At a recent panel discussion in Dubai celebrating the eight-year anniversary of the foundation, Sultan Sooud Al Qassemi noted how few people can recognise even iconic works of modern Arab art history. This press feature in the National discusses the importance of Al Qassemi’s project, Barjeel Art Foundation, in raising awareness about modern Arab art. 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 »
In this article, Sultan stresses the importance of showcasing the art scene in the UAE, for art is a true reflection of a people’s identity. In specific, Sultan calls for the establishment of a national museum to reflect all the achievements made in the arts in the country, and to cater to a growing population and number of international visitors. Read more »
Best practices of other states can be a guide to creating an automatic national heritage listing for modernist structures. The UAE must enact laws to preserve modernist architecture, Sultan Sooud Al Qassemi argues in this essay. Read more »