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The Emirates Foundation, one of the leading philanthropic institutions in the UAE, today announced its first arts funding grants for seven UAE national beneficiaries.
Signs are popping up everywhere that art is finding its way into public life in the United Arab Emirates.
The Ministry of Culture, Youth and Community Development today unveiled details of its 2008-2010 strategic framework.
The desert emirate of Dubai has a seven-star hotel, an indoor ski slope, the world’s biggest shopping mall—and soon the tallest building. Work goes on round the clock to construct three off-shore residential complexes, one of which replicates the globe in a series of islands. All the place needed was an art fair, and now it has that too.
The first Regional Meeting for the Arab States on Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage got under way on the sidelines of the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair yesterday, bringing countries together to encourage the preservation of traditions, beliefs and customs.
It's no longer compulsory for western poets to starve in garrets, but they are expected to survive on meagre advances and the occasional public handout. In the United Arab Emirates, this Romantic image of poetic poverty holds little sway.