Gaar Adams is an American writer, photographer, documentary-maker, and producer based in the Arabian Peninsula. He focuses on deeply researched, underreported stories at the intersection of art, culture, and the environment in the Middle East, North Africa, and South Asia.
His work has appeared in numerous outlets including The Atlantic, VICE, Foreign Policy, Al Jazeera, NPR, Slate, Salon, Roads & Kingdoms, Pacific Standard, Narratively, The Week, The Classical, and Rolling Stone (Middle East) among others. Longform has thrice chosen his written features — on his stint living with Yemen’s only activist rock band, on the country’s struggling national gymnastics program, and on the fraught historical precedent of Israeli musicians gaining fans in the Arab world — as “Pick of The Week” for international journalism.
Gaar was a launch writer on Beacon, an innovative journalism platform profiled in the New York Times, from its inception in 2013 through its closure in 2016 and was co-authoring a second edition of a Yemen travel guide before the Saudi military intervention began in late 2015. He is a contributor to two upcoming travel guides on the Middle East.
A graduate of New York University’s Middle Eastern & Islamic Studies program, Gaar currently lives in the United Arab Emirates where he researches regional performance traditions and occasionally produces theater, including Arab Voices: here/there/then/now, a groundbreaking 2016 festival and convening of Arab and Arab-American playwrights, directors, actors, and dramaturges.