Art & Culture in Dubai

By Vision Magazine | Fresh Perspectives from Dubai

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 …

Music

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 …

Art

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> …

Hotels

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 …

Illustration

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, …

Art

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 …

Food

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 …

2017 Arab Health Exhibition and Congress: embracing new technology in medicine

Medical innovators and healthcare pioneers from around the world convened in Dubai last week for the “Leaders in Healthcare” conference, hosted on …

Digital Health

Dubai is a “petri dish of innovation”

The Head of Programme at Dubai Future Accelerators tells <b>Katie Boucher</b> that the second cycle of the programme includes a requirement for AI, …

Innovation

Dubai Canvas 3D Art Award 2017: a new dimension for art in the city

From 1-7 March, Dubai’s City Walk will be brought to life by three-dimensional street art, on display for the third edition of the Dubai Canvas 3D …

Street Art

Listen up: the rise of podcasts in the Middle East

Podcasts are evolving fast in the Middle East and further afield, as pioneering broadcasters find new ways to monetise and engage listeners<p>Earlier …

Podcasting

How vloggers, tweeters and ‘grammers are reshaping media in the Middle East

YouTube may be bringing a space to Dubai this year, but a young, digital savvy population has already begun to make waves in new media<p>A …

Middle East

All Strangers are Kin: a writer’s journey through the Arab world

Acclaimed travel writer <b>Zora O’Neill</b> chronicles her fascinating journey through the Arab world in her memoir <i>All Strangers are Kin</i>. In a blog for …

Language

Seven storytellers on the importance of travel and journeys

In honour of the 2017 Emirates Airline Festival of Literature and its theme of ‘Journeys’, seven acclaimed authors, explorers and travellers tells us …

Storytelling

The surreal and intimate photography of Lateefa bint Maktoum

The artist and creator of Tashkeel talks to <i>Laura Egerton</i> about why her recent work has been some of her most intimate – and powerful – yet<p>“People …

Venice Biennale

Stack, cut, transform: the sustainable architecture revolution

From western India to the Dubai Design District, ‘cargotecture’ sees recycled shipping containers converted into buildings that are eco-friendly, …

Architecture