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Dubai culture expands book borrowing service

The Authority invites all readers to become DPL members and benefit from this knowledge infrastructure…reports Asian Lite News

The book-borrowing service expanded by Dubai Culture and Arts Authority (Dubai Culture) through its digital library enabled around 1,500 users from March until May 2022 to access a wealth of reading materials available in the library’s database.

As part of its efforts to facilitate access to knowledge and allow students, researchers or readers to access knowledge sources from around the world, Dubai Culture expanded the book-borrowing service in its Dubai Public Library network in cooperation with Overdrive to make its knowledge materials available in several forms, including digital books, audiobooks and videos.

Dubai Public Library members benefited from rich content in Arabic and English, borrowing a total 462 materials, whose topics varied between literary, entertainment, professional and academic books, and continuing-education books. The Authority invites all readers to become DPL members and benefit from this knowledge infrastructure.

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This comprehensive digital knowledge platform currently provides 3,788 books, distributed between digital books, audiobooks and videos, all of which are available to DPL members via Dubai Culture’s website, the DPL app, and the Libby app. Members can borrow up to five knowledge materials for seven days (digital and audio-books), and five days (videos).

Dubai Culture manages the Dubai Public Library network, which includes eight libraries for adults and seven for children, in addition to the digital library, multi-purpose halls and classrooms, providing community members with sources of knowledge in the light of efficient services and advanced technologies. All the library’s branches are linked to each other and to other modern libraries through the latest connectivity and networking technologies, allowing easy access to a wide range of books covering a wide range of topics, in both Arabic and English.

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Abu Dhabi Arab News Events

Abu Dhabi International Book Fair to ‘inspire innovate enrich’

The Fair, running from 23rd to 29th May at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC)…reports Asian Lite News

The 31st edition of the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair (ADIBF), organised by the Abu Dhabi Arabic Language Centre (ALC), part of the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi), is launching under the theme ‘Inspire, Innovate, Enrich’.

The Fair, running from 23rd to 29th May at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC), will see participation of more than 1,130 publishers from over 80 countries This year, ADIBF will be hosting more than 450 cultural, academic and creative events, as well as interactive activities that appeal to all sections of society.

As the Guest of Honour for ADIBF 2022, the Federal Republic of Germany will present an integrated programme showcasing the country’s culture and history at its own pavilion. These include events with nearly 80 publishers, experts and creators taking part in more than 14 cultural and professional sessions, as well as screenings of German films based on books. Visitors will also be invited to explore the works of renowned poet, author, playwright, and novelist Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, while a visual narration at the pavilion will introduce visitors to illustrious German tradition of creativity and literature.

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Audiences can enjoy events at numerous locations throughout ADIBF, including the main podium, youth platform, business lobby, lifestyle corner and art corner. The programme features a wide range of dialogue sessions, seminars, and literary, cultural and academic events. Some of the most-anticipated guests include poet and literary critic Adonis; Guido Imbens, who was awarded one half of the 2021 Nobel Prize for Economics; Prof. Roger Allen, leading Western researcher in modern Arabic literature; and Prof. Muhsin J. Al Musawi, Professor of Arabic and Comparative Literature at Columbia University in New York.

This year’s event will also include a wide range of educational events and activities for children including musical and dance performances, workshops and more. The Abu Dhabi Arabic Language Centre is inviting all members of society to attend the exhibition and participate in its events.

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MMA SMARTIES honours MENA 2021 winners

MMA SMARTIES honoured the most innovative and effective modern marketing campaigns that ran across the Middle East and North Africa region during 2021 at the Awards Ceremony held after the inspiring MMA MENA SMARTIES Creativity & Innovation Days Event…reports Asian Lite News

This year SMARTIES MENA Awards were given in a unique NFT format known as ‘SMARTIES MENA INTO THE METAVERSE’, the first tokenized awards in the region.  Istanbul based artist, Efe Balun created 4 exclusive animated artworks representing the Smarties trophy categories (Bronze, Silver, Gold and Industry Awards). All winners were prized with a unique art work.

MMA MENA SMARTIES Creativity & Innovation Days 2021 brought together Marketing Thought Leaders, Tech Experts and Researchers. The all-day event hosted MENA thought leaders from leading brands of the marketing ecosystem. Asma Shabab, from Accenture, made a striking introduction about ‘The Metaverse Imperative: Exploring marketing’s future in the internet of tomorrow’ for the event opening. ‘Embrace the Art of Marketing Science’ session held by Tony Evans, Meta, enlightened the attendees about learning the keys to developing modern marketing mix models that accurately capture the value of one’s digital efforts and what the future holds for marketers after the IOS 14 changes have made attributing value more difficult.

As the CEO of Female Fusion, Jen Blandos shared the insights on entrepreneurship, women in business, women in the workplace, health, wellness and resilience.

At the Innovation & Creativity panel, Devrim Melek, Senior VP, Strategy, OSN, Dr. Tamer Eltoni From Etisalat and Nurcan Bıçakçı Arcan from SAS expressed their opinion on the role of the CMO and discussed how marketers need to adapt their skillset and mindset to excel at their duties and advance the company. The session was followed by ‘New Era Of Marketers – What is the Future of Social Media Platforms’ panel where FAHAD OSMAN, Regional Head of Marketing, Tiktok, SOUHEIL SOUEID, Head of Advertising Product & Solutions, MENA, Google, JULIE CAIRONI BECK, Marketing – MENA Regional Head, Snap Inc., TERRY KANE, Director – MENAT, Meta shared the new trends on social media of the leading platforms.

One of the remarkable sessions of the event was ‘The Creative Effectiveness Formula’ panel led by subject matter experts: JESSICA USENBOR, Director of Product, Diversified Services and Partnerships OMG MENA, MAYANK GARG, Digital, CaST & Creative Partnerships Lead, GSK, SYED MANSOOR HUSSEIN, Category Marketing Leader, International Flavors & Fragrances as they shared their views on how brands can take the relationship between effectiveness and creativity and use it to lead different areas of thought, innovation, and earn their way into the cultural conversation.

Record Number of Case Submissions in 2021 Compared to Previous Years!

The aspect that set this year’s SMARTIES Awards apart from the previous years is the Business Transformation Themes considering the events affecting the world such as Covid-19. There were twice as more campaigns submitted to take the coveted SMARTIES trophy home compared to last year. The esteemed jury consisted of marketing thought leaders from MENA, who voted to choose MMA MENA SMARTIES 2021’s winning campaigns after a long and dedicated process of evaluation among more than two hundred submissions.

Gold, Silver and Bronze SMARTIES MENA 2021 Industry Awards were presented to the winners at the Awards Ceremony at Rixos Premiıum JBR in Dubai and honored as the most successful Media Agency, Technology Enabler, Ad Network, Advertiser and Best in-show.

Here are the MMA MENA SMARTIES 2021 Winners Based on Categories:

MARKETING OBJECTIVE

Gaming / Gamification & E-Sports:

du // Network Nation // MENA // AdColony

BRONZE

The Battle Of Flavors

SILVER

Travel From Home- Using AR to design a Virtual Vacation Experience

SILVER

 Machine Learning and AI:

EMO-BOT- Emotional Robot

GOLD

Kitco IPL Sports Sync AI Activation

SILVER

Audio / Sonic Branding:

\”Destination Calling\”- An 8D audio multidimensional travel experience

GOLD

Dettol- Back to School

GOLD

Brand Experience:

\”Destination Calling\”- An 8D audio multidimensional travel experience

BRONZE

\”The Futurines\” Seeing the Future with 3D Printing

SILVER

InMobi Helps McDonald’s See Engagement Rate 182% Above Benchmarks

SILVER

InMobi Proves the Value of Mobile Branding for Unilever’s Knorr

SILVER

Consumer Promotions:

InMobi Delivers New Subscribers for Streaming Platform Shahid, in a Post-IDFA Setting

BRONZE

Start Fresh

GOLD

Tawuniya Saudi National Day- A Home To Everyone

BRONZE

Contextual / Native Advertising:

\”Destination Calling\”- An 8D audio multidimensional travel experience

GOLD

\”Stitch-Play\”- A new take on Display

BRONZE

EMO-BOT- Emotional Robot

BRONZE

Cross Channel Integration:

e-Direct, a new way to shop Laundry

GOLD

Customer Experience:

7DAYS Mini Croissant // MENA // AdColony

BRONZE

McDonald’s Grand Chicken // MENA // AdColony

SILVER

Travel From Home- Using AR to design a Virtual Vacation Experience

GOLD

Data/Insights:

\”Stitch-Play\”- A new take on Display

SILVER

EMO-BOT- Emotional Robot

GOLD

Tawuniya Saudi National Day- A Home To Everyone

BRONZE

eCommerce (pivoting during the pandemic:

e-Direct, a new way to shop Laundry

GOLD

Innovation:

Kitco IPL Sports Sync AI Activation

SILVER

Lead Generation / Direct Response / Conversions:

Dar Al Arkan leads to Mecca

SILVER

EMO-BOT- Emotional Robot

GOLD

The year banking changed forever in KSA

SILVER

Location Based Services or Targeting:

Closer to du

SILVER

Hitting the right spot

BRONZE

McDonald’s Drive-thru Come-back

SILVER

NBK’s Activation & Wallet Share Campaign: Location Powered Audience Retargeting at Tesla Event

GOLD

mCommerce:

Babyshop mcommerce

BRONZE

e-Direct, a new way to shop Laundry

GOLD

The year banking changed forever in KSA

SILVER

Product / Services Launch:

\”Stitch-Play\”- A new take on Display

GOLD

Ford F-150 // MENA // AdColony

BRONZE

The Battle Of Flavors

BRONZE

Programmatic:

Dettol – Hajj

BRONZE

Social Impact / Not For Profit:

#SmallBusinessesMatter – Using Social to Keep SMEs Open

SILVER

Social Media Marketing:

#SmallBusinessesMatter – Using Social to Keep SMEs Open

BRONZE

Doing Something Never Done Before

SILVER

Social Responsibility:

Dettol- Back to School

GOLD

Technology Innovation:

e-Direct, a new way to shop Laundry

SILVER

User Generated / Influencer Marketing:

Dettol- Back to School

SILVER

Dettol Cool

BRONZE

Moshaya Family Animation

GOLD

Video Advertising:

InMobi and Spark Foundry Garner Nearly 3 million Impressions on In-App Ads for Almarai

BRONZE

InMobi Proves the Value of Mobile Branding for Unilever’s Knorr

BRONZE

L’Usine Puffs // MENA // AdColony

GOLD

INDUSTRY AWARDS:

Ad Technology Enabler of the Year: Inmobi

Ad Network of the Year: AdColony a Digital Turbine Company

Agency of the Year: Universal Media

Advertiser of the Year: RAKBANK

Best In Show: e-Direct, a new way to shop Laundry- Ariel and Tide I Leo Burnett Bei

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Arab News Events Saudi Arabia

Saudi reveals brand new in-flight entertainment system

The system offers passengers over 5,000 hours of on-demand movies, music, TV shows, documentaries, games and live TV news in over 16 languages….reports Asian Lite News

Saudi Arabian Airlines (SAUDIA) has officially revealed its brand-new in-flight entertainment (IFE) system, Beyond, during Arabian Travel Market (ATM) 2022, which started today 9 May, at the Dubai World Trade Centre.

The new IFE system will further transform SAUDIA’s onboard experience with over 5,000 hours of HD content, including, but not limited to, Western and Eastern films and tv shows, as well as a library of E-books, weather reports, shopping, meal ordering, flight information and agenda timeline.

Beyond also features the largest Islamic content in the skies with guests notified of prayer times throughout the journey. A distinct Kid Mode allows younger guests to enjoy a selection of their favourite cartoons, movies, and games.

In addition to entertainment, Beyond offers a range of other practical features, such as the ability to check the status of the flight while en route; a real-time view of the sky during take-off and landing from cameras. Guests onboard can also enjoy shopping and browsing the latest products from the comfort of their seat.

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Essam Akhonbay. SAUDIA VP Marketing & Product Management said, “We’ve never stopped improving our product. The new IFE will further transform SAUDIA’s onboard experience. The success of SAUDIA’s IFE investments and strategy is demonstrated by the loyalty and positive feedback from our guests across all cabin classes. We are delighted to showcase our new IFE with visitors at the ATM.”

The new IFE System Beyond will be implemented gradually across the SAUDIA fleet by the end of this year.

The SAUDIA stand is located in Hall 4 stand number ME4310 at the Arabian Travel Market.

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Turkiye to attend at Arabian Travel Market 2022

Turkiye’s historical and cultural assets as well as its famous cuisine will be highlighted at Arabian Travel Market…reports Asian Lite News

Türkiye will be in the spotlight at Arabian Travel Market 2022. The world-leading tourism destination will introduce its travel offerings at the event with an emphasis on the TurkAegean, Turkish Riviera, Black Sea regions, and tourism hotspot İstanbul. Türkiye’s historical and cultural assets as well as its famous cuisine will also be highlighted at Arabian Travel Market, set to take place between 9-12 May 2022. This year marks the 29th edition of Arabian Travel Market, which will focus on “The future of international travel and tourism”.

Within the scope of the event, Turkish Cuisine will be introduced in the Türkiye stand with a special area designated for the gastronomy book “Turkish Cuisine with Timeless Recipes”.  

Türkiye Attends Arabian Travel Market 2022 with 35 Representatives

Türkiye will attend the Arabian Travel Market 2022 with an impressive number of thirty-five Turkish tourism representatives, including the country’s official tourism agency Türkiye Tourism Promotion and Development Agency (TGA).

Located in Sheikh Saeed Hall 2, Türkiye’s national stand at Arabian Travel Market covers an expansive space of 414 square meters. Turkish tourism professionals will hold meetings at the stand with fair attendees from all over the world, welcoming buyers and representatives alike at stand EU1830.

The booth will offer an introduction to Türkiye’s blue voyage, sea-sun-sand, and historical tourism destinations TurkAegean and the Turkish Riviera. The country’s transcontinental and multi-faceted tourism center İstanbul will also be the main focus at the stand with promotional films showcasing the city’s art, cuisine, and shopping offerings. Türkiye’s scenic Black Sea region, famous for pretty, harborside hamlets boasting ancient fortifications, untouched beaches, and vibrant seaside towns, will be in the spotlight at the prestigious event, as well. Additionally, event attendees will be informed about the country’s latest sustainable and green tourism initiatives such as the collaboration agreement signed with the Global Sustainable Tourism Council at the beginning of 2022.

The Arabian Travel Market is expected to create new opportunities for future collaborations in tourism, unlocking business potential between the Middle East and Türkiye.

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Türkiye welcomed over 30 million visitors in 2021, ranking 4th in the list of most visited countries according to the World Tourism Organization’s yearly report. The tourism hotspot’s 2021 success indicates a rise of %88 percent in tourist numbers compared to 2020, in which Türkiye fared considerably well thanks to its diligent vaccination efforts and highly successful and much acclaimed Safe Tourism Certification Program.

In the first quarter of 2022 compared to 2021, in the same period, 4.9 million foreigners visited Türkiye indicating a rise of % 150 percent in tourist numbers. Türkiye welcomed 1.3 million visitors from the Gulf countries in 2021 and the visitors from the Gulf countries to Türkiye rose by % 234 in the first quarter of 2022 compared to the same period in 2021.

Turkish Cuisine in the Spotlight

At Arabian Travel Market 2022, the country’s culinary diversity and richness will be on display at the Türkiye booth.

The country will showcase the gastronomy book “Turkish Cuisine With Timeless Recipes” which features contributions from prominent chefs, academics, and experts and highlights the rich cuisine’s waste-free, ecological and sustainable characteristics.

Tourism professionals and visitors will enjoy an introduction to Turkish cuisine via this attractive publication featuring traditional and local recipes as well as professionally curated, beautiful images.

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Child prodigies huddle at Sharjah Reading Fest

The 13th edition of the Sharjah Children’s Reading Festival (SCRF), organised by the Sharjah Book Authority (SBA) under the theme ‘Create Creativity’, will launch on 11th May through 22nd May, 2022…reports Asian Lite News

The series of inspirational talks will be held at the Kids’ Creative Café in Hall six at Expo Centre Sharjah, where SCRF is gearing up to enlighten young audiences and highlight the unique talents of seven child prodigies in various fields of literary, artistic and scientific creativity.

The Kids’ Creative Café will host 9-year-old Alreem Al Hammadi, a talented Emirati writer, who will inspire and motivate children to read and explore the world around them. Proficient in arts and creativity, Al Hammadi is a multi-award winner, including a recipient of awards instituted by the UAE’s Department of Culture and Tourism.

Taif Al Dhufairi, a talented story writer from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, who started writing and publishing stories when she was 8 years old, will share the secrets of her exceptional talent with SCRF 2022 audiences. In 2019, Al Dhufairi, won the Rashid bin Humaid Award for Culture and Sciences – Children’s Literature category, to become the youngest winner of this award since its inception.

Award-winning sports champion, Farah Mustafa from Egypt, will also be hosted at the Kids’ Creative Café. An avid swimmer and volleyball player, Farah Mustafa has also competed in a series of Mind Sports at the national and international levels, ranking third in a world championship held in Thailand.

16-year-old Ahsan Ramzan from Pakistan, will recount his journey of becoming the second youngest winner of the International Billiards and Snooker Federation’s (IBSF) World Snooker Championship in March 2022. An avid snooker enthusiast for over a decade, Ahsan was among only six juniors fielded by the Pakistan Billiards and Snooker Federation (PBSF) to compete in the event alongside 50 other cueists.

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12-year-old Dubai-based Bangladeshi student Ameena Hossain, who has a formidable list of exceptional achievements to her name, earned the first place in a mental math competition held at Amity University, UAE, when she was just seven. She secured the title for a second time in 2019. This year, Ameena secured third and fourth place respectively in the Spelling Bee and Mental Math competitions.

The line-up of gifted young speakers also includes Patrick Njoroge Wachira, a 12-year-old CEO from Kenya, who will highlight the importance of preparing children for a tech-enabled future through Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education. Patrick runs an initiative called the PNW Innovations Programme that offers free STEM education to underprivileged Kenyan children deprived of access to basic computer learning and the internet.

The Kids’ Creative Café will also host Devi Vaishnavi, a student at International Indian School Ajman, who will share her writing journey as a young established author and poet. By age 11, the literary talent from India had already published two books, ‘Vampid: The Vampire Virus’, and ‘The Sky Speaks’, as well as a poem titled ‘The Promise’. During her talk, Devi will also present her creative writing book titled ‘The Voice’.

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Stc Bahrain secures ‘Most Innovative use of 5G Technology’

Stc Bahrain, a world-class digital enabler, has been awarded as the ‘Most Innovative use of 5G Technology’ at the International Finance Magazine Awards held in 2021…reports Asian Lite News

The award was presented to stc Bahrain for its role at the forefront of driving forward Bahrain’s digital transformation in line with the Kingdom’s economic vision 2030.

As the first network operator to commercially offer 5G in the Kingdom, stc Bahrain continues to push the boundaries of technology and innovation to usher in a new digital way of life and enhance Bahrain’s connectivity and infrastructure. stc Bahrain has been a driving force to continuously introduce innovative solutions and the latest technologies to the Kingdom.

Eng. Nezar Banabeela, CEO of stc Bahrain, commented: “We are proud to receive this prestigious award and are confident of our vital role as enablers of digital transformation and innovation in Bahrain. In line with the Kingdom’s economic vision 2030, we are continuing to break boundaries and connect people, businesses and communities with our powerful and award-winning network.”

He added, “Moving forward, our mission at stc Bahrain is to enhance our customers’ lives by empowering them with the latest digital technologies, and to empower the next wave of connectivity within the Kingdom. Through the adaptation of transformative technologies such as IoT, Artificial Intelligence (AI), cybersecurity and more, we are determined to pave the way for a digitally-literate and multi-connected society.”

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In 2019, stc Bahrain adopted the latest 5G core technologies, spectrum sharing between LTE and 5G, the latest spectrum management technologies and agile transport layer technologies with global leading ICT solutions provider Huawei. Through this milestone, stc Bahrain is working actively towards developing IoT service applications, including asset tracking, fleet management, connected cars, smart homes, and other cloud-based services.

stc Bahrain has been at the forefront of pushing the latest technologies beyond mere enhancements to approaching capabilities closer to full-fledged 5G. The VCN testing and verification achievement is laying the foundation for further milestones in preparation for the networks needed to fulfil the requirements to serve the Kingdom with the latest 5G network technologies.

This award adds to the many local, regional and international awards that stc Bahrain has won, including “Outstanding Technology Innovation Award” at MEA Business Technology Achievement Awards 2021 and “Best Digital Infrastructure Development” at the International Business Magazine awards 2021.

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ADTD reveals new projects at 29th Arabian Travel Market 2022

The exhibition represents an important platform that supports restore the tourism sector’s momentum…reports Asian Lite News

Ajman’s Department of Tourism Development (ADTD) announced its participation at the 29th edition of the Arabian Travel Market 2022 exhibition (ATM), one of the largest live, travel and tourism focused events in the world held in Dubai every year, organized this year from the 9th to 12th May 2022.

During the exhibition, Ajman Tourism will demonstrate the most updated experiences that Ajman offers its visitors, including the latest developments, new projects, technological solutions, and smart services, in efforts to promoting the emirate and placing it as a prime tourist destination on the local and international tourism map.

Through its participation, Ajman Tourism aims to enhance Ajman’s distinction as an attractive touristic destination for local, regionally and international visitors, in addition to penetrating new global markets by showcasing Ajman’s portfolio of touristic, heritage, family entertainment and luxury hospitality projects.

The department aims to strengthen relations with its strategic industry partners and major tourism agencies, and provide new cooperation opportunities to develop the tourism sector, and attract more tourists to Ajman by highlighting the emirate’s wide array of fascinating attractions from stunning natural preservations, beaches, environmentally friendly tourism, to various heritage and cultural projects.

Khadija Turki, Acting Director General of Ajman’s Department of Tourism Development (ADTD), said: “Our participation in the Arabian Travel Market exhibition comes as a part of the  framework we work within to achieve the futuristic vision of His Highness Sheikh Humaid bin Rashid Al Nuaimi, member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Ajman represented in developing the future of Ajman’s tourism industry, and strengthening Ajman’s position and presence locally, regionally and internationally, through launching progressive development and infrastructure projects, in addition to expanding the tourism sector efforts to restore its momentum aiming to  exceeding the previously achieved levels of growth considering that it is one of the most important pillars of the national economy in order to achieve the sustainability of all vital sectors. Arabian Travel Market exhibition is considered the most important tourism exhibition in the region and one of the most important international exhibitions focused on travel and tourism , a hub for those interested in these economic sectors what makes it a great opportunity for decision makers meetings, investors and  excretive-level connections, exploring pioneering insights on the latest technologies and trends that will undoubtedly shape the future of travel and tourism, in addition to discussing ways of enhancing various aspects of cooperation between countries’ representatives, government agencies and participating tourism companies”.

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Ajman Tourism will also elaborate during the exhibition on several innovative initiatives, such as the Ajman Smart Museum application, which it launched in conjunction with the renovation of the museum and its recent reopening, to provide a unique interactive experience enhanced by advanced technology to stimulate all human senses, through exhibits explained in both Arabic and English.

Ajman Tourism leads Ajman’s participating delegation, that includes representatives from Ajman Department of Municipality and Planning, Ajman Free Zone, Ajman Transport Authority, in addition to many other private entities and travel and tourism companies that seeks, through their participation, to promote the emirate of Ajman as a unique tourist destination.

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Indian ace singer Mohammad Vakil to perform in Manchester soon

Celebrated and award winning vocalist Mohammad Vakil will touch UK shores soon and enthral audience, Rahul Laud reports

Renowned singer Mohammad Vakil who sang  ‘Aaya Tere Dar Par Deewan,’’ in the film Veer Zara who is a younger generation playback singer was noticed in the musical reality TV game show SA RE GA MA PA and  declared the winner in the show will perform in two cities  – Birmingham and Manchester.

Mukesh Kannan on keyboards

Singh Sizzlers a leading Indian restaurant in Manchester has organised a special musical evening – Shaam –e–Mehfil – with food, drinks and Indian popular music with Vakil for Northerners in Manchester. On 29th May, Sunday evening Vakil will render a full- fledged concert belting out most popular ghazals and Bollywood numbers at the Elegance Banqueting in Manchester. Tickets for this premium show will be available at the restaurant in Manchester and other outlets.

Excited and happy partners and organisers of the evening at Singh – Sizzlers, Vipul Patel, Amey Karkhanis and Jivan Dhanik said, “We are privileged and honoured to present Mohammad Vakil – talent par excellence. Vakil’s voice and winning quality reflects similar ethos of our restaurant and catering services.”

Singh Sizzler’s social media channels and Facebook platforms will provide details of the tickets. Lovers of music can also visit www.singhsizzlers.com for more info about the concert and avail show passes.

Manchester based talented musicians Hamit Walia and Mukesh Kannan will accompany Vakil on tabla and percussion and keyboards respectively. The audience can look forward to an electrifying and a splendid evening with music and scrumptious food, organisers assured. ICICI UK and Asian Lite Media group have offered support to the event. 

Hamit Walia on tabla and percussion

Mohammed Vakil was born at Jaipur in Rajasthan on January 25, 1976 in a family of classical Ghazal singers. He gave his first stage performance at a young age of eight and later took a strong decision to establish himself as a singer. He was trained by his maternal uncles (Ustad Mohammed Hussain and Ustad Ahmed Hussain) who are Ghazal maestros. A rigorously trained classical musical vocalist training launched his first album ‘Sapney’ followed by more albums with every album presented amazing Ghazals that have had remained in the hearts of music lovers. In 2009, a musical video song ‘Keh Do Keh Do’ was sung by Mohammad Vakil for Sony Entertainment.

Singh Sizzlers have plans to offer quality entertainment events that will reflect on the quality and tasteful food and service they provide.

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UAE unveils Emirati artist Ibrahim’s work at La Biennale di Venezia

UAE unveils a new installation by Emirati artist Mohamed Ibrahim at La Biennale di Venezia…reports Asian Lite News

The National Pavilion of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) unveiled an exhibition at the La Biennale di Venezia, Mohamed Ahmed Ibrahim: Between Sunrise and Sunset, inaugurated by Noura bint Mohammed Al Kaabi, Minister of Culture and Youth.

Curated by Maya Allison, Executive Director of The New York University Abu Dhabi Art Gallery, the exhibition presents a major new work by Emirati artist Mohamed Ahmed Ibrahim – a room-filling sculptural form made up of 128 abstract and organic elements.

Al Kaabi said, “The Ministry of Culture and Youth has always considered the UAE’s participation in Venice as a point of pride for the nation and a vital element of our cultural narrative. Between Sunrise and Sunset weighs in on the cross-cultural exchange. Furthermore, it celebrates our identity in a creative fashion. This exemplifies our approach as regional cultural leaders, while also accelerating grassroots institutions’ roles as a bridge from the UAE to the world.”

The new work resonates with La Biennale’s theme The Milk of Dreams, which focuses on the connection between bodies, the earth, and metamorphosis. Ibrahim’s sculpture clusters human-sized, tree-like forms to fill the exhibit space. The commissioned artwork is derived from the artist’s deep connection to the physical environment of his hometown of Khor Fakkan – a city at the edge of the rocky Al Hajar mountains where they meet the waters on the east coast of the Emirate of Sharjah in the UAE. The title, Between Sunrise and Sunset, refers to his experience of the light there, where the mountains cast the town in afternoon shadow, obscuring the sunset on the west coast of the UAE. The color of the sculpture shifts from bright playful colors and forms to subdued black and white elements, and suggests undulating movement of bodies, mutation, and metamorphosis. The artist created the work from raw papier-mâché and natural materials including dirt, leaves, tea, coffee, and tobacco.

Mohamed Ahmed Ibrahim, artist, said, “My appointment to represent the UAE in Venice is a great honor and comes with great responsibility. Over the years and now more than ever, Maya has played a special role in delving deeper into my practice. This is certainly a fruitful way to mark our fifth exhibition together for the National Pavilion UAE at the Biennale Arte 2022.”

The show presents Ibrahim’s contemporary practice, drawn from his intimate relationship with the UAE’s landscape. The exhibition’s accompanying book is a retrospective of Ibrahim’s life and work to date, and situates the artist in a global art-historical frame. The National Pavilion UAE launched this book during the inauguration, marking the first comprehensive monograph on the artist. Titled, Mohamed Ahmed Ibrahim: Between Sunrise and Sunset / Works 1986-2022, it is co-edited by Maya Allison, and Cristiana de Marchi, artist, curator, and poet. With extensive essays from scholars, curators, and fellow artists, this book surveys Ibrahim’s biomorphic abstraction paintings of the 1980s, his Land Art experiments and immersive installations of the 1990s, and the evolution of his sculptures to date, and includes a comprehensive biographical timeline.

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Allison said, “It is a privilege to have earned the trust and opportunity to be part of Ibrahim’s work process, and of course to have the incredible experience of developing and presenting Between Sunrise and Sunset in Venice with the National Pavilion UAE.”

Laila Binbrek, Coordinating Director, National Pavilion UAE – La Biennale di Venezia, said, “National Pavilion UAE’s driving purpose is to tell the nation’s untold stories. This year, we are excited to reveal this new commission, which builds on Ibrahim’s multidecade practice, and records several decades of the UAE’s under-documented art history through Ibrahim’s first-ever monograph.”

The inaugural ceremony was attended by Noura Al Kaabi; Sheikha Hoor Al Qasimi, President and Director of Sharjah Art Foundation; Omar Obaid Al Shamsi, UAE Ambassador to Italy; and H.H. Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan bin Khalifa Al Nahyan, Chairman of UAE Unlimited and Patron of the Centre Pompidou in Paris, and of the British Museum in London.