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Muslim pupils in NYC public schools may get Eid holidays

Source : Al Arabiya / 06 Feb 2014 

Muslims living in New York City may see their demand of recognition for Islamic holidays in public schools fulfilled under new Mayor Bill de Blasio, the New York Daily News reported Tuesday.

“It is complicated in terms of logistics and school calendar and budget. But it’s something I want to get done in a reasonable time frame,” Blasio said on Monday in an interview on the Brian Lehrer Show.


Turkey's Antalya home to longest tunnel aquarium

Source : World Bulletin / 3 Jan 2014

Not content with being one of Turkey’s top tourism spots, the country's coastal Antalya province has now gone one better - it hosts the world's longest tunnel aquarium.

The tank containing the 131-meter long, 3-meter wide tunnel hosts more than 10,000 species of fish and sea creatures from all around the globe.


Old manuscripts get facelift at Al-Aqsa Mosque

Source : IINA / 3 Feb 2014

Half of the books are already undergoing restoration funded by the Waqf, Jordan’s Islamic authority which manages the holy site, and with assistance from UNESCO.


Turkey's Safranbolu holds its best-protected site title

Source : World Bulletin / 1 Feb 2014

Safranbolu, located in the central-northern province of Karabuk in Turkey, has been declared by UNESCO as one of the 20 best-reserved sites around the world in its list of world cultural heritage cites. It maintains the title of best-protected tourism site with its Ottoman traditional houses built in the 18th to 20th century.


Kiswa factory manager seeks modern technology

Source : IINA / 28 Jan 2014

The historical factory that manufactures the Kiswa, the covering for the Holy Kaaba in Makkah, is exploring the possibility of importing state-of-the-art technology from the US, Japan, Switzerland, Italy and Germany, to upgrade its facility in keeping with modern times.


UNESCO to help Egypt museum recover from blast

Source : AP / 28 Jan 2014

A UNESCO team will travel to Cairo to assess the damage inflicted on a renowned Islamic art museum by a bombing targeting the nearby security headquarters, Egypt's Minister of Antiquities said Sunday.

The museum will also receive $100,000 from the U.N. cultural agency to help the museum recover from the explosion, which damaged much of the museum's artifacts, Mohammed Ibrahim said.


Riyadh metro to be 73 km underground

By Abdullah Al-Ansari / 24 Jan 2014

More than 73.4 km of the metro in the capital would be underground.

One of the world's largest metro projects, this automatic driverless network will be over 170 km and have 87 stations on six lines, and is scheduled for completion in 2018, said the High Commission for the Development of Riyadh (HCDR).


‘1001 Inventions’ celebrates contributions by Muslims

Source : Saudi Gazette / 24 Dec 2014

While Europe was grappling through the “Dark Ages,” the Muslims were thriving and experiencing what was for them, “the Golden Ages.”

They made groundbreaking discoveries and inventions in areas of astronomy, mathematics, medicine, mechanics, and more; they greatly influenced the lives of people and served as a foundation for educating generations for years to come.


Top places to learn Arabic in the Middle East

Source : Faith Barker / Al Arabiya News / 28 Dec 2013

The fallout from the unrest in the Middle East has made the choices for those hoping to study Arabic in the region narrower and more challenging.

However, adventurous students are still drawn to the Arab world to learn a language spoken by hundreds of millions around the globe.


5,000-year-old salt cave in Turkey to be opened to tourism

Source : World Bulletin / 26 Dec 2013

A 5,000-year-old salt cave from the Hittite civilization will start operating to offer therapy to heal asthma, bronchitis and other respiratory illnesses in central Anatolian Cankiri province.

The salt cave facility is arranged to be run by a private firm for 30 years.


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