Scarce water supplies and a lack of usable agricultural land mean the states of the Arabian Gulf have long relied on imports for the majority of their food. But with massively growing populations and uncertainty over the price of staples, can these countries feed themselves?
While traditional publishing struggles, literary festivals have taken the international arts scene by storm. But who are they for, and how can they best balance the competing demands of art, politics and money? asks an author who has appeared at events from Glasgow to Gaza.
The most lauded Arab filmmaker of his generation has been compared to Buster Keaton and Jacques Tati, even though his work is concerned with occupation and dispossession. Now Artistic Advisor to Doha Film Institute, he meditates on self-evaluation, memory and the “metamorphosis into the aesthetic."