Arts and Culture

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Creating Space and Access: Literary Communities and Collectives in the UAE

Emirati poet, writer, and artist Shamma Al Bastaki combines her interests in art making and literature to promote UAE-based authors.

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“Civil Nomadism”: Itinerant Social Engagement as a Precursor to Civil Society

A fixed definition of civil society can cloud a deeper understanding of how civil society can function in different contexts, like that of the UAE.

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Abdulla BinHindi: The Rise of NFT Art in the Gulf

A Bahraini artist and toymaker transforms his nostalgia-driven artistic practice into NFT art during the pandemic.

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Young Artists Animate Oman's Quiet Art Scene

Omani youth spearhead national pavilions in Dubai and Venice as upcoming artists Abdulrahim Al Kendi and Mays Al Moosawi draw recognition for their novel explorations of love, religion, and self-acceptance.

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Diriyah Contemporary Art Biennale: A New Platform for Saudi Artists on the World Stage

As Saudi Arabia’s first biennial contemporary art exhibition, the Diriyah Biennale showcases Saudi talent and puts the country on the international arts calendar.

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IN NARRATIVE: Exploring Urban Gulf Spaces Through Fiction

A Kuwaiti-Bahraini duo engages Gulf architects, designers, and the public in bringing the built environment to life through storytelling.

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Expo 2020 Dubai: By and for UAE Youth

Dubai’s Expo 2020 puts young Emirati citizens and residents center stage at the Middle East’s first world exposition.

The Gulf’s New Sound: Indie Music and Global Change

There is a new talented class of musicians in the Gulf states. Their music is a clarion call for personal change along with sociocultural renewal from Jeddah to Manama and New Orleans.

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