Abu Dhabi in Culture and in Art - Abu Dhabi Art Fair


Year-round sunshine, pristine beaches, spectacular sand dunes and pulsating cosmopolitan lifestyle await every guest in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates. Such idyllic setting cuddles this emirate known around the world for its massive oil reserves and majestic mosques with towering minarets. These, combined with the distinct Arabic hospitality and mystique - and world-class infrastructure - make Abu Dhabi an excellent destination both for the experienced and novice traveller.

The famous Liwa oasis in the south is home to some of the largest and most beautiful sand dunes in the world. It is also the frontier that leads to the legendary Rub Al-Khali (Empty Quarter), a vast expanse of desert that extends through Saudi Arabia and Oman, which has been the object of many explorers’ conquest in the past.

Abu Dhabi city bursts with dazzling business-cum-leisure facilities ranging from state-of-the-art convention centre, luxurious hotels, spas, designer golf courses, theatres and very soon, some of the world’s most famous museums particularly Guggenheim Abu Dhabi and Louvre Abu Dhabi. The palace-like shopping malls and indigenous souqs in Abu Dhabi make for a great shopping expedition, offering the best handicraft from local Bedouins to the best of Paris’ or Milan’s high street fashion brands, sans the ubiquitous sales tax. Gastronomic treats further abound from cool and sophisticated cafes, clubs and restaurants. For the fitness conscious, jogging and cycling (or even roller blading) are a welcome treat especially during the cooler months in the city’s charming corniche or beachfront, merely minutes away from the bustling city centre.

Furthermore the garden city of Al Ain – lying near the Oman border - is home to one of the famous peaks of the majestic Hajar Mountain and the highest point in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi (Jebel Hafeet), which rises about 1,340 metres. A world-class hotel (Grand Mercure) is nestled close to the mountain’s peak offering travellers a great relaxing stay and a panoramic view of the emirate.

Cultural sites abound in Abu Dhabi, whose name implies “Father of the Gazelle” most likely due to the large number of gazelles and oryx that once flocked the emirate’s arid deserts. These heritage sites provide holiday makers with a glimpse of this emirate’s storied past - reaching as far back as 5000 BC - and an understanding of its people’s culture, values and aspirations. Being the capital, Abu Dhabi also houses embassies and hosts ambassadors from all over the world.


Abu Dhabi, 2nd August 2010:Tourism Development & Investment Company “TDIC” and Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture & Heritage “ADACH” announced today that a series of exhibitions, public programmes and workshops, as well as educational activities, will take place for the second consecutive year at Abu Dhabi Art 2010, in November at Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi. The dynamic Abu Dhabi Art 2010 programme has already attracted a host of international well-known galleries from the US, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. (List of galleries attached) as well as younger, innovative galleries showing emerging artists. This new concept of boutique style art fair, with fifty galleries, encompassed by a diversity of public programmes, is helping to transform Abu Dhabi Art into one of the leading modern and contemporary international arts platforms, reflecting the multiculturalism of Abu Dhabi.
Under the patronage of His Highness General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, Abu Dhabi Art 2010 opens to the public on Thursday 4 November with a four-day programme. Building on the success of last year’s inaugural art show, Abu Dhabi Art not only creates a dialogue between international galleries and emerging artists, but also enables visitors to discover, in one place, a diversity of art works from leading contemporary artists around the world.

This November, Abu Dhabi Art 2010 will expand on last year’s programme, while following the concept inaugurated in 2009. The platform will have at its core the art fair with the main show as well as “Signature”, a section dedicated to innovative and challenging contemporary works by emerging international artists in a one person show, and “Beyond”, a selection of outdoor installations. Around the main show, Abu Dhabi Art will present a series of exhibitions, public programmes including workshops, panels, lectures involving leading artists and figures from the international art world and the region, as well as book launches, film screenings and performances. Abu Dhabi Art 2010 will expand “Art, Talks and Sensations” to a three day event, integrating some of the main show artists within the daily programme.

Similar to last year, Abu Dhabi Art will continue to develop the design platform. This part will involve workshops within the Design Studio, a space in which the audience can actively participate in the creation process, meet international designers such as the Campana Brothers and representatives from the Khatt Foundation and Studio Formafantasma, and engage in panel discussions and talks.

His Excellency Sheikh Sultan bin Tahnoon Al Nahyan, Chairman of Tourism Development & Investment Company and Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage, said “Abu Dhabi Art is part of a larger programme designed to continue Abu Dhabi’s efforts in enriching cultural life for Emiratis, UAE residents and for our millions of visitors, who are coming to expect something distinctive and compelling in Abu Dhabi. The cultural map is evolving and today, Abu Dhabi and the UAE are at the crossroads of these cultural and artistic intersections. As Abu Dhabi Art continues to grow in its second year, as the museums on Saadiyat Island begin to take shape, and under the direction of HH Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan and HH Sheikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, we are fulfilling the vision to establish Abu Dhabi’s position as a destination of international standing, bridging global cultures and creating an enriching environment to be treasured, as well as create educational opportunities for generations to come. ”

Abu Dhabi Art 2010 will, for the second year running, enable Abu Dhabi to host the most influential art patrons and players from all around the world.Abu Dhabi Art 2010 is sponsored for the second consecutive year by principal sponsor HSBC Bank Middle East and host sponsor the Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority, with further sponsors to be announced shortly.

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