Finding 50 to Follow

The magpie team is once again putting together its annual list of the 50 most exciting, innovative and stimulating people in the UAE who are making a difference to the cultural and creative life of the Emirates. And we want […]


A cultural free zone for Al Quoz

Dubai Culture has announced the implementation of the first phase of a large redevelopment plan for Al Quoz that formalises the Alserkal Avenue area as the centre of a new creative free zone “to attract both regional and international audiences […]


NSO Symphony Orchestra to close

The UAE is to lose its only semi-professional symphony-scale orchestra, The NSO Symphony Orchestra and Chorus are closing down, at least for public performances; the final bow will be on Friday 27 April at the Emirates Palace Auditorium, with one […]


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 […]

No Picture

The return of Zammit

Dubai’s impressive arrival as an international design hub owes much to Cyril Zammit, who did sterling work in launching Design Days Dubai in 2012 and Dubai Design Week in 2015. He left at the start of 2017 “for personal reasons” […]


$75m for protection of heritage in conflict zones

A Donors’ Conference in Paris has established ALIPH, the Alliance for the Protection of Heritage in Conflict Areas, with funding pledges totalling more than $75 million. France and the UAE have been the prime movers in this initiative. First mooted […]