‘AlUla: Wonder of Arabia’ exhibition continues in Paris

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‘AlUla: Wonder of Arabia’ is the world’s first major exhibition dedicated to exploring the multilayered history and arresting scenery of the area. (SPA)
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‘AlUla: Wonder of Arabia’ is the world’s first major exhibition dedicated to exploring the multilayered history and arresting scenery of the area. (SPA)
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‘AlUla: Wonder of Arabia’ is the world’s first major exhibition dedicated to exploring the multilayered history and arresting scenery of the area. (SPA)
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‘AlUla: Wonder of Arabia’ is the world’s first major exhibition dedicated to exploring the multilayered history and arresting scenery of the area. (SPA)
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‘AlUla: Wonder of Arabia’ is the world’s first major exhibition dedicated to exploring the multilayered history and arresting scenery of the area. (SPA)
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‘AlUla: Wonder of Arabia’ is the world’s first major exhibition dedicated to exploring the multilayered history and arresting scenery of the area. (SPA)
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‘AlUla: Wonder of Arabia’ is the world’s first major exhibition dedicated to exploring the multilayered history and arresting scenery of the area. (SPA)
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‘AlUla: Wonder of Arabia’ is the world’s first major exhibition dedicated to exploring the multilayered history and arresting scenery of the area. (SPA)
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Updated 05 March 2020

‘AlUla: Wonder of Arabia’ exhibition continues in Paris

  • Jack Lang, president of IMA and former French culture minister, announced the extension of the exhibition until March 8, due to the positive reaction
  • Throughout history, AlUla has been a crossroad between East and West; It was built and developed by successive communities and civilizations over thousands of years

PARIS: “AlUla: Wonder of Arabia” exhibition continues its stay at the Institut du Monde Arabe (IMA) in Paris.

Organized with international cooperation between the Royal Commission for AlUla (RCU) and IMA, with the support of the French Agency for the Development of AlUla (Afalula), “AlUla: Wonder of Arabia” is the world’s first major exhibition dedicated to exploring the multilayered history and arresting scenery of the area.

The Saudi Press Agency (SPA) witnessed the turnout at the exhibition which aims to introduce visitors to AlUla’s natural beauty and rich cultural heritage, through exhibiting a large collection of rare artifacts, the use of diverse visual media, and a collection of photos for renowned world photographer, Arthus-Bertrand.

Jack Lang, president of IMA and former French culture minister, announced the extension of the exhibition until March 8, due to the positive reaction, especially in the French media, and great turnout. He noted that the RCU welcomed the decision, given the exhibition’s international success.

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  • Throughout history, AlUla has been a crossroad between East and West; it was built and developed by successive communities and civilizations’ contributions over thousands of years.
  • The exhibition transports visitors on a journey through this region’s natural and historical wonders, by shedding light on the landscape of AlUla and ancient north Arabian kingdoms (Dedan and Lihyan), and the ancient city of Hegra, the first location in the Kingdom that was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Although the organizers describe AlUla as an “oasis with 7000 years of history,” it has only been in recent years that it was brought to the world’s attention, thanks to strategic efforts supported by Saudi government officials. The RCU was founded in 2017 with the aim — in collaboration with overseas partners — of preserving and protecting the area, and promoting AlUla to regional and international audiences.

Mojeb Al-Zahrani, director general of IMA, told SPA’s representative in Paris that the exhibition’s success was confirmed by large public turnout, which motivated the extension until March 8.

The number of visitors has exceeded 100,000 one week before the original conclusion date, which proved that it was one of the most important and attractive exhibitions held at the institute in the last three years, Al-Zahrani added.   

Throughout history, AlUla has been a crossroad between East and West; It was built and developed by successive communities and civilizations’ contributions over thousands of years. The exhibition transports visitors on a journey through this region’s natural and historical wonders, by shedding light on the landscape of AlUla and ancient north Arabian kingdoms (Dedan and Lihyan), and the ancient city of Hegra, the first location in the Kingdom that was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.


Middle East Games Con is going digital 

The free online event will be streamed live from Oct. 29  to Oct. 31. (Middle East Games Con)
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Middle East Games Con is going digital 

DUBAI: The 2020 edition of Middle East Games Con will take place online. 

The free online event, said to be the “first of its-kind digital gaming experience,” will be streamed live from Oct. 29  to Oct. 31.

The annual video game convention, known for its stellar line-up of gaming titles and tournaments including Fortnite, PUBG, Call of Duty, Tekken, FIFA, League of Legends and many more, is expected to feature Esports tournaments, special guest appearances, product reveals and gaming awards. 

“Our focus for this year and new for 2020 is the first-ever official Middle East Games Con Esports tournament and the gaming awards,” event manager Finlay Parr said in a statement on their website. “In addition to these new and exciting activities for 2020, we are of-course bringing fans their favourite features of the Con to their homes.” 

“Each year we welcome gamers of all ages from across the MENA region, and this year we don’t want anyone to miss out on our annual event due to travel, health or other reasons,” added Kiera Doherty, the pop culture portfolio director. 

Nations worldwide have been cancelling events to curb the spread of the ongoing COVID-19 disease. Organizers, in response, have made their festivals digital to entertain people at home during self-isolation.