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December on Inside Middle East

The Mathaf Arab Museum of Modern Art in Doha by night.
The Mathaf Arab Museum of Modern Art in Doha by night.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • A sneak peak of the Mathaf Arab Museum of Modern Art, Qatar's newest cultural icon
  • Hundreds of Sufis gather for the "Siyaha" festival
  • Queen Elizabeth II's first visit to the United Arab Emirates in 30 years
  • The ancient industry of wine making is making a modern comeback in Jordan

(CNN) -- New Home for Modern Art

Inside the Middle East brings you a sneak peak of Qatar's newest cultural icon, the Mathaf Arab Museum of Modern Art. Set to open at the end of the year, Mathaf will feature thousands of modern and contemporary paintings, sculptures and installations by Middle Eastern artists. Chief Curator and Acting Director Wassan Al-Khudairi tells Rima Maktabi more about the latest in the nation's heavy investments in art and culture.

Sufis in Siwa

We bring you the sights and sounds of the "Siyaha" festival, an annual ritual performed under an autumn full moon by followers of Sufism, a mystical branch of Islam. Hundreds of Sufis gathered for the celebration in the remote oasis of Siwa in Egypt's Western Desert.

We also bring you the video diary of reporter Nima Elbagir's personal journey of the Hajj as she joined more than two million Muslims on the annual pilgrimage to Mecca.

Campus Forum -- Qatar University

In the latest of our Campus Forum series, we introduce you to students of Doha's oldest and largest university, Qatar University. Home to about 8000 students, QU remains the country's only public university. Rima hears from students about their personal ambitions, balancing conservatism and openness in society, and life after oil in the GCC countries.

Plus, highlights of Queen Elizabeth II's first visit to the United Arab Emirates in 30 years.

Jordan's Wine Revival

Plus, a look at an ancient industry that's making a modern comeback in an unlikely place. The tradition of wine making in Jordan dates back to biblical times although today's labels are still struggling to make a splash internationally as winemakers battle against the kingdom's arid climate. Arwa Damon introduces us to one vintner aspiring to compete in Middle Eastern and international wine circles with his eco-friendly and organic style.

 
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