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Cyprus Displays Jewelry, Early Christian Icons and Bronze Age Antiquities Once Looted From Island

Culture A presidential security officer stands behind antiquities repatriated from Germany and put on display at the Archeological museum, in capital Nicosia, Cyprus, Monday, July 22, 2024. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)

Cyprus Displays Jewelry, Early Christian Icons and Bronze Age Antiquities Once Looted From Island

Cyprus on Monday put on display artifacts — some of them thousands of years old — that were returned after a Turkish art dealer looted them from the ethnically…

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Culture The conference aims to highlight the cultural and civilizational values of camels. SPA

King Saud University Hosts Int’l Conference on 'Camels in Arab Culture'

The Department of Arabic Language and Literature at King Saud University (KSU) will host the fifth International Conference on Camels in Arab Culture on…

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Culture The Abu Dhabi Arabic Language Centre (ALC) logo

ALC Announces Members of Higher Committee of Sard Al Thahab Award 2024

The Abu Dhabi Arabic Language Centre (ALC) has announced the new members of the Higher Committee of Sard Al Thahab Award 2024, which brings together writers,…

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Culture People dressed as bulls attend a presentation of a law that bans bullfighting by President Gustavo Petro in La Plaza Santa Maria, in Bogota, Colombia, Monday, July 22, 2024. (AP Photo/Ivan Valencia)

Colombia's President Signs Bill to Ban Bullfighting

Colombian President Gustavo Petro on Monday signed a bill that bans bullfights in the South American country, further reducing the short list of nations around…

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Culture The district includes more than 650 heritage buildings, five historical main markets, several historical mosques, and one historical school. SPA

Jeddah Historic District Marks Decade Since UNESCO World Heritage Site Designation

The Jeddah Historic District program, under the supervision of the Ministry of Culture, celebrates this year the tenth anniversary of its listing as a UNESCO…

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Culture The Saudi Literature, Publishing, and Translation Commission organized a seminar titled "The Role of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in Teaching Arabic in Korea" at the Seoul International Book Fair 2024. (SPA)

Literature Commission Highlights Saudi Arabia’s Role in Teaching Arabic in South Korea

The Saudi Literature, Publishing, and Translation Commission organized a seminar titled "The Role of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in Teaching Arabic in Korea"…

Culture Sultan bin Abdulaziz Al Saud Foundation, ICESCO to Promote Arabic Language in Chad

Sultan bin Abdulaziz Al Saud Foundation, ICESCO to Promote Arabic Language in Chad

The Sultan bin Abdulaziz Al Saud Foundation and the Islamic World Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ICESCO), through the latter's Regional…

Culture Iraqi authorities have requested that UNESCO halt all reconstruction operations at al-Nouri mosque and evacuate the entire complex until the devices are disarmed -The AP 

UNESCO Finds ISIS Group-era Bombs in Mosul Historic Mosque Walls

The UN cultural agency has discovered five bombs hidden within the walls of the historic al-Nouri Mosque in the city of Mosul in northern Iraq, a remnant of…

Culture Part of the seminar on the role of Saudi women in culture and arts - SPA

Saudi Embassy in London Hosts Seminar on Role of Saudi Women in Culture, Arts

Saudi Arabia’s embassy in London hosted a seminar on the role of Saudi women in culture and arts. The seminar was attended by a large number of Saudis…

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Culture Al-Ahsa stands out for the unique creative assets it possesses and its cultural heritage and deep history in the field of handicrafts and folk arts. SPA

Al-Ahsa Becomes Deputy Head at UNESCO Creative Cities Network in Crafts, Folk Arts

Represented by Dr. Ibrahim Al-Shabith, Saudi Arabia’s Al-Ahsa won the position of deputy head of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network in crafts and folk arts, a…

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Culture The museum features about 80 independent and interconnected works, creating a world without borders. (SPA)

teamLab Borderless Museum in Historic Jeddah Combines Arts, Technology, Nature

The teamLab Borderless Museum in Jeddah is located in Historic Jeddah as a collaboration between the Saudi Ministry of Culture and the teamLab international…

Culture Amphoras and grain mills are seen in a museum dedicated to the ancient Kyrenia merchant ship that sank off the coast of Cyprus, at Kyrenia Castle in Cyprus, February 9, 2024. Adam Dunham/Handout via Reuters

Study Firms up Date of Famous Ancient Shipwreck off Cyprus 

When scientists in the 1960s excavated the wreck of an ancient Greek merchant ship off the northern coast of Cyprus, what they found was an amazing time…

Culture Saudi Arabia’s Heritage Commission announced the discovery and documentation of a bilingual inscription in the village of Alqan in the Tabuk region. (SPA)

Saudi Heritage Commission Discovers Bilingual Inscription in Alqan Village in Tabuk 

Saudi Arabia’s Heritage Commission announced the discovery and documentation of a bilingual inscription in the village of Alqan in the Tabuk region, reported…

Culture Visitors look at the temple of the Parthenon from inside the new Acropolis museum in Athens June 21, 2009. (Reuters)

Greece Opens Ancient Life Artifacts’ Exhibition at Acropolis Museum

Greece on Wednesday opened to the public an exhibition of more than 1,100 artifacts, from statues and table games to children's toys, found in an ancient…

Culture Culture Ministry Takes Part in International Year of Camelids 2024 Exhibition in Geneva

Culture Ministry Takes Part in International Year of Camelids 2024 Exhibition in Geneva

The Ministry of Culture is participating in the Saudi Exhibition for the International Year of Camelids 2024, held in cooperation between Saudi Arabia and…

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Culture Saudi Ambassador to Britain Prince Khalid bin Bandar bin Sultan at the Society of Authors’ seminar on Arab-British relations

‘Anecdotes of an Arab Anglophile’ at the UK’s Society of Authors

The Society of Authors hosted a seminar on Arab-British relations in London during the launch of “Anecdotes of an Arab Anglophile,” a book by Faisal Abbas,…

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Culture Ancient tombs dating back 4,500 years discovered in the northwestern part of the Arabian Peninsula. (SPA)

Archaeological Discovery: Innovative Tomb Patterns Found in Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia is actively exploring its rich archaeological heritage, uncovering treasures that are prompting a reevaluation of the region’s history. These…

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Culture This underwater photo taken on April 5, 2024, shows bleached and dead coral around Lizard Island on the Great Barrier Reef, located 270 kilometers (167 miles) north of the city of Cairns. (AFP)

'Urgent' for Australia to Protect Great Barrier Reef, Says UNESCO 

Australia must take "urgent" action to protect the Great Barrier Reef, including setting more ambitious climate targets, the UN's cultural organization has…

Culture Stonehenge in southwest England -- carved and constructed at a time when there were no metal tools -- symbolizes Britain's semi-mythical pre-historic period, and has spawned countless legends. William EDWARDS / AFP

UNESCO Wants to Add Stonehenge to List of Endangered Heritage Sites

The UN's cultural organization said Monday it recommended adding Stonehenge, the renowned prehistoric site in England, to its world heritage in danger list, in…

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Culture This handout picture released by the Egyptian Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities on June 24, 2024 shows the top fragment of a sarcophagus discovered at the site of a discovery of 33 ancient tombs in Egypt's southern city of Aswan. (Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities / AFP)

Egypt Tomb Find May Shed Light on Ancient Diseases, Says Ministry

A new discovery of 33 ancient tombs in Egypt's southern city of Aswan could reveal "new information on diseases" prevalent at the time, the tourism and…

Culture The first cultural asset of the newly announced Qiddiya City, the center is poised to receive over 800,000 visitors each year. SPA

Saudi Arabia: Qiddiya City Unveils Groundbreaking Performing Arts Center

Qiddiya Investment Company (QIC) has announced an innovative Performing Arts Center to enrich Saudi Arabia's cultural landscape and enhance the array of…

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Culture Visitors take photos of the "Cloud Gate" sculpture, also known as the "bean," at Millennium Park, Sunday, June 23, 2024. (Anthony Vazquez/Chicago Sun-Times via AP)

Chicago's Iconic 'Bean' Sculpture Reopens to Tourists

One of Chicago's most popular tourist attractions known as “The Bean” reopened to the public Sunday after nearly a year of renovations and construction…

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World Camel Day: Tabuk Camels Symbolize Authenticity and Heritage

In Saudi Arabia, camels receive devoted attention and care from the government, the Saudi Press Agency reported. With a deep connection to the history and life…

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Culture An artifact that was displayed at foreign auctions. (Dr. Abdul Rahim Rayhan)

Egypt Parliament Acts to Confront Online Sale of Antiquities

The Egyptian parliament has taken new measures to confront the online sale of antiquities through social networking sites, based on a request submitted by a…

Culture While yoga is not itself a religious practice, it has its origins in Hindu philosophy and many residents of Kashmir are indifferent it. DIBYANGSHU SARKAR / AFP

India's Modi Leads Yoga Day Celebration in Muslim-majority Kashmir

Stretching, arching his back and kneeling on a mat, India's Hindu nationalist Prime Minister Narendra Modi led hundreds of people performing yoga in the Muslim…

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Culture A man walks past the entrance of the Kunsthaus Zürich art museum on March 14, 2023. (AFP)

Swiss Museum Removes Works by Artists Like Monet, Van Gogh as Origin of Nazi-Looted Art Examined

A Swiss museum on Thursday pulled down five paintings, including a van Gogh and a Monet, after the foundation that owns them called for a deeper look at their…

Culture A Mayan vase over 1,000 years old and purchased for about four dollars at a Washington area thrift shop, will return to Mexico along with other cultural artefacts that date to the country's storied ancient past, at the Cultural Institute of Mexico in Washington, DC, US, this handout distributed on June 20, 2024. National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH)/Handout via Reuters

Antiquities Returning to Mexico Include Mayan Vase Sold for $4 in US Store 

The Mexican government will welcome back 20 cultural artifacts that date to the country's storied ancient past, all found in the United States including a…

Culture "Visit Madinah" offers a wealth of information to enrich visitors' stays. (SPA)

Madinah Invites Visitors and Pilgrims to Explore Its Rich History, Landmarks

The Madinah Region Development Authority in Saudi Arabia invited visitors and pilgrims who have completed their Hajj rituals to explore the city's rich history…

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Culture The Kingdom is the guest of honor at the exhibition. SPA

Saudi Heritage Commission Enriches Visitor's Experience at BIBF

The Saudi Heritage Commission is seeking to provide visitors to the Beijing International Book Fair (BIBF) with a platform to expand their knowledge about the…

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