Nathalie Farah

Freelance: Print, Web, Photo, Video

United Arab Emirates

I have over 600 articles under my belt on topics as diverse as the arts (art, culture, film, music, books/literature), heritage, community and education. I've also written about business, medical, environmental, police, and general news - including the odd sports story! Nowadays though, I tend to stick to arts and culture stories.

My high-quality content is always delivered during tight deadlines, receiving positive feedback from both my editors, sources and the public.

I am based in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

The National
Meet the sisters behind Abu Dhabi's Blank Canvas Community

A ustralian sisters Christina and Tanya Awad are rising stars among the capital's independent arts scene. As the founders of Blank Canvas Community, they organise monthly events, where participants are encouraged to let their inner artist come out and play in a creative, intimate setting, usually featuring five-metre-long blank canvases set atop tables, as well as live music and spoken poetry performances.

Harnessing the healing power of music

Music lovers in the UAE capital were enthralled by the stunning performance by American mezzo-soprano opera singer, Joyce DiDonato, on January 24. The globally-renowned performer made her debut in the Arab world at the Emirates Palace Hotel as part of the Abu Dhabi Festival 2019.

Arts (Fine/Visual/Performing Arts, Classical Music, Literature, Reviews)

Abu Dhabi beckons art enthusiasts

Abu Dhabi Art is once again inviting art enthusiasts of all ages to Manarat Al Saadiyat for the ninth edition of the fair. Organised by the Department of Culture and Tourism, Abu Dhabi, it will feature a rich programme aimed at drawing out the creative side of visitors through a wide range of interactive workshops, talks and performances.

How NY became an art hub

They are wonderfully surreal; at once still and moving, their imbedded energy both contained and flowing around the exhibition space, imbuing it with the creative spirit of their original creators.

'Arabic calligraphy will never fade'

You see them everywhere: on billboards, in magazine articles, at airports welcoming you, but you probably didn't spare much thought about them. Arabic fonts featuring modern or traditional elements have become ubiquitous in peoples' daily lives within the region that it's hard to believe that they hardly existed over 40 years ago.

Looking ahead to Abu Dhabi Art

The capital's most anticipated art fair is returning with an unprecedent line-up as part of its ninth edition, running from November 8 to 11 at Manarat Al Saadiyat on Saadiyat Island. Organised by the Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi), Abu Dhabi Art, the annual art fair and exhibition platform, will present a rich programme for art lovers and the wider public.

Capturing that moment

Renowned photographer Steve McCurry once said: "a picture can express a universal humanism, or simply reveal a delicate and poignant truth by exposing a slice of life that might otherwise pass unnoticed." It is in that spirit that photography enthusiasts across the region have been invited to take part in the seventh edition of National Geographic Abu Dhabi's "Moments" competition.

Successfully tracing the footsteps of history

Mohammad Hassan Alwan's phone has been ringing nonstop ever since his novel, A Small Death, won the 2017 International Prize for Arabic Fiction (Ipaf) on April 25 at the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair. A Small Death By Mohammed Hasan Alwan, Dar Al Saqi, 592 pages.

A tribute to the beauty of nature

Umm Al Emarat Park's open green spaces and verdant gardens are a popular destination for nature lovers of all ages, who have now been given a new opportunity to further explore the relationship between people and the environment around them.

'Music plays a part in people's memories'

Audience members were enthralled as the internationally-renowned Silk Road Ensemble took them on a musical journey across Italy, Turkey, India, Iraqi Kurdistan, China and Syria. The 13-member ensemble performed at the closing of the 20th edition of the Abu Dhabi Festival on March 31.

Gulf News
Telling human stories through portraits

Dancers, with their ethereal beauty and subtle grace, have always been a source of fascination for Joanne Savio, from her youth to her adult life. "I have always been clumsy as a child and remain so as an adult. To witness through my camera, these beautiful and graceful beings has always been magic to me.

Gulf News
Transcultural perspectives on contemporary art

Arts enthusiasts rejoice - Guggenheim Abu Dhabi is launching a new exhibition this March. "The Creative Act: Performance * Process * Presence" features a breathtaking range of artworks from 29 artists representing 12 nationalities. Emphasising the 2000s, the exhibition will also include collateral archival materials to further illuminate the creative process.

Cycles of creation and destruction

It draws your gaze, mesmerising you with its hypnotic rhythm. The seven-channel video installation lures you into a world where ghostly buildings are constructed and disintegrated in a never-ending cycle of pixels and fluid lines.

A unique art project in Abu Dhabi

Imagine this scene: a man is reading a newspaper as water slowly rises and falls, throwing him off-balance as he attempts to go about this everyday task. Part performance, part art installation, "Holoscenes" by Lars Jan is a 3,500-gallon warning about the risks of climate change.

Diana Al Hadid's hauntingly beautiful solo show

Her artworks have been called hauntingly beautiful and surreal in their decay, and when you come face-to-face with them, those descriptions are at once apt and yet fall short of capturing their true splendour. Now, art lovers are being treated to a special exhibition of Diana Al Hadid's works, titled "Phantom Limb", at The Art Gallery at New York University Abu Dhabi (NYUAD Art Gallery).

ChoirFest Middle East returns

ChoirFest Middle East, the annual festival celebrating the rich diversity of choral music in the region, is returning with its third edition from March 1 to 5. This year, more than 2,000 singers are taking part in the festival, of whom 1,400 are pupils from primary and secondary schools.

Abu Dhabi Art returns with a great line-up

Each year, arts enthusiasts eagerly await the return of Abu Dhabi Art, and the upcoming edition is set to be even richer than ever. The 2015 event, which is being held from November 18 to 21 at Manarat Al Saadiyat in the Saadiyat Cultural District, has a diverse range of galleries and artists as well as an engaging public programme lined up.

'It's vital to support Emirati writers'

Aisha Sultan is a woman of many facets - journalist, writer, director of a publishing house and a human rights champion. Among her recent achievements was the launch of her latest book in Arabic, "Cities: Travelling & Leaving", alongside four of her contemporaries at a special event at The Space, twofour54, during the Abu Dhabi Festival.

Theatre's popularity grows in the UAE

Nowadays, audiences in the UAE seem to be spoilt for choice when it comes to live performance arts, whether it is a theatre production, a ballet performance or musical concerts. These may be exclusively for babies and young children, pupils, adults, or may be something that appeals to a spectrum of the Emirati and expatriate communities.

Sabrina Ghayour, the accidental chef

Her love affair with food began when she was just 6 years old. Inspired to recreate some of the dishes she had seen on television by celebrated chefs Ken Hom and Madhur Jaffrey, Sabrina Ghayour pored over cookbooks searching for recipes to try out in the family kitchen.

History of the world in 100 objects

When visiting a historical exhibition, you can expect the usual awe-inspiring and fascinating items from specific eras or cultures. However, "A History of the World in 100 Objects" has broken the traditional mould by utilising items not only of historical significance, but also those that have their place in modern society.


Civil Defence (Police/Firefighting/Coast Guard)

Community (Issues, Human Interest, Features, Pofiles, Events, Opinion)


Special Report: Bullied school girl ends up in coma


Entertainment (Celebrity, Film, Contemporary Music, Reviews)

Film revives a life lost in Lebanon's civil war

A budding filmmaker, a successful crowdfunding campaign and a tragic family mystery - combine these elements and you have the makings of an intriguing documentary that is sure to keep audiences fascinated until the final credits. But "Rasheed the Film" is not just a documentary for its director, Samia Badih, an Abu Dhabi-based journalist and media consultant.





Gulf News
A rich exploration of Emirati identity

The atmosphere within the exhibition space carries an ethereal quality: mesmerising in what it displays; at once a testament to the UAE's rich heritage and an intimate display of treasured familial keepsakes. Lest We Forget - Emirati Adornment: Tangible and Intangible at Warehouse421 invites visitors to admire and discover previously unknown, or little-known, elements of Emirati culture.



Lifestyle (Food, Travel, Fashion, Reviews)






Press Releases


Tourism Development & Investment Company (TDIC), master developer of major tourism, cultural and residential destinations in Abu Dhabi, hosted Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, the UAE Minister of Culture, Youth and Community Development on a tour of the Louvre Abu Dhabi’s construction site