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Beyond Safe

BY KEVIN JONES

The first of a three-part series that looks at the UAE's artistic 

ecosystem begins with the art-makers themselves

(From left to right) Artists VIKRAM DIVECHA, SHARMEEN SYED and WALID AL-WAWI on the construction site of the Alserkal Avenue expansion, Dubai, 2015. Photo by Ekta Saran. 

Courtesy Wild Beast Media, Dubai.

Ask people to describe the cultural panorama of the United Arab Emirates and they are likely to conjure up images of Abu Dhabi’s pharaonic franchises of Western museums emerging amid seas of imported laborers. Dig a bit…

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