As the doors open to the city’s first contemporary art institution, CNN Style turns the spotlight on Dubai. The Art Jameel Museum marks a turning point for the city’s burgeoning art scene: it is a partnership with The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and the V&A Museum in London which establishes it firmly on the international map. We discover how Dubai has become a place for cultural expression in a politically tense region - meeting legendary Tunisian street artist El Seed, Iraqi calligrapher Wissam Shawkat and the first collector to open a private museum in the city Ramin Salsali.
We get exclusive access to the royal art collection with its gatekeeper - Her Highness Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum. As vice chairman of the Dubai Culture & Arts Authority, the daughter of the Ruler of Dubai keeps an keen eye on the cultural landscape of the city as well as her family’s personal treasures.
With a growing reputation as a launch pad of international fashion brands into the Middle East and North Africa, Dubai is evolving into a fully-fledged fashion capital. We meet British supermodel Naomi Campbell who is the cover star of this month’s issue of Vogue Arabia. Behind the scenes with Vogue Arabia at Dubai Airport, we meet Belgian photographers Geil Domen and Kenneth van de Velde as they shoot the first hijab wearing model to be signed by Storm Model Management for the December issue. The modest fashion movement is perhaps the city’s most popular fashion export - pioneered by local businesswoman Ghizlan Guenez, founder of “The Modist” - the first global e-commerce platform offering luxury fashion to women who prefer to dress in a demure way, across religions, age groups and ethnicities. From high fashion to haute couture - we meet Rami al Ali, the first Dubai based designer to show his collections at Paris Couture Week.