Second OIC festival in Abu Dhabi celebrates Islam to form new bonds

Festival organizers, from left, Faisal Abdullah Al-Sheikh, Youssef Aldobeay and Mohammed Saif Helal Al-Shehhi.
Updated 23 April 2019

Second OIC festival in Abu Dhabi celebrates Islam to form new bonds

The second Organization of Islamic Cooperation Festival will be a four-day celebration of Islam and a platform for Muslim countries from around the world to strengthen collaboration and form new bonds, said organizers the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) and the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA).

The event will be held under the patronage of Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al-Nahyan, UAE minister of tolerance, from April 24 to 27 at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Center.

During the official launch, festival representatives outlined how the four-day event serves as a vehicle to celebrate the underlying positivity of Islam and demonstrate the work of the OIC in cultivating cultural diversity through essential elements such as arts and music. 

“The festival is a gateway for Muslims around the world to gain invaluable insight into the diversity of their faith through the range of different cultures and traditions of nations within our organization, while remaining true to the religious values of Islam. In addition, it serves as a crucial educative and informative platform for non-Muslims to learn about our faith,” said Youssef Aldobeay, adviser to the secretary general for political affairs, elected assistant secretary general for political affairs and OIC general secretariat. 

“Furthermore, the four days will give participating countries a great opportunity to unite and engage in inter-faith, cross-country dialogue on ways in which they can collaborate and form new bonds for the benefit of their nations, their people and the organization.”

The festival, which coincides with the UAE Year of Tolerance, will address a range of topics, including tolerance as a foundation in Islam, the role of youth in spreading the culture of tolerance, and the importance of tolerance and moderation in worship.

“The festival aims to enrich the global awareness of Islamic culture,” said Mohammed Saif Helal Al-Shehhi, director of the United Nations Administration, MOFA.

Organizers revealed that the festival will feature a main stage area where Islamic scholars and thought leaders will present lectures and workshops.

The main stage will also host live performances by the Abu Dhabi Folklore Group, showcasing traditional UAE arts and culture, the Alexandria Folklore Dance Troupe from Egypt, and a display of Emirati Malid — a traditional Emirati art that embodies the UAE’s culture heritage.


Bentley marks 100 years at Monterey Car Week

Updated 21 August 2019

Bentley marks 100 years at Monterey Car Week

As part of its centenary celebrations, Bentley hosted a number of events during the Monterey Car Week, from Aug. 15 to 18.

To mark the occasion, two models debuted — the new Flying Spur luxury four-door grand tourer, and the EXP 100 GT: A vision of luxury mobility in 2035.

The third-generation Flying Spur sets new standards of driving enjoyment and luxury, showcasing Bentley’s application of modern technology, while integrating the latest British craftsmanship and innovation features.

The new Flying Spur will be the most advanced luxury grand touring four-door available. 

Alongside its totally new and advanced aluminum and composite chassis, it features optional electronic all-wheel steering — a first for a Bentley, coupled with active all-wheel drive and the Bentley Dynamic Ride active anti-roll system powered by a 48V architecture.

The Flying Spur was put on display on Aug. 16 at the Quail — a motorsports gathering and at the Home of Bentley for the remainder of the weekend.

It was joined by the EXP 100 GT concept car, which made its US debut. With the EXP 100 GT, Bentley has reimagined the idea of grand touring for the future.

The EXP 100 GT is pure Bentley, inspired by the company’s deep understanding of the desires of its forward-thinking customers. It embraces artificial intelligence (AI) as a means to reassert the car as a place for creating, experiencing and capturing extraordinary human experiences and emotions.

It displays the future of luxury craftsmanship with a seamless fusion of materials and the intelligent curation of technology. The vehicle’s battery system will power four motors that deliver superior performance. Projected performance figures include a 0-60 mph time of less than 2.5 seconds, a top speed of 186 mph, and maximum torque of 1,500 Nm.

Ahead of the EXP 100 GT’s Americas debut, Bentley launched a new and dedicated app for Apple devices.

Released on Aug. 12, the “Bentley 100 AR” app uses a printable QR code to provide an augmented reality experience of the EXP 100 GT, allowing users to explore the exterior and interior of the concept car. Users can even interact with a virtual version of the car in full scale, by using the app at selected Bentley retailers.

Bentley was a featured marque at Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, where numerous classic models competed in Bentley Centennial classes, including Vintage 4 Cylinder, Vintage 6 Cylinder, Derby and Postwar.