Image Nation and DIFF partner again on Enjaaz grants

The Dubai Film Market, the business counterpart of the Dubai International Film Festival, has again partnered with Image Nation Abu Dhabi on the Enjaaz production support programme. Enjaaz provides post-production funding for filmmakers of Arab nationality or origin (there’s a […]


Fats and Jo do Upfest

Upfest reckons to be the biggest street art festival in Europe. Hundreds of artists from around the world applied; only 300 (!) end up participating in the festival. This was our first time – and I was painting! I noticed […]


800+ nominations so far for Sheikh Zayed Book Award

The Sheikh Zayed Book Award, presented annually to Arab authors “whose writings and translations of humanities have scholarly and objectively enriched Arab cultural, literary and social life, is now in its 11th year – and it’s looking like the biggest […]


AED 3bn sports stadium for Dubai: Perkins+Will get the gig

A couple of months ago the US architecture firm Perkins+Will (1,500 employees around the world, no3 in Architectural Record’s Top 300 List) confirmed that it had been signed up for the UAE’s largest sports stadium, and some more renders have […]


Amman Design Week: a welcome addition to the regional scene

Amman Design Week looks like a commendably ambitious first time out for a nine-day week of exhibitions, workshops for both adults and children, a talk series, guided tours, “culinary experiences” and independent events in creative spaces around the city. The […]


2016 lineup announced for Global Grad Show

The 2016 roster has been announced for the Global Grad Show, one of the best features of Dubai Design Week. Claimed to be “the largest exhibition of student work from universities across the world ever to take place”, the Global […]


Thread count: the invisibility cloak of tech

The upcoming art season in the UAE is looking like a humdinger, and the Fall exhibition at the NYUAD Art Gallery on Saadiyat sets a high standard. It’s not quite a blockbuster, but it’s still pretty impressive. Under the title […]


Seeing the light: eL Seed’s Perception

“An angry bull on a balcony” says eL Seed when asked about some of the unexpected challenges his team faced on his boldest project to date. Indeed, on his iPhone there’s a photo a bull on a sixth-story balcony. And […]