Saturday 23 July 2016

Sovereign Art Prize for Mena launched

The Sovereign Art Foundation has announced the launch of its coveted Art Prize in the Mena region, the most prestigious art prize for contemporary artists, in association with Start, a non-profit organisation.   Having executed 12 successful years of Art Prize events in Asia,


Etihad backs Arab film fest in Australia

Etihad Airways and Arab Film Festival Australia are joining forces again in 2016 to bring the best of contemporary Arab cinema to Australian audiences. The 13th annual Arab Film Festival Australia opened in Sydney showcasing diverse films from Australia, Lebanon, Egypt, Iraq, Pal


Singapore bans newspaper linked to Islamic State

Singapore on Friday banned the distribution and possession of Al Fatihin, a newspaper linked to the Islamic State militant group, after government officials repeatedly warned against terror threats. The wealthy city-state saw its first case of terrorism financing this month, with


Verizon emerges as front-runner in Yahoo auction

Yahoo is focusing on US telecom company Verizon Communications as the buyer of its core business after reviewing final bids that it received this week, people familiar with the matter said on Friday. A deal would boost Verizon's AOL internet business, which the company acquir


Al Jazeera to launch digital streaming service in US again

Al Jazeera Media Network is preparing to make its English language international news channel video content digitally available to US viewers again, according to a July 21 email sent to employees obtained by Reuters. The move comes almost three months after it shut down its US ca


Saudi denies issuing new fatwa against Pokemon

Saudi Arabia denied on Thursday that the kingdom's top clerical body had renewed a 15-year-old edict declaring that the Pokemon game was un-Islamic. Saudi media reports said on Wednesday the General Secretariat of the Council of Senior Religious Scholars had revived a 2001 de


Google launches arts & culture website, app

Google introduced the new Google Arts & Culture website and app, by the Google Cultural Institute this week. The app and website allow users to explore anything from cats in art since 200 BCE to the colour red in Abstract Expressionism, and everything in between.


Pokemon Go seen making billions for Apple

Apple stands to rake in $3 billion in revenue from the Pokemon Go craze in the next one to two years as gamers buy "PokeCoins" from its app store, brokerage Needham & Co said. Pokemon Go, the augmented reality game from Japan's Nintendo Co Ltd, can be downloaded


Virtual reality adds new dimension to DIFF

The Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) will showcase the latest in virtual reality (VR) and immersive storytelling from the world’s most exciting VR creators at its 13th edition in December this year. The event will be held from December 7-14 at Madinat Jumeriah, the


Qatar Airways extends Barcelona sponsorship to 2017

La Liga champions Barcelona said they agreed a one-year extension to their shirt sponsorship with Qatar Airways, increasing the annual value of the deal to around 35 million euros ($38 million) according to Spanish media reports. The Spanish giants - once renowned for never havin

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