King Abdulaziz University Wins Global 'Zero Project Award’ for 2024

Culture King Abdulaziz University Wins Global 'Zero Project Award’ for 2024

King Abdulaziz University Wins Global 'Zero Project Award’ for 2024

King Abdulaziz University (KAU) won the "Zero Project Award" for the third consecutive time, amidst participation from 523 candidates representing 97 countries…

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Culture Irene Graziosi

The Other Profile, by Irene Graziosi. Translated by Lucy Rand.

By Lovia Gyarkye Kevin Systrom, a founder of Instagram, recently confessed that the platform he helped create had lost its soul. Gone are the days when…

Culture  This photograph taken on February 23, 2024, shows the Eiffel Tower on a cloudy day in Paris. (AFP)

Eiffel Tower Operator Says Strike by Staff Has Ended, Site to Reopen on Sunday

A strike by staff at the Eiffel Tower has ended, the company that runs one of the most visited tourist sites in the world said in a statement on Saturday. …

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Saudi Ministry Launches 1st National Cultural Metaverse Platform in the World

The Ministry of Culture announced Friday the launch of the first national initiative in the world of the Metaverse supported by the artificial intelligence…

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Culture Ministry Launches ‘1727’ Competition to Mark Saudi Founding Day

The Ministry of Culture has announced the launch of the ‘1727’ competition, featuring a prize pool of 100,000 Saudi riyals on the occasion of Saudi Founding…

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Culture This picture taken on December 9, 2023 shows a Banei Keiba horse race at the Obihiro racecourse in Obihiro, Hokkaido Prefecture. (AFP)

‘Suspense’ of Slowest Horse Race Wins New Fans in Japan 

Speed isn't everything at one racecourse in Japan, where the unpredictable stop-and-start drama of the world's slowest horse race has drawn new fans eager to…

Culture The Jeddah Historic District Program, in collaboration with the Heritage Commission, announced the discovery of 25,000 fragments of artifacts dating back to the first two centuries. (SPA)

25,000 Fragments of Artifacts from Islamic Era Discovered through Jeddah Historic District Program

The Jeddah Historic District Program, in collaboration with the Heritage Commission, announced the discovery of 25,000 fragments of artifacts dating back to…

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Culture Forza Italia party leader Silvio Berlusconi (L) talks to candidate Nello Musumeci (C) and Vittorio Sgarbi (R) at the end of a rally for the regional election in Palermo, Italy, November 1, 2017. REUTERS/Guglielmo Mangiapane/File Photo Acquire Licensing Rights

Italy's Junior Culture Minister Quits after Stolen Painting Scandal

Italian junior culture minister and art critic Vittorio Sgarbi, under investigation over possession of a stolen painting, said on Friday he was quitting…

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Culture The I Care artwork was created by US artist David Popa. Photo: The Royal Commission for AlUla

Saudi Arabia's Royal Commission for AlUla Launches ‘I Care’ Campaign

The Royal Commission for AlUla has launched the I Care campaign to highlight the importance of conserving Saudi Arabia’s cultural heritage. I Care promotes…

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Culture The King Abdulaziz Public Library (KAPL). SPA

Chinese Cultural Delegation Visits King Abdulaziz Public Library

A Chinese cultural delegation has visited the King Abdulaziz Public Library (KAPL) in Riyadh. The delegation was briefed on Wednesday on the library's…

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Culture New book by Nasser al-Jassem

Saudi Author Nasser al-Jassem Releases Tenth Story Collection

Saudi novelist and storyteller Nasser al-Jassem released a new story collection entitled "The Blackboard of Love." The collection was published by Adab…

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Culture A new exhibition looking at the lives of Roman soldiers opens at the British Museum in London this week. (AFP)

Life in Roman Army Explored in New British Museum Exhibition

From cavalry helmets to panels of goatskin used for military tents, a new exhibition looking at the lives of Roman soldiers opens at the British Museum in…

Culture A statue representing Marco Polo is on display in a shop window during the pre-opening of the carnival in Venice on January 29, 2024. (AFP)

As Carnival Opens, Venice Honors Native Son Marco Polo on 700th Anniversary of His Death 

Venice is marking the 700th anniversary of the death of Marco Polo with a year of commemorations, starting with the opening of Carnival season honoring one of…

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Saudi ETEC, ALECSO Sign Cooperation Agreement to Enhance Arabic Language Learning Standards

The Saudi Education and Training Evaluation Commission (ETEC) and the Arab League Educational, Cultural and Scientific Organization (ALECSO) have signed an…

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Saudi Heritage Commission Exhibition Wins Paris Design Award

The Saudi International Handicrafts Week Exhibition "Banan" has been awarded the Interior Design award by the International Paris Design Awards/Better Future. …

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Culture Visitors at the Orsay museum in Paris. AFP

Parisian Museums Use AI, Immersive Tech to Lure Young Audience

Museums in Paris are deploying artificial intelligence (AI) and immersive experiences to lure the younger audience but without ditching the traditional museum…

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Culture Saudi Heritage Commission, ALECSO Sign Agreement to Hold Joint Executive Program

Saudi Heritage Commission, ALECSO Sign Agreement to Hold Joint Executive Program

Saudi Arabia’s Heritage Commission signed on Sunday a cooperation agreement with the Arab League Educational, Cultural and Scientific Organization (ALECSO) to…

Culture CEO of the Theater and Performing Arts Commission Sultan Al-Bazie praised the efforts of participants. SPA

Saudi Theater Commission Praises Third Qemam International Festival for Mountain Performance Arts

Saudi Arabia’s Theater and Performing Arts Commission concluded the activities of the 3rd edition of the Qemam International Festival for Mountain Performance…

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Culture Dhai Dubai runs at Expo City Dubai from January 26 to February 4 - WAM

Expo City Dubai Launches 10-day Festival of Emirati Light Art, Culture

Dhai Dubai, the first-ever Emirati-led light art festival, has launched its illuminating 10-day program at Expo City Dubai. The event celebrates the rich…

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Culture The event takes place from January 25 to 27 under the supervision of the Historic Jeddah Program

Historic Jeddah Hosts Global Jazz Performances

The Historic Jeddah District is currently hosting the 'Jazz' program as part of the annual 'Balad Al-Fan' initiative. Taking place from January 25 to 27…

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Culture The General Authority for Survey and Geospatial Information (GASGI) released a collection of corrected historical aerial photographs showcasing various regions of Saudi Arabia during the period from 1950 to 1980. (SPA)

GASGI Displays Corrected Historical Photos of Saudi Arabia 1950-1980

The General Authority for Survey and Geospatial Information (GASGI) released a collection of corrected historical aerial photographs showcasing various regions…

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Culture This photo shows the Arch of Reunification, a monument to symbolize the hope for eventual reunification of the two Koreas, in Pyongyang, North Korea, on Sept. 11, 2018. (AP)

North Korea Appears to Demolish ‘Reunification Arch’ as Kim Jong Un Turns Against Ties With South 

North Korea appears to have torn down a huge arch in its capital that symbolized reconciliation with South Korea, a week after leader Kim Jong Un dismissed…

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)

Who Invented Butter Chicken? Indian Judge to Rule on Dispute Over Global Favorite 

Butter chicken - one of India's best-known dishes globally - is delicious and apparently also contentious, with two Indian restaurant chains doing battle in…

Culture RCU has launched the Hegra Conservation Project. SPA

Royal Commission for AlUla Launches Hegra Conservation Project

The Royal Commission for AlUla (RCU) has launched the Hegra Conservation Project in collaboration with the Italian company Estia, which has 30 years of…

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Culture A World War II reenactor plants roses on Omaha Beach in Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer, Normandy, France, June 6, 2023. (AP)

France Gets Ready to Say ‘Merci’ to World War II Veterans for D-Day’s 80th Anniversary This Year 

France is getting ready to show its gratitude toward World War II veterans who will return, many for the last time, to Normandy beaches this year for 80th…

Culture The 15th edition of the Sharjah Cultural Awards Forum pays tribute to four distinguished Tunisian writers. WAM

Sharjah Cultural Awards Forum Honors Four Tunisian Writers

The 15th edition of the Sharjah Cultural Awards Forum unfolded in the Tunisian city of Sidi Bou Said, paying tribute to four distinguished Tunisian writers,…

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Saudi Arabia: 1,138 Sites Registered in National Register of Architectural Heritage

The Saudi Heritage Commission announced on Thursday accrediting the registration and documentation of 1,138 new architectural heritage sites in the National…

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Culture Janik Söllner

Let’s Rescue Book Lovers from this Online Hellscape

By Maris Kreizman New York - If you have not kept up with the latest scandal in the world of young adult publishing, it is a doozy. It involves a debut…

Culture Artists and designers from all over the world will participate in a rich and diverse range of residencies

Arts AlUla Unveils New Artist Residency Programs

AlUla, the jewel of Saudi Arabia's cultural heritage, has unveiled a series of exciting new Artist Residency Programs. Arts AlUla and the French Agency…

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