For the first time:Yemen Photographic Exhibition in Singapore [Archives:2004/767/Last Page]

August 26 2004

Irena Knehtl
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For the Yemen Times

Singapore – From the 10th- 14th August 2004, Singapore held the First Yemen Photographic Exhibition. The exhibition which was the first of its kind in South-East Asia and was jointly organized by the Arab Association in Singapore and the Yemeni Embassy in Jakarta, Indonesia, and was shown at the Geylang East Community Library. The Yemeni Ambassador to Indonesia Dr. Ahmed Salem Al-Washishi flew in for the occasion and also officially opened the Exhibition. In his speech he stressed the historical relations between Yemen and Singapore. The Yemeni Ambassador said that this exhibition is an example resulting from fruitful bilateral cooperation between Yemen and Singapore, which has its roots in the history when our grandfathers came to Singapore.
The Yemeni Ambassador further pointed to the broad possibilities of bilateral cooperation between the two countries, in all fields including tourism. The exhibition in Singapore is also within the framework of Sana'a the Arab Culture capital festivities. From the Singaporean side the guests of honor included Mr. Yatiman Jusuf, Senior Parlimentar Secretary at the Ministry of Information, Communication and Art.
The photographic exhibition highlights places of interest in Yemen. “We want to create an awareness about Yemen in Singapore”, says Zahra Aljunid, the Manager of Geylang East Community Library in Singapore. Zahra, whose ancestry goes back to Hadramawt in Yemen, had, on an earlier visit to Yemen, personally selected the places of interest and also prepared and supervised all very beautiful and tastefull presentations.
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