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Founded in 1960, by H.E. Easa Saleh Al Gurg, KCVO, CBE, the Easa Saleh Al Gurg Group (ESAG), is a multidivisional conglomerate with 27 companies. The Group has a range of diverse product and business interests that predominantly include retail, building and construction, industrial and joint ventures. With an active presence throughout UAE, Oman and Saudi Arabia; its reach stretches across Asia, Middle East, and African continent, parts of America, Australia and New Zealand.

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Emirati cultural pioneers emphasise importance of archiving art

Emirati cultural pioneers emphasise importance of archiving art

The third edition of ‘The Art of Dialogue’ series saw ESAG host respected Emirati creatives Nujoom Al Ghanem and Mohammed Kazem in a thought-provoking discussion on the early art scene of the Emirates, surveying the cultural landscape in the 1980s through to the mid to late 2000s.

The event which is spearheaded by Muna Al Gurg, Director Retail; held at the ESAG Design Hub in d3, was well-attended by key players in the local and regional art scene. Moderated by art advisor and cultural strategist Myrna Ayad, the talk focused on the achievements, aspirations and challenges faced by the two artists who have both represented the UAE at the ‘Olympics of the art world’, the Venice Biennale (Kazem in 2013 and Al Ghanem in 2019).

Muna said: “His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Ruler of Dubai, recently approved the new vision of Dubai Culture, outlining the comprehensive roadmap which will consolidate Dubai’s status as a global destination for culture, innovation and talent. It is important for us to support this vision by reinforcing this creative environment. Events such as The Art of Dialogue give our artists a platform and provide a space for enthusiasts to come together with a community of like-minded individuals to discuss art and culture.”

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