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The latest groundbreaking project by award-winning author Hassan Blasim is ‘Iraq+100’, for which he edited the work of ten Iraqi writers asked to imagine their country in the year 2103.
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Yasmine Hamdan isn’t just another rebellious Arab pop star. More of an experimental rocker, her progressive, contemporary take on Arabic music includes creative, lyrical renditions of Arab classics laced with punk rock references and electronica.
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An athlete, adventurer and entrepreneur, Yousuf Al Hashimi is a man of wisdom and experience well beyond his 27 years. On a mission to get the Middle East active, he is hoping that as his business expands in the region, its collective waistline will shrink.
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The Egyptian feminist writer, activist, physician and psychiatrist, Nawal El Saadawi, has braved prison, exile and death threats in her fight against female oppression. It’s a fight she wants to see through to the end.
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56-year-old Stanislas de Quercize is the new Frenchman at the helm of Cartier. We had a quick chat with him at Art Dubai, an event of which his Maison is the main sponsor.
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Not even 30, Sotheby’s art specialist Lina Lazaar Jameel has already made a name for herself by pushing contemporary Arab art to the fore of the global art scene.
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When completed, Abu Dhabi’s Mastaba Project will be the world’s largest public sculpture. First developed by the celebrated art duo Christo & Jeanne-Claude back in 1977, a new book by Taschen documents the process of the monument’s construction.
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Founded by Saudi Arabia’s deputy minister of defence, HRH Prince Khaled bin Sultan bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, the Living Oceans Foundation dedicates time and resources to the conservation and restoration of our increasingly stressed marine life.
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Syrian-Argentine Alan Faena wears many hats: fashion, real estate development and hostelry. But the hat you’ll always see wearing is white, signature style. Meet the man behind Buenos Aires’ Faena Art District.
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Once upon a time, the world’s wealthy sent their daughters to Swiss finishing schools but by the 1960s, gender equality, women’s liberation and an emphasis on higher education for all prompted a decline. Nowadays only Villa Pierrefeu remains.
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Richard Yasmine’s designs blur the line between fantasy and reality. Both functional household objects and carnal statements, his highly charged work seduces through the use of honest materials and sleek aesthetics.
Dubai-based ready-to-wear designer Lama Jouni teams traditional techniques with a forward-looking approach.
The billionaire founder of Tesla and SpaceX, Elon Musk is not one to shy away from outlandish goals. His latest involves colonising Mars via manned missions that should start as soon as 2022.
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