Muhanad Ali is a cultural producer, writer and curator. He is currently Arts Centre Manager & Curator, DUCTAC, Dubai. He was a Cultural Leadership International Programme grantee (2010) and earned his BA in English Literature at Damascus University (2002). Previously, Muhanad was a Project Manager at Art Dubai and went on to co-manage and curate Dubai Culture’s SIKKA Art Fair (2013). He headed the Artistic Production department at Damascus Opera House (2010) where he co-produced over 15 performances and festivals. As regular contributor to many Arabic newspapers, Muhanad mainly focuses on the changes in the GCC arts scene in the light of the rise and fall of Middle Eastern cities. He initiated the East/East-East platform (2015) which comprises a series of exhibitions at DUCTAC focusing on dialogues between artists from the geographical East.