Art Dubai (formerly the DIFC Gulf Art Fair) will take place at the Madinat Arena Jumeirah Resort in Dubai on 19-22 March 2008. Reflecting the success that marked its first year, Art Dubai has doubled in size to feature more than 80 international art galleries, selected from over 350 applications. The change of name is intended to reflect Dubai’s growing role as a centre for art and a cultural melting pot.
“We were so delighted with the feedback from galleries, collectors and the art world at the inaugural fair, and with the positive impact this has had on Dubai’s image as a new international centre for the commercial art market. The change of name also reflects the commitment to arts and culture as highlighted in Dubai’s 2015 Vision,” said HE Dr. Omar Bin Sulaiman, Governor of the DIFC and Chairman of Art Dubai.
“Art Dubai will become a major international destination event and an important showcase for the best international contemporary art,” said John Martin, Director, Art Dubai. “Emphasis will be placed on galleries from the emerging markets of the Middle East, South and Central Asia and the Far East, showing alongside established international galleries from the West. As Art Dubai, we are proud to be able to contribute towards Dubai’s growing significance as an international cultural hub.”
Also in its second year, The DIFC Global Art Forum 2008 takes place alongside Art Dubai from 19th -21st March 2008. Gathering together leading collectors, curators, artists and philanthropists, the Forum will consider the current state of art production in the Middle East and ways to develop opportunities for its artists and curators. The transcripts of the 2007 DIFC Global Art Forum will be published and launched in Paris in October 2007.