The Nowruz New Year holidays are a good opportunity for Iranians to take time off to travel. Many travel abroad during this time. The peak season holidays during push ticket and tour prices up every year; this has now been aggravated with the recent currency fluctuations in the price of dollar.
Iran’s Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts, and Tourism Organization Deputy has been conducting talks with selected hotels and airlines to arrange exceptional discounts for tourists traveling to Iran during the Nowruz New Year from Turkey, Iraq, and the Republic of Azerbaijan.
“Tabas” bears the title of Iran’s geological paradise as its third geopark proposed for Unesco World Heritage registration. “Qeshm” was the first geopark in Iran and the Middle East to be registered by Unesco in 2006. The “Aras” geopark was also proposed to Unesco for registration in 2008 and is still awaiting a decision. That said, Iran is presently preparing a third geopark file for registration.
Seventeen churches in Iran in need of works are being restored. Iran has numerous churches across the country, many of which have been registered by the Unesco World Heritage Site for their ancient, specific structures. Some of the unregistered ones in need of repairs are also being currently worked on. Restorations have begun on seventeen old churches nationwide; according to the director of World Heritage Center of churches in Iran, 70% of the restoration works has been completed.
The “Louvre Museum in Tehran” Exhibition will open at the Iran National Museum on 5 March 2018. Jebreil Nokandeh, Iran National Museum President, announced: “The exhibition comprises over 50 works from the ancient civilizations of West Asia, Europe, and North Africa, including those of the Sumer, Assyria, Hittite, ancient Egypt, Greece, and Rome. It also includes a collection of paintings and printmaking and etching by prominent European artists, such as Eugène Delacroix and Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot.”
Carpets from Malayer as old as one hundred years are been exhibited for the first time in Golestan Palace from 7 February 2018. As announced by its PR Office, Palace Directory Massoud Nosrati, has said: “The Palace museum complex will be holding periodic exhibitions for the introduction of Qajar era carpets. Two previous exhibitions entitled “A selection of Golestan Palace rugs” and “Qajar woven gardens” are part of the exquisite carpet exhibitions at the Palace, displaying 26 pieces of rugs and carpets.
The famous “Naghsh-e Jahan” square in Isfahan is to host polo games for the Iranian New Year Nowruz in March. Polo will be played in this famous square in the city which is visited by many tourists every year during the Nowruz celebrations in Iran, which take place for thirteen days, beginning on the spring equinox.
The young 10-year old Iranian boy, Hossein Atayi Sangrudi from Karaj has already 16 inventions in his portfolio. Six of these are in the process of being registered. His inventions include the VTOL three-modality drones, gunboats, office furniture, miniature sprayer, multipurpose control for smart TVs, and so on.
In an interview with Persia Digest, Adib-Moghaddam said: It is imperative that Iran gets even closer to the EU, not least to keep the communication with Washington going, and to minimize misperceptions.
The German Schiller Group Concert is taking place in Tehran for the first time.
Christopher von Deylen, will be traveling to Tehran with his Group for the first time in mid-December to stage a concert at the Hall of the Ministry of the Interior over two nights on 11-12 December, at 21h30.
Professor of arts and media studies at Université Paris III, Fahimeh Najmi, has released her book entitled “Le Théâtre, L'Iran et L'Occident” [The Theater, Iran, and the Occident] in Paris on 11 April 2018.
Seventy-eight years ago, on 24 April, the first radio transmitter in Iran began broadcasting from the old Shemiran road studios in Tehran. Exactly on 24 April, 1940, a radio service started which presented programs such as news, Iranian music, cultural and artistic subjects, history and geography for eight hours a day. The service was only for Tehran, and for this reason became known as “Radio Tehran”.
With tensions between regional rivals Iran and Saudi Arabia at the brink, a rare dialogue recently took place between two former senior Saudi and Iranian officials. Hosted by the Center for Strategic Studies at the Joint Special Operations University in Tampa, Florida, former Saudi Ambassador to the United States and Director General of Saudi Arabia’s intelligence agency Prince Turki al Faisal debated Hossein Mousavian, a former spokesman for Iran’s nuclear negotiators and chairman of the foreign policy committee of Iran’s National Security Council. The lively discussion touched on each country’s view of its security environment and the broader issues affecting the Iran-Saudi relationship. LobeLog has obtained the full transcript of the conversation, and the following is an abbreviated excerpt covering the key points.
Iran's foreign minister said Monday that neither Iran nor Saudi Arabia can be the dominant power in the Middle East and what's needed most is for countries in the Persian Gulf region to talk to each other — not about each other.