ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

CULTURE | Government Buildings Across Saudi Arabia Must Display Saudi Art

RIYADH | SAUDI ARABIA – A royal decree starts that government office and agencies in Saudi Arabia must nod display art by Saudi Artists. The announcement that Saudi art should be displayed within government buildings comes after a proposal by the Minister of Culture to Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman, which included a list of … Continue reading CULTURE | Government Buildings Across Saudi Arabia Must Display Saudi Art

TRAVEL & HERITAGE | Work Begins On World’s Largest Cultural And Heritage Development In Saudi Arabia

RIYADH | SAUDI ARABIA – While many countries in the world have halted construction work and put projects on hold due to the pandemic, Saudi Arabia continues to move forward with its giga-projects, including the homeland of its forefathers, Diriyah. Construction on the first phase of Diriah Gate has resumed in the past few weeks … Continue reading TRAVEL & HERITAGE | Work Begins On World’s Largest Cultural And Heritage Development In Saudi Arabia

CULTURE | Hagia Sophia Must Remain Part Of Humanity’s Shared Heritage, Spanish Minister Says

MADRID | SPAIN – Spain’s foreign minister Arancha Gonzales Laya said on Monday it was important that Turkey’s Hagia Sophia remains part of humanity’s shared global heritage, after it was reconverted into a mosque from a museum last week. ‘For us it is important that the spirit of this great monument of Hagia Sophia is … Continue reading CULTURE | Hagia Sophia Must Remain Part Of Humanity’s Shared Heritage, Spanish Minister Says

CULTURE | Google’s New Tool Lets You Translate Ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphics

RIYADH | SAUDI ARABIA – If you’ve ever wondered what messages the Ancient Egyptians were trying to convey with their hieroglyphics, Google’s new tool might just be able to help. In celebration of the anniversary of the discovery of the Rosetta Stone, Google Arts and Culture has released a new AI-powered symbols and characters into … Continue reading CULTURE | Google’s New Tool Lets You Translate Ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphics

ARTS & CULTURE | Thunaiyat Al-Diriyah Foundation is KSA’s First Art Biennale

RIYADH | SAUDI ARABIA – Saudi minister of culture Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan just established Al – Diriyah Biennale Foundation for Contemporary Art, the first art biennale to be set in Saudi Arabia. The biennale will focus on two central themes: an exhibition of contemporary art for the first edition set for 2021 … Continue reading ARTS & CULTURE | Thunaiyat Al-Diriyah Foundation is KSA’s First Art Biennale

ARTS & CULTURE & ENTERTAINMENT | Cannes Film Festival Won’t Take Place In June, But Continues To Explore Options

The Cannes Film Festival won’t take place in June, after all, due to the coronavirus pandemic, but organizers continue to explore different options for 2020. ‘Following the French President’s statement, on Monday, April 13th, we acknowledged that the postponement of the 73rd International Cannes Film Festival, initially considered for the end of June to the … Continue reading ARTS & CULTURE & ENTERTAINMENT | Cannes Film Festival Won’t Take Place In June, But Continues To Explore Options

ENTERTAINMENT | ‘Mulan’ Star Stuns In Elie Saab Gown Yet Again

RIYADH – Shortly after ‘Mulan’ lead star Liu Yifei stunned in an Elie Saab princess gown at the global premiere of Disney’s latest live-action remake in Los Angeles last week, the Chinese actress delivered another head-turning style moment wearing the Lebanese couturier. This weekend, Yifei attended the London premiere of the film in Leicester Square … Continue reading ENTERTAINMENT | ‘Mulan’ Star Stuns In Elie Saab Gown Yet Again

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT | Mulan Star Liu Yifei Stuns In A Show-Stopping Elie Saab Gown

RIYADH – With every live-action remake of a Disney classic, the world gets another real-life princess. After Lily James and Noami Scott, this time is was Liu Yifei, the star of Disney’s upcoming Mulan, that dazzled on the red carpet with her fashion choices. Wearing a magnificent dress from Elie Saab’s Fall/Winter 2019 haute couture … Continue reading ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT | Mulan Star Liu Yifei Stuns In A Show-Stopping Elie Saab Gown

FASHION | Jessica Chastain Turns To Lebanese Designers For ‘It’ Premieres

Hollywood actress Jessica Chastain, who star in ‘It Chapter Two’ has taken to Red Carpet premiers of the movie around the world in an array of Lebanese-designed gown. The star showed off an emerald green ballgown by Zuhair Murad at the Los Angeles premiere of the film last week and took the European premiere of … Continue reading FASHION | Jessica Chastain Turns To Lebanese Designers For ‘It’ Premieres

FASHION | Arab Designers Spice Up Venice Film Festival

JEDDAH, SAUDI ARABIA –  Stars across the world have turned to Arab designers for their red carpet appearance at the ongoing Venice Film Festival. From Romanian actress and model Madalina Dina Ghenea to Lebanese director Nadine Labaki, the international film industry’s leading ladies have been showing off a number of glittering ensembles from regional designers … Continue reading FASHION | Arab Designers Spice Up Venice Film Festival

LIFESTYLE | Elie Saab Broadens Creative Horizons With Debut Furniture Collection

The Elie Saab Maison collection, which is in keeping with the brand’s aesthetic, is divided into ‘Day’ and ‘Night’ so that it encompasses every area of your home. While Elie Saab is known for his head-turning couture and ready-to-wear designs created in his ateliers in Beirut and Paris, his brand has grown to become a … Continue reading LIFESTYLE | Elie Saab Broadens Creative Horizons With Debut Furniture Collection

FASHION | H&M Collaborates With Sandra Mansour For Its First Collection With An Arab Designer

In H&M’s storied collaboration history, there has never been one with an Arab designer, until now. Enter Lebanese designer Sandra Mansour with her trailblazing new collection that is an empowering demonstration of hope and resilience even in the most turbulent of times. Inspired by a quartet of powerful female artists, Mansour dares to dream of … Continue reading FASHION | H&M Collaborates With Sandra Mansour For Its First Collection With An Arab Designer

BUSINESS | Diane Von Furstenberg To Pay Laid Off Employees ‘In Full’

MILAN | ITALY – Iconic fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg wrote on Instagram that laid-off employees of her struggling company will be paid in full including severances. The statement was in response to a New York Times article that was written about the closing of her company’s clothing stores which laid off 60 percent of … Continue reading BUSINESS | Diane Von Furstenberg To Pay Laid Off Employees ‘In Full’

FASHION | Armani and Net-A-Porter Are Teaming Up To Bring Us A New-Gen Shopping Experience

Armani and the Yoox Net-A-Porter  are entering the next phase of their 20-year relationship with plans for a new – gen shopping experience. Over the next two year, the two brands will work together to develop a ‘revolutionary, digital and integrated shopping experience’ for its customers, integrating Armani’s physical boutique with its digital sites with … Continue reading FASHION | Armani and Net-A-Porter Are Teaming Up To Bring Us A New-Gen Shopping Experience

FINE JEWELRY | Sonam Kapoor And Arab Stars Preview Bulgari’s Collection Inspired By The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

Celebrities from all over the Arab flew to Abu Dhabi for the launch of Bulgari’s new Jannah Collection. The glorious high jewelry designs unveiled at the Louvre Abu Dhabi are the results an unprecedented collaboration between the Italian house and Her Highness Sheikha Fatima Bint Hazza bin Zayed Al Nahyan, member  of the ruling UAE … Continue reading FINE JEWELRY | Sonam Kapoor And Arab Stars Preview Bulgari’s Collection Inspired By The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

FASHION | Lamborghini Unveiled Its First Kidswear Collection

Here’s an interesting surprise from Automobili Lamborghini: the Italian supercar maker has recently teamed up with Danish children wear specialist KABOOKI for the company’s first kidswear collection. They’ve signed up a licensing agreement for production and distribution of the Automobili Lamborghini kidswear line, that will kick off with the Fall/Winter 2020 collection. Lamborghini wants to … Continue reading FASHION | Lamborghini Unveiled Its First Kidswear Collection

NEWS | UNESCO Says Logo Being Used Illegally For Arts Trafficking

PARIS | FRANCE – The United Nations’ cultural agency has warned that its name and logo are being illegally emblazoned on false documents to facilitate illicit trafficking in African cultural property. UNESCO urged ‘vigilance’ Wednesday after it received numerous reports of such fraud and instance where its name was being used to certify the monetary … Continue reading NEWS | UNESCO Says Logo Being Used Illegally For Arts Trafficking

WORLD NEWS | Pope ‘Very Pained’ By Decision To Turn Istanbul’s Hagia Sophia Museum Into Mosque

VATICAN – Pope Francis said on Sunday he was hurt by Turkey’s decision to make Istanbul’s Hagia Sophia museum a mosque, the latest religious leader to condemn the move. ‘My thoughts go to Istanbul. I think of Santa Sophia and I am very pained’, he said during his weekly blessing in St.Peter’s Square. Turkish President … Continue reading WORLD NEWS | Pope ‘Very Pained’ By Decision To Turn Istanbul’s Hagia Sophia Museum Into Mosque

CELEBRITY | Charlize Theron Says She’s Dating Herself, Her Daughter Said She Needs Boyfriend

MILAN | ITALY – The South African actress revealed on Diane Von Furstenberg’s ‘InCharge With DFV’ podcast on Thursday that her daughter August wants her to get a boyfriend. Theron, 44, however, said she’s happily in a relationship with herself. ‘Two days ago I was in the car with my two girls and my little … Continue reading CELEBRITY | Charlize Theron Says She’s Dating Herself, Her Daughter Said She Needs Boyfriend

ENTERTAINMENT | Arab Supermodel Gigi Hadid Expecting First Child With One Direction’s Zany Malik. Yolanda Hadid Confirmed

MILAN | ITALY – Gigi Hadid and Zayn Malik have not yet publicly confirmed the reports that they’re expecting their first child together, but Gigi’s mom, Yolanda, has spoken up. She recently gave an interview to the Dutch celebrity new television show, RTL Boulevard, and confirmed that she’ll be a grandmother, telling the outlet, ‘Still … Continue reading ENTERTAINMENT | Arab Supermodel Gigi Hadid Expecting First Child With One Direction’s Zany Malik. Yolanda Hadid Confirmed

KSA| The Saudi Ministry of Culture will launch 11 independent arts and culture organization this year as part of a restructuring of the Kingdom’s cultural sector in line with Vision 2030 reforms.

The Saudi Ministry of Culture will launch 11 independent arts and culture organization this year as part of a restructuring of the Kingdom’s  cultural sector in line with Vision 2030 reforms. A ministry spokesperson, Abdulkareem Al-Hameed, said the new cultural units will oversee museums, movies and visual shows, libraries, fashion, music, heritage, literature and publication, … Continue reading KSA| The Saudi Ministry of Culture will launch 11 independent arts and culture organization this year as part of a restructuring of the Kingdom’s cultural sector in line with Vision 2030 reforms.

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT | Coachella Will Be Postponed Because Of Coronavirus Concerns, Sources Say

LOS ANGELES | One of music’s largest event will be delayed over coronavirus concerns. The Coachella Vally Music and Arts Festival organizers will postpone the event, potentially until October, two sources with knowledge of matter tell CNN. The festival, which typically attracts about 100,000 attendees per day, had been set to take place on two … Continue reading ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT | Coachella Will Be Postponed Because Of Coronavirus Concerns, Sources Say

ENTERTAINMENT | SXSW Canceled As Tech And Entertainment World Faces

BUCHAREST – The South by Southwest music, technology and film festival in Austin, Texas, was canceled on Friday, adding a growing list of events being suspended around the world over concerns about the spreading coronavirus outbreak. Known as SXSW, the annual showcase of pop culture had been scheduled to run March 13 to 22. Organizers … Continue reading ENTERTAINMENT | SXSW Canceled As Tech And Entertainment World Faces

ARTS & CULTURE & ENTERTAINMENT | Netflix Will Soon Release A New Documentary On Michelle Obama

Netflix and Barack and Michelle Obama’s production company have announced a new original documentary: Becoming, following the former first lady as she goes on a 34-city tour to promote her bestselling memoir of the same name. the wait isn’t too long as Netflix plans to launch Becoming in just over a week, on May 6. … Continue reading ARTS & CULTURE & ENTERTAINMENT | Netflix Will Soon Release A New Documentary On Michelle Obama

ENTERTAINMENT | Friends Reunion Confirmed At HBO Max: ‘It’s Happening’

The one where it’s all happening! A ‘Friends’ reunion starring Jennifer Aniston, Courtney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matthew Parry, David Schwimmer and Matt LeBlank is official happening, HBO Max confirmed Friday. ‘The one where they got back together’, HBO Max posted in an Instagram Story. ‘The Friends cast set to reunite for exclusive HBO Max special … Continue reading ENTERTAINMENT | Friends Reunion Confirmed At HBO Max: ‘It’s Happening’

ENTERTAINMENT | Reese Witherspoon, Clothing Company Sued By Teachers For Misleading Dress Giveaway Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

Reese Witherspoon has been sued by a group of teachers for an alleged misealding dress giveaway involving her clothing company, Draper James, according to a new report. Back in April, the  ‘Little Fires Everywhere’ actress, 44, champions teachers around the country amid the coronavirus pandemic by offering them a chance to snag a free dress. … Continue reading ENTERTAINMENT | Reese Witherspoon, Clothing Company Sued By Teachers For Misleading Dress Giveaway Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

ENTERTAINMENT | Nicole Kidman Has Purchased Rights To Another Laine Moriarty Book That Sounds Even Better Than Big Little Lies

MILAN – Hulu’s limited TV series adaptation of Liane Moriarty’s book, Nine Perfect Strangers, is taking shape with a number of key cast members on board, Deadline reports. Nicole Kidman and Gilmore Girls alum Melissa McCarthy are set to star along with The Good Place’s Many Jacinto. Kidman will take on the role of Masha … Continue reading ENTERTAINMENT | Nicole Kidman Has Purchased Rights To Another Laine Moriarty Book That Sounds Even Better Than Big Little Lies

CELEBERITY | Kanye West Apologies To Wife Kim Kardashian Hours After Visit From Justin Bieber

LOS ANGELES – Kanye West has apologies to his wife Kim Kardashian west for discussing their personal problems in public. Hours after being visited at his ranch by fellow musician Justian Bieber, the rapper used a public forum, Twitter, to tell her he was story for ‘going public with something that was a private matter’. … Continue reading CELEBERITY | Kanye West Apologies To Wife Kim Kardashian Hours After Visit From Justin Bieber

SPORTS | New Route, More Technically Challenging Dakar Rally Promised In Saudi Arabia Next Year

RIYADH | SAUDI ARABIA – The Dakar Rally will be returning to Saudi Arabia for a second year running, it was announced through a virtual press conference on Wednesday. The organizers of the 2021 Dakar – Saudi have promised a route that is entirely new, more technical and, among the dunes that will surround it … Continue reading SPORTS | New Route, More Technically Challenging Dakar Rally Promised In Saudi Arabia Next Year

SPORT | Red Card For Virus As Saudi Pro League Returns With Riyadh Derby

RIYADH | SAUDI ARABIA – The most popular rivalry in the Saudi Pro League (SPL) will take center stage as Al-Nassr host Al-Hilal on Wednesday, with safety precautions to allow the safe return of football in the Kingdom. The eagerness for football’s return will be highlighted when players arrive fully kitted at King Fahd Stadium, … Continue reading SPORT | Red Card For Virus As Saudi Pro League Returns With Riyadh Derby

SPORTS NEWS | Saudi-Led Consortium Pulls Out Of Newcastle United Takeover Bid

RIYADH | SAUDI ARABIA – A consortium led by Saudi Arabia’s Investment Fund has withdrawn a proposed take – over of Newcastle United, the English Premier League football club. A statement from the investment group, which also included U.K. investor Amanda Staveley’s PCP Capital and the family business of British entrepreneur Reuben Brothers said the … Continue reading SPORTS NEWS | Saudi-Led Consortium Pulls Out Of Newcastle United Takeover Bid