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In the run up to the eleventh edition of the Dubai Festival for Youth Theatre, Dubai Culture & Arts Authority (Dubai Culture) – the Emirate’s dedicated entity for culture, arts and heritage – has announced the new festival programme for 2017 and 2018. This year, the programme will be launched afresh with a new series of initiatives, including 10 specialised academic workshops covering various aspects of theatre and supervised by experts from the Higher Institute of Theatrical Arts in Cairo.

The UAE’s residents and visitors who are fascinated by the country’s rich history and wish to learn more about its early civilizations will be amply rewarded with a trip to  Mleiha Archaeological and Eco-tourism; a premier tourism and leisure destination from Sharjah Investment and Development Authority (Shurooq). Mleiha has been established to cater to the increasing demand for new vacation and excursion experiences. Conceived to offer a premium educational experience through showcasing Sharjah’s rich history which reveals impressive imprints that early man made in the region.

Her Highness Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice Chairman of Dubai Culture & Arts Authority (Dubai Culture), has inaugurated the seventh edition of SIKKA Art Fair 2017 – Dubai Culture’s flagship initiative under the Dubai Art Season umbrella. Also, present at the inauguration was Her Excellency Ohood bint Khalfan Al Roumi, Minister of State for Happiness.

UAE-based Indian artist, Akbar Saheb has gained the distinction of being the only artist whose illustrations feature in Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s book, Mann Ki Baat. The book, which discusses the making and evolution of PM Modi’s radio broadcasting show Mann ki Baat  (Heart’s Voice), was unveiled today at Rashtrapati Bhavan, Delhi, India, in the presence of President Pranab Mukherjee. In all, 11 of Akbar Saheb’s illustrations on various themes have been published in the book, including the cover illustration. The book will be widely circulated within the urban and rural Indian community in English and Hindi, and will soon be released in all regional languages and foreign languages in unlimited editions.

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