Middle East: Soft power showdown

November 7, 2017 by  
Filed under Middle east, News

DUBAI, 7 November 2017: The opening this week of the glittering Louvre Abu Dhabi museum marks the latest stage in a multi-billion-dollar “soft power” showdown between energy giants Qatar and the United Arab Emirates.

Culture, media and sports have turned into battlegrounds for branding and global recognition.

“There is certainly competition there for soft power hegemony between the Gulf monarchies,” said Andreas Krieg, assistant professor at King’s College London, with the Gulf states vying for investments, tourism and branding. Read more

Kuching landmark undergoes restoration

October 9, 2017 by  
Filed under Malaysia, News

KUCHING, 9 October 2017: Kuching’s Sarawak State Museum, Borneo’s oldest museum will be closed 23 October for a major restoration.

One of the city’s most popular tourists attractions and a must-see to gain an overview of the city’s colourful history will undergo a major restoration that will take at least two and half years.

The closure notice was issued by the office of the Chief Minister, Datuk Pattinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg. Read more

London crash no link to terrorism

October 9, 2017 by  
Filed under EUROPE, News

LONDON, 9 October 2017: A man arrested after his car ploughed into pedestrians in London’s museum district, injuring 11 people and sparking fears of a terror attack, was released from custody Sunday, police said.

The 47-year-old was held at the scene of Saturday’s crash on suspicion of dangerous driving, and questioned overnight over what police said was a traffic incident with no link to terrorism.

“This morning, he was released under investigation while enquiries continue,” the Metropolitan Police said in a statement. Read more

World’s top 10 museums

September 21, 2017 by  
Filed under AMERICAS, News

NEEDHAM, USA, 21 September 2017: TripAdvisor announced, Tuesday, the winners of its Travellers’ Choice® awards for Museums.

Award winners were determined using an algorithm that took into account the quantity and quality of reviews and ratings for museums worldwide, gathered over a 12-month period.

TripAdvisor has also highlighted top-rated bookable tours and passes on the site and the cost of admission for each winning museum. Read more

Abu Dhabi museum marvel readies to open

September 7, 2017 by  
Filed under Middle east, News

ABU DHABI, 7 September 2017: The Louvre Abu Dhabi,  Wednesday, announced it would open its doors to the public 11 November. Here are some key figures:

The museum is built on a 97,000 square metre site on Saadiyat Island, a low-lying island 500 metres off the coast of Abu Dhabi that is the site of a number of tourism and development projects.

Engineers had to move 503,000 cubic meters of sand to lay the foundations for the museum. Read more

Terror menaces Paris

February 7, 2017 by  
Filed under EUROPE, News

PARIS, 7 February 2017: Tourism is likely to suffer following the thwarted attack near the Louvre museum last Friday.

Visitors to the famous museum dropped 2 million over the last two years, mainly attributed to terror attacks.

The latest attack will further tarnish the reputation of Paris. Read more

Dippy the dino dismissed

January 5, 2017 by  
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LONDON, 5 January 2017: The towering replica skeleton of “Dippy” the dinosaur, a star attraction at London’s Natural History Museum for more than 100 years, made its final appearance on Wednesday before being dismantled.

The 292-bone plastercast of a fossilised diplodocus has for decades greeted visitors in the museum’s iconic entrance hall, but is now being replaced by the skeleton of a blue whale.

More than 90 million people have seen “Dippy” since it was presented to the museum by industrialist Andrew Carnegie in 1905, following the discovery of the skeleton in the US state of Wyoming in 1898. Read more

Danang promotes fine art

December 27, 2016 by  
Filed under News, Vietnam

DANANG, 27 December 2016: Danang’s fine arts museum, the third fine arts museum in the country, opened, last week, to offer visitors glimpses of the central region’s culture.

Local media reported the museum was conceived and designed in 2014, while construction began a year later in May 2015 at the cost of UDS1.26 million.

It currently features 413 works of art, traditional handicraft products, and works of art by Danang’s art community.  Read more

Museum slated for Statue of Liberty

October 10, 2016 by  
Filed under AMERICAS, News

NEW YORK, 10 October 2016: The 4.3 million annual visitors to the Statue of Liberty — that most recognisable symbol of American freedom — will be greeted by a modern multimedia museum in future, New York officials said late last week.

The celebrated statue, designed by sculptor Auguste Bartholdi and built by Gustave Eiffel — donated by France on the 1876 centenary of US independence and inaugurated on Liberty Island in 1886 — has not had a museum worthy of the name since 2001.

Stringent security regulations put in place after the 11 September attacks had reduced the capacity of the exhibit space inside the monument, so that only 20% of visitors to Liberty Island could enter, said the National Park Service, which manages the site. Read more

Lao PDR national museum restores

February 19, 2016 by  
Filed under Laos PDR, News

VIENTIANE, 19 February 2016: First phase renovations at Laos’ national museum, known as Ho Phra Keo, have been completed.

Lao News Agency quoted Vientiane Information, Culture and Tourism director, Khampadith Khemmanith, saying the renovation that included repairs to the upper structure of the museum and parts of its floor cost USD740,00 mainly raised from the public and private firms.

The museum is located in the capital Vientiane. Read more

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