Author: Kashan Tumsil

A panel of Emirati and Greek scholars highlighted the millennia-old historical connections between Greece and the Arab world, underscoring ties through extensive Arabic translations of Greek works and shared influences in architecture, folk art, astronomy, medicine, and other fields. The speakers also noted the presence of Greek words of Arabic origin and referenced significant Arabic literary works mentioned and influenced by Greek philosophers. This came during a panel session titled “Cultural Connections between Arabs and Greece” as part of Sharjah’s participation as the first Arab Guest of Honour at the Thessaloniki International Book Fair 2024. The session featured notable…

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During a panel discussion at the ongoing Thessaloniki International Book Fair on Friday, Emirati and Greek authors explored the challenges faced by the short story in maintaining its relevance and autonomy in an era dominated by the novel. This phenomenon has been metaphorically described as “Novel time,” highlighting the short story’s struggle to assert its presence amidst the overwhelming popularity of longer fictional works. Organised by the Sharjah Book Authority (SBA), the session titled “Challenges of the Short Story in the Age of the Novel” brought together Emirati poet and critic Ali Al Abdan alongside Greek author Thomas Korovinis.…

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Emirati poet Nujoom Alghanem shared insights into her creative process and the challenges she faced in writing her latest poetry collection during a session titled “Presenting the Poetry Book: Sea and Horizon in a Narrow Road.” The event, organised by the Sharjah Book Authority (SBA), took place at the ongoing Thessaloniki International Book Fair in Greece. The Emirati poet was joined by translator Persa Koumoutsi as well as Greek publisher and poet Giorgos Alisanoglou at the SBA pavilion, as part of the Sharjah Guest of Honour programme. This special occasion marked the release of the translated version of Alghanem’s…

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: TCL Electronics (1070.HK), the world’s Top 2 TV brand and Top 1 98-inch TV brand, unveiled its latest line-up of products spanning various categories tailored for the Middle East and Africa market at an exclusive launch event in the heart of Istanbul, Turkey. Furthermore, TCL highlighted its robust partnership with Arsenal Football Club as the Official Regional Consumer Electronics Partner during the event, which included a notable appearance by Arsenal Legend Martin Keown. The event brought together industry leaders, media representatives, top influencers, and notable personalities from across the region to witness TCL’s latest product line-ups that emphasise the…

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In a stimulating panel discussion titled “Emerging contemporary literature in the Emirates and Greece: trends, goals, synergies and future prospects,” panellists explored the current trajectories of youth literature in the UAE and Greece. Discussing key objectives and shared challenges, the panel provided valuable perspectives on how modern writers can adapt to the changing literary environment. Organised by the Sharjah Book Authority (SBA) as part of the emirate’s participation as Guest of Honour of the 20th edition of the Thessaloniki International Book Fair, the session moderated by Dr. Khalid Raouf, brought together Emirati author Hind Saif Al Bar and Greek…

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In a captivating demonstration of lasting cultural connections, scholars and writers from the UAE and Greece illuminated the profound interaction between Arab and Greek cultures across various realms such as literature, poetry, art, philosophy, and thought. This dialogue covered the historical roots of this exchange, spanning from the times of Aristotle to Al-Farabi, and lauded its present-day expressions propelled by Sharjah’s worldwide initiatives. The participants drew comparisons between Sharjah’s current cultural influence and the significant legacy of the House of Wisdom in Baghdad during the reign of Caliph Al-Ma’mun. This came during the inaugural session of the Thessaloniki International…

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In the words of Sheikha Bodour bint Sultan Al Qasimi, Chairperson of the Sharjah Book Authority (SBA): “We are the proud descendants who cherish the knowledge and understanding they fostered”. This sentiment captures the essence of Sharjah’s pivotal role as the first Arab Guest of Honour at the 20th Thessaloniki International Book Fair (TIBF), and is a testament to the enduring bond between Greece and the Arab world. As TIBF’s biggest edition yet gets underway, hosting 850 exhibitors, more than 1,500 Greek and foreign authors, speakers and book professionals from 40 countries in over 500 events, Bodour Al Qasimi emphasised…

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Phoenixx Artists, a subscription-based online platform where dreams take flight A Grand launch unveiled Phoenixx Artists at The Theatre in Dubai Dubai , UAE : A new dawn rises in the world of entertainment as Gaurang Doshi, Bollywood’s acclaimed director and producer, teamed up with Niti Agarwal, the owner of TTF Productions to unveil their magnum opus – ”Phoenixx Artists”. Phoenixx Artists, a subscription-based online platform, represents a paradigm shift, offering a celestial pathway for both budding talents and seasoned virtuosos to manifest their aspirations within the entertainment cosmos. From the realms of acting to the symphony of songwriting, from…

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 Menassah Distribution Company remains committed to its participation programme to broaden the reach of Emirati and Arab books, introducing them to readers in the Gulf region and beyond. As part of this endeavour, Menassah is actively engaged in the 2024 Doha International Book Fair and the 2024 Rabat International Book and Publishing Fair, with UNESCO serving as the distinguished guest of honour for the current session. At the ongoing Doha Fair, which continues until 18 May, Menassah is showcasing a diverse selection of 3,500 books, including 540 titles representing the latest publications from 60 Emirati publishing houses across various genres,…

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Mega Stars of South Indian Cinema Rana Daggubati, Rockstar DSP, Akul Balaji, Vijay Raghavendra, Prabhu Deva, Jiiva, Rakul Preet Singh, Sreeleela, Regina Cassandra are all set to ignite the global stage of IIFA Utsavam with their dynamic presence and captivating performances at Yas Island, Abu Dhabi. Experience an unmatched celebration on September 6th and 7th, 2024, at Etihad Arena, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, as IIFA Utsavam 2024 unveils a spectacular array of hosts and performances, spotlighting the excellence of South Indian cinema. Under the honourable patronage of His Excellency Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Tolerance & Coexistence, IIFA…

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