Exploring the Gulf through data

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Welcome to OpenGulf

OpenGulf is set of interconnected digital projects focusing on historical documentation about the Gulf. OpenGulf was launched in the Arts and Humanities Division of NYU Abu Dhabi. The projects publish open historical datasets, corpora and digital exhibits with the aim of opening Gulf Studies to digital historical exploration, analysis and interpretation in the service of open research and pedagogy.

Read more about OpenGulf here


Open Datasets:

Geographic annotations

Environmental data

Travel itineraries of Western orientalists to Arabia


Bushire Residency papers

Abu Dhabi Calling!

Download our poster from the 2020 NYU Abu Dhabi Winter Institute in Digital Humanities here

Digital exhibits:

Discovering the Empty Quarter

Exploring Lorimer

Project Co-Directors

Nora Barakat (Assistant Professor of History/Arab Crossroads Studies, NYU Abu Dhabi)

David Joseph Wrisley (Associate Professor of Digital Humanities, NYU Abu Dhabi)

Contact Us

Questions about the project? Interested in participating?