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Dubai Emerges as Middle East 

Contemporary Art Center

by Murtaza Vali

RAMESHWAR BROOTA, Numbers, 1979, oil on canvas, 180 x 125 cm. Courtesy Christie's, Dubai.

After organizing a series of charity auctions and preview exhibitions to gauge market strength and stir local interest, Christie's conducted its first international modern and contemporary art sale in the Middle East on May 24 at the Jumeirah Emirates Towers Hotel in Dubai. On offer were 127 lots from the Arab world, Iran, India, Pakistan and the West. Even the sharp dip in Gulf stock market indices in the…

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