Another Urban Arts Festival for Dubai

Curtin University Dubai, an Australian university with expat campuses in Malaysia, Singapore, and now Dubai, has just opened for business in International Academic City. It’s hoping to make some noise and also to brand itself appropriately with its inaugural week-long […]


VAT and the art business: the case for exemption

Entrepreneur Peter Goodwin believes the UAE’s art business – from artists to galleries – should be exempt from VAT. He outlined the arguments in a think piece that had the desired effect: it got us thinking. So we started a […]


Spain to Saadiyat, via Sharjah: a contemporary art mashup?

Barcelona isn’t the most obvious candidate for comparison with Abu Dhabi, but defying the obvious is probably one of the chief goals of contemporary art. So the exhibition slated for the Manarat al Saadiyat on 2 February, lumpily titled ‘From […]


From Accra to Alserkal Avenue: a gallery takeover

In an initiative that is the first of its kind in the Middle East, Accra’s Gallery 1957 is taking over Lawrie Shabibi’s exhibition space in Alserkal Avenue for six weeks to include the Art Dubai period. It’s a move that […]


Short+Sweet Abu Dhabi: third time around

The Arts Center at NYU Abu Dhabi is hosting the third running of the capital’s version of the Short+Sweet short play festival on 19 and 20 January; and if you’re in the area, you should take this opportunity to check […]