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In a first for the country, Saudi Arabia to host The Wizard of Oz in October

In a first for the country, Saudi Arabia to host The Wizard of Oz in October

Riyadh: Saudi Arabia will for the first time host The Wizard of Oz, “the greatest family musical of all time”. The production, a spectacular celebration of the iconic 1939 MGM film, will be held on October 2-12 at the King Abdul Aziz Center for World Culture (Ithra) and will include dazzling choreography, classic songs and […]

Colombo Declaration sets mimum marriage age at 18 in South Asia

Colombo Declaration sets mimum marriage age at 18 in South Asia

Colombo: The minimum age for marriage should be 18 years, parliamentarians from South Asia have agreed. The lawmakers from India, Pakistan, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Maldives, Afghanistan, Nepal and Sri Lanka who attended a two-day forum on Child Rights in South Asia have also agreed that the general law of the country should be supreme. The Colombo […]

World’s largest underwater theme park opens in Bahrain

World’s largest underwater theme park opens in Bahrain

By Habib Toumi Manama: The world’s largest underwater theme park, Dive Bahrain, was officially opened on Friday. The initial phase of the project has been completed recently by submerging a 70-meter long decommissioned and specially prepared Boeing 747, 20-22 meters below the water North of Bahrain, to become the first attraction of the 100,000 m2 […]

Bahrain workshop experts discuss safe return of Syrian refugees

Bahrain workshop experts discuss safe return of Syrian refugees

By Habib Toumi Manama: The U.S. wants Syrian refugees to return to their homes in Syria but insists it should be done in the right conditions, a senior U.S. official has said. “We are here to dispel myths about U.S. policy and to reiterate that the U.S. wants Syrian refugees ultimately to return to their […]

Kazakhistan President calls for launching Asia Prize in Literature

Kazakhistan President calls for launching Asia Prize in Literature

Nur-Sultan: Kazakhstan President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev has called for establishing the Asia Prize in Literature. Addressing the First Forum of Asian Countries’ Writers in the Kazakh capital on Wednesday morning, Tokayev said that the Forum of Asian Countries’ Writers should become ‘an important venue for dialogue of writers’ and should be held in Asian countries on a […]

New record as 3 million people use Bahrain-Saudi Arabia causeway in August

New record as 3 million people use Bahrain-Saudi Arabia causeway in August

By Habib Toumi Manama: Close to three million people used the King Fahad Causeway linking Bahrain with Saudi Arabia in August, setting a new month record for the terrestrial link opened in 1986. Figures show that 2,918,993 people used the 25-kilometer causeway, a daily average of more than 94,000 people. The peak day was August […]

Azerbaijan to host IATA conference on safety, flight operations

Azerbaijan to host IATA conference on safety, flight operations

By Habib Toumi Baku: Safety and flight operations will be the main topic to be discussed at the International Air Transport Association (IATA) conference to be held next year in Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan. The international conference will be hosted on March 31 – April 2 at the Baku Convention Center. According to reports […]

Guest of Honor Sharjah to highlight UAE, Arab cultures at Moscow International Book Fair

Guest of Honor Sharjah to highlight UAE, Arab cultures at Moscow International Book Fair

  By Habib Toumi Sharjah: Sharjah, one of the seven emirates making up the United Arab Emirates (UAE), is all set for its breakthrough participation as the Special Guest of Honor in the 32nd Moscow International Book Fair (MIBF 2019). In April, Sharjah was announced as the first Special Guest of Honor as well as […]

Will Malaysians continue to support- not supplant – unity, diversity despite formidable challenges? The answer is ‘YES’

Will Malaysians continue to support- not supplant – unity, diversity despite formidable challenges? The answer is ‘YES’

By Habib Toumi Manama: Going through the message of Malaysia’s Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad as he addressed his fellow citizens on Friday, the eve of the country’s Independence Day, revived my memories of my first visit to Kuala Lumpur in 2009. In his message, Mahathir insisted on the significance of all Malaysians coming together, […]

Kazakhstan’s ratification makes ban of nuclear weapons one step closer

Kazakhstan’s ratification makes ban of nuclear weapons one step closer

  New York: Kazakhstan, the country where the Soviet atomic bomb was first tested 70 years ago, has become the 26th state to deposit the ratification instrument to the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) with the United Nations Secretariat. The ceremony, on the International Day against Nuclear Tests, was attended by representatives […]

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