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Myrna Ayad

Art Dubai Announces New Director

Art Dubai announced today that Myrna Ayad is joining its senior management team as director of the fair. Ayad will assume her post on May 1 beginning work on the eleventh edition of the fair. The current director of Art Dubai, Antonia Carver, has been appointed the director of Art Jameel and will now oversee the development of that foundation but will remain on the fair’s board.

Born in Beirut in 1977, Myrna Ayad is an critic, editor, and consultant who has been based in the UAE for over thirty years. She has written for publications such as artforum.com, The New York Times, The Art Newspaper, and The National and was previously the editor of Canvas, a magazine for art and culture from the Middle East and Arab world.

Commenting on the change in leadership, the CEO of the Art Dubai Group Benedict Floyd said: “It is with great regret that we see Antonia depart from Art Dubai, and on behalf of the shareholders and our partners, we would like to acknowledge her dedication and all that’s been achieved to date; thanks to Antonia’s leadership and fantastic team, the future has never looked brighter for Art Dubai. We enter the next phase in the fair’s history in great anticipation with the leadership of Myrna and our highly experienced senior management team.”

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