Art in the Gulf: “better to have it than not”

Youssef Nabil has made a career of immortalizing the famous in a unique photo-art style that has made him the belle of the ball on the international art circuit. Artist in residence at La Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris from 2003, then based in New York since 2006, Nabil started out in Cairo in the early 1990s with experiments in photography based on the colour tinting of old Egyptian portrait studios. Continue reading Art in the Gulf: “better to have it than not”

Some Emiratis glad Dubai’s ambitious plans dented

By Andrew Hammond – Analysis

DUBAI | Wed Dec 2, 2009 4:02pm IST

(Reuters) – Dubai nationals were alarmed by the fallout from the emirate’s debt standstill, but many hope the crisis may stem the torrent of foreigners into the conservative Gulf Arab city, where locals are outnumbered ten to one.

The freewheeling emirate, one of seven that form the United Arab Emirates, sent jitters through global markets last week when it announced that one of its flagship developers had asked for a six-month repayment freeze on some debt. Continue reading Some Emiratis glad Dubai’s ambitious plans dented

“Dubai model” was the vision of one man

By Andrew Hammond – Analysis

DUBAI | Fri Nov 27, 2009 3:00pm EST

(Reuters) – The “Dubai vision,” which has suffered a crushing blow from the freewheeling Gulf emirate’s sudden debt crisis, is the creation of one man who failed to apply the rules of open governance.

The city state’s rapid growth revolved around the ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum, who outlined his ideas in a book, “My Vision,” where he suggested other Arab countries could replicate Dubai’s success. Now the model — always controversial among Gulf Arabs since it involved building shining cities in the desert at breakneck speed through the import of foreign residents, finance and labor — is on the ropes. Continue reading “Dubai model” was the vision of one man

Abu Dhabi ascendant as debt spoils Dubai’s “model”

By Andrew Hammond – Analysis

DUBAI | Thu Nov 26, 2009 9:29pm EST

(Reuters) – Dubai’s debt troubles have exposed the fallacy of its once much-vaunted “model” of raising shining cities in the desert with foreign residents, finance and labor.

They have also set in train a power shift toward Abu Dhabi. Continue reading Abu Dhabi ascendant as debt spoils Dubai’s “model”

Dubai as architects’ paradise

DUBAI – Wealthy Gulf Arab investors have only to snap their fingers and someone in Dubai’s burgeoning community of Western-trained architects will design the impossible – or the unthinkable.

The emirate is fast becoming an architect’s playground as more and more outlandish structures take it closer to its dream of being the world’s most visually striking metropolis. Continue reading Dubai as architects’ paradise