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HISTORY & TRADITIONS - ARTS

Exhibits showcase Dubai's artistic edge

Posted on 09/03/2007

Around 40 artists from across the world are showcasing their works in the first major contemporary international Gulf Art Fair in the Middle East. His Highness Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, yesterday visited the fair and appreciated the artworks on display. He said that such events highlight the other side of the UAE and its people, and the country's love for peace, civilisation, art and culture. "We care for art ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi Art gallery named after ‘tree of life’

Posted on 15/02/2007

Under the patronage of Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, the Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research the first art gallery in the capital will open on February 19. Taking its name from the "tree of life" of Arabian deserts, Ghaf Art Gallery is a labour of love of three people – artist Mohamed Kanoo, digital artist Jalal Luqman and art supporter Hanadi Al Fahim. The first exhibition to be held here is "3 Icons", by Mohamed Kanoo, who explained the idea behind his works during ...  >>MORE

Languages of the Desert exhibition from Feb 18

Posted on 11/02/2007

The stage is set for the ‘Languages of the Desert' exhibition scheduled to be held between February 18 and March 1. The event is being held under the patronage of General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces. "Desert has always been part of what we are. We learn from it the virtues of patience and modesty and how to appreciate what we have,” Sheikh Mohammed said. He thanked the artists whose works will be ...  >>MORE

Emirati artist’s works on show

Posted on 10/01/2007

‘Made in the UAE' is an art exhibition of famous Emirati artist Abdul Qader Al Rais which kicked off at the Majlis Gallery on Monday evening and will continue until January 31. Mohammed Al Murr, Chairman of the Dubai Cultural Council, inaugurated the exhibition showcasing 25 water colour paintings. The exhibition is a wonderful combination of abstract and realistic pieces by the painter. Alison Collins, managing partner of The Majlis Art Gallery said, "Abdul Qader is not only a supremely ...  >>MORE

Gallery for UAE artist in Cultural Village

Posted on 03/07/2006

A dedicated gallery for UAE artist, Abdul Qader Al Rayes will be set up in the Al Souq area of the Cultural Village, a landmark leisure and tourist development in Dubai. The announcement was made at a briefing hosted by Hashim Al Dabal, CEO, Dubai Properties and Al Rayes. An artist of regional and international reputation, 55year old Al Rayes's works have been showcased at leading exhibitions worldwide, including Lebanon, Prague, Germany, Australia and the United States. Known for his ...  >>MORE

Art world sees Dubai as hub of future

Posted on 26/03/2006

As world-renowned art exhibitionist Christie's opens its first non-sale exhibition this week in preparation for an art auction in May, Dubai will become the hub for a growing regional art industry, art experts say. "A couple of years ago, someone who wanted to invest in art preferred to go to Paris or London or Berlin,” said Alison Collins, the managing partner of The Majlis Gallery in Dubai. "But why couldn't Dubai become a hub,” Collins said Christie's, through non-sale exhibitions and live ...  >>MORE

Christie's exhibition of important works of art in Dubai

Posted on 21/03/2006

Christie's will present a public exhibition of international auction highlights in Dubai from 21 to 22 March at the Jumeirah Emirates Towers Hotel. This major exhibition consists of works of art to be sold in international salerooms in New York, Paris, Geneva, London and Hong Kong. The total value of works on show is estimated at US$20,000,000 with objects dating from the 10th century right through to the 20th century. The exhibition will include unique and exciting examples of Islamic art, ...  >>MORE

Artist creates tower with precious stones

Posted on 06/02/2006

This will be a knockout Valentine's gift for someone special who is enamoured with Dubai and its magnificent symbol by the sea. Italian artist Dr Vittorio Carrado has fashioned a foot-high Burj Al Arab, inlaid with blue sapphires, other precious stones and platinum and the whole structure enclosed by crystal. This gem of a burj is valued at US$1 million (Dh3.65 million) and will be on display at the Four Seasons Gallery at the Mall of the Emirates till the end of this month, according to ...  >>MORE

Christie’s to have sale in Dubai

Posted on 18/01/2006

Christie's, one of the world's leading auction houses, has announced its inaugural sale of International Modern and Contemporary Art in Dubai in May. The auction will offer works of art by Arab, Indian, Iranian and Western artists. Christie's presence in the GCC was established in April 2005 with the appointment of Limerick as the company's general manager in Dubai. Prior to the event there is also a showing in London. (The Emirates Today) ...  >>MORE

From Biennial to Biennale

Posted on 10/06/2005

Thanks to its 102-year-old history. The Sharjah Biennial team will include Hisham Al Madhloum, general coordinator, and Jack Persekian, head curator of the seventh edition of the Biennial. The participation of Al Madhloum and Persekian assumes great significance in view of the Sharjah Biennial's growing stature in the international art cultural and artistic milieu. Talking about the visit, Al Madhloum said: "This participation in the Venice Biennale is important for us, because it was the ...  >>MORE

Drawing for the cause of peace

Posted on 29/05/2005

Winners of the drawing competition Peace for Children will be picked on Wednesday. The drawing contest saw more than 1,500 children participate from 22 special needs centres from across the UAE. Children of various ages and disabilities took part in expressing their feelings about peace and war in the world. A book will be compiled with all the children's drawings. Centre directors and competition organisers said the concept of the contest was to give children the chance to express peace ...  >>MORE

New centre aims to educate while entertaining people

Posted on 27/05/2005

More than Dh7 million has been raised by the Dubai Community Theatre and Art Centre to build the Gulf's first, non-profit theatre and arts centre. The new premises will be built on the roof of the Mall of the Emirates. Construction work began in March 2004, and the centre is set to open by the end of this year. It will be accessible for all communities and cultures. It will consist of a 550-seat, 2 level theatre, a 150-flexible-seat studio theatre, rehearsal space for ballet, tap dancing and ...  >>MORE

Painting by young UAE girl wins international competition

Posted on 22/04/2005

A painting by a young UAE girl was selected yesterday among the winning entries submitted by children from different parts of the world as part the International Children Painting Competition. The painting by 11-year old Eman Mohammed Al Hadouri was selected as one of the top entries in the competition that included children from 12 countries. The event will be held annually so as to provide a venue for children, said Ali Al Abani, who headed the selection panel. (The Emirates News Agency, ...  >>MORE

Painting Arabian horses

Posted on 18/04/2005

Designing and painting Arabian horse sculptures was a unique experience for students from the Dubai Women's College (DWC) and Dubai Men's College (DMC) who took out their paintbrushes in the Dubai Celebration of the Arabian Horse Exhibition. Both colleges' Communications Technology programmes received the horse sculptures through the sponsorship of General Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and UAE Minister of Defence. Each college used a similar method to select ...  >>MORE

Painted world

Posted on 16/04/2005

An art show titled Glass Works by artist Obaid Surour Al Mas – held at Al Manar Shopping Mall in Ras al-Khaimah – has captured the magic and mystique of the local environment. Chairman of Ras al-Khaimah Civil Aviation, Sheikh Salem bin Sultan Al Qasimi opened the show yesterday. Seventy works are on display. Using small pieces of coloured glass, the artist created a collection of unique works of art. (The Gulf News) ...  >>MORE

Abdullah bin Zayed visits Sharjah biennial

Posted on 12/04/2005

Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Culture and Information yesterday toured the Sharjah International biennial 7 and described works on display as "rich and bold." "Some might think of this form of arts as bizarre but it actually invites attention of the ordinary man, let alone artists," Sheikh Abdullah said. He added that the artists taking part in the biennial showed that they are skilled and creative. "Though they did not say that, but I was able to recognise works of the ...  >>MORE

An artistic celebration of the Arabian horse

Posted on 26/03/2005

Last year, it was the Camel Caravan that brightened up Dubai with colourful camels. This year it is a celebration of the Arabian horse. The brainchild of Ken and Patricia Palmer of Artworks LLC, this community public art project has brought together artists, art galleries, corporate groups, community groups, government departments, school and university students, children with special needs and charitable organisations to create a string of beautifully painted horses. The graceful ...  >>MORE

A brush with talent

Posted on 21/03/2005

UAE national women received full support and assistance of the late president Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, said Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubark Al Nahyan, Minister of Education. National women have also relished the wise leadership and guidance of Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, Chairperson of the UAE Women's Federation, said Sheikh Nahyan yesterday after honouring national women artists, who bagged first positions in a painting competition. The contest dubbed as "Innovation evolution” was ...  >>MORE

Abdullah bin Zayed visits art exhibition

Posted on 19/03/2005

Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Information and Culture visited here today an art exhibition, showcasing the work of the UAE artist Abdul Qadir Al Reis. In remarks shortly after touring the exhibition, Sheikh Abdullah lauded artist Al Reis for his remarkable artistic feat, adding that he was an example of a new breed of successful UAE young men. He added that Al Reis was a pride of the UAE, considering the quality of his works which have won an international acclaim. The ...  >>MORE

Belonging is the theme of this year's Sharjah Biennial

Posted on 02/03/2005

Over 70 artists from 36 countries are expected to participate in the 7th Sharjah International Art Biennial, which will be held from April 6 to June 6 in Sharjah. Organised by Sharjah Department of Culture and Information under the patronage of Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah His Highness Dr Sheikh Sultan Bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, this year's Biennial will reflect contemporary artists' interaction with the theme of "Belonging." The programme of the Biennial also includes an ...  >>MORE

Khalid bin Sultan Al Qasimi wins two golden prizes in photography

Posted on 21/11/2004

Sheikh Khalid bin Sultan Al Qasimi has won two golden prizes in the competition of the First Arab-Euro Festival for Photography organised by the Arab Photographers Union in Europe held under the theme "History, technique and heritage”. The Union has invited H.H. Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah and his son, Sheikh Khalid bin Sultan Al Qasimi to attend prizes distribution ceremony, which will be held on December 8. (The Emirates News ...  >>MORE

DDF supports the arts

Posted on 26/09/2004

Dubai Duty Free has confirmed its commitment to art and culture by becoming a Diamond Patron of the Dubai Community Theatre and Arts Centre (Ductac), which is scheduled to open in September 2005. The non-profit centre, a project initiated by theatre and art lovers in Dubai, will begin operation in Dubai's Mall of the Emirates. By opting to become a Diamond Patron, the DDF is providing the highest-level support and will be able to name one of the Centre's principal rooms after the ...  >>MORE

Arabic calligraphy exhibition opened

Posted on 09/05/2004

His Highness Dr Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah, inaugurated, on May 5, the main exhibition of the first session of the 'Sharjah International Biennial for the Art of Arabic Calligraphy' where 490 calligraphy works by more than 27 artists from various countries, including 17 from Arab countries, were displayed. Held at the Sharjah Museum for the Art of Arabic Calligraphy and Ornamentation, the inauguration ceremony was attended by ...  >>MORE

Sharjah Calligraphy Biennial to start on May 5

Posted on 03/05/2004

The first Sharjah Calligraphy Biennial showcasing the Art of Arabic Calligraphy will be held from May5 to June 5 at the Sharjah Museum for the Art of Arabic Calligraphy and Ornamentation, located at the Arabic Calligraphy Square, Sharjah. To be held under the patronage of Supreme Council Member of the Ruler of Sharjah His Highness Dr Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, the Biennial consists of general exhibition and competition, four solo exhibitions, a parallel exhibition as well as a ...  >>MORE

Bidders flock to online charity auction of Camel Caravan

Posted on 31/03/2004

"Poetic Camel", made of fireproof fibreglass painted with Arabesque art and a poem penned by General Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai Crown Prince and UAE Defence Minister, is going under the hammer for US$2,000 online. That is the starting price for the uniquely designed 60 life-size camels and 15 tabletop models. They range from a "Genie" camel to one with a mosaic of mirrors, for which bids can be placed by visiting www.camelcaravan.ae. The Camel Caravan, which merges art and ...  >>MORE

Walkway art museum takes shape

Posted on 17/03/2004

Under the shimmering desert sun 40 sculptors and 40 painters participate in the Emaar International Art Symposium creating pieces for an open-air 3.5 kilometre-long walkway museum to be constructed around the world's tallest tower Burj Dubai. "Emaar Properties wants to create buildings that live and breathe with the essence of humanity… not just blocks of structure, it is about creating an architectural and artistic legacy - the reason why they have organised this symposium," explains Obai ...  >>MORE

Sharjah Ruler Opens Plastic Art Exhibition

Posted on 18/02/2004

H.H. Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, opened yesterday the 22nd General Exhibition at the Sharjah Art Museum. Forty-seven artists are taking part in the exhibition, which is being organised by the Organisation of UAE Plastic Artists, in collaboration with the Sharjah Department of Culture and Information. More than 177 pieces in various art works are on show at the exhibition, which ends on March 10. (The Emirates News Agency, WAM) ...  >>MORE

Sheikh Rashid opens art show

Posted on 08/02/2004

Sheikh Rashid bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum yesterday inaugurated an art show of the works of Sheikha Manal bint Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum and her colleagues Khawla Al Falasi, Hamda Al Ghaith and Maitha Al Falasi. Sheikh Rashid made a tour of the displays and inspected the works of art which reflected the UAE environment and heritage. Among the displays were 14 works of Sheikha Manal including one titled: "My father, source of my inspiration”. Also attending the opening ceremony was ...  >>MORE

Massive artwork underway to chronicle UAE progress

Posted on 10/01/2004

The history and progress of the UAE since its inception will soon be on the wall with a mural measuring 150m in length and 10m in height. The Abu Dhabi Municipality and Town Planning Department has finally approved the proposal by a prominent artist to paint the world's largest mural to depict the country's history. The project is being implemented by Abu Dhabi-based artist Liaqat Ali Khan. "Since I've witnessed the continued unfolding developments in the country in such a short span of ...  >>MORE

Mohammed bin Rashid Est. launches Art Connection

Posted on 16/12/2003

Dr. Omar bin Sulaiman, Chief Executive Officer of Dubai Internet City inaugurated an art exhibition at the Mina A' Salam to launch Art Connection, a company supported by the Mohammed bin Rashid Establishment for Young Business Leaders. Art Connection aims at supporting artists from both the national and international community. The opening which marked the launch of Art Connection was attended by Abdul Baset Al Janahi, the CEO of Mohammed bin Rashid Est., the Establishment Board Members, ...  >>MORE

Dubai set to bring traditions alive

Posted on 18/10/2003

A unique herd of two-foot-high painted fibreglass camels is to go on display to showcase the culture and traditions of various countries in a 'Parade of Nations'. The Camel Caravan, supported by 20 participating countries, is to be displayed at high-profile public locations throughout Dubai before being auctioned for charity. It has been organised by Dubai Municipality, in cooperation with the Rotary Club Of Dubai and the Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing. The camel display was ...  >>MORE

Dubai to launch Camel Caravan

Posted on 01/10/2003

Dubai is launching yet another unique project called Camel Caravan and by the end of the year, the city will be an outdoor art gallery as artists gives colour and life to the life-size camel sculptures. Under the patronage of the Rotary Club of Dubai, the project has the complete support and backing of the Dubai Government, community leaders, educators and dozens of leading, local and international businesses. The idea behind the even is to bring the areas of art and commerce together in a bid ...  >>MORE

A language of the heart

Posted on 27/09/2003

"Sculpture is a language of the heart and infinite beauty. It needs no words to connect," explains UAE national sculptor Najat Hassan Makki, one of the earliest artists in the country. "A piece of sculpture can be realistic or abstract. Either way, it is usually something inspired by nature, the things around us, the environment and our interpretation... our perception of it. "Each piece tells a story and reflects a bit of the artist. Like all art it is about an individual's view about an ...  >>MORE

An eye for the uncommon

Posted on 13/08/2003

Photographer Abdulnasser Ali Al Shamsi sees the mathematical in the everyday, the art in decaying buildings, and the timelessness in the pedestrian UAE national Abdulnasser Ali Al Shamsi has an uncommon vision. He sees the mathematical in the everyday, the art in decaying buildings, and the timelessness in the pedestrian. In his viewfinder, a simple wooden bench surrounded by fuzzy thistles becomes an image of eternal rest, a waterlogged dhow leaning to one side is the epitome of forgotten ...  >>MORE

Moments in time frozen in frames

Posted on 13/08/2003

Apart from the 120 photographs on exhibit at the Hyatt Regency as part of DSS Heritage Surprises week, part of Noor Ali Rashid's collection is on permanent display on the hotel's ground floor He was the historian of the UAE at a time when it had no historians. For those who were not here in the early days, it is through his lens that we have seen the great changes wrought in this young nation. For those who were, his pictures of the 1950s, 60s and 70s-era Dubai and Abu Dhabi are a trip down ...  >>MORE

Sheikha Hour Al Qasimi signifies the importance of Biennial

Posted on 24/05/2003

Sheikha Hour bint Sultan Al Qasimi, Daughter of H.H. Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, said Sheikh Sultan's patronage of the Biennial signifies the paramount importance the occasion provided for her to observe. This educational project based on the values and principles envisioned by Sheikh Sultan is not confined only to art but goes behind, believing that culture is a way of life that diminishes human conflicts and through which effective ...  >>MORE

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