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India: The Tallest Statue In The World

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India has unveiled the world’s tallest statue, which cost 29.9bn rupees (£330m; $430m) to build.

The 182m (600ft) high structure in the western state of Gujarat is a bronze-clad tribute to independence leader Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. The Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the “statue of unity” would serve as a major tourist attraction, but locals say this is as a waste of public money and that the funds could have been put to better use.

Air Force planes showered flowers on the statue, which was designed by decorated Indian sculptor Ram V Sutar. The statue is nearly twice as tall as New York’s Statue of Liberty. And it has surpassed the height of the Spring Temple Buddha in China which, at 128m, was previously the tallest in the world. Check out stunning footage of the statue in the video below:
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Cairo International Book Fair Postponed In Light of Coronavirus Concerns

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The Cairo International Book Fair (CIBF) has been postponed to June next year over coronavirus concerns, the High Committee of the CIBF said following a meeting that was held on Monday, headed by Egypt’s Minister of Culture Ines Abdel-Dayem.

The book fair was supposed to take place early next year in January and February, giving the chance to several Egyptian, Arab and even international vendors to exhibit their books. The book fair is seen as one of the Middle East’s largest annual cultural event.

According to the statement released by the committee, the new date for the 52nd CIBF is expected to be between 30 June to 15 July.

“The committee discussed the latest developments concerning the coronavirus pandemic globally, and its impact on book fairs worldwide, which led to the cancellation or postponement of international exhibitions,” the statement noted.

This decision also comes to support those who will be participating in the fair from foreign countries, in an attempt for them to be able to fly to Egypt.

Due to the same reason, the committee said that it has agreed with Greece that it will delay its participation in the exhibition as a guest of honor to the next year.

 

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Opera Book Fair Launches Today For the First Time

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To all the book worms out there who wait around every year for the Book Fair to satisfy their obsession, we’re happy to tell you that this year the Ministry of Culture is launching the very first Opera Book Fair and it kicks off today!

Egypt’s Minister of culture Inas Abdel Dayem announced the launch of the Opera Book Fair for the first time, and it is set to be held in El-Hanager Art Center.

The Book Fair is organized by the General Egyptian Book Organization in cooperation with a number of sectors of the ministry. The opening will be held today at 6:00 PM in the external Opera Square.

You can still catch the book fair until November 28 with the participation of 32 publishing houses in addition to the various sectors of the Egyptian Ministry of Culture, including the General Egyptian Book Organization, the General Authority for Cultural Palaces, the National Library and Archives, in addition to the participation of Dar Al Maarif.

The Minister explained that the Book Fair comes in light of the ministry’s framework of enriching the system of cultural service and supporting the publishing movement and book industry in Egypt.

Visiting hours start at 10 AM until 8 PM.

 

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The Halloween Parties & Events to Catch This Weekend!

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Spooky season is upon us! Halloween is this weekend and in case you’re too busy choosing your scary costume, we’ll help you pick where to celebrate this year!

Put your masks on and get ready to celebrate the freaky holiday the right way!

Halloween Carnival @MallofEgypt

Halloween Carnival, 29 October | Event in Cairo | AllEvents.in

Catch the Halloween carnival at the Plaza in Mall of Egypt on October 29th to the 31st, from 10 AM to 11 PM. Put your best costume on because there will be free photos taken of you!

Halloween Party @BlueNile Boat

Enjoy a thrilling night by the Nile on October 31st with DJ Rami Raoud at Blue Nile.

Halloween Event @ZedPark

Have some thrilling fun at Zed Park as ghosts and ghouls are about to take over the place! Put your costume and bring your friends for some freaky fun.

Halloween Party @CairoJazzclub

Don’t miss out the Halloween party at Cairo Jazz Club happening this weekend on Friday! Costumes are mandatory so look your scariest!

Party @Sass

Party this Halloween at Sass next Friday, the 30th of October. For Reservations: 01201001079 – 01200019979

 

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