Auction art: no shortage of buyers for Christie’s

Christie’s first-half sales figures suggest that the global pandemic has been inconvenient rather than catastrophic for the auction market. Christie’s announced £2.5 billion in sales for the first half of 2021, up 13 percent on the first half of 2019 […]

Art market

Fun times in Ajman

It’s starting to look as though an arts festival of some kind is a must-have for the image-conscious emirate – even the smallest. Ajman Tourism Development Department is to run the Al Murabbaa Arts Festival for ten days from the […]


Bulgari backs Dubai Culture’s talent

The Bulgari Contemporary Art Award is a new addition to the roster of opportuniites available to UAE-based artists. It’s not an open call, however, despite the promises that it will “support and inspire talents and empower them to be globally […]


Christo and Jeanne-Claude Award winners

The ninth edition of The Christo and Jeanne-Claude Award has been won by three architecture students at the American University of Sharjah: Nour Elbery and Marawan Mahmoud, both from Egypt, and Rashid Modibbo from Nigeria. Their winning submission, titled Cocoon, seeks to demonstrate […]

Creative economy

Taking Dubai’s creative pulse

UPDATED 27, 30 June and 9 July 2021 The UAE’s first ever statistical study on the creative economy has been published by Dubai Statistics Center for Dubai Culture. Centring on Dubai, of course, it puts up some facts to support […]

Creative economy

The creative pivot away from oil in Abu Dhabi

The Abu Dhabi government is planning to invest a further $6bn in the cultural and creative industries over the next five years as the emirate uses the need for a post-pandemic stimulus to continue its diversification away from its economic […]