Claudia Cardinale stars as Tunisia opens City of Culture

Claudia Cardinale, the Tunis-born Italian movie star, was the guest of honor as Tunisia inaugurated a long-cherished City of Culture complex to showcase its cultural wealth. (Wikimedia Commons)
Updated 22 March 2018
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Claudia Cardinale stars as Tunisia opens City of Culture

TUNIS: Claudia Cardinale, the Tunis-born Italian movie star, was the guest of honor on Wednesday as Tunisia inaugurated a long-cherished City of Culture complex to showcase its cultural wealth.
The richly equipped complex, launched a decade ago but long stalled, incorporates a modern art museum, a 1,800-seat opera, two theaters, a cinema, library and studios to host festivals.
“It’s a source of pride for Tunisia,” Culture Minister Mohamed Zine el Abidine told reporters at the opening of what he called “the largest cultural complex in the Maghreb, the Arab world and Africa.”
The project was initially launched under president Zine el Abidine Ben Ali, who was overthrown in a 2011 revolution.
Located in central Tunis, the nine-hectare (22-acre) Cite de la Culture with its iconic glass globe is estimated to have cost 130 million dinars (more than $49 million).
The project, held up by financial disputes, had been abandoned after the revolution but was revived in March 2016.
Cardinale, who was born in the Tunisian capital in 1938 of Sicilian parents, was to take part in a formal opening ceremony later Wednesday along with President Beji Caid Essebsi.
The newly formed orchestra of the Tunis Opera was to play music from Carmen’s Bizet sung by three Tunisian artists, accompanied by a choir and orchestra from Ukraine.


Where We Are Going Today: Stationery Fantasies

Updated 16 November 2018
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Where We Are Going Today: Stationery Fantasies

  • Rawae’e Al-Maktabaat is the perfect place for kids and their parents to relax and enjoy a creative time

Rawae’e Al-Maktabaat (Stationery Fantasies) in Jeddah aims to awaken children’s creativity.
Located on Prince Sultan Road in Al-Zahra’a district, the facility is divided into six parts: The water park, indoor activity area, children’s costume shop, toy store, stationery shop and housewares stores.
There are four floors of indoor activity options for kids to choose from. The floors are divided into rooms filled with different activities such as cookery, carpentry, art and soap making. The toddler room has a ball pit and a sand pit.
The water park has a variety of slides and a wave pool. There are cafes and seats for adults to relax.
Rawae’e Al-Maktabaat is the perfect place for kids and their parents to relax and enjoy a creative time.