Arts and Culture

Blog Post content-type in which the post is published

Amaani Yahya: Reaching out through Rap

Amaani Yahya might not be the first Yemeni woman to rap, but she is one of the first to use the artform to try to reach people outside Yemen.

Blog Post content-type in which the post is published

Moath Alofi: A Story of the City of Medina

Al-Medina al-Munawara is known primarily for the Prophet Muhammad’s mosque and his tomb inside it.

Blog Post content-type in which the post is published

The Gulf Arab States in Venice: Architecture, Representation, and the Perils of Politics

Five Arab countries are participating in the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale, including, for the first time, Lebanon and Saudi Arabia.

Blog Post content-type in which the post is published

“Yes We Cannes”: Cinematic Diversification in Saudi Arabia

Ahmad bin Fahd Al-Mezyed, CEO of Saudi Arabia’s General Authority for Culture, used the 2018 Cannes Film Festival as a cinematic backdrop to garner international interest in the Saudi film and television industry.

Publications content-type in which the post is published

Big Space/Small Space: Art and the Gulf City

Over the last few years many cities have attempted to integrate cultural developments within their overall planning strategy.

Blog Post content-type in which the post is published

Let Me Entertain You: Saudi Arabia’s New Enthusiasm for Fun

Social outings with mixed genders, open cinemas, and performing arts represent a dramatic reversal from the past when Saudis pursued their amusements in private or abroad. What explains the government’s new enthusiasm for fun?

Blog Post content-type in which the post is published

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.

Videos content-type in which the post is published

The Arts and Culture Scene in Bahrain

Shaikha Hala bint Mohammed Al Khalifa, an artist and the culture and arts director at the Bahrain Authority for Culture and Antiquities, discusses Bahrain's flourishing art scene.

Online Writing Platforms: Tackling Taboos

“If you don’t condemn homosexuality in traditional print outlets, you’re not going to get published.” This is one of the many reasons that led Shaikha Al-Bahaweed, a writer from Kuwait, to start writing for online writing platforms Manshoor and Raseef22.

Learn More

Support Us

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.

Learn More