Social Program

All conference attendees are welcome the following events free of charge.

NYUAD Art Gallery Tours (December 4):

Tour 1: 16:45-17:15
Tour 2: 17:15-17:45

Invisible Threads / Technology and It’s Discontents

This exhibition explores the tensions that emerge in our everyday relationships with technology, looking at such issues as isolation vs. connectedness, and privacy vs. social media.

The information age has given us modes and means of communication unrivaled in history, ranging from smartphones and social media to electronic financial and other transactions. Yet these same tools also generate anxiety about a user’s exposure via these modes, whether to risk of hackers or from technology’s effect on our environment.

Invisible Threads will present a nuanced discussion of a global topic, framed by the region’s complex relationship to the benefits and pitfalls that accompany technological advances. The artworks expose these institutional and aesthetic frameworks of control, pulling back the curtain on a part of our lives that we have come to take for granted. The curators hope to generate dialog and reflection around our use of these everyday tools.

Intercontinental Hotel Abu Dhabi Restaurant

City Tour and Conference Dinner (December 5): Abu Dhabi City Tour Itinerary will include the following landmarks

  •  Manarat Al Saadiyat
  • Fruits and Vegetable Market
  • Emirates Palace (Outside View)
  • Sheikh Khalifa Palace (Outside View)
  • Corniche and Breakwater
  • Visit in Heritage Village/ Women’s Craft Center
  • Modern Buildings of City Visit in Abu Dhabi Miraj
  • Visit in Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque with guided tour

Dinner will be served at Café Manadarina: will be determined later.


Dhow CruiseDhow Cruise Dinner (December 6 night): The dhow cruise will take participants around the harbor of Abu Dhabi while dining on traditional Arabic foods.


Desert Safari (December 7): This will include off-road driving and dDesert Safariune bashing by professional drivers trained for driving in Abu Dhabi desert. The attendees will then be taken to a desert campsite where the guests will be able to view the desert sunset, ride camels, and do sand boarding. Buffet style local food will also be served. This event will be covered as part of the registration fee for all attendees.


 Abu Dhabi


  • An extra conference dinner ticket will cost around $100.