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Shaikha Latifa Bint Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum at Art Dubai on Tuesday. Image Credit: Twitter

Dubai: Shaikha Latifa Bint Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairperson of Dubai Culture and Arts Authority (Dubai Culture), on Tuesday visited the 14th edition of Art Dubai, the Middle East’s leading art fair.

Shaikha Latifa toured the fair’s purpose-built venue at the Gate Building in Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC), which this year is featuring 50 leading contemporary and modern galleries from 31 countries. With a particular focus on artists from the Middle East and the ‘Global South’, the fair’s gallery halls as well as its curated large-scale sculpture park, showcases a diverse selection of artworks, artists, and practices, mirroring the multicultural nature of Dubai.

Return in new format

Shaikha Latifa reiterated the importance of Art Dubai for the emirate’s cultural sector. Art Dubai is one of the first international art fairs to return in a physical format globally. Its new hybrid model sees a physical on-site presence alongside a digital experience, allowing engagement with both visitors and gallerists who could not attend physically.

Impact on wider industry

Shaikha Latifa also stressed the importance of such events for the wider art industry as they continue to provide a platform of engagement and exchange between artists, galleries, patrons, buyers, and the public. She further reflected on how the return of Art Dubai demonstrates the resilience and perseverance of the UAE’s cultural and creative sector and Dubai’s growing status as a regional and global hub for culture and creativity.

Visitor safety

Art Dubai’s 14th edition said it places the highest priority on people’s safety, with comprehensive precautionary protocols put in place to enable the public and participants to engage with the event in a protected environment while also providing an enriching experience.