Under the title “ringing art to the masses” the Arabianbusiness.com website carries a four page article on Abdelmonem Bin Eisa Alserkal, a Dubai entrepreneur and award-winning patron of the arts, whose family was recently awarded by Dubai Arts and Culture Authority with a Patron of the Arts Award from Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum. The name of Alserkal is indissolubly connected to the Alserkal Avenue in Dubai, arguably perhaps the most vibrant arts area in Dubai, and one of the most vibrant arts areas in the whole Gulf.
From the article: ‘
In 2007, during the boom years, when almost everyone was developing hotels, skyscrapers and manmade islands, Alserkal decided to go down another route and try to bring some much-needed arts and culture to the emirate’s commercial areas. In the midst of the industrial heartland of Al Quoz he decided to develop Alserkal Avenue, which would be a mix of art galleries and creative elements, all nestled amongst industrial manufacturers, warehouses and garages.
“Alserkal Avenue is an organic development, an ongoing progress that took time. Back in 2007 when we built the warehouse spaces, we had a mix of businesses, from industrial to creative designers. The very first art gallery to pave the way for others was Ayyam Art Centre, which opened back in 2008.
“Gradually the growth continued as more art galleries and creative spaces developed interest. It took us about five years to become an arts district and today, we house an eclectic coexistence of different businesses within the industrial area of Dubai.”’
A link to the full article is here.