ABU DHABI

EMIRATES PALACE HOTEL -- To April 30: "The Arts of Islam: Treasures From the Nasser D. Khalili Collection." Furthering Abu Dhabi's aim to become a "global cultural hub," the display brings together artworks from the Islamic section of the famous collection, often displayed in the West, but being shown for the first time in the Middle East. The exhibition of 500 items, selected from the 20,000 in the collection, showcases both the secular and religious arts of Islam -- covering calligraphy, miniature painting, carpets and textiles as well as items relating to horsemanship and falconry -- and documents the interaction between the Islamic and European worlds. Of note, the earliest visual record of Mecca, a watercolor dating to 1834. -- www.khalili.org