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Sheikha Hoor Bint Sultan al-Qasimi

Local Treasure

BY Kevin Jones

Portrait of Sheikha Hoor bint Sultan al-Qasimi. Photo by Billy Kung for ArtAsiaPacific.

To understand Emirati curator and Sharjah Art Foundation president Sheikha Hoor bint Sultan al-Qasimi, you first need to understand where she comes from. Sharjah, deemed the most conservative emirate in the United Arab Emirates, is shaped by both a strict adherence to Islamic legal and religious traditions, and a deepening respect for its own cultural legacy—from pre-Islamic archaeological sites to its modernist constructions.

Yet, when Sharjah looks to the…

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