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London – In March 2016, “Art Dubai” celebrated its 10th anniversary and added a successful new exhibition to its path. When Myrna Ayad, the renowned journalist and art expert has been handled the management of Art Dubai, she faced huge responsibilities to lead this market toward new perspectives and to dedicate its position as a leading art market with a fine place in both Arab World and the West.

During her last visit to London, Ayad met the international media and attended the announcement of the Abraaj Group Art Prize won by Rana Begum from Bangladesh

Ayad knows her mission well as the director of such market and always had great preparations, but she prefers not to talk about her plans for the exhibition. During an interview, Ayad who was assigned as Art Dubai’s director in May, said that she doesn’t expect to make remarkable changes in her first edition and that her priority is to listen and learn from different figures in this field.

She also expressed her deep love for Art and Dubai saying that she doesn’t see Art Dubai as a trade market, but she considers it as a source of knowledge on different levels.

In spite that she prefers not to reveal much information on her preparations for the upcoming exhibition, she asserted that Art Dubai must maintain its show for the best artworks from the MENA and South Asia regions.

The director of Art Dubai announced that the next edition will include a symposium on the modern art in the MENASA region and hoped it will succeed in attracting researchers and artists who are interested in this kind of Art.

The previous edition of “Art Dubai Modern” witnessed the participation of 15 galleries and according to Ayad, the coming one will host 15 to 20 galleries, noting that they received requests that exceeded their capacity.

Ayad has concluded her interview with a positive tonality saying that Art Dubai always comprises options that serves all tastes. It is worth mentioning that 94 galleries from 34 countries participated in the 2016 edition, compared to 40 galleries in the first edition held in 2007, and that number of visitors has jumped from 8000 back then to 27,000 this year.