Hollywood biopic to be made about UAE’s Sheikh Zayed

The founding father of the UAE, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al-Nahyan, is set to be the subject of a new Hollywood movie produced by STX Films. (File Photo: AFP)
Updated 04 June 2018
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Hollywood biopic to be made about UAE’s Sheikh Zayed

DUBAI: The founding father of the UAE, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al-Nahyan, is set to be the subject of a new Hollywood movie produced by STX Films.
Shekhar Kapur, who previously worked on “Elizabeth: The Golden Age,” will direct the film.
STX Films’ chairman, Adam Fogelson, released a statement, saying: “Patterned after great movies like Gandhi, Selma, and Darkest Hour, this project will tell the story of a dynamic, powerful personality who helped create historic change.”
STX Films’ recent releases include “The Foreigner,” starring Jackie Chan, and the Oscar-nominated “Molly’s Game,” starring Jessica Chastain.
The UAE is currently marking the “Year of Zayed,” which marks 100 years since the birth of the late leader, who passed away in 2004.


Archaeologists find mosque from when Islam arrived in holy land

Updated 18 July 2019
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Archaeologists find mosque from when Islam arrived in holy land

  • Authorities estimate the mosquer dates back to the 7th to 8th centuries
  • Rare to find house of prayer so ancient whose congregation is likely to have been local farmers

RAHAT, Israel: Archaeologists in Israel have discovered the remains of one of the world’s oldest rural mosques, built around the time Islam arrived in the holy land, they said on Thursday.
The Israel Antiquities Authority estimates that the mosque, uncovered ahead of new construction in the Bedouin town of Rahat in the Negev desert, dates back to the 7th to 8th centuries.
There are large mosques known to be from that period in Jerusalem and in Makkah but it is rare to find a house of prayer so ancient whose congregation is likely to have been local farmers, the antiquities authority said.
Excavated at the site were the remains of an open-air mosque — a rectangular building, about the size of a single-car garage, with a prayer niche facing south toward Makkah.
“This is one of the earliest mosques known from the beginning of the arrival of Islam in Israel, after the Arab conquest of 636 C.E.,” said Gideon Avni of the antiquities authority.
“The discovery of the village and the mosque in its vicinity are a significant contribution to the study of the history of the country during this turbulent period.”