Arts and Humanities

The Arts and Humanities at NYU Abu Dhabi encompass fields of central importance to human culture and creativity. Research and scholarly activity in the Arts and Humanities is creative and collaborative, spanning the disciplines to better understand the human experience through works of art and literature.

Students explore fundamental questions of human thought, cultural values, and modes of expression, and they develop
their own creative capacities as scholars, writers, and artists in a variety of media.

Featured Research

A Region With a Story to Tell

Akkasah: Center for Photography

Akkasah, the word for camera in Emirati dialect, explores the histories and contemporary practices of photography in the Arab world.

Robert Parthesius

Dhakira Center for Heritage Studies

On Delma Island, at Liwa oasis, and in the classroom, Robert Partheisus is helping NYU Abu Dhabi students discover UAE heritage — while challenging them to re-think exactly what heritage means.

News Highlights

Tarek Al-Ghoussein

Artist Spotlight

A significant feature of Tarek Al-Ghoussein's work over the years has been the merger of landscapes, self-portraiture, and interaction with the spaces he photographs.

Teacher and children reading

A Storybook Beginning

NYU Abu Dhabi is addressing a critical need for more child-friendly Arabic reading materials.