Get your footie fix: Six places to watch the World Cup

FIFA World Cup 2018 is hosted in the Russian capital city of Moscow. (Shutterstock)
Updated 14 June 2018
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Get your footie fix: Six places to watch the World Cup

As the sporting event of the year kicks off, don’t panic if you still haven’t decided where you’re going to soak in all the action and cheer on your favorite team.

Jeddah: King Abdul Aziz Road sports tent

A large sports tent between King Abdul Aziz Road and Prince Nayef Street has been set up by the General Sports Authority, offering football fans the opportunity to watch matches for free. There is ample parking space and even a playground for children.

Dubai: Fairmont The Palm

Dubai’s Fairmont The Palm is set to wow the city’s football fans as they cheer on their national teams with a month-long World Cup tent offering promotional deals no matter what team you support. At a minimum spending cost of $26 per person, the World Cup tent offers a line-up of treats and munchies, ranging from popcorn shrimp to beef sliders.

Riyadh: The Green Halls

The Green Halls sports complex in Riyadh, located on Prince Faisal Bin Fahd Bin Abdul Aziz Road in the Ar Rafiah district, will live stream World Cup games for free from June 14 until July 15. 

Bahrain: Four Seasons Bahrain Bay

The tented Football Stadium at the Four Seasons Bahrain Bay is broadcasting the tournament’s matches on a massive 4 x 10-meter, high-definition screen together with 160 LCD screens dotted around the venue. Guests can choose from a selection of a la carte items, with a range of Arabic mezze and snacks, including burgers, nachos and spring rolls — all for a starting price of $31 per person.

Riyadh: Al-Yamama Press Tent 

And here’s another option in Riyadh — the Al-Yamama Press Foundation’s tent in its headquarters on Al-Qassim road. The tent is equipped with screens, a studio for post-game analysis, coffee shops and food trucks. Attendees also have the chance to win various daily prizes. 

Beirut: Number 12 Fan Park

At the heart of Beirut’s bustling Mar Mkhael district, Number 12 Fan Park is set to showcase World Cup games on a large screen. At a regular entry cost of $8 and a VIP cost of $17, the park is set to be filled with fans cheering on their teams while enjoying a meal at the food court or competing with friends in one of the many activity areas.


What We Are Reading Today: The Tale of Genji, A Visual Companion

Updated 17 October 2018
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What We Are Reading Today: The Tale of Genji, A Visual Companion

  • Melissa McCormick provides a unique companion to Murasaki’s tale with the oldest dated set of Genji illustrations known to exist

Book Title:  The Tale of Genji, A Visual Companion

Author: Melissa McCormick

 

Written in the 11th century by the Japanese noblewoman Murasaki Shikibu, The Tale of Genji is a masterpiece of prose and poetry that is widely considered the world’s first novel. Melissa McCormick provides a unique companion to Murasaki’s tale that combines discussions of all 54 of its chapters with paintings and calligraphy from the Genji Album (1510) in the Harvard Art Museums, the oldest dated set of Genji illustrations known to exist.

In this book, the album’s colorful painting and calligraphy leaves are fully reproduced for the first time, followed by McCormick’s insightful essays that analyze the Genji story and the album’s unique combinations of word and image. 

This stunning compendium also includes English translations and Japanese transcriptions of the album’s calligraphy, enabling a holistic experience of the work for readers today. In an introduction to the volume, McCormick tells the fascinating stories of the individuals who created the Genji Album in the sixteenth century, from the famous court painter who executed the paintings and the aristocrats who brushed the calligraphy to the work’s warrior patrons and the poet-scholars who acted as their intermediaries.

Beautifully illustrated, this book serves as an invaluable guide for readers interested in The Tale of Genji, Japanese literature, and the captivating visual world of Japan’s most celebrated work of fiction.