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ART DUBAI, one of the most important contemporary art fairs in the United Arab Emirates, has officially opened at the luxurious Madinat Jumeirah Hotel in Dubai. The third installment of the fair showcases 68 galleries (from over 250 applicants) from the Middle East and around the globe. The fair has three main components: two exhibition halls, the underground project space ‘Art Park’, as well as video installations. The Global Art Forum, taking place in a large tent located on the beach a few steps away from the entrance to the fair, is an initiative of Art Dubai launched in 2007, bringing together the brightest and best in contemporary art in an impressive series of panel discussions and interviews. The fair, drawing artists, gallerists, scholars, collectors and connoisseurs alike, underscores the incredible and exponential outpouring of artistic and cultural energy from Dubai, providing a stimulating stage for cultural discourse and discussion of the fast fusion between East and West.

Over the next few days,’s Rebekah Drysdale will be reporting from Dubai as she visits Art Dubai and the Sharjah Biennel.