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Here and Now: Arabs in Singapore

Apr 14 - Apr 20, 2019

The Hadrami Arabs have played significant roles in Singapore’s trade, education, social unity, philanthropy, community development, music and culture.

For the past year, a group of Singaporean Arab youths have embarked on a journey to trace their heritage and ancestral roots, gathering personal stories about their ancestors who have made the journey from Hadramawt, Yemen across the Indian Ocean, to Singapore. These stories will be showcased through objects and documents loaned from private collections, in a landmark exhibition.

Come discover their heritage and trace the legacies of the Singapore Arab Community by visiting the Here and Now: Arabs in Singapore exhibition.  The Opening Ceremony of the exhibition will be on Saturday, 13th April and we are pleased to confirm that President Halimah Yacob will be the Guest of Honour for the event. Following the Opening Ceremony, the exhibition will be opened to the public with the following details:

Date: 14th to 20th April 2019

Time: 10:00am to 10:00pm

Venue: Gallery II, Level 2, The Arts House, Old Parliament Lane


(Guided tours can be arranged for groups of at least 10 people. Email [email protected] before 6th April to secure a tour.)


Here and Now: Closing Haflah

Come and immerse yourself in the rhythmic, melodious and infectiously hip-swaying performances of Hadrami music from the Southeast Asian region. Be transported across the Indian Ocean to the valleys of Hadramawt, through a musical journey that traces the evolution of music in the Arab community of Singapore from the 1800s to the present day.

This interactive music and dance haflah (“party” in Arabic) features professional musicians and dancers from the Arab community of this region. It is organised by the Arab Network @ Singapore, in conjunction with the exhibition Here and Now: Arabs in Singapore happening from 14th to 20th April 2019, at Gallery II of the same venue.

Day/Date: Friday, 19th April 2019

Time: 7:30pm to 9:30pm

Venue: The Chamber, Level 2, The Arts House, Old Parliament Lane

Seats are limited so contact Shaikha @ 9650 8037 for tickets now!


In collaboration with:

  • Firqah Alwehdah

    Alwehdah jakarta


    Arabian Knights


Our thanks to:


Supported by:

In support of:




Haji Tawakal Carpets

Masjid Ba’alawie (Singapore)


Ms Gamar Abdul Aziz Bajrai

Media Matters


Ms Harasha Bafana

Emcee for Here and Now: Closing Haflah

Malay Art Gallery






April 14, 2019 @ 10:00 am
April 20, 2019 @ 10:00 pm


The Arts House, 1 Old Parliament Lane, Singapore 179429
1, Old Parliament Lane
Singapore, 179429 Singapore
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Arab Network Singapore
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