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A Literary Genius and a man with many hats

Goethe @ Abu Dhabi International Book Fair 2021

Within the framework of Germany’s appearance as Guest of Honour at the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair 2021, the Goethe-Institut in cooperation with Frankfurter Buchmesseorganized a series of digital talks with authors, experts and artists from Germany and the MENA region as well as an exhibition about Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.

Introbild Art&Migration © Goethe-Institut

Love, Labour, Leisure

Die Mehrheit der Bevölkerung in der Golfregion sind Ausländer. Während einige Expats oder Migranten einen gehobenen Lebensstandard genießen, wird die Hilfsarbeit ausschließlich von Wanderarbeitern aus Südasien, Afrika und den Philippinen verrichtet. Wir sehen diese Wanderarbeiter auf Baustellen oder als Dienstleister. Wohin gehen sie nach einem langen Arbeitstag? Wie verbringen sie ihre freie Freizeit?

Germany’s EU Council Presidency Illustration: © Tobias Schrank

EU 2020

Germany will take on the European Council Presidency from 1 July to 31 December. 

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The literature portal targmat:na presents a selection of new books in German that are recommended by an expert jury for translation into Arabic.


Is the new multimedia online magazine of the Goethe-Instituts in the North Africa and Middle East region.

Jeem Logo © Jeem

JEEM.ME is a website about gender, sex and sexuality in Arabic-speaking countries, which provides users with information, articles and stories in Arabic.

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Building Beats – DJ-ing and Music Production Workshop

The dynamism and innovation of the electro scenes in Berlin and Paris need no introduction. In a workshop in December 2019 artists from France and Germany shared their talent and technique with youth and adults devoted to the discovery of electronic music production and DJing. Brought to you by Warehouse421, the German Embassy, the Goethe-Institute and the French Institute of the UAE and curated by Your Mom’s Agency. 

TFF © Goethe-Institut/Nizar Shorbagi

Film Festival

Under the Patronage of H.E. Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Tolerance of the United Arab Emirates, in celebration of the “Year of Tolerance 2019”, the German Embassy in cooperation with the Goethe-Institut show a series of films revolving around different aspects of tolerance. Enjoy with us some interesting documentaries, feature films and comedies.

SAWA Museum Academy TeaserB ©Martina Kopp

SAWA Museum Academy 2019-2020

SAWA is the first ever explicitly transcultural capacity building program for current and future museum personnel in the Arab countries and Germany. SAWA is dedicated to the exchange of ideas on Appropriate Museum Studies across continents and cultures to encourage learning from and with each other 

Experience Richard Wagner – A Symposium in Abu Dhabi ©Goethe-Institut/Nizar Shorbagi

Experience Richard Wagner - Ein Symposium in Abu Dhabi

Exciting news: The world-renowned Bayreuth Festival is bringing The Valkyrie, the second opera of Richard’ Wagner’s Ring Cycle, to the UAE. Meet the Germanic superheroes Wotan, Fricka, Siegmund, Sieglinde in a performance, organized by the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi. Experience Richard Wagner’s work at a symposium and film program.

Bundespräsident Richard von Weizsäcker und Sheikh Zayed © Bundesarchiv, B145 Bild 00007499 / Fotograf: Ulrich Wienke

YEAR OF ZAYED Special Issue DiscoverME

German magazine DiscoverME in collaboration with the Goethe-Institut in Abu Dhabi have published a special issue “YEAR OF ZAYED” dedicated to the German-Emirati relations, with a focus on the lifetime and governance of Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan.

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Books - Made in UAE

The project Books – Made in UAE supports the development of a sustainable local children’s book industry by training young and aspiring authors and illustrators in the creative process of producing children’s books in Emirati Arabic language.

Artist in Residence program © Stal Gallery, Muscat, Oman

Artist in Residence program

The Artist in Residence program fosters the development of the Omani art scene, and its outreach activities provide the guest artists with excellent preconditions to getting acquainted with Omani artists, culture and society.

FANTASMEEM © Goethe-Institut Libanon


FANTASMEEM fosters Creative Entrepreneurship and encourages knowledge sharing as well as collaborations in the Lebanese design industry. The program consists of four independent modules as well as several accompanying activities targeting designers, design startups/entreprises and makers.

Musikraum Musikraum © Goethe-Institut

Music spaces in the Arab World

Living rooms turn into concert halls, kitchens morph into auditoriums. Popular entertainers jamming on couches, up-and-coming artists showcasing their skills between coffee tables and bookcases.