The Arabic word saraha is connected to the idea of being clear
An expression of honesty, whatever the weather

A noun, it means to be clear, straightforward and truthful with information

July 12, 2024, 6:02 PM
Works from more than 50 galleries, design studios and collectives will be shown at Editions, Dubai. Chris Whiteoak / The National
Start collecting: Art Dubai Group launches fair for all budgets

Focusing on editioned artworks, organisers aim to offer 'approachable access point' to buy contemporary pieces

July 11, 2024, 6:30 AM
Vessel by Sancintya Mohini Simpson addresses how Indian labourers were exploited and sent to colonial plantations in South Africa. Photo: Jameel Arts Centre
Artist's Rooms returns to Dubai, here's what to know

Three creatives showcase an ethereal mix of photography, sculpture and installations at Jameel Arts Centre, tackling themes such as motherhood and modernism architecture

July 11, 2024, 3:05 AM
Poisoned quiches, mysterious manor murders and pensioners-turned-detectives are some of the most popular plotlines in the genre
Ten of the best cosy crime mysteries to read

From classics to more contemporary titles, these novels keep readers gripped with minimal violence but plenty of twists

July 09, 2024, 2:03 PM
The Arabic word tamir means date, a fruit that has more than 400 varieties
Arabic word of the week: Why 'tamir' is more than just a date

The fruit is synonymous with Arab and Islamic culture

July 05, 2024, 6:02 PM
Hiya, She 2023 an installation by Farah Behbehani displayed at Art Here 2023 at Louvre Abu Dhabi. Khushnum Bhandari / The National
Five artists shortlisted for $60,000 Richard Mille Art Prize

Selected creatives will showcase their work as part of the fourth Art Here 2024 exhibition at Louvre Abu Dhabi

July 05, 2024, 10:05 AM
Regional designers were tasked with creating posters under the theme of Memory Box. Photo: ICD Brookfield Place
Poster and design exhibition explores power of memory in DIFC

Winning designers receive Dh1,000 for their creations, which are on show in the DIFC

July 04, 2024, 3:03 AM
Summer is the perfect time to catch up on some art. Pictured is the Louvre Abu Dhabi. Chris Whiteoak / The National
Ten art exhibitions across the world not to miss this summer

Special attractions for holiday (or staycation) itineraries, from Tate Modern and Orsay Museum to Louvre Abu Dhabi and Sharjah Art Foundation

July 01, 2024, 3:04 AM
The comprehensive exhibition Ahmed Mater: Chronicles will feature more than 100 works across painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, video and installation. Photo: Christie's
Saudi artist Mater takes poetic power of art to Christie's

Auction house is hosting his mid-career retrospective exhibition in London

June 29, 2024, 3:03 AM
The Arabic word for sign, alama, has several meanings
Arabic word of the week: ‘Alama’ is a sign for knowledge

The word is also used as a way to explain symptoms and traits

June 28, 2024, 6:04 PM
The critically acclaimed and terrifying play Woman in Black is coming to the Zabeel Theatre at Jumeirah Zabeel Saray in Dubai. Photo: Zabeel Theatre
Six plays coming to UAE theatres in 2024

The line-up of plays and musicals spans genres, from horror to comedy

June 23, 2024, 2:29 PM
Maisara Baroud's home and studio were destroyed by the ongoing conflict in Gaza. Pictured: A mural based on Baroud's artwork in the I'm Still Alive exhibition in Ramallah. Photo:  Zawyeh Gallery
Gaza artist Maisara Baroud’s prints for sale in Dubai

His powerful figurative works reflect his experiences living under Israeli occupation

June 23, 2024, 10:25 AM
Zaytoon is a fruit, plant and tree that has always been revered in the region for its health benefits
Arabic word of the week: 'Zaytoon' represents both peace and struggle

While one might offer an olive branch to an enemy, it has also become a symbol of resistance and identity for Palestinians

June 21, 2024, 6:02 PM
Soad Hosny in Amira Hoby Ana (Amira My Love) in 1974. Photo: OSN
Soad Hosny: Remembering the Cinderella of Arab cinema

Multi-talented actress who starred in more than 80 films passed away 23 years ago, but her legacy (and speculation about her death) lives on

June 21, 2024, 3:09 AM
This handout image released by the Sag Harbor Police Department on June 18, 2024 shows the booking photo of US singer-songwriter and actor Justin Timberlake.  Pop star Justin Timberlake was arrested and arraigned on June 18 on charges of driving while intoxicated in a chic town east of New York City, local prosecutors said.  The 43-year-old Timberlake, known for such hits as "SexyBack" and "Cry Me a River," was taken into custody in Sag Harbor, part of the affluent Hamptons community, in the early hours of Tuesday.  (Photo by SAG HARBOR POLICE DEPARTMENT  /  AFP)  /  RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO  /  SAG HARBOR POLICE DEPARTMENT " - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
Celebrity mugshots: Timberlake, Trump and Tiger

From politicians to celebrities, police photographs have long captivated the public

June 19, 2024, 7:38 AM