Saudi Arabia to introduce physical education for schoolgirls

July 14, 2017 2:16 pm2 comments
Saudi Arabia to introduce physical education for schoolgirls

Saudi public schools will begin offering physical education for girls in the coming academic year, the education ministry announced on Tuesday, in a long-awaited reform in the Islamic kingdom. Physical education for women is controversial in Saudi Arabia, where conservatives consider it immodest, and it is not mandatory. It has […]

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Introducing the Jordan Trail

July 7, 2017 1:45 pm2 comments
Introducing the Jordan Trail

Thousands of years ago, Jordan was the center of the King’s Highway, the historic Iron Age trade route stretching from Egypt to Damascus. During the first centuries B.C., Nabatean merchants seized control of the route, and the Romans after them. Here, empires were won and religious wars fought. Now, thanks […]

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International Businesses Caught in Qatar Crossfire

June 29, 2017 1:31 pm1 comment
International Businesses Caught in Qatar Crossfire

International businesses are being caught in the crossfire of Qatar’s dispute with its Arab neighbors as it delays shipments, lengthens travel times and prompts contingency plans in case the crisis deepens. The feud between Arab powers threatens to undermine the region’s progress in positioning itself as business friendly and raises […]

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Syrian Refugees Head Home on Foot From Turkey for Eid Holiday

June 23, 2017 10:45 am2 comments
Syrian Refugees Head Home on Foot From Turkey for Eid Holiday

Carrying suitcases, shopping bags and toddlers, thousands of refugees walked back home into Syria from Turkey on Thursday ahead of the Eid festival that marks the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. Turkey has taken in some 3 million Syrian migrants since the start of civil war in […]

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Late Night Ramadan Shopping Shows Indonesia’s Economic Spirits Brightening

June 16, 2017 1:49 pm1 comment
Late Night Ramadan Shopping Shows Indonesia’s Economic Spirits Brightening

Indonesia’s economic spirits are rising judging by the line of women outside a packed Furla bag shop for a traditional midnight Ramadan sale at a Jakarta mall. The Muslim holy month, due to end in late June, is half over, and how much shopping Indonesians do during Ramadan is regarded […]

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Saudi-owned TV drama fights Islamic State Propaganda

June 2, 2017 4:57 pm2 comments
Saudi-owned TV drama fights Islamic State Propaganda

A Saudi-owned television channel has launched a drama series portraying the brutality of life under the Islamic State to counter sleek propaganda from the jihadist group which has won it recruits worldwide. Beamed across the Arab world by satellite channel MBC, the $10-million project reflects the kingdom’s self-appointed role at […]

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Lanterns, Qurans as Jerusalem holy site meets Ramadan

May 26, 2017 12:43 pm1 comment
Lanterns, Qurans as Jerusalem holy site meets Ramadan

Jerusalem buzzes with renewed energy in the days before the start of Ramadan, Islam’s holy month, when the faithful abstain from eating and drinking during daylight hours. There’s the bustle to prepare the al-Aqsa Mosque, the 8th-century Muslim shrine in Jerusalem’s Old City, for the hundreds of thousands of Muslims […]

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Saudi Entertainment Chief Sees Cinemas Returning

May 5, 2017 4:53 pm1 comment
Saudi Entertainment Chief Sees Cinemas Returning

Saudi Arabia will one day open cinemas and build a world-class opera house, the man spearheading the kingdom’s entertainment reforms said on Thursday, playing down opposition by powerful religious authorities to changes they see as sinful. The kingdom had some cinemas in the 1970s but the clerical establishment persuaded the authorities […]

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California Mosque led by Women Opens Doors to All

April 21, 2017 12:46 pm2 comments
California Mosque led by Women Opens Doors to All

The second mosque in the United States led solely by women held its inaugural service in California on Friday, but unlike a Los Angeles congregation that opened two years ago, the new female-led Muslim house of worship in Berkeley is open to both genders. The Qal’bu Maryam Women’s Mosque “is […]

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Culture Summit 2017 Abu Dhabi Concludes with an Action Agenda for the Future

April 14, 2017 3:01 pm0 comments
Culture Summit 2017 Abu Dhabi Concludes with an Action Agenda for the Future

CultureSummit 2017 Abu Dhabi concluded today following four days of rich and lively discussion with over 300 of the world’s top creative minds from over 80 countries. The global cultural leadership forum delivered on its founding vision by tackling some of the most challenging issues of our time, and exploring […]

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