For all you IR, business, finance, art lovers out there, here's an article on the United Arab Emirates' booming economic, and apparently now cultural, influence.
A few choice quotes from the article:
"The whole intention is to make Abu Dhabi the hub of culture in the Middle East, and a cultural destination for the world. It's going brilliantly," she says.
Is he worried that the new Arab investors will be calling the shots?
Years of western culture and tradition are being transplanted to the desert, where the Emiratis are greedily slaking their thirst for these new experiences.
There's so much money around, so much appetite to bring new things to the Middle East that it can't be long before Abu Dhabi rivals Paris, Venice or Los Angeles - certainly that is the ambition.
This brought a couple of things to mind, I'll share after I finish listening to Ala Nasiya, insha Allah.