Arts and Culture

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Culture and the City: The Promise of Abu Dhabi’s Cultural Quarter

Abu Dhabi’s Cultural Quarter, opened at the site of what was long the city's social and cultural heart, is unique in its integration of culture and space, and could serve as a model for urban regeneration.

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Abdullah Al-Busais: Fiction Writing in the Gulf

AGSIW spoke with Kuwaiti poet and novelist Abdullah Al-Busais about the growing interest in literature among Gulf youth, publishing and censorship issues, and the recent book fair in Kuwait.

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Muhannad Shono: Creating His Own Saudi Narrative

When Muhannad Shono began his career Saudi's creative economy was not a domain to be celebrated in the kingdom.

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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.

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“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.

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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.

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.

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