Melissa Gronlund

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Saudi Arabia's cultural scene is in a moment of decisive shift

The inaugural Diriyah Biennale and the opening of Hayy Jameel are the latest in a series of initiatives helping the kingdom emerge from artistic isolation

Abu DhabiAnalysis

Abu Dhabi plans two new museums in addition to Guggenheim and Zayed

Announcement was made at yesterday's preview of Abu Dhabi Art 2021, where cultural leaders were keen to emphasise their commitment to the emirate following its strict lockdown

Expo Dubai finally opens after a year of delays—and its public art commissions are set to stay long after the exhibition

The new works will play a key role when the Expo site becomes a real estate mega plan called District 2020

An ancient Buddhist city is perched on top of an Afghan copper reserve worth $50 billion—what will happen to it under Taliban control?

Cultural heritage workers estimate they have five years to secure the heritage site’s contents before it is destroyed to extract the ore

The fight to save Saudi Arabia’s Modern architecture

The reaction to the destruction of Al Rabooa mosque highlights changing attitudes to the conservation of Modernist and post-Modernist buildings in the kingdom

Mosul Cultural Museum rises from the ravages of Isis

Painstaking reconstruction by multi-agency task force is salvaging what artefacts remain after Islamic State occupation

Saudi Arabia pushes forward with plans for cultural 'renaissance' with vast light festival full of both local and big-name artists

Agencies seem to be betting that time and increased exposure to the kingdom will wear down Western qualms over its human rights record

UAENews

First MFA programme and new Arab art centre boost Emirates art scene

New York University Abu Dhabi's postgraduate art course will start next autumn and cost $140,000 over two years

Court awards New York dealer Asher Edelman $6.9m over failed deal allegedly involving member of the Abu Dhabi royal family

Mysterious case, involving an unpaid bill for Keith Haring and Edvard Munch works, had been running for years

Saudi ArabiaAnalysis

Are Saudi Arabia's big culture plans turning to dust?

As oil prices slump and the pandemic continues to spread, the kingdom's ambitious initiatives are being scaled back