“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.
While the highest number of foreign tourists in Iran is said to be religious tourists who often come to Mashhad from Arab countries, last year 110,000 more European tourists came to Iran from the previous years.
The ancient “Sadeh” ceremony was celebrated in Kerman Tuesday evening by a group of Zoroastrians and their compatriots in “Baghcheh Badaghi”. The ceremonies began with prayers by the Magi of magis and a message by the Zoroastrian MP was read for the occasion.
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.
Iranian Prime Minister, Javad Zarif, has posted a tweet addressed to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI): “There are at least 80 nuclear warheads stationed in the Middle East. None are in Iran; rather, they're at the fingertips of a warmonger who howls incessantly about fabricated Iranian “ambitions”. Time for an overdue debate on the real threat to the region & beyond.”
In a telephone conversation with the Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani on Monday, President Hassan Rouhani expressed hope that Tehran and Doha can make the best of the many capacities they have to promote trade between the two countries.
Some time ago, Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu sent a video message about the water crisis in Iran, saying: “Israel has the knowledge to stop an environmental crisis in Iran and I want to share this with the people of Iran.” He pointed to the launch of a website and a telegram channel in Persian to fight the water crisis in Iran, and stated: “Israel is with the Iranian people and I want to save the lives of many of them.”
Bloomberg reports that Iran says Venezuela and Iraq will join it in blocking a proposal to increase oil production that’s backed by Saudi Arabia and Russia when OPEC and its allies meet in Vienna this week.