Saudi crown prince ‘bought’ $450 mn Da Vinci

Wall Street Journal reports Prince Mohammed used intermediary to buy much-sought-after painting of Christ “Salvator Mundi.”

Hiba Tawaji dazzles Riyadh in first women-only concert

Da Vinci sold for $450 mn heading to Louvre Abu Dhabi

Istanbul district bans gay film festival

Abjjad, the Arab world’s first virtual reading space

Egypt pop diva faces trial for disparaging Nile river

51 years on, Carthage Film Festival still popular

Dekkak: Ibn Battuta is a symbol of peace and tolerance

Unique insights into UAE’s hidden treasures put on display

Macron to name author Slimani as French language emissary

Tunisia’s ancient calligraphy style in jeopardy

Mystery ancient stone structures unearthed in Saudi desert

Ancient pools near Bethlehem set for renovation

Beirut Art Fair’s eighth edition highlights collectors’ choices

Promoting peace and reconciliation in Lebanon through art

Egypt seeks to renew interest in Sinai’s religious sites

Dahshur pyramids set the standards for Egypt’s ancient architecture

Egypt dig unearths 3,500 year old tomb

Louvre Abu Dhabi to open on November 11

Roman ruins discovered underwater off Tunisia

1,500 year old mosaic discovered in Jerusalem

Hammamet festival showcases Tunisia’s underground art scene

Jerash festival transforms Amman into a centre of global culture

Asilah Moussem, an exuberant platform for artistic events

Wonder Woman film banned in Tunisia over Israeli star

Casablanca makes spectacular comeback to international festival scene

13th edition of Liwa Date Festival to be held July 19-29

Ibn Battuta International Festival to be held in November

Palestinians, Israelis square off on UNESCO vote on Hebron

Essaouira celebrates 20th anniversary of Gnaoua festival

Illicit antiquities trade threatening cultural heritage

US Supreme Court to decide on Iran artifact case

Israeli rights group accepts donation from winner of Man Booker prize

Lebanon bans Wonder Woman film over Zionist actress

Ramadan TV dramas get inspiration from Syria war

Film warns of Israel's 'suicide' at Cannes

Cyprus convention targets trade in 'blood antiquities'

Lebanese activists seek to save Beirut heritage from neglect

Turkey stages Ottoman sports in callback to past glory

Tunisia seeks to add Djerba to World Heritage List

 

Historic Cairo bookshop struggles to cope with changing times

When it opened its doors in 1928, Cairo’s Anglo-Egyptian Bookshop was the first of its kind in the whole Arab region.

Art burgeoning in conservative Iran

Past decade has seen number of galleries in Tehran explode from just a handful to more than 100.

Street art burgeoning in bustling Casablanca

Unlocking culture by taking art to Casablanca’s neighbourhoods is one of Casamouja-Urban Art Wave programme's objectives.

Saving Nineveh and Nimrud from ISIS

ISIS destruction of Iraq’s archaeological treasures is seen in part as strategy of demoralising communities that fell under terror group’s control.

Three decades later, Saudis get their first concert

Tickets sold out in 30 minutes for long-awaited concert music in Riyadh as Saudi Arabia has cautiously begun introducing entertainment.

Morocco grows into international cultural magnet

North African kingdom is witnessing cultural boom thanks to its renowned international festivals, large projects launched by King Mohammed VI.

Etihad museum tells history of UAE’s formation

External façade of muse­um is in form of folded manu­script supported internally by gold­en columns, representing fountain pens symbolising seven Emir­ates.

Kurds’ language in official settings sees new life in Syria

Kurdish officials have reclaimed their tongue, reintroducing Kurmanji dialect of their language into the school curriculum Kurdish-majority regions in Syria.

Syrian star turned pizza boy dreams of Hollywood ending

Acting star Jihad Abdo is finally finding his feet after career is uprooted by Syrian conflict, causing him to flee ‘beautiful life’ for fresh start in Hollywood.

Qarawiyyin library holds written wonders

World's oldest library in Morocco's ancient city of Fez is home to priceless treatises in Islamic studies, astronomy, medicine.

Moroccan-born writer wins France's top literary prize

Leila Slimani wins Goncourt for her novel 'Chanson douce' based on real-life story of Dominican nanny in US.