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Where is a cool place to enjoy Ramzan?

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Ushuaia in Argentina is perhaps the coolest place to fast where you only get to fast for 10 hours. If you do not want to go that far you can try Cape Town which has a thriving Muslim community. Or even Auckland.


Where ever you plan to spend your Ramadan, may it be blessed. And, if you are feeling charitable, please remember TCF - they currently manage 1,441 schools and provide education to over 200,000 needy students - www.tcf.org.pk

 

 

Mövenpick to open third hotel in Pakistan

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Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts is expanding its footprint in Pakistan after finalizing an agreement to operate its third property in the country. The Swiss hospitality firm has signed a deal with the Orient Group of Companies to manage the 310-key Mövenpick Hotel & Apartments Lahore, scheduled for opening in 2021. Set to be one of the tallest buildings in Pakistan, the property will be the focal point of the high-profile Finance and Trade Centre project in Johar Town, Lahore.

The hotel will also be close to the Lahore International Expo Centre, the Bank Square financial precinct and several corporate and government offices, as well as new and upcoming theme parks and shopping malls.

“Mövenpick Hotel & Apartments Lahore will be perfectly positioned to capitalize on the significant resident and visiting population this new commercial hub will attract,” said Mian Ahmad Fazal, Executive Director of Orient Group of Companies who are the developers of the project.

Mövenpick Hotel & Apartments Lahore will feature 260 rooms and 50 serviced apartments; five restaurants and lounges; 1,500 square meters of meeting and event space, including a large ballroom; a 700 square meter spa and fitness area; and a kids’ club and business centre.

Mövenpick already operates the 407-room Mövenpick Hotel Karachi and is scheduled to open the 361-key Mövenpick Hotel Centaurus Islamabad in 2018.

“Signing our third property in Pakistan marks yet another milestone in our expansion strategy, which focuses on operating properties in key gateway cities across the Middle East and Asia regions,” said Andrew Langdon, Chief Development Officer, Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts.

“Pakistan is undergoing rapid development and we are actively seeking opportunities to further expand our footprint in a country that offers strong growth potential.”
 

Dizin Ski Resort in Iran is a great place to learn skiing

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If you are planning a trip this winter be sure to check out Dizin. This is a great ski resort just two hours drive from Tehran and has excellent powdery snow. The skiing is spectacular. The instructors are great and best of all inexpensive. So what is the down side? There is not much to do after the skiing is over. So take a book along. But the place is definitely worth giong to.

Iran is opening up to the world and very soon Dizin will be on the itinerary of every skiing fan. Get there before the crowds build up. The best time to go is from December to March.

 

Spectacular New Year’s Eve fireworks expected at Downtown Dubai

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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

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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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