This year’s fair, taking place from 20 to 23 March at Madinat Jumeirah, boasts a diverse line-up of international artists exhibiting in the contemporary and modern art galleries - bringing together +90 galleries from over 40 different countries. Of note is the new Bawwaba section, giving a unique platform to artists from the Middle East, South Asia and Central Asia, Africa and Latin America.
Other exhibitions to watch out for includes the Piaget exhibition of jewellery and watches, the BMW Art Car showcase and the unveiling of Ithra Art Prize winner Daniah Al Saleh’s work Sawtam. This year's Global Art Forum, from 20 - 21 March and entitled School is a factory?, brings together some of art’s most prominent minds focusing on issues and challenges embroiled in education, learning and teaching within the art field. The Modern Symposium portion, featuring a cast of curators and scholars, explores the cultural transformations undergone in four key cities: Baghdad, Lahore, Dhaka and Beirut.
The event also features an array of pop-up restaurants for the whole family, along with interactive workshops and tours designed for children. NTS Radio is curating a special after-dark music programme for the occasion, while interactive art installations and daily live performances enhance the overall experience.