Arabian Business Power 500 2013
Thu 21 Mar 2013 10:28 AM
Khaled Samawi

Khaled Samawi

Industry: Arts & Entertainment

Company: Ayyam Gallery

Designation: Founder

Country: UAE (Syria)

Khaled Samawi’s Ayyam Gallery is considered the benchmark for Arabic art. With galleries in Damascus, Beirut, Cairo and Dubai, the gallery is pushing the envelope in the promotion of top Arab art.

Ayyam Auctions is also the first regional auction house with auctions in Dubai and Beirut. Ayyam Publishing has published more than 50 art books in the last five years. The recently inaugurated Ayyam Art Center in Dubai is the first private museum in the Gulf dedicated to the exhibition of Arab art.

Recent gallery openings in Jeddah and on London’s Bond Street have seen Samawi’s stock rise even further. Watch out for bigger things next year.