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Saudi Artists Set for Boom as King Supports Drive to Go Global

Saudi artist Abdulnasser Gharem sold his first work at auction for $8,700 in Dubai last year. In March at Art Dubai, another of his pieces, made from rubber stamps, was bought by an Emirati collector for $50,000.

“If you compare me with these guys at Art Dubai, most of them are dinosaurs,” Gharem, 35, said in an interview in the Saudi capital Riyadh. “This means we have something important and different in art.”