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Gahwa Renaissance

Preparing, serving and sipping gahwa—the Arabic word for coffee—is a ritual steeped in centuries of hospitality. In December in Abu Dhabi, the inaugural Gahwa Championships honored not only tradition but also innovation.

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Sepak Takraw Takes Flight

Take the Malay word for kick and pair it with the Thai word for a hollow, woven ball and you have sepak takraw, the name of the acrobatic, lightning-fast Southeast Asian sport in which players use feet, legs, chest and head—no hands—to power a ball over a badminton-style net. (Think “kick volleyball.”) It’s been played across the region for more than three centuries, and recent decades have brought international agreements on rules that have led in turn to local and national leagues, tournaments in schools and capitals—all pushing sepak takraw onto an increasingly global sports stage. With more than two dozen countries now fielding national teams, the sport’s leading promoters have set their eyes on the Olympics.
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Sepak Takraw Takes Flight

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A House for the World

A marvel of ultramodern architecture and engineering inspired by a simple arrangement of stones, The King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture, or Ithra, is one of Saudi Arabia’s newest sources of energy—creativity, culture and knowledge.

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The Extraordinary Ordinary #everyday

Founded by journalists to look beyond the headlines, Everyday Projects comprises more than 50 Instagram feeds featuring photography that captures a mosaic of life from just about everywhere, every day.
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The Extraordinary Ordinary #everyday

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Cedrus libani Forever?

Lebanon's cedars are symbols of the country itself, a living metaphor of majestic beauty and endurance. Few cedars remain, and their survival is challenged as conservationists work to preserve them.

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FirstLook: AramcoWorld at 70

From the current print edition’s cover to the our first edition, we’ve assembled 366 of the nearly 450 regular and special editions published since 1949 as we celebrate 70 years of AramcoWorld
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FirstLook: AramcoWorld at 70

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