India’s Butter Chicken Battle Heats up With New Court Evidence 

Culture A freshly prepared butter chicken dish is placed on a table inside the Moti Mahal Delux restaurant in New Delhi, India, January 23, 2024. (Reuters) 

India’s Butter Chicken Battle Heats up With New Court Evidence 

With new photographic and video evidence, an Indian court battle over the origins of the world famous butter chicken is set to get spicier. Two Indian…

Culture President of the Maldives and his accompanying delegation paid a visit to the Hira Cultural District in Makkah. SPA

Maldives President Visits Hira Cultural District

President of the Maldives Dr. Mohamed Muizzu and his accompanying delegation paid a visit to the Hira Cultural District in Makkah on Wednesday and toured the…

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Culture The Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci is pictured at the Louvre museum in Paris, France June 7, 2023. (Reuters)

Mona Lisa’s Mysterious Background Decrypted by Art-Loving Geologist 

Over 500 years after Leonardo da Vinci painted the Mona Lisa, an academic believes she has unraveled the mystery about the backdrop to one of the world's most…

Culture The nationwide grant program, which was launched in 2023, is a key initiative of the Ministry of Culture. WAM

Emiratis Invited to Apply for 2nd National Grant Program for Culture and Creativity

The Ministry of Culture has announced that it was accepting applications for the second cycle of the National Grant Program for Culture and Creativity (NGPCC)…

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Culture Youth perform a street dance style known as passinho for their social media accounts, in the Rocinha favela of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, April 11, 2024. (AP) 

Brazilian Dance Craze Created by Young People in Rio’s Favelas Is Declared Cultural Heritage 

It all started with nifty leg movements, strong steps backwards and forwards, paced to Brazilian funk music. Then it adopted moves from break dancing, samba,…


Culture Officials are seen at the 121st session of the Arab League Educational, Cultural and Scientific Organization (ALECSO) in Jeddah. (SPA)

ALECSO Executive Council Meets in Jeddah with Participation of 22 Arab Countries

The 121st session of the Arab League Educational, Cultural and Scientific Organization (ALECSO) kicked off in Jeddah on Tuesday. The two-day event is chaired…

Culture Canadian author Alice Munro is photographed during an interview in Victoria, B.C. Tuesday, Dec.10, 2013. (Chad Hipolito/The Canadian Press via AP, File)

Alice Munro, Canadian Nobel Prize-Winning Author, Dies at 92

Nobel Prize-winning Canadian writer Alice Munro, whose exquisitely crafted tales of the loves, ambitions and travails of small-town women in her native land…

Culture Museums Commission to Organize International Conference on Education, Innovation in June

Museums Commission to Organize International Conference on Education, Innovation in June

The Museums Commission is scheduled to organize the "International Conference for Education and Innovation in Museums", to be held between June 1 and 3 in…

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Culture A portrait by British painter Francis Bacon of his great love sold for $27.7 million at Sotheby's spring sales in New York. TIMOTHY A. CLARY / AFP

$27.7 Million Bacon Tops New York Art Auction Sales

A portrait by British painter Francis Bacon of his great love sold for $27.7 million at Sotheby's spring sales in New York on Monday, topping the first night…

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Culture Executive Director of the King Salman Science Oasis (KSSO) Dr. Khalid Taher signed a memorandum of understanding with Director and Chief Executive of the Science Museum Group (SMG) Ian Blatchford. (SPA)

King Salman Science Oasis Signs MoU with the Science Museum Group in London

Executive Director of the King Salman Science Oasis (KSSO) Dr. Khalid Taher signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) in Riyadh with Director and Chief…

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Culture  Lyse Amissah (c) celebrates her 2024 victory. (AFP)

French Miss Africa Contests Proudly Celebrate Dual Cultures in Paris

The recent scene in a Paris theatre was loud and tumultuous with hundreds of spectators backing their favorites in the Miss Ivory Coast/France 2024 contest,…

Culture At Sotheby's, the jewel in the sale crown is a Francis Bacon portrait estimated at $30-50 million. TIMOTHY A. CLARY / AFP

New York Gears Up for Major Spring Auctions after Soft 2023

New York's major auction houses were preparing for the start of their all-important Spring sales on Monday even as Christie's came under a cyberattack that…

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Culture Visitors from all over the world are flocking to the Hira Cultural District in Makkah. (SPA)

Hira Cultural District: A History, Culture, and Tourism Hub in Makkah

Visitors from all over the world are flocking to the Hira Cultural District in Makkah, a unique destination that blends cultural exploration, historical…

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Culture The Saudi Film Festival is a prominent annual event featuring and celebrating diverse films and screenplays that have witnessed remarkable development over the years - SPA

Cultural Development Fund Concludes Participation in 10th Saudi Film Festival

The Cultural Development Fund (CDF) wrapped up its participation in the 10th annual Saudi Film Festival (SFF). The fund's third consecutive sponsorship of the…

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Culture 500 participating university students represented 95 countries worldwide in the festival - SPA

Cultures and Peoples' Festival at Islamic University of Madinah Concludes

The Islamic University of Madinah concluded the 12th annual Cultures and Peoples' Festival. The festival was organized under the slogan "Here is the World"…

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Culture A crane lifts the bust of Abu Jafar Al-Mansur from the site of an explosion that targeted it in 2005 (AFP)

‘Al-Mansur’ Bust Divides Iraq

Iraq is debating whether to remove a statue of the Abbasid Caliph Abu Jafar Al-Mansur in central Baghdad. Some argue it’s a cherished symbol, while others say…

Hamza Mustafa (Baghdad)
Culture The UAE's Ministry of Culture has announced a collaboration with four publishing entities to empower and support creators within the National Grant Program for Culture and Creativity. WAM

UAE Culture Ministry Partners with Publishing Entities to Support Grant Program

The Ministry of Culture has announced its collaboration with the Emirates Literature Foundation, Kalimat Group, Fiker Institute and Magrudy Enterprises to…

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Culture The gold bracelet is about 3,000 years old and was found in 2011 in East Cambridgeshire by a metal detectorist. Photo: Cambridgeshire County Council

Bronze Age Gold Stolen During British Museum Break-in

Curators are "devastated" after gold objects dating back 3,000 years to the Bronze Age were stolen from a museum in Britain, BBC reported. A gold torc and a…

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Buraydah to Participate in UNESCO’s 2024 Creative Cities of Gastronomy Conference in Thailand

Buraydah will join 70 other creative cities worldwide at the UNESCO Creative Cities of Gastronomy Annual Conference 2024, held in Thailand from May 9th to 12th…

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Culture Culinary Arts Commission to Hold 2nd Edition of 'Our Culinary Legacy' Initiative

Culinary Arts Commission to Hold 2nd Edition of 'Our Culinary Legacy' Initiative

The Culinary Arts Commission said the second edition of "Our Culinary Legacy" initiative, which aims to preserve and share Saudi recipes to enrich the local…

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Culture The agreement is part of the commission's endeavor to constantly expand archaeological survey and excavation work in Saudi Arabia - SPA

Heritage Commission Signs MoU with University of York

The Heritage Commission signed a scientific cooperation agreement with the University of York entailing archaeological surveys of prehistoric sites on the…

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Culture The conference is titled “Challenges and Prospects of Teaching Arabic Language and Literature”

Saudi Arabia to Launch Int’l Conference on Arabic Language Education in Seoul

The King Salman Global Academy for Arabic Language is partnering with the Korean Association of Arabic Language and Literature and Hankuk University of Foreign…

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Culture A picture of German composer Ludwig van Beethoven in the gift shop of the Beethoven House museum in Baden near Vienna where he spent his summers. Joe Klamar / AFP

Ode to Joy: How Austria Shaped Beethoven's Ninth

The night Ludwig van Beethoven's monumental Ninth Symphony rang out in a Vienna concert hall for the first time almost exactly two centuries ago, the great…

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Culture File- Signage for The Pulitzer Prizes appear at Columbia University, May 28, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Bebto Matthews, File)

Celebrating Excellence in Journalism and the Arts, Pulitzer Prizes to Be Awarded Monday

The Pulitzer Prizes are set to be announced on Monday, traditionally the most anticipated day of the year for those hoping to earn print journalism's most…

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Culture This vibrant annual event celebrates the arrival of parrotfish in the islands' shallow waters. SPA

Saudi Arabia: Farasan Islands Host 20th Hareed Festival in Celebration of Culture

The Farasan Islands, a string of coral islands nestled 40 kilometers off the coast of Jizan in the Red Sea, are abuzz with activity as they host the 20th…

Asharq Al Awsat (Farasan)
Culture Bullfighting retains a passionate following in some circles in Spain and leading matadors are treated as celebrities - AFP

Spain Scraps National Bullfighting Prize Sparking Debate

Spain's left-wing government said this week it would scrap a national prize for bullfighting, a move which angered supporters of the controversial spectacle…

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Culture The championship is co-organized by the International Camel Racing Federation and the Royal Commission for AlUA - SPA

Saudi Arabia Wins First World Camel Endurance Championship in AlUla

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia won first place at the First World Camel Endurance Championship for men and women, held in AlUla. The championship, co-organized…

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Culture Indonesian First Lady Iriana Joko Widodo visited on Saturday the Hira Cultural District in Makkah. SPA

Indonesia's First Lady Visits Hira Cultural District in Makkah

Indonesian First Lady Iriana Joko Widodo has visited the Hira Cultural District in Makkah, where she toured the Revelation Exhibition. During her visit on…

Asharq Al Awsat (Makkah)
Culture The King Fahd Cultural Center witnessed the performance of Zarqa Al Yamamah opera, the first Saudi operatic work. (SPA)

Saudi Arabia Hosts its First Opera, Zarqa Al Yamamah, in Riyadh

The King Fahd Cultural Center witnessed the performance of Zarqa Al Yamamah opera, the first Saudi operatic work with an international flavor, the Saudi Press…

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