A New York Times article highlighting this year’s Art Dubai:
“For Mr. Rais, who is considered one of the Emirates’ pioneering artists, the local and regional art movement has come a long way. He believes it has been accelerated primarily by the cultural momentum gained as a result of high-profile museums and events such as Art Dubai, which featured more than 70 international galleries in its 2012 edition that concluded last week.
“Before 2000, art was limited to the elite families,” he said. “Families generally discouraged their children from pursuing art as a career. However, from 2006 onwards, the exposure has increased because of the overall culture movement in the region and the resulting jobs, which has allowed families to be more accepting and understanding of art.” (from the website cited below)