ART DUBAI GLOBAL ART FORUM MARCH 15-18, 2017 MADINAT JUMEIRAH
HELD UNDER THE PATRONAGE OF HIS HIGHNESS SHEIKH MOHAMMED BIN RASHID AL MAKTOUM, VICE-PRESIDENT AND PRIME MINISTER OF THE UAE, RULER OF DUBAI
GLOBAL ART FORUM TRADING PLACES
The Global Art Forum was launched by Art Dubai at its inaugural fair in 2007. In 2017, it is presented by the Dubai Culture and Arts Authority and supported by Dubai Design District (d3). Featuring live talks guided by a curated theme, the Forum brings together a diverse line-up of participants, including artists, curators, musicians, strategists, thinkers, and writers.
March 15-17, 2017 Days 3-5 Art Dubai, Fort Island Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai
Day 1 and 2 of the Global Art Forum took place on January 13 - 14 in Dubai and Sharjah. For more information, visit artdubai.ae/global-art-forum-11
Trade is at the heart of humankind. Trade connects people to one another in myriad of ways, seen and unseen. Trade can fuel civilisations and empires. It can dictate time itself. The end of trade turns somewhere suddenly into nowhere. - Shumon Basar The 11th edition of the Global Art Forum focuses on the trade of goods and ideas that shape and reshape the world. Titled Trading Places, the Forum is conceived by Shumon Basar as Commissioner, with Antonia Carver and Oscar GuardiolaRivera as Co-directors. Trading Places was inaugurated on Friday January 13, 2017, at Dubai Design District with an evening of conversations, presentations and performances. On Saturday January 14, 2017, the Forum shifted to Sharjah with a series of unique, guided tours through the city-fabric and its richly layered tales of trade. The Forum continues at Art Dubai, March 15-17, 2017. Trading Places explores the relationship between the economy of goods and ideas that constantly shape who and where we are. From ancient ports to the ‘New Silk Road’ to algorithmic financial markets, the infrastructure of trade is also a geography of imagination and invention. It is also the foundation upon which Dubai and sibling Gulf cities have forged their pasts and their futures, from pearls to airports.
COMMISSIONER Shumon Basar has overseen the creative direction of the Global Art Forum since 2011, becoming Commissioner in 2013. He is a writer, whose last book was The Age of Earthquakes: A Guide to the Extreme Present, co-authored with Douglas Coupland and Hans Ulrich Obrist. He holds editorial positions at Bidoun and Tank magazines; directs the FORMAT program at the Architectural Association, London; and is a founding member of Fondazione Prada’s Thought Council. @shumonbasar CO-DIRECTORS Based in the UAE since 2001, Antonia Carver is Director of Art Jameel and oversees the development of the foundation’s work in heritage, education and the arts. She was previously Director of Art Dubai (2010-2016), spearheading the development of both the commercial and not-for-profit sectors of the fair. Carver has written extensively—and often on Middle Eastern art and film— as a correspondent for The Art Newspaper and Screen International, among other publications, and edited books and journals. She joined Bidoun as an editor in 2004 and later became the director of the Middle Eastern arts organisation’s projects division. Before moving to Dubai in 2001, Carver was based in London and worked as an editor at Phaidon; in development and projects at the Institute of International Visual Arts (Iniva); and in publishing at G+B Arts International. @antcarver Oscar Guardiola-Rivera is a London-based Colombian writer, art critic and philosopher. He is the author of the award-winning ‘What If Latin America Ruled the World?’ (Bloomsbury, 2010) and the top-ten Guardian best-selling ‘Story of a Death Foretold’ (Bloomsbury, 2013) also shortlisted for the Bread & Roses Award in 2014. Both were included on the Books of the Year list in 2010 and 2013, respectively, by the Financial Times and the Observer, having received critical acclaim by reviewers in the Washington Post, the Nation, the Observer, Kirkus, the Guardian, Booklist, and star-reviews in Publisher’s Weekly. Guardiola-Rivera is a regular in the literary festival circuit, with appearances in London, Hay, Bath, Edinburgh and Jaipur Literary festivals, among others. He has widespread media presence, writing as a columnist for the Guardian and El Espectador, Monocle, Kindle Magazine India and teleSUR English. He lectures on Philosophy and Law at Birkbeck College, University of London.
Wael Al Awar Myrna Ayad Shumon Basar Stephanie Bailey Omar Berrada Antonia Carver Christo Cinema Akil Maryam Wissam Al Dabbagh Iftikhar Dadi William Dalrymple Catherine David Clare Davies Tishani Doshi Jane Anna Gordon Paul Griffiths Oscar Guardiola-Rivera Tulip Hazbar Dr N Janardhan Laleh Khalili Kristine Khouri Ahmed Mater Oscar Murillo Emeka Ogboh James Onley Trevor Paglen Farah Al Qasimi Sultan Sooud Al Qassemi Todd Reisz Uzma Z. Rizvi Mohammad Salemy Noura Al Sayeh Hamza Serafi Dr Nada Shabout Slavs and Tatars Neha Vora
WEDNESDAY MARCH 15 ART DUBAI, FORT ISLAND, DAY 3
2:30–2:45pm WELCOME & INTRODUCTION TRADING PLAC€$ By Global Art Forum Commissioner Shumon Basar with Co-directors Antonia Carver and Oscar Guardiola-Rivera. 2:45 – 3:45pm DISCUSSION ACC€L€RAT€! Writer Stephanie Bailey, curator Mohammad Salemy and artist Oscar Murillo in a discussion hosted by Oscar Guardiola-Rivera. 3:45 – 4:00pm $OLD! PACK! $€ND! Deputy Director, National Museum of Modern Art - Centre Pompidou Catherine David. 4–4:30pm LECTURE D€$€RT! Dar al-Ma’mûn founder Omar Berrada. 4:45–5:45pm DISCUSSION GOLD! : Mumbai to Dubai Barjeel Art Foundation founder Sultan Sooud Al Qassemi with professors Dr N Janardhan, James Onley and Neha Vora. 5:45–6:15pm LECTURE $HIP! Researcher Laleh Khalili. 6:15–6:30pm $OLD! PACK! $€ND! Professor and Director of Contemporary Arab and Muslim Cultural Studies Initiative Dr Nada Shabout.
6:30–7:00pm CONVERSATION TAK€ OFF! : Music for Airports Dubai Airports CEO Paul Griffiths in conversation with Antonia Carver.
THURSDAY MARCH 16 ART DUBAI, FORT ISLAND, DAY 4 2:30–2:45pm WELCOME & INTRODUCTION TRADING PLAC€$ By Global Art Forum Commissioner Shumon Basar with Co-directors Antonia Carver and Oscar Guardiola-Rivera. 2:45–3:15pm LECTURE: RAID! : The East Indian Company Historian and Jaipur Festival Director William Dalrymple. 3:15–4:15pm DISCUSSION ROUT€! : Invisible Infrastructures Artists Slavs and Tatars and Trevor Paglen, joined by William Dalrymple and Shumon Basar for discussion. 4:15–4:30pm $OLD! PACK! $€ND! Artist and scholar Iftikhar Dadi. 4:30–4:45pm R€$T! 4:45–5:45pm DISCUSSION B€LI€V€! : Two Saudi Cities Athr Gallery co-founder Hamza Serafi and artist Ahmed Mater in conversation with Metropolitan Museum of Art assistant curator Clare Davies.
5:45–6:15pm LECTURE: BR€AK! Political theorist Jane Anna Gordon. 6:15–6:30pm $OLD! PACK! $€ND! Researcher Kristine Khouri. 6:30–7:00pm PERFORMANCE FUNK! Indian poetess Tishani Doshi and Oscar Guardiola-Rivera.
FRIDAY MARCH 17 ART DUBAI, FORT ISLAND, DAY 5 2:30–4:30pm LECTURE MONUM€NTAL Artists Christo 4:30–5pm R€$T! 5–7pm SCREENING CINEMA AKIL PRESENTS “SAMSARA”
5pm Introduction // Butheina Hamed Kazim – Co-Founder, Cinema Akil 5:10pm Samsara (2012) // Directed by Ron Fricke 7pm End
ACC€L€RAT€! Whether associated with technical evolution or hysterical hubris, speed has been both admired and seen with suspicion. From ancient debates concerning seafaring and trade to today’s hopes and warnings about cyberspace and robots; the impact of globalisation on localities, and ruptures in time; from decolonisation to futurism, through what Stephanie Bailey calls ‘transition times’. She joins fellow accelerationist writer and curator Mohammad Salemy and artist Oscar Murillo in a discussion hosted by Oscar Guardiola-Rivera. Stephanie Bailey is Ibraaz Senior Editor, Ocula Editor-at-large and a contributing editor to LEAP and ART PAPERS. She also writes for ArtForum, and Yishu Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art, and is a member of the Naked Punch Review editorial committee. She currently programmes the Conversations and Salon at Art Basel Hong Kong. @SBretweets Mohammad Salemy is an independent New Yorkbased artist, critic, and curator who holds an MA in critical curatorial studies from the University of British Columbia. He has shown his works in Ashkal Alwan’s Home Works 7, and Witte de With. His writings have been published in e-flux, Flash Art, Third Rail, and Brooklyn Rail. Salemy’s curatorial experiment, For Machine Use Only, was included in the 11th Gwangju Biennale. Oscar Murillo’s paintings, video works, and performances are tied to a notion of community stemming from the artist’s cross-cultural ties to London, where he currently lives and works, and Colombia, where he was born in 1986. Murillo has participated in numerous international solo and group exhibitions. In 2012 he began his long-term project Frequencies, which debuted with a largescale installation of canvases as part of the 56th Venice Biennale, All the World’s Futures, in 2015.
$OLD! PACK! $€ND! Catherine David presents her episode of Art Trade Tales, a series of short stories describing the travels of significant artworks through histories of sales, storage, ownership and more. Catherine David is Deputy Director of the Musée National d’Art Moderne at the Centre Pompidou, Paris, and a renowned curator and art historian with extensive experience in the Middle East. Previously, she has served as curator at the National Gallery Jeu de Paume in Paris, Chief Curator of the Musées de France, and Artistic Director of Documenta X, Kassel (1994-97). DE$€RT! Before ‘dune bashing’ became a thing, or deserts were mythologised as primeval, pristine landscapes, these vast expanses of sand were active sites of trade crossed by goods, people and knowledge. Come the fall of the Ottoman Empire and the rise of a new, colonial reality in Africa and the Middle East, trade routes turned seaward, and port cities became the all-powerful points of exchange. Omar Berrada reminds us about routes-gone-by and the traces they have left in contemporary societies. Omar Berrada is a writer, translator, curator, and director of Dar al-Ma’mûn. He is currently working on trans-Saharan migrations and racial dynamics in Morocco, as well as on the archive of writer and filmmaker Ahmed Bouanani. He co-directed the Global Art Forum in 2014, and is guest curator of the 2017 Abraaj Group Art Prize. GOLD! : Mumbai to Dubai What are the historical trade connections between India and the Gulf? What kind of cultural exchanges, formal and informal, grew over time? And what were the various guises that gold played in fomenting this bond that remains intact and living today? Sultan Sooud Al Qassemi discusses these issues with Dr N Janardhan, James Onley and Neha Vora. Sultan Sooud Al-Qassemi is a United Arab Emirates-based columnist and commentator on Arab affairs. His articles have appeared in the Financial Times, the New York Times and Foreign Policy, among other notable publications. Al-Qassemi is an MIT Media Labs Director’s
Fellow. He has been named on Arabian Business’s “World’s 100 Most Powerful Arabs” list in 2014, and TIME magazine’s “140 Best Twitter Feeds of 2011.” Al-Qassemi is also the founder of the Barjeel Art Foundation, established to contribute to intellectual development in the Arab region. @SultanAlQassemi Dr N. Janardhan is an Indian political analyst based in the UAE since 2000. His publications include A New Gulf Security Architecture: Prospects and Challenges for Asia. He is also Honorary Fellow, University of Exeter, and Managing Assistant Editor of the Journal of Arabian Studies. James Onley specialises in the history, heritage, culture, and society of the Gulf and its historical connections with India. He is the author of The Arabian Frontier of the British Raj, among many other publications, and is the founding editor of the Journal of Arabian Studies. Neha Vora is an anthropologist whose research focuses on citizenship, migration, Diaspora, Indian Ocean circulations, political economy, and higher education in the Arabian Peninsula. Her first book, Impossible Citizens: Dubai’s Indian Diaspora was published in 2013 by Duke University Press. She is currently completing her second monograph, an ethnography of Qatar’s Education City. $HIP! Laleh Khalili not only researches and writes extensively on maritime trade, but she sails it too, spending time aboard the container ships that navigate—as she has coined—the ‘cobwebbed seas’, that service both commerce and war. In this lecture, Khalili dwells on these experiences, and reflects on the role played by transportation and logistics in the making of the modern Middle East. Laleh Khalili is a professor of Middle East politics and the author of Heroes and Martyrs of Palestine (2007) and Time in the Shadows (2013). She is currently working on a project on ports and maritime logistics in the Arabian Peninsula. @lalehkhalili
$OLD! PACK! $€ND! Dr Nada Shabout presents her episode of Art Trade Tales, a series of short stories describing the travels of significant artworks through histories of sales, storage, ownership and more. Dr Nada Shabout is a Professor of Art History and the Director of the Contemporary Arab and Muslim Studies Initiative at the University of North Texas. The founding president of the Association for Modern and Contemporary Art from the Arab World, Iran and Turkey, she is currently coediting, Modern Art of the Arab World: Primary Documents, part of the International Program at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, 2017. TAK€ OFF! : Music for Airports As CEO of Dubai Airports, Paul Griffiths conducts one of the world’s most complex – and the busiest – points of transit. He is also a renowned musician and organist. In a rare talk in his hometown, Griffiths discusses the connections between the web of plane schedules and the musical score. We ask, does an airport have its own, complex soundtrack? In conversation with Antonia Carver. Paul Griffiths is CEO of Dubai Airports, with the responsibility for the operation and development of DXB and DWC. Prior to moving to Dubai, he served as Chairman and MD of London Gatwick and was Board Director of the Virgin Travel Group. Paul is a Fellow and Council member of the Royal College of Organists, Chairman of the Executive Committee and a VP of the Royal College. In commemoration of his services to British prosperity in the UAE and to music, Paul became a CMG in 2015. RAID! : The East Indian Company One of the very first Indian words to enter the English language was the Hindustani slang for plunder: loot. Worldrenowned historian and Jaipur Festival Director William Dalrymple delivers a dazzling lecture on the East India Company, “the original raiders,” and forerunners of today’s multinational corporations and global traders. This is a story of involuntary privatisation, private armies and limitless profit that sounds less like the past, and more like the seed of our present and future.
William Dalrymple is a writer and historian. Interests include the history and art of India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, the Middle East, the Muslim world, Hinduism, Buddhism, the Jains and early Eastern Christianity. His latest book is The Anarchy: India Between Empires 1739-1803. Other titles include From the Holy Mountain: A Journey Among the Christians of the Middle East; Nine Lives: In Search of the Sacred in Modern India; and Return of a King: The Battle of Afghanistan. Dalrymple is also co-founder and co-director of the annual Jaipur Literary Festival. @DalrympleWill ROUTE! : Invisible Infrastructures The Silk Road is one of the most famous trade routes in history. Its coverage was also immense in scale and complex in shape. Trade vectors over very large distances become imaginative ideas in their own right, figures of speech or thought. Artists Slavs and Tatars and Trevor Paglen present the linguistic and informational dimensions of planetary trade routes. They are joined by William Dalrymple and Shumon Basar for discussion. The artist collective Slavs and Tatars was founded in 2006. A mid-career survey of their work, commissioned by CCA Ujazdowski, Warsaw will travel to the Pejman Foundation, Tehran; Salt, Istanbul; CAC Vilnius; MOCA, Belgrade; and Albertinum, Dresden through early 2018. @slavsandtatars Trevor Paglen is an artist whose work spans image-making, sculpture, investigative journalism, writing, engineering, and numerous other disciplines. Among his chief concerns are learning how to see the historical moment we live in and developing the means to imagine alternative futures. @trevorpaglen $OLD! PACK! $â‚ŹND! Iftikhar Dadi presents his episode of Art Trade Tales, a series of short stories describing the travels of significant artworks through histories of sales, storage, ownership and more. As an artist, Iftikhar Dadi has collaborated with Elizabeth Dadi for 20 years. Their work is frequently realised in large-scale installations and
has been exhibited widely. Dadi is also associate professor in Cornell University’s Department of History of Art, and author of numerous books and essays on art. B€LI€V€! : TWO SAUDI CITIES Hamza Serafi’s Jeddah family was inextricably linked to the city’s thriving trades. Ahmed Mater has been documenting the radical changes of Islam’s holiest city, Mecca, and other faith economies such as Salt Lake City. Clare Davies leads this discussion on how Saudi Arabia’s urban future is being informed by 21st-century economic ideals. Jeddah-based gallerist and curator, Hamza Serafi, is one of the driving forces behind the cultural art movement in Saudi Arabia. In 2008, he cofounded Athr Gallery, one of the region’s most progressive art galleries. In 2016, he co-curated the annual event, Jeddah Art 21,39 with an edition entitled Earth and Ever After. He is also a member of The Saudi Art Council and a board member of several establishments. Ahmed Mater is an artist and physician, who studied at King Khalid University in Abha. He uses photography, film, and performance to entwine expressive and politically engaged artistic aims with the scientific objectives of his medical training, blending conceptual art tactics with an investigation into traditional Islamic aesthetics. @AhmedMater Clare Davies has worked as a writer, researcher and curator in the Middle East since 2006. She completed a doctoral dissertation on Modern Egyptian art at the Institute of Fine Arts, NYU in 2014 and is the recipient of the inaugural Irmgard Coninx Prize for Transregional Studies (2014/2015). BR€AK! Frequently contrasted with hubris and speed, the philosophical wisdom of the non-Greek sage Anacharsis embodies a simple yet powerful truth about the underside of trade: people reinvent themselves through the relative slowness of interaction with those who once were strangers. Political theorist Jane Anna Gordon lectures on the use of the term ‘creolisation’ to describe this phenomenon
observed since the time of Anacharsis to that of the slave plantations of the Caribbean, through Rousseau and Fanon. It revolutionises the way we see politics and ourselves today. Jane Anna Gordon teaches at the University of Connecticut where she directs the graduate programme in Political Science. She is the author of, among other books, Creolizing Political Theory: Reading Rousseau through Fanon; co-editor (with Neil Roberts) of Creolizing Rousseau; and (with Lewis R. Gordon, Aaron Kamugisha, and Neil Roberts) of Journeys in Caribbean Thought: The Paget Henry Reader. She is President of the Caribbean Philosophical Association and currently completing a manuscript entitled When Women Do Political Theory. $OLD! PACK! $â‚ŹND! Kristine Khouri presents her episode of Art Trade Tales, a series of short stories describing the travels of significant artworks through histories of sales, storage, ownership and more. Kristine Khouri is an independent researcher and writer based in Beirut. Her research focuses on the history of arts circulation and infrastructure in the Arab world. She recently co-curated Past Disquiet: Narratives and Ghosts from the International Art Exhibition for Palestine, Beirut, 1978 at the Haus der Kulturen Der Welt, Berlin (2016). @kristinekhouri FUNK! Neither poetry nor dance could exist without the coming together of two rhythms: slowness and speed. That is why the sea is the mother of all trade in metaphors, of all poetry, dance and performance. And also why philosophy, often identified with the viewpoint of the spectator of a shipwreck, frequently opposed them. Through dance and poetry, Indian poetess Tishani Doshi and Oscar Guardiola-Rivera promise to funk the boundaries. Tishani Doshi is an award-winning poet, novelist and dancer. She has published five books of fiction and poetry. Her most recent book is The Adulterous Citizen (poems, stories, essays). Since 2001 she has worked with the Chandralekha dance troupe. She lives on a beach in Tamil Nadu.
MONUM€NTAL Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s works become major global events, drawing huge crowds, and sparking national debate and political interest. The Gates brought New York together in 2005 after it was approved by Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Wrapped Reichstag in 1995 was debated extensively by the German parliament. The most recent project Floating Piers drew 1.2 Million visitors over 16 days. The lecture will be a personal illustrated overview of his and Jeanne-Claude’s projects, including insight into the creative and technical challenges of creating such large-scale artworks. Christo fled communist Bulgaria in 1956, and met his late wife Jeanne-Claude in Paris in 1958. By 1964 they were living and working in New York City, creating monumental works on a huge scale. Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s relationship with the UAE goes back to 1979 when they visited the then young country, and began what has been a longstanding friendship with the region. SCREENING CINEMA AKIL PRESENTS “SAMSARA”
Cinema Akil presents Samsara, Ron Fricke’s mesmerizing follow-up to his acclaimed 1992 film Baraka. Sacred grounds, disaster zones, industrial complexes, and natural wonders are some of the places visited in this hypnotic, non-verbal, non-narrative feature. It took Fricke nearly five years to shoot,in twenty-five countries over five continents. Yet another sensory experience, Samsara is a vast, silently meditative exploration of the beauty and horrors traded in the minds and markets of the modern world. SAMSARA Directed by: Ron Fricke Produced by: Mark Magidson 2011 | | 102’ (1hr 42) | USA, UAE, Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand, Kenya, Denmark, Brazil, Jordan, Palestine, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Italy, Ghana, Egypt, China, Japan Documentary, Music | PG-13* www.cinemaakil.com // Facebook - Cinema Akil // Twitter - @CinemaAkil // Instagram - @CinemaAkil // Snapchat – CinemaAkil #fortheloveoffilm
Cinema Akil is an independent cinema platform that brings quality films from across the world to audiences in Dubai. Showcasing directors and filmmakers across the decades, it aims to create awareness and interest in film and the cinematic arts. Launched in 2014, Cinema Akil has held nearly 30 pop-up cinemas around Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah. @CinemaAkil COMMISIONED PROJECTS DRAGON! Dragon Mart, located in Dubai and shaped like a dragon, is the largest trading hub for Chinese products outside mainland China. For over a decade, it has been a gateway to Middle East and North African markets. Farah Al Qasimi has produced a specially commissioned photographic study of this special cultural and economic zone, whose slogan is, ‘Where you can find one in a million or a million of one.’ Surely, today’s version of Jorge Luis Borges’ famous Chinese encyclopedia would look like Dragon Mart. Farah Al Qasimi is an artist and musician. Farah studied photography and music at Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, and is currently an MFA candidate in the Photography program at the Yale School of Art. Most recently, she participated in the Sheikha Salama Foundation and Rhode Island School of Design Emerging Artist Fellowship.
Dubai Culture & Arts Authority (Dubai Culture) is focused on establishing Dubai as a regional and global centre for creativity, and also seeks to enhance the city’s cultural identity in order to drive the creative economy. The Authority is focused on enhancing the quality of life for Dubai residents to help achieve a key pillar of the Dubai Plan 2021 objectives, to create a city of happy, creative and empowered people. Under the leadership of His Excellency Abdul Rahman Al Owais, Chairman of Dubai Culture, and Her Highness Sheikha Latifa Bint Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice Chairman of Dubai Culture, the Authority has played an integral role in reinforcing Dubai’s position as a vibrant global centre for creativity, and in enhancing the city’s cultural identity in order to drive the creative economy. As part of its mandate to strengthen the city’s creative fabric by supporting the main disciplines of culture and arts – visual arts, performing arts, film and TV, heritage, and literature and poetry, Dubai Culture drives and supports many initiatives in the cultural calendar in order to highlight the Emirate’s fast-growing creative landscape.
Dubai Design District, (d3), a member of TECOM Group, is a destination dedicated to design. The chosen home for the regionâ€™s growing collective of creatives, artists and designers, d3, has fast become the hub for inspiration and innovation. Created to answer the growing need from the industry, d3 provides businesses, entrepreneurs and individuals from across the design value chain with a thriving community where they can collaborate, create and inspire. Known for its versatility d3 has become a popular events space, attracting international crowds to cultural exhibitions such as Dubai Design Week, Fashion Forward, Sole DXB and Meet d3, which have simultaneously driven footfall to d3â€™s distinguished repertoire of design-focused outlets, art galleries and eateries. With the launch of lifestyle boutiques, art galleries and culinary concepts in its core 11 buildings, the Design Quarter, d3 is very much alive. Taking a novel approach, d3 has selected a mix of original homegrown and international concepts to form a creative community of new retail outlets, restaurants and innovative pop-up events that invite visitors to enjoy a more authentic shopping and dining experience. d3 is constantly evolving. To cater to its growing number of residents, d3 will feature a one million square foot Creative Community which is currently under construction, and will act as the siteâ€™s cultural epicenter, inspiring emerging designers and artists. Another key goal for d3 is to continually surpass the expectations of its visitors, and so d3 will also boast a bustling 1.8km Waterfront development running alongside the Dubai Creek, with international and design-led hotels, boutique retail concept stores and an outdoor events space, as well as a host of hospitality and leisure facilities. To support its many creative partners, d3 offers individuals and businesses the choice of operating either as a free zone entity or as an on-shore business, each with its own merits.
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR ART DUBAI Benedetta Ghione FAIR DIRECTOR Myrna Ayad GLOBAL ART FORUM CO-ORDINATOR Juneida Abdul Jabber GLOBAL ART FORUM ASSISTANT CO-ORDINATOR Sala Shaker GRAPHIC DESIGN Fikra Design Studio WEBSITE Camilla Mosse PRESS Nicole Kanne Roula Nasr Ruba Al-Sweel TRAVEL Leo Barrameda Cristina Figuerres
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