Art & Culture in Dubai

By Vision Magazine | Fresh Perspectives from Dubai

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, …

Comics

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 …

Spices

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 …

Django Unchained

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, …

Science Fiction

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 …

Minecraft

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 …

Dubai

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. …

Dubai

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, …

Art

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 …

Dubai

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 …

Dubai

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 …

Dubai is a “petri dish of innovation”

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

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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, …

Watch! Cats: the past, present and future

As <i>Cats</i> the musical celebrates 35 years on stage, and Dubai Opera welcomes its decidedly newer six-month anniversary, the two have partnered to put on …

Cute Animals

Knowledge Summit 2016: Reading could change the economy

The highly anticipated 2016 Arab Reading Index represents a sterling effort to document reading in the region, but what will it take to truly elevate …

What does the UK/UAE 2017 Year of Creative Collaboration mean?

Two global leaders in creativity – the UK and the UAE – are joining forces to implement some of the most pioneering events of cultural exchange, …

Dubai

Where are the world’s most creative cities?

In anticipation of <i>Vision’s</i> latest Special Feature, <i>Culture and the Creative Economy</i>,<b>Patricia Clarke</b> explores the government support that drives five …

Cities

How to ‘Fake It Till You Make It’ in the music industry

Crowdfunding her debut album, collaborating with Chloe and Uber through social media and building an 18-foot anatomical heart with Dubai-based …

UAE National Day: Memories of building the Emirates

In honour of UAE National Day 2016, <i>Iain Akerman</i> shares the poignant story of his uncle, Robert ‘Robin’ Webb, who helped build the infrastructure of …

‘Designing 007: Fifty Years of Bond Style’ exhibition comes to Dubai

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the launch of the James Bond franchise, the Burj Khalifa hosts a unique exhibition, giving visitors an exclusive …

Dubai

Dubai International Film Festival 2016 - ‘Cinema of The World’

Dubai welcomes cinema’s best to its theatres to take in this year’s finest films from around the globe<p>For a week in December, cinemagoers will …

This world-class design school could revolutionise Dubai’s creative economy

Backed by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and The New School’s Parsons School of Design, the UAE’s first design school will foster …