Art Hub is a Middle East-based artist community promoting cross-cultural exchange and artistic innovation. Abu Dhabi Art Hub was the first artist community to be established in the United Arab Emirates. A second location at the edge of the magnificent Empty Quarter in the Western Region of Abu Dhabi, Art Hub Liwa was inaugurated in March 2014. Focused on emerging and established visual artists from across the world, Art Hub residency programs provide a platform for interaction between national, regional and international visual artists. Through a program of annual art festivals the Liwa location is a gathering place for talents from across the globe representing all artistic disciplines and medium as well as film, team building, performance, yoga, creative writing and poetry. Festivals basically fall under the categories of art/science, art/culture and heritage and art/environment. Since welcoming the first artists in October 2012, more than 160 artists representing 45 countries have participated in residency programs at Art Hub.