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‘Latin Art Fest’ to showcase unique Latin-American and Spanish performances in the heart of Al Quoz

‘Latin Art Fest’ to showcase unique Latin-American and Spanish performances in the heart of Al Quoz

4158Dubai’s first ‘Latin Art Fest,’ a must-visit event for arts and culture enthusiasts, will showcase the best of Latin art, culture and entertainment. The avant-garde atmosphere of the streets of Al Quoz and Artissima Gallery will host an exuberant display of art, regional cuisines and live entertainment from a number of Latin American countries and Spain.

On 30 January 2015, for one night only (7-11pm), the largest Latino Fiesta to date in the UAE, the LAF 2015, will stretch through the Alleyway on 8th Street to Artissima Gallery in Al Quoz. LAF visitors will enjoy fascinating music performances by Latin-American and Spanish artists, offering a unique street-feel experience for UAE residents.

LAF is part of the exciting line-up of events and activities of the milestone 20th edition of Dubai Shopping Festival organized by the Dubai Festivals & Retail Establishment (DFRE), an agency of Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM).

As a highlight of the festival, Artissima Gallery will feature a new commission and the first solo exhibition in the Middle East of British multi-award winning fine art photographer, Tariq Zaidi: “Latinos in the UAE”. The exhibition will remain open to the public for two weeks.

Maria Urrutia, founder of the All Quoz Project, said: “We are proud to bring the first major celebration of Latin culture to the heart of Dubai this DSF, transforming the streets into a Carnival of Latin art and culture”.

Dr Ximena Cordova, LAF Project Manager, said: “We hope it will serve to strengthen the ties between the 50,000-strong community of Latinos living in the UAE and our hosts, and to bring up to date the ancient history of links between Arabic and Hispanic culture, thus highlighting the role of Dubai as a major site in contemporary global culture”.

The LAF is organised by All Quoz Project and presented by “ITL World – Middle East’s Leading ITL World - Travel Management Company” & “Art UAE”.

LAF is supported by Bailame Cuba, Easy Dance, BNF, Bazar Latino, Latinos en los Emiratos Arabes Unidos, El Correo del Golfo and the following Embassies and Consulates in the UAE: Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Mexico, Panama, Peru and Uruguay.


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SUAREZ, BALE, RODRIGUEZ AND Benzema STAR IN ADIDAS #therewillbehaters film

SUAREZ, BALE, RODRIGUEZ AND Benzema STAR IN ADIDAS #therewillbehaters film

4146adidas has lit a spark under the world of football today by launching their #ThereWillBeHaters campaign; focused around a provocative new video featuring global football stars such as Luis Suarez, Gareth Bale, James Rodriguez and Karim Benzema.

If you have “haters”, then it’s the ultimate compliment. The best players know that a great performance delivers “hate” from fans and opponents, particularly on social media, which then continues to fuel the confidence to deliver even greater performances. They thrive off it – and they make no apology in doing so.

The film, featuring title track “Battle Royale (Haters Instrumental VIP)” by Apashe, has been released to coincide with the launch of adidas’ new football footwear range for 2015. The adidas adizero f50, Predator, Nitrocharge and 11Pro all sit at the cutting edge of technology, ensuring you will deliver a “haters” performance when you step out onto the field.

The film, which kicks off with the provocative voiceover of “They hate the way you walk. They hate the way you talk…”, features the larger than life personas of ‘Hero’ Gareth Bale, ‘Golden Boy’ James Rodriguez, ‘Target Man’ Luis Suarez, and ‘Hip Hop VIP’ Karim Benzema. The video takes a whirlwind tour of the perceived lives of these players, focussing on their flash lifestyles, over exuberant goal celebrations, possessions and good looks.

The film then goes on to illustrate exactly how, why, and what the haters hate about them the most… their outstanding achievements on the field of play and the boots that drive these incredible performances. “They hate your shiny new boots. They hate your boots… because they wish they were in them”.

The world’s most hated players will wear the all-new adidas adizero f50, adidas Predator, adidas Nitrocharge and adidas 11Pro on field from January 23rd, with the boots available to purchase from Monday 2nd February at adidas own-retail outlets as well as specialist retailers worldwide. For further information please visit adidas.com/football or go to facebook.com/adidasfootball or follow @adidasfootball #ThereWillBeHaters on twitter to join the conversation.



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The Sheikha Manal Young Artist Award announces additional prizes for #ClickYAA Competition category

The Sheikha Manal Young Artist Award announces additional prizes for #ClickYAA Competition category

4116Following the directives of Her Highness Sheikha Manal Bint Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, President of Dubai Women Establishment, wife of His Highness Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs, UAE; The Sheikha Manal Young Artist Award today revealed that the newly launched #ClickYAA Competition category will now recognise and reward three winners.

This directive will further increase the total prize money to AED 430,000, with AED 50,000, AED 30,000 and AED 20,000 cash prize for winner, runner up and second runner up, respectively of the four competition categories (Fine Arts, Photography, Multimedia and Design) along with a greater cash prize of AED12,000 for the winner of the ‘People’s Choice Award’. Furthermore, the #ClickYAA Competition category, will award three recipients with a cash prize that will break down as AED 10,000, AED 5,000 and AED 3,000 for winner, runner up and second runner up, respectively.

On the occasion, Mona Bin Kalli, Director of The Cultural Office of HH Sheikha Manal bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum said, “The enhancements to our award value follows the wise directives of Her Highness Sheikha Manal bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, who has expressed her pleasure at the noted popularity of the recently launched #ClickYAA competition category. In light of the growing reach of social media, which has not only become one of the most powerful tools of communication today but also evolved in a creative medium for the expression of art, our intention behind the #ClickYAA award category is to serve as yet another stepping stone for young emerging talents discover their artistic sides.”

The art exhibition of shortlisted entries for 9th edition of The Sheikha Manal Young Artist Award is now open to the public in CITY WALK, Jumeirah at the junction of Al Wasl and Al Safa roads. Members of the public are invited to share their experience of the art show with its new #ClickYAA social media photography contest. Over the course of the exhibition, which will open until 24th January, 2015, participants may creatively capture moments from the exhibition to post on Instagram while using the official hashtag: #ClickYAA. The best three photographs will win.

The open-air exhibition, which is curated by Patricia Millns, Artist and Advisor - is strategically located within the heart of the city’s urban arts scene at CITY WALK - the premium outdoor destination by Meraas Holding. Designed for discerning visitors with eclectic taste, CITY WALK has quickly become an urban cultural hub of the city, making it the ideal location to host the 9th edition of the Exhibition of 50 Shortlisted Artworks of The Sheikha Manal Young Artist Award.

Moreover, the public voting component of ‘The People’s Choice Award’ is now open through the website’s online voting feature. The People’s Choice Award is distinctive in that it is the only award that is not conferred by the jury. Rather, it is bestowed on the finalist artist whose work receives the most public votes. To view the 50 shortlisted entries and to submit your vote for ‘The People’s Choice Award’ please visit www.youngartistaward.ae.

The distinguished panel of judges for the 2014 edition of the Award comprises of industry professionals and practicing artists from the local and international art community, which includes Dr. Lamees Hamdan, Commissioner of the National Pavilion of the United Arab Emirates at La Biennale di Venezia 2013, Fatma Lootah, Emirati Artist, Reem Fadda, Associate Curator of Guggenheim Museum Abu Dhabi, Antonia Carver, Fair Director of Art Dubai, Cyril Zammit, Fair Director of Design Days. The winning artists will be announced during the Gala Award Ceremony to be held in late-January 2015.

Held under the royal patronage of Her Highness Sheikha Manal bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, President of Dubai Women Establishment, wife of His Highness Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Presidential Affairs, UAE; The Sheikha Manal Young Artist Award has been around since 2006 as an annual visual arts competition which aims to encourage, recognize and promote emerging artists from the UAE and is especially popular amongst university students majoring in Art, Design and Multimedia.


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ABU DHABI OCEAN RACING IN THE HUNT AT HALFWAY POINT OF LEG 3

ABU DHABI OCEAN RACING IN THE HUNT AT HALFWAY POINT OF LEG 3

4114Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing (ADOR) – the emirate’s entry in the Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 (VOR) – is in a close battle for a podium place at the midway point of the race’s third leg from the team’s homeport to Sanya in China.

So far, Leg 3 has seen the closest competition in this edition of the round-the-world sailing challenge, with ADOR leading the fleet away from the United Arab Emirates’ capital on January 3 before becoming embroiled in a familiar three-way battle for first place with the other top teams, China’s Dongfeng Race Team and the Netherlands crew on Team Brunel.

ADOR, aboard its yacht Azzam, briefly gave up the lead as the leading trio approached the northern tip of the Musandam Peninsula but soon snatched back control by splitting paths with the other two.

“Dongfeng Race Team and Team Brunel sailed through the Ras al Bab gap while we chose to take the longer route round the outside of the islands - as we had done to good effect on the approach to Abu Dhabi,” explained ADOR skipper Ian Walker at the time. “Once again this move paid off as we held more wind and eked a one-mile lead as the fleet compressed into lighter winds to the east.”

ADOR dropped to fifth when the wind dropped to little more than a zephyr in the Gulf of Oman allowing Dongfeng Race Team to develop a seven-mile advantage at the front of the fleet. Walker’s crew was back in contention for the Leg 3 lead on Day 3 after breaking from the fleet in search of more favourable winds. The move – which saw Azzam skirt the Volvo Ocean Race-imposed exclusion zone close to Iranian waters – paid dividends when the wind shifted in ADOR’s favour, leapfrogging Azzam into third place.

ADOR were called up on the marine radio by an inquisitive Pakistani navy patrol who questioned Walker over the team’s intentions. Happily for all concerned, the encounter was a friendly one and didn’t delay the ADOR crew’s progress. “It was a five minute conversation,” said Matt Knighton, ADOR’s on board reporter. “They wanted to know what we were doing, who we were, what nationalities we had onboard. They didn’t slow us down and we were soon on our way.”

Lighter than expected breezes close to shore for ADOR cost valuable miles and once again the sailors had to fight their way back into contention. The Azzam sailors were given little chance to sleep as shifty winds forced an almost non-stop cycle of sail changes. Their efforts paid off however and by January 8 Azzam was back up to third place again.

After a week of predominantly sunny and dry light wind sailing, boat speeds increased dramatically on Day 9 as the fleet were hit by stronger winds funneling between the southernmost tip of India and the island of Sri Lanka. The ADOR sailors revelled in the stronger conditions, clawing their way past Team Brunel and into second place. The gain was short lived however, as that night they fell foul of the light winds in the wind shadow cast by Sri Lanka’s high mountains. The fleet quickly compressed and by first light just a few miles separated ADOR, Brunel, Spanish team MAPFRE, and Turkish entry Team Alvimedica, as all four battled for second place.

“What a frustrating night,” wrote ADOR skipper Ian Walker in an email from Azzam the following morning. “We sailed really well yesterday – we had good speed and made good sail choices. We ground Brunel down and then got ahead of them – only to get stuck under Sri Lanka! We were 125 miles south of the island but needed to be 10 more. We had got close enough to leaders on Dongfeng to see them at one point, but they just wriggled through to the north of us.”

The second half of Leg 3 looks set to be as challenging as the first with light winds expected to dog the fleet in the next few days as they head for the entrance to the Straits of Malacca. Although Walker admits he would always rather be leading, he predicts the final result is far from certain at this stage.

“The good news is we have three boats to race against now,” Walker said. “But the stakes have gone up. We are closer to Brunel than we have been for the last week and the wind ahead looks dire. It likely the fleet could compress again soon so it is all very much still to play for on this leg.”

ADOR is expected to complete the 4,642-nautical mile leg from Abu Dhabi to Sanya on or around January 24.


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GT ACADEMY WINNERS SHINE AT DUBAI 24 HOURS

GT ACADEMY WINNERS SHINE AT DUBAI 24 HOURS

4101The NISMO PlayStation® GT Academy continued its legacy of unearthing real racing talent from the world of PlayStation®’s Gran Turismo game yesterday when an all-gamer line-up finished the 2015 Dubai 24 Hours race in second position in the top Pro-Am class, a stunning fifth overall.

Competing in the full race-spec 550bhp Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3 in the prestigious international race was the ultimate prize for four GT Academy 2014 winners - Gaëtan Paletou (France), Ahmed Bin-Khanen (Saudi Arabia), Ricardo Sánchez  (Mexico) and Nicholas Hammann (USA). The impressive result comes after only three months of intensive training in GT Academy’s cutting-edge Driver Development Programme. The new drivers were joined in the race by 2013 GT Academy Germany winner, Florian Strauss – the team’s ‘professional’ with a full 18-months of racing experience.
 
The tenth running of the Dubai 24 Hours was the first taste of international racing for the latest crop of GT Academy champions and the first time that the gamer-to-racer competition’s winners have raced in Dubai in the premier A6 category. The gamers proved once again to be up to the challenge putting in a disciplined, controlled, mature and, most importantly, quick performance to take to the podium. They were only beaten in the Pro-Am class by a team that included two professional drivers, one of whom was GT Academy judge Rob Barff.
 
The ‘veteran’ Strauss had qualified the #23 car 14th overall and first in the Pro-Am class on Thursday and it was down to him to make Friday’s race start in a packed grid of 95 cars. Strauss handed over to European winner Gaëtan Paletou before Middle East winner Ahmed Bin-Khanen took the car into Dubai’s dusk. International winner Ricardo Sánchez and North American champion Nick Hammann raced their first stints in the darkness of the 5.39km circuit.
 
The GT Academy team’s fortunes ebbed and flowed throughout the night with some unlucky timing on driver changes and a couple of drive-through penalties costing them time. But when the sun came up, Nick handed over to Florian who put in a charge and took the car to P2 in class, fifth overall. Gaëtan consolidated the position handing over to Ricardo with a five-lap buffer over their nearest rivals. The team orders then came through to bring the #23 Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3 home safely and, fittingly, it was senior partner Florian Strauss who took the chequered flag in the fourth 24-hour race of his 18-month motorsport career.

Dubai is a major step towards professional racing for GT Academy winners. The race allows them to show off the skills first displayed on the Gran Turismo® game for PlayStation®3 and then honed by top experts in driving, race craft, fitness and psychology on the comprehensive, fast-track GT Academy Driver Development Programme. Those that display the right speed, aptitude and potential may be lucky enough to be invited to become NISMO Athletes, joining the likes of Strauss, Jann Mardenborough and Lucas Ordoñez as key components in Nissan’s burgeoning motorsport programme.
 
Darren Cox, Global Head of Brand, Marketing & Sales, NISMO added: “What a performance. Twenty four hour races are generally a rollercoaster of drama and excitement combined with severe fatigue. However, it is testament to the professionalism of the team, the reliability and speed of our car and the thorough preparation of our drivers that we have come through this event relatively unscathed and with a highly impressive result. It speaks volumes that the team brought out three tonnes of spare parts and will take the same three tonnes back home with them!
 
“Through taking the natural talent these guys show in their gaming and adding NISMO’s real-world racing knowhow, GT Academy continues to unearth and develop some very exciting drivers in an incredibly short space of time. These guys have all done a great job in Dubai and GT Academy continues to give us the tough, but welcome, challenge of having access to so many talented drivers as our racing programme grows. My thanks, as always, to the hugely professional team that make GT Academy happen and special mention, after a gruelling 24 Hours, to Bob Neville and the Nissan GT Academy Team RJN.”
 
“Each year we see more and more success stem from GT Academy which has seen over five million people pursue their dreams of racing cars through PlayStation,” said Penrose Tackie, Senior European Brand Manager from Sony Computer Entertainment Europe. “GT Academy really is making history and it is always incredibly satisfying to witness how it has already changed the lives of these Gran Turismo gamers. They did a great job here and everybody involved in the project should be very proud.”


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HH Sheikh Mansoor to open The Sheikha Manal Young Artist Award Exhibition

HH Sheikh Mansoor to open The Sheikha Manal Young Artist Award Exhibition

4100An exhibition featuring 50 shortlisted artwork submissions for The Sheikha Manal Young Artist Award will open tomorrow - Thursday, 15th January, 2015 at 7:00pm in CITY WALK, Jumeirah at the junction of Al Wasl and Al Safa roads. The exhibition will be inaugurated by His Highness Sheikh Mansoor bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairman Of Dubai International Marine Club, in the presence of VIP guests comprising of representatives from the Judges Panel, Board Members from Dubai Women Establishment, distinguished members of the local and international art community and members of the media. The show will be open to the public until Saturday, 24th January, 2015 from 10 am to 10 pm.

The open-air exhibition, which will feature 50 artworks by young Emirati and UAE-based artists - and is curated by Patricia Millns, Artist and Advisor - will be open to the public, strategically located within the heart of the city’s urban arts scene at CITY WALK - the premium outdoor destination by Meraas Holding. Designed for discerning visitors with eclectic taste, CITY WALK has quickly become an urban cultural hub of the city, making it the ideal location to host the 9th edition of the Exhibition of 50 Shortlisted Artworks of The Sheikha Manal Young Artist Award.

The Sheikha Manal Young Artist Award has been around since 2006 as an annual visual arts competition which aims to encourage, recognize and promote emerging artists from the UAE and is especially popular amongst university students majoring in Art, Design and Multimedia.

The year will also mark a further increase in the total prize money. The new value totals AED 415,000, will break down as a AED 50,000, AED 30,000 and AED 20,000 cash prize for winner, runner up and second runner up, respectively of the four competition categories (Fine Arts, Photography, Multimedia and Design) along with a bigger cash prize of AED10,000 for the winner of the ‘People’s Choice Award’, and the introduction of the #ClickYAA Competition category, where the winner will receive a cash prize of AED5,000.

Furthermore, following the opening of the exhibition on Thursday, 15th January 2015, the public will have a chance to vote for their favourite art work for ‘The People’s Choice Award’ through the website’s online voting feature. The People’s Choice Award is distinctive in that it is the only award that is not conferred by the jury. Rather, it is bestowed on the finalist artist whose work receives the most public votes. To view the 50 shortlisted entries and to submit your vote for ‘The People’s Choice Award’ please visit www.youngartistaward.ae.

The distinguished panel of judges for the 2014 edition of the Award comprises of industry professionals and practicing artists from the local and international art community, which includes Dr. Lamees Hamdan, Commissioner of the National Pavilion of the United Arab Emirates at La Biennale di Venezia 2013, Fatma Lootah, Emirati Artist, Reem Fadda, Associate Curator of Guggenheim Museum Abu Dhabi, Antonia Carver, Fair Director of Art Dubai, Cyril Zammit, Fair Director of Design Days. The winning artists will be announced during the Gala Award Ceremony to be held in late-January 2015.


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Landmark Group to launch “Art Olympiad” for the eight consecutive year

Landmark Group to launch “Art Olympiad” for the eight consecutive year

488Reiterating its commitment to the society, Landmark Group Kuwait is all set to host the Art Olympiad 2015 for the eighth year in a row on January 20 from 8.00 am - 2.00 pm at Centrepoint, The Avenues. Children aged 14 years and below are eligible to enter the competition. This initiative has been a part of Landmark Group’s ongoing corporate social responsibility where young artists have an opportunity to showcase their talents.

Mr. Saibal Basu, Chief Operating Officer of Landmark Group, Kuwait said, “Landmark Group regards service to the community as a crucial component that plays a pivotal role in the country’s progress. As a premier organization and a frontrunner in various strategic initiatives, it is our responsibility to contribute to the welfare of the society in which we operate. This is one of our core values. The Art Olympiad has become an annual event, and we hope to continue to raise the spirits of the students and encourage them to express their views strongly and in an innovative manner.”

“Year after year I am always amazed at the outstanding art work created the talented young students. The judges look forward to their lovely creations and are impressed each year. The positive and enthusiastic feedback we have received from schools and students as well as the growing number of participants are a clear indication of the successful engagement the Landmark Group has with the community.”

As always, Landmark Group is keen on maintaining an excellent rapport and creating awareness about relevant issues among the youth with constant activities and events, while setting a platform for approx 150 students from schools of repute across Kuwait. Children will be provided with a craft pack that includes a drawing sheet and a variety of art materials such as paints, pencils and crayons.

Art Olympiad aims to bring fun and entertainment to young artists by encouraging their creativity and also by rewarding them for their participation in the art competition. It provides a grooming platform for these students by helping them improvise their flair and encourage their innovative ability through art.

Some of the participating schools for this year’s Olympiad are: Kuwait American School, Salmiya, The English School, Salmiya, Fahaheel Al Watanieh Indian Private School Ahmadi, Indian Educational School Jleeb, Indian Learners Own Academy, Al Ghanim Bilinguil School, Canadian Bilingual School, Indian English Academy School- Don Bosco, Indian Central School, Kuwait National English School

Students will be judged on the basis of creativity, workmanship, overall impression and relevance to the theme. Judging will be held in two age categories: 1) 9-11 years, 2) 12-14 years.

First, second and third place prizes will be awarded for each category. A total of eight winners will be selected at the end of the competition. Each winner will be awarded with exciting grand prizes and many other valuable gifts. They will also receive certificates and trophies in recognition of their participation, and their schools will be given a plaque of appreciation.


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Grey Doha takes part in Ooredoo Marathon 2015

Grey Doha takes part in Ooredoo Marathon 2015

475As part of its commitment to promoting Sport and healthy lifestyle’s importance, “Grey – Doha” Agency for PR & Advertising participated in the Ooredoo Marathon 2015.

Grey’s participation came in line with the goals of the Supreme Council of Health (SCH) to encourage more young people to participate in sports activities in Qatar and adopt a healthy daily lifestyle. Grey’s runners printed SCH logo on their shirts stressing on the importance of the council’s endeavors in supporting any cause related to health awareness.

On this occasion, Mr. Karim Zarka, Managing Director for Grey - Doha, said:

“Grey’s participation in the Marathon translates well our agency’s commitment to its Corporate Social Responsibility Strategy and comes in line with Qatar National Vision 2030 and its Human Development Pillar with Health constituting one of its main cornerstones. Grey aims to raise awareness on the benefits of sport and physical activity, increase community’s participation in sports and improve talent’s development and improvement.”

He added: “We are very pleased to offer our full support to the efforts that are being made in Qatar to place wellbeing and healthy lifestyle at the top of people’s priorities. Raising awareness about important health topics, such as regular exercising and proper nutrition, are part of the main fundamentals advocated by Grey.”

Zarka explained that “Qatar has enjoyed unprecedented global recognition in the sports field in recent years and continues to advance through targeted efforts aimed at creating a safer, healthier and more peaceful society.”

He said that “Grey’s participation in this sports event aims to spread the humanitarian message within the community and encourage our team to get involved in sports and healthy lifestyles.”


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HH Sheikh Hamdan wins the 2015 Endurance Cup Presented by Longines

HH Sheikh Hamdan wins the 2015 Endurance Cup Presented by Longines

471On 10 January 2015, HH Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Crown Prince of Dubai & Chairman of the Dubai Sports Council, won the 2015 HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Endurance Cup presented by Longines and hosted by the Dubai Equestrian Club at the Dubai International Endurance City.

To further its long-term commitment with Meydan, Longines was once again the Presenting Partner, Official Timekeeper and Official Watch of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Endurance Cup, which took place in Dubai on 10 January 2015. This impressive international event featured some of the top names from the world of endurance riding competing over a distance of 160 km. The winner of the cup, HH Sheilkh Hamdan, received, along with the prestigious trophy, an elegant Longines watch, the Longines 24 Hours Single Push-Piece Chrono. This stainless steel chronograph watch piece of the Heritage Collection houses a self-winding mechanical chronograph movement. Its refined black dial displays hours in a 24 hours scale, minutes and small seconds at 9 o’clock and date. In addition, the total prize money for the winners of the Endurance Cup amounted to AED 9.6 million.

Longines is a significant partner of endurance riding. Besides the renowned HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Endurance Cup presented by Longines since 2010, the Swiss watch brand is also the title partner of the Longines FEI World Endurance Championships, which will take place in 2016. The discipline shares Longines’ values of elegance, precision, reliability and a perfect mastery of technique.

The passion of Longines for equestrian sports dates back to 1878, with the design of a chronograph featuring an engraved jockey and his mount. In 1912 the brand is partnering for the first time with an international show-jumping competition in Portugal. This passion continues today as, in addition to endurance riding, Longines is also committed in show jumping and horseracing.

Elegance, Performance and Tradition are values that both equestrian sport and Longines share. Longines’ growing involvement and partnerships to umbrella institutions, prestigious events, as well as numerous races and competitions in equestrian sport make the Swiss watch brand resolutely indissociable from the equestrian world.

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Dubai Culture invites UAE talent to showcase their creativity at 5th edition of SIKKA Art Fair in March 2015

Dubai Culture invites UAE talent to showcase their creativity at 5th edition of SIKKA Art Fair in March 2015

463The Dubai Culture & Arts Authority (Dubai Culture), the Emirate’s dedicated Authority for culture, arts, and heritage, has invited submissions from UAE-based artists and collectives working in visual arts, performing arts, music and film for the fifth edition of its flagship arts and cultural initiative, the SIKKA Art Fair in March 2015.

An integral component of the Dubai Art Season, SIKKA is a contemporary art fair that highlights the creativity of UAE talents in addition to providing them the platform to gain new insights into art through workshops and the exchange of ideas with international artists.

Held at the Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood, the heart of Old Dubai and an inspiring hub for creativity, as well as other locations in the city, SIKKA Art Fair showcases a diverse range of community-oriented arts and cultural activities. Evolving steadily over the past four years, SIKKA has welcomed thousands of art enthusiasts offering them unprecedented cultural experiences.

In addition, SIKKA has created a platform for talented artists to collaborate for creating an ‘Open Air Museum’ for the city. Dubai Culture continues to extend its support to the artistic initiative, launched by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President & Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai.

One of the eagerly awaited arts events in the region, SIKKA has also served as a significant platform for artists to further strengthen their creative careers through networking with international artists, galleries and patrons of the arts.

Saeed Al Nabouda, Acting Director General of the Dubai Culture & Arts Authority said: “SIKKA marks a significant milestone in its new edition serving as the definitive platform for emerging, local talent to showcase their artistic work. A community event that encourages budding artists, painters, sculptors and musicians to contribute to the burgeoning arts scene in Dubai, SIKKA fosters the exchange of creative ideas among artists, inspires new talent and boosts Dubai’s position as a cultural hub in the region.

“With each passing year, we have observed a tremendous improvement in the all-round quality of works showcased – highlighting the creative excellence of our country’s talent.  SIKKA has also expanded its creative sphere of influence to highlight talents in music, live performances and film. The fair now is one of the most comprehensive showcases of creativity and a must-attend event not only for the artist community but every culturally conscious visitor to gain vivid insights into the artistic landscape of the UAE,” he added.

Submissions for SIKKA 2015 are open to Emirati and locally-based talent for creating new works for presentation at SIKKA 2015, which will feature a colourful commissioned programme of visual art projects, music, live performances, and video art, as well as multidisciplinary collectives engaged in community practices and participation.

Special events will include outdoor film screenings, live music and entertainment, cultural walks, artist-led talks, workshops and educational activities, as well as an open-studio exhibition by the Artists-in-Residence (AiR) Dubai.

Aspiring and established artists interested in producing original works, commissioned exclusively for SIKKA 2015, can download their applications and submit their proposals by visiting www.dubaiculture.ae. Dubai Culture will accept applications until January 15, 2015.

Since its inception, SIKKA Art Fair has evolved into one of the foremost platforms for the grassroots arts movement. The flagship event of Dubai Art Season, in its previous edition, SIKKA saw attendance from over 15,000 visitors. Marking a first in the event’s history, SIKKA 2014 was extended by an additional two weeks, giving visitors and residents the opportunity to revel in works by over 50 artists and participate in over 65 workshops. Dubai Culture also underscored its commitment to serving as a springboard for Emirati and UAE-based talent with the launch of SIKKA Score, an original soundtrack by 11 musicians.

Dubai Culture is committed to underscoring the Emirati artistic heritage of Dubai and its vibrant contemporary arts environment, while offering a conducive environment to nurture and strengthen artistic talent in the Emirate.



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