Arabian Gulf formerly named ‘Al-Ahsa Gulf’

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Updated 19 August 2015
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Arabian Gulf formerly named ‘Al-Ahsa Gulf’

AL-AHSA: An ancient map drawn up by Italian sailors in Venice in 1693 had once named the Arabian Gulf as the ‘Al-Ahsa Gulf.’

This is according to Sami Al-Maghlouth, a historian and map specialist. “After strenuous attempts to read the titles printed on the old map using a magnifying lens, I found that the existing Arabian Gulf was labeled ‘Al-Ahsa Gulf’ in the Italian language,” he said.
Al-Maghlouth said the body of water had various other names in the past, determined by those who controlled the area. The names Hajr, Qatif and Basra were also used, he said.
He said Islamic maps had documented the area as the ‘Bahrain Gulf.’ The ‘Gulf of Basra’ was used under the Ottoman Empire. It was renamed the Arabian Gulf after the end of the British occupation.
Al-Maghlouth said that during the Renaissance, which saw a flowering of arts and culture in Europe in the 16th century, the Italians excelled at cartography.
Al-Maghlouth said that Al-Ahsa received special attention from King Abdulaziz to include it as part of the Kingdom because of its strategic, historical and cultural importance.


The high life: Ashley Graham shows off Etihad Airways suite

Ashley Graham at an event earlier this year. (AFP)
Updated 18 December 2018
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The high life: Ashley Graham shows off Etihad Airways suite

DUBAI: US celebrity model Ashley Graham was given VIP treatment on an Etihad Airways flight this week after she wrapped up hosting the Miss Universe 2018 pageant and jetted off on her winter holiday.

The model took to Instagram on Tuesday morning to share a video taken on her flight, saying “I’m in an airplane, in the air, headed to Dubai,” although the star could have meant Abu Dhabi as that’s where the flagship carrier of the UAE is based.

Graham flew in the residence suite, which features an on-board living room, separate bedroom and shower room.

The living room on the A380 aircraft boasts a leather double-seat sofa and two dining tables, along with a 32-inch flat screen TV. The hallway leads to a bedroom with a double bed and the shower room features a full-height shower and vanity unit. And if that isn’t enough, discerning travelers are also taken care of by a private butler, who appears in Graham’s video.

Graham posted the clip after touching down in a mystery holiday location, complete with blue skies and palm trees, which she posted about on her Instagram Stories.

It wasn’t her first time in the suite, however, as a few days earlier she took to Instagram to post a photo in which she can be seen in a bedroom aboard an Etihad Airways plane.

“You’re closer to your dreams when you sleep in the sky,” she captioned the photo.

The model is taking a well-deserved break after co-hosting the Miss Universe pageant in Bangkok, Thailand. The competition, which wrapped up on Dec. 16, culminated in a glittering ceremony in which Miss Philippines was crowned as the winner.

Graham gave Miss Philippines Catriona Gray a run for her money in the fashion department, however, wearing a sequence of gorgeous gowns during the show’s closing ceremony. From a figure-hugging, high-necked white dress to an emerald green gown with a peek-a-boo cutout, Graham was as glamorous as the contestants themselves.

As for her trip with Etihad Airways, the model joins an A-list set of stars who have flown with the airline in recent months, including Pakistani-Lithuanian-Australian Victoria’s Secret beauty Shanina Shaik, who starred in a campaign video for the airline in October.