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  • Lasting Impressions: Beauty and Art

    In 2017, a study revealed a surprising fact: the average museum visitor spends a mere 27 seconds with a work of art. This hurried pace has led art institutions to encourage a more contemplative approach when exploring their collections. Join painter and distinguished figure in Emirati art Fatma Lootah and writer Patrick Bringley, whose extraordinary memoir All the Beauty in the World chronicles his time working as a guard at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, for a ponderous discussion about the inspiration and wonder made possible through art – if only we make the time for it. With Azim Ghussein.


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    Reem Al Kamali: Rose's Diaries

    Join us for the launch of the English translation of Rose’s Diary, the 2022 International Prize for Fiction shortlisted novel by acclaimed Emirati author Reem Al Kamali

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    Stories Untold: Historical Fiction from the Arab World

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