Women's Museum, Dubai Dr. Rafia Ghubash, Spring & Fall 2017 by May Al-Dabbagh

How is the story of the UAE told and by whom? Our Spring and Fall Semester classes traveled to Dubai to explore the history of the UAE through the stories of Emirati women at the Women’s Museum.Students were led on an intimate tour of the exhibitions and learned about the museum’s founder, Dr. Rafia Ghubash, and her vision to create a space in the UAE that showcased the “intellectual role women play in education, economics and politics”.

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Alserkal Avenue, Dubai Farah Al Qasimi, Spring 2017 by May Al-Dabbagh

During her virtual class talk, Farah Al Qasimi discussed her recent commission, which explored the invisible labor of women in the cycle of creation and consumption. She also elaborated on her engagement with public response to her current and past exhibits, which furthered student understanding of reflexivity in art creation and knowledge production more broadly.

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Manal Al Dowayan, Saudi Arabia/UAE Spring 2017 by May Al-Dabbagh

Born and raised in the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia, Manal Al Dowayan is a contemporary artist whose work focuses on the state of Saudi women and their representation. In her virtual class visit, Al Dowayan spoke about her most recent projects: the “Tree of Guardians”, which was later installed in Abu Dhabi’s Warehouse421, and “Crash”, which "explores the phenomena of women teachers from Saudi Arabia appointed to teach in remote village across the country [who] are dying in gruesome car crashes” (Al Dowayan, 2014).

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UAE Federal Competitiveness and Statistics Authority, Dubai H.E. Abdulla Lootah, Fall 2017 by May Al-Dabbagh

Statistics play a major role in the formation of UAE public policy as well as the country’s ranking in a variety of international development indices. This semester, the Women and Work in the Gulf class had the opportunity to meet with H.E. Abdulla Lootah and other senior officials from the Federal Competitiveness and Statistics Authority (FCSA) to learn more about the data collection process in the UAE at the federal and local levels.

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NYUAD Saba Brelvi, Fall 2017 by May Al-Dabbagh

For our final community learning experience this fall, we invited Saba Brelvi to share her experience running an NYUAD program centered on the ethical employment of domestic workers by faculty and staff. Brelvi’s background in public health combined with her personal experiences with the domestic worker program allowed students to dive deeper into the complexities of domestic labor, which was the focus of our final class readings.

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