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British scientist dies in Saudi Arabia after base-jump accident

A former NASA scientist from Britain recently died in a tragic base-jumping accident in Saudi Arabia.

Dr. Angelo Grubišić, a 38-year-old British national, was taking part in a planned jump in the kingdom when the incident took place. His death comes just years after Grubišić began a project aimed at enhancing the sport’s safety.

In July, the astronautical engineer was crowned British wingsuit champion by the British Parachute Association. He had also reportedly carried out numerous jumps – a combination of skydiving and hang gliding – throughout his lifetime. The late scientist had also been leading a wingsuit design team at the University of Southampton in England, as well as lecturing in astronautics and advanced propulsion.

“He was hands-down the most extraordinary person I knew”

Grubišić’s work spans across several fields. He previously worked on spacecraft propulsion for the European Space Agency and NASA. He was also a consultant engineer for the European Space Agency’s BepiColombo mission to Mercury in 2018.

In 2015, he founded the “Icarus Project” with an aim to design a world-record-breaking wingsuit all while improving safety.

In a statement to the BBC, his family described him as “phenomenally talented.”

“Angelo lost his life doing what he loved the most, wingsuit base jumping, and we want to ensure his achievements and ambitions are known to the world and to celebrate the mark he made on all of our lives,” they said.

“Super sad to hear that one of my former lecturers has died, especially like this”

In 2018, another British tourist died while base-jumping in Italy

According to The Mirror, Grubišić gave evidence into the death of fellow wingsuit jumper Rob Haggarty who died after he crashed into a cliff ledge on a 2,592m-high mountain in Italy.

As he attempted the jump, his lower body “caught the cliff edge and he went spinning forward,” The Independent reported.

Banks are competing for a role in Saudi Aramco’s scheduled IPO

Banks from around the world have been putting their proposals together in hopes of getting a role in Saudi Aramco’s planned initial public offering (IPO). This week, these banks brought forth their pitches to the table, explaining why they should be hired for what is said to be the world’s biggest IPO.

On Tuesday, several representatives of advisory firms landed in Saudi Aramco’s headquarters located in Dhahran in the kingdom’s Eastern Province. The global banks are currently competing for a role in the energy company’s much delayed public offering.

It’s been more than three years since Saudi Arabia announced its plans for a potential IPO of state-owned Aramco. Since then, the planned listing has been delayed multiple times, but it seems as though the plans may actually fall through very soon. According to sources who spoke to Bloomberg, the public offering is scheduled to take place as early as 2020.

Source: Bloomberg

In July, Saudi Aramco held initial talks with a number of investment banks to discuss their potential roles once it has finalized its merger with Saudi Basic Industries Corp (Sabic). Those talks have now materialized into actual proposals and pitches.

Last year, Aramco bought a $69 billion stake in the petrochemicals giant Sabic. The kingdom aims to raise a record $100 billion from selling a 5 percent stake in the state-owned oil giant, which would make it the biggest IPO in history.

Earlier this year, Saudi Aramco confirmed its status as the most profitable company after disclosing its financial data for the first-time ever. The state-run oil giant announced it made $111 billion in profit in 2018, beating the likes of American tech company Apple Inc., which made a profit of $59.4 billion during the same period. According to CNBC, Saudi’s national petroleum and natural gas company made more money than four corporate giants combined. These include J.P. Morgan Chase, Google-parent Alphabet, Facebook, and Exxon Mobil. Together, these companies made nearly $106 billion in 2018. However, this month, the company declared its profits have dropped 12 percent in the first half of its financial year, a consequence of weaker global oil prices, though that didn’t change Saudi Aramco’s position as the world’s most profitable company.

According to CNN Business, Saudi Aramco produces an average of 10 million barrels of crude oil per day. However, low oil prices led to a decrease in profits during the first six months of 2019.

The company’s relatively frequent disclosure of financial data comes after the much delayed public offering, which was first announced in 2016. It was scheduled to take place in 2018, then again in 2019. Now it’s been said the listing is scheduled for 2020-21.

Why is Saudi Aramco going public?

Low oil prices have hit the Saudi economy hard, forcing the kingdom to cut subsidies and strive to diversify its oil-reliant economy. A 2016 report suggested the kingdom will fall into an economic recession in 2017 for the first time since 1999. Although 2016 turned out better than experts had expected, the kingdom still ran a deficit, forcing it to dig deep into its massive foreign reserves.

An IPO, which is the first time the stock of a private company is offered to the public, was meant to be a step forward for the kingdom. Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s ambitious Vision 2030 pushed for major economic reforms in the kingdom, and the announcement of the partial sale of Aramco was included in it.

As part of the wider plan, the kingdom announced 20 percent pay cuts for all ministers and 15 percent pay cuts for Shura Council members in 2016. Bonuses and other perks were also targeted by the reforms, and sales taxes have been introduced. More than two-thirds of Saudis work in the public sector, with the kingdom spending roughly 45 percent of its budget, or $128 billion, to pay their salaries in 2015. The kingdom also sold $17.5 billion in debt in 2016. This was the largest-ever bond sale from an emerging market. The sale was hailed as a major success for the world’s top oil exporter as it attracted investor interest totaling $67 billion, nearly four times the amount of the sale.

The Red Sea Project in Saudi Arabia is offering 120 scholarships

Source: Arab News

Saudi Arabia’s Red Sea Development company announced it will be providing 120 scholarships for undergraduate students for the academic year 2019-2020. The educational initiative is part of the “Red Sea Development Scholarship Program,” and is in collaboration with the University of Prince Mugrin and the École Hôtelière de Lausanne, one of the oldest hospitality faculties in the world.

The courses and majors offered will potentially prepare a large number of future employees to run the Red Sea Project’s first phase, which is set to open in 2022. Sept. 5 is the last day for interested students to apply and they’ll be able to register through the company’s website.

The funded educational programs extend over five years including 12 months of practice and preparative courses. Their curriculums integrate the hospitality industry, management theories, and applied business projects “in accordance with Swiss and international standards in the hospitality and tourism fields.” Students who score the scholarship will have to “undergo field training for two semesters, and go through a practical project during the last semester.”

The program comes in line with Saudi Arabia’s tourism strategies

In a statement on the matter, Ahmed Ghazi Darwish, CEO of Red Sea Development Co., said the organization aims to support the development of the kingdom’s education sector and contribute to the creation of jobs in line with the country’s tourism strategies.

“We are proud to have launched this initiative in cooperation with Prince Mugrin University and the Swiss International faculty of Lausanne,” he added.

The acting director of the University of Prince Mugrin, Dr. Nabil Al-Rajeh, also spoke about the scholarship program, saying:

“Prince Mugrin bin Abdul Aziz University seeks to contribute to the development of Saudi human capital by offering quality programs that would lead to the recruitment of citizens in accordance with international standards, in order to meet the needs of major developmental projects, like the cooperation agreement with the Red Sea Development Co.”

The kingdom is currently working on developing its Red Sea Resort

In 2017, Saudi Arabia unveiled its plans to transform the Red Sea coast into a luxury beach destination governed by “independent laws.” According to a document initially reported by Bloomberg, the development will be a “semi-autonomous” area within the kingdom, leading to speculation that the country’s traditional rules on dress and prohibition on alcohol will not be applied. The project aims at transforming Saudi Arabia’s Red Sea coastline into a global tourism hotspot, with luxury hotels and pristine beaches.

Construction work on the project began earlier this year. The first phase is expected to be completed by the end of 2022 including the development of hotels and luxury residential units, as well as all logistical infrastructure including air, land, and sea transport hubs.

The project is set to be fully completed by 2030 and has already been getting rave reviews from people who’ve seen how it’s slowly materializing into reality.

This couple had a ‘civil wedding’ in Lebanon months ago. It’s still not official

Many Lebanese citizens anxiously anticipate the day they can freely partake in civil marriages in their home country. But, while Abdallah Salam and Marie-Joe Abi Nassif’s wedding was presumed to mark a tipping point, it seems like the Lebanese are going to have to wait a little bit longer.

The society couple tied the knot – or so they hoped – in the garden of Beirut’s opulent Sursock Palace in mid-June, forgoing the mandatory religious ceremony and taking a jab at a civil union instead. The ceremony caused quite the buzz at the time, especially since it was the first of its kind in the country during Interior Minister Raya El Hassan’s term in office.

Today, two months since the ceremony, the interior ministry continues to stall the process of officially registering the couple’s union.

Lebanon, which lacks a unified civil law covering personal status affairs, does not allow civil marriages on Lebanese grounds and only recognizes civil marriages conducted abroad. The latest couple to challenge the status quo was Salam, a 32-year-old from a Muslim background, and Abi Nassif, a 30-year-old from a Christian background.

The lawyers had met at Columbia Law School in New York. Salam is the son of Nawaf Salam, a former Lebanese ambassador to the United Nations, while Abi Nassif is the daughter of a Lebanese General Joseph Abi Nassif.

Instead of getting married abroad, the couple exchanged vows in Lebanon in a ceremony officiated by Joseph Bechara, the president of the country’s Council of Notaries Public.

Fast forward to the present — their marriage is still unrecognized by the interior ministry, which has “maintained a deathly silence” on the matter, according to The Guardian.

Speaking to The Daily Star in July, the newlyweds explained they had gone to register their marriage contract in the country’s personal status records three days after their wedding. While the registration process should usually be completed within 24 hours after the submission of the request, the couple’s file is still left in limbo.

“We want Lebanon to be a country for all people with equality before the law, free of the archaic and confessional laws and religious tribunals that apply at the moment,” Abi Nassif, an attorney-turned-opera singer, told The Guardian in a recent interview.

“We really don’t exist as citizens – just members of groups. It feels like the state has completely subjugated its sovereignty,” she added.

She went on to criticize “some of the unbearable hypocrisy of the system” — pointing out the fact that the country bans civil marriages on local grounds, but allows couples to hold civil marriages abroad and register them in Lebanon with minimal hassle.

Meanwhile, Salam noted another aspect of the system’s “hypocrisy”: Citizens are allowed to remove their respective sects from their official documents, yet those who do are still forced to take part in religious ceremonies if they decide to get married.

“The reason why the religious establishments are against it [civil marriage] is that it breaks down their power base,” he added. “For me, it’s about identity; for them, it’s about power. They worry they are going to lose people who go for a civil marriage.”

Their union came soon after Interior Minister Raya El Hassan, the first female interior minister in Lebanon and the Arab region, expressed support for establishing civil laws governing personal status matters, including marriage.

“I personally prefer if there was a framework for civil marriage, and this is something that I will try to open room for a serious and deep discussion on,” said El Hassan, as quoted by The Daily Star. Her stance was met with criticism from the country’s religious figures, who insist civil marriage contradicts Muslim and Christian teachings. Salam and Abi Nassif hope El Hassan follows through with her words, starting with authorizing their marriage

“We are giving her a golden opportunity to put into action her slogan. She is the first woman minister of interior in the Middle East, and people are really looking to see what will be her legacy in the Interior Ministry,” Abi Nassif previously said.

It goes without saying that registering their marriage is of grave importance, especially when it comes to determining the legitimacy of children they may have in the future.

Currently, many Lebanese who opt for a civil marriage travel abroad to do so. Cyprus is the most common destination, with some travel agencies even providing packages to facilitate the process for couples. Those who marry under a civil code abroad do so either because they want to refrain from being subject to religious laws or because they are from different religious backgrounds.

Citing the Ministry of Foreign and Expatriate Affairs, Beirut Today reports that 560 Lebanese civil marriages took place in Cyprus in 2014.

Back in 2013, in the first case of its kind in the country, Khouloud Succariye and Nidal Darwiche – both Muslim, but from different sects – dropped their sects from their official documents and succeeded in holding a civil marriage in Lebanon. With the blessing of then-president Michel Sleiman and then-Minister of Justice Chakib Cortbaoui, the marriage was eventually registered following a decision by the High Authority of the Department of Legislation and Consultations in the Ministry of Justice. The couple moved to Sweden soon after.

Former Minister of Interior Marwan Charbel approved several civil unions in 2013, but his successor Nouhad Machnouk did not follow suit.

7 Arab celebrity couples who challenged all societal norms

While celebrity gossip might sometimes get tedious and irksome, there’s no denying that some A-list love stories are definitely worth the hype.

This is especially the case when celebrities defy societal norms, overcome barriers, and prove that there’s really no telling how Cupid works his magic.

When it comes to the Arab celebrity scene, many stars have turned heads after falling for partners despite differences in age, ethnicity, field of work, or other major boundaries that often stand in the way of potential relationships.

Here are some Arab celebrities who fell for unexpected partners:

1. Amal Alamuddin and George Clooney

Amal Alamuddin and George Clooney
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The Lebanese-British international lawyer and the American actor and filmmaker, who happens to be 17 years her senior, found love despite being worlds (and years) apart.

The power couple tied the knot in 2014 and are now parents to twins, Alex and Ella.

2. Rym Saidi and Wissam Breidy

Rym Saidi, a Tunisian model and actress, married Lebanese TV personality Wissam Breidy in 2017, after meeting him on the set of the Arab edition of Dancing with the Stars. The couple welcomed a baby girl, Bella-Maria, last September.

3. Carol Samaha and Walid Mostafa

Carol Samaha and Walid Mostafa
Source: Aghani Aghani

Lebanese singer and actress Carole Samaha married Egyptian media businessman Walid Mostafa in 2013. They are now parents to a four-year-old daughter named Tala.

4. Rihanna and Hassan Jameel

Rihanna and Hassan Jameel

The internet went abuzz back in June 2017 when news broke about the Barbadian singer and songwriter dating billionaire Saudi businessman Hassan Jameel.

While rumors had suggested that the couple has called it quits, Rihanna and Jameel have been spotted together on numerous occasions. They even showed signs of “seriousness” when Rihanna took her Saudi BF out with her family back in August.

5. Tamer Hosny and Bassma Boussel

Tamer Hosny and Bassma Boussel
Source: Enigma Mag

In 2012, Egyptian singer Tamer Hosny married Moroccan fashion and beauty expert Bassma Boussel, who is 14 years younger than him. The couple now has two daughters and a son.

The couple had met backstage in 2009 at a music festival Hosny was performing at. Boussel had launched a singing career on Star Academy, but then cut it short after Hosny insisted that she retires before marrying him.

6. Taim Hasan and Wafaa El Kilani

Syrian actor Taim Hasan’s fans had a major meltdown when he married Egyptian TV presenter Wafaa El Kilani in 2017. The latter is notably four years older than her husband.

7. Ghada Abdel Razek and Haitham Zinta

Ghada Abdel Razek and Haitham Zinta
Source: Jbc News

Egyptian actress Ghada Abdel Razek defied the stigma surrounding women who are romantically involved with younger men when she married Egyptian director Haitham Zinta, who is reportedly 20 years her junior.

The two got married in 2013, which marked Abdel Razek’s fourth marriage, but it remains unconfirmed whether they are still together.

Fighting Hackers: The development of cybersecurity in Saudi Arabia

Source: NYU

Saudi Arabia established the National Cybersecurity Authority (NCA) in 2017, with aims “to protect the Kingdom’s cyberspace from cyber threats, respond to cyber incidents and provide cyber situational awareness.”

Alongside the NCA are the Saudi Federation for Cyber Security and Programming (SAFCSP), the Prince Mohamed Bin Salman Bin Abdulaziz Philanthropic Foundation (MiSK), and the Prince Mohammed bin Salman College for Cyber Security, Artificial Intelligence and Advanced Technologies. Hand in hand, these organizations have played a large role in the fields of cybersecurity, artificial intelligence, and advanced technologies — all of which are part of the government’s Vision 2030 agenda.

According to the SAFCSP’s executive director, Nouf Abdullah Al-Rakan, Saudi Arabia ranked first in 2018 in the Arab world and 17th globally in terms of the number of cyber attacks carried out against the country. A study by Global Cybersecurity Index (GCI) found that the kingdom witnessed a rise of 33 ranks since the last UN International Telecommunication Union (ITU) report was published in 2016, placing it at the top among Arab countries and 13th globally in terms of commitment to cybersecurity.

For its fourth year in a row, the Middle East and North Africa Information Security Conference 2019 (MENA ISC 2019) will take place in the kingdom’s capital, Riyadh. The seventh edition of MENA ISC 2019, dubbed “Cyber Space, the New Frontier: Deception, Orchestration and Blackholes,” will be held on Sept. 9 and 10.

The conference will also host the third edition of the Cyber Saber Hackathon. Any and all interested students can take part in attempting to hack and defend a model smart city.

According to a report released by the U.S.-Saudi Arabian Business Council (USSABC), the country’s defense sector is expected to provide the kingdom’s GDP with 231.27 billion riyals ($61.65 billion) by 2020. Specifically, its cybersecurity sector is expected to be one of the fastest-growing sectors in the country, with a market value expected to reach 19.12 billion riyals ($5.1 billion) by 2022.

Saudi co-chairman of USSABC, Abdullah Jumaah, told Asharq al-Awsat newspaper that the public administration and defense sector should generate 2.52 million private-sector jobs in Saudi Arabia by 2028.

In an effort to further develop the nation’s cyber strategies, the Prince Mohammed bin Salman College for Cyber Security, Artificial Intelligence and Advanced Technologies signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the London-based British Aerospace and Technical Sciences Company (BAE Systems). The latter has been ranked as the third largest company for space, defense, and security industries in the world.

The college’s dean, Dr. Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al-Dahlawi, clarified that this partnership is meant to activate training and technical cooperation between the college and the company.

As part of the initial stages, MiSK and SAFCSP signed an MoU in 2018 for the development of cybersecurity and programming in the kingdom. The agreement included the growth and expansion of knowledge about the field among youths and professionals alike, as well as the creation of awareness programs and events on the topics of cybersecurity and programming.

Not long before this memorandum was agreed upon, the SAFCSP signed two accords with Microsoft and Cisco Systems. Microsoft was asked to provide training equipment and curricula for participating members, as well as access to educational resources, tools, programs, and licenses for some of the company’s products.

Since early 2018, no less than a dozen memorandums have been signed, each with its own set of agreements, depending on the organization that has signed it.

Which Countries Have the Most Wealth Per Capita?

Chart: America's Gold Plated Cabinet

America’s Gold Plated Cabinet

The Chart of the Week is a weekly Visual Capitalist feature on Fridays.

When President Trump was elected to the Oval Office with a net worth in the billions, it was clear that this presidency would be unique.

Not only did he himself come a successful business background, but he wanted the people surrounding him to have similar backgrounds as well.

In 2016, the newly elected Trump was quoted as saying he wanted to have people in his cabinet that “made a fortune”, also stating that he was putting together “one of the great cabinets that has ever been assembled in the history of our nation.”

Comparing First-Term Cabinets

Today’s chart, which also appears on the back cover of Politico Magazine (web version found here), shows the wealth of initial cabinets put together by the last three presidents: Trump, Obama, and Bush.

Here’s how they stack up, in terms of aggregate wealth:

Administration Start of Initial Term Cabinet Net Worth
Trump 2017 $2.33 billion
Obama 2009 $67 million
Bush 2001 $355 million

Trump’s cabinet is worth a cool $2.33 billion – about 35x the size of Barack Obama’s initial cabinet, and 7x the size of George W. Bush’s first.

Interestingly, the top four people (in terms of wealth) are all in Trump’s:

Richest cabinet members

Betsy DeVos ($1.1 billion) sits atop as the wealthiest person in all three initial cabinets – and Wilbur Ross ($506.5 million), Rex Tillerson ($294.5 million), and Steve Mnuchin ($252.0 million) round out the other top spots.

Meanwhile, Donald Rumsfeld ($151.9 million) was the richest person outside of Trump’s cabinet.

Obama’s Second Term

While the comparisons in the chart are all for initial cabinets, it is worth noting that Obama’s second cabinet was not so modest.

He elected to bring in Penny Pritzker as the U.S. Secretary of Commerce, who was worth $2.2 billion – almost the combined net worth of Trump’s cabinet today!

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A look at wine culture throughout the Arab world

Wine has an ancient and rich history in the Middle East and North Africa. Throughout the Levant region, wine culture has long been an integral part of society. It is believed wine was transported from ancient Lebanon to Egypt during the time of the Old Kingdom. Quickly, wine caught on as an important part of ceremonial life in the historic empire.

Today, the MENA wine industry gets little international attention compared to powerhouse countries like France and Italy, however, the wine tradition continues to thrive. Regional wines are served at Michelin star restaurants around the world and from Morocco to Syria, residents continue to enjoy opening a bottle of their local favorites.

Here’s a look at wine in the Middle East and North Africa.

Lebanon

Although several established wineries continued production throughout the Lebanese civil war (1975-1990), the industry began to expand following the end of the conflict. Today, more than 30 wineries operate throughout the country, some large and some small. Lebanese wine producers generally prefer growing French grapes such as Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.

Chateau Musar

Although Lebanon is home to many wineries, some small family business and others large scale international operations, Chateau Musar stands out with its high quality and international reputation. Established in 1930 by Gaston Hochar, the chateau maintained its winemaking throughout the country’s 15-year civil war leading to the nomination of Gaston Hochar’s son, Serge Hochar, as Man of the Year by Decanter magazine.

Syria

Wine production in Syria has remained very locally focused in recent decades. The area near Latakia is a particular hotspot for viticulture. With the ongoing civil war, production has suffered. Today, the recently established Chateau Bargylus has become the main commercial distributor of wine, especially internationally, using Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Merlot grapes for its red wines, and Chardonnay and Sauvignon blanc grapes for its white wines.

Chateau Bargylus

Building on the ancient wine tradition of the region, the Saadé family planted its vineyard in 2003. Quickly the chateau built an international reputation with bottles available in Michelin-starred restaurants by Gordon Ramsay, Heston Blumenthal and Joel Robuchon. Production has continued despite the country’s civil war.

Tunisia

Tunisia is noted for its rosé, which constitutes the majority of the country’s wine production. Since 2002, a large investment has been made to improve the overall wine industry in the country. Germany and France are the main markets for Tunisian wine, however the wine is exported to Switzerland, Belgium, Canada, the United States, Eastern Europe and Russia as well.

Les Vignerons de Carthage

Since 1948, Tunisian winemakers came together to form a union to consolidate wine production. This organization became Les Vignerons de Carthage, which produces and exports Tunisian wine. Winning numerous awards and medals, Les Vignerons de Carthage has worked to put Tunisian wine on the gastronomic map.

Jordan

Jordan’s historic vineyards suffered over the centuries, forcing today’s winemakers to turn to growing imported Vitis vinifera grapes. Carmenère grapes of Chilean origin are also grown at some vineyards. A variety of whites and reds are produced by the country’s wineries.

Saint George

In 1954, the Zumot family first embarked on a dream of putting Jordanian wine on the map. Although local wine production had continued since ancient times, the industry was subpar. Planting new vines in Madaba, the Saint George brand has grown to produce a range of  quality wines.

Palestine

Wine in Palestine was traditionally something that many families simply made at home. However, commercial wine production has been reinvigorated in recent years, seeing the launch of boutique winery Taybeh. International distribution has also begun and varieties of both reds and whites are in production. The blended wine Star of Bethlehem from Palestine’s historic Cremisan Cellars has received international accolades.

Cremisan Cellars

Since 1885, Cremisan Cellars has been producing quality wine for local and international consumption. Part of the Salesian Convent and Monastery, the production of the wine is managed by the monks. Although Cremisan does incorporate its own grapes in the production, the majority come from Beit Jala, Beit Shemesh, and the Hebron area.

Algeria

Algeria’s vineyards are located in the Hauts Plateaux region. Nonetheless, the heritage and tradition remains through the nationalized management of viticulture. Varieties of whites have dominated production in recent years. The country’s wines are known to have low acidity and high levels of alcohol as well as for the use of overripe fruit.

L’ Office national de commercialisation des produits vitivinicoles

The production of wine has been nationalized in Algeria and is controlled by the l’ONCV . Several varieties are produced and exported to France as well as other countries. The organization has put forward the mission of establishing the brand internationally through focusing on quality.

Morocco

Today, due to its topography and location, Moroccos is considered to have the best natural potential for producing high quality wine among its neighboring countries. Red wine makes up more than 75 percent of the country’s production. Rosé wines and vin gris fill out the rest of Morocco’s output, with white wine only constituting a very small percentage.

Celliers de Meknès

Situated inland from the capital of Rabat, Les Celliers de Meknès encompasses 2,000 hectares of vineyards. Throughout Morocco and the world, the wines are enjoyed for their quality flavor. Château Roslane, Morocco’s first viticultural chateau, was opened by the brand to cater to local and foreign connoisseurs.

Egypt

In Egypt today, much of the wine production is owned by the Dutch Heinekin Group, however the grapes and wine continue to be produced in Egypt. The country produces about half a million gallons of wine annually with the most common being a very dry red and a dry white.

Gianaclis Vineyards

Since 1882, Gianaclis Vineyards have been continuing Egypt’s winemaking heritage. Today, visitors can discover the history of the Gianaclis Vineyards and the country’s wine when visiting the winery.

The Literal Meaning Of Media City: Dubai named ‘Capital of Arab Media’

On Wednesday, Dubai was officially announced as the Capital of Arab Media for 2020. The emirate was selected by the Arab Information Ministers Council during its 50th annual meeting held in Cairo, Egypt.

Dubai’s Media Office confirmed the news on Twitter with a caption that read:

“The 50th meeting of the Arab Information Ministers Council announces #Dubai as the capital of Arab media for 2020.”

Dubai’s Crown Prince Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum welcomed the decision in two posts uploaded on his official Twitter account.

“We welcome the selection of Dubai as the Capital of Arab Media for 2020 by the Council of Arab Ministers of Information in Cairo. Choosing Dubai is a new evidence of the leading role of the UAE and Dubai as a hub for Arab and international media,” he wrote.

The royal also added that the decision is a result of Sheikh Mohammad bin Rashid Al Maktoum’s focus on media development in the emirate. Years back, the ruler of Dubai launched a media strategy to position the city as “a media hub through pioneering initiatives and projects.” 

Now, his work has manifested into reality with thousands of media organizations thriving in the emirate. 

Several of the country’s top officials also hailed the decision, saying it confirms the city’s success in the field. 

Media is a flourishing field in Dubai

Sheikh Mohammad launched his media strategy in 1999. Ever since, the emirate has led the region with projects aimed at further developing the industry.

Under his patronage, officials rolled out Dubai Media City in 2001. The entity has since expanded with the addition of Dubai Studio City, which is now home to around 300 of the world’s largest television and film production sites. 

Dubai Production City, formerly known as International Media Production Zone, was also added to the media hub and now houses some of the world’s largest production companies. 

According to a 2017 report, Dubai Media City is among the most expensive tech districts in the world.

In March of this year, Dubai further strengthened its place as a successful media hub when it hosted the 18th edition of the Arab Media Forum.

The two-day event was held under the slogan “Arab Media: From Now to the Future.”

It featured more than 75 speakers and 200 prominent media figures who represented over 20 countries from across the region and the world.

Sheikh Hamdan The Explorer: Dubai’s crown prince goes hiking in Scotland

He’s swum with sharks before, chilled at the bottom of the sea, and casually pet wild animals. He’s the real explorer (Dora, you’ve got some competition) and he never fails to flaunt that side of him on social media.

Dubai’s Crown Prince Sheikh Hamdan wins the internet one post at a time with his incredible sense of adventure. His most recent venture took place in Scotland. The Dubai royal recently posted a series of photos and one video on Instagram as he hiked the Scottish Highlands.

A true explorer at heart, the crown prince integrated epic drone footage into his video showing the country’s waterfalls, lakes, and lush green landscape.

*Ain’t nobody got time for that*

Source: Instagram/Faz3

What a group, right?

Source: Instagram/Faz3

Those lush green mountains

Source: Instagram/Faz3

Sheikh Hamdan did not specify where in Scotland he is lodging, but according to The National, his father owns a Highland estate in the country.

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai’s ruler, owns a 30-bedroom estate on the remote Isle of Skye. So, maybe that’s where the crown prince is staying?

Who knows, but it doesn’t even matter, as long as he keeps entertaining us with his explorations.