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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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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.

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Gulf States Promote Fitness and Well-Being This Ramadan

During the holy month of Ramadan, Gulf initiatives encourage a balance between traditions of preparing delicious meals and staying fit.

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Saudi Ramadan Series Links Economic Development and Civic Duty

This year’s Ramadan initiatives, focused on a sense of community and contributions to development, demonstrate how the Saudi government increasingly relies on citizens to play a role in the ongoing transformation.

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Joining the Club: New Trends in Gulf Social Media

The new app Clubhouse is providing a much-needed space for contesting views and continuing debates that have been suspended for years in the Gulf.

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Controlling the Narrative: Censorship Laws in the Gulf

Kuwaiti activism against book censorship yields a partial victory, but expression remains strictly regulated through press and publication laws across the Gulf.

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Tehran Unveils New Approach to Information Warfare

Recent protests provided the Islamic Republic with an opportunity to test drive an internet blackout and the Iranian intranet.

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The Restructuring of Saudi Arts and Entertainment

As part of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s economic and social reform plan, Vision 2030, the kingdom has taken a top-down approach to developing the country’s arts and culture sector.

Storytelling in Today’s Saudi Arabia

The drama series “Al-Asouf” vividly captures the trend of telling Saudi stories with Saudi actors and its power in shaping the public’s perceptions and aspirations.

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