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The Quarries of Meroe, Sudan

Providing a stunning visual journey across the ancient stone quarries in Sudan, this publication offers invaluable insights into the Meroitic civilization, demonstrating the significance of stone production within the history of this period of the Kingdom of Kush.

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Diana Al-Hadid: Phantom Limb

This scholarly catalogue reviews the recent work of Syrian-American artist Diana Al-Hadid at a critical juncture in her fast-growing career. Already represented by a major New York gallery (Marianne Boesky), this bilingual publication (English and Arabic) marks the occasion of her first solo show in the Middle East, at the Art Gallery of NYU Abu Dhabi – a new exhibition venue dedicated to museum-quality exhibitions and scholarly, timely publications.

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Al-Andalus: Archaeology, History and Memory

Al-Andalus represents one of the most brilliant periods in human history, a time replete with great achievements in arts and architecture, and characterized by political and religious tolerance among different religions and conceptions of the world. This trilingual volume (English, Arabic and Spanish) explores the interactions of archaeology, history and memory with the collaboration of scholars from different scientific and national backgrounds.

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Gulf Sustainable Urbanism

Co-produced with in-depth research by Harvard University, this highly erudite and invaluable academic resource addresses a seemingly insurmountable challenge: how to create an environment in which people can enjoy comfortable lifestyles, pursue fulfilling careers, educate their children, and contribute to their societies, without exhausting food and water supplies or polluting the environment, even when the surrounding terrain is hostile and barren. With applicable guidelines, this accomplished work in two volumes presents a credible vision of how an urban population can live sustainably with relative comfort.

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Addressing Climate Change

Working in conjunction with the United Nations Climate Change Conference, this title brings together all the salient discussions and decisions reached during COP 18 (Doha, 26 November to 7 December 2012), including, among others, the Doha Amendment to the Kyoto Protocol.

The Awakening: Peter Halley and Pietro Roccasalva

The Awakening is a dazzlingly unconventional and brilliantly unique catalogue highlighting Mottahedan Projects’ latest exhibition. Featuring poetry by John Yau and artist interviews by Salwa Mikdadi, the book features stunning photography and cutting-edge design to offer a unique insight into the works of two of the most exciting international artists working today.

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UCL Qatar Annual Report 14/15

UCL Qatar’s first annual bilingual report (English and Arabic) focuses on the 2014-15 academic year and is also a commemoration of all the progress the university has made over the past four years in bringing a world-class research-led institution of higher education to the heart of the Arab and Islamic world.

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Diar Consult: An Architectural Journey

This book celebrates a full quarter century of work produced by Samir and Sheila Daoud, a partnership of a husband and wife team that was intent on taking a responsible role in the development of a young nation with unprecedented ambition, and contributing to the impressive transformation of the UAE and the broader Arab region. Collating architectural projects undertaken by Diar Consult, this work illustrates a remarkable and diverse range, varying from small private homes to ambitious residential communities and iconic and award-winning office developments.

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Kings and Pawns: Board Games from India to Spain

Chess and backgammon are not part of a dead, dusty tradition which has no relevance to modern life; they are part of everyday culture in the Gulf region, the Middle East and the wider world. Kings and Pawns: Board Games from India to Spain (in English and Arabic) explores the invention, development and adaptation of four games and their relation to Islamic art.

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Qatar UK

Damien Hirst’s seven-metre-long shark in formaldehyde, an architectural blueprint that re-imagines Doha’s oldest neighbourhood as an educational hub, sophisticated abayas paired with haute couture hats in a runway show: these are just some of the events that the arts programme of Qatar UK 2013 made happen, encompassing nearly every form of creative expression: fine arts and drama, music and dance, architecture and design, fashion and film.

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