Category Archives: Culture and Entertainment

Jeddah Art Week adds vibe to Peninsula art scene.

Art on the Arabian peninsula is swinging. From Abu Dhabi to Sharjah, and from Kuwait to Sana’a, artistic expressions of different forms – paintings, theater, photography, galleries, and more are fast becoming genuine expressions of popular culture. The Saudi Red … Continue reading

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Enchanting Jabreen Castle mesmerises visitors to Oman.

Tourism is a relatively recent phenomena in many parts of the Arabian peninsula, and the interior of the Sultanate of Oman cannot be said to have been, at least until recently, a popular tourist destination. Yet for those who want to … Continue reading

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Dubai celebrates: Crown Prince hoists flag on the top of Burj Khalifa.

Dubai is in celebration mood today as it joins the rest of the United Arab Emirates in celebrating the country’s national day. The event has however also coincided with the selection of Dubai as the city to host the 2020 world … Continue reading

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Eid Mubarak! The Muslim world celebrates Eid al Adha.

We extend Eid greetings to all members of OxGAPS, all our subscribers  on oxgaps.org, and our friends on facebook, and to all Muslims celebrating  Eid al Adha. The image shows Doha, capital of Qatar lit up for Eid. (picture courtesy … Continue reading

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Saudi film about a girl and her bicycle makes debut in Oscars.

Haifaa Al Mansour’s drama Wadjda, about a young girl determined to win money to buy a bicycle she’s forbidden to ride, has been selected as Saudi Arabia’s official submission for the Oscar’s foreign-language category. It marks the first time the … Continue reading

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Dates have been an important part of Gulf diet for centuries.

A Saudi man inspects dates during the “Ahsa Festival for Palms and Dates” in the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia held recently, where total sales of dates reached SR4 million during its first three days. Picture Credit: Saudi Press Agency, … Continue reading

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Sana’a Summer Festival 2013.

Yemeni men perform a fighting dance during the Sana’a Summer Festival in Yemen on Monday, August 19, 2013. The two-week long festival aims at stimulating domestic tourism and to reassure local and international tourists about Yemen’s stability. Picture Credit: REUTERS/Khaled … Continue reading

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OxGAPS Forum supports Dubai’s bid to host EXPO 2020.

OxGAPS – The Oxford Gulf and Arabian Peninsula Studies forum has become a supporter of the bid of Dubai to host EXPO 2020. A decision is expected to be announced in Paris in November. A spokesman for OxGAPS Forum said: … Continue reading

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Meet the Al Nahyans (and friends) – Society wedding in Abu Dhabi of four grandchildren of the late Sheikh Zayed.

It was a society wedding on a grand scale, but in traditional style. Four grandchildren of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan al Nahyan, the founding father of the United Arab Emirates got married on Wednesday in the presence of … Continue reading

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“Re: Orient” – Sharjah Exhibition explores the limits of political and social boundaries, past and present.

Dennis Sammut has been to Sharjah for the opening of the exhibition Re: Orient, an on-going political and social conversation through art. The United Arab Emirates is not exactly a hotbed of political intrigue. Despite the fact that several dozen … Continue reading

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Qatar and Oman Pull Out of Gulf Drama Festival in Riyadh Due to Ban on Music and Women

Source:www.riyadhbureau.com with al Sharq The ban on women and music has led two delegations to withdraw from the Gulf University Drama Festival being hosted this week at King Saud University (KSU) in Riyadh, the daily al-Sharq reported. The newspaper said that the … Continue reading

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Orientalist Love at Oxford. Bodleian Library hosts exhibition “Love and Devotion: From Persia and beyond.”

A wonderful exhibition of orientalist manuscripts entitled “Love and Devotion: From Persia and beyond” is currently on display at the Old Schools Building of the Bodleian Library in Oxford. Some sixty books and plates from the Library’s rich collection are … Continue reading

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Beauties of the Desert

source: http://www.kuwaittimes.net Camels are considered an important part of Kuwaiti and Arab heritage. They were the most important mode of transportation in the Arab world for thousands of years due to their proven ability to endure the hard weather conditions … Continue reading

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Region sees boom in luxury car sales

source: http://www.thepeninsulaqatar.net DOHA: Sales of luxury cars have increased in Qatar and the region. High-range brands featured at the Qatar Motor Show these days have closed 2012 with a growth in revenue in comparison to the previous year and plan … Continue reading

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Football helps process of state-building in UAE

source: http://www.links-dar.org The National football team of the United Arab Emirates have won this year’s Gulf Cup. An elated nation cheered their team on to victory. In this op-ed Dennis Sammut discusses why football is helping the process of state … Continue reading

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Dubai thinks, big, big and bigger

OxGAPS Dennis Sammut is in Dubai often, and never fails to be amazed by the shameless boldness with which the city takes on ambitious projects which have turned it in five decades from a small village into a dynamic metropolis. In this … Continue reading

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