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.”


Celebrities, influencers call for justice over black man’s death in US

Part-Saudi model Shanina Shaik said: ‘Their (the police) job is not to kill. It has to change.’ (AFP)
Updated 28 May 2020

Celebrities, influencers call for justice over black man’s death in US

DUBAI: Celebrities and influencers around the world have taken to social media to protest against the actions of four US police officers that allegedly led to the death of a black male suspect.

A video, circulated online, showed an unidentified officer kneeling on George Floyd’s neck and ignoring his pleas of “please, please, please, I can’t breathe. Please, man.”

Police in Minneapolis, Minnesota where the incident took place, later said that Floyd matched the description of a suspect in a forgery case and had resisted arrest. All four officers have been fired.

Part-Palestinian supermodel Bella Hadid shared a picture of Floyd on Instagram and said: “This has got to stop. It’s hard to watch a video so foul. It’s hard to think that this is still happening, but it is reality.

“These police officers need to be accountable to the maximum degree for their obviously disgusting and horrific actions. I feel so sick, sad, and sorry for George Floyd and his family.”

Her sister, Gigi Hadid, also spoke up about the viral video on her Instagram account. “This is why it is more disheartening and nauseating every time. And not just black men – every senseless act of discrimination that burdens this country,” she wrote to her 54.2 million followers.

Part-Saudi model Shanina Shaik said: “We should all feel protected and know we can be safe. Their (the police) job is not to kill. It has to change.”

Below are more reactions from famous stars addressing Floyd’s death.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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