From Shanghai to New York, we travel the world to meet the pioneers of creativity from the Middle East and Arab world who are changing the face of art on a truly international scale. We meet Zaha Hadid and visit her incredible retrospective at the Guggenheim Museum and the book on her exhibition is reviewed in our Canvas Library section. Continuing in the line of architecture, readers can enjoy an exclusive interview with the man behind the Arab Organisation’s Headquarters building in Kuwait, Abdulatif Al-Hamad. In another first, Canvas is proud to celebrate the cultural heritage of the region in a brand new series that explores the Nasser D. Khalili Collection of Islamic Art. Building on the auction fever in Dubai following two Christie’s auctions, the opening of the Gulf Art Fair sees curators, artists, collectors and galleries from across the world converge to the UAE. Last but not least, we look forward to the eighth Sharjah Biennial, visit founder of Art Scene China Sami Wafa, the Tareq Rajab Museum in Kuwait and Rachid Khimoune’s Children of the World sculptures in Paris.