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Student in Arabic Class

Making Emirati Dialect a Living Language

Isleem hopes his work will spark more efforts to preserve the Emirati dialect especially in the Emirates of Abu Dhabi and Dubai. “We still have work to do to preserve this beautiful culture and tradition.”

Theater Meets Technology

Theater Meets Technology

An interactive theater collaboration called the Cartography Residency allows the audience to use their phones to participate in a performance.

Nasser Isleem, Senior Lecturer of Arabic, NYUAD

A Glimpse of Everyday Emirati Culture

Nasser Isleem's new book highlights aspects of the UAE’s culture, and identifies more than 2,000 Emirati common words and expressions, introducing readers to the everyday spoken Emirati dialect.

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.

Robert Parthesius

What is Heritage?

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.

Nathalie Peutz

Heritage is What You Make it

“If it’s your language, your poetry, your ideas, your history — it can really mobilize people," says anthropologist Nathalie Peutz.

Teacher and children reading

A Storybook Beginning

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

Deepak Unnikrishnan, Lecturer, Writing Program, NYUAD

Hindu Prize

Deepak Unnikrishnan's debut novel Temporary People wins the prestigious Hindu Prize in India.

Cairo factory 1940

All in the Family

First-ever research initiative will track family business histories in the Middle East.

In the News


NYUAD faculty in the Arts and Humanities are frequently featured in local and international news media.

Two new books investigate the rhythm in Emirati Arabic
"Popular Proverbs: An Entrance to Emirati Culture" and "UAE 101: Stories and Cultural Learnings" explore how to speak Arabic with an Emirati dialect like a native.
The National | October 06, 2018

The Wrong Way to Fight a Drug War
The Philippines has undertaken a brutal battle against “shabu,” or crystal methamphetamine. But the government needs to go after another target entirely.
The New York Times | August 08, 2018

American Kids Are Learning Islamophobia From Their Textbooks
Melissa Levinson is a graduate of New York University Abu Dhabi where she majored in Middle Eastern Studies with a concentration in Arabic.
Huffington Post | August 07, 2018

Why do you need to learn about our unique local language?
The launch of a new book is turning the spotlight on the Emirati dialect in a bid to help non-native Arabic speakers gain a deeper appreciation of the vernacular.
Abu Dhabi World | August 02, 2018

Image Nation’s Arab Film Studio marks 200 screenings
Films created by participants in Image Nation Abu Dhabi’s flagship training programme Arab Film Studio have now screened over 200 times at prestigious film festivals around the globe.
The Gulf Time, Emirates Business | July 30, 2018

Study Film from a Transnational Curriculum at NYUAD
A groundbreaking transnational curriculum, a multidisciplinary approach and a richly international student body makes New York University Abu Dhabi’s Film and New Media program an especially attractive option for students interested in studying or making films. 
BrainGain Magazine | July 8, 2018

Texture and Transfiguration
In his latest exhibition – a fine word, galaxy – multi-disciplinary American artist Jonny Farrow, who often works with sound to investigate transmission, liminality and resonance, builds upon his past meditations on temporality, here primarily via sculpture.
Canvas Magazine | June 01, 2018

How Yemeni Refugees Photographed Their World
As part of our series ‘Picturing Refugees,’ anthropologist Nathalie Peutz and photographer Nadia Benchallal discuss self-representation and the social significance of imagery after working with nine Yemeni refugees to document their lives in Djibouti over a year.
News Deeply | May 31, 2018

Arabic translation comes of age
The first volumes of the Library of Arabic Literature, an ambitious translation project of classical Arabic works into English, appeared five years ago, with several dozen now being available to international readers. But this is just the beginning, library editors Philip Kennedy, James Montgomery, Shawkat Toorawa and Chip Rossetti explain.
Al-Ahram Weekly | April 07, 2018

It took novelist Deepak Unnikrishnan 10 years to write his award-winning ode to the immigrant worker
Temporary People, Unnikrishnan’s decade-long project that finally culminated in a book, captures the range of the migrant-worker experience in the Gulf.
Elle India | April 06, 2018

Charles Siebert Talks about Non-Human Animals
Sharing stories with a room of students and professors from American University of Paris and New York University. 
The American University of Paris | March 27, 2018

The influential female voices shaping the UAE art scene
Salwa Mikdadi, associate professor of art history at NYUAD, is considered one of ten influential voices in the creative landscape of the UAE today.
The National | March 23, 2018

Letter of Recommendation: Schleich Figurines
Wild creatures rendered with an eye for detail that results in museum-diorama quality, but without having to kill anything. A recommendation from Charles Siebert, NYUAD professor of practice of literature and creative writing and contributing writer for The New York Times Magazine.
The New York Times Magazine | March 20, 2018

Does Laughter Have a Place Here?
Aysan Celik has found that laughter has an important role to play in helping us understand the extent of the climate crisis, and that a good laugh may be just what we need to be compelled into action.
HowlRound | March 19, 2018

The Poems of the Story
Marcel Kupershoek is featured in an episode of a new poetry program. The subject of his episode is on Humeidan al-Shuway'ir, an early 18th-century satirical poet. The program will feature six poets.
Al Arabiya (in Arabic) | March 17, 2018

Director Scandar Copti opens up about his new film ‘Happy Holidays’, the Oscars and funding
The Palestinian filmmaker adopts cinema verite style and casts non-actors to capture the realities of occupation.
The National | March 13, 2018

NYUAD exhibition shows life from a migrants' perspective
A new photo exhibition is a collaboration with refugees in Djibouti.
The National | February 06, 2018

Oscar-nominated ‘Ajami’ to show in Abu Dhabi
The 2009 movie will screen as part of a contemporary Arab film series called CinemaNA.
Gulf News | January 24, 2018

Students get a look at how the arts transform Cambodian society
About 15 students from New York University Abu Dhabi were recently given a hearty welcome by Cambodian Living Arts (CLA) as they started a culture tour of Cambodia under a programme called Arts for Transformation, the case of Cambodia.
Khmer Times | January 17, 2018

Deepak Unnikrishnan bags ‘The Hindu Prize 2017’ for ‘Temporary People’ 
Deepak Unnikrishnan bagged the coveted The Hindu Prize 2017 for his ode to the ‘pravasi’ Malayalee - ‘Temporary People’. Receiving his award from British novelist and journalist Sebastian Faulks
The Hindu | January 15, 2018

Staging Octavia Butler in Abu DhabiStaging Octavia Butler in Abu Dhabi
NYU Abu Dhabi Arts Center hosted the world premiere of Parable of the Sower, an opera composed by the singer/songwriter Toshi Reagon, a queer Brooklyn-based activist, and based on the prophetic novel by Octavia Butler.
The Paris Review | January 08, 2018