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Nov 24 2012

Following great acclaim in Qatar

Following great acclaim in Qatar

World's Best Touring Exhibition Announces Three-Year Tour of Malaysia
Asian debut for '1001 Inventions' show about science in Muslim Civilisation

Kuala Lumpur, 24th Nov 2012: After a successful residency at the Museum of Islamic Art (MIA) in Doha, the award-winning blockbuster exhibition, 1001 Inventions, about the achievements of Muslim Civilisation in science and technology, will be launching a three-year tour of Malaysia in early 2013 for its Asian Premiere.

Recognised as the world's best touring exhibition by the Museum and Heritage Excellence Awards in London last year, the ground-breaking 1001 Inventions show has already received more than three million visitors during record-breaking residencies in London, Istanbul, New York, Los Angeles, Washington DC, and most recently Doha.

Among its most prominent visitors when exhibiting in the region was His Highness Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al Thani, the Emir of Qatar,

The Malaysian tour of 1001 Inventions will be produced in partnership with Kuala Lumpur-based Science Discoveries Sdn Bhd, which has previously brought several science exhibitions to the Malaysian market in partnership with the London Science Museum.

"1001 Inventions: Kegemilangan Tamadun Muslim" is the Malaysian version of the ground-breaking production that has wowed audiences across Europe, North America and the Middle East.

Speaking on behalf of 1001 Inventions, Producer and Director, Mr. Ahmed Salim commented: "The Museum of Islamic Art in Qatar was the perfect springboard for 1001 Inventions, and we are delighted that our award-winning show will now be enjoying its Asian Premiere in Malaysia. The scientific golden age of Muslim Civilisation was fueled by a diverse world of men and women of different faiths, cultures and ethnicities."

He continued: "1001 Inventions brings to life pioneering men and women from the history of science whose achievements have had a huge but hidden influence on the way we live our lives today. These role models serve as an inspiration for young people to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics thanks to the modern, engaging and highly interactive 1001 Inventions experience. We're excited to be working with Science Discoveries Sdn Bhd to bring this ground-breaking exhibition to Malaysia."

Dato' Dr. Zakri Bin Abdul Hamid, Science Advisor to Prime Minister Dato' Sri Haji Mohammad Najib Abdul Razak said: "On a recent visit to New York City, I was able to visit the fascinating exhibition 1001 Inventions. We are all familiar with the stories of 1001 Nights but less so with any that is associated with inventions. Science flourished in the Muslim world in those days because individual creativity was appreciated and science and innovation were seen by the political leadership as expanding knowledge in the interest of society as a whole. We need to bring back those days of enlightenment which would contribute not only to our own prosperity but also make this world a more peaceful place to live in."

The 1001 Inventions initiative has received recognition from industry leaders, statesmen and academics from around the world including public messages of support from HRH Prince Charles (UK), Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

1001 Inventions is a family-friendly educational brand supported by an international network of academic experts, which ensure that the content of 1001 Inventions productions is of the highest possible academic standard.

The Malaysian version of the exhibition will feature more than sixty exhibits providing visitors of all ages with a hands-on, interactive and state-of-the-art family-friendly experience. Different zones dedicated to Engineering, Medicine, Astronomy, Mathematics, Geography and Agriculture will highlight the many ways in which Muslim Civilisation helped lay the foundations for the European Renaissance and has had a profound impact on the modern world.

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Sent on behalf of 1001 Inventions, for more information please contact Nardine Gerges on +974 55540721

Introducing 1001 Inventions
1001 Inventions is a leading international science and cultural heritage brand that has reached over 50 million people through its award-winning educational programmes, blockbuster exhibitions, films, books and international events. In 2011, following highly successful residencies in London and Istanbul - which secured almost a million visitors - our English language exhibition was crowned Best Touring Exhibition of the Year at the Museums and Heritage Excellence Awards.

The 1001 Inventions initiative has received recognition from industry leaders, statesmen and academics from around the world. In 2011, 1001 Inventions was declared the World's Best Touring Exhibition by the Museums and Heritage Excellence Awards in London. The exhibition's introductory film "Library of Secrets", starring Sir Ben Kinglsey, has been downloaded more than 20 million times and won more than 20 industry awards including "Best Film" recognition in Cannes, Los Angeles and at the New York Film Festival. In 2010, 1001 Inventions was presented with the Google-sponsored Science and Technology Award at the Mosaic Talent Awards.

To date, the interactive 1001 Inventions exhibition has attracted almost three million visitors during its blockbusters residencies in London, New York, Los Angeles, Istanbul, Abu Dhabi, Dhahran, Doha and Washington DC. The exhibition's best-selling companion book, now in it's third edition, has sold more than 200,000 copies and been translated into Arabic and Turkish.

1001 Inventions is supported by the UK-based Foundation for Science, Technology and Civilisation, an international network of academic experts, as its Global Knowledge Partner.

1001 Inventions is based on two decades of research by more than a hundred leading academics and educationalists from around the world. The content of the 1001 Inventions exhibition was reviewed and approved by an independent panel of academics from the London Science Museum's and was also reviewed by academic experts retained by California Science Center. Further information is available from the official website www.1001inventions.com/references.

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