Ali Khadra studied hotel management in Switzerland before specializing in the airline catering industry. He worked for Emirates-ABELA airline catering for 12 years before turning his life-long passions for art and publishing into a profession. In 2004 he founded the Dubai-based boutique publishing house, Mixed Media Publishing and launched its flagship title, Canvas.
As the premier magazine for art and culture from the Middle East and Arab World, Canvas has received international acclaim and has established itself on the global scene. Canvas is the first and only magazine from the Middle East to participate in over 14 international art fairs. He has expanded the business to include contract publishing, art and luxury consultancy, art education seminars and a creative event management service with a difference.
Ali is also the regional consultant for the world’s leading auction house, Christie’s, and serves on the boards of several organizations, including Art Dubai. Ali is an active advocate of philanthropy, which he also applies on the corporate level through Canvas magazine’s activities. Through various formats, such as specially commissioned art auctions, Canvas has raised and donated over $1.5 million per annum. In 1998, he founded a charitable association for orphaned children. He continues to work closely with the Red Crescent in the UAE, as well as other humanitarian organizations fighting famine and poverty around the world.