What We Are Reading Today: Underland by Robert Macfarlane

Updated 17 June 2019

What We Are Reading Today: Underland by Robert Macfarlane

In this highly anticipated sequel to his international bestseller The Old Ways, author Robert Macfarlane takes readers on an extraordinary journey into our relationship with darkness, burial, and what lies beneath the surface of both place and mind.

“Hailed as ‘the great nature writer of this generation’ (Wall Street Journal), Robert Macfarlane is the celebrated author of books about the intersections of the human and the natural realms. In Underland, he delivers his masterpiece: An epic exploration of the Earth’s underworlds as they exist in myth, literature, memory, and the land itself,” said a review published in goodreads.com.

It said Underland “marks a new turn in Macfarlane’s long-term mapping of the relations of landscape and the human heart. From its remarkable opening pages to its deeply moving conclusion, it is a journey into wonder, loss, fear, and hope. At once ancient and urgent, this is a book that will change the way you see the world.”

Macfarlane is a British nature writer and literary critic. 


New film reveals the story behind Sheikh Abdullah Al-Salem Cultural Center in Kuwait

Updated 27 min 21 sec ago

New film reveals the story behind Sheikh Abdullah Al-Salem Cultural Center in Kuwait

  • National Geographic Abu Dhabi screens 20-minute documentary that showcases the mega project’s six museums
  • The film, which premiered on Sept. 21, is repeated on the Sept.26 at 6 p.m. UAE time/5 p.m. KSA time

National Geographic Abu Dhabi is screening a new documentary about the building of the Sheikh Abdullah Al-Salem Cultural Center (SAASCC) in Kuwait City, which opened in March 2018 and is one of the largest museums in the world.

The 20-minute film reveals the story behind a project envisioned as a beacon of art and creative and scientific thinking in Kuwait. Spread across an 18-hectare site, it includes six museums devoted to natural history, science and technology, fine arts and theater, Islamic history, and space. They are all connected by a covered central street in the shape of a human DNA helix.

The documentary reveals the massive challenge of building the SAASCC, the construction of which began in 2016 and involved more 3,000 suppliers. It shows how designers created a work of architectural wonder that reflects Kuwait’s heritage and culture, and combined this with cutting-edge audiovisual technologies to guide visitors on a journey through external spaces such as the Public Realm, which houses 22 galleries and more than 900 individual exhibits.

It also chronicles the behind-the-scenes story of the design and installation of more 350 audiovisual display exhibits and other key components, which are seamlessly integrated.

The documentary premiered on Sept. 21 and will be broadcast again on Sept. 28 at 6 p.m. UAE time/5 p.m. KSA time. Visit natgeotv.com/me for more details.