A Kuwaiti-Bahraini duo engages Gulf architects, designers, and the public in bringing the built environment to life through storytelling.
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.
Dubai’s Expo 2020 puts young Emirati citizens and residents center stage at the Middle East’s first world exposition.