Ashok Mody was a young architect from India on his first international assignment when he arrived in Sharjah in 1975. Over the next five years, he worked on projects that have become enduring landmarks of the emirate such as Al Zahra Hospital, the Oceanic Hotel in Khorfakkan and the biggest public housing development — the 1000 Villas project in Al Ghubaiba. Four decades later, Mody still cherishes his memories of living and working in Sharjah and acknowledges that the experience was invaluable to his career. Weekend Review caught up with Ashok Mody during his visit to the city, in this interview. Read more »
Indian architect Ashok Mody sits with Sultan Sooud Al Qassemi to discuss his work on his return to Sharjah after 40 years. Read more »
UAE-based Barjeel Art Foundation is presenting Paul Guiragossian: Testimonies of Existence, an exhibition that celebrates the life and work of one of the most renowned modern masters from this region and commemorates his 25th death anniversary. It is Barjeel’s last show at their space in the Maraya Art Centre, which they have occupied for the last eight years. Read more »
In 1976, the UAE helped art enthusiast Ahmad Paul Keeler stage one of the biggest artistic events in the world — one that marked a seismic shift in the understanding of Islamic arts in Britain and beyond. Read more »
Within its walls the best of Emirati minds interact with each other and with the best of global minds, making it a factory of the future.
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In this opinion piece, Sultan argues for tax exemptions to be given to UAE based corporations that contribute to the country’s cultural and academic growth and development. Read more »