abu dhabi has long been standing in the shadow of neighbouring dubai...but no more! what it may lack in commercial power, it has made up for with an unbridled cultural prowess. the emirate is on a mission to put itself on the map with a series of ambitious plans which include the opening of high-profile branches of the guggenheim and louvre museums in abu dhabi in the next five years. in the light of this bold cultural strategy, the abu dhabi art fair is launched. held on nov 19-22 at the lavish emirates palace, the inaugural edition brings a slew of contemporary art and design exhibitions, performances, presentations and gala events to town. location: west corniche road [al khalidiyah].