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

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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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IBQ awards latest lucky draw winner of thanq loyalty programme

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IBQ awards latest lucky draw winner of thanq loyalty programme


492International Bank of Qatar (ibq) has announced the September winner of the monthly prize draw within the Bank’s loyalty program, thanq.

Ioannis Yerolatsitis was the lucky winner this month, walking away with 100,000 thanq reward points in a ceremony held at the Bank’s headquarters in the presence of Andrew Ball, Head of Retail Banking.

“We are delighted to announce Mr. Ioannis Yerolatsitis as the lucky winner of this month’s thanq prize draw.  thanq program is our way of showing appreciation to our valued customers for their loyalty to our brand, elite services and products. It offers them an opportunity to explore the world through a unique travel scheme that is second to none in Qatar” said Mr. Ball.

thanq rewards program offers ibq customers the opportunity to accumulate points across  a wide range of ibq products and services and redeem them to book travel on over 800 airlines and 160,000 hotels worldwide.





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SEHA’s PaLMS organises educational awareness programme – Medical Laboratory Professionals Week

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SEHA’s PaLMS organises educational awareness programme – Medical Laboratory Professionals Week


Lab professionals perform more than one million tests each month

4226Abu Dhabi – 26 May 2014: Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Services (PaLMS), a part of the Abu Dhabi Health Services Company (SEHA), has organised a campaign to mark the worldwide celebration of the Medical Laboratory Professionals Week, which took place from 18-22 May, 2014. The campaign aims to educate members of the community on the important roles played by laboratory professionals.

The campaign activities included raising awareness for the nursing team and physicians working within local hospitals and clinics regarding the pre-analytical and phlebotomy process and troubleshooting. The campaign also enlightened physicians with regard to the most common errorswhich lead to misordering lab tests, or difficulties in retrieving lab results.

One of the most prominent activities that enhanced the engagement of the public during the campaign was the free glucosescreening programme for visitors of SEHA’s HealthSystem facilities. The facilities involved included Sheikh Khalifa Medical City (SMKC), Mafraq Hospital, Al Rahba Hospital, Tawam Hospital, Al Ain Hospital, Al Gharbia Hospitals, along with other clinics and medical centres. In addition, awareness campaigns andfreescreenings have been held in both Al WahdaMallinAbuDhabiandAlAinMallinAl Ain.

The Medical Laboratory Professionals Week also included a series of various activities, including tours to the central pathology laboratories ofbothTawam Hospital and SKMC, as well as video presentations showcasing the level of technological progressachieved by the lab team.Open meetings were also held between doctors and lab professionals and interesting medical cases and issues were discussed.

Nicholas Paul Champness, CEO of PaLMS, stated, “Medical Laboratory Professionals Week is all about acknowledging and celebrating the significant contribution pathology staff make to our community.”

“PaLMS lab professionals represent a team of over 730 dedicated pathologists, clinical scientists, expert technologists, phlebotomists and support staff. These trusted staff play a vital role in the diagnosis and prevention of diseases. They form an important part of SEHA’s HealthSystem and offer their services meticulously and rapidly,” continued Champness.

He explained that pathology staffcontribute to the enrichment and development of the healthcare sector. These professionals often work behindthescenes, and not many members of the public realise the importance of the efforts they exert through their practise, which requires high accuracy and broad technical expertise.

“The medical laboratories’ vocation is extremely important to the daily operational processes within hospitals and medical centres. These labs contribute to saving patients’ lives and reducing hospital stay time, as well as managing healthcare costs in general,” added Champness.

Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Services’s central laboratories are accredited by the College of American Pathologists, and possess fully automated analysersfor chemistry, and Haematology. More than one million tests are performed each month for patients of SEHA facilities.

SEHA laboratories enjoy extensive experience and have great healthcare accessibility. PaLMS lab professionals always ensure retrieval of medical test results within an appropriate timeframe and in a cost-effective manner, in accordance with the best international standards for patient care.

PaLMS was created early 2013, by amalgamating all of the laboratories within SEHA facilities, with the aim of unifying and coordinating the functions of pathologists and laboratory technicians under one united network. This was intended to provide high-quality clinical services quickly and accurately for all customers of SEHA HealthSystem facilities.


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Libyan Local Investment & Development Fund (LLIDF) appoints Deloitte to support launch of Libyan Public Private Partnership (PPP) programme

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Libyan Local Investment & Development Fund (LLIDF) appoints Deloitte to support launch of Libyan Public Private Partnership (PPP) programme


4159The Libyan Local Investment & Development Fund (LLIDF) is pleased to announce the appointment of Deloitte as its advisor to deliver national infrastructure projects through Libya’s PPP programme. Deloitte was selected following a competitive process with independent international evaluation.

Through active investment in and promotion of PPP opportunities, LLIDF is working to generate long-term financial returns and tangible socio-economic benefits by developing Libya’s infrastructure.

The agreement, signed 1 April 2014 in Tripoli by Mr. Bader Ben-Othman (CEO of LLIDF) and Mr. Ian Simpson (Partner with Deloitte), marks an important milestone for Libya’s PPP agenda.

Mr. Bader Ben-Othman noted: “We are delighted to work with Deloitte on this important initiative. Throughout the evaluation and selection process, Deloitte’s capabilities and credentials became evident to all involved. As such, I am confident in Deloitte’s ability to assist us and we look forward to working with them to bring this project to fruition.”

Mr. Ian Simpson added: “Our Infrastructure & Capital Projects team has worked on some of the world’s largest and most complex projects. Deloitte is pleased to be working alongside LLIDF and we look forward to leveraging our global expertise to establish Libya as a centre of PPP excellence and partner of choice for private investors.”

Following a review of the PPP strategy, the focus will shift to growing LLIDF’s institutional capacity and designing the PPP delivery organisation. A number of sector studies will soon be undertaken to explore opportunities to attract global private investment. This will be followed by the implementation of PPP pilot projects aimed at stimulating economic development.



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Dubai Courts announces expansion of successful ‘Al Salfa’ Courts programme

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Dubai Courts announces expansion of successful ‘Al Salfa’ Courts programme


Success of system reflected in accelerating online caseload for Q1 2014

483Dubai – May 10, 2014: The Dubai Courts has announced that additional online services within the ‘Al Salfa’ programme will be made available to customers as of tomorrow (Sunday), in order to enable additional types of case to be registered online in an integrated manner. This service programme enables lawyers or litigants to register cases remotely. Litigants can both upload required documents and process payments online, which contributes to saving them time and effort, as well as contributing to the Dubai Courts’ vision, ‘Pioneering in Courts Work’.

“The new online services cover all types of case including real estate, commercial, labour, civil and personnel affairs. Also covered by the new services are the settlement centre, orders upon petitions of all kinds, precautionary attachments, and other urgent matters,” stated the director of Cases Service Department at Dubai Courts, Mohamed Ahmed Al-Obaidli.

He added: “Under the guidance of the director-general of Dubai Courts, H.E. Taresh Eid Al Mansouri, and with the aim of realising the Dubai Courts’ strategic vision, the Courts is working on completely shifting towards e-services. This move will facilitate operations for customers effectively saving them time and effort, while retaining accuracy in service delivery.”

“The online case registration service, ‘Al Salfa’, has achieved important milestones, since the number of cases registered through it reached 12,350 over the last fifteen months. 8,342 cases were registered during 2013, while the first quarter of 2014 witnessed a large turnout by law firms and litigants, and the number of registered cases amounted to 4,008,” noted Al-Obaidli.

He further stressed that government bodies in Dubai began to put the ‘Al Salfa’ service to use, by registering various elements of courts business, such as enforcement of judgments, letters rogatory, and judicial notices. “Jebel Ali Free Zone Authority (Jafza), for instance, began to register all of its labour cases via ‘Al Salfa’ without having its workers physically go to Dubai Courts,” he explained.

‘Al Salfa’ enables case registration in an integrated online manner without the need for a personal appearance at the Courts. The appropriate department accesses and verifies the case details and attached documents, and then communicates online with the case registrant. At this point, an update is given on the application status, and whether or not the transaction is complete or requires revision and further updates. Finally, the fees which can be paid online are determined, as well as the date of the first hearing of the case.

All of the Dubai Courts online services, including ‘Al Salfa’ programme have been developed by the Courts’ IT Department. The procedures involved in the registration process have been designed to comply with online procedures, in order to ensure ease and speed of use, and to enhance the e-transformation in case registration. They also aim to provide services around the clock, as well as to raise work efficiency and improve the quality and speed of service delivery.


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Airport Show’s expanded Hosted Buyers Programme benefits global aviation industry

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Airport Show’s expanded Hosted Buyers Programme benefits global aviation industry


4175Decision-makers from key regional airports and aviation organisations have signed up as Hosted Buyers for the 14th edition of Airport Show taking place in Dubai from May 11 to 13, confirming its strong position as the world’s most sought-after airport B2B event offering vast business prospects for the global manufacturers and suppliers of technology and services.

This year’s event has already attracted 71 Hosted Buyers, up from the 60 last year and the organisers, Reed Exhibitions Middle East, are confident about reaching the 100 mark by the time the event takes off.

Last year’s Hosted Buyers Programme had gathered 60 representatives from 20 aviation authorities from 13 countries. In Airport Show 2013, there were a total of 1,128 pre-arranged meetings between hosted buyers and exhibitors and 52 meetings between exhibitors and Dubai Aviation Engineering Projects with selected visitors covering over $20 billion planned spending in airport development across the region.

This year’s show will see Hosted Buyers from Oman, Iraq, Morocco, Sudan, Bahrain, Djibouti, Egypt, India, Jordan, Kuwait, Pakistan, Tunisia, Zimbabwe and the host country, UAE. The combined investments planned by these countries in aviation-related developments are estimated to be worth $40 billion in a short span of time.

This year’s event will take place on 12,000 square metres of gross exhibition space with 250 exhibitors from 35 countries, six national pavilions and three unmatched networking platforms.

The Show organisers are hopeful about crossing the threshold levels it had fixed for this year in terms of participants and exhibitors and the volume of business leads they will be able to generate.

Aviation is among the five key sectors that will benefit from investments that will be pumped into infrastructure development in the run up to the Expo 2020 that the UAE will host in Dubai.

Daniyal Qureshi, Director of Airport Show, said: “We are extremely pleased with the response and support we have received for the Hosted Buyers Programme. The record number of decision-makers signing up for the programme this year reflects the success of the Airport Show as a platform for regional airports to procure their requirements at their doorsteps from global manufacturers and suppliers.”

“This also speaks volumes about the growing appeal and reach of the Airport Show. The region, which is one of the fastest growing aviation markets globally, is keen on acquiring cutting-edge and innovative technology and solutions to meet its current and future needs for an exceptional aviation infrastructure.”

The Airport Show-2014 will take place at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre (DICEC) under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority (DCAA), Chairman of Dubai Airports and Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates Airline and Group.

Co-located with the Airport Show will be the 2nd edition of Global Airport Leaders’ Forum (GALF) and the debut Travel Catering Expo (TCE). The show is supported by DCAA, Dubai Airports, dnata, Dubai Air Navigation Services and Dubai Aviation Engineering Projects (DAEP). Leading international and regional trade bodies such as German Airport Technology and Equipment (GATE), Danish Airport Group, British Aviation Group, British Airport Services and Equipment Association, Swiss Airport Suppliers, Netherlands Airport Technology, UBIFRANCE, Middle East Business Aviation Association (MEBAA), UAE Society of Engineers and Supply Chain and Logistics Group have continued their support to the show.

The Hosted Buyer Programme has been established as a well-received and highly-acclaimed feature of the iconic event since 2009, providing exhibitors an unparalleled opportunity to meet key officials and decision-makers from regional airports. In its first year, 41 officials from 19 airports and 11 countries participated in the programme. With over a 100 buyers at the 2014 Airport Show, the event plays a significant role in contributing to the growth of the region’s aviation industry.


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SEHA Leadership Programme welcomes first graduates

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SEHA Leadership Programme welcomes first graduates


Twenty-two SEHA graduates emerge from the company’s senior leadership development programme

487Abu Dhabi 12 April 2014: SEHA, the Abu Dhabi Health Services Company, held a graduation ceremony for 22 of its UAE national senior managers. The individuals involved form the first cohort of the company’s inaugural Senior Leadership Development and Succession Planning programme.

The ceremony was attended by the Director of the INSEAD – Abu Dhabi Campus, Professor Miguel Sousa Lobo, and the CEO of SEHA, Carl Stanifer, along with a large crowd of guests and officials.

Throughout the two-year programme, the graduates received instruction on the best practices and global applications in the field of leadership and public administration. The programme, which began in May 2012, was designed with a particular focus on developing the capacity of senior managers to lead initiatives within SEHA across various fields, including nursing, operations, finance, HR, IT, engineering, construction, and PR.

Some of the graduates have been involved in overseas secondments and consequently received further skills training, which has helped them acquire a deeper understanding of healthcare management-level knowledge which they have brought back to apply within SEHA’s HealthSystem facilities.

A number of the graduates have now moved into senior positions within SEHA and the first cohort will be followed by a new cohort of SEHA senior leaders. This was driven by the company’s core belief that learning and continuous improvement is important for the development of UAE nationals, and will lead them to expand their knowledge and skills, which will enable them to carry out their duties and responsibilities even more efficiently.

Rashid Al-Qubaisi, Executive Director at SEHA stated that the company treats the development of UAE nationals and the qualification of promising leaders as a priority, in accordance with the comprehensive development plans adopted by the Abu Dhabi Government, which have enabled it to occupy international standing in the field of human development.

Al-Qubaisi continued: “SEHA is keen to provide every opportunity for its staff to enhance their skills, increase their educational qualifications, and receive the required training at the world’s most prestigious specialised universities and colleges. This will have the greatest impact on their personal development, which will contribute to the company’s progress and the development of the UAE.

Al-Qubaisi also stated that the 22 graduates received specialised support in order to enhance their skills and qualify them according to their individual functional needs and requirements, and in line with SEHA’s strategy. During the programme, they undertook a variety of development activities including executive coaching, mentoring, personal assessment and skills training. Each of these skills was developed in such a way as to support the development of competencies as outlined by government entities in Abu Dhabi. This reflects the government’s commitment to supporting talent and continuing to develop it in order to reinforce the management infrastructure at the highest levels of government.

Al-Qubaisi further mentioned that INSEAD is one of the leading schools supporting the programme in high-level education and training. This contributes to the strengthening of the students’ abilities and their potential, qualifies them for advancement and development in their respective fields, and helps make them distinctive and creative leaders. SEHA aims to have a distinguished and innovative team that is capable of dealing with the responsibilities and burdens of the job assigned to them.

Professor Miguel Sousa Lobo stated that INSEAD is committed to consolidating its excellent relationship with SEHA and providing educational and training programmes for executives who wish to join the school. Furthermore, programmes created are in line with SEHA’s strategy and help to stimulate innovation in daily work.

Lobo added that INSEAD offers a range of graduate programmes in business administration and executive business management, which attract over 1,000 enrolees every year, in addition to executive education programmes that are directed to skill development of Executive Directors and CEOs.These programmes attract 9,500 enrolees every year.




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Turner Prize Winner Sir Antony Gormley Participates in Innovative ‘21,39’ Programme

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Turner Prize Winner Sir Antony Gormley Participates in Innovative ‘21,39’ Programme


540Following the successful launch by the Saudi Art Council of the inaugural ‘21,39’ Jeddah Arts at the beginning of the month, the programme continues to showcase an engaging agenda for and to the city’s community. Chaired by HRH Princess Jawaher bint Majed Al Saud, President of AlMansouria, the first edition of ‘21,39’ aims to preserve and present the cultural movement in Saudi Arabia with a two-month long programme that presented the opening of two curated exhibitions, “Moallaqat” and “Past is Prologue”, featuring modern and contemporary Saudi artists, a symposium attended by regional and international industry experts as well as openings throughout the city of local spaces and pop-up by Riyadh-based galleries.

Courtesy Athr Gallery

The Saudi Art Council aims to cater and enrich cultural awareness in Jeddah, encouraging members of the community to attend and be a part of the ‘21,39’ programme of curated talks and workshops. Adhering to this commitment, the programme presented British artist Sir Antony Gormley, who appeared for his first public talk in Saudi Arabia in conversation with Ahmed Mater on ‘Sculpture and the Collective Imagination.’

Sir Antony is widely acclaimed for his sculptures, installations, and public artworks, which focus on the human body and its relationship to space. Since the 1960s his work has explored the fundamental methods of where human beings stand in relation to nature and the universe.

Both Sir Antony and Mater, an increasingly renowned figure in Saudi Arabian and wider Middle Eastern art, discussed aspects and opinions on the medium of sculpture and its connotations in today’s art world using examples from Sir Antony’s repertoire and Mater’s recent work, which presents an unofficial history of Saudi socio-political life. The talk was held on Thursday February 20th at Gold Moor Centre, Jeddah to a capacity audience, and followed by a Q&A session.

“The Saudi Art Council is proud to present two artists whose works are a testament to the enhancement of the versatile and vibrant programme of ‘21,39’ which engages and informs the audience on the association between society and art,” says Mohammed Hafiz, Vice-Chairman of The Saudi Art Council and Co-Founder of Athr Gallery. “Our vision is to further the dialogue between artists in the Kingdom with regional and global artists, amplifying the shared social understanding and inspire an ongoing interaction.”

“This initiative shows the possibility of richness and diversity. Not just nostalgic, but traditions are revived and re-looked at, such as calligraphy, embroidery and metalwork,” said Sir Antony of the ‘21,39’ event. “It allows art to test the limits of our perception. If our limit is the horizon, the perceptual edge; art encourages us to think what lies beyond that edge.”

The ‘21,39’ programme continues until April 2014 with a special education program offering guided school tours of the two exhibitions, a volunteer programme, mentoring sessions for young Saudi artists, and a series of workshops for children and adults. For more information, please visit the website.



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‘21,39’ Jeddah Arts Opens with Positive Response to Exclusive Inaugural Programme by the Saudi Art Council

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‘21,39’ Jeddah Arts Opens with Positive Response to Exclusive Inaugural Programme by the Saudi Art Council


53The Saudi Art Council presented the first edition of ‘21,39’ Jeddah Arts which was officially inaugurated by HRH Princess Jawaher bint Majed Al Saud, President of AlMansouria Foundation and Chairwoman of the Saudi Art Council, on February 4, 2014 commencing the start of a unique initiative dedicated to preserving and presenting the cultural movement in Saudi Arabia. The two-month art event welcomed over 3,500 visitors on its opening night from the local and regional communities and the international art world (invited by the Council to Saudi Arabia), introducing them to an exclusive experience of exhibitions, educational workshops, talking platforms and a unique programme to revive the old town district of Al-Balad.

‘21,39’ Jeddah Arts showcases 45 Saudi artists through two curated exhibitions, highlighting the evolution of local art in “Moallaqat” and “Past is Prologue”. ‘21,39’ honours female artists within this list, including the extensive career of Saffeya Binzager, one of the first Saudi artists to hold an exhibition in The Kingdom, by presenting a retrospective of her works at her studio and space; and an installation by Manal AlDowayan which draws particular attention to the exclusion of women from Saudi Arabian family trees. The work consists of numerous brass leaves engraved with the names of women – matriarchs - which branch out in an umbrella of recognition and ancestral pride celebrating women as individuals and as significant contributors to culture and history.

“The inaugural activities of the Saudi Art Council with the presentation of ‘21,39’ have signified the great achievement of this initiative and its programme through the high levels of public interest and community involvement. This was an initiative for the people by the people,” says Abdullah AlTurki, member of the Saudi Art Council. “The importance of education plays an integral role within the programme, enforcing the awareness and the teaching of art in our culture and daily lives. Together with the exhibitions, workshops and symposium, this initiative aims to continue to elevate Jeddah and its diverse community within the artistic culture throughout Saudi Arabia.”

The programme included an all-day symposium of talks, panel discussions and open dialogue which enhance the ‘21, 39’ theme covering the role of Saudi art in relation to the local, regional and global context. Key note speakers included Chris Dercon, Director of Tate Modern Museum, London and Fouad Therman, Director of King Abdullaziz Center for World Culture, alongside panels featuring Sheikha Hoor Al Qassimi, President of the Sharjah Art Foundation; Anne Pasternak, Director, Creative Time; artists Ahmed Mater, Manal AlDowayan, and Ziad Antar amongst others.

“Thanks to the Saudi Art Council and its initiative ‘21,39’ Jeddah Arts, Saudi Arabia is quickly catching up not only within its own right, but also with the future of contemporary art in the Middle East,” says Chris Dercon, Director of Tate Modern, London. “The Saudi Art Council and ‘21,39’ is an organisation which reflects a new movement - a bottom-up movement - in the region, connecting Jeddah as an art centre with other centres such as Sharjah [United Arab Emirates], and Beirut [Lebanon].”

A special education program will run in conjunction with ‘21, 39’ offering guided tours of the exhibition, a volunteer programme and mentoring sessions for young Saudi artists, alongside workshops for children and adults. For more information, please visit the website.







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INDEX KSA OPENS WITH 150 EXHIBITORS AND A PROGRAMME OF SEMINARS FOR THE INTERIOR DESIGN AND ARCHITECT COMMUNITY

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INDEX KSA OPENS WITH 150 EXHIBITORS AND A PROGRAMME OF SEMINARS FOR THE INTERIOR DESIGN AND ARCHITECT COMMUNITY


494INDEX KSA, Saudi Arabia largest interior design fair, was inaugurated yesterday by Sheikh Mazen Battierjee, President of Albeir Society, and Dr. Ghazi bin Saeed Al Abbasi, Secretary General of the Saudi Council of Engineers. The opening. Held under the Patronage of Sheikh Saleh Abdullah Kamel and organized by M.I.C.E Arabia Exhibitions and Conferences Co. in association with dmg events, the second edition of the show will run until tomorrow, 14th November 2013 (11 Muharram 1435H), at the Jeddah Centre for Forum and Events.

Batterjee said: “INDEX KSA is a trade fair that gives foreign companies an opportunity to explore the Saudi Arabian market and encourages business in the region. We are pleased to endorse an initiative of this kind as it will benefit our country and support our economic growth”.

Elie Rizk, CEO of M.I.C.E. Arabia Group, also expressed his gratitude to everyone who contributed to the success of the exhibition, led by the Emirate of Makkah, and to the main supporters of the show the Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Saudi Council of Engineers and their staff members as well as all ministries and government bodies, in particular Ministry of Foreign Affairs Saudi Arabia, Ministry of commerce, the Saudi Organisation for Investment, Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities and special thanks to all exhibitors, participants, media partners and sponsors.

“We are honoured to have Sheikh Mazen Battierjee and and Dr. Ghazi bin Saeed Al Abbasi here today to inaugurate the second edition of INDEX KSA, it’s a demonstration of the support given to the show”, said Mike Allsopp, Senior Vice President of dmg events Middle East & Asia, who attended the official inauguration and accompanied a tour around the fair.

Hosting over 150 companies from 20 countries and covering different industry segments, INDEX KSA caters to the needs of the residential, commercial and hospitality interior sectors; the show provides exhibitors with a platform to access the Saudi Arabian market and industry’s professionals with a unique opportunity to network with potential new suppliers for their projects and a source of inspiration.

Spread over 4,400 net sqm of floor space, INDEX KSA 2013 will also feature for the first time a programme of free-to-attend seminars and workshops for the Interior Design and Architect community, where industry’s hot topics will be analysed and discussed. Tomorrow’s schedule for the INDEX KSA Design Talks 2013 includes a session on ‘Education and Training in Interior Design-A British Perspective’ by Helen Keighley, Director of Education for the British Institute of Interior Design (BIID); while Amina Al-Failakawi, Visual Merchandising Manager at Abyat Megastore, will discuss ‘Interior Inspirations, Colors, Patterns and Styles’.

“The new Design Talks programme it’s a great addition to the show; it brings to our market something that was needed and that will help nurturing and developing the Saudi Arabian industry professional community” commented Dr. Ghazi bin Saeed AL Abbasi, Secretary General of the Saudi Council of Engineers. “The council is committed to supporting such activities that enhance awareness amongst architects and decision makers alike”, he concluded.

Another new feature of the second INDEX KSA show is the Trend Tour, a self-guided tour that helps visitors navigate the show at their leisure and spot the most interesting pieces on display at the fair. Among the thousands of items showcased at INDEX, a team of industry experts have selected the 25 most innovative and trendiest from international and regional exhibiting brands such as Aqua Designs Group, Champs Elysees, Edition Bougainville, Faya, FEDE, Legrand, Roca, Vavex, and Solea.

“We have introduced two new features to the show that will make visitors’ experience even more fulfilling. With these novelties, the regional interior design market growing and the appetite for this kind of event, we envision INDEX 2013 to replicate the success of the 2012 edition”, concluded Mike Allsopp.

Index KSA will run at the Jeddah Centre for Forums and Events until tomorrow, Thursday 14th November, from 4pm to 10pm. For more information visit www.indexksa.com


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