 

Two skeletons have been found in the ruins of Pompeii, the ancient Roman city wiped out by an eruption of volcano Mount Vesuvius nearly 2,000 years ago, the…

Culture This picture taken on April 7, 2023, shows kebayas, a traditional outfit worn by women in Southeast Asia, displayed for sale at a shop in Kuala Lumpur. (AFP)

Southeast Asia Seeks Global Recognition for ‘Special’ Kebaya Craft 

In a Malaysian boutique, a small group of seamstresses sit at clattering sewing machines, stitching bright flowers and leaves into kebayas, traditional blouses…

Culture Saudi Cultural Attaché in Jordan Meets Saudi Winning Team

Saudi Cultural Attaché in Jordan Meets Saudi Winning Team

The Saudi Cultural Attaché in Jordan Dr. Issa bin Fahd Al-Rumaih met on Monday with the Saudi student team that secured first place in all five topics of the…

Culture Young participants perform dragon dance during a parade celebrating Tin Hau festival at Yuen Long district, in Hong Kong, China May 12, 2023. REUTERS/Lam Yik

China Launches Projects to Build 'New-era' Childbearing Culture

China will launch pilot projects in more than 20 cities to create a "new-era" marriage and childbearing culture to foster a friendly child bearing environment,…

Culture The cultural festival took children, young people, and their families on a 12-day journey

Sharjah Children's Reading Festival: Children Took Part in Host of Activities

The 14th annual edition of the Sharjah Children's Reading Festival (SCRF), which was held under the theme of “Train your Brain,” concluded on Sunday. …

Asharq Al Awsat (Sharjah)
Culture Vatican Museum restorer Alice Baltera works on the bronze Hercules statue, in the Round Hall of the Vatican Museums, Thursday, May 11, 2023. (AP)

Vatican Experts Uncovering Gilded Glory of Hercules Statue Struck by Lightning

Scaffolding in a niche of the Vatican Museums’ Round Hall conceal from view the work of restorers who are removing centuries of grime from the largest known…

Culture Initiative to restore the house of the great Arab scholar and philosopher Ibn Khaldun in Tunis. WAM

UAE, Tunisia Sign MoU to Revamp 'Home of Ibn Khaldun'

UAE’s Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Center and the Ministry of Cultural Affairs of Tunisia have concluded an MoU to revamp the ‘Home of Ibn Khaldun’ in the City of…

Asharq Al Awsat (Abu Dhabi)
Culture The exhibition runs from May 20-September 24, at Abbazia di San Gregorio

NEOM Shares its Vision for Future of Cities in Venice Exhibition

The historic Abbazia di San Gregorio in Venice will be home to a landmark exhibition entitled, ‘Zero Gravity Urbanism - Principles for a New Livability’

Asharq Al Awsat (Riyadh)
Culture A view of the Metropolitan Museum of Art as it remains temporarily closed during the coronavirus pandemic. (Getty Images)

US Returns Two Stolen 7th-Century Antiquities to China 

The United States returned two looted antiquities to China, the latest in a wave of repatriations of artifacts stolen from more than a dozen countries, New…

Culture The festival at the Islamic University of Madinah continues until Saturday

World Cultures Celebrated at 11th Festival of Cultures and Peoples in Madinah

The 11th Festival of Cultures and Peoples organized by the Islamic University of Madinah aims to enable students to showcase the cultures of their countries

Asharq Al Awsat (Madinah )
Culture Saudi Arabia's Minister of Investment Khalid Al Falih gestures during the opening session of the Future Investment Initiative Conference in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, October 26, 2021. REUTERS/Ahmed Yosri

1st 'Tourism, Entertainment and Cultural Investment' Forum to be Held in Saudi Arabia

The first "Tourism, Entertainment, and Cultural Investment" Forum will be organized by the Riyadh Chamber at the International Convention and Exhibition Center

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