Menassah Distribution Company Facilitates Delivery of Premier Publications to Readers in the UAE and Oman

Menassah Distribution Company Facilitates Delivery of Premier Publications to Readers in the UAE and Oman

        The Menassah pavilion presents a diverse cultural programme at the ‘University of Sharjah Book Fair’ as part of the activities of the ninth edition of the ‘We All Read’ initiative.

        Omani readers can access a valuable collection of Emirati publications at the ‘Muscat International Book Fair.’


Sharjah, February 22, 2024: In its continuous endeavor to broaden marketing and sales channels for the publications of its member publishers and streamline their distribution to readers in the UAE and the region, Menassah Distribution Company participated in the ‘University of Sharjah Book Fair,’ part of the activities of the ninth ‘We All Read’ initiatives organised by the university’s Deanship of Student Affairs. Moreover, Menassah Distribution Company is currently participating in the 2024 ‘Muscat International Book Fair,’ which commenced on February 21 and runs until 2 March.


This is the second consecutive year that Menassah is participating in the University of Sharjah Book Fair as part of its ongoing collaboration with the university. The goal is to offer a diverse selection of high-quality Emirati publications, providing enriching content tailored to the needs of female university students. This partnership aims to facilitate access to valuable information, enhancing students’ university experience and fostering career development.


In collaboration with Al-Qasimi Publications and Dar Al-Kutub, the book fair took place from 13 – 14 February and featured the most prominent publications from 67 member publishers. With approximately 5,011 books contributed, including 1,173 diverse titles spanning novels, historical stories, world literature, self-development and management books, as well as children’s books, the selection was carefully curated to cater not only to the preferences of female university students but also to meet the interests of their family members.


The book fair celebrated the creative achievements of literary talents at the university, featuring book signings by 10 female students whose works were published during their university studies. Additionally, the event hosted five literary workshops and lectures that attracted a significant number of female students, and seven interactive competitions added an inspiring atmosphere to the exhibition, drawing the participation of 30 publishing houses.


Menassah Distribution Company reiterated its commitment to continued collaboration with the University Deanship to ensure the success of the annual fair, seeking to enrich the event with carefully selected books in cooperation with the company’s publishing members. This effort facilitates access to publications for female university students and fosters a culture of reading and sustaining knowledge.


Highlighting the importance of its presence at the book fair, Menassah underscored its role in bolstering the publishing sector in the UAE. Participating publishing houses actively aimed to attract talents from among the female students and offer them opportunities for their creative works to be acknowledged.


Regarding the Menassah pavilion at the 2024 Muscat International Book Fair, 4,940 books were presented from 64 publishing houses of the company’s members. This collection included a valuable selection of distinguished publications, comprising 800 titles across various literary and cognitive genres, locally produced to meet the needs of the Omani book market.


Menassah continues to support Emirati publishers by ensuring the efficient delivery of locally produced books to readers. The company aspires to serve as the region’s leading distributor of Arabic books, offering cost-effective solutions through diverse channels, including public exhibitions. This strategic initiative extends to international platforms, such as the Muscat International Book Fair, where Menassah’s involvement aligns with its goal to enhance the accessibility of Emirati books across the Arab Gulf countries and beyond.

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‘Four Daughters’ wins the first edition of the ‘Asharq Documentary Award’ at the Red Sea International Film Festival 2023

‘Four Daughters’ wins the first edition of the ‘Asharq Documentary Award’ at the Red Sea International Film Festival 2023

·        The Award represents Asharq Documentary’s commitment to supporting the filmmaking industry and fostering its thriving local and regional talent


Jeddah, Saudi Arabia: 8th December 2023 – Asharq Documentary, the recently launched Arabic free-to-air factual documentary channel under SRMG, announced the inaugural edition of its ‘Asharq Documentary Award’, during the third Red Sea International Film Festival (Red Sea IFF) award ceremony held at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Jeddah.

The ‘Asharq Documentary Award’ represents the channel’s dedication to supporting the filmmaking industry and nurturing aspiring talent in the MENA region. The award aligns with the channel’s mission to provide a platform for creators to showcase their stories and productions, especially given its plans to offer in-house produced content to complement licensed and acquired content.

In this first-year edition, the ‘Asharq Documentary Award’ featured eight films, showcasing talented documentary filmmakers from around the world. The entries included three Iraqi films: ‘Hiding Saddam Hussein,’ ‘Iraq’s Invisible Beauty,’ and ‘The Dalkurd Story’; ‘Four Daughters’ from Tunisia; ‘The Mother of All Lies’ from Morocco; ‘Donga’ from Libya; ‘Copa 71’ from the United Kingdom; and ‘In the Shadow of Beirut’ from Ireland.

The winning film ‘Four Daughters’, directed by Tunisian filmmaker Kawthar Ben Haniyeh, explores a story of pain and its impact on a mother and her four daughters in a society suffering from the aftermath of extremism and terrorism. In her film, Ben Haniyeh showcases a modern cinematic style, adeptly merging reality with fiction as she draws inspiration from a true story to create a compelling narrative.


Mohammed Al Yousei, General Manager of Asharq Documentary said: “We are pleased to present the Asharq Documentary Award for the first time at the third edition of the Red Sea International Film Festival. This award marks the beginning of several initiatives we have planned to recognise and reward filmmaking talent, while supporting the regional film industry. A defining aspect of Asharq Documentary is its dedicated, in-house production capabilities, offering exclusive access to regional documentary films for our audiences.”



Shivani Pandya Malhotra, Managing Director of the Red Sea International Film Festival said that the launch of the Asharq Documentary Award during the third edition of the Festival is an important addition to the awards, as both organizations share the same objective of empowering the art of storytelling and supporting the filmmaking industry. Commenting on the winning film, Pandya added: “I congratulate the Tunisian director Kawthar Ben Hania on winning this award in its inaugural year, particularly as we celebrate creative women in film directing, acting, and writing in this edition.”


Asharq Documentary aims to become the leading platform, offering a deep dive behind the headlines of hard-hitting topics such as politics, business and economics, and history. It also offers unique insights and in-depth analysis on the latest trends, events, and influential figures shaping the world today. Asharq Documentary is accessible through its dedicated television channel and social media accounts, as well as through live streaming and on-demand services via Asharq NOW.



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Menassah Distribution Company celebrates Emirati Titles  in Kuwait, Algeria, and Al Ain

Menassah Distribution Company celebrates Emirati Titles  in Kuwait, Algeria, and Al Ain

        Participation in book fairs in Kuwait, Algeria, and Al Ain through Menassah facilitated the distribution of over 10,000 books published by 103 of its member publishers to Arab readers.


Sharjah, 2nd December 2023: Menassah Distribution Company is intensifying its efforts in Q4 2023 to bolster the UAE’s creative economy and represent Emirati publishers in various cultural events locally and regionally. In addition to taking part in several international and regional exhibitions in October, Menassah is currently participating in the Kuwait International Book Fair, which launched on 22 November and will run until 2 December. It had already participated in the Algiers International Book Fair and the Al Ain Book Festival that took place until 19 November.


Through the Menassah platform, which seeks to support Emirati publishers who are members of the Emirates Publishers Association in promoting their publications at international book fairs, Menassah Distribution Company showcased the most recent publications from 103 member publishers at these three exhibitions, spanning 1,050 titles, across 10,200 books. This extensive collection allowed readers and event attendees to delve into diverse genres of Emirati literature and creativity, spanning both original and translated works.


During the 46th edition of the esteemed Kuwait International Book Fair, which held its inaugural edition in November 1975, Menassah showcased 500 titles released by 53 Emirati publishers. The exhibit featured 6,000 books encompassing a wide array of subjects, including philosophy, science, and literature, along with a notable selection of Emirati children’s literature. The fair placed particular emphasis on children, offering a comprehensive programme of hands-on and artistic workshops, as well as reading and writing clubs.


Menassah Distribution Company extended the influence of Emirati publishing firms to audiences in Africa through its inaugural participation in the Algiers International Book Fair 2023, which concluded on 4 November. Throughout the fair, the company presented 1,200 books, comprising 150 titles from 20 participating publishers.


As for the Al Ain Book Festival, during its participation from 25 October to 19 November, Menassah celebrated the inspirational works of Emirati and Arab writers, thinkers, and creators. The company also nurtured a love for reading among the younger generations in the Emirates by showcasing 400 titles, amounting to 3,000 books, published by 30 local publishing houses..


Throughout 2023, Menassah intensified its efforts to support Emirati publishing houses and promote publications that showcase the vibrant Emirati cultural landscape and the advanced publishing industry in the UAE to a global audience. This was accomplished through active participation in numerous local, regional, and international book fairs, creating vital connections between Emirati publishers and their counterparts from all corners of the globe. These engagements provided opportunities to stay updated on industry trends, distribute books across regions, take part in local and international cultural events and forums, utilise book sales and distribution platforms, and expand their business horizons.


The company has established itself as a readily accessible gateway for international publishers to enter the Arab publishing market. It places particular significance on its participation in book fairs across the Gulf and the broader Arab region, with the objective of making Emirati publishers’ works available to Arab readers and actively promoting a culture of reading among Arab youth.

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Dubai Opera Presents  Gala Concert with the Orchestra of Teatro alla Scala in Milan

Dubai Opera Presents Gala Concert with the Orchestra of Teatro alla Scala in Milan

Held during the UN Climate Change Conference (COP28), Dubai Opera presents an extraordinary gala concert featuring for the first time in the United Arab Emirates, the Orchestra of the Teatro alla Scala, Milan.

With the support of Plenitude and in collaboration with the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and the Italian Ministry of Culture.

Dubai Opera presents “CONCERT FOR TOMORROW” Gala Concert with the Orchestra of Teatro alla Scala in Milan

 Dubai Opera

December 1st, 2023

Teatro alla Scala Orchestra

Soprano Aida Garifullina

Tenor Piero Pretti

Conductor Michele 

United Arab Emirates, Dubai 20 November 2023: Dubai Opera, the UAE’s leading center for performing arts and culture, and the iconic Teatro alla Scala in Milan, the vanguard of Italian artistic excellence, have proudly announced an extraordinary cultural initiative.

For the very first time, the Teatro alla Scala Orchestra will perform in the Gulf Region, with an illustrious gala concert in the United Arab Emirates, presented by the Dubai Opera.

At the conductor’s helm will be the distinguished Milanese maestro, Michele Gamba, joined by the globally acclaimed soprano, Aida Garifullina, and the esteemed Italian tenor, Piero Pretti. The evening’s repertoire will feature a selection of the most renowned compositions from the hallowed annals of Italian opera, showcasing the genius of Verdi, Puccini, and Mascagni.

This landmark event embodies the highest echelons of both institutional and cultural significance, offering a platform to foster new avenues of dialogue, while celebrating the pinnacle of Italian artistic excellence on the Middle East’s most esteemed stage. This auspicious occasion coincides with the United Nations Climate Change conference in Dubai, dedicated to charting the future of our planet.


Dominique Meyer, Superintendent of the Teatro alla Scala Foundation, remarked: “I am profoundly delighted that the Teatro alla Scala Orchestra will make its debut at the Dubai Opera. We look forward to presenting masterpieces by Giuseppe Verdi and Giacomo Puccini, whose centenary commemorations are on the horizon. These composers embody the tradition and essence of our theatre, and the Teatro alla Scala Orchestra shall render their works with an unmistakable resonance and fervour. On the podium, we shall have the youthful yet accomplished conductor, Michele Gamba, who has previously led numerous productions at La Scala and other eminent theaters. Additionally, internationally acclaimed vocalists, Aida Garifullina and Piero Pretti, shall grace us with their exceptional talents. Equally momentous is the context of this concert: La Scala shares concerns about the perils of global warming and is steadfast in its commitment to an actionable plan for energy efficiency and resource optimisation, already bearing fruitful outcomes.”

An Opera Experience Like No Other

This unmissable operatic soirée reinforces the cultural and amicable bonds between Italy, Dubai, and the Emirates, as it serves as a platform for the exchange of art, beauty, a penchant for innovation, and an unwavering pursuit of excellence in every sphere, as underscored by Antonio Tajani, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the Republic of Italy: “Since my arrival at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, I have strongly promoted cultural diplomacy through the organization of major initiatives that can showcase our excellences and increase Italy’s attractiveness around the world. The extraordinary concert by La Scala from Milan fits perfectly into this framework. We are convinced that culture, in these difficult times, is a precious tool to foster dialogue and open new bridges of collaboration. I am delighted that our Emirati friends will be able to experience first-hand, in the splendid setting of the Dubai Opera House, the musical excellence of La Scala. This is just one example of the vitality of our bilateral relations, which we want to further strengthen in every area.”

Arts at the Forefront of Global Consciousness

The La Scala Gala in Dubai will also take place during the COP28 global climate change conference in Dubai, emphasising the pivotal role of art and culture in disseminating a heightened intellectual awareness of pressing environmental concerns. Music, as the universal language, emerges as an indispensable medium for sharing, dialogue, and collective purpose.

Gennaro Sangiuliano, Minister of Culture of the Republic of Italy, remarked: “The concert of the Teatro alla Scala Orchestra at Dubai Opera is going to be an extraordinary show, celebrating the friendship between Italy and the United Arab Emirates and bringing inspiration to the delegates at the UN Conference on Climate Change (COP28). Music touches the deepest chords of the human soul and brings people together. With the world facing one of the key challenges of our time, Italy is happy to put its cultural excellence at the service of dialogue between nations.”

His Excellency Sheikh Salem Al Qassimi, Minister of Culture and Youth, said: “The UAE has made steady steps to enhance its position as a global cultural hub that empowers creativity and provides a platform for world-class exhibitions, art and cultural events. This well-deserved status can be attributed to the strategic vision of our future-facing leadership, who have been investing in building a robust cultural and creative ecosystem in the country.” HE added: “This collaboration stems from a deep desire to bring the best cultural offerings from around the world and to enrich the local creative landscape of the country. It also reflects on the strong and friendly ties between the UAE and Italy.”

Dubai: A Mosaic of Cultures and Artistic Endeavour

Dubai is rapidly emerging as an unparalleled platform for fostering intercultural dialogue and celebrating artistic eminence. Her Excellency Hala Badri, Director General of Dubai Culture and Arts Authority, said: “Nestled within Dubai’s cultural tapestry, ‘Concert for Tomorrow’ represents the fusion of cultures in our city, where the arts flourish, and collaborative efforts between the public and private sectors drive artistic excellence. The inspiration it ignites in our city’s opera aficionados and music enthusiasts is of great importance. Dubai Culture is proud to take part in another event that promises enrichment and captivation, reinforcing our commitment to fostering a dynamic, high-achieving, and inclusive arts community, aligned with Dubai’s cultural vision of being a global centre for culture, and incubator for creativity and a thriving hub for talent.”

Commenting on this momentous occasion, Paolo Petrocelli, Head of Dubai Opera, stated: “In just a few short years since its inauguration, Dubai Opera has not only asserted itself as a cultural beacon within the Gulf region, but has also emerged as a shining star in the Middle Eastern arts landscape. We are immensely proud to include within our upcoming artistic season such a profoundly significant and culturally enriching event, confirming our growing commitment to promote and celebrate international artistic excellence within the Arab world.”


Plenitude, Eni’s Benefit Corporation, integrating production from renewables, energy services and a large network of electric vehicle charging points, is glad to support the Dubai Opera House’s La Scala event, one of the major global opera and music events. For Plenitude music, art and culture are important vehicles for the development of individuals and communities.


The “La Scala in Dubai Opera Gala” is poised to exceed the expectations of the eagerly anticipated international audience gathered in the auditorium. The program ingeniously interweaves grand symphonic compositions, including the opening symphony of Nabucco and interludes from Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana and Puccini’s Manon Lescaut, with the most cherished arias and duets from the world’s operatic repertoire, featuring selections from Traviata, Bohème, Gianni Schicchi, and Rigoletto. This repertoire perfectly complements the talents of the two youthful yet eminent protagonists: the Tatar soprano, Aida Garifullina, whose journey from her hometown of Kazan to the world’s most prestigious opera stages has captivated global audiences, and the Italian tenor, Piero Pretti, whose vocal prowess and stage presence make him an ideal interpreter of the Verdi and Puccini oeuvre, a journey that has seen him grace the most illustrious international theaters, beginning with La Scala.


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Picture Taken at Al Qudra Lakes Takes the International Limelight

Picture Taken at Al Qudra Lakes Takes the International Limelight

Dubai Based Indian Wildlife Photographer Wins 4 International Photography Awards for a Single Image Captured in Dubai

Dubai, November 17 – Hermis Haridas, a Dubai-based renowned nature and wildlife photographer, has clinched four international photography awards for a single captivating image captured at the scenic Al Qudra Lakes in Dubai. The accolades were bestowed upon Hermis for his exceptional talent in photographing a Hoopoe, a mesmerising bird native to the region.

The winning image, taken with Hermis’s new Nikon Z8 camera, showcases the Hoopoe in various moments, both in mid-air and on the ground, capturing its graceful and dynamic movements. What sets this photograph apart is Hermis’s keen observation of the bird’s behavior—each time the Hoopoe caught its prey, it consistently flew in the same direction towards a nearby tree. Inspired by this unique behavior, Hermis intentionally composed the image against a background with light and dark sides, symbolising the contrasting aspects of existence.

Commenting on the photograph, Hermis Haridas shared, “This picture of the Hoopoe was taken in Dubai from Al Qudra Lakes. I spend most of my weekends taking pictures of the birds in Al Qudra Lakes. I wanted to test my new Nikon Z8 camera. So, my friend and I travelled to the lake where I noticed a Hoopoe occasionally catching its prey in the air and at other times on the ground. Additionally, I observed that each time it caught a prey, it flew in the same direction to a nearby tree. I spent a few days photographing this bird, and when I got home and looked over the pictures, I got the idea to photograph the bird against a background with light and dark sides to represent the dark and light sides of existence. The following day, I arrived a little earlier at the same location and waited for the ideal shot to occur.”

Hermis, originally from India and currently residing in the UAE, is not only an accomplished nature and wildlife photographer but also a photography mentor. As the founder of Paws Trails and Mara Trails Camp, he has dedicated his life to protecting and preserving wildlife habitats while showcasing their splendor through his lens. With an unwavering passion for the wild, he has spent countless hours in the wilderness, patiently waiting for the perfect shot and documenting the untamed wonders of nature. Through his enthralling images, Hermis not only spreads knowledge and creates awareness about the need to protect animals, but he also encourages others to explore the world in order to appreciate and preserve the planet’s unique biodiversity.

Hermis’s accolades include winning prestigious awards such as “Nature Photographer of the Year, Wild Art Photographer of the Year, HIPA- 2023 and Nature Conservancy”, further solidifying his position as a leading force in the world of nature and wildlife photography.

For more information about Hermis Haridas and his remarkable work, please visit

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Sharjah Publishing City supports publishers  with benefits amounting to AED 3 million

Sharjah Publishing City supports publishers with benefits amounting to AED 3 million

Sharjah, November 10, 2023

Under the directives of Sheikha Bodour Al Qasimi, Chairperson of the Sharjah Book Authority, the Sharjah Publishing City (SPC) Free Zone has announced a support package for publishers wishing to establish or relocate their businesses to the city, including financial incentives up to AED 3 million. Whether from within the country or anywhere in the world, publishers will be exempted from 90% of licensing and business establishment fees.

This initiative embodies SPC Free Zone’s goals to advance the regional and global publishing industry. It asserts Sharjah’s status as a destination for creative industries. The agreements with beneficiaries of this generous initiative commit to printing no less than five new books within 12 months.

Mansour Al Hassani, Director of Publisher Services at the Sharjah Book Authority and Acting Director of SPC Free Zone, said: “This initiative exemplifies our steadfast dedication to fortifying our role as a global epicentre for publishing, printing and distribution. The SPC Free Zone is wholly committed to empowering investors to harness the full spectrum of our extraordinary opportunities and advantages. The Sharjah International Book Fair presents a distinct prospect for publishers to integrate into an international community that has chosen Sharjah as its corporate base. New entrants will have the chance to partake in the success that the SPC Free Zone has cultivated over the years, nurturing an environment conducive to collaboration, proficiency, and knowledge exchange within a competitive landscape”.

He added that the initiative also reflects Sharjah’s steadfast belief in the pivotal role of creative industries in the economy and, “SPC Free Zone’s unwavering commitment to support and nurture them through every possible means. We wholeheartedly welcome all publishers who share our vision and mission.”

The initiative is a new step in Sharjah Book Authority’s journey to promote cultural dialogue between civilisations and support authors’ creative, literary, and intellectual output in the region and the world. It aims to add hundreds of new titles to Arab and global libraries, provide new opportunities for authors to publish their works and present their visions to readers of various languages. The initiative targets publishers exhibiting in the 42nd edition of the Sharjah International Book Fair.

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Celebrated media icon Bassem Youssef headlines discussion panel and book signing at SIBF 2023

Celebrated media icon Bassem Youssef headlines discussion panel and book signing at SIBF 2023

Sharjah, October 26, 2023

World-famous media personality Bassem Youssef will be one of the highlights of the 42nd Sharjah International Book Fair (SIBF), taking place from 1-12 November at the Sharjah Expo Centre. The globally recognised television star is set to lead a panel discussion on Friday, November 10th, at 8 PM, as well as hosting a book signing event for his latest publication, ‘Nadia in a Magical Adventure.’ This enchanting book unveils the inspiring story of a young girl with an unwavering passion for collecting dolls, who courageously preserves her Egyptian heritage despite her family’s relocation to America at the age of six years old.


This panel discussion is a component of SIBF’s overarching mission, which is to present an expansive programme featuring a rich variety of cultural and artistic events. The aim is to enrich visitors’ understanding and appreciation of various fields, cultivating a lifelong love for reading. It also serves as a platform for engaging with prominent local and international personalities from diverse fields who have left an indelible mark on the cultural landscape through their unique contributions and exceptional works.


From cardiac surgeon to a TV star

Bassem Youssef is a globally renowned Arab media figure who originally graduated from Cairo University’s Faculty of Medicine in 1998, dedicating himself to a successful career as a cardiac surgeon spanning 13 years. In 2011, he made a significant career transition into the media realm by launching ‘The B+ Show’ on YouTube, which garnered remarkable success and ultimately paved the way for his television debut in 2012.


In recognition of his influence and impact, Time Magazine included Bassem in its prestigious list of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2013. He also made guest appearances on renowned international programs such as ‘The Daily Show’ with Jon Stewart and ‘The Late Show’ with Stephen Colbert.


Beyond his media achievements, Bassem Youssef is committed to educating his audience on the importance of nutrition and health. He established the ‘Plant B TV’ platform and YouTube channel, where he promotes plant-based diets by leveraging his unique blend of medical expertise and media prowess to deliver educational and impactful content. Youssef has also been actively involved in various charitable and humanitarian initiatives, including the “Don’t Turn a Blind Eye” campaign supporting the visually impaired, the “Our Children Are a Trust” campaign combating violence against children, and the “No to Harassment” campaign addressing the issue of sexual harassment. He also holds the position of resident fellow at the Harvard Institute of Politics, where he conducts lectures and workshops.

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TikTok’s MENA Songs of the Summer 2023

TikTok’s MENA Songs of the Summer 2023

Dubai, September 05 2023 – All summer long, artists have been dropping some serious vibes and asking TikTok the ultimate question: “did I just write the song of the summer As #SongOfTheSummer hits a scorching 5 billion views on TikTok, these sun-tinged pop bangers have been bringing pure sunshine to the music-loving community

Whether users around the world have been living their Barbie dreams, giving a second chance to Cupid or being transported to the galactic realm that is Planet of the Bass, the summer’s biggest cultural moments have been popping on TikTok.

This year, our Songs of the Summer reflect the full spectrum of artistic talent on TikTok. From Doechii’s meteoric rise with What It is, Puerto Rican rapper Myke Towers rocketing to success with globally trending song LALA, to the juggernaut that is Makeba by France’s Jain, our community has embraced a truly diverse mix of talent and sounds. As well as providing a platform for the world’s biggest artists to connect with fans, we’re proud to continue helping emerging artists all over the world to launch their careers, like the incredible story of Mae Stephens who swapped supermarket shifts for TikTok stardom, topping our global Songs of the Summer list with her smash hit If We Ever Broke Up.

In the MENA region too, TikTok’s summer jam is heating up with an electrifying lineup of top tracks that have taken the platform by storm. Even as temperatures soar, the TikTok community here have been grooving to the rhythm of some of the hottest tunes, and the results are in: The melodious 15-year-old hit Gharam by Saudi singer Rabeh Saqer is this year’s ultimate summer anthem across the region. Users on TikTok created videos using different versions of the song which amassed more than 350 thousand video creations across the MENA region.

From the sandy dunes of Dubai to the bustling streets of Cairo, the rhythm of the region’s top summer hits have captured the hearts of millions. Here is the rest of the go-to soundtrack for the season, featuring top songs in terms of video creations by TikTok users in MENA. From soulful ballads like Asheq Majnoon by Mahmoud Al Turky to the energetic vibes of girls like me don’t cry (sped up) by Vietnamese artist thuy, the summer playlist sets the mood. Doo Doo Doo (Unplugged) by Jordan-based singer Llunr add a unique flavor to the mix, while the euphoric, carefree summer anthem Endless Summer by Alan Walker & Zak Abel and the catchy yet emotional tune If We Ever Broke Up by Mae Stephens – one of the most viral TikTok tunes this year – are a hit with hearts across the region. Wallah Eni Ashtaqtelak by Omani singer Juma’a Alaremy rounds up the list.

Moving to Egyptian songs that hit the summer vibes, here’s a rundown of top tunes that made it to the “Song of the Summer” list. Satalana by Abd El Basset Hamouda, Mahmoud El Leithy, Hamdy Batshan, Ali Rabee, Osos, and Hassan El Kholaey, premiered as the soundtrack to Baad El Shar movie then grew to become one of Summer 2023’s top hits and proved un-skippable this season. Shofto El Kamar by Mohamed Nour and Moustafa Amar, on the other hand, came to the list with its rather soothing melody to reflect the magic of moonlit summer nights. We all heard Ekhtyaraty by Ahmed Saad at some point this summer, and we can’t deny that it became the life of any summer party. Lastly, Lafeina El Donia by Muslim and Reda El Bahrawy soared to the top tunes list after a resounding success as the soundtrack to El BoaBoa movie.

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Al Maleh and Fishing Festival Draws Crowds with Deep Dive into Traditional Maritime Practices

Al Maleh and Fishing Festival Draws Crowds with Deep Dive into Traditional Maritime Practices


Sharjah, September 2, 2023

Day three of Al Maleh and Fishing Festival is in full swing, drawing crowds eager to delve into the heart of Emirati heritage. Organized by the Sharjah Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI) along with Dibba Al Hisn City Municipality and Dibba Al Hisn Municipal Council, the festival shines a spotlight on traditional fish salting techniques, ancient fishing practices, and a curated display of handcrafted artifacts, offering visitors a tangible link to the storied past of Emirati ancestors.

Running until Sunday evening, the festival offers a comprehensive showcase of the fish salting industry and marine heritage. Through insights from fishermen and tales from ancestors, attendees explore various facets like sailing, shipbuilding, fishing, and traditional methods of fish preparation, salting, and canning.

Alongside, the event is increasingly gaining momentum with a series of engaging heritage-focused activities, educational sessions, and entertainment tailored for diverse audience groups.

HE Mohammad Ahmed Amin Al Awadi, Director-General of SCCI, stressed that Al Maleh and Fishing Festival is a significant annual event that celebrates the depth and breadth of marine heritage, underscoring its role in illuminating the cultural importance of this heritage through history.

“In line with its commitment to societal responsibility and in collaboration with the event organizers, the Sharjah Chamber is dedicated to bolstering the festival and ensuring it remains a hallmark contribution to the UAE’s heritage, particularly enriching the cultural landscape of Dibba Al Hisn,” Al Awadi said.

Mohammed Abdullah Al Dhahuri, a veteran of over 50 years in the fishing and fish salting industries, emphasized the profound legacy of these professions passed down by ancestors. Driven by a sense of preservation and appreciation, Al Dhahuri ardently participates in the festival each year, aspiring to acquaint newer generations with the time-honored techniques, particularly in the renowned fish salting industry, a cornerstone profession for coastal communities.

Abdullah Mohammed Ali Al Mutawa, with four decades in shipbuilding, commented, “Crafting wooden ships is among the UAE’s most ancient professions, serving as essential vessels for endeavors like pearl diving, fishing, and voyages both near and distant.”

He detailed the intricate process of constructing sizable boats, a labor-intensive endeavor spanning approximately three months, where work begins at dawn and concludes at dusk. Various types of wood and a plethora of tools are employed in the craft.

Open daily from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., the festival offers attendees a diverse lineup of events, spotlighting marine crafts and age-old fishing techniques. In addition to cultural contests and showcases, the festival features artistic performances, traditional heritage tunes, and live music by prominent local bands.

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Line Investments & Star Cinemas join hands To open 22 new screens in 4 malls in Abu Dhabi & Al Ain

Line Investments & Star Cinemas join hands To open 22 new screens in 4 malls in Abu Dhabi & Al Ain

8th August 2023, Dubai, UAE: As prominent leaders in their respective industries, Line Investments & Property, the shopping mall development, and management arm of Lulu Group International and Star Cinemas have announced their Joint Venture at a signing ceremony held at the Lulu Regional Office, Al Qusais of an exciting journey ahead towards a shared vision. Through this dynamic partnership, these two trailblazing entities are set to revolutionize the entertainment landscape by introducing a new line of cinema screens that will captivate audiences like never before. This strategic expansion will contribute 22 additional screens to the existing 76 screens currently operated by Star Cinemas. The event was attended by many dignitaries, MA Ashraf Ali, Executive Director of Lulu Group International, Ahmad Golchin, the Founder and Chairman of Phars Film & Star Cinemas, Satyajit Pendharkar, Chief Operating Officer of Star Cinemas, and Wajeb al Khoury the Director of Line Investment & Property and Biju George  General Manager Abu Dhabi region.

The additional screens with the joint venture will be at the following locations: –

– Al Wahda Mall, Abu Dhabi: 9 screens

– Al Foah Mall, Al Ain: 6 screens

– Barari Outlet Mall, Al Ain: 4 screens

– Al Raha Mall, Abu Dhabi: 3 screens

In its relentless pursuit of enhancing customer experience, Line Investments & Property LLC firmly believes that convenience and comfort are paramount when moviegoers select their preferred cinema. Another integral part of the agreement is also opening of Star Cinemas in Dubai Silicon Oasis Mall, Sharjah Central Mall, and RAK Mall. This signing of JV has put Star Cinemas as the second largest cinema operator in the UAE, based on screen count.


“At Line Investments, we believe in delivering exceptional customer experiences and providing a diverse range of shopping experience. We are delighted to partner with Star Cinemas to lead the entertainment facilities in our malls. Their commitment to excellence aligns perfectly with our vision, promising an immersive and captivating movie-going experience that sets new standards of entertainment for our patrons.”, commented MA Ashraf Ali, Executive Director of Lulu Group International.


“We are truly thrilled and honored to partner with Line Investments & Property LLC in this exciting venture. The journey commences soon with the opening of 22 screens & commencement of work at Dubai Silicon Oasis, followed by Sharjah Central and RAK Mall in Ras Al Khaimah. Besides being the largest movie distributor in the Middle East we will also now be the second largest cinema operator in the UAE ” said Ahmad Golchin, Chairman Phars Film and Star Cinemas.


Anticipating an enthralling cinematic experience, Star Cinemas extends a warm invitation to patrons, eagerly awaiting the release of ‘Jawan,’ set to captivate audiences launching on September 7, 2023.


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