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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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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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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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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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Dubai Culture and Institut Français launch 3rd edition of Artists-in-Residence programme

Dubai Culture and Institut Français launch 3rd edition of Artists-in-Residence programme

456The Dubai Culture & Arts Authority (Dubai Culture), the Emirate’s dedicated Authority for culture, arts, and heritage, and Institut Français, a government agency in charge of promoting French culture abroad, have launched the third edition of the Artists-in-Residence (A.i.R) programme, aimed at promoting cultural and artistic exchange between the UAE and France.

A.i.R brings together expertise and resources from arts and cultural organisations in the UAE and France to facilitate international cultural dialogue and exchange through artistic research, production and residencies. It aims to contribute to the burgeoning local art scene of Dubai highlighting the Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood as a cultural hub of the city promoting international discourse through open studios, educational activities and new commissions as part of Art Dubai projects.

A part of Dubai Culture’s Arts Services, this year’s A.i.R programme opens doors for cultural exchange for Valerian Gagnaire and Julien Famchon, French artists and designers, who will partner with Emirati and UAE-based artists and youth.

Through their interaction, the two artists will be able to further strengthen their understanding of local heritage and culture and also share their expertise and inspire participants through educational activities such as talks and workshops.

Khalil Abdulwahid, Manager of Visual Arts, Dubai Culture & Arts Authority, said: “The third edition of the A.i.R programme with Institut Français is a testament to the success of concerted efforts taken by the two countries to strengthen ties, by using art and design as a unifying force.

“Having successfully collaborated with a host of French artists in the past, the Dubai Culture & Arts Authority will continue to foster mutual understanding through artistic exchange between the UAE and France at A.i.R. We will work closely with Institut Français to ensure that the two visiting artists can engage in innovative practices in the arts and create opportunities for public interaction and engagement.”

David Bertolotti, Director of Institut Français in the UAE, said: “France and the UAE have shared strong cultural links in art and design. This programme gives us the opportunity to further enhance the links between the two art worlds. Through this programme, artists can cross boundaries and explore facets of creativity in the cultural hub of the Middle East and also impart their own skills to budding artists and designers.”

With enthusiastic energy,Valerian Gagnaire explores various disciplines that allow him to establish interdisciplinary and conceptual connections between the design practice and art in general. After a BA at Ecal (Cantonal school of Art of Lausanne) in Switzerland, he lectured as an assistant teacher together with renowned designers, Pierre Charpin and Ronan Bouroullec. He then joined the prestigious Royal College of Art in London to deepen his design practice approach with Gabriel Klasmer, Michael Marriott and Luke Pearson.

Following his academic pursuit, Valerian strengthened his skills by taking part in a workshop in Eritrea and two residences (in Japan and the Reunion Island). Through these intercultural exchanges, Valerian developed a method of work considering the local environment as a starting point to question the notion of cultural heritage and locality in front of phenomenon of globalisation: “A place on a map is a place in History.”

At the A.i.R programme this year, Valerian will be working closely with design students at the American University of Sharjah and their Professor Kevin Badni. Together, the team is redesigning a foot stool using ceramics, reflecting the culture and heritage of the region. This design was featured at the Abu Dhabi Art Fair.

French artist and graphic designer, Julien Famchon studied at the Decorative Arts School (Strasbourg) and later at School of Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. After studying painting, sculpting, photography, engraving, video, 3, Julien realised his passion was designing comics.  Over the years, Julien has worked on comics and various educational books, illustrated stories and encyclopedias. In 2005, Julien was commissioned to design a prestigious architecture marina project and several luxury hotels and villas in Cape Verde. He was also recently in Dubai to work on a short animated film about the history of the MENA region. Through his travels across various countries and cultures, his pen lingers and he illustrates his experiences through his comics.

Led by the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs, Institut Français was established in January 2011 as a new government agency in charge of promoting French culture abroad, to encourage international artistic exchange, strengthen intercultural understanding, and support cultural development around the world. The branch office of Institut Français in the UAE was created in January 2012, in the premises of the French Embassy in Abu Dhabi.

Dubai Culture’s multifaceted services are aimed at recognising and cultivating the skills of Emirati and local-based artists. Having already activated workshops, advisory services, and artist commissioning, the Authority also supports the annual Artists-in-Residence (A.i.R) Dubai programme in association with Delfina Foundation, Tashkeel and Art Dubai.

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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Nikon celebrates 175 years of photography on World Photography Day

Nikon celebrates 175 years of photography on World Photography Day

4107On the occasion of World Photography Day on August 19th, Nikon would like to join photo enthusiasts from around the world in celebrating 175 years of photography from 1839 until present day.

August 19th has a special significance in the history of photography. This was the date when the French government purchased the patent of the Daguerreotype photographic process (the first practical photographic process) and announced the invention as a gift “Free to the World”. More than a century later, World Photography Day is all about cherishing photography in all its forms, and appreciating how special and powerful photographs can be.

“World Photography Day is a day for all of us to embrace our love for photography,” said Takashi Yoshida, Managing Director Nikon MEA. “It’s a reminder of the importance of photography as an expression of self and a means to capture all our greatest moments and memories. Nikon is committed to not only providing our customers in the Middle East & Africa the best tools for photography but also to teach consumers the art itself through our renowned Nikon School.”

Join the world in showcasing your love for photos tomorrow – there’s no better day to embrace your inner photographer!



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‘The Gallery’ at Emaar Pavilion presents ‘Downtown Ramadan’ Exhibition

‘The Gallery’ at Emaar Pavilion presents ‘Downtown Ramadan’ Exhibition

451The captivating beauty of Islamic art will take the centrestage this summer, at Emaar’s Ramadan tent ‘Downtown,’ and ‘The Gallery’ at Emaar Pavilion in Downtown Dubai.

Featuring an inspiring selection of Islamic art from the London-based gallery, Ahlan Art, ‘Downtown’ and ‘The Gallery’ at Emaar Pavilion will both be home to a handpicked collection of 27 different paintings entitled ‘Downtown Ramadan’ exhibition celebrating Islamic art & culture.

Incorporating verses from the Holy Quran, illustrations of mosques, and other elements associated with the Holy Month, the exhibition will feature works across numerous mediums including acrylic, calligraphy, watercolour, mixed media, and photography, by artists from Africa, India, Lebanon, Pakistan, Syria, and the UK.

Visitors to ‘Downtown’ can also enjoy world-class traditional and contemporary cuisine for Iftar and Suhoor with unparalleled views.

Date: Until 31 August 2014

Venues: ‘The Gallery’ at Emaar Pavilion

Visiting hours: 9am to 6pm every day

Date: Until the last day of Ramadan

Venues: ‘Downtown’ Ramadan Tent

Visiting hours:

Weekdays (Sunday -Wednesday): 6pm to 2am 
Weekends (Thursday - Saturday): 6pm to 3am




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2.5 Million Viewers and thousands of participations “Rafal Innovation” Launches New Talented Photographer

2.5 Million Viewers and thousands of participations “Rafal Innovation” Launches New Talented Photographer

4164“Rafal innovation” photography competition in Riyadh, was concluded under the slogan of “Innovating professionally”. This competition which targets to engage amateur and professional young photographers in a two weeks campaign, succeeded in attracting more than two million viewers, and the active participation of amateur and professional photographers, under the sponsorship of Burj Rafal .

This Contest aims to expose young photography talents of both genders. The jury put simple number of criteria for participating in this competition, where participants take spontaneous picture of Burj Rafal from a convenient angle that shows the creativity of the participant and highlights the beauty of the photo. 15 Participants were declared winners, and they were granted an IPhone 5S each as a motivating and honorary award.

Mr. Darwish Bakeer, Chief Commercial Officer, Rafal real estate development company, commented: “Rafal Innovation” Social media competition which was conducted over Twitter and Instagram was an innovative, overwhelming and successful experience by all means. Rafal Innovation Hashtag resulted in attracting almost 2.5 million viewers, and hundreds of active participants, which indicates the size of outstanding talented young people in this country .”

Mr. Bakeer Also added: “Photography is considered to be one of the means of civilized and cultural communication; it contributes to bring out the urban cultural dimensions, which is what we wanted to highlight throughout this competition and this is the reason behind the active interactions in the competition. We also followed a very systematic methodology in evaluating the photos.”

The participants expressed their happiness to be part of this competition which enabled them to post their photo immediately after taking it, in an easy and unique way.

Abdullah Yehia, one of the winners, who came across this competition by chance, commented: “I took a spontaneous photo of Burj Rafal from the top of the financial centre while taking pictures of Riyadh City. I followed the advice of one of my friends and I posted the photo on the Rafal Innovation Hashtag, and I was thrilled to receive a call from Rafal team informing me that my photo was one of the winning candidates.”

Faisal Salem AlThiab also expressed his gratitude to Rafal Real estate development company for providing the chance for young people to show their talents and honoring them, he said: “I took the photo of Burj Rafal and Kempinski hotel at sunset, using a 170̊ lens camera, and by posting this photo, I became one of the winners in this competition.”

As For Ibrahim Abdullatif, one of the winners who succeeded to capture a creative photo of Burj Rafal, he says: “I took the photo from the top of Tamkeen tower, after I saw the competition on Instagram, and I was lucky to become one of the winners of this competition and to meet the amazing Rafal team.”

It is worth mentioning that “Rafal Innovation” photography competition required the participants to take a photo of Burj Rafal, one of Riyadh’s high class landmarks, and the tallest luxurious residential tower in the kingdom of Saudi Arabia.






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Dubai Culture unveils ‘Al Maktoum Hospital Museum,’ a tribute to modern medicine

Dubai Culture unveils ‘Al Maktoum Hospital Museum,’ a tribute to modern medicine

4157The Dubai Culture & Arts Authority (Dubai Culture), the Emirate’s dedicated Authority for culture, arts, and heritage, has unveiled ‘Al Maktoum Hospital Museum,’ a first-of-its-kind tribute to Dubai’s first hospital.

Preserved through the eyes and experiences of a subset of the hospital’s very first doctors, healthcare professionals, and patients, Dubai Culture collated the first phase of data to pay homage to the site through a crowdsourcing programme, encouraging people to share their stories.

The Authority will continue to engage in the crowdsourcing initiative in various phases, giving people across the country the opportunity to share their insights through ‘Al Maktoum Hospital Museum.’

Situated in Al Wasl District and developed in collaboration with Wasl Properties, ‘Al Maktoum Hospital Museum’ marks the first milestone in Dubai Culture’s mandate of building museums to preserve the rich Emirati heritage.

Her Highness Sheikha Latifa Bint Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Dubai Culture & Arts Authority, said: “Built on the power of storytelling, ‘Al Maktoum Hospital Museum’ is a living testament to the importance of the community’s involvement in preserving and promoting our history and heritage. Embodying the very ambitions of the nation, which strives to showcase its cultural essence to people across the world, ‘Al Maktoum Hospital Museum’ marks a crucial milestone in Dubai Culture’s mandate to strengthen awareness of the Emirate’s national identity, as witnessed by its own residents’ and citizens’ experiences and memories.”

‘Al Maktoum Hospital Museum,’ located within the confines of the original building, paves the path for the city to conserve its history, even as future strides of progress are being made. Built in the 1950s, Al Maktoum Hospital treated patients from across the region. The hospital was built through patronage from several Emirates, although they were not unified at the time.

In April 2013, the ownership and management of Dubai’s museums fell under the aegis of Dubai Culture, who was mandated with the goal of developing the current sites on par with its international counterparts.

The museum will shed light on the evolution of Al Maktoum Hospital, going beyond the story to highlight the role of the people in collaborating with organisations, and identifying regional and global trends to create a world-class healthcare facility.

‘Al Maktoum Hospital Museum’ is a demonstration of the Authority’s vision to integrate members of the community into the grassroots growth story of its artistic and cultural industries.



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