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Beyond the Spectacle: An Urban Assessment of Louvre Abu Dhabi

On November 11, Louvre Abu Dhabi opened its doors to the public after a long and arduous construction process that survived an economic crisis, a financial downturn, post-Arab Spring turmoil, and all sorts of technical delays.

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Gulf Arts and Culture Symposium: The New Dynamism in Gulf Arts Panel

Panelists explore the transformation of arts and culture in the Gulf under the influence of a new media-savvy generation, and state investment in new arts industries.

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The UAE’s Emergence as a Hub for Contemporary Art

In the past decade, the UAE has emerged as a regional arts center with global reach, shaped by the efforts and achievements of individuals and institutions and influenced by geopolitical events.

The End of Mandatory Hijab in Iran?

Should the Islamic Republic utilize the March 1 elections to end effective enforcement of the hijab law, it will remove a source of constant friction between state and society in Iran, but the regime will also lose an instrument of intimidating the urban middle class.

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Through its careful examination of the forces shaping the evolution of Gulf societies and the new generation of emerging leaders, AGSIW facilitates a richer understanding of the role the countries in this key geostrategic region can be expected to play in the 21st century.

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