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 […]

Architecture

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 […]

Analysis

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 […]

Music

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 […]

Art

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 […]