Spectacular New Year’s Eve fireworks expected at Downtown Dubai
Dubai will welcome 2017 with a spectacular fireworks display at the Downtown Dubai New Year’s Eve Gala. Celebrating national pride through a series of themed fireworks crescendos, the New Year’s Eve Gala by Emaar Properties will be a joyous visual performance set against the night-sky of Dubai.
Precisely choreographed to a sound-track which has been specially developed for the celebration, the pyrotechnics display will bring to life several milestone moments and artistic interpretations in fireworks of a falcon flying high, swirling comets, and Arabian dance forms, among others.
Specialized red and white comet shows and LED shows will be displayed from Burj Khalifa, Dubai Opera and various other buildings in Downtown Dubai using the latest technologies.
The music for the fireworks is light-hearted and inspired by Middle Eastern melodies, with a series of compelling crescendos that match the scale of the fireworks.
To be broadcast live, the entire sequence of the fireworks, all the way up to Dubai Creek Harbour, can be watched on big screens in Downtown Dubai as well as online at www.mydubainewyear.com
There will also be a Twitter Livestream of New Year’s Eve Gala; to watch, follow @MyDowntownDubai
Special viewing galleries will be set up for visitors to Downtown Dubai to take part in the celebration. If you are planning to visit Dubai to see this spectacular, make sure you arrive before 6pm and use public transport as traffic is likely to be chaotic.
Quran Exhibition opens at Smithsonian Museum in Washington DC
The first major exhibition of Qurans in the U.S., “The Art of the Qur’an: Treasures from the Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts” opened at the Smithsonian’s Arthur M. Sackler Gallery in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 22 2016. If you are planning a trip to Washington DC over the next few months be sure to visit as the exhibition runs thru Feb. 20, 2017.
The exhibition has been organized by the Sackler and the Smithsonian’s Freer Gallery of Art in collaboration with the Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts in Istanbul. It features more than 60 Qur’ans, among the most important ever produced from the Arab world, Turkey, Iran and Afghanistan, including works from the permanent collection of the Freer and Sackler galleries plus a number of long-term loans.
Celebrated for their superb calligraphy and lavish illumination, the manuscripts span almost 1,000 years of history—from eighth-century Damascus, Syria, to 17th-century Istanbul.
This landmark exhibition tells the individual stories of some of these extraordinary manuscripts, their makers and their owners. Visitors will learn how the Qur’an was transformed from an orally transmitted message into a fixed text, transcribed and illuminated by some of the most skilled artists of the Islamic world and treasured and disseminated by sultans and viziers over centuries.
Koç Holding is the exhibition’s principal sponsor, with additional support provided by Turkish Airlines, Roshan Cultural Heritage Institute, and Aydin Doğan Foundation. The exhibition was organized in cooperation with the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, Republic of Turkey.
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Luxury Swiss hotel serves Halal food
The 150 years old Hotel Schweizerhof Bern has been the leading hotel in Switzerland’s capital city, attracting a demanding clientele from all over the world. The five-star superior hotel is now celebrating its fifth anniversary in 2016 after its reopening in 2011.
“We are delighted to be celebrating our 5th anniversary in April“ says Iris Flückiger, General Manager. “During our refurbishment we took the needs of our GCC guests into consideration and designed suites with connecting rooms especially for our Middle Eastern guests and their families”. The legendary five-star superior hotel offers Halal cuisine, Arabic-speaking staff and an understanding of Muslim guest requirements developed over years of experience.
The central location in the heart of Bern near the train station lends itself to easy exploration of the city.
Bern, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is the perfect destination for families. Exploring the green Alps around Bern, making your own cheese in the region of Emmental, enjoying a lake cruise, or an unforgettable excursion to the snow-decked Jungfraujoch, the Top of Europe. Back in the city, world-class shopping opportunities await in the many luxurious and unique boutiques lining one of the longest covered shopping arcades in Europe.
A unique city in every way, the Swiss capital is only 1 hour by train from Zurich, Interlaken, Lausanne, Basel and Lucerne. Hotel Schweizerhof is a member of “The Leading Hotels of the World” and “Swiss Deluxe Hotels.”