The ARTnews magazine has published its annual list of most prolific art collectors. Remarkably there is only one name from the Gulf region, Sheikha Al Mayessa Al Thani, sister of the current Emir. In recent years Sheikh Hoor A Qasimi of the Sharjah Art Foundation was present in the list, but this year she went under the horizon. By the way probably there are no absolute standards for measuring how influential a collector is. But yet the general absence of the Gulf and for that part the Arab world in general is striking, compared tot he image that is currently being conveyed.
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