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With the economic boom sustained by conspicuous consumption unleashed by the collapse of the Soviet Union, Shaykh Muhammad was persuaded that the promotion of tourism should become one of the emirate’s major economic objectives. Accordingly, that same year he announced the creation of the Dubai Shopping Festival, an annual event designed to extend the emirate’s economic development far into the future. To this end, Shaykh Muhammad lent his support to such major undertakings as the expansion of Dubai’s airport; construction of the Burj al-’Arab (Arab Tower), the world’s tallest hotel; and the ambitious Palm Islands project, the creation of a group of artificial islands in the shape of a palm tree in the shallow waters of the Gulf, on which would be built a set of luxury resorts.

Specific works such as ‘‘Femme et enfant en bleu,’’ ‘‘Personnage et oiseau rouge,’’ and ‘‘Femme et oiseau bleu,’’ shed light on how Baya’s painting brought her joy. In these three works of 1947, the same subjects reappear: a woman, a child and a bird. Each picture portrays the woman cuddling the child in her arms with an exotic, feathered creature looking on from the side. ‘‘Femme et enfant en bleu’’ differs slightly from the other two by showing the mother affectionately peering into the face of the baby cradled in her arms.

Paris: E´ditions de la Re´union des muse´es nationaux, 1989. Bouabdellah, Malika. ’’ In La peinture par les mots. Algiers: Muse´e National des Beaux-Arts D’Alger, 1994. 492 Breton, Andre´. ’’ In Trois femmes peintres: Baya, Chaibia, Fahrelnissa. Paris: Institut du Monde Arabe: EDIFRA, 1990. Djebar, Assia. ’’ In Trois femmes peintres: Baya, Chaibia, Fahrelnissa. Paris: Institut du Monde Arabe: EDIFRA, 1990. Ferhani, Ame´ziane. ’’ In Trois femmes peintres: Baya, Chaibia, Fahrelnissa. Paris: Institut du Monde Arabe: EDIFRA, 1990.

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