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Cairo's underbridges on a path of transformation

Cairo's underbridges on a path of transformation

Egypt's capital, Cairo, is home to hundreds of bridges and bridge extensions scattered all over the metropolis. For long, under bridges were a place for the homeless, renegades and illicit activities but the scene is rapidly changing now as underbridges turn into cafes and social corners. 
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Arab cinematography features prominently in the 74th Cannes film festival

Arab cinematography features prominently in the 74th Cannes film festival

The 74th Cannes International Film Festival opened yesterday (06 July) after being cancelled last year due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. The festival, held in Cannes, France, previews films of all genres, including documentation from all over the world.  This year the festival had a remarkable Arab presence despite the pandemic both at the level of films participating in the official competition or at the level of competition juries.

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Poetry of love in ancient Egypt

Poetry of love in ancient Egypt

Poetry about love was an important cultural element in ancient Egypt. There are many poetry examples that have received the attention of international poets such as Walt Whitman, Ezra Pound and others who transferred ancient Egyptian love poems to modern European languages. Meanwhile, the Egyptian ministries of education and culture focused more on other eras such as the Mamluk or Fatimid period. 
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Saudi youth get creative on the walls

Saudi youth get creative on the walls

Saudi graffiti artists are transforming blank walls into creative street art across the country. The Saudi Ministry of Culture has launched initiatives and programs to support graffiti work. The Ministry allocated specific locations where "street artists" can express themselves.
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Bahrain to train female firefighters

Bahrain to train female firefighters

The Bahraini Ministry of Interior will train the first patch of female fighters. The ladies will then be incorporated into the country's Civil Defence as fully-fledged firefighters. The Ministry is working to increase the percentage of its female workforce which currently stands at 12.5 
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UAE to keep track of the use of the Arabic language on-line

UAE to keep track of the use of the Arabic language on-line

The UAE’s Minister of Culture and Youth, has conducted a study on the use of the Arabic language online. The study recommended the use of an observatory to track the use and development of the Arabic language last week. The study examines the role that publishing companies, technology and academia play in sustaining and enriching the Arabic language.
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Chinese, Egyptian archaeologists help restore Montu Temple in Luxor

Chinese, Egyptian archaeologists help restore Montu Temple in Luxor

A Chinese-Egyptian archaeological mission has been working to restore the once-abandoned Montu Temple in Luxor, according to a statement from Egypt's Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities. The first Egyptian-Chinese archaeological mission in Egypt is the outcome of a protocol of cooperation signed between the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities and the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences