Pelham Communications launches Middle East office in Dubai

20 September 2023 2 min. read

UK and US based communications firm Pelham Communications is cementing its presence in the Middle East with the launch of a new office in Dubai, following nearly two decades of working with clients in the region.

Founded in 2004 in London, Pelham Communications is a communications consultancy and agency dedicated to the cultural and creative sectors. The firm works for clients including museums, not-for-profit foundations, galleries, fairs, cultural festivals and more.

Having already worked with a range of clients in the UAE and the wider region, Pelham Communications is now signalling up its intent in the Middle East with the launch of an on the ground presence and team.

Pelham Communications launches Middle East office in Dubai

“We are excited to establish our presence at the heart of a dynamic and inspiring region which is spearheading ambitious and thoughtful cultural projects for its communities, whilst also increasing international understanding of culture from the region,” said Jasmin Pelham, founder and chief executive officer.

Pelham (who is based in London) will oversee the new office, with Rania Habib installed as Head of the Middle East office. Based in Dubai, Habib brings over 20 years of experience to the role, gained mainly in journalism and the arts sector. She previously was Assistant Editor of Canvas, a magazine for visual art from the Arab world, and worked for Alserkal, an arts and culture enterprise based in Dubai.

Founder Pelham has advised numerous governments on cultural strategy, worked with Royal families and serves on the boards of Somerset House, International Catalogue Raisonne Association and Migrate Art. She has been closely involved with a number of iconic projects in the Middle East.

Since its entry in the region, Pelham Communications has worked with dozens of organisations. This includes Dubai’s Ayyam Gallery and Tabari Artspace, Misk Art Institute and Edge of Arabia in Saudi Arabia, Contemporary Istanbul, the 2009 Golden Gates: Contemporary Art from the Middle East exhibition in Paris, and the Iraq and Tunisia pavilions at the Venice Biennale in 2013 and 2017 respectively.

The firm has also worked on the launch of galleries, including Marfa’ Projects and Letitia Gallery in Beirut and Volte Art Projects in Dubai.

Current clients on its roster include Abu Dhabi’s Department of Culture & Tourism, the Royal Commission for Riyadh City and the Royal Commission of AlUla in Saudi Arabia, and Efie Gallery in Dubai, among others.