The picture above is from a painting by Abdalla al-Omari that is showing in Dubai's Ayyam Gallery. Al-Omari's series portrays world leaders as refugees. These are strong visuals of our times. What is not there in the series are images of the Gulf Arab leaders and their silences. It would be impossible to portray Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum, emir of Dubai and Vice President of the UAE, as a refugee. Al-Omari would go to prison for that.
During Ramadan, Dubai bustles. Even the art galleries have special hours. The mood of war and embargoes that has unraveled Syria and