Thousands of artworks crammed into four days: here's your cultural update from the Gulf, with a list of some of my favourite pieces from Art Dubai 2016.
  1. Rana Begum's ethereal neon meshes
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  2. 92 year old Iranian superstar Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian's 'Untitled (Blue)', 2009, mirrors and painted glass at OTA Fine Arts
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  3. Prem Sahib, pink lights at Jhaveri Contemporary
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  4. Yayoi Kusama's disco pumpkin - one of the fair's most Instagramable pieces as well as a classic Michael Kors Project Runway insult brought to life
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  5. Nadim Karam's 'Silence is Shout/Shout is Silence' at Ayyam Gallery
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  6. Zarina Hashmi's 'Tears of the Sea' (2011) - 99 sheets of Indian paper sewn with freshwater pearls
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  7. I seem to have totally lost the credits for this fun neon, but here it is anyway
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  8. Yeesookyung's series 'Translated Vase' - smashed ceramics glued back together with gold
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  9. Sculpture by Anachar Basbous, from my runaway favourite booth - Beirut's Agial Gallery, who presented a series of small-scale sculptures by emerging Lebanese artists
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  10. Basir Mahmood's 'Missing Letters' (2016) was easy to miss but had the most beautiful, powerful backstory - it's made from the ashes of burned letters from Pakistan's undeliverable post office
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  11. Marina Abramovic, whose galleries have figured out how to commercialise one-off conceptual performances (prints)
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  12. This year's Modern section was a standout; loved Maliheh Afnan's 1960s-80s works presented by Lawrie Shabibi
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  13. Also in Modern, Laure Ghorayeb's distinctive ink drawings; it was great to see so many women presented in the fair
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