Shobha Pia Shamdsani 
Executive Director

Art Advisor to HH Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan bin Khalifa Al Nahyan and Executive Director of UAE Unlimited since its inception in 2015, Shobha Pia Shamdsani has brought four successful UAE Unlimited exhibitions to life by working closely with the curator & exhibition teams.

Raised in the UK, Shamdsani’s early studies guided her toward a career in interior design and art advisory. Shamdsani has handled prestigious large-scale complex interior design projects in Abu Dhabi, creating exclusive designs from artistic wall treatments to custom joinery and luxurious furnishings for her clients. She has had extensive experience working with artisan painters, craftsmen, and engineers in all aspects of interior design.

As the Art Advisor & Director since 2011 to HH Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan, Shamdsani has complete management responsibility for all aspects of his private collection. In this collaboration with the Chairman, she has built a collection of Middle Eastern modern and contemporary art, which includes Turkish, Iranian and Indian art works. She has in this capacity represented HH Sheikh Zayed at the acquisition meetings of the Centre Pompidou & the British Museum. Shamdsani is Patron of Art Dubai and was Patron of Sharjah Biennale 2017 and Art Dubai. She has attended the Venice Bienale regularly, and other similar ones such as the Kochi Biennale and Documenta Athens.

Shamdsani has travelled widely, from a childhood in Singapore, to living and working in London and Abu Dhabi and credits these diverse cultural experiences for her unique appreciation of art.
“This is why I love my work, to see it evolve and flourish.”
Shobha Shamdsani