In 2008, Lahd Gallery took a break.
The gallery was a regional success crossing the borders to the rest of the Middle East, North Africa and Asia. Applications and letters from emerging artists flooded to the gallery from all corners of the Gulf. In just 3 years, Lahd Gallery moved outside pre-established ideas and consensual rules with its exhibitions and leadership.
Unfortunately, the gallery was faced with some challenges and strong opposition. The fundamental and rapid changes was met by a natural resistance. It was too fast, too soon.
H.H Dr. Nauf AlBendar decided then to concentrate on her academic career and scientific research completing a Masters in Nutrition and Food Science in 2009 and earning a scholarship to complete a PhD in clinical medicine at Imperial College London in 2010.