In Spring 2018 the Slanted editors took a close-up look at the contemporary design scene of Dubai. A city—when described by many people—that is all sickening shine and has no soul. But Dubai and the whole region, originally a piece of desert sparsely populated by Bedouins, is now transforming itself rapidly into a center, if not the world’s greatest center, of trade, finance, and tourism—and moreover, something important happened in the last few years: Culture! Today, a new Arab world is being plotted and planned.
The entire Gulf is teeming with initiatives—from the most public to the most private—to change and reinvent seemingly immutable rules, regimes, edicts, and assumptions, culminating, perhaps, in the stated intention to work more closely together. The Gulf states have a past, and they will have a future. The contours of that future are legible in this Slanted issue!
Paul Green / Toil & Tinker
Hala Al-Ani and Riem Hassen / Möbius Studio
Salem Al-Qassimi / Fikra Design Studio
Patrick Neuschaefer and Rand Almaeen / Elephant Nation
Nuno Abreu / Slash
Huassain Moloobhoy and Elliott Brown / Moloobhoy & Brown
Ramy Alawssy / -ing Creatives
Lujain Abulfaraj and Sara Al Arif / Twothirds Design Bureau
Abdalla, Noha and Razan / Thareek
Kholoud Sharafi / Tinkah