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20 March 2017 14:33

  Monday, March 20th, marks the grand festival of Nowruz. On this day, Iranians usher in the Persian New Year at the exact moment of the vernal equinox which marks the start of spring. Being originally a festival of Persian origin, Nowruz is also celebrated by hundreds of millions of people from other ethno-linguistic groups in a dozen countries. Iranian children partake in...

3 March 2017 17:01

  Iran’s tourism attractions are gaining increased significance in the Western media as the country is struggling to bring in a larger number of tourists to boost its post-sanctions economy. And historical cities like Isfahan are already receiving increased attention to the same effect.  The CNN in a report brought Isfahan’s Abbasi Hotel into the spotlight and described it as “the Middle...

23 January 2017 16:15

  The Iranian city of Mashhad has been selected as the cultural capital of the Islamic world in 2017. The city is home to the shrine of Imam Reza, the eighth Shia Imam. Officials plan to increase the number of religious tourists to almost six million in the next two years.

16 September 2016 22:03

  The media in the UK say the resumption of direct flights to Iran by major airlines has already made the Islamic Republic as one of the hottest tourism destinations with one travel agency already reporting a whopping rise of 200 percent in sales of tours to the country.  The Irish Independent said in a report that Iran is being viewed by...

15 September 2016 22:42

  Saudis have engaged fraudulently presenting Wahhabism. Although many Muslims went along for the ride (and the money), many of them have started to wake up for their long slumber and have started to speak out. The words and actions recently taken by al-Azhar are a veritable slap in the face to the Wahhabi establishment in Saudi Arabia. Interview by Catherine Shakdam Following...

14 July 2016 18:30

Some Iranian Sunni clerics in an interview with Mehr News Agency have stressed the incompatibility of Wahhabism with many Sunni Fiq’h principles among them building of tombs or shrines for top religious figures, reported Taqrib News Agency (TNA). MOlavi Abdul Rahman Toranjzar, Friday prayer leader of the Sunni community in Chabahar, said,” Wahhabism, in many Fiq’h issues, performs in...

12 July 2016 12:15

Scientists may have overcome a major roadblock in the development of Alzheimer’s therapies by creating a new technology to observe ― in the back of the eye ― progression of the disease before the onset of symptoms. Clinical trials are to start in July to test the technology in humans according to a paper recently published in Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual...

10 July 2016 19:06

Thousands of people have gathered in Tehran to attend the funeral ceremony of Abbas Kiarostami, the renowned Iranian director. The celebrated film director had traveled to Paris to undergo treatment for his illness but finally succumbed to a stroke and died at the age of 76.

9 July 2016 22:42

  The Iranian cities of Mashhad and Lalejin have been designated as global cities of precious stones and pottery, respectively, the deputy head of Iran Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization says. Bahman Namvar Motlaq said on Saturday that the jury panel of the World Crafts Council – Asia Pacific Region (WCC-APR) visited Mashhad and Lalejin in April and presented their assessment to...

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