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(NEWSER) – It is a mystery that has vexed the art world for centuries: Is Mona Lisa's famous smile happy? The answer is overwhelmingly "yes," according to a new study. German researchers report that nearly everyone shown altered images of Leonardo da Vinci's famous brunette perceived the original as...
The much-awaited opening date for Louvre Abu Dhabi is likely to be made public soon as construction work enters the final stage, according to the museum. In response to a query on the opening date by Arabian Business, @LouvreAbuDhabi said: “Construction of Louvre Abu Dhabi is in its final stages....
DUBAI // The site once known as Union House, or Dar Al Etihad, reopens to the public on Saturday as the Etihad Museum, a much bigger and more impressive structure where the story of the birth of the UAE is told. "The Etihad Museum tells the story of our Founding...
His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, on Monday launched the Shaikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Library, slated to be the biggest of its kind in the Arab World. Shaikh Mohammed noted that "the Arab world is facing a...
There is a serious obsession with the hijab in the Muslim community, and it needs to end. In one way or another, we have all witnessed or experienced the way a veiled woman is perceived as devout and respectable, while her unveiled sister is supposedly disconnected from God, and least...
A Picasso oil painting from 1955 smashed the record for the most expensive artwork ever sold at auction when it soared to $179.4 million at Christie's on Monday. The auction house had estimated "Les femmes d'Alger (Version 'O')" would sell for about $140 million, but several bidders competing via telephone...
I forget to set up an alarm and woke just 10 minutes before my class began. I rush for the university without even doing the breakfast. When i reach the class i saw that teacher has already came to the class and just that I entered from backdoor slowly...
A Indian bride, suspecting that her intended was illiterate, asked him to count money and when he failed at the task refused to marry him. The initial wedding rituals had already begun in a small village in Ballia, in the Indian region of Uttar Pradesh last Friday, when a graduate...
ABU DHABI // After two years and Dh179 million, the redeveloped Mushrif Central Park was revealed to a select group on Thursday in advance of Friday’s opening to the public. The inaugurating event for the revamped space was attended by Government ministers, FNC members and other dignitaries, including Sheikh Hazza...
An engraved ring has suggested evidence of close contact between Viking Age Scandinavians and the Islamic world, more than a century after it was discovered. The excavation site at a Viking trading centre in Sweden called Birka recovered the silver ring in the late 1800s. The ring is adorned with a...
Dubai — A $500 million Museum of the Future that will actively produce futuristic inventions and support the UAE’s mission to be a global innovation engine will rise near Emirates Towers on Shaikh Zayed Road in Dubai. The iconic museum that will be a symbol of Dubai will open in...
Banksy has created new street art in Gaza in one of his most provocative political projects to date. The street artist's graffiti stencils on concrete rubble include an image of a crying figure wearing a head scarf, a dark scene of children playing on a fairground ride and a white...
If you want to show your partner how much you love them this Valentine’s Day you don’t need to spend a fortune. A study has found that more than half of lovers (56 per cent) believe sharing a mobile PIN, email password or social media login details is the best...
Looking for the royalty treatment? Want to know the exact treatment and experience before visiting a spa in Dubai? In Roman times, the baths were collective, with both socially oriented and hygienic. They saw themselves as heated. Moreover, the word "spa" comes from the Greek thermos, meaning heat. From that...
Leonardo da Vinci’s mother may have been a Chinese, according to new research by a Hong Kong-based Italian historian and novelist. On Nov. 30, the Daily Mail carried an article about the theory put forward by Angelo Paratico who has spent the last 20 years living and working in Hong...
Sharing good news with someone else is a process psychologists call "capitalization," and it turns out that studying exactly what capitalization looks like in a relationship offers a frighteningly accurate picture of whether or not things are going well. When people in a relationship regularly respond to each other's good...
Muhammad has become the most popular name for newborn boys in the UK, according to website BabyCentre. While Arabic baby names are on the rise, TV shows such as Game Of Thrones have also inspired names for the next generation. The website’s list of the top 100 baby names of 2014...
Weddings in Iran have long been an over-the-top affair with families spending thousands of dollars to celebrate a union. But now some couples are splurging on an entirely different sort of nuptial celebration: a divorce party. Local media outlets and blogs have been abuzz for months about lavish parties, complete...
London, England — The elusive graffiti artist, political activist, film director, painter and long time fugitive that for years has gone by the pseudonymous name of Banksy, was arrested early this morning by London’s Metropolitan Police. After hours of questioning and a raid of his London art studio, his...
Misyar marriage has become a social reality and, as such, a solution to some problems and a cause of others, said a professor at King Saud University in Riyadh. “Misyar is widespread because many need to keep their marriages a secret, either due to the objection of the first...
Dubai: A unique initiative was launched on Saturday by His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to measure the public’s happiness and satisfaction with government services. All government departments will be linked directly to a central web...
French novelist Patrick Modiano won the Nobel Prize for Literature on Thursday. The Swedish Academy made the announcement in Stockholm. He was lauded for capturing the "art of memory" and for the use of "identity and time" in his brief novels. Modiano was described as well-known in France or but not...
One marriage may not go ahead if a shining new iPhone 6 is not given as a dowry. That’s what one Saudi man reportedly wants after asking a prospective groom, who has proposed to his sister, to offer Apple’s latest device as a dowry before the marriage can go ahead. “Dowries...
This world has a variety of culture. The most diversified and appealing theory of this world is traditions and cultures. Have you ever wondered, what makes people and the region they are living in different from each other? Of course, the values and traditions they follow. This world consists...
SAHARANPUR: A riot just happened, a curfew is in place, and drone cameras are keeping a close watch on your every move. But none of that's enough to stop Ranjan Singh and his wife from travelling all the way from neighbouring Baghpat district and scurrying up the dingy lanes...
KABUL: President Hamid Karzai handed over a handwritten copy of the Holy Quran along with two other copies of the holy book to the National Museum. The copy - 125 centimeters long and 100 centimeters wide – had been handwritten by Maulvi Bakht Jamal Alfi Tokhi, a religious scholar from...
BRIDAL couples at a Japanese wedding hall will have a special treat at their banquet: a bunch of fresh, juicy grapes that cost a record $5,700. A wedding hall operator bought the Ruby Roman grapes at auction for 550,000 yen ($5,700) on Saturday, the first day of the buying season...
ON 29 March 1974 a group of farmers were digging a water well in the Shanxi province in China, when they came across one of the greatest marvels in human history, The Terracotta Army. An army of some 8,000 Terracotta Warriors depicting the armies of Qin Shi Huang, China’s...
These photographs all tell stories about the historical figures or events that they represent. Once taken simply to document their present, they now help us witness the past .Many photographs only become iconic shots years later, once we understand their importance and historical context. From historical landmarks and famous...
ABU DHABI // Tourism chiefs are celebrating the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque’s status as the world’s second most popular landmark. This week, the travel website TripAdvisor released its list of the world’s top 25 landmarks, with the capital’s Grand Mosque beaten only by the ancient Incan site of Machu Picchu...