The 2019 conference was the culmination of Nuqat’s three-year research tour to understand and analyse the state of the Creative Economy in the Middle East. The main outcome of the research was that in order to define the Creative Economy, the Arab region needs to establish a new mindset to solve its problems. The talks covered; why we should engage in understanding and critiquing our mindsets, where can the future take us if we change our mindsets, and look at how readapting the mindset can yield pragmatic approaches. 


With these questions, we looked at barriers faced on three levels:


Personal obstacles lie in learning and growing as individuals. We wanted like to motivate attendees to embrace self-compassion and understand the importance of emotional intelligence.


In this discussion dissected age-old social stigmas and cultural norms. We wanted to crush the collective fear of failure and experimentation, and give attendees the tools they need to overcome it.ext and links, or connect data from your collection.


It include bureaucratic governmental and legislative policies, inter and intra-nation dynamics, and our physical environment. In this discussion we instigated conversations and critiqued the mindsets that have shaped the current institutions around us in hopes of creating reform.

2019 Nuqat Regional Conference - Talks

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2019 Nuqat Regional Conference - Workshops

Public Planet Partnerships

by Leena & Tariq Olaimy

In this workshop, participants learned how to create mutually beneficial partnerships with nature and learned how they can collaborate with our planet and use it as a resource. For example, one group of participants learned how they could partner with plants and trees to reduce food waste.

Elastic Societies

by Dr. Raffi Tchakerian

In this workshop, participants learned how to create stronger relationships amongst diverse groups living in one society. In groups, participants created applications that tackled problems like harassment and bullying.


by Rony Jalkh

In this workshop, participants learned what makes a public space strive and promote community engagement, well-being and happiness. They visited Souk Al Mubarakiya and understood the needs of its visitors and mapped out its problems. After conducting interviews with people who work and visit the souk and inviting the public to vote for facilities they would like to see in the area, participants rendered projects like green spaces, mobile libraries and children’s play areas.

Citizen Journalism

by George Azar

In this workshop, participants learned how to tell authentic stories. They studied the work of photojournalists and with the guidance of their award-winning instructor George Azar, they created photo essays of Souk Al Mubarakiya.

2019 Nuqat Regional Conference - Collaborators

In November 2018 we held a public open call as we wanted to engage and activate the community. Through this open call, we were able to create a robust and diverse programme filled with art exhibitions and installations and skill and problem-based workshops. Out of 90 applicants 38 were chosen to be a part of our programme


art & cultural activities

Hafez Gallery MNWR

East Ahmadi Market by Huda AbdulMoghni

Sur-re/vival by Amani Al Thuwaini

Choreography of a Desert Fountain by Athoub AlBusaili

CCD with Nuqat

Seeing Sounds by Vinyl Destination

Only as the sun sets by Dr. Eman Al Shawaf

Ruins to Reality by Elias Elsoueidi

Stand behind the yellow line by DHC

Season of Migration to the North by Tayib Salih  by Dongola

Family Portrait by Ramah Husseini