190 Guests from 25 Countries Set to Enrich Young Minds at SCRF

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190 Guests from 25 Countries Set to Enrich Young Minds at SCRF

The Sharjah Children's Reading Festival (SCRF), renowned for its ability to unite global literary enthusiasts and bring the undeniable power of reading to the…

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King Salman Bin Abdulaziz Royal Reserve Festival to Kick Off in Saudi Arabia’s Al-Qurayyat

The King Salman bin Abdulaziz Royal Reserve Festival, organized by the Reserve Development Authority, will take place from April 14 to 18 at the Cultural…

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Culture The event will host the Revelation and Route to Makkah Exhibitions - SPA

Royal Commission for Makkah Launches ‘Makkah Greets Us’

In celebration of Eid Al-Fitr, the Royal Commission for Makkah City and Holy Sites launched the second annual “Makkah Greets Us” event in the Hira Cultural…

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Culture The site at Hima, the sixth to be enlisted in Saudi Arabia, is home to one of the largest rock art complexes in the world and ancient wells. (SPA)

Saudi Arabia Announces Inaugural Protected Areas Forum ‘HIMA’

Saudi Arabia announces the Inaugural Protected Areas Forum ‘‘HIMA’’, a groundbreaking event in the region dedicated to the conservation and preservation of…

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Culture The souq caters to every taste and budget - SPA

Janbiya Demand Surges During Eid at Souq Khamis Mushait

Eid Al-Fitr witnesses a surge in demand for janbiyas -- short, curved daggers -- as they are considered a symbol of festivity and adornment during this Eid. …

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Culture FILE PHOTO: Tourists visit the archaeological site of the ancient Roman city of Pompeii, Italy, April 27, 2021. REUTERS/Ciro De Luca/File Photo

Dining Hall with Trojan War Decorations Uncovered in Pompeii

A black-walled dining hall with 2,000-year-old paintings inspired by the Trojan War has been discovered during excavations at the Roman city of Pompeii,…

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Culture French artist Baptiste Chebassier poses in the middle of a part of his artwork, made from rolls of recycled paper on which names of 30,249 Olympic medallists will be written, at the Chebassier workshop in Saint-Ouen, near Paris, France, April 5, 2024. REUTERS/Noemie Olive

French Artist in Race Against Time to Finish Monumental Piece

A couple of months ago, Baptiste Chebassier quit his consulting job to fully focus on his art project - writing the names of all the 30,249 medalists in modern…

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Culture A view of Bayon temple at Angkor Wat temple complex in Siem Reap province, Cambodia, Tuesday, April 2, 2024. (AP Photo/Heng Sinith)

Cambodia's Relocation of People from UNESCO Site Raises Concerns

It's been more than a year since Yem Srey Pin moved with her family from the village where she was born on Cambodia's Angkor UNESCO World Heritage site to Run…

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Culture  A drone view shows Indonesian Muslims attend mass prayers on the road outside Sultan Mahmud Badaruddin Jayo Wikramo Great Mosque during Eid al-Fitr, marking the end of holy fasting month of Ramadan, in Palembang, South Sumatra province, Indonesia, April 10, 2024, in this photo taken by Antara Foto. (Antara Foto/Nova Wahyudi/ via Reuters)

Muslims Celebrate Eid Al-Fitr with Family Reunions, New Clothes, Treats and Prayers

The Eid al-Fitr holiday marking the end of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan was celebrated by Muslims on Wednesday with family reunions, new clothes and sweet…

Culture A picture shows a view of a building with distinguished architecture in the city of Casablanca on March 29, 2024. (AFP)

Night Tours Spotlight Casablanca Architectural Heritage 

For architecture fans, Casablanca offers a visual feast of Moorish tiles, ancient minarets and French colonial facades with Art Deco touches, but much still…

Culture A drone view shows a traffic jam towards the port of Merak, as Indonesian Muslims travel to their hometowns to celebrate Eid al-Fitr which marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan, known locally as "mudik", in Cilegon, Banten province, Indonesia, April 7, 2024. (Reuters)

Indonesia’s Annual Exodus Starts Ahead of Eid Al-Fitr Festivities

Aditya Nugraha, a 21-year-old Indonesian, was travelling from the capital city of Jakarta to his hometown of Palembang on Sumatra island, over 500 km (310…

Culture Cambodian villagers race their oxcarts at Romdoul village, Kampong Speu province, southwest of Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Sunday, April 7, 2024. (AP)

Cambodian Villagers Hold Rare Oxcart Race, Seeking to Revive a Centuries-Old Tradition 

Hundreds of Cambodian villagers held a rare oxcart race on Sunday, trying to revive a centuries-old tradition as they celebrated the arrival of the lunar new…

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Alien Fever Dreams Fuel Peruvian Grave Robbings

Leandro Rivera says he chanced upon the cave in Peru's remote Nazca region that contained hundreds of pre-Hispanic artifacts – including human bodies with…

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Culture The fragrant scents play a significant cultural role in the Kingdom, deeply intertwined with Eid traditions and customs. (SPA)

Eid Al-Fitr Fuels Demand for Oud and Incense in Saudi Arabia

A surge in demand for oud (agarwood) and incense is being witnessed in Riyadh markets in the lead-up to Eid al-Fitr. The fragrant scents play a significant…

Culture People prepare to board the bus that will take them to their hometown ahead of Eid al-Fitr holidays in Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia, 06 April 2024. (EPA)

Muslims Around the World Prepare to Celebrate Eid al-Fitr

Muslims around the world will soon bid farewell to the Islamic holy month of Ramadan and start celebrating the holiday of Eid al-Fitr. Eid is marked with…

Culture Imigongo art is known for its raised black and white patterns. LUIS TATO / AFP

Reviving a Traditional Art Form in Rwanda after Genocide

A 200-year-old Tutsi art form made with cow dung, Rwanda's imigongo painting tradition has experienced a revival in the Great Lakes nation three decades after…

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Culture A man stands between artworks entitled "The Biglin Brothers Racing" (L) and "John Biglin in a Single Scull" by American artist Thomas Eakins at Musee Marmottan Monet, in Paris, France, 03 April 2024. (EPA)

Paris Museums Getting into Olympic Groove

Between events, the 14 million visitors expected in Paris during the Olympics will have the opportunity to nourish their minds in thematic exhibitions listed…

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Culture John Barth, pictured in 1963. (Getty Images) 

John Barth, Innovative Postmodernist Novelist, Dies at 93 

John Barth, the playfully erudite author whose darkly comic and complicated novels revolved around the art of literature and launched countless debates over…

Culture A display of artwork by Afro-Cuban painter Wifredo Lam at the Mohammed VI Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Rabat, Monday, April 1, 2024. (AP Photo/Mosa'ab Elshamy)

Morocco Hosts One of Africa’s First Exhibitions of Cuban Art

One of the first exhibitions of Cuban art at an African museum is showing at Morocco's Mohammed VI Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art. It's part of an…

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Culture French writer Maryse Condé reacts after being awarded the New Academy's Literature Prize at a ceremony in Stockholm, Sweden, on Dec. 9, 2018. (Christine Olsson/ TT News Agency via AP, File)

Maryse Condé, Prolific ‘Grande Dame’ of Caribbean Literature, Dies at Age 90

Maryse Condé, an acclaimed French-language novelist from Guadeloupe who in novels, stories, plays and memoirs imagined and redefined the personal and…

Culture Al-Dhafir village has the potential to become a hub for historical and archaeological tourism, says Al-Ghamdi, SPA

Al-Ghamdi Brothers Restore Old Archaeological Building in Al-Dhafir Village, Al-Baha

Yanallah Al-Ghamdi and his brothers undertook a remarkable initiative to restore and rehabilitate an old archaeological building in Al-Dhafir village, Al-Baha…

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Culture AlUla Governorate and Henan Province are working towards protecting cultural heritage - SPA

AlUla Royal Commission Signs Strategic Partnership with China's Henan Province

The Royal Commission for AlUla (RCU) signed a strategic partnership with the Cultural Heritage Administration of Henan Province, aimed at preserving heritage…

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Culture An Emirati woman weaves thread in the Al Talli method, a traditional local weaving technique, during an annual heritage festival in Al-Ain on November 10, 2023. (AFP)

Emiratis Battle to Preserve Dying Art of Embroidery

Far from Dubai's glitzy towers, Mariam al-Kalbani's henna-dyed fingers weave brightly colored threads in a skill she hopes young Emirati women watching her can…

Culture AlUla's Almazham passage serves as a natural gateway welcoming travelers arriving from the north. (SPA)

AlUla's Majestic Gateway: Almazham Passage Blends Nature and History

AlUla's Almazham passage serves as a natural gateway, welcoming travelers arriving from the north. This dramatic geological wonder consists of two towering,…

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Culture Al-Duwayd Mosque is considered one of the oldest mosques in the region. (SPA)

Saudi Arabia’s Al-Duwayd Mosque, A Witness to Historical Structures in Najdi Architecture

The historic Al-Duwayd Mosque in the archaeological village of Al-Duwayd in Saudi Arabia is considered one of the oldest mosques in the region, spanning an…

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Culture  Wreckage of the Francis Scott Key Bridge rests on the container ship Dali, Saturday, March 30, 2024, in Baltimore. (AP)

In Key Bridge Collapse, Baltimore Lost a Piece of Its Cultural Identity

Generations of Maryland workers — longshoremen, seafarers, steelworkers and crabbers whose livelihoods depend on Baltimore’s port — watched in disbelief this…

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Riyadh to Host 4th Gulf Film Festival in April

The city of Riyadh will host the fourth annual Gulf Film Festival (GFF) under the patronage of Saudi Minister of Culture and Chairman of the Board of Directors…

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Culture Visitors walk outside the British Museum in Bloomsbury, London, Friday, June 26, 2015. (AP)

British Museum Names Nicholas Cullinan Its New Director as It Tries to Get over a Rocky Patch

The British Museum on Thursday appointed National Portrait Gallery chief Nicholas Cullinan as its new director, as the 265-year-old institution grapples with…

Culture The project came within the context of the Crown Prince's keenness to preserve and rehabilitate historical sites to achieve the Saudi Vision 2030 goals. SPA

Restoration for Historic Jeddah's Old Buildings Completed Under Crown Prince's Directives

The Saudi Ministry of Culture, represented by the Jeddah Historic District Program, has announced the completion of work in the project to restore buildings in…

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