Connecting Cultures, a unique educational initiative promoting face-to-face dialogue between young people from both the Arab and western worlds, continued its programme for 2016-2017 with journeys into Oman’s Al-Sharqiah Desert.
Nawal Almaghafi, BBC News Reporter and Film Director specialising in the Middle East but with a main focus on Yemen, presented the screening of two of her latest films at the MBI Al Jaber Lecture Series on Thursday, March 23rd.
An audience of academics, students and other interested parties gathered in the MBI Al Jaber Building at Oxford University’s Corpus Christi College for a presentation on the Fatimid artists in Palermo and Constantinople by Professor Jeremy Johns.
Doris Behrens-Abouseif, Emeritus Professor at the Department of the History of Art and Archaeology at SOAS, presented ‘The European Discovery of Medieval Cairo’ on Thursday, 16th February, the fourth lecture of the MBI Al Jaber Lecture Series.
Following many years of support for Yemen, the MBI Al Jaber Foundation recently sponsored the Civil Society event, “Strengthening the Humanitarian Response in Yemen”, organised by ACTED, ACF, CARE, Mercy Corps, NRC, Oxfam, Save the Children and Warchild.
The Euro-Arab Dialogue Initiative (EADI) Conference held at the UNESCO Headquarters in Paris 9th and 10th December brought together representatives from 32 European and Arab states and technical experts who reflected upon progress achieved during the first 15 years of the Initiative and considered which next steps should be taken in this vital programme.
Martin Jerrett, former United Nations Senior Political Affairs Officer, who advised both Jamal Benomar and later his successor Ismail Ould Chaikh Ahmed on southern Yemen, presented the second lecture of the MBI Al Jaber Lecture Series.
The MBI Al Jaber Foundation recently made a ‘Small Grant’ award of £1,500 to one of its Alumni members, Lobna Ben Salem, who has recently been invited to the Department of Middle Eastern & South Asian Languages & Cultures at the University of Virginia as a Visiting Researcher.