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Christie’s Dubai auctions are now well established as a major record-breaking event and this year was no different. On the first night 47 watches raised $1,591,750, at the auction house while in the art world, the late Turkish-Jordanian artist Fahr El Nissa Zeid’s 1962 abstract work Break of the Atom and Vegetal Life set a new record – the highest price for a painting by a female artist from the region – when the hammer fell at $2,741,000. This follows on from the record-breaking price attained for sculpture in the region, namely the $2.8m paid for a piece from Iranian-born Parviz Tanavoli, who is based in Vancouver, Canada.
Abdulnasser Gharem is one of the most talked about artists in the Gulf; he has successfully combined his artistic life with his army career. Initially, there were no galleries for Col Gharem to show his work in Saudi Arabia, so he took his ideas straight to the street and became a living installation. “Performance is a very effective and strong medium because you just go to the main street and you find the real audience,” he says. In his first live performance piece, Flora and Fauna, he wrapped himself and a tree in plastic sheeting to highlight how imported trees were damaging indigenous ones. He also favours images that he feels define his culture such as the rubber stamp. He makes huge ones as a commentary on the bureaucracy that controls every aspect of life: “When you are born you get a stamp, when you get married, even if you need a vacation you need someone to stamp a paper for you… these stamps are delaying our dreams, delaying our goals, wasting our life.”
Iraqi superstar Kadim Al Sahir stole the show at the Royal Opera House Muscat’s Omani Women’s Day Celebration. The popular singer, who also performed two ‘sold out’ concerts to adoring fans was the “special guest star” who capped an evening that paid tribute to Omani Women’s Day, celebrated annually on 17 October.
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The UAE is the happiest Arab country and the 17th happiest in the world according to a UN-commissioned report. The World Happiness Report, published by the University of Columbia’s Earth Institute, indicates the happiest countries “tend to be high-income countries that also have a high degree of social equality, trust, and quality of governance”. The report says the four happiest countries are Denmark, Norway, Finland and the Netherlands. The four least happy are poor countries in sub-Saharan Africa, with Togo ranked last of the 156 nations surveyed. Another survey, the UAE Opinion Survey by the market researcher TNS Mena, gave the UAE a satisfaction rating of 91%.
Through its annual awards, the Fund honours 11 outstanding artists, thinkers and organisations whose cultural and artistic actions have had a positive impact on
The Heydar Aliyev Cultural Centre designed by Iraqi born architect Zaha Hadid is to open in September: the new centre, on a site measuring over 111,000 sqm consists of a library, museum, and conference centre situated in Baku, Azerbaijan. The design gives a focal point to a new neighbourhood designated for residents, offices, and commercial centres.
Dubai International Airport will handle 75m passengers by 2015, helping it leapfrog London Heathrow to become the biggest and busiest airport in the world, according to the emirate’s new civil aviation strategy plan Dubai is already in the number two slot of busiest airports, having overtaken Paris Charles de Gaulle in March. More than 57.6m passengers travelled through Dubai in 2012. This year, 21.9m passengers travelled through the airport between January and April putting Dubai International well on the way to another record breaking year.
The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) is providing further support for micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) in Turkey’s developing regions with a $65m subordinated loan to Türk Ekonomi Bankası (TEB).
The Musical Band of the Royal Guard of Oman (RGO) for Piping and Drumming came first in the Scottish Innerleithen Competition in the category of infantry and military discipline in June. The band also won best-team award in military marching. The RGO took part in the Scottish Helensburgh Competition and finished fifth. The Musical Band of the Royal Guard of Oman is marked by its music inspired by authentic Omani heritage coupled with traditional Scottish bagpipes.