Bahrain launches ‘Spring of Culture’ festival

Updated 22 February 2017
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Bahrain launches ‘Spring of Culture’ festival

The Bahrain Authority for Culture and Antiquities (BACA) and the Economic Development Board held a press conference last week to officially launch the 12th edition of the “Spring of Culture” festival. A number of private sector organizations and foreign embassies are supporting and participating in the annual event, which will run for two months, from February to April.
The festival comes as part of BACA’s year-long celebration of the archaeological heritage of Bahrain for 2017 held under the slogan “Our Year of Archaeology.” Adopted when Manama was the capital of Arab tourism in 2013, the starting date of the festival coincides with the occasion of Arab Tourism Day on Saturday, which commemorates the anniversary of the birth of the famous Arab traveler Ibn Battuta.
The festival is jointly organized by BACA, the Economic Development Board, and Shaikh Ebrahim bin Mohammed Al Khalifa Center for Culture and Research, in collaboration with Albareh Art Gallery, Al Riwaq Art Space, and La Fontaine Center of Contemporary Art.
Gold sponsors of this year’s festival are GFH Financial Group, Huawei, and the National Bank of Bahrain; while silver sponsors include Aluminum Bahrain (ALBA), Bahrain Airport Co., Bahrain Duty Free, Bank of Bahrain and Kuwait, and DHL, with additional support from the Bahrain Institute of Banking and Finance, Investate, the National Oil and Gas Authority and Bahrain Maritime & Mercantile International (BMMI). The festival events were also made possible by contributions from the embassies of Italy, Japan, the US, and Mexico in Bahrain.
BACA President Shaikha Mai bint Mohammed Al-Khalifa, said: “As we celebrate our 12th anniversary, we grow ever-confident of culture’s capabilities and positive impact. We also are mindful that by telling the many stories of success over the course of our history through our archaeological monuments, we can bring joy to our communities and instil a sense of pride in our identity and heritage, while at the same time promoting the best of what Bahrain has to offer.”
Economic Development Board CEO Khalid Al-Rumaihi said: “The ‘Spring of Culture’ festival demonstrates how to connect and develop private sector investments in culture in order to highlight Bahrain’s openness to other world cultures since ancient times. These efforts are in line with the Economic Development Board’s objective of supporting tourism as it is an important and growing sector that has significant competitive advantages and tremendous development and job creation potential.”


Genesis G70 arrives in the Middle East

Updated 19 April 2018
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Genesis G70 arrives in the Middle East

Genesis has officially launched its compact G70 luxury sedan in Middle East markets, completing the brand’s core sedan lineup. Engineered as a dynamic car with strong appeal to younger customers and more enthusiastic drivers, the G70 joins the flagship G90 large sedan and mid-sized G80 and G80 Sport.

“Genesis has been very well received in the Middle East, and the Genesis G70 will be an exciting new chapter in our story,” said Altar Yilmaz, Genesis general manager for the Africa and Middle East region. “For many of our potential customers, this is the Genesis they have been waiting for.”

The arrival of the Genesis G70 in showrooms follows a previous display presentation at the Dubai International Motor Show in November 2017, where Genesis fielded a large number of inquiries about the car. With larger G80 and G90 models already growing a strong base of loyal customers, it is expected the compact model will add significantly to the brand’s appeal in the competitive Middle East luxury car market.

The G70 showcases the future direction of the Genesis brand’s “Athletic Elegance” design identity. 

“The G70’s interior is configured to prioritize an excellent user experience, with superb fit and finish throughout. The interior packaging reflects simplicity, with an emphasis on genuine functionality instead of gimmickry. A horizontal layout brings a sense of stability, with an intuitively laid-out switchgear and a comfortable, assertive sport steering wheel,” the carmaker said.

The G70 offers two powertrains in the Middle East region — a 3.3-liter V6 petrol turbo and 2.0-liter I4 petrol turbo.  The Lambda II 3.3-liter V6 turbo GDI engine is the heart of the enthusiast-focused G70 Sport, with 370 ps and maximum torque of 52.0 kg.m (510 N.m) 0 to 100 km/h acceleration in 4.7 seconds, and a top speed of 270 km/h.