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Hamad AlShriaan: The Rising Star of Kuwaiti Stand-Up Comedy

Hamad AlShriaan and the comedians of the Kuwait Comedy Club blend local cultural references with sharp delivery, creating a vibrant atmosphere for Kuwaiti youth.

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Oman Cultural Complex Highlights Shift in Arab Cultural Production

Through the Oman Cultural Complex, Oman joins its neighbors in a collective Gulf vision of the future while maintaining its lauded commitment to Omani cultural heritage.

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Gulf Artists Make a Splash at the Diriyah Contemporary Art Biennale

Guided by the theme “After Rain," Gulf presentations at the Diriyah Contemporary Art Biennale approach ecological destruction, communal healing, and sociocultural change with a sense of hope.

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Gulf States at the Venice Biennale: Balancing Social Transformation and Cultural Representation

Exhibitions staged by four Gulf countries look to the past and present while seeking to redress contemporary misconceptions and advocate for change.

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Education in Focus: Speculative Horizons’ Photography Project in Kuwait

Through exhibitions, educational guides, and workshops, Kuwait-based Speculative Horizons encourages young Kuwaiti photographers to explore new narratives.

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Kuwaiti Rap Duo Highlights Rising Popularity in the Gulf

Kay R and Chunkky Monkky, Kuwait's first married rap duo, deploy trendy Arabic-language lyrics to appeal to Kuwaiti youth.

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Art Dubai’s “Encounters” Showcases “Village Vibe” of Emirati Artists

Amid the hundreds of international artists on display at the Middle East’s largest commercial art fair, “Encounters” explored the local art scene and its decades of creative exchange.

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Saudis Transform the Kingdom Through Public Art

While beautifying the kingdom, public art projects in Saudi Arabia engage Saudis and at the same time foster cross-cultural dialogue.

Esports: Gulf States Capitalize on Youth and Tech

Gulf countries see esports as not only a viable investment but also a way to diversify their economies and engage their large youth populations.

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