Tag Archives: Western Asia

20Dec/22

World Cup 2022: who won the prize for ‘soft power’?

Simon Chadwick, SKEMA Business School and Paul Widdop, University of Manchester

After four weeks, 64 games and more than a decade of controversy, Argentina has won the Fifa men’s World Cup in Qatar. And as Lionel Messi and his teammates celebrate victory over France, another competition has also reached its conclusion – the battle for “soft power”.

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14Dec/22

QATAR FASHION UNITED BY CR RUNWAY PRESENTS POST MALONE IN CONCERT ON 16 DECEMBER

Qatar Creates and CR Runway announce further details surrounding the world’s biggest fashion show, Qatar Fashion United by CR Runway, including Post Malone as the highly anticipated headline performer. The global superstar, singer, songwriter, and record producer’s first-ever Qatar concert will take centerstage as the final act of the ground-breaking fashion show taking place on December 16, between the semifinal and final matches at the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022. The historic event will showcase more than 150 designers from 6 continents and 50 countries presented in front of 25,000 spectators at the center of the Ras Abu Aboud 974 Stadium – the first football stadium in the world to be constructed with shipping containers that can be disassembled and reused following the tournament. Continue reading

13Dec/22

Alwaleed Philanthropies “Global” launches a global initiative to spearhead cross-cultural understanding

Chaired by His Royal Highness Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Al Saud, Alwaleed Philanthropies “Global”, today launched the Alwaleed Cultural Network (ACN), a distinguished global networking platform, to spearhead tolerance and cross-cultural understanding on an economic, specialist, collegiate and cultural industries level in an era of great transformation and diversification in Saudi Arabia and beyond. Leading with an inaugural group of more than seven globally renowned educational and cultural institutions from five countries around the world, Alwaleed Cultural Network’s debut convening was held by Diriyah Gate Development Authority at Al Diriyah, Al-Turaif Historical District, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, on Thursday 08 December 2022. Continue reading

01Dec/22

QATAR FASHION UNITED BY CR RUNWAY

Qatar Creates and CR Runway today announced details for the world’s biggest fashion show, Qatar Fashion United by CR Runway, taking place between the semifinal and final matches at the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ on December 16. Highlighting the intersection of fashion, culture, music, and sports, this history-making global showcase will feature works by more than 150 designers from 6 continents and 50 countries presented in front of 25,000 spectators at the center of the Ras Abu Aboud 974 Stadium. Continue reading

22Nov/22

World Cup 2022: Fifa’s clampdown on rainbow armbands conflicts with its own guidance on human rights

Sophie King-Hill, University of Birmingham

The 2022 men’s World Cup host nation Qatar is known for its human rights abuses relating to women, migrant workers and those from the LGBTQ+ community. Same sex relationships in Qatar are illegal and punishable by up to seven years in prison. As Qatar is hosting one of the most popular global sporting events, these human rights abuses are now under scrutiny on the world stage.

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18Oct/22

Qatar 2022 organisers announce additional 30,000 rooms for World Cup visitors

Ticket sales for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ are approaching 3 million as the countdown continues to the first edition of the tournament in the Middle East and Arab world, which will get underway at Al Bayt Stadium on 20 November. Continue reading

14Oct/22

ABU DHABI CALENDAR IGNITES 180 DAYS OF EXCITEMENT, INSPIRATION AND GLOBAL FIRSTS

The Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi) has announced its line-up of events for the 2022/2023 winter season, which are set to create excitement and elevate the destination experience of the UAE capital. Continue reading

07Oct/22

Reform must be the legacy of the Qatar World Cup

Isobel Archer
Published: September 27, 2022 | Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

Isobel Archer is the Gulf Programme Manager at the Business & Human Rights Resource Centre.

Today is International Tourism Day and David Beckham’s latest glossy video promo for Qatar Tourism, which is being heavily promoted by the forthcoming World Cup hosts, will likely make it into one of your social feeds.

In it, Doha appears shining and luxurious; endless glass skyscrapers, hotels, parks and plazas form the horizon as Beckham tours the souqs and riviera. Continue reading

19Sep/22

Culture Summit Abu Dhabi 2022 to bring global cultural leaders to UAE capital in October to explore the future of a diverse, resilient, and sustainable culture sector

The Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi) has announced that its fifth edition of Culture Summit Abu Dhabi, a leading global forum, will return to Manarat Al Saadiyat under the theme ‘A Living Culture’. Designed to explore the future of the culture sector and discuss creative cultural solutions to some of the most urgent issues affecting the world today, the in-person event will run from 23 to 25 October, 2022 in the UAE capital. Continue reading

02Sep/22

Saudi snitching app turns citizens into social media police

  • Saudi government apps seen encouraging citizen spies
  • Apps needed for greater efficiency, authorities say
  • Digital vigilantism on the rise worldwide

By Nazih Osseiran

BEIRUT, Sept 2 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – A Saudi app that lets ordinary people “play the role of a police officer” may have alerted authorities to the tweets of a student whose sentencing to 34 years in jail has drawn international condemnation.
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