History under microscope at Makkah’s Golden Age Treasures exhibition

The exhibition captures Islamic heritage in a new and different way. (AN photo)
Updated 08 June 2018

History under microscope at Makkah’s Golden Age Treasures exhibition

  • The exhibition, which runs until June 13, has also attracted university students who researched famous Islamic figures by studying the history and work of each figure.
  • The event seeks to inspire visitors and remind them of the importance of building a future based on science, tolerance and social participation.

MAKKAH: The Golden Age Treasures exhibition in Makkah has inspired dozens of young Saudi men and women to portray Muslim scientists of the past at the event.

The young men and women were selected and intensively trained to impersonate figures who influenced the world through their work and discoveries.

The exhibition, which runs until June 13, has also attracted university students who researched famous Islamic figures by studying the history and work of each figure.

Visitors to the exhibition are all welcomed by scientists of the Islamic Golden Age, played by Saudi youths wearing consumes inspired by the era.

After passing auditions, the youths were trained for several days to impersonate the Muslim scientists — and  managed to attract the attention of everyone visiting the exhibition.

They greeted visitors of all ages; welcoming them and encouraging them to learn more about the figures  they were portraying.

The exhibition, supported and supervised by the General Entertainment Authority (GEA), captured Islamic heritage in a new and innovative  way.

The cultural and educational event aims to promote pride in the heritage of Islamic civilization and remind people of its achievements, which have inspired the world through its science and knowledge since the early days in Makkah more than 1,000 years ago.

The event seeks to inspire visitors and remind them of the importance of building a future based on science, tolerance and social participation.

The managing director of the organizing company, Zaki Hassanein, said: “The purpose of the exhibition is to introduce visitors to the golden era of Islamic civilization and the leading role of creative men and women in improving their communities, in addition to promoting pride in the 'knowledge treasures' produced by their civilization and inspiring visitors to play a leading role in their modern societies.

“The exhibition also aims to provide the new generation with the opportunity to learn more about their history and heritage and be proud of pioneers and heroes in an interactive, educational manner that preserves their society’s values and tradition.”

Hassanein said that the exhibition is suitable for all age groups and for all Makkah residents and visitors.

“It presents 1,000 inventions and attracts visitors in different ways to provide them with information through interactive shows, films, live shows, books, digital content, and workshops,” he added.


Amr Diab is the first Arab artist to get his very own Times Square billboard

Updated 12 November 2019

Amr Diab is the first Arab artist to get his very own Times Square billboard

  • Amr Diab is the first Arab artist to appear on a Spotify billboard in Times Square
  • The move is a bid to promote the music and culture of the Middle East and North Africa

DUBAI: Amr Diab is the first Arab musical artist to get his face plastered on a Spotify billboard in New York City’s iconic Times Square. 

The streaming giant projected a smiling portrait of the Egyptian crooner in one of the most-visited landmarks in the Big Apple in a bid to promote the music and culture of the Middle East and North Africa.

“Today we are celebrating Diab’s legacy and we are proud to see him shine so brightly - literally - on the global stage,” says Claudius Boller, Managing Director, Spotify Middle East and Africa in an official press statement. 

According to Spotify, the legendary singer’s music is most streamed in the United States, followed by Sweden, Germany, the UK and Canada.

His album “Nour el-Ain” (Our Eyes Beam) brought him global success and earned him the title of “The Father of Mediterranean Music” for his style of blending Egyptian and western rhythms. 

Diab received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Big Apple Music Awards in 2009. At the 2014 World Music Awards, Diab was also awarded Best Egyptian Artist, Best Male Arab Artist, and World’s Best Arab Male Artist Voted Online.

He was also one of the first artists to headline a concert in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia during the Saudia E-Prix in 2018. He was part of a superstar lineup that included the likes of Enrique Iglesias, Jason Derulo, the Black Eyed Peas, One Republic and David Guetta. 

The 58-year-old singer is set to take the stage of the Dubai Media City Amphitheatre in Jan. 20, 2020.