100 smartest people in the UAE
Tue 26 Sep 2017 12:04 AM
Sultan Al Qassemi

Designation: Social commentator

Country: UAE

Country of residence: United Arab Emirates

An art enthusiast, Sultan Al Qassemi founded Barjeel Art Foundation and is also a director’s fellow at MIT Media Lab and a columnist — not to mention an outspoken commentator on social media.

Al Qassemi launched Barjeel Art Foundation in 2010 to showcase the works of established and emerging contemporary artists with an Arabic background. The public museum is one of the most important in the Arab world, both for its contribution to the intellectual development of the art scene and for its work to foster and support Arabic artists.

However, Al Qassemi is probably aware that not all of his 500,000 followers on Twitter are there for the sake of art and his love of paintings. Al Qassemi’s success as a social influencer is down to the fact that he speaks his mind. Whether the trending hashtag is on Arab youth, the world economy or political disputes, Al Qassemi must have a tweet or two on the subject.