Abu Dhabi

Post image for 60 Art World Luminaries Pressure UAE on “Chilling Precedent” Set by Recent Bans

The directors of some of the world’s most important art institutions, including the Tate and MoMA, have written a letter to UAE-affiliated art organizations asserting that “artists and academics should be allowed free passage to conduct research and work that is done in a peaceful and productive manner.”

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Post image for As Third Member Is Refused Entry to UAE, Gulf Labor Renews Pressure on Guggenheim

The news that a third member of the Gulf Labor Artist Coalition was barred from entering the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has many people wondering what this means for the future of the Gulf nation’s growing art community.

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Post image for New Report Confirms Labor Abuses at NYU Abu Dhabi

An independent investigation into the construction of New York University’s (NYU) Abu Dhabi campus has found that despite the school’s best intentions and efforts, about one third of the workforce at the site — roughly 10,000 workers — was not covered by the school’s labor guidelines.

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Post image for China’s Terracotta Warriors Have a Smashing Cameo in ‘Furious Seven’

The most outrageous action sequence in the new blockbuster Furious Seven ends with Vin Diesel and Paul Walker plowing a car through a platoon of clay figures that look just like China’s Terracotta Army.

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Post image for Someone Is Investigating a Professor and Reporter for Being Critical of Gulf Labor Conditions

A mysterious investigation against New York University (NYU) professor Andrew Ross and New York Times reporter Ariel Kaminer is underway, the Times reported.

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Post image for As Professor Is Denied Entry, NYU Abu Dhabi Faces New Pressure to Evolve

ABU DHABI, UAE — This week the New York Times reported that New York University (NYU) professor Andrew Ross was denied permission to visit the United Arab Emirates after publishing numerous articles critical of the labor conditions in the region.

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Post image for Human Rights Watch Releases Damning Report on Labor Conditions in Abu Dhabi [UPDATED]

Today Human Rights Watch (HRW) released its third report on violations of the rights of migrant workers on Saadiyat Island in Abu Dhabi, where the Guggenheim and Louvre museums are planning outposts and New York University is planning a campus.

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Post image for New Abu Dhabi Museum Island Report Paints Troubling Picture for Workers

Artist Molly Crabapple has just published an extensive report on the conditions on Abu Dhabi’s Saadiyat Island, where franchises of the Louvre of the Guggenheim museums will open in the coming years.

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Post image for Professors Weigh in on Academic Freedom in the Emirates

A former professor at Zayed University in Abu Dhabi has argued that claims of academic freedom in the country are “essentially worthless” in an article for the Chronicle of Higher Education.

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Post image for Front-Page NYT Report Confirms Gulf Labor Findings on Saadiyat Island

A front-page investigative story published in the New York Times today has confirmed previous allegations of labor abuses in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), echoing the findings of the Guardian, Human Rights Watch, and — most recently — the Gulf Labor activist group.

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