The UAE opens ‘Coins of Islam: History Revealed’ exhibition 

The gallery is one of the world’s most significant collections of Arab and Islamic coinage ever assembled. (Supplied)
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Updated 30 January 2020

The UAE opens ‘Coins of Islam: History Revealed’ exhibition 

  • The exhibition underlines the rich history and cultural legacy across centuries

DUBAI: The UAE exhibition “Coins of Islam: History Revealed” opened this week at Abu Dhabi’s Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Centre (SZGMC).

Inaugurated Thursday by Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister of the UAE and Minister of Presidential Affairs.

The gallery boasts one of the world’s most significant collections of Arab and Islamic coin collections ever assembled. It underlines the rich history and cultural legacy across centuries.

The exhibition, running until April 28, has more than 300 coins. 




The exhibition has over has over 300 coins. (Supplied)

 Al-Owais said the exhibition presented an opportunity to recall the UAE’s founding father’s aspiration to create a spectacular masterpiece that serves as a platform to promote tolerance and coexistence. “Sheikh Zayed laid down the foundations of the UAE’s moderate approach, making it a meeting point of cultures from all across the globe.”

In a statement Abdurrahman bin Mohammed Al-Owais, chairman of the board of trustees of SZGMC, said “Islamic history and culture inspired this exhibition.”  

“Since its establishment, the center has become a leading cultural destination, serving as a beacon of intellect and reason through its various activities,” he added.

“By displaying historical artifacts, like these extraordinary coins, SZGMC aims to underline the rich history and cultural legacy of successive Islamic eras across centuries.”


Actors Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds donate $200,000 amid US protests

Updated 01 June 2020

Actors Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds donate $200,000 amid US protests

DUBAI: Protests were held across the US this week demanding justice for George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and the other black Americans who have been victims of police brutality. Many celebrities joined in on these protests in major cities such as Los Angeles or New York, including French-Algerian actress Sofia Boutella, pop star Ariana Grande, model Emily Ratajkowski and rapper J. Cole. 

Meanwhile, other stars have taken to their social media platforms to demand justice and draw attention to various organizations which help low-income protesters pay bail or donation pages that directly benefit the family members of the victims. 

Hollywood actors Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively  shared a joint statement on Instagram on Sunday night, revealing that they donated $200,000 to the NAACP Legal Defence Fund, a civil and human rights legal organization that provides legal assistance to low-income African Americans.

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The couple, who share two children together, wrote “We've never had to worry about preparing our kids for different rules of law or what might happen if we're pulled over in the car. We don’t know what it’s like to experience that life day in and day out. We can’t imagine feeling that kind of fear and anger. We’re ashamed that in the past we’ve allowed ourselves to be uninformed about how deeply rooted systemic racism is."

The couple’s statement continued, “We want to educate ourselves about other people’s experiences and talk to our kids about everything, all of it… especially our own complicity.” 

Lively and Reynolds aren’t the only celebrities to donate a hefty sum amid the George Floyd protests sweeping the US. Model and cookbook author Chrissy Teigen pledged to donate $200,000 towards the bail-outs of protesters across the nation.