Since its launch in 2007, Meem Gallery has established itself as a leading specialist in the Arab and Iranian art world. The gallery’s aim is to promote the work of modern and contemporary Middle Eastern artists, and inspire viewers to engage with, and gain a deeper appreciation for, the art of this region. Meem’s strength lies in its unparalleled access to both private and public collections of the world’s leading artists. In its first year, the gallery distinguished itself by gaining exclusive representation rights in Dubai for the work of Ali Omar Ermes and Nja Mahdaoui, bringing their art to the Emirates for the first time. Other prominent artists exhibited at Meem include Dia Al-Azzawi (Iraq), Parviz Tanavoli (Iran), Abbas Kiarostami (Iran), Ibrahim Salahi (Sudan), Mohammad Omar Khalil (Sudan), Mohamed Melehi (Morocco), Ismail Acar (Turkey), and Abdullah Al-Muharraqi (Bahrain). Recent projects include Art in Iraq Today, Art Palestine, Art Sudan, and Art Morocco.
Meem is involved with both local and international charities. Meem supports the Rashid Paediatric Therapy Centre and Al-Noor Training Centre for Children with Special Needs in Dubai; UNICEF Emergency Appeal for the Children of Iraq; UNICEF Emergency Appeal for the Children of Palestine; Medical Aid for Iraqi Children (MAIC); Medical Aid for Palestinians (MAP); Palestine Children's Relief Fund (PCRF ); and the Al Madad Foundation.
Sultan Sooud Al Qassemi, Chairman of Meem; Sultan is also Chairman of Barjeel Securities and is the Chairman of Young Arab Leaders UAE Chapter.
Mishal Hamed Kanoo, Partner of Meem; Kanoo is Deputy Chairman of The Kanoo Group, one of the largest independent, family owned, companies in the Gulf Region.
Charles Pocock, Managing Partner of Meem Gallery, Founder of Noor Islamic Art, Adviser to ADMAF, Fellow of The Royal Asiatic Society, Fellow of The Royal Geographical Society and Special Adviser to Skira.
Noura Haggag, Creative Director; Haggag is responsible for the art design of all projects related to Meem, most notably the gallery's publications which are produced in conjunction with Meem's exhibitions. She holds a bachelor of Fine Arts majoring in Graphic Design and Visual Communication from the American University in Dubai, and is currently completing her Masters in Business Administration.
Samar Faruqi, Director of Research; Since joining Meem in March 2009, Faruqi has edited the gallery's publications which include Dia Al-Azzawi: Retrospective, Parviz Tanavoli: Monograph and Art in Iraq Today. She has a BA Honours in History of Art from Goldsmiths, University of London, and an MPhil in History of Art from the University of Cambridge. She she is currently a PhD candidate at Cambridge, researching British Orientalist painting and the role of the Victorian art market.
Many of the artists Meem Gallery works with have art work in leading Middle Eastern and International collections and institutions such as:
Alexandria Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Alexandria
Ashmolean Museum, Oxford
Barjeel Art Foundation, Sharjah
Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Paris
British Museum, London
Centre Pompidou, Paris
Colas Foundation, Paris
Freer & Sackler Galleries, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC
Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts
Grey Art Gallery, New York University, New York
Gulbenkian Collection, Barcelona
Harba Collection, Iraq and Italy
Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris
Kinda Foundation, Riyadh
LACMA, Los Angeles
Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art, Doha
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis
Museum of Contemporary Art, Algiers
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas
Museum of Modern Art, Amman
Museum of Modern Art, Baghdad
Museum of Modern Art, Cairo
Museum of Modern Art, Damascus
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York
Museum of Modern Art, Tunis
Museum of Modern Art, Vienna
National Gallery of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur
Jordan National Gallery of Fine Arts, Amman
National Museum of African Art (NMAA), Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC
Nelson Rockefeller Collection, New York
Niavaran Palace, Niavaran
Al Noor Collection, London & United Arab Emirates
The Smithsonian Institute, Washington, DC
State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg
Station Museum of Contemporary Art, Houston, Texas
State Museum of Oriental Art, Moscow
Tate Britain, London
Tate Modern, London
Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art (TMOCA), Tehran
Topkapi Palace Museum, Istanbul
Una Foundation, Casablanca
Victoria and Albert Museum (V & A), London
Wereld Museum, Rotterdam