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Shubbak will be the name of the festival. The meaning of the word in Arabic is 'Window', so the event will be a Window on Contemporary Arab Culture. It will be an opportunity for Londoners to view the Arab accomplishments in culture, music, literature and cinema.
The Mayor of London Boris Johnson said: 'London is a global city in which Arab culture has played a significant part over the centuries –the word 'Trafalgar' even originates from the Arabic language. This festival is a unique chance for Londoners to glimpse the breadth and excellence of contemporary Arab culture and its influence on London's cultural scene today.'
Speaking of 'Trafalgar', which is a square in the middle of London, it was named after a battle which Britain won against a combined fleets of the French navy and the Spanish navy. The battle itself was named after Cape Trafalgar, a headland in south-west Spain. The name is a corrupted pronunciation of the Arabic 'Tarf al-Gharb' (طرف الغرب) which means Western Cape.