Art Dubai is grateful for the support of its patrons, who have made extraordinary commitments to the contemporary arts scene in the Middle East and beyond.

Honorary Patron

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE, Ruler of Dubai

Patron – Ladies Preview

Her Highness Sheikha Manal Bint Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, President of UAE Gender Balance Council, President of Dubai Women Establishment, and wife of His Highness Sheikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs UAE



His Excellency Sheikh Nahyan Bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Tolerance

His Highness Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan

Patron and Founder of satellite platform, UAE Unlimited

His Excellency Abdul Rahman Bin Mohamed Al Owais

UAE Minister of Health and Prevention, Minister of State for Federal National Council Affairs, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Dubai Culture and Arts Authority; Dubai

His Excellency Zaki Nusseibeh 

Cultural Advisor, UAE Ministry of Presidential Affairs; Advisory Board, Middle East Centre London School of Economics / SOAS; Board Member, Paris-Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi / National Center for Documentation & Research / Emirates National School; President, Alliance Francaise Abu Dhabi / Abu Dhabi Classical Concert Committee / UAE chapter of the International ‘Friends of Richard Wagner’ society; Co-Founder, Abu Dhabi Classics Programme / Al Ain Music Festival; Abu Dhabi

Arif Naqvi

Patron, collector; Founder/CEO, The Abraaj Group; Board of Directors, Endeavor; Board of Trustees, Aman Foundation; Member, Young Presidents’ Organization / WEF Arab Business Council / EMPEA Advisory Council / IMD Foundation Board; Board Member, Pakistan Human Development Fund / King Abdullah II Award for Youth Innovation & Achievement / Dubai Government Education Endowment Fund / United Nations Global Compact; Dubai

Saeb Eigner

Patron; Founder/Chairman, Lonworld; Chairman, Dubai Financial Services Authority; London


Shumon Basar

Writer; Curator; Commissioner of Global Art Forum;
Member of Fondazione Prada’s
Thought Council; Berlin

Dana Farouki

Patron, collector; Chairperson, The Abraaj Group
Art Prize; Trustee, MoMA PS1 / Creative Time;
Dubai/New York

Dr. Venetia Porter

Curator, Islamic and Contemporary Middle East Art, British Museum

Rajeeb & Nadia Samdani

Patrons, collectors; Founders & trustees of Samdani
Art Foundation & Dhaka Art Summit; Founding
committee member & co-chair, South Asian Acquisitions
Committee and International Council, Tate;
Founding members, Harvard University, SAI Art Council;
Managing Director of Golden Harvest Group; Bangladesh

Antonia Carver

Director, Art Jameel; Dubai

Fayeeza Naqvi

Collector; Founding Trustee, Aman Foundation /
Aangan Trust; Founding Director, Saharay
Welfare Organisation; Dubai

His Excellency Sheikh Sultan Sooud Al Qassemi 

Patron, collector, columnist and commentator;
Founder / Chairman, Meem Gallery; Founder /
Director, Barjeel Art Foundation; Sharjah

Patrons of Art Dubai

Mohammed Afkhami

Collector; Director, UBS Warburg; Managing Partner, MA Partners DMCC; Founding Member, British Museum’s Middle East and North Africa Art Acquisition Committee; Dubai

Paula Al Askari 

Patron, collector; Abu Dhabi

Shermine Asghar

Collector, lawyer; Dubai

Kito De Boer 

Collector; Former Director – Middle East, McKinsey & Company; Dubai & London

Maryam Eisler

Collector, patron, author, and editor, co-chair of Tate Middle East and North Africa Acquisitions Committee and a founding member of the British Museum’s Contemporary and Modern Middle East Acquisitions Committee; London

Rami Farook 

Curator, publisher; Founder/Director, Traffic, Satellite / The State; Dubai

Fatima Al Mazrui Ghobash

Patron, collector; Co-founder of S*uce; Dubai

His Excellency Omar Ghobash

Patron; Co-Founder, The Third Line Gallery; Founding Donor/Board Member, Arab Fund for Arts & Culture; Board Member, Khatt Foundation; Sponsor, Saif Ghobash–Banipal Prize; UAE Ambassador to Russia and Ukraine; Moscow

Muna Al Gurg 

Patron, columnist; Director – Retail, Easa Saleh Al Gurg Group; Chairwoman, Young Arab Leaders; Board of Directors, Easa Saleh Al Gurg Charity Foundation; Dubai

Dr. Lamees Hamdan 

Collector; Board Member, Dubai Culture and Arts Authority / Dubai Women Establishment; Fund Curator, Daman Middle East Art Fund; Founder, Shiffa; Dubai

Princess Wijdan Al Hashemi

Patron; Founder/Director, Royal Society of Fine Arts of Jordan / Jordan National Gallery of Fine Arts; Amman

Tariq Al Jaidah

Patron, collector; Managing Director, Al Jaidah Brothers; Member, Middle East Committee, Guggenheim Museum; Founder/Managing Director, Katara Art Center; Doha

Ali Yussef Khadra 

Collector, publisher; Founder, Mixed Media Publishing/Canvas Magazine and Canvas Central/Sorbet Magazine; Dubai

Sheikh Terky Al Khalifa

Collector; Manama

Elie Khouri

Collector, patron, CEO Omnicom Media Group MENA; Dubai

Georges Makhoul 

Patron, collector; Dubai

Lateefa Bint Maktoum 

Artist, curator; Founder/Director, Tashkeel; Dubai

Fatima Maleki 

Patron, collector; Member, Tate International Council and Middle East and North Africa Acquisitions Committee

Zain Masud

Collector, independent advisor; London

Shobha Pia Shamsdani

Art Advisor to His Highness Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan and Executive Director of UAE Unlimited

Lekha Poddar

Patron, collector; President/Co-Founder, Devi Art Foundation; Founder, Carma; Patron/Founder, Textile Arts of India; New Delhi

Smita Prabhakar 

Collector; Dubai

Maya Rasamny

Collector; patron, Tate Gallery; Co-Chair, Tate Middle East and North Africa Acquisitions Committee; London

Sheikha Paula Al Sabah

Patron; Board Member, Serpentine Gallery; Kuwait City

Alia Al-Senussi 

Member of Institute of Contemporary Arts London Board of Trustees, Founding Member of Tate Middle East and Africa Acquisitions Committee, Art Basel Representative for the UK and Middle East; London

Abdelmonem Bin Eisa Alserkal

Patron, collector; Developer, Alserkal Avenue Arts District; Dubai

Ahmed Bin Shabib 

Entrepreneur; Co-Founder/Co-Director, Brownbook Magazine / Cultural Engineering; Dubai

Rashid Bin Shabib

Entrepreneur; Co-Founder/Co-Director, Brownbook Magazine / Cultural Engineering; Dubai

Maria Sukkar

Collector; International Council at Tate; patron of British Museum, Chisenhale Gallery; Supporter, HomeWorks, Beirut Art Centre; London

Sara & Faisal Tamer

Collectors, patrons; Members, Saudi Art Council; Patrons of Tate and Creative Time; Managing Partner, Tamer Group, Saudi and Chairman of the National Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Committee, Jeddah

Abdullah Al Turki

Collector, curator; Co-Chair, Parasol Future Unit; Member, Saudi Art Council / Tate Middle East and North Africa Acquisitions Committee/ Serpentine Gallery Future Contemporary Group; London/Riyadh

Mohamad Ali & Dina Zameli

Collectors, patrons; British Museum, Centre Pompidou; Managing Director, Attieh Steel; Jeddah


Dina Nasser Khadivi

Europe and North America

Nilufer Tarzi Kuran



Isabelle van den Eynde

Gallery Isabelle van den Eynde, Dubai

Ursula Krinzinger

Galerie Krinzinger, Vienna

Glenn Scott Wright

Victoria Miro, London

Andrée Sfeir-Semler

Sfeir-Semler, Hamburg / Beirut

Guest curators: Sam Bardaouil and Till Fellrath

Founders of Art Reoriented; Chairmen, Montblanc Foundation