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Nurturing and developing the UAE’s creative economy

Nurturing and developing the UAE’s creative economy

June 13, 2022

The creative economy. The term refers to the interchange of ideas, intellectual property, knowledge and technology. But it is an ever-evolving concept, and resists being pigeonholed into a single definition.

It has also become a bit of a buzzword in the UAE, especially in the last 15 years as the country has endeavoured to bolster its creative sector. In this time, several cultural institutions have been launched that reshaped the local creative landscape, notably Louvre Abu Dhabi and NYUAD on Saadiyat, Jameel Arts Centre and AlSerkal Avenue in Dubai and the House of Wisdom in Sharjah.

But launching cultural institutions is only the first step. Next comes the challenge of engaging with the public and inspiring the next generation of artists, architects, software engineers, writers, publishers, researchers and filmmakers.

Maya Allison, Executive Director of The NYUAD Art Gallery, and Bill Bragin, Executive Artistic Director at NYUAD Arts Centre, discuss the role NYUAD is playing in nurturing and developing this creative economy.

NYUAD and the role of art in life after the pandemic

NYUAD and the role of art in life after the pandemic

June 6, 2022

The NYUAD Arts Centre and Art Gallery have returned to in-person programming for the first time in two years.

The Spring 2022 line-up features an eclectic mix of live musical, cinematic and dance performances as well as art exhibitions that defy traditional categorisation. Bill Bragin, from the NYUAD Arts Centre, and Maya Allison, from the NYUAD Art Gallery, have been working to cement the role of the University in the public sphere. 
 
Although the pandemic caused disruption, it also provided an opportunity to reflect on how the Gallery’s work reaches the local community. The pandemic was a call for cultural institutions to step up and help artists during a time of crisis and ensure local arts communities thrive. 

In this podcast Bill Bragin, Executive Artistic Director at the NYUAD Arts Center, and Maya Allison, Executive Director of The NYUAD Art Gallery, speak about the importance of nurturing local artists.

From the Iranian underground to the global art scene

From the Iranian underground to the global art scene

May 30, 2022

Hesam Rahmanian, Rokhni Haerizadeh and Ramin Haerizadeh met in the underground art scene in Tehran in the early 1990s. After the Iranian Cultural Revolution that followed the overthrow of the Shah, free artistic expression could only take place in furtive private gatherings. It was during these meetings that the three were inspired to come together to form a collective, one founded on the principles of sharing and cooperation.

The trio have been in the UAE since 2009. Their latest show at the NYUAD Art Gallery, titled Parthenogenesis, offers the audience the opportunity to become immersed in a surreal, multimedia landscape representing what they’ve been doing since coming to the Emirates. The exhibition includes paintings, sculptures, poetry and dance made by them or in collaboration with other artists, encompassing vast themes of displacement, transformation and their ongoing commitment to working together.

This episode of Recorded is brought to you in Partnership with the NYUAD Art Gallery and Arts Centre.

The journey to find a creative home

The journey to find a creative home

May 23, 2022

Alaa Krimed is a luminary of the Middle East's contemporary dance scene. For the better part of the last decade, the Palestinian choreographer has been an ardent advocate of the art form through his Sima Dance Company, which he founded in Damascus in 2003. On a path that has been full of displacement, dance has remained his anchor as he first left Syria to avoid the war, then Lebanon to avoid the instability, to finally find a place for his creative practice to be nurtured in the Emirates. 
 
Philip Rachid has always found solace in hip-hop, be it the music, the dance, or the aesthetic. As a half-Bulgarian, half-Iraqi Kurdish kid growing up in Amsterdam he felt like an outsider and soaked in the messages of hip-hop's global culture to help him expand his creativity. But it was in the UAE that Rachid found a way to combine all his different creative mediums into one. 
 
This episode of Recorded is brought to you in Partnership with the NYUAD Art Gallery and Arts Centre.

How the Expo 2020 site will be transformed into a futuristic city

How the Expo 2020 site will be transformed into a futuristic city

April 1, 2022

After six months of cultural shows, concerts and summits, Expo 2020 Dubai is over. But what happens next? What will stay and what will go? Ahmed Al Khatib, the Chief Development and Delivery Officer for Expo 2020 Dubai, tells us how the now iconic site will be transformed into a city where people live, work and play.

UAE at 50: How the UK and UAE built strategic partnerships and lifelong ties
UAE at 50: How the Emirates went to outer space

UAE at 50: How the Emirates went to outer space

November 29, 2021
Since the Emirates’ formation in 1971, it has become a close friend and strategic partner of the United Kingdom.
 
In this miniseries, The UAE at 50, we examine how the relationship between the UAE and the UK has developed over the past fifty years.
 
In this episode, we take a look at the giant leaps made in the UAE’s STEM fields and how exchanges with the UK have helped launch the young nation's space programme.
 
The UAE launched the Emirates Mars Mission last year and is already collaborating with other countries like the UK on a project to build the first human settlement on the planet by 2117.
 
We talk to Alia Al Mansoori, an aspiring Emirati astronaut and student at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland, and mechanical engineer Nora Al Matrooshi, who became the first Arab female astronaut after joining the UAE's astronaut corps.
How the Emirates is discovering itself through archaeology

How the Emirates is discovering itself through archaeology

November 18, 2021

Since its formation in 1971, the UAE has become a close friend and strategic partner of the United Kingdom. In this mini-series, The UAE at 50, we examine how the relationship between the two countries has developed over the past 50 years.

In this episode, we speak to two experts in archaeology based in the UAE about their most recent discoveries and how the young country is searching both its vast desert and deep waters to learn more about its ancient past.

Noura Hamad Al Hameli is a young Emirati archaeologist with the Department of Culture and Tourism in Abu Dhabi and Tim Power is a British archaeologist and historian specialising in Arabia and the Islamic world. He has been working as an academic, consultant and writer in the UAE since 2009 and is currently completing his next book, a 500-page history of the Emirati people.

Hosted by Layla Maghribi
Interviewed by Alice Haine and James Langton
Produced by Ayesha Khan and Arthur Eddyson

The future of energy with Robin Mills

The future of energy with Robin Mills

November 16, 2021

In this bonus episode, The National is live from Adipec 2021 in Abu Dhabi, to discuss how the energy sector is evolving after the Covid-19 pandemic and Cop26 climate summit in Glasgow. Host Mustafa Alrawi talks to Robin Mills, CEO of Qamar Energy, and a regular contributor to The National, about the outlook for oil and gas, how the industry will marry short-term supply needs with the path to net zero. Also, how viable is hydrogen as an option for the clean energy mix?

Hosted by Mustafa Alrawi

How the Emirates became a hub for international business

How the Emirates became a hub for international business

November 11, 2021

Since the Emirates’ formation 50 years ago, it has become a close friend and strategic partner of the UK.
After an official visit by Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed to the UK earlier this year, the UAE’s relationship with the country has entered a new chapter. Several high profile investments in greener, high-tech industries were announced, expanding on the Sovereign Investment Partnership, announced last March, with an initial £1 billion joint investment in life sciences.

In this miniseries, The UAE at 50, we speak to those at the heart of this connection about what it means and examine how the links between businesses, governments and institutions have developed over the period.
In this episode, we talk speak to Nick Cochran-Dyet, Director and Chairman of the British Business Group about the very long history of commerce between the two nations.

Hosted by Layla Maghribi

Interview conducted by Alice Haine

Produced by Ayesha Khan and Arthur Eddyson