Diarna exhibition reflects diverse Egyptian heritage 

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More than 540 exhibitors from 27 governorates are exhibiting their products in the 64th edition of Diarna. (AN Photo)
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The exhibition featuring art workshops and storytelling has proved popular with children. (AN Photo)
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More than 540 exhibitors from 27 governorates are exhibiting their products in the 64th edition of Diarna. (AN Photo)
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Updated 14 January 2020

Diarna exhibition reflects diverse Egyptian heritage 

  • Exhibition brings under one roof handicrafts, Nubian and Sinai sculptures, Siwa Oasis dates, and embedded leather from Shalateen
  • The exhibition has been a hit with visitors, generating more than $250,000 in profit since it opened in December

CAIRO: The Diarna exhibition in Nasr City, Cairo, reflects diverse Egyptian heritage while also bringing it under one roof through handicrafts, Nubian and Sinai sculptures, Siwa Oasis dates, and embedded leather from Shalateen. 

More than 540 exhibitors from 27 governorates are exhibiting their products in the 64th edition of Diarna, which runs to Jan. 15. 

It was inaugurated by Minister of Social Solidarity Nevine El-Qabbaj. 

Shadia Youssef is one of 20 exhibitors of Nubian heritage and is from Aswan. “I consider heritage products a gateway to travel and participate in various exhibitions,” she told Arab News. She regularly takes part in exhibitions and is always looking forward to the next one. 

The exhibition has been a hit with visitors, generating more than $250,000 in profit since it opened in December. 

There is a special section on the first floor for people with special needs, the first time the exhibition has had such a feature, and there is also a pavilion dedicated to teaching children art basics.

Doha Mustafa Gabr, who came up with the idea, said many families headed to the pavilion once they learned it was hosting art workshops. “The place now is a source of joy for children,” Gabr told Arab News. 

Gabr drew on a team of seven artists: Amira Saad, Esraa El-Naggar, Nashwa Ibrahim, Nehal Dahab, Enji Abdel-Haq, and Asmaa El-Zobeir, in addition to Rebei Zein, who is responsible for storytelling workshops at the exhibition.

The exhibition covers 3,000 square meters. Ashraf Gad said more children were coming every day, and there were visits from organizations that cared for orphans and children with special needs. 

“Visitors leave the exhibition after getting a dose of various cultures,” Gad said. “I bought Nubian accessories. I was so pleased with the exhibition especially after I saw our Egyptian heritage and cultural products displayed under one roof. I hope the exhibition is held throughout the year and not just for three weeks.”


Disney World to reopen as coronavirus cases surge in Florida

Updated 11 July 2020

Disney World to reopen as coronavirus cases surge in Florida

ORLANDO: “The Most Magical Place on Earth” is reopening after nearly four months with new rules in place to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom are reopening July 11, while Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios will follow four days later.

The reopening comes as a huge surge of Floridians have tested positive for the new coronavirus in recent weeks. Many cities and counties around the state have recently reinstated restrictions that had been lifted in May, when cases seemed to drop.

All of Disney's Orlando parks closed in mid-March in an effort to stop the virus’s spread. 

Universal Orlando and SeaWorld Orlando closed around the same time but reopened several weeks ago after instituting similar rules to protect employees and customers from the virus.

Disney's new rules include mandatory masks and social distancing. Visitors will need reservations to enter a park, and they won't be allowed to hop between parks. Both visitors and employees will receive temperature checks when they enter. Fireworks shows and parades have been suspended to prevent drawing too many people together.

Disney has been opening its parks back up around the globe for the past two months. In May, the company opened Disney Springs, a complex of shops, restaurants and entertainment venues in Lake Buena Vista.