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Dubai’s Thriving Art Scene & Art Dubai 2018 – Myrna Ayad

Myrna Ayad is the Director of Art Dubai. Prior to this role, Myrna was an arts writer and editor for some 15 years and she’s written for the New York Times, The Art Newspaper, Artsy and many others. For several years she was the editor of Canvas, a leading magazine for art and culture from the Middle East.

We talked about Myrna’s interest in art, how it was born and what it has taught her about history. We discussed Dubai’s young art scene, how it came about and why it’s grown so fast. She also gave an interesting perspective on the word pairs: writer vs journalist, collector vs patron. I asked Myrna how to buy art , which for many people is a really intimidating process.

Finally, Myrna gave us the scoop on Art Dubai 2018, which is happening March 21-24. Lots of exciting new things are planned this year so be sure to get your tickets online at

You can find Myrna on Instagram as @myrnaayad or reach her through Art Dubai. And please do feel free to tap the Art Dubai team and website to get smarter on art all throughout the year – they are highly approachable people!