Art & Culture in Dubai

By Vision Magazine | Fresh Perspectives from Dubai

Creating a truly egalitarian arts institution

Opening in 2018, Jameel Arts Centre Dubai promises to be a nexus for the Middle East arts scene that still stays grounded to its roots. Antonia …

Museums

Is social media transforming the way we travel?

What's on your bucket list? From salsa sessions to home-stays, 'influencers' to digital nomads – <b>Sudeshna Ghosh</b> reports on the key trends of …

Travel

‘Art for a cause, not applause’: Mina Liccione’s powerful comedy

The founder of Clowns Who Care, an initiative that uses laughter to help and heal the disadvantaged, shares her extraordinary journey with <i>Vision</i><p>The …

Taking stock of Dubai’s fishing heritage

<i>Sudeshna Ghosh</i> explores how workers at Jumeirah Fishing Harbour are carrying Dubai's history as a prominent fishing village into the present day<p>Ali …

Fishing

In pictures: Ramadan 2017 around the world

From New York to New Delhi, <i>Vision</i> presents a selection of unique global traditions, marking the beginning of Ramadan last week<p>The holy month of …

Islam

How many sugar cubes build the Burj Khalifa and a global business?

Brendan Jamison and Mark Revels’ free-standing sugar cube structures are artistic marvels in their own right, but they also convey important lessons …

Burj Al Arab

From worktop to e-shop: the artisans of Dubai are going online

Does carefully creating a product from scratch, only to sell it online, diminish its appeal? The success of Etsy proved otherwise, and in its wake a …

Trends

More than words: Afra Atiq and the legacy of Middle Eastern poetry

The first female Emirati spoken word poet tells <i>Vision</i> why, now more than ever, artists in the UAE have a profound responsibility to share their …

Poetry

Z Gallery’s Hamza Abdulbasit: meet the artist using iPad art to teach society

Self-taught artist Hamza Abdulbasit explores traditional Arabic and Urdu scripts in his subversive iPad artworks. He devles into his mistifying …

Artists

Sony Music report reveals the UAE’s secret listening habits

The results of Sony Music Entertainment Middle East’s <i>Audience Segmentation</i> poll reveal surprising – and diverse – music trends in the UAE<p>Described by …

Cultural intelligence in the Arab world: a how-to

Diplomatic crises. Broken business deals. Fractured relationships. All solvable, says Yarnu founder Rana Najem, with a little cultural intelligence<p><b>My</b> …

Sotheby’s opening extends appetite for diamonds in Dubai

An upcoming sale at Sothebys in Switzerland of the world’s most expensive earrings, previewed in Dubai, showed the passion for jewellery in the …

Rima Alsammarae asks: what is art?

<i>Vision</i> examines whether the public is turning toward finding creativity outside the confines of fine art<p>In one of my favourite scenes from Paolo …

Venice Biennale 2017: in conversation with two UAE Pavilion artists

‘A politician is the quintessential artist,’ says Vikram Divecha, one of five UAE exhibitors at the world-renowned Venice Biennale. <i>Vision</i> explores …

Brendan McGetrick: student work can remind us what we’ve forgotten about good design

The most passionate innovation is delivered when there is more at stake than money, says <b>Brendan McGetrick</b><p>While curating a graduate show, I was …

The art of hospitality: how artists are giving UAE hotel stays a cultural edge

Far from the minimalist designs that made up hotel lobbies in the past, fine art is becoming an essential part of the global hospitality experience.</b> …

Meet Kerby Rosanes, the illustrator who turned his love for doodling into a thriving career

Kerby Rosanes took a huge risk when he quit his job to become a professional illustrator. But it paid off: Rosanes is now a successful artist, in …

Red Bull Music Academy Weekender: a festival of sight and sound

<i>Vision</i> delves into the emirate’s vibrant and eclectic music festival with headliner Zahed Sultan, musician and multimedia artist<p>For the first time, …

Meet Nujeen Mustafa: the girl who fled war-torn Syria in a wheelchair

<i>Vision</i> speaks to the teenage refugee and her biographer, award-winning journalist Christina Lamb, at the 2017 Emirates Airline Festival of Literature …

Comic Con 2017: comic books give us the power to understand real-life villains and heroes

Far from a ‘men in capes’ convention, Middle East Film & Comic Con 2017 is a unifying force to explore complex social issues through comic books, …

A culinary journey along the Silk Road, by Sabrina Ghayour and Peter Frankopan

British historian, Peter Frankopan and culinary author, Sabrina Ghayour explore how the historic trade route has shaped the way different cultures …

Will Smith: ‘Dubai has an energy of progress’

One of Dubai’s biggest celebrity fans, the 48-year-old action man shares his life lessons with <i>Vision</i>, and discusses why his passion for the city …

Monkeys and rollercoasters: a journey in the hands of a children’s illustrator

"A rollercoaster is a little bit like a story" says Sarah McIntyre, children's author and illustrator. "You have where you get on at the beginning, …

The video games that are proving transformative for the socially anxious

Far from their isolationist rhetoric, games like Minecraft and Pokemon Go! are changing the lives of autistic children and others that suffer from …

Dubai 1971-2017: a tale of two cities

With just three years to go before the UAE hosts Expo 2020 Dubai and celebrates its 50th anniversary as a nation, <i>Vision</i> showcases Dubai’s …

WOW Film Fair Middle East: the four most inspiring women

“There’s been no better time to be a woman, especially in Dubai,” says Lina Malas, Personality of the Year at the WOW Film Fair Middle East awards. …

In conversation with two mesmerising Opera Gallery artists

French-Moroccan artists Yasmina Alaoui and Yassine Mekhnache’s latest exhibition at the Opera Gallery Dubai is “a journey through exotic cultures, …

Dubai Opera: a hot-ticket venue for the region

Jasper Hope reflects on an exhilarating first six months at the helm of Dubai’s new cultural destination<p>Back in August 2016 <i>Vision</i> spoke to a …

Joanna Marsh: in Dubai I find inspiration

Ahead of the BBC Proms Dubai, which will open with her composition, the Dubai-based British composer is defining what it means to create in a …