Christie’s is expanding its business in the Middle East with the appointment of Hayat Shobokshi as Consultant Representative based in Saudi Arabia. Hayat’s appointment comes at a time of increased interest and excitement in the Saudi contemporary art scene and the announcement of a significant museum project in the Eastern Province.

Shobokshi has joined Christie’s from her family business, where she was a Board Director and Strategic Manager of the Retail Division. In her new role she will assume responsibility for the implementation of Christie’s strategy for Saudi Arabia as well as increasing participation of Saudi clients in Christie’s international auctions and diversified businesses such as Christie’s Great Estates and Christie’s Education.

“I was incredibly fortunate to witness the sale of masterpieces of Egyptian art collected by Dr. Mohammed Said Farsi, for $6.7 million at Christie’s Dubai this October. Dr. Farsi was Lord Mayor of Jeddah in the 1970s and 1980s and was instrumental in making the city one of the largest open-air galleries in the world and in highlighting international art in the Middle East. I hope to inspire a new generation of Saudi Arabian collectors to follow his example,” said Hayat Shobokshi.