Gabrielle Cormier

Dubai has no culture? Art Dubai disagrees!

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By Gabrielle Cormier 2013 Shows what traditional houses in the Gulf (with 'wind catchers' to keep cool) looked like. Beside it, a sneak peek of an art exhibit.

By Gabrielle Cormier 2013
Shows what traditional houses in the Gulf (with ‘wind catchers’ to keep cool) looked like. Beside it, a sneak peek of the art exhibit inside.

Having now studied the Middle East extensively, I can never be surprised by the question: Is Dubai soulless? Answering this all too often posed question is not the subject of this article. Rather, I would like to take this opportunity to encourage prospective artists and managers of the arts to travel to Dubai and answer that question themselves.

However divided opinions may be on this shimmering dot in the Gulf, few doubt that there is much scope for growth and change there. However, emerging economies are not just an economic reality but also a cultural one. Development in social programmes and promotion of the arts among youth will follow the growth of wealth and media expansion in places like the UAE.

When European growth is teetering, why not go out, discover and apply for an internship in Dubai? This is a city in which you are sure to work with a truly diverse team.

Art Dubai is the leading international art fair in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia. The ninth edition of the fair takes place March 18-21, 2015 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Please check out their website for information on internships and traineeships that have been attended by young people from a plethora of nationalities since 2007.

If you doubt whether you should pursue dreams when an opportunity presents itself, be it as far as Dubai or as close as your own neighbourhood, please remember Mr Tolkien’s words: ‘Not all those who wander are lost’.

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