Berklee comes to Abu Dhabi

The Norman Foster designed UAE Pavilion has finally found a tenant. Originally designed for the 2010 Shanghai Expo and inspired by the Emirate’s sand dunes, the swooping coloured stainless steel clad building has been used only intermittently since it was […]


CEBRA’s Al Hosn prayer hall wins at WAF

The Al Hosn site in the heart of Abu Dhabi has proved such a success both as in practical terms and as an example of balance and style in the built environment that it’s surprising it has not garnered more […]


Sharjah gets a fringe

Sharjah is getting a fringe festival, with more than 600 shows – mostly (but not all) aimed at families – running in the second half of this month. You’d expect a fringe to be an add-on or ornament to an […]


Ithra Art Prize winner: Fahad bin Naif

Fahad bin Naif has been named by the King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture (Ithra) and Art Dubai as the winner of the third Ithra Art Prize. The Prize aims to promote the work of Saudi contemporary artists “on a […]


RIBA opens an office in Sharjah

RIBA – the Royal Institute of British Architects, one of the oldest and best-respected professional associations for architects – has just opened its first office in the GCC (and only its second international office anywhere: there’s another planned for Shanghai). […]


Finding 50 to Follow

The magpie team is once again putting together its annual list of the 50 most exciting, innovative and stimulating people in the UAE who are making a difference to the cultural and creative life of the Emirates. And we want […]


Design and crafts support programme by Expo 2020

UPDATED A newly launched Expo 2020 Design and Crafts Programme will offer “creative, technical and economic support” to “local brands and emerging talents” in the UAE. According to the press statement released during Dubai Design Week, “the UAE’s creative scene […]