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A place for the arts

In its role as the "Cradle of Civilisation", the Middle East has witnessed the rise and fall of many an empire, where people from various backgrounds, speaking different languages and practising different religions, have thrived. This historical and cultural significance is beautifully reflected in its art scene, which has evolved through time as talented individuals and communities contributed with their unique artistic expressions. A testament to this legacy is the host of creative events that take place in the region, and during the cooler months, art season gets underway in full swing. 

In the UAE, Dubai Design Week kickstarts the season, bringing the region's most significant modern art fair to Dubai Design District from November 8 to 11. Then, the UAE capital will host the largest-ever edition of Abu Dhabi Art from November 22 to 26, with 92 galleries from 31 countries.

Beyond the UAE, We Design Beirut will offer a rich programme of designer showcases, installations, talks and workshops during a four-day fair in Lebanon from October 27 to 30. Meanwhile, Doha will see the fifth edition of its largest art festival – Qatar International Art Festival – run from November 20 to 25 as the country hopes to cement itself on the global art map as a hub for emerging and established artists. 

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