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Vienna Lights The World

Vienna Lights The World

Blink as you drive south into Vienna’s industrial scrubland and you’ll miss it. The white office set back from the dusty Triesterstraße betrays nothing of the sensuous waterfalls of crystal and intricate gilded chandeliers, unlikely as spaceships, being assembled in the workshops at the back. But the quiet success of Lights of Vienna, a middle-sized, […]

Saudi-Funded Controversy

Saudi-Funded Controversy

The ‘Abdullah Centre’ is Worth a Try, 12 Oct. by Stefan Apfl When the foreign ministers of Austria, Spain and Saudi Arabia sign the founding agreement of the “King Abdullah Centre for Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue” in the Albertina on Thursday [13 Oct.], not few will wonder “what is going on?” A centre for religious […]

Saudi Money with Strings Attached

Saudi Money with Strings Attached

While a duo of lute and violin played a solemn tune accompanying an Arabic song, Austria’s foreign minister Michael Spindelegger leaned over to say something to the Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud Alfaisal. That was all it took. Suddenly, the music was lost in a cacophony of flashing cameras and clicking shutters. Indeed, this was […]

Gaddafi’s Vienna

Opinions diverge: Either Vienna’s Saudi-funded centre for religious dialogue will serve Wahhabi propaganda, or it will stimulate dialogue and strengthen reformist elements in the Saudi regime. Chances are it will do neither. Rather, there will be polite talk in moderate tones; and any conclusions will stay safely in Vienna. Autocrats rely on liberal institutions – […]

Saudi Artists at OFID

An exhibition highlighting three artists from Saudi Arabia inaugurated celebratory activities to mark the 35th Anniversary of the founding of the OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID) in Vienna. Hosted in OFID’s headquarters on the Parkring in the 1st District, Director General Suleiman J. Al-Herbish opened the vernissage Jan. 27, calling the Anniversary an opportunity […]

The Supply Equation

The 145th OPEC Conference began on Sept. 11 in Vienna amidst tight security and the intense scrutiny of the media. Mohammed bin Dhaen Al Hamli, Minister of Energy of the United Arab Emirates and President of the conference, introduced the conference’s pressing agenda: To assess the turbulence in international financial markets, the implications of climate […]

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