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.”


Virus forces Belgium’s Tomorrowland dance festival online

Festival co-founder Michiel Beers said they hoped to capture the spirit of the event while “re-inventing the festival experience.” (AFP)
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Virus forces Belgium’s Tomorrowland dance festival online

BRUSSELS: Belgium’s Tomorrowland festival, one of the world’s biggest electronic music events, will be held online this year because of coronavirus restrictions, organizers said Thursday.

While Belgium is slowly lifting the lockdown imposed to curb the spread of COVID-19, music festivals are banned until at least the end of August.

Tomorrowland, which usually draws some 400,000 people to the small town of Boom, will this year take the form of a two-day “digital music festival experience.” 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Revellers will be able to navigate eight different “stages” through a computer, smartphone or tablet, with organizers promising “the planet’s biggest names in electronic dance music and the world’s best technology in 3D design, video production and special effects.”

Weekend tickets for Tomorrowland Around the World on July 25 to 26 cost 20 euros.

Festival co-founder Michiel Beers said they hoped to capture the spirit of the event while “re-inventing the festival experience.”

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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“We hope that hundreds of thousands of people will unite in a responsible way and that small Tomorrowland gatherings at people’s homes – from Canada to Australia, from Japan to Brazil and everywhere in between – will be organized,” he said in a statement.

“Especially during the weekend where normally Tomorrowland Belgium would take place, we really have the power to unite the world.”

It is not the only major event to be hit by coronavirus – Britain’s Glastonbury festival was forced to cancel the 50th anniversary edition.