Nada Ammagui

Research Associate, AGSIW

Nada Ammagui is a research associate (politics, society, and culture) at the Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington whose interests include artistic and cultural spaces in Gulf countries, particularly the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia, contemporary Arab art, and cultural diplomacy in the region. Ammagui graduated from New York University Abu Dhabi in 2020 with a BA in Arab crossroads studies and minors in art history and Arabic and is currently a first-year MA student in Arab studies at Georgetown University.

Before joining AGSIW, Ammagui was a postgraduate research fellow in the arts and humanities at NYU Abu Dhabi conducting quantitative, geospatial research on the Sharjah Biennial (UAE) to investigate the prioritization of local cultural initiatives by the Sharjah government. She also wrote periodic articles on regional cultural matters for Global Art Daily and digital humanities research on her own blog. Ammagui’s previous experience includes internships in the Islamic art department at the Metropolitan Museum in New York and the Abu Dhabi Department of Culture and Tourism in the Education and Outreach department.

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The Knot: Putting Young Emiratis at the Forefront of Memory Preservation and Storytelling

Founded by an Emirati cultural educator, The Knot reimagines how international visitors and local residents alike can learn about the UAE’s history and traditions.

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Oman Debuts at the 59th Venice Biennale With “Destined Imaginaries”

Oman is participating in the International Biennale of Arts in Venice with a multimedia group show highlighting the country’s conceptual art scene.

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Creating Space and Access: Literary Communities and Collectives in the UAE

Emirati poet, writer, and artist Shamma Al Bastaki combines her interests in art making and literature to promote UAE-based authors.

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Abdulla BinHindi: The Rise of NFT Art in the Gulf

A Bahraini artist and toymaker transforms his nostalgia-driven artistic practice into NFT art during the pandemic.

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Diriyah Contemporary Art Biennale: A New Platform for Saudi Artists on the World Stage

As Saudi Arabia’s first biennial contemporary art exhibition, the Diriyah Biennale showcases Saudi talent and puts the country on the international arts calendar.

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Zayed University Adopts Experimental Approach, Prompting Skepticism and Support

Students, faculty, and community members are apprehensive about a new interdisciplinary approach pitched by a collaboration between the UAE’s Zayed University and U.S. educational technology developer Minerva.

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IN NARRATIVE: Exploring Urban Gulf Spaces Through Fiction

A Kuwaiti-Bahraini duo engages Gulf architects, designers, and the public in bringing the built environment to life through storytelling.

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Expo 2020 Dubai: By and for UAE Youth

Dubai’s Expo 2020 puts young Emirati citizens and residents center stage at the Middle East’s first world exposition.