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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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The Postcard Initiative: "Artrepreneurship" in the UAE

In the Gulf Arab states, there is a growing trend of entrepreneurship in the field of art, as millennials pursue creativity in their careers.

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The UAE’s Emergence as a Hub for Contemporary Art

Executive Summary Since the early 1980s, the United Arab Emirates has been a contributor to both the regional and global conversations about contemporary art.

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Portrait of a Nation: UAE Artists Explore Unity

On the occasion of its 20th anniversary, the Abu Dhabi Music & Arts Foundation (ADMAF) is offering visitors to the “Portrait of a Nation” exhibit an opportunity to view the work of 20 Emirati artists reflecting on the organization’s legacy, as well as the unique culture and identity of the United Arab Emirates.

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Nuqat: Creative Education and Innovation in Kuwait

Nuqat is a Kuwaiti, non-profit design initiative started in 2009 by Wakim Zeidan, Sara Al Nafisi, Hussa Al Humaidhi, and Dana Al Hilal.

Shoot Film, Not Bullets: Yemenis Turn to Art to Cope with Conflict

Yemen’s war is a forgotten catastrophe. Peter Maurer, the president of the International Committee of the Red Cross, stated in August: “Yemen after five months looks like Syria after five years.” All too commonly, civilians are bearing the brunt of the violence in Yemen.

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