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Spotify MD MEA Akshat Harbola

Spotify’s Akshat Harbola is keen to support local talent, read to know more

The managing director for the MENA region and South Asia shares the key trends impacting the streaming platform, inclusive initiatives that are bringing fresh talent to the fore and his strategy to get everyone on Spotify

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Chinese New Year celebrations 2024: Fireworks in Dubai, Dragon Show in Abu Dhabi

From iconic landmarks like the Burj Al Arab to family-friendly destinations such as Global Village, numerous celebrations have been organised to ring in the Lunar New Year

Emirates Literature Festival

Emirates Literature Festival 2024: A celebration of stories, books and people

Known as the region’s largest celebration of the written and spoken word, the festival has for over a decade and a half, hosted international and regional writers, poets, thinkers, and speakers from around the globe

womena Elissa Freiha

How Womena is amplifying the voices of trailblazing Arab women

“We are a purpose-driven organisation and so ‘People’ and ‘Purpose’ will always be above ‘Profit’,” says Womena’s Elissa Freiha

Saudi Arabia's first opera house is being built in Diriyah

Saudi Arabia’s first opera house is being built here

Designed by the world-renowned architectural firm Snøhetta, the Royal Diriyah Opera House will be built in the heart of Diriyah

Dubai Calendar events in December 2023 -Winter Garden at Habtoor Palace Dubai until 31 January

Dubai Calendar: Here’s a lineup of sport, festive, music, NYE events in Dec 2023

Dubai Calendar has revealed an exciting array of events in December, including DSF, Sole DXB, Winter Garden and other events

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Emirates Airline Festival of Literature returns in Jan 2024

Tickets for the festival, along with the full speaker lineup and programme details, will be available for purchase starting December 14

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Sheikh Zayed Festival 2023-24: Free bus services, shows and fireworks on offer

The festival runs from 4pm until midnight daily, and until 1am on weekends and public holidays

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Ed Sheeran’s Mathematics Tour to come to Dubai, Bahrain in Jan 2024

The British singer is set to take Dubai by storm on January 19 and 20, in what will be the largest open-air concert ever to take place at The Sevens Stadium in Dubai

Louvre Abu Dhabi receives over 200,000 visitors in summer

Louvre Abu Dhabi welcomes over 200,000 visitors in summer

The museum hosted an interactive live call from space with Emirati astronaut Sultan Al Neyadi, as part of the exhibition’s programming

Arijit Singh's chaleya leads Official UAE Chart which launched on Sept 27 pic supplied IFPI

Official UAE Chart launches on Sept 27; here are the top 20 chartbusters

The new chart – the first of its kind in the UAE – now provides music fans, artists and industry alike the definitive weekly ranking of the top streaming tracks in the country

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Startup reading list: 8 inspiring books for entrepreneurs

Whether you’re a budding entrepreneur or a seasoned business leader, these reads will equip you with the tools and wisdom to navigate the exciting world of startups

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Music producers Arabian Prince, Fernando Garibay are coming to Dubai

The producers share their passion for music, the creative process and their participation at the Future Blockchain Summit, which is taking place from October 15-18 at Dubai Harbour

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Barbie movie: Global ticket sales cross $1bn; set for Aug 10 release in UAE

Barbie, starring Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling, was released in the US on July 21

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Abu Dhabi-based twofour54 unveils ambitious plans to build film studio

Set to span over 100 acres, twofour54 Studios will be a next-gen, virtual production-ready, metaverse-enabled and fully-fledged production studio

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Expo City Dubai: A look at its key milestones since launch

As it continues to grow, Expo City Dubai will welcome more businesses, SMEs, entrepreneurs, organisations, academic and research institutions in addition to residents who live in its communities

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Samsung, FRAME unveil Galaxy Z Flip4 accessories inspired by UAE culture, created by local artists

The creations launched at Al Shindaga Museum in collaboration with Dubai Culture are available for purchase online until the end of July

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Obituary: Honouring Peter Hellyer, acclaimed author, historian and filmmaker

Considered a close friend of the UAE, Hellyer leaves behind a legacy that will forever be etched in the country’s history

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Emirates Airline, Sydney Symphony Orchestra extend partnership

The orchestra will work with the airline to reach out to a global audience through the Orchestra’s Sydney Symphony on Demand digital platform

Sheikh Hamdan with his son

UAE Father’s Day: Sheikh Hamdan’s life as a son and a father in 15 pictures

The UAE has dedicated June 21 to celebrating the vital role that fathers play in our lives

Zayed Naional Museum announces Dhs1m fund to support reseacrh into UAE culture Image DCT Abu Dhabi Zayed National Museum

New Dhs1m research fund launched, supports study of UAE history, culture

Applications will be reviewed by a panel compromising representatives from Zayed National Museum and the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi

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Culture and creative industries: Dubai tops global list in FDI projects in 2022

The US, India, the UK, France and Switzerland emerged as the leading foreign direct investors in Dubai’s cultural and creative industries in FDI projects

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Etihad Arena hosts Bollywood’s biggest stars for IIFA Awards 2023 in Abu Dhabi

The IIFA awards are being held in partnership with DCT Abu Dhabi and Miral at the Etihad Arena for the second year in a row

UAE announces fund to support restoration of heritage projects in Africa Photo credit WAM

UAE to fund world heritage restoration, rehabilitation projects in Africa

These projects will be implemented in cooperation with local governments, alongside local and international partners

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Ramadan 2023: Workplace dos and don’ts during the Holy Month

Here’s how you can be considerate to colleagues and clients during Ramadan

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Ramadan in Dubai: Here’s what’s happening during the Holy Month

Curated by Dubai Festivals and Retail Establishment, ‘Ramadan in Dubai’ festivities will run from March 23-April 21

Dubai Lynx

2023: Dubai Lynx Festival kicks off

The event will offer attendees exclusive seminars, workshops, and inspirational talks from industry leaders in the creative sector

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How art is being incorporated into investment portfolios for diversification

Developments within the art market over the last decade have been followed almost as closely as those within the stock market

Sheikh Mohammed inaugurates renovated Al Shindagha Museum

Sheikh Mohammed inaugurates renovated Al Shindagha Museum in Dubai

Al Shindagha Museum features 22 pavilions that include 80 historic houses showcasing the development of Dubai and the UAE

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Dubai Metro Music Festival kicks off across five metro stations

Metro stations have been transformed into stages for live musical performances during the week-long celebration, which ends on March 12