ABDELMONEM ALSERKAL AND ALSERKAL INITIATIVES, OUR PATRON
Founded by Emirati businessman and patron, Abdelmonem Bin Eisa Alserkal, in 2007, Alserkal is a socially responsible cultural enterprise, which is deeply engaged with the arts locally, regionally, and internationally. Through Alserkal Avenue, Alserkal has cultivated a creative economy in Dubai, supporting cultural production and spearheading disruptive business models, including the OMA-designed Concrete.
As host of our debut show, Alserkal Avenue was integral in bringing the DESIGNEAST vision to life. Within one of their contemporary high spec warehouses the (Un)common Threads with its multiple installations and high production value had the most perfect platform to be able to communicate the diversity and versatility of contemporary textiles.
Alserkal Avenue is the main creative and cultural hub within the Middle East, but more crucially is the beating heart of a community that celebrates art and design and all growing elements of the region's multifaceted energies and identities into a cohesive and supportive environment.
Middle East Institute
Founded in 1946, the Middle East Institute is the oldest Washington-based institution dedicated solely to the study of the Middle East. It is a non-partisan think tank providing expert policy analysis, educational and professional development services, and a hub for engaging with the region's arts and culture.
A think-tank that thrives at the intersection of policy and culture, the Middle East Institute dedication to promoting understanding of the region through a wider lens. Find out more at www.mei.edu.
THAT Concept Store
Located in Mall of the Emirates in Dubai, THAT Concept Store is a dynamic multi-brand and multi-segment lifestyle retail destination by Majid Al Futtaim, a dynamic business founded in 1992. Since then, guided by the vision of its founder, it has established itself as a pioneer in developing and managing shopping malls, communities, retail and leisure projects across the Middle East, Africa and Asia. Find out more about THAT Concept Store at thatconceptstore.com