Questions arise on Dubai’s arhcitectural legacy and future at the Venice Biennale international architecture exhibition. In addition, we ask how the Jameel Prize makes Islamic art history and its focus on craft relevant. We highlight Atassi Foundation – the newest for arts and culture in the region and review several exhibitions on politics, space and sound including Diana Al-Haadid and YZ Kami’s works. Profiles this issue include the Slavs and Tatars, Ali Mahdavi and Ross Bleckner and an El Seed studio visit. In our Opinion section we look at the transformation of the Palestinian art scene.