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More than 25 UK-based Arab Ambassadors and VIPs attended a special gala reception at London’s Science Museum on Thursday the 24th of June to celebrate the record-breaking run of the 1001 Inventions exhibition.
Since launching in January 2010 in London – the first venue on the global tour – 1001 Inventions has broken all known records with more than 400,000 visitors during the 5-month run in Britain’s capital city.
In attendance at the gala event, which marks the end of the exhibition’s residency in London, were representatives from almost a dozen Arab nations, including Lebanon, Algeria, Tunisia, Iraq, Kuwait, Lebanon, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain. Hosts for the evening were Prof. Salim Al-Hassani, and Chris Doyle who is Director of the Council for Arab-British Understanding (CAABU).
Speaking about the event, Prof. Al-Hassani said: “I am honoured to have hosted so many important dignitaries from the Arab world and we are looking forward to sending an Arabic version of the exhibition to the Middle East in the coming year. For now though, our next great milestone will be the launch of our exhibition in the historic city of Istanbul mid-August 2010.”
Dr. Rim Turkmani of 1001 Inventions and Professor Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu holding the 1001 Inventions book during a visit at the 1001 Inventions exhibition at the London Science Museum
The exhibition also played host to Prof. Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu (pictured), Secretary General of OIC, who expressed great enthusiasm for the project - a sentiment shared by the Arab Ambassadors and VIPs at the gala event, many of whom expressed a desire to bring the 1001 Inventions initiative to their home territories.
Liberal Democrat politician and academic Jonathan Fryer, who attended the event, said he was “delighted” by the exhibition and its content. “Many people in the West are blissfully unaware of how much modern civilization owes to Arab scientists, inventors and thinkers. It’s not just that the Arabs saved much of classical Greek and Roman writings and knowledge during the European Dark Ages: From Constantinople to Baghdad, there was a ferment of activity and creativity, which is documented and conveyed in a highly entertaining way in this magnificent exhibition, supported by the Jameel Foundation.”
The 1001 Inventions exhibition completed its residency at London’s Science Museum on the 30th of June 2010. The next venue on the five-year global tour will be Istanbul, following which the exhibition moves on to North America.
Professor Salim Al-Hassani, talking to His Excellency Khaled Al Duwaisan the Kuwaiti Ambassador at the 1001 Inventions exhibition at the London Science Museum
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