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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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Bahraini Photographer Puts Spotlight on Youth Palestine Advocacy

Ahmed Alghasra blends advocacy for the Palestinians with his photography to document demonstrations on social media and amplify youth perspectives on the Gaza conflict.

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Layali Al-Qaisariyah: A Saudi Festival in an Agricultural Town

The Layali Al-Qaisariyah festival in Al-Hofuf, in Saudi Arabia’s Eastern Province, is an illuminating example of how the kingdom's art and entertainment agenda manifests outside the major cities.

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Wusum Gallery Provides a Fresh Perspective on Doha’s Art Scene

Wusum Gallery, a grassroots creative space founded by an art historian duo, aims to improve Qatar-based artists’ access to global art markets.

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Nature’s Palette: Mohammad Alfaraj’s Art Captures the Spirit of Al-Ahsa

Saudi artist Mohammad Alfaraj’s nature-inspired installations draw on his childhood in Al-Ahsa and stories from the oasis town.

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Setting the Stage: The Vital Role of Private Art Institutions in Saudi Arabia

Without the formation of private art institutions in Saudi Arabia, the kingdom’s cultural scene would not be where it is today.

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Head in the Clouds or Outer Space, Pop Icon RexChouk Is Relatable and Hilarious

Anonymous Saudi-born and raised artist RexChouk has captured the attention of viewers worldwide with his humorous depictions of everyday life in the kingdom.

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SARAI Gallery Connects Emerging Iranian Artists With the World

Mahshahr-based SARAI Gallery supports emerging artists from around Iran and Southwest Asia through various curatorial initiatives and attendance at art fairs spanning the globe.

The Urgent Need for Transparency Reform in Gulf Central Banks

Gulf central banks can increase transparency by adopting credible reform agendas focused on the publication of accurate statistics, disclosure of analysis and forecasting methodology, and forward-looking explanations of policy decisions.

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