Arsalan Mohammad explores the "surge of young artistic and design talent [in Dubai over the last decade,] following the rise to international fame of Emirati artists Hassan Sharif and Mohammed Kazem. Both foreign residents and Emiratis have taken advantage of a drive to promote an artistic ecosystem."
Mohammad speaks to gallery artist Shaikha Al Mazrou about the developing cultural industry in Dubai, and its tie to the policy of diversifying output in years to come. Al Mazrou comments, "Art should not be considered primarily an economic asset, although obviously artworks do have financial value. We should concentrate on the aesthetic and intellectual quality of the creation, and resist over-commercialisation of culture."