AAD REPORTS10/03/2017Archaeologists from Egypt and Germany have found an eight-metre (26ft) statue submerged in groundwater in a Cairo slum that they say probably depicts revered Pharaoh Ramses II, who ruled Egypt more than 3,000 years ago.
The discovery – hailed by...[Read More]
AAD REPORTS21/02/2017Abu-Zakariya al-Britani, formerly known as Ronald Fiddler
British terror suspect who received a seven-figure payoff after being released from Guantanamo Bay died when he detonated explosives during a suicide bombing in Iraq, according to reports on...[Read More]
AAD REPORTS17/02/2017When you hear the word pyramid, you probably think about ancient Egyptian pyramids or Mesoamerican pyramids towering high over the jungle canopy. There are some 3,000 year old pyramids in Northern Sudan, and National Geographic Engineer Alan Turchik set...[Read More]
AAD REPORTS13/02/2017KING Tut’s tomb will be probed by scientists in bid to find a mysterious treasure-packed lost chamber that could be the “discovery of the century”.
Egypt’s Valley of the Kings will welcome a team of archeologists who are plan...[Read More]
AAD REPORTS25/11/2016A lost Egyptian city, predating Egypt's early dynastic era, has been uncovered south of Abydos city, Egypt's Antiquity Ministry has announced. A cemetery was also found, constituted of fifteen huge mudbrick tombs.
The discovery was made during an...[Read More]
AAD REPORTS05/10/2016The Sumerians settled in the historical region of Mesopotamia, now south Iraq, in 5500 to 4000 BC
An Iraqi minister has claimed that the ancient Sumerians travelled to Pluto in spaceships thousands of years ago. Kazem Finjan, Iraq’s Transport...[Read More]
AAD REPORTS01/10/2016Frederic Edwin Church (1826 - 1900) Petra, 1868
Talal Akasheh has devoted half his life to protecting and preserving the 2,500-year-old Jordanian city Petra from the ravages of nature and neglect. And at a time when many of his peers have long since...[Read More]
AAD REPORTS20/07/2016Mada'in Saleh
Desert “glamping,” pristine diving spots and some of the best archaeological sites you’ve never heard of all await visitors to Saudi Arabia. There is just one catch: The ultraconservative kingdom doesn’t issue...[Read More]
Laura Stewart19/07/2016Purple Prose : Abu Dhabi Art Fair / Art Fairs In General
All I can remember about the Abu Dhabi Art Fair 2013 is purple.Purple klieg searchlights traced the already lilac sky as sunset descended on Saadiyat Island, the chi-chi location of the...[Read More]
Robert Alexander Boyle19/07/2016Bahrain’s “Renaissance Man” Rashid Al Khalifa
Shaikh Rashid bin Khalifa al Khalifa
- Digging Deeper In the Desert Sands of Bahrain, AAD’s Alex Boyle rediscovers the Talents of the Indefatigable Shaikh as they...[Read More]
AAD REPORTS10/06/2016Massive New Monument Found in Petra
Archaeologists have used satellite imagery and drone photography to discover an enormous ceremonial platform near the center of the ancient city of Petra.
Sarah Parcak and Christopher Tuttle...[Read More]
AAD REPORTS02/06/2016Appearing at 8 Duke Street St. James’s, is the ‘Bahrain Art Across Borders' initiative (BAAB). A kumbaya gathering of artists, with press information rammed to the rafters with the usual PR company florid language, which reads like...[Read More]
AAD REPORTS06/05/2016So Much For Iranian Arts
An Iranian director sentenced to 223 lashes for making a film that has never been officially shown in his homeland said Friday he just wanted to be left alone to work rather than "be turned into a hero".
Keywan Karimi ran into...[Read More]
Laura Stewart03/02/2016I look back at interviews I did with artists, and art professionals a mere three years ago, and I am startled that their optimistic prognostications for a flourishing contemporary art market IN the region, rather than of FROM the region, already seems...[Read More]
Laura Stewart19/01/2016I have come to understand that if the world is flat - then the art world is ... Flatbush.
In 2012, soon after decamping to Bahrain, the small island Kingdom off the coast of Saudi Arabia - to work for the talented contemporary painter, Rashid bin...[Read More]
Laura Stewart07/01/2016To Arab Spring, or not to Arab Spring? That is the question
A conundrum faces artists in the Middle East. I have come to think of it as the: “To Arab Spring or not to Arab Spring?” question.
I do not mean to be flip.
This shorthand...[Read More]
Elliot Lee18/12/2015STAR WARS - TUNISIA
When Tunisia can get their act together and have the border with Libya firmly secured, they have a prime opportunity to profit and open up a vastly undersold part of their modern history, the original Star Wars film was shot...[Read More]
Elliot Lee05/12/2015Arab Women Of The Year Awards 2015
An iPhone isn’t the best option for images taken under the lights of an awards ceremony, however, we do hope that the photographs below give a real sense of the magical atmosphere at the inaugural Arab...[Read More]
Elliot Lee20/11/2015 BejewelLed Treasures: The Al Thani Collection
Tiger Finial from the Throne of Tippoo Sultan (1750-1799), Mysore India, Circa 1790 Gold inlaid with Diamonds, Rubies and Emeralds - Image Courtsey | Alex Boyle, AAD
Robert Alexander Boyle09/10/2015
The Sukhoi T50 PAK is a beautiful fighter jet now in the prototype stages of development by the Russian Air Force. Similar to the American made F22 and F35, it is a stealth aircraft (radar absorbent) with extraordinary abilities. The American made F22...[Read More]
AAD REPORTS14/04/2015Los Angeles – A rare Demetre Chiparus sculpture entitled "Thaïs" is headed to the auction block in Bonhams' 20th Century Decorative Arts sale - April 29 in Los Angeles, with an estimate of US$150,000 - 200,000 - £100,000 -...[Read More]
Elliot Lee30/03/2015Princess Sheikha Al-Thani Launching the SATUC Cup 2015
The Arab-British Chamber of Commerce (A-BCC) in London was the venue for a very special press conference on Thursday March 25th when Princess Sheikha Al-Thani launched the 2015 SATUC Cup in front of...[Read More]
Laura Stewart02/12/2014A Message to the West - From a Thoughtful and Passionate Messenger from the East
Abdulnasser Gharem - Lieutenant Colonel in the Saudi Armed Forces & Saudi Contemporary Artist Talks to AAD’s Laura Stewart about Bridging These...[Read More]
Robert Alexander Boyle29/10/2014Tiger Finial from the Throne of Tippoo Sultan (1750-1799), Mysore India, Circa 1790 Gold inlaid with Diamonds, Rubies and Emeralds
This exhibition of some sixty jeweled objects from the private collection formed by Sheikh Hamad bin Abdullah Al-Thani...[Read More]
Robert Alexander Boyle21/10/2014INTERVIEW WITH A SHAIKH
Recently this writer had the privilege to interview Shaikh Rashid bin Khalifa al Khalifa of Bahrain. The interview was arranged by a mutual friend, Laura Stewart, as the Shaikh’s work will be making a rare...[Read More]
Robert Alexander Boyle17/10/2014World Wide Art, Los Angeles, California
Premiering this week is a brand new contemporary art show in downtown Los Angeles at the Convention Center located right across from the famous Staples Center sports arena on South Figueroa Street. Organized by...[Read More]