Armin Van Buuren to play Saudi’s first “DJ party” in June

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Updated 21 March 2018
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Armin Van Buuren to play Saudi’s first “DJ party” in June

DUBAI: Jeddah’s King Abdullah Economic City (KAEC) will host one of the world’s biggest DJs on June 17 when Armin Van Buuren performs at what is being billed as Saudi’s “first DJ party.”
The Dutch DJ, 41, is one of the most-successful DJ-producers in the world and played a major role in popularizing trance music. He has been ranked No.1 in the world in “DJ Mag” a record five times and has consistently been placed in the top five.
Van Buuren is no stranger to the Middle East, having performed in Dubai, Beirut, Bahrain, Jordan and Cairo in the past, but this will be his — and any major international DJ’s — first gig in the Kingdom.


Lebanese ‘Capernaum’ shortlisted for an Oscar

Updated 18 December 2018
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Lebanese ‘Capernaum’ shortlisted for an Oscar

DUBAI: Director Nadine Labaki’s film “Capernaum” has been shortlisted for the Best Foreign Film Oscar, she took to Instagram to announce on Monday.
“What an incredible moment in our film’s journey and a major milestone for Lebanese and Arab cinema... After years of research, tears and sweat, long production hours and sleepless nights, our film has been recognized on this year’s Foreign Language #Oscar shortlist among eight other films from a selection that exceeded 80 submissions from all around the world. We couldn’t be prouder,” she wrote on Instagram.

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#Capharnaum is SHORTLISTED for an #Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film! What an incredible moment in our film’s journey and a major milestone for Lebanese and Arab cinema. After years of research, tears and sweat, long production hours and sleepless nights, our film has been recognized on this year’s Foreign Language #Oscar shortlist among 8 other films from a selection that exceeded 80 submissions from all around the world. We couldn’t be prouder. Thank you @TheAcademy for this immense honor. Thank you @SonyClassics for bringing the film to American audiences and voters. Thank you to each and every member of our cast and crew. And thank you to every audience member who went to see the film at film festivals and in cinemas. #Oscars2019 #Capharnaum

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The other foreign films that “Capernaum” is up against include German “Never Look Away,” Japanese “Shoplifters,” Kazakh “Ayka,” Colombian “Birds of Passage,” Danish “The Guilty, ”Mexican “Roma”, Polish “Cold War” and South Korean “Burning.”