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Western Culture in the Middle East

Posted at 10:40 AM on May 1, 2009 by Gillian Martin

Where's the newest hot spot for classical music?

Surprisingly, it's Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates. The Abu Dhabi Music and Arts Festival is in it's sixth year. (A new Guggenheim museum, the Abu Dhabi Louvre gallery, a performing arts centre and concert hall also are all in the works.)

Flutist James Galway played the Festival recently, and was impressed: "The way they do things here, the ambition, this could rival Lucerne or the Proms."

Read more about it here.