January 18, 2018

Valletta and Leeuwarden “European capitals of culture 2018”

In Leeuwarden, capital of the region of Frisia in the northern part of The Netherlands, the project called “European Cultural Capital” has been turned into a social experiment. The objective is to transform the city into the most open-minded community (“iepen mienskip” in the regional Frisian language) possible by means of art and culture. Themes like sustainability, diversity and social justice will be addressed in numerous exhibits, workshops and performances.  Leeuwarden will give the downbeat to its cultural capital year rather quietly, with a concert by a children’s choir and free admission to museums. Malta, for its part, has opted for a…

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Bvlgari resort opens in Dubai

Thursday 7th December 2017; Bulgari resort in Dubai, its an urban oasis on Jumeira Bay, an ultimate urban resort. The Bulgari Resort Dubai is part of the Bulgari Resort & Residences Dubai, developed by Meraas, a leading Dubai-based holding company. Located on the magical seahorse shaped island, it is set to become the destination of choice for visitors seeking the solitude of an island escape, the residential feeling of a private house, yet situated just minutes from the heart of the vibrant city and its cultural attractions. It is the newest addition to the Bulgari Hotels & Resorts collection; the fifth in the…

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Learn to Cycle in Amsterdam

Learn to Cycle in Amsterdam by Xing Chen  Learn to Cycle in Amsterdam has been written for reasonably experienced cyclists who probably learnt to ride a bicycle during their childhood years, in a relatively safe environment. They feel comfortable when cycling in quiet, pedestrian- and bicycle-friendly areas with low car densities, but have yet to learn to navigate through busy, built-up areas with high levels of traffic, such as seen in the centre of Amsterdam. Cycling confidently through crowded streets requires additional skills and detailed knowledge about traffic rules and road user behaviour. In Learn to Cycle in Amsterdam, author…

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Singapore to host 6th Asean-EU Business Summit

European Union: Singapore shall host the upcoming annual ASEAN-EU Business Summit taking place on 2 March 2018, which coincides with the ASEAN Economic Ministers’ meeting with the European Union Trade commissioner, Cecilia Malmström, said the EU-ASEAN Business Council (EU-ABC), the European Chamber of Commerce in Singapore (EuroCham), and the Singapore Business Federation (SBF) in a joint release published on Tuesday, 12 December 2017. Now in its sixth iteration, the summit will feature addresses by senior government and business figures from both Singapore and the EU, and will also be addressed by a ministerial panel consisting of several ASEAN economic ministers. The summit’s programme will include: advancing…

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KSA to issue tourist visas in 2018

On the picture HRH Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, President of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage – Picture by CultureMap Houston. The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia already welcomes millions of Muslims pilgrims visiting Mecca annually; now is gearing up to attract conventional tourists. “The targets are people who want to literally experience this country and the grandness of this country” uttered HRH Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, head of the Saudi tourism and national heritage commission, during an interview to CNNMoney’s Richard Quest. Saudi Arabia plans to issue its first tourist visas in 2018, Prince Sultan…

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Kazakhstan to switch to Latin script

Kazakhstan’s President Nursultan Nazarbayev has signed a decree to switch the country’s official alphabet from Cyrillic to Latin. The presidential office announced that the government will appoint a national commission to “ensure a gradual transition of the Kazakh alphabet to the Latin-based script by 2025”. The former Soviet Republic declared independence in 1991. Its state language is Kazakh, a member of the Turkic family. Yet, Russian is widely spoken across the country, and is its second official language. Kazakh was written in Arabic script until 1920, when it was substituted by the Latin alphabet. In 1940, it was replaced by a Cyrillic one. The current Cyrillic alphabet…

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Authentic Georgia Welcomes You

On the picture Dutch entrepreneur, Martijn Kanters, the Ambassador of Georgia H.E. Konstantine Surguladze, Jesper Zwart and Tornike Zirakishvili from Georgia National Tourism Organization. By Roy Lie A Tjam. On November 9, the Embassy of Georgia in the Netherlands organized the  “Authentic Georgia Welcomes You” event. According to a Georgian saying guests are a gift from God. The objective of organizing the event was to raise awareness of Georgia in the Netherlands and making the it a more popular tourist destination. The event was attended by representatives of Dutch tourism agencies and representatives of the media. For additional Kim Vermaat’s pictures,…

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ASEAN Committee in Berlin

ASEAN in Berlin – Picture by Embassy of Singapore in Germany. On the pict Berlin: Singapore holds the rotating standing Chair of the Berlin ASEAN Committee (BAC) from July 2017 to January 2018. During a BAC meeting, chaired by H.E.Ambassador Laurence Bay led a discussion at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel on promoting closer ASEAN-Germany relations. The BAC likewise took the opportunity to thank Dr. Thomas Gambke, the outgoing Chairman of the Germany-ASEAN Parliamentary Friendship Group in the German Parliament (Bundestag) for his invaluable support and friendship throughout his tenure. On the picture the ASEAN ambassadors F.l.t.r. Sithong Chitnhothinh (Laos), Dr. Dhiravat Bhumichitr (Thailand), Datin Paduka Hajah Rakiah binti Haji Abdul Lamit (Brunei…

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Kiel partners up with San Francisco 

Aerial photograph of Kiel – Picture by Klaas Ole Kurtz. Friday, 22 September 2017, Kiel, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany: A San Franciscan delegation led by the Californian Mayor Edwin M. Lee, was in Kiel, capital of Germany’s northernmost state of Schleswig-Holstein, in order to finalise the agreement of partnership between the two cities. A first for any German city indeed as highlighted to the media by Kiel’s Mayor Ulf Kämpfer. According to German media Kiel beat in this regards larger cities such as Frankfurt am Main, or Heidelberg in establishing the partnership. A central role in this development was played by the growing communities of Schleswig-Holsteiners,…

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Guerlain Pre-Launches Oud Essentiel at Gallery 21, Kingdom of Bahrain

  Oud Essentiel: A Quintessentially Oriental Fragrance   On Monday May 8th 2017, Guerlain previewed their latest oriental fragrance known as ‘Oud Essentiel’ at Gallery 21 located in Adliya, Kingdom of Bahrain.   The launch drew in a number of VIPs and dignitaries to Gallery 21, and was held in the presence of H.E. Sheikh Rashid bin Khalifa Al Khalifa, Founder of Royal Bridges, Guerlain’s Brand Ambassador, H.R.H. Princess Esther Kamatari of Burundi and Royal Bridges Managing Director Baron Henri Estramant. Guests were invited to explore the creations of Guerlain’s Master Perfumer Thierry Wasser, including Santal Royal and Ambre Éternel, both…

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