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Abu Dhabi Art Fair Turns 5

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This year’s edition of the annual contemporary art fair, Abu Dhabi Art, marks not only the 5th anniversary of the event, but also its strongest showing yet of home-grown Emirati artists.

The four-day art event will take place from November 20th to 23rd at the Manarat al Saadiyat and the UAE Pavilion on Saadiyat Island, and comprises 50 galleries from across the region, various panel discussions with artists and art business leaders, and new exhibition platforms, emphasizing the importance of creating a forward-thinking art hub.

Many Emirati artists are featured in the program through various artistic projects, such as the Wings Project for new Emirati talents; Artists’ Waves, a concept that focuses on the discovery and re-discovery of established artists; Durub Al Tawaya, which consists of public art interventions throughout the city; and the Abu Dhabi Art Design Souq, which highlights modern-day furniture, product design, jewelry, textiles, and handicrafts.

Particularly worth seeing this season is the aforementioned Wings Project which will showcase the works of six emerging Emirati artists: Eman Al Raesi, Kaltham Mohamed Al Marzooqi, Khalid Mahmood, Mariam Al Shamsi, Maryam AbdulRazaq Al Fahim, and Rahma Fadhel Al Mehairbi.

According to Rita Aoun-Abdo, Cultural Advisor of the Abu Dhabi Tourism Development & Investment Company and Executive Director of Abu Dhabi Art, the region’s growing appetite for contemporary art promises to build a strong base of Middle Eastern buyers in the future. “Whether you intend to buy or experience museum-quality art in an iconic setting, discover new or more affordable works in our dedicated section for emerging artists, or be engaged intellectually in the public program, there is something for everyone during these four days,” she added.


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