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It's a restive time in the MENA region.An arts journalist and film programmer who became the director of Art Dubai, the emirate's art fair, she most recently took over the director's chair at Art Jameel.With bases in Dubai and Jeddah, Art Jameel describes itself as an independent organization that fosters and promotes contemporary art, cultural heritage protection and creative entrepreneurship across the greater MENA region. Situated in the old shipbuilding region of Jaddaf, Jameel Art Centre is a 10,000-square-meter, three-story space designed by U.K.-based Serie Architects. It boasts being the Gulf's first nonstate contemporary arts institution of its kind. A multidisciplinary space, JAC's facilities include an open-access contemporary arts library and resource center, the UAE's first apparently, with a bilingual collection of nearly 3,000 titles. JAC seeks to serve the needs of the Emirati public and artistic community while embracing regional and international art.Before Abraaj took a tumble last spring, it was said the collection would pass to Art Jameel.Each of four Artist's Rooms focuses on a single artist represented in the Art Jameel collection.
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