Dubai in the sky: optimism or hubris?

City Gazing Dubai is a clever way of looking at the metropolis. It’s a massive 18x11m dynamic light art installation showing the development of Dubai’s street pattern, suspended eight meters above DIFC Gate Avenue. The illuminated plan of Dubai comes […]


NFTs for all? Waleed Shah’s mission

Top UAE photographer Waleed Shah has launched a novel NFT project that aims to support local talent, explain and popularise the use of NFTs, and provide ongoing revenue for the subjects in the form a lifetime royalty on resales of […]

Creative economy

A makeover for Al Fahidi: a year-round Sikka Festival to follow?

Dubai’s Al Fahidi district is to get a major makeover. Hamdan bin Mohammed, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of Dubai Executive Council, has approved a ‘Rehabilitation and Revitalisation of Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood Strategy’ which he described as “part […]


10 to watch: our pick of fiction authors at LitFest

We’ve been trawling the list of authors appearing at the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature – back in person 3-12 February – to pick out some recommendations for you. This time: fiction authors, what they wrote, and where you can […]

Creative economy

New UAE laws: how do they affect the creative sector?

At the end of November 2021 the UAE adopted the largest legislative changes in its history, with more than 40 new or significantly amended laws. The changes apply across many sectors, from trade and industry to the production, sale and […]


World Architecture Festival awards: could do better

The 2021 World Architecture Festival Awards have been announced, and they include some accolades for the Emirates – though only for four projects, all of which are (deservedly) serial winners of such competitions. In the Completed Buildings – Display category, […]

Urban art

A #lovewall for Dubai?

ME Dubai, the Business Bay hotel that can boast the late great Zaha Hadid as both the architect and interior designer, has something of a social media coup – it’s signed up James Goldcrown as its first Artist in Residence. […]


Fivefold increase in Wikipedia Arab author profiles

The Emirates Literature Foundation’s Kateb Maktub initiative to increase the number of Arab author pages on Wikipedia appears to be working – in one year the number of such entries has grown by 516 per cent. ELF launched the exercise […]