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In 1976 Concorde commenced supersonic commercial passenger services to the US and Bahrain from Europe, the 21st Olympic Games were held in Montreal (Canada), Jimmy Carter was elected the 39th US President, the CN Tower in Canada was completed as the tallest building in the world (555m) and China’s revolutionary leader Moa Tse-tung died in Beijing. Closer to home the United Arab Emirates celebrated its fifth birthday on 2nd December and in Dubai.

In Dubai an energetic group of lady expatriates from many nationalities with the assistance of influential UAE Nationals started the Art Society of Dubai (later ‘DIAC’). A first exhibition of works by ten artists was held at the Intercontinental Hotel in Deira between the 30th May and the 2nd June 1976. The then Chairperson Mary Jose told the ‘Gulf Mirror,’ “We knew there was considerable artistic talent in Dubai. So we decided to find it!” Presciently Mary added that the Society was open to all irrespective of their level of accomplishment. If people had an interest art the Society had people willing to teach them.