The oil reserves might be running out in a couple of years, but there is no atmosphere of gloom in Dubai whatsoever. After having reinvented itself as an international hub for business, air travel and tourism, Dubai, an artificial paradise in the middle of a wider region in turmoil with a lively artistic production, wants to become the showcase of the art market in the MENASA (Middle- East, North Africa, South Asia).

With the ninth edition of Art Dubai, the emirate confirms its self- declared position of being the most globalised art fair in the world. Critics and curators from institutions worldwide are flown in, mingling with artists from Lebanon, Iran or Syria, being served non- stop floods of champagne by Asian immigrant workers, while international expats and tacky tourists from Russia stand by and watch. And that in the unlikely setting of a Disneyland for supposedly grown- ups, a halal version of Las Vegas or a mecca for hyper-capitalism. The sky is clearly still the limit.

Art Dubai shuttle service, besides Maseratti, Art Dubai's official Automotive Sponsor

Art Dubai shuttle service, besides Maseratti, Art Dubai’s official Automotive Sponsor
 

Art Dubai's director Antonia Carver
 
Art Dubai’s director Antonia Carver
 
Burj Al Arab
Matteo Consonni from Galleria Franco Noero (Turin), Dina Baitassova from Kazach art foundation IADA, German collector
 
Emirati
Emirati
 
Galerie Imane Farès
Galerie Imane Farès
 
Kader Attia @ Galleria Continua
Kader Attia @ Galleria Continua
 
local art collectors
Local art collectors
 
Madinat Jumeirah, a real fake recreation of ancient Arabia where the fair takes place
Madinat Jumeirah, a “real fake” recreation of ancient Arabia, where the fair takes place
 
Mohamed Melehi @ Loft Art Gallery - section Modern
Mohamed Melehi @ Loft Art Gallery – section Modern
 
Opening night
Opening night
 
Sybille du Roy, Galerie Rodolphe Janssen, in front of a work by David Adamo
Sybille du Roy, Galerie Rodolphe Janssen, in front of a work by David Adamo
 
The building where the Modern Section takes places and the ambitious Global Art Forum
The building where the Modern Section takes places and the ambitious Global Art Forum
 
Tiffany Young's impression of Syrian bombed cities @ Tyler Rollins Fine Art

Tiffany Young’s impression of Syrian bombed cities @ Tyler Rollins Fine Art