Zidane’s headbutt goes on display on Qatar corniche

Updated 29 January 2014

Zidane’s headbutt goes on display on Qatar corniche

DOHA: A statue immortalising the headbutt delivered by French football legend Zinedine Zidane to Italian player Marco Materazzi in the 2006 World Cup final has gone on outdoor display in Qatar.
Workers were on Friday making the final touches after fixing the five-meter (16.4-feet) monument, sculpted by Algerian-born French artist Adel Abdessemed, on the Doha corniche.
It was bought by the Qatar Museums Authority, as the Gulf state prepares to build a massive infrastructure to host the 2022 World Cup.
The “Coup de Tete” sculpture was put on display earlier outside the Pompidou Center in Paris. It was also reportedly displayed between July and September in Italy’s coastal town of Pietrasanta.
The Arab Museum of Modern Art is also hosting an exhibition by Abdessemed titled “L’age d’or,” between October 6 and January 4, featuring drawings, paintings, sculptures and videos.


Emotional video shows blind dog welcome shelter carer in Egypt

Updated 14 July 2020

Emotional video shows blind dog welcome shelter carer in Egypt

CAIRO: A touching video of a blind dog who recognizes the voice of his shelter carer in Egypt has been touching hearts on social media. 
The footage, initially shared by a Facebook user named Ahmad, shows a Whippet overwhelmingly welcoming the rescue shelter worker and playing with him.  
The man in the video is heard calling out the name “Arafa” a few times before the blind dog recognizes his voice and runs towards him. 
“He’s blind, has never seen me before, and doesn’t recognize my looks, but he can feel,” Ahmad wrote in a caption describing his video.
Stray dogs are found on every street in Egypt, posing a challenge for the authorities. They are often blamed for adding to traffic and being unsafe to pedestrians.
Rescue shelters have become popular but still face difficulties in receiving donations to care for dogs.