Category Archives: History

In memory of Dr Abdullah Omran Taryam – an Emirati statesman, intellectual, and foremost, a journalist.

OxGAPS co-ordinator, Dennis Sammut, reflects on the life and work of Dr Abdullah Omran Taryam who died yesterday. The death of Dr Abdullah Omran Taryam, the founder and chief Executive of the al Khaleej Newspaper Group in the United Arab Emirates, at the age … 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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OxGAPS symposium offered an open space for debate on important issues.

Many participants in the symposium held in Oxford on 16 November have commented on the importance of the event and how it contributed to providing an open space for debate on many important issues affecting the Middle East Region at … Continue reading

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Iraq to restore the arch of Ctesiphon

Iraqi authorities have contracted a Czech firm to carry out a 10-month restoration of the ancient Arch of Ctesiphon as part of a plan to boost tourism to the once-popular site. Through the decades of conflict that have wrecked Iraq, the famed … 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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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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Abu Dhabi to mark 250th anniversary of historic Qasr el Hosn

Source: http://www.khaleejtimes.com Legend has it that sometime in the 1761 Bedouin hunters followed a deer all the way from Liwa to the shores of what was to become Abu Dhabi which, in translation, means the “father of the deer”. When … Continue reading

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