Neighbor Day is yearly community celebration in Australia that urge the public to interact with the individuals who live in their neighborhood.
Regardless of whether through a cuppa, an excursion in the recreation center, or a support message, Neighbor Day is the ideal chance to express profound gratitude for being an extraordinary neighbor and for being there to assist.
Many people dream to live in a close, helpful and caring community, however, they do not generally realize where to begin. Neighbor Day presented that opportunity and became an instrument and a reason to continue knowing your neighbors. Numerous individuals state they have been yearning to become acquainted with their neighbors, however simply do not get around to it. Neighbor Day gives a schedule date and support to the neighboring communities.
Neighbor Day is observed each year, during March, specifically on the last Sunday of the month. It seeks to encourage solid community associations on a more personal level. But hey, the neighbor day can always be observed daily.
This year, Neighbor Day 2019 will evolve on the theme “Loneliness: What neighbors can do to create connections.”
In 2019, Neighbor Day falls on Sunday 31 March.
The foremost point of Neighbor Day is to foster better associations with the general population who live around us, particularly the old and powerless. Neighbors are vital on the grounds that great associations with others can change networks. Social association likewise makes us feel better as it avoids loneliness, misery and isolation. Neighbor Day unites similarly invested individuals, assets, and associations to develop more grounded, very much associated networks. Furthermore, improve every one of us feel great about the world!
Obligation regarding Neighbor Day in Australis has a place with each individual, in each network. We need to work with people, families, neighborhoods, networks and associations to help develop Neighbor Day, so we would all be able to live in societies that are inviting, kind and helpful
Neighbor Day is overseen by Relationships Australia.
Being alone – what neighbors can do to develop connections
We will, in general, consider desolate individuals as old, or single individuals living alone. In any case, Loneliness is experienced by individuals over the age and social range, including youngsters, individuals living with their accomplices and families, and even individuals encompassed by others in the working environment.
According to studies:
- Loneliness is related to poor physical wellbeing, poor financial standings, social uneasiness, and poor emotional wellness.
- Loneliness is related to an expanded danger of coronary illness and stroke, hypertension and the beginning of incapacity. Individuals who are socially segregated, or don’t have great quality social help, are at more serious danger of biting the dust sooner than those with great social associations.
- Teen people who don’t have dear friends and great outside communities have a poor level of confidence, are inadequately balanced and at higher danger of suicide.
- It improves the probability of mortality by twenty-six percent, like the impact of smoking fifteen cigarettes every day
- Particular individuals are at expanded hazard. For instance, single guardians, especially men, the individuals who have lost a wife or husband and those encountering challenging situations.
Australia is amidst a depression emergency, with numerous in our populace encountering a shortage of social association, that is, they detest significant connections in their lives to support and sustain them, especially through troublesome occasions.
Residents in Australia are progressively having more limited time, with numerous family units having all grown-ups in work and less time for network commitment and neighborhood association. Fewer individuals know, and communicate with, their neighbors and are individuals from local gatherings. The hover of individuals we believe we can swing to when we need a hand or comfort in times of dire need is contracting in all age gatherings.
This lonesomeness is not only happening to Australia, rather it is a perceived marvel in numerous western countries. Without a doubt, in 2017 the UK Parliament set up a national investigation into the issue and thusly settled a Ministry for Loneliness.
Here at Neighbor Day, we trust it is important that we revive our networks, get individuals to associate with their neighbors and in doing as such, drive a scratch in lonesomeness.
All through our Neighbor Day movement in 2019, we will urge all Australians to take the ‘loneliness challenge’ – see our convenient tips to associate with everyone around you.
We will urge all Australians to contact the powerless and forlorn individuals from their locale to connect – regardless of whether it is a couple of agreeable words over the back fence, welcoming your older neighbor in for a cuppa, sorting out a networking get-together, or halting for a visit when you’re strolling the puppy. We would love to hear your accounts of new neighborly associations.
While Neighbor Day itself is observed on the last Sunday in March each year, we trust we should experience each day as though it’s is Neighbor Day.
Celebrate Neighbor Day
To celebrate Neighbor Day, do something kind for your neighbor today. The spirit of the Neighbor Day celebration is all about caring. Regardless if you are looking to re-connect and make peace with a past enemy or to simply get to know your neighbors better, Neighbor Day is the best time to go outside and spread kindness.
There are no rules written to how you should celebrate Neighbor Day, therefore you are free to use do anything. Feeling social and creative? You can throw a party and invite your neighbors at your home or you may want to hang out with them somewhere. Everything, if done with acts of kindness will surely make your community a better place to live. So do whatever you like, as long as it will bring you closer to your neighbors and allow you to get to know them better.
DISCOVER NEW DIMENSIONS OF ART APPRECIATION AT THE 14th SHARJAH BIENNIAL (SB14)
Since its inception, the Sharjah Biennial has expanded the cultural spirit of the UAE community by offering, creating, and staging ground-breaking and thought-provoking art shows, and providing a cohesive program for internationally acclaimed artists from different parts of the region.
Sharjah Biennial celebrates its 14th edition with the theme “Leaving The Echo Chamber” bringing three exclusive retrospectives that delve into the opportunities for forming art whilst history is gradually dramatized, when philosophies of ’society’ are customarily shifted, when boundaries and principles are under unremitting changes, and our material background is under the constant risk of human damage and climate decline.
The event opened on March 7, 2019, and Mr. Mohamed Dekkak, the Chairman of Adgeco Group, an art collector and enthusiast, did not let this one of a kind experience to slip by.
The event will run until June 2019 with exhibitions being held at the Foundation’s Art Spaces, museum, and the neighboring conventional structures and squares of the Arts and Heritage zones.
The main objective of the organization of the Biennial is education and outreach programs that are proposed to engross the various communities of the UAE. A panel of conspicuous personalities in the world of art will award a Biennial Prize on each occasion.
SHARJAH: THE BIRTHPLACE OF THE BIENNIAL SHOW
Sharjah is one of the seven emirates of UAE and it is the third largest emirate according to land area. It is even hailed as a UNESCO cultural capital of the Arab community in 1998.
“Art reflects everyone’s culture and it is bonded in the strand of our identity. In my opinion, the emirate of Sharjah preserves the culture and the heritage that identify the Arab community and that is the reason it was chosen by UNESCO as a cultural capital”, said Mr. Mohamed Dekkak.
The first International Art Biennial happened in Sharjah in 1993 the same year when it was founded. During its early years, the Biennial was organized using a standard setup where the artists are officially chosen to represent each partaking country. Ten years after its foundation, it was reformatted under the directives of its Curator and Artistic Director, H.E. Hoor Al Qasimi, bringing this contemporary art show to another level in the Gulf.
At present, Sharjah Biennial deeply underlines the exhibition of art and engagement with the individual artists themselves as well as the viewers, thereby establishing what has proven to be an enduring theme in the Biennial’s future manifestations.
Mr. Mohamed Dekkak is impressed with the history of the event and how it evolved into a more engaging and interactive art show. “Sharjah is an effective catalyst for discussion and collaboration across the region as well as the people who advocate cultural and art preservation and development in other parts of the world”, said Mr. Dekkak.
SHARJAH ART FOUNDATION: A STIMULUS FOR THE NEW FACE SHARJAH BIENNIAL
Initially created by the Sharjah Department of Culture and Information, in 2009 the Biennial became a principal program of the newly founded Sharjah Art Foundation together with the annual March Assembly, placements, production grants, directives, expositions, gatherings, exploration, and publications.
Sharjah Art Foundation is an advocate, catalyst, and producer of contemporary art within the Emirate of Sharjah and its bordering areas, in discussion with the global arts group.
An increasing assembly mirrors the foundation’s encouragement to the modern-day artists in the fulfillment of innovative works and acknowledgment of the influences provided by revolutionary modern artists locally and internationally.
Sharjah Art Foundation is a lawfully self-governing public organization founded by Emiri Decree and sustained by government support, grants from national and international non-profits and cultural establishments, corporate guarantors, and individual sponsors. All events are free and open to the public.
FILIPINO ALL-FEMALE BAND TAKES THE SPOTLIGHT AT THE SB14
Coming from the Pearl of the Orient and the land of creative people, The Filipino Superwoman Band was commissioned by Sharjah Art Foundation during the SB14.
They performed as part of the “Look For Me Around You” program by Claire Tancons at Al Hamdan bin Mousa Courtyard, Al Mureijah Square – Sharjah Art Foundation. Most of the SB14 performances are curated by Tancons and The Filipino Superwoman Band successfully captivated the audiences with their heartfelt songs in conjunction with interpretative dancing.
“When they started singing and moving their bodies, I got goosebumps and my heartbeat started to race. Their performance is very memorable and they are one of the group performers that is unique and promoting women empowerment as they are all female”, said Mr. Dekkak.
The lead singer or performer of the band Eisa Jocson is well known in the Philippines for her dancing skills and she has been traveling around the world to share her skills. She is a true Pinoy Pride representing the Filipino community. She is a contemporary choreographer and dancer having a background in visual arts and ballet.
The show is characterized by mixed media mechanisms and performance. The focus of the band’s repertoire is the ‘Superwoman’ song popularized by Karyn White in 1989. The song is a universal shout out to all the women who are being taken advantage of, being neglected and abused. The song became very famous in the Philippines in the 90s that it was adapted into a Tagalog song entitled ‘Hindi Ako Si Darna’ (I Am Not A Superwoman).
Eisa Jocson together with her two co-Filipino singers, Catherine Go, and Bunny Cadag, presented an emotional performance emulating the intricate works of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) and the different situations they usually encounter being a migrant worker. These include the pressure they have to endure being in a foreign land and learning to adjust and adapt to different customs and culture. Their performance gives stress on the welfare of not just the Filipinos but also all the people who are working abroad.
The three singers strong and beautiful vocal inflections give color to the whole performance while their dance gives life and energy to the song helping the viewers to imagine the scenario that the singers are portraying.
The effective sound engineering and production management skills of Teresa Barrozo and Franchesca Casuay have greatly heightened the impact of the song and the performers to the audience.
The lyrics of “I Am Not A Superwoman” song are fixed on the glass windows of the second Gallery in the courtyard so that the viewers can easily understand the words of the song. Microphones are also provided so they can sing along while the band is performing.
“All members of the band are very friendly, I got the opportunity to meet with them after their performance. I am very grateful that I have met The Filipino Superwoman Band and be able to express my encouragement and support regarding their advocacy”, said Mr. Dekkak.
SIGNIFICANCE BEHIND THE THEME “LEAVING THE ECHO CHAMBER”
The theme for the 14th edition of Sharjah Biennial is Leaving The Echo Chamber.
“I think that the theme for the 14th Sharjah Biennial complements the art shows as it inspires us to think out of the box and become more adventurous and free on expressing our own interpretation of the art”, said Mr. Dekkak.
According to the organizer of SB14, the event will drive the viewers to contemplate about how we can form different communities and inspire impartial philosophy in an artistic way. In this regard, the organizer offered an electrifying series of art, movie, and concerts to its latest edition.
The three supervisors named Claire Tancons, Omar Kholeif, and Zoe Butt, created the SB14 theme. They organized three separate exhibitions, which offers a collection of involvements and activities such as major enactments, extensive public exhibitions, presentations and film showing.
These programs intend to bring up runs of incitements to rearrange the ‘echo chamber’ of modern life. According to the creators of the theme, the word ‘echo chamber’ is a metaphor for convoluted news media and their implications promoted by a grid well-ordered and overseen by private sources, public authorities and organizations. It signifies the historical supremacy of a structure that commands the access, assembly and delivery of information particularly in the different mediums of communication such as languages, images, skills, as well as histories and geographies.
“My interpretation of the echo chamber is a barrier that hinders us to express personality, ideas, imaginations, artistry, skills, and knowledge freely. With Sharjah Biennial 14, I noticed that the performers and artists are more empowered to express themselves in their own techniques, therefore forming new dimensions for a diversity of spaces that deliver multi-layered methods of connecting, existing and supporting united humankind”, said Mr. Dekkak.
THE THREE PILLARS OF SB14
Approximately 90 celebrated and up and coming artists from different parts of the world participated in the event.
Zoe Butt, Omar Kholeif and Claire Tancons were delegated to bring astoundingly different standpoints to embody the intricacy of difficulties tackled by the present artists and society as a whole.
Butt, Kholeif, and Tancons organized three different agendas for the March Meeting, depicted as the yearly gathering of local and international artists, supervisors, researchers and other arts specialists who discuss and study relevant subjects regarding modern art through dialogues and exhibitions and to kick-off SB14.
- Journey Beyond the Arrow
Curated by Zoe Butt
Butt’s exhibition presents the artworks of Tuan Andrew Nguyen, Nalini Malani, Khadim Ali, Ho Tzu Nyen, Meiro Koizumi, Kidlat Tahimik, Ahmad Fuad Osman, and Lisa Reihana.
This exhibition utilized the artists’ creativity to uncover the universal effect of a series of physical and psychological ‘instruments’, of how the symbols and connotations of these tools have changed as the outcome of colonial manipulation, social and religious disagreement or socio-political activism. The artists were given the freedom to probe into the chronological perspective of the ‘bow’, where the ‘arrow’ signifies humanity’s echo—the voice of diversity which is observed in language, recollection, idea, ceremonial, and cultural and social habits.
It highlights the need for conversation and multiplicity all over the world and throughout history.
- Making New Time
Curated by Omar Kholeif
Making New Time is characterized by incitement. It features the works of Jon Rafman, Huguette Caland, Barbara Kasten, Akram Zaatari, Lubaina Himid, Otobong Nkanga, and Marwan.
It intends to display how material culture can be demonstrated through the eyes of the artists whose political activity, involvement and shrewd interpretations inspire us to become more open-minded. It shows how economies are created around the technological background, how a narrative is formed and analyzed, and how these dynamisms of transformation facilitate reconstruction or restoration of lost or even unknown history.
- Look for Me All Around You
Curated by Claire Tancons
Look for Me All Around You offers the works of Carlos Martiel, Aline Baiana, Caline Aoun, Eisa Jocson, Nikolaus Gansterer, Wu Tsang, Isabel Lewis, and Ulrik López.
“The Sharjah Biennial is like a light of hope to our current and aspiring artist to promote the significance of art and culture in our daily life and prevent or stop the dwindling attention of our society in preserving art and acknowledging our artists and their contribution”, said Mr. Dekkak.
He added that as the Sharjah Biennial is recognized as a globally distinguished event in the art industry, it will open new opportunities to the emirate of Sharjah because it serves as an effective platform for tourists and encourage the visitors to explore other parts of the northern emirate such as the picturesque landscapes of the Kalba area, to explore the Hamriyah Studios and other places in the longstanding district where the Sharjah Foundation is situated.
For some time, Art Dubai has been named among the most anticipated art event in the world, and for art enthusiast Adgeco Chairman and Founder, Mohamed Dekkak, “Art Dubai is definitely an inspiring event gathering of the world’s top art experts and collectors throughout the world.”
The current year’s Art Dubai which opens 20th to 23rd of March anticipates a huge figure of worldwide institutional delegates who affirmed their attendance, with over a hundred throughout the world. This involves historical center executives and curators coming from a portion of the top galleries in the world, just as freelance experts working in prime non-profit associations and biennales that are conveying the absolute most modern displays around the globe. All things considered, the event opens up opportunities for thoughts to bloom and exchange of ideas.
Curators Ideas Exchange Program
In view of this, Art Dubai 2019 has established the debut Curators Ideas Exchange Program, a devoted session acquainting going to global curators with the established and grassroots discussions on the ground in the United Arab Emirates. The session will present prime UAE establishments and free areas with a stage to represent and feature their variety of missions and projects. Tashkeel, Jameel Arts Center, Salama Bint Hamdan Al Nahyan Foundation, NYU Abu Dhabi Art Gallery, and the upcoming Ishara Art Foundation will be welcome to acquaint themselves with their global colleagues, with the plan to cultivate long haul discourse throughout over mainlands and empower community-oriented activities later on. Also, the members of UAE NOW will get an opportunity to exhibit independent arts running over Dubai to a more extensive group of viewers.
Delegates attending consist of historical center leaders from the United States, the United Kingdom, and France. Museums like New York’s Guggenheim and MoMA, London’s Tate and Serpentine Galleries, Paris’ the Pompidou and LUMA Arles, Los Angeles’ LACMA. Essentially, particularly given the emphasis that this year’s Art Dubai is setting on the Global South, this portrayal additionally stretches out outs of the more advanced craftsmanship trade to key local foundations all through South Asia, Africa, and Australasia. These consist of Lagos’ Center for Contemporary Art, Cape Town’s Zeitz MOCAA & Norval Foundation, New Delhi’s Kiran Nadar Museum, Brisbane’s Queensland Art Gallery, Beijing’s M Woods Museum, Jakarta’s MACAN Museum, and Marrakech’s MACAAL to name a few.
This video is about Art Dubai 2019 at Madinat Jumeirah Dubai. Mohamed Dekkak proudly attended the event due to his love for Art & Culture.
As far as the non-profit illustration, there’ll be attending on Kunsthalles from south of Europe. Athens’ Kunsthalle Athena’s art director will be in participation, as will Lisbon’s Kunsthalle Lissabon curators, who have accepted the invitation of Art Dubai 2019 to curate the exhibition’s performance program. present and up and coming biennials’ curators are additionally on the rundown of participants such as the person in charge of the Kochi-Muziris Biennale, Anita Dube, as well as the curatorial pair behind the UAE’s National Pavilion at the Venice Biennale, Till Fellrath and Sam Bardaouil. The event will likewise present a selective exhibit of the up and coming India Pavilion at the Venice Biennial, which will celebrate the heritage of Mahatma Gandhi through the variety of fine arts, curated by Kiran Nadar Museum of Art to promote peace and tolerance.
Discovering Morocco’s Voice Gallery in Art Dubai
Marrakech’s Voice Gallery shows a stall of five craftsmen – all of the differing foundations – whose practice talk about the coming together of culture, relationship, historical facts, and language over the Maghreb area.
Michele Ciacciofera, an Italian craftsman who has traversed Morocco, utilizes blended media pieces to intertwine light and shading that talks about the networks of the nation yet which likewise point to the layered environment of its topography. He is additionally keen on the idea of fringes; how they can unify societies as opposed to separate them.
Egyptian craftsman Hamdi Attia explores the connection between cartography and topography. He makes maps of a conjured up universe which, through this gadget, address the discretionary idea of maps, outskirts and the contemporary country state. The issue of toponymy or place-naming is additionally a relevant subject in Morocco where the cover of dialects – French, Arabic, and Berber – frequently influences the manner in which a spot is marked.
A Belgian concept artist who was raised in Cameroon, Eric Van Hove is currently staying in Marrakech and runs his very own art atelier in the city remains at the intersection of specialty, designing, workmanship, and trade. His work praises imagination by making fine art out of hardware and inside that he addresses the present frameworks that esteem automation rather than talented craftsmanship.
M’Barek Bouhchichi, a Moroccan living in Marrakech utilizes minimal style to create pieces likewise situated in nearby crafted works, which are added a demonstration of the social history of his country. Through his sculptural divider based pieces, he addresses self-character in a general context.
Salvatore Emblema’s works of art round out the introduction connecting the aesthetics together. The Italian artist, enlivened by the hues and states of the common world and utilizing normal shades on crude canvas, Emblema’s pieces are encapsulations of the scene itself and draw from a design stance to make the last outcome.
The Voice Gallery’s Vice Director, Cassandre Gil explains that their stall is somewhat of a synopsis of what we present in the exhibition. “We show international and local artists who come to Morocco and make works that co-work and go up against one another. These art masters have a place with various universes and make an exchange among societies and other masterful portrayals. The diverse materials make new connections and impacts, so they can be roused by one another.”
Interesting Galleries in the Art Dubai exhibition
At the peak of Art Month’s thirteenth installment, art galleries and craftsmen from close and far gather at Madinat Jumeirah, giving the proof that art truly transcends boundaries. The current year’s program flaunts huge players from local and global, facilitating 59 displays from 34 nations in the Contemporary class alone. This year sees the debut Bawwaba section, highlighting workmanship from the Global South, and a Residents area that gives a unique concentration to artists from Latin America. Dubai’s own special will likewise be in participation, with nine partaking displays coming from Alserkal Avenue.
Having these imaginative spaces gathered in one spot, make certain to search out these presentations, displaying a different scope of craftsmanship from over the world.
- VOICE Gallery
The thought behind VOICE Gallery is to make a room for socially drawn in fine art and, by expansion, socially connected with communication. It holds the standard of joining neighborhood and worldwide ability, with an emphasis on the Maghreb area, near its heart, similarly attempting to dissipate Western generalizations and demonstrate the subtleties of African craftsmanship. The exhibition based in Marrakesh grandstands five unique craftsmen, who are from different foundations, however whose work is intensely propelled by and established in the culture of Morocco and the North Africa district, Egyptian Hamdi Attia, Belgian Eric van Hove, Italians Salvatore Emblema and Michele Ciacciofera, and Moroccan M’Barek Bouhchichi, who shows a wooden figure motivated by Black Berber custom and embellished with verse in Berber content. Can be spotted in Booth D1
- Agial Art Gallery
A noteworthy player in Beirut’s flourishing craft scene and the contemporary workmanship scene of the entire Arab locale, the Lebanese display ordinarily sparkles a light on crafts by Levantine and other provincial craftsmen, both starting and established. It also holds displays and lodging a privileged constant collection that serves nearly as an archive of Middle Eastern contemporary art, from the pioneers to the current day. The exhibition assumes the main job in advancing Arab workmanship, with the current year’s presentation including Palestinian craftsman Abdul Rahman Katanani’s suggestive sculpture made out of barbwire. Included in the gallery, set at Booth C6 are paintings created by Iraqi native Serwan Baran. His masterpieces depict symbolic canine theme, and Lebanese painter Ayman Baalbaki’s charming expressionist sketches established in his country’s history.
- Galerie Krinzinger
The Vienna-based space has generally upheld youthful Austrian ability, however, originator Dr. Ursula Krinzinger as of late mixed it up of Asian and Middle Eastern names to the program, including Waqas Khan, Kader Attia, Maha Malluh, Zhang Ding and Sudarshan Shetty. An entire host of craftsmen will be on show at the Booth F1 of Dubai Art, from Belgian Hans Op de Beeck with his ground-breaking monochrome model of tabletop objects, Dubai-based Iranian trio Rokni Haerizadeh, Ramin Haerizadeh, and Hesam Rahmanian and their lively, diverse collections, to Austria’s own Brigitte Kowanz’s striking light establishments, to Lebanese Alfred Tarazi’s nostalgic paper montage like computerized prints.
- Dastan’s Basement
Driving the route on Tehran’s beaming exploratory creative scene, Dastan’s Basement gives its distinctively vivid experience, which it frequently does back home, past the wall of its Fereshteh-Street display. The display has on its list probably the most powerful names in Iranian contemporary craftsmanship, including Fereydoun Ave, innovator Farshid Maleki, and the late artist Ardeshir Mohasses. Supportive, as usual, youthful, rising talent from Iran, the current year’s line-up consist of: Sam Samiee, whose remarkable works of art play with measurements; Sepand Danesh, whose signature illusive compositions portray corners in local spaces, outfitted with racks and energetic backdrop; Mohammad Hossein Gholamzadeh, whose massive fantasy like sculpture is the area’s highlight and will unquestionably survive on the web space. Visit them at Booth C2
- Zilberman Gallery
Set on Booth B12, the groundbreaking space, stored in Berlin and Istanbul, speaks to the best level of Turkish ability, yet has similarly built close ties with various global creatives. This week, the exhibition carries incredible assortment with showcases extending from Egyptian pioneer Heba Amin’s extremist oeuvres to Guido Casaretto’s strong, earth sculpture, to Eşref Yıldırım’s bright, expressionist-style interactive media pictures.
- Victoria Miro
Found in Booth B9, this is reliably at the front of London’s modern contemporary craftsmanship scene, the exhibition takes pride on a list of best global artists – such as Grayson Perry, Celia Paul, Chantal Joffe, Elmgreen, William Eggleston and Dragset. The art masters showing in include Yayoi Kusama, with latest sold out at the exhibition’s North London space; Idris Khan, creator of the UAE’s Memorial Park; Alex Hartley, who imagined a custom greenery enclosure for the London space; British sculptor Conrad Shawcross; artist Do Ho Suh with his splendidly hued mark, translucent engineering structures; installation craftsman from Canada Stan Douglas, deconstructing the possibility of perfect world; the productive Doug Aitken’s mirror-enlivened oeuvres.\
- OTA Fine Arts
The display’s first area was in Tokyo, yet the spearheading space presently likewise has a solid spot in both Shanghai and Singapore. Resulting to its extension, it has added acclaimed craftsmen to its list, including Yayoi Kusama and Rina Banerjee. With attention on Japanese creatives, however, speaking to workmanship that traverses the entire of the Asian mainland, the display looks for mutual ties between craftsmen over the entire district and empowers cooperation between craftsmen from around Asia. Kusama has different canvases in plain view this week just as her flower figures signature and Chinese craftsman Chen Wei shows ethereal photos of void dance club scenes. Look within Booth E1
- Addis Fine Art
The Addis Ababa-based display in Booth C15 has established a name for itself as a main African art exhibition since it started in 2013. It as of late opened a spot in London, serving as an extension among regional and foreign art trades and remaining consistent with its substance of giving a stage to expose talents from the Horn of Africa and its diaspora, advancing it on the worldwide stage. A first of its kind space in Ethiopia, it displays work by Ethiopian contemporary master painter Tadesse Mesfin, whose convincing artistic creations of figures in columnar structures praise the ladies and shades of eastern Ethiopian urban areas, just as work by Mesfin’s previous understudy Addis Gezehagn, whose pieces delineate deconstructed city landscapes and engineering structures.
BMW Group Middle East Debuts BMW Art Car at Art Dubai
Art Dubai, being recognized as the main stage for Contemporary and Modern craftsmanship from the MENASA district, BMW featured its standing for car execution, legacy, imaginative style, and flair by introducing one of its popular Art Cars at the said event.
The vehicle that BMW decided to unveil at the occasion was a spectacular BMW M3 Group A Race Version Art Car. It is the eighth such vehicle in BMW’s long-running series of Art Car and was made by Ken Done, an Australian artist. The 1989 BMW M3 marked its 30th commemoration at the event and surprised all guests to the occasion with its artistic look.
The vehicle donned Done’s solid brush strokes and vibrant hues which symbolized present-day Australia which is known for its bright shorelines and semi-tropical scenes. The body of the vehicle had a dynamic depiction of parrots and parrot fish as Ken Done saw a solid proclivity among them and the BMW M3. The result of Done’s work is a vehicle that speaks to speed and excellence in Done’s undeniably Australian style.
A Cultural Celebration
Art Dubai is a much anticipated annual event for the people in the arts and culture industry. This year’s event saw a participation of more than five hundred artists and ninety galleries from over forty nations, which of course includes the United Arab Emirates. Mohamed Dekkak shares, “Art Dubai has significantly boosted the cultural scene in Dubai and attracts attention to the rich heritage of the country.”
For Dubai Culture, it’s their goal to build bridges of constructive dialogue amongst various civilizations and cultures to enhance the city’s stand as a creative and sustainable global metropolis for heritage, culture, arts, and literature. Dubai aims to empower these sectors by developing innovative and creative projects and initiatives regionally, locally, and globally.
Dubai International Horse Fair: A Gathering of International Equestrian Community
The international equestrian community from regional equine industry players, aspirant horse riders of all ages, to horse enthusiasts meets at the annual Dubai International Horse Fair and the Dubai International Arabian Horse Championship from March 21-23, 2019 at the Dubai World Trade Centre, in the city of Dubai, UAE.
More than 10 thousand professionals, buyers, breeders and aficionados from over 25 nations with fresh additions from China, Serbia, Chile, Lebanon, Malaysia, and Turkey among others are anticipated to attend the said event and to share ideas and expand their global networks with more than two hundred brands and companies.
Carried out under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai and Minister of Finance, this event will present the latest equestrian items, horse therapies as well as the finest horse breeds across the globe.
The Equestrian Industry
The current equine industry is estimated to be around 300 billion dollars worldwide and provides 1.6 million full-time jobs. Home to some of the event’s exhibitors such as Equine Products UK and Barriers International, the United Kingdom, is internationally recognized as the top source of all things equestrian with out of the country market presently estimated at over GBP500 million. A returning exhibitor to the fair, Multi Radiance Medical is based in the United States where 7 million Americans are directly involved in the industry with two million owning horses themselves.
The fair will also highlight renowned brands that specialize in modern art stables, riding apparel, feeds, and garments.
The significance of Horses in the Arab World
Mohamed Dekkak Participated and the video is made at the Dubai International Horse Fair (DIHF)
The United Arab Emirates is becoming one of the world’s leading hubs for the Equestrian Community with international presentations and events presently organized each year in the UAE. Dubai International Arabian Horse Championship’s Higher Organizing Committee Chairman, Ziad Abdullah Galadari, stated that horses shape a significant piece, particularly of the Arab heritage.
Attending the event is like having a first-hand experience of Emirati culture. With horse-riding strongly rooted in the culture of the Middle East, the fair’s Heritage Village will foster the rich history and culture of the UAE. The Heritage Village is a unique feature appreciated by all visitors and exhibitors alike. Adorned with colorful and rustic displays, the Heritage Village is an inspiring spot that features henna tattoos, traditional Bedouin houses, falconry, local meals, and the UAE’s art crafts.
DWTC director Asma Al Sharif stated, “We are proud to host the 15th edition of the Dubai International Horse Fair which continually supports the growing equine sector of the region.” Each year, the organizer sees a wider international interest in the fair as they get ready to welcome buyers, exhibitors, breeders and aficionados from different parts of the globe, including newcomers from Asia, Europe, and the US who come to network, grow their businesses and build opportunities within one of the most vibrant equine industries in the world.
16th Dubai International Arabian Horse Championship
Organized together with Dubai International Horse Fair, the Dubai International Arabian Horse Championship will not just showcase the top of the line horses but will too pave way for the finest breeds to race on a global stage.
With four million dollars or 15 million dirham prize money at stake, the Dubai International Arabian Horse Championship will exhibit the magnificent Arabian steeds estimated at around one million to two million dollars to horse enthusiasts.
Dubai International Horse Fair offers a range of entertainment and educational activities.
- Exhilarating performances and demonstrations by Dubai Police
Bringing in members of Dubai Police’s highly trained canine unit to exhibit their skills towards detection on a variety of substances like illegal drugs, explosives, wildlife scat, blood, money, and contraband electronics. Adding to the excitement of the Fair is the rare performance by Dubai Police band and the force’s own horseback tent-pegging contest.
- Spanish performances by Team Z7
Team Z7 presents Spanish horses in a magnificent dressage routine, a verification to the long years of practice and training. New for this year, they bring some of their exhilarating performances such as western riding, rodeo riding, and bullfighting.
- The Emirates Falconers Club
The Emirates Falconers Club will make their introduction at the Dubai International Horse Fair with a presentation of their distinct breed of falcons, hosting live hunting sessions and sharing their know-how on the rich history of the Falcon and its importance in Emirati culture.
- The Arabian Saluki Centre
Joining the event for the first time is the Arabian Saluki Centre wherein they showcase a number of their most prized Saluki hunting dogs, emphasizing on the art of hunting with these lovely creatures who in contrast to the majority of canine breeds rely on sight rather than scent to hunt down their prey at a really fast pace.
- Lamborghini unveiling
Speaking of speed, Lamborghini, DIHF’s official car sponsor will unveil the latest Urus model during the event. It is tagged as the first Super Sports Utility Vehicle (SSUV) in the world. The SSUV will prove its value to the equine world by towing a horse trailer during the show.
Equestrian Themed Art Gallery
Artists with a passion for horses have gathered at Dubai International Horse to present their horse-themed masterpieces to the regional equestrian community and those who have a keen interest in art.
International and local artists are displaying their finest equestrian art pieces at the assigned Art Gallery space, which returns this year. Furthermore, art and decor pieces with an equestrian theme from the likes of Equine Art, Reem Gallery, Baba Art will be on offer to the public in a wide gallery together with other artists from different parts of the globe.
Internationally recognized sculptors, painters, and sketch artists will reveal their horse-themed artworks. These comprises of complex life-sized sculptures, oil paintings, mixed media pieces including acrylics, bronze, copper, leather, recycled horseshoes, and other bespoke items.
Jack Art Gallery’s Jack Lee, both an artist and teacher expressed that the fair has given them enough time to network with possible collectors especially those interested in UAE’s culture and heritage as well as equestrian art. It is the first time that Jack Art Gallery from Abu Dhabi is exhibiting a distinct collection of oil paintings that depicts noble Arabian steeds and stunning portraits of the royal family of UAE.
For many participating galleries, the Dubai International Horse Fair is a venue to catch up with their clients and expand their network. Coming all the way from Canada, the Magic of Originality Fine Arts Gallery is back to the Dubai International Horse Fair for the 12th time bringing with them a spectacular collection of oil paintings which bring to life the magnificence of the Arabian Horse. Their artist Ali Mohsen Al Mimar, shared that he has painting Arabian horses for more than twenty-eight years and had developed good relationships with clients through the Fair.
Making its debut at the Dubai International Horse Fair is Baba Art from Belgium. The company showcases intricate sculptures of horses and camels utilizing recycled horse shoes coated in gold or black. The event draws in equestrian aficionados and has given many artists the chance to share their artworks with a wide audience.
3rd Edition of the Dubai International Equestrian Conference
Organized at The Dubai World Trade Center alongside the Dubai International Arabian Horse Championship and the Dubai International Horse Fair, 3rd Dubai International Equestrian Conference which carries under the theme, ” Dubai – the Heartbeat of the Equestrian World” will be presented on a 3 day conference event.
An assembly of equestrian experts and high profile speakers from the countryand abroad will address prospects of equestrian education in the Arab World, and youth experiences in equestrian sports – challenges and achievements.
Opening Ceremony began with speeches delivered by UAE leaders: H.E. Sheikh Nahyan Bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Tolerance, H.E. Mirza Al Sayegh, Office Manager of HH Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Mr. Mustada Ali bin Ahmed Amshan, Conference Chairman. The conference was hosted by Diana Al-Nabulsi, Diana Scoop Magazine’s Founder and editor.
The first day’s topic to be discussed looks into the U.A.E. and Saudi efforts to develop Arabian horse races locally and internationally. Moderated by Sultan Saeed Hareb, Media and Horse racing analyst.
First day event speakers tackling on the first panel of dicsuccion are:
HRH Prince Abdulaziz bin Ahmed bin Abdulaziz Al Saud
Chairman of the Arabian Horse Organization and Owner of Athbah Racing Stable
His Royal Highness Prince Fahad bin Khaled bin Sultan bin Abdulaziz Al Saud
General Supervisor of Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz
International Arabian Horse Festival
Sheikh Hamed bin Khadem bin Butti Al Hamed
One of the Famous Owners of Arabian Horses
His Excellency Mirza Al Sayegh
Office Manager of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum
Deputy Ruler of Dubai, Minister of Finance (United Arab Emirates)
His Excellency Mattar Suhail Al-Yabhouni
Member of the UAE Federal National Council and Member of Abu Dhabi Sports Council
Chairman of the Supreme Organizing Committee of the President Cup for the Arabian Horses – (United Arab Emirates)
Efforts regarding breeding of the purebred Arabian horse was the topic discussed during the second panel discussion set at 3:30pm to 5pm and moderated by Mohamed Ahmed, Media and Horse Racing Expert
The second set of speakers for the first day includes:
Sheikh Hamed bin Khadem bin Butti Al Hamed
One of the Famous Owners of Arabian Horses (United Arab Emirates)
His Excellency Khaled Al Naboodah
Horse Owner and Breeder, Al Aweer Farm (United Arab Emirates)
Professor Dr Twink Allen
Head of Equine Reproduction laboratory
Sharjah Equine Hospital (United Arab Emirates)
Ms. Deirdre Hyde
Arabian Horses Production And Generation Consultant
International Judge (ECAHO) (United Arab Emirates)
The second day of the conference discusses about the Arabian Women and Equestrian Sport, its Hopes and Ambitions. The first discussion panel sees Ms. Siham Al-Shehhi as the moderator. She’s a passionate horse rider and media presenter in Fujairah Tv in UAE.
First set of the second day speakers includes:
Her Royal Highness Princess Dilayl bint Nahar bin Saud bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Horse Rider and member of the Saudi Equestrian Federation (Kingdom of Saudi Arabia)
Sheikha Najla bint Salman Al Khalifa, Horse Rider and Trainer (Kingdom of Bahrain)
Dr. Maryam Al-Shanasi, Former Undersecretary of the Ministry of Environment (United Arab Emirates)
Ayesha Al – Fuqaei, Founder of the Cultural Club of Equestrian and Poetry Graduate of the first batch of Masar Godolphin (United Arab Emirates)
Fatima Al Baloushi, Horse Rider (United Arab Emirates)
The second panel discussion revolves around the topic of global rends in animal welfare, specifically on horses as well as the mechanisms of their implementation. The topic is moderated by Dr.Ali Al – Twaissi, Head of Veterinary Section, UAE Equestrian Federation.
Speakers for the second discussion topic is consist of:
Sheikh Khalid bin Abdullah bin Ali Al Khalifa Ambassador of Kingdom of Bahrain to the UAE &Vice President of the International Equestrian Federation (Kingdom of Bahrain)
Sheikh Dr.Ahmed bin Abdul Aziz Al Haddad, Head Mufti and Director of fatwa Department, Islamic Affairs & Charitable Activities Department (United Arab Emirates)
Dr. Ali Alduwairej, Director General of Health and Veterinary Control & Supervisor of the Animal Welfare Department, Ministry of Environment (Kingdom of Saudi Arabia)
Dr. Manal Al Mansouri, Founder & President of YANNI Animal Welfare And Animal Welfare Activist (United Arab Emirates)
Moderated by Dr. Maryam Al-Shanasi, Former Undersecretary of the Ministry of Environment, the last day of the conference seeks to discuss about the prospects of the equestrian education in the Arab world.
His Royal Highness Prince Turki bin Mohammed bin Nasser bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Chairman of the Jazan Equestrian Council (Kingdom of Saudi Arabia)
Prof. Dr. Muthanna Abdul Razzaq, President and CEO of the American University in Emirates (United Arab Emirates)
Mr. Ahmed Ali Al Hammadi Director of Equestrian Academy – Al Fursan Resort International Judge and lecturer (United Arab Emirates)
Ayesha Al – Fuqaei, Founder of the Cultural Club of Equestrian and Poetry Graduate of the first batch of Masar Godolphin (United Arab Emirates)
Moderating the last topic included in the three day conference is Mr. Hamza bin Obaid Al-Ajlani. Member of the Saudi society for animal welfare, works for the community management for awareness and partnership in Ministry of Environment in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The topic tackles the youth experiences in equestrian sport, its challenges and achievements.
His Royal Highness Prince Mohammed bin Sultan bin Nasser bin Abdulaziz Al Saud Prince Mohammed bin Sultan Stables (Kingdom of Saudi Arabia)
Mr. Ghazi al-Hakami, Secretary General of Jazan Equestrian Council (Kingdom of Saudi Arabia)
Mr. Abdulaziz Al-Abri, Chairman of the Shinas State Equestrian Committee (Sultanate of Oman)
Mr. Juma’a bin Subaih Al-Falasi, Founder and CEO of Just Ladies Stables (United Arab Emirates)
Umm Kalthoum Al – Baarqi, Horse Rider & Founder of Saheel Smart Application (Kingdom of Saudi Arabia)
The World sleep day is an annual event celebrated March 15 of each year. It aims to educate people about problems related to lack or excess of sleep. The International Day of Sleep aims to alleviate the burden of sleep problems on society by improving the prevention and management of sleep and sleeping troubles.
Sleep is part of our vital needs as well as thirst or hunger. We sometimes tend to forget it and if many people sleep like babies, others suffer from insomnia with significant consequences on their health (mood, muscle fatigue, weight gain, and sexual dysfunction) To raise awareness With regard to sleep disorders, the World Organization for Sleep Medicine organizes a day each year dedicated to this precious aspect of our life.
In any case, the figures show that sleep disorders affect a large segment of the population. Among the population, one person in two has already experienced insomnia and 30% suffer from chronic insomnia. It is obvious that social factors influence this phenomenon: stress, crisis, professional and social demands, and new technologies.
Is lack of sleep, even insomnia, the evil of the 21st century?
In any case, the figures show that sleep disorders affect a large segment of the population. Among the Belgian population, one person in two has already experienced insomnia * and 30% suffer from chronic insomnia. It is obvious that society factors influence this phenomenon: stress, crisis, professional and social demands, and new technologies.
Do our tablets, I-phones and other modern means of communication have a real impact on our sleep?
The delay in any case the possibility of falling asleep. The key to sleeping well is to make sure you separate work and sleep times. But if you stay connected on a computer or mobile phone, your brain has left the office, but it remains mobilized or exciting. Moreover, these technological devices emit a strong luminosity which disturbs your biological clock, giving the impression to the body that it is always the day as night falls.
What are the remedies to apply daily to acquire good sleep hygiene?
First, you need to avoid energy drinks in the second half of the day, as well as tobacco and alcohol. We must get out of the myth that alcohol makes you sleep. It can make you fall at once but once the alcohol is digested, the body is in “mini weaning” and sleep is more fragmented. Another remedy: to separate the work and the beginning of the night by a period of relaxation. The job-dodo is not enough, it is necessary to clearly distinguish these two times by a moment of relaxation.
Does sport help to “empty”?
The sport has the dual function of relaxing and simultaneously mobilizing energy. After physical activity, three to six hours are required to return to a relaxed state. The ideal is to play sports, then relax before going to bed.
The days are only 24 hours. How long does it take to sleep on average per day?
The hours of sleep depend on age. There is no standard schedule. Health problems or mood disorders can occur from less than six hours of sleep a night. To be in shape, it is recommended to target the six-seven hours per night.
* Insomnia does not only define “sleepless nights”. The term includes the difficulties of falling asleep, staying asleep, sleeping and the feeling of not being rested on waking.
What are the types of sleep disorders?
Insomnia is persistent sleep of poor quality. It may mean that you have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep, or waking up without going back to sleep. This is a fairly common problem, especially for women.
Restless legs syndrome
People with restless legs syndrome tend to feel uncomfortable and tingling in their legs while trying to sleep. The discomfort causes a strong desire to move the legs, which eliminates tingling but also makes it difficult to fall asleep. Because of the constant disruption of their sleep, people with restless legs syndrome are often extremely tired during the day. Restless legs syndrome can begin in early adulthood but is more common in middle-aged and older people.
Narcolepsy is a rare sleep disorder that causes uncontrollable daytime sleepiness. It’s much more than just dozing off during a boring lecture. It is caused by a problem in the area of the brain that controls sleep. If you suffer from narcolepsy, you may have sudden and unavoidable sleep bouts, called “sleep attacks,” when you talk to someone, whether you work or even drive, no matter how many sleep you have had the night before.
What we should do: Learn to sleep
What must be done then to cure his insomnia? Daniel Neu, the coordinator of the sleep laboratory at Brugmann University Hospital, advocates cognitive-behavioral therapy. In other words, we must learn to sleep.
At first, it’s about sleeping less to sleep better. Then, patients learn to reclaim their sleep and change behaviors and emotions that were inappropriate.
In the end, you have to learn how to sleep “efficiently”. This does not necessarily mean “long”. Dr. Ossmann insists: “It is wrong to think that it takes 8 hours to sleep well, it is a statistical figure “. There are small and big sleepers. Large sleepers have “filling” phases between their recuperative sleep phases. If his sleep is cut, he may be tired.
Finally, insomnia can be caused by pain, mental disorders or other sleep disorders. There, the diagnosis is done on a case by case basis. There are still other therapies like light therapy that have shown positive effects. All of which is to avoid taking drugs immediately.
Sleep disorders are not inevitable
Uninformed, many people with sleep disorders consider them a fatality, a situation that needs to get used to. More than half of those involved have never talked to a health professional about this problem. This day is an opportunity to inform the public: the attending physician remains the first interlocutor, for sleep as for the rest of health.
World Kidney Day: a campaign to raise awareness of the importance of our kidneys.
A day to raise awareness
Launched at the initiative of the International Society of Nephrology, World Kidney Day is an opportunity to raise public awareness of the importance of kidney disease, a silent condition whose late diagnosis multiplies the consequences. It is often the case that many of them are only detected at the approach of the terminal stage and, in this case, the use of dialysis or grafting is made compulsory.
Our current lifestyles, unbalanced diet, sedentary lifestyle, are aggravating factors and the increase in the number of patients suffering from diabetes or high blood pressure, causes “mechanically” an increase of the cases of renal insufficiency.
Today, 500 million people worldwide, suffer from kidney disease. Diabetes and high blood pressure are the leading causes of kidney failure in adults. In children and young people, it is most often genetic kidney disease or glomerulonephritis. The progression of kidney disease can lead in some cases to dialysis or transplantation. The treatment of kidney disease represents a very heavy financial burden each year. Only effective treatment can slow the progression of the disease, and reduce its cost both humanly and economically.
More than 500 million people worldwide, nearly one in ten adults, suffer from kidney disease and several million die prematurely each year from cardiovascular complications related to chronic kidney disease (CKD). In developed countries, the number of people requiring dialysis or kidney transplantation is expected to double in the next decade. This is largely due to the very significant increase in the incidence of diabetes and high blood pressure, the main causes of CKD. In developing countries, the majority of people cannot benefit from dialysis and transplantation for financial reasons. Efforts must, therefore, go towards prevention.
The “World Kidney Day” was initiated in 2006 at the initiative of the International Society of Nephrology (ISN) and the International Federation of Kidney Foundations (IFKF). It takes place every year on the 2nd Thursday of March and was celebrated this year on March 14th.
This day aims to draw the attention of people, health professionals and policymakers to the scourge of kidney disease, the current opportunities for screening, diagnosis, and treatment. The goal is to limit the ever-increasing number of patients with CKD and all its socio-economic consequences.
According to the World Kidney Day website, socio-economic and cultural factors also contribute to a burden beyond the proportions of kidney disease. Chronic kidney disease affects 195 million women worldwide and is currently the 8th leading cause of death among women. According to the National Kidney Foundation, 10% of the world’s population is affected by chronic kidney disease and millions of people die each year because they do not have access to affordable treatment. More than 2 million people worldwide are currently receiving dialysis or kidney transplant treatment to stay alive. In people aged 65 to 74 worldwide, it is estimated that more than one in five men and one in four women have chronic kidney disease. With early diagnosis and treatment, it is possible to slow down or even stop the progression of kidney disease.
How to Celebrate?
Of course, the perfect way to celebrate this day is to be healthy and take care of your Kidney.
Have a balanced diet and limit salt
Eating in a balanced way helps to avoid overweight. Obesity is a factor that promotes kidney disease. In addition, salt causes hypertension, an enemy of the kidney. It is therefore strongly advised to limit the consumption of industrial dishes that are often too salty and not to very or very little salt. It is better to opt for fresh rather than frozen products.
Nephrologists also recommend reducing their consumption of meat, fish, and eggs. Excess protein “tires” the kidney and eventually the abyss. Beware of hyper-protein diets!
Fight against a sedentary lifestyle
To preserve your kidneys, it is essential to practice a sporting activity. France Rein advocates avoiding to stay 48 hours without practicing physical activity. It allows, whatever the age, to reduce the risks of cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, but also obesity.
Drink enough water
We must drink the quantity of water adapted to our needs. On average, we should drink at least 1.5 liters a day spread over the day. Drinking water makes it easier for the kidneys to work, filtering the blood and evacuating body waste through the urine.
Tobacco causes the deterioration of renal function. This is one of the risk factors for developing kidney disease.
Beware of toxic substances
France Rein does not recommend self-medication. Used in high doses or in the long term, aspirin, or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen, may be toxic to the kidney same thing for laxatives and diuretics. We must also avoid herbs called “caregivers”, dietary supplements and more generally any product whose composition is not clearly identified.
Renal diseases are called “silent”. They do not manifest themselves by any perceptible symptom. So it’s strongly recommend getting tested, especially when you are affected by diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular disease or autoimmune disease.
This year’s theme is Kidney Health for Everyone Everywhere. It’s a day of awareness raising and promoting good care of your health and illness.
Quit smoking; its never too late.
Quitting smoking may at first a struggle but the prize for kicking the habit is to add ten years extra to live, it’s worth fighting for.
Started out in 1984, No Smoking Day celebrate annually on every 13th of March as a global health awareness crusade. The very first Smoking Day was held on Ash Wednesday. The primary purpose of this day is to circulate the negative effect of tobacco on our health. In this campaign, it encourages and educates smokers to break the chains of nicotine addiction. Yearly, No Smoking Day has supported a topic with brief and eye-catching phrases. One of the remarkable theme in 2010 “Break Free” and in 2011 “Time to quit” was used to help a smoker to kick the habit.
No Smoking Day was lead by a charity of four full-time staff in London with the same name. In 2011 this was incorporated with the British Heart Foundation and sponsored by a partnership of voluntary and governmental sectors that has concern appreciably in health. No Smoking Day’s most recent President, Duncan Bannatyne OBE (Order of the British Empire) was Scottish businessman, philanthropist, author, TV personality, and anti-tobacco crusader. He was nominated as Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (British Order of Chivalry) for his charitable contributions and generosity. In April 2008, Bannatyne who is an ex-smoker openly took on British American Tobacco at its AGM.
THE EFFECTS OF SMOKING
Smoking tobacco is one of the worst and serious bad routines anyone can be captured by. It causes dangerous effects on health and highly addictives. This habit usually begins when the teenagers due to peer pressure and to look cool, starts to smoke without knowing the dangerous effects of smoking.
From carbon monoxide to nicotine and nicotine to tar, there is no safe chemical in any tobacco products. These chemical substances you breathe not only cause a bad to your lungs but also your entire body and every organ in your system.
The different health consequences of nicotine into our body:
- Nervous Systems – Like heroin, nicotine from cigarettes is addictive and it is difficult to quit. It accommodates the large dosage of nicotine and makes the smoker feel energized. As the effect wears off, you will crave more and feel tired. The result is nicotine withdrawal is when the brain stops getting the nicotine. You may experience the craving for more cigarette smoking, irritable, distressed and tense. It can also cause insomnia, fatigue, and headaches.
- Respiratory Systems – Smokers experience swelling in the tissues and its tiny sacs (alveoli) of the lungs. When you annihilate these alveoli, you have permanently destroyed part of your lungs because it never repairs. You feel tightness, wheeze, and shortness in breathing due to irritation of the lungs and windpipe that can give you mucus and chronic cough. It builds up inflame scar tissue and leads to bodily changes to your windpipe that can make you breathe hard.
Smoker has a higher risk of the following chronic lung diseases:
- a group of lung disease called Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease(COPD)
- Emphysema – causing so much damage to the lung’s air sac.
- Chronic Bronchitis, constant soreness in the lining of the bronchial tubes. Short term respiratory congestion and discomfort as your lungs and airways begin to heal from nicotine withdrawal. A positive sign that your respiratory system is recovering when mucus increased production right after you quit smoking.
- Circulatory Systems – or cardiovascular is a system of the organ that allow blood to circle around the body and distribute hormones, nutrients, oxygen, and blood cells that will help in fighting diseases. Smoking raises your blood pressure. It can weaken your blood vessels and heart, puts stress on it and it less able to pump blood. Making the heart work even harder, the carbon monoxide from the cigarette smoke contributes to a lack of oxygen. This increases the risk of heart disease and heart attack. Nicotine also makes smoker’s blood viscous and thick. It can make your heart harder to move it around your body. Glutinous blood will form blood clots that obstruct blood flow to your brain, heart, veins, and down to your legs and feet. This sticky, semi-solid blood damages the fragile blood vessels lining over the period of time. This damage can increase your risk for a heart attack or stroke. The number of white blood cells stays high when you smoke. These cells help us defend our body from infections. An inflated white blood cell count is as an indicator to our body that let you know if you have been injured. Your body is continually fighting against the inflammation is caused by nicotine.
- Digestive Systems – these are the group of organs that help in breaking down the food that enters our body in order to help our circulatory system distribute the nutrients that we need.
Smokers create oral health problems, like mouth ulcers, gum disease and even cancers of the throat and mouth. As soon as you start smoking at a young age, you are more likely to lose your teeth and have cavities. Also, some tobacco smokers have bigger tummy compare to non-smokers and more likely to develop type 2 diabetes. Diabetes is a serious illness that leads to heart disease, cataract, blindness, amputation, and kidney failure.
- Integumentary Systems – It includes the skin (largest organ of the body), hair, and nails. The most evident signs of smoking include changes to the structure of your skin. The risk of squamous cell carcinoma (skin cancer) shown in the recent study and increases dramatically.
Smoking increases the probability of fungal nail infections but nails are not immune from the effects of tobacco. Smoker also experiences hair loss, graying, and balding.
- Reproductive Systems – or called as sex organ or genital system which operate together for the sexual reproduction. The genital areas of both men and women can affect the blood flows of the smoker and also lower its sex hormones and sexual desire. Men can decrease sexual fulfillment while women can result in decreasing moisturize, ability to reach orgasm and sexual dissatisfaction.
We pick up many habits from our daily routine and soon it becomes a part of our life. Some habits are good and some can affect your health in a cruel way and even cause demise. It has become very clear how terribly dangerous smoking is in the last few decades. Smokers didn’t even notice that the nicotine they are smoking and taking also affects non-smokers health.
The highlight of the “No Smoking Day” event is to educate the smokers and to help them to quit.
HOW TO QUIT
Decide to quit. Congratulations. It may difficult at first to stay nicotine-free but you can do it.
It is not just a personal resolution. The immunity of people who do not want to be affected by second-hand smoke that led to some new laws and rules that ban smoking in public places in most countries.
Here are some easy plans:
- Decision Plan to Quit – make a list of plan and reason on quitting the habit to stay your goal on focus. Be honest and sincere on your needs. Pick your quit date and this will be your personal commitment. Write down the date, look it every day as your determination get closer.
- Stay Busy – exercise, chew a candy or gum, drinks a lot of water or go to a movie are some activities can keep you busy on your quiet days. It will help you distracted from nicotine cravings and temptation
- Throw away all your smoking device, lighters, and ashtrays. Avoid all the smoking triggers. It also helps if you spend more time on your non-smoking friends than smokers.
- Stay Focus and Positive on Being Smoke-Free – As you plan to quit, try to make it a long term plan. Pay attention to your quitting date and stay positive. This may be difficult at first but it will make sense on you most especially to your health.
- Seek For Help and Guidance – If you really having a hard time on your own quitting the habit alone, you can ask help from your non-smoker family, friends and even professional doctors. They can help you fight the battle and sometimes can give you better ideas and solution.
There are many people who have fortunately quit their nicotine addiction. No Smoking Day advocate will help smokers to pursue their ways, how to quit smoking and spreading the knowledge and information about the effects of smoking not just for the body also for the environment.
Mohamed Dekkak attended another exciting competition just held on 6th up to 9th of March, 2019 of the Arabian Horse Festival with the leadership of the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi Supreme Council member and ruler of Sharjah. It was held at Sharjah Equestrian & Racing Club in Sharjah. Around 359 pretty and magnificent Arabian Horses coming from 10 countries(United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Jordan, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Lebanon, Libya, China), joined to win the championship.
Mohammed Dekkak said, “With this festival, it was spectacular to experience the exhibitions of these Arabian Horses. It was thrilling to see their beauty. “
The Arabian Horse.
4,500 years ago, Arabian horse resembles through archaeological evidence of horses in the Middle East. Arabian horse originated on the Arabian Peninsula. It is considered as one of the most recognizable breeds in the world due to its distinctive and head shape. History speaks, the breed of the Arabian horses were due to its physical endurance, speed, and refinement.
It has the endurance to be ridden on and connect with their owners. It is considered to be a part of Top Ten in the world horse breeding. The original land of origin is Middle East Asia. The world considered it as a versatile breed and found anywhere in the world. They are also popular in the United Kingdom, Europe, South America specifically Brazil, Canada, United States.
Mr. Mohamed Dekkak quoted, “The Arabian Horses are used to be part of the trading and war during the old times. Nowadays, they are spread in the whole world and also used as Royal horses in Europe, with its majestic discipline.”
This event of Four Days commemorating as the 20th Festival for Arabian Horses 2019, His Highness Sheik Dr. SULTAN BIN MOHAMMED AL QASSIMI, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah, as the Chairman and Organizer. It was a Festival of showcasing the magnificent characters of the Arabian pure breed racing horses. The festival was annually celebrated locally and internationally. The Festival was sponsored by big numbers both private and public local organizations.
Sharjah International Airport, the official sponsor, Sharjah Airport Horse Handling, SASCO, ANABEEB, AirArabia, DUFRY, Sharjah Sports Council, Alpha Group, Sharjah Sports TV, Arabian essenceTV, Arend Ellof Fine Arts and Sculptures, www.arendellof.com.
Artist at the Show
Arend Ellof Fine Arts and Sculptures, www.arendellof.com.
Mr. Arend Ellof, a world has known Sculptor and highly recommended by various well known industry. His exhibitions of his arts and sculptures around the world were amazing.
Mr. Mohammed Dekkak quoted, “Through Arend art piece speaks his heart and soul. I could see his passion of the noble horses. It was amazing to see these life size sculptures made by gold bronze and named Patina.”
THE HOST AND HISTORY OF THE SHARJAH INTERNATIONAL ARABIAN HORSE FESTIVAL
In 1982, the Sharjah Equestrian and Racing Club, created as the first equestrian club in the UAE. Under the leadership of His Highness Sheik Dr. SULTAN BIN MOHAMMED AL QASSIMI, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah initiated it. Location is Al Dhaid Road (Sharjah Airport Road) at Interchange 6, Sharjah.
In 1983, The First Race was a witness here in a 1,500-seat grandstand and the lot size is 3000 square kilometers. In Middle East Asia, it is fashioned to be one of the largest Indoors Horse riding facilities and boosts equestrian sports back centuries. Through the club, it sustains to encourage this sport in the UAE. The first constructed with global specifications was the Sharjah Race track. It provides Riding School and it is listed as one of the top training centers in the UAE. From Beginners and interested women, the club has suitable instructors. They have trained horses and ponies for all levels of riding. It showcases highborn and elevated progeny of Arabian horses and to encourage and increase the pedigree of noble horses.
In 1986, in the conference in Morocco, the club was the UAE representative and at the same time as considered as one of the members of the WORLD ARABIAN HORSES ORGANIZATION (WAHO) as stated by the directives of His Highness Sheik. Dr. Sultan Bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council & Ruler of Sharjah. It organizes yearly Festivals of the Arabian Racing Horses.
In between 2000 and 2001, The first Sharjah Arabian Horse Festival was held successfully and until now continued to be yearly more successful due to its participants are increasing and keep the breeders and owners of the Arabian horses to be updated in keeping the studs here in Sharjah.
The first session was organized in Europe. The first launched was on 2009 here in the United Arab Emirates, by our Beloved Highness Shaik Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs was the Chairman for the Emirates Arabian Horse Association and directed the Festival.
The General Manager of Sharjah Equestrian and Racing Club, Mr. Sultan Mohammad Khalifa Al Yahyaei thanked the Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi for his overflowing help for the Festival. He encourages the owners and breeders as participants of the big studs in the United Arab Emirates.
“The 20th International Sharjah Arabian Horse Festival was a great gateway to all breeders and owners in showcasing their breeds. It helps to gain more knowledge about the importance of the Arabian horse in History. It must keep the process until the next generations. The yearly festival will sustain the passion in Equestrian Sports.” told by Mr. Mohamed Dekkak.
“RULES of THE CONDUCT at SHOW”
The Rules for Conduct at Show was based on European Arab Horse Show Commission Blue Book 2018. It contains the rules for the Show Organizers, Conduct of Halter Classes, Soundness, Disguising of Exhibits, Cruelty, Enforcement, Veterinary Matters and rules for the qualifications of the championship. It is under the affiliation no. 015-2019/UAE. Together with ECAHO Veterinary Regulations and ECAHO Rules for Medication has the rules for the horses to not have misuse drugs and relevant on veterinary matters, no diseases, with complete vaccinations.
Qualifications to have the Championship Places
Each qualifying horses are observed on how it displays jug, run, walk and stand with its graces performance and physical aspects of standard criteria. There were 8 Judges in the panel, they can nominate individually of each choice to give the gold, silver and bronze awards from the qualified Horses.
359 Arabian Horses came from 10 countries: United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Jordan, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Lebanon, Libya, and China. China joined for the first time.
- Yearling Fillies Championship (Class 13)
GOLD 41 – D FANNANAH
Grey 02/01/2018 Reg.# UAE*18828
By: EXCALIBUR EA – ELLE FLAMENCA
Owner: DUBAI ARABIAN HORSE STUD
Breeder: DUBAI ARABIAN HORSE STUD
SILVER 2 – AJ AFKAR
Grey 24/04/2018 Reg.# UAE*18603
By: SHANGHAI EA – AJ ASYAD
Owner: SHAIKH ABDULLA BIN MAJID ALQASIMI
Breeder: AJMAN STUD
BRONZE 5 – TOFLAH AL ZOBAIR
Grey 14/04/2018 Reg.# UAE*18523
By: S.M.A MAGIC ONE – EMOZIONE AL VENTUR
Owner: SHEIKH ABDULLA BIN MOHAMMED ALI AL THANI
Breeder: SHEIKH ABDULLA BIN MOHAMMED ALI AL THANI
- Fillies Championship (Class 14)
GOLD 88 – A VISION MI
Chestnut 12/08/2016 Reg.# BA*11929
By: ALLEGIANCE MI – ALWAYS VALENTINE MI
Owner: SHEIKH MOHAMMED BIN SAOUD AL QASIMI
Breeder: GREG, JULIE&JANE FARRELL, AUSTRALIA
SILVER 100 – RK SADEEM
Grey 01/03/2016 Reg.# UAE*18642
By: MAGID MONISCIONE – BV ESPECIALLY STIVANA
Owner: JAMAL MOHAMMAD SALEH AL BALOOSHI
Breeder: RASHED KHALED ALANZAN (SHAZIN STUD), SAUDI ARABIA
BRONZE 119 – D SEENEYYAH
Bay 01/01/2016 Reg.# UAE*15910
By: FA EL RASHEEM – ROYAL EMIRA
Owner: DUBAI ARABIAN HORSE STUD
Breeder: DUBAI ARABIAN HORSE STUD
- Mares championship (Class 15)
GOLD 180 – PEPITA
Grey 29/01/2005 Reg.# POL*3582
By: EKSTERN – PEPESZA
Owner: AKMAL STUD
Breeder: SK JANOW PODLASKI
SILVER 131 – GHALYAH AL HAWAJER
Chestnut 15/03/2015 Reg.# UAE*14097
By: FA EL RASHEEM – VALENTYNA F
Owner: DR. GHANEM MOHAMED OBAID AL HAJRI
Breeder: DR. GHANEM MOHAMED OBAID ALHAJRI
BRONZE 151 – FS VENEZUELA
Bay 15/02/2013 Reg.# UAE*14272
By: VERVALDEE – FS MADELINE
Owner: KHALED GHANEM MUBARAK AL AMEIRI
Breeder: FRANK SPONLE, GERMANY
- Yearling Colts Championship (Class 16)
GOLD 211 – D NAYEL
Grey 13/01/2018 Reg.# UAE*18683
By: FA EL RASHEEM – D NAWAL
Owner: DUBAI ARABIAN HORSE STUD
Breeder: DUBAI ARABIAN HORSE STUD
SILVER 201 – AL ARYAM SHKLAAN
Grey 11/02/2018 Reg.# UAE*18046
By: EXCALIBOUR E.A. – AL ARYAM SHAKEERA
Owner: AL ARYAM ARABIANS STABLES
Breeder: AL ARYAM ARABIANS STABLES
BRONZE 214 – MAYSAM AL HAWAJER
Bay 10/01/2018 Reg.# UAE*17798
By: NASHMI AL HAWAJER – SHAGRA AL HAWAJER
Owner: DR. GHANEM MOHAMED OBAID AL HAJRI
Breeder: DR GHANEM MOHAMED OBAID ALHAJRI
- Colts championship (Class 17)
GOLD 273 – SAIF ALBIDAYER
Grey 12/02/2016 Reg.# UAE*17578
By: EXCALIBUR EA – NESJ EL MARKHISA
Owner: SHEIKH MOHAMMED BIN SAOUD AL QASIMI
Breeder: SHEIKH MOHAMMED BIN SAOUD AL QASIMI
SILVER 225 – EKS FARAJJ
Grey 15/06/2017 Reg.# BA*12021
By: IBN FARID – EKS BINT HELWAH
Owner: AL KHASHAB STUD
Breeder: ELKASUN ARABIANS – MR W. BROWN
BRONZE 254 – D BAREQ
Bay 01/01/2017 Reg.# UAE*17291
By: FA EL RASHEEM – ROYAL EMIRA
Owner: DUBAI ARABIAN HORSE STUD
Breeder: DUBAI ARABIAN HORSE STUD
- Stallions Championship (Class 18)
GOLD 318 – SUNDOWN KA
Grey 20/05/2013 Reg.# UAE# 19132
By: QR MARC – L SERENELLA
Owner: ALSAQRAN ARABIAN HORSE STUD
Breeder: KNOCKE ARABIANS
SILVER 328 – D KHATTAF
Chestnut 29/10/2012 Reg.# UAE*12214
By: ROYAL COLOURS – D JOWAN
Owner: DUBAI ARABIAN HORSE STUD
Breeder: DUBAI ARABIAN HORSE STUD
BRONZE 336 – E.S. SARAB
Grey 25/02/2012 Reg.# UAE*11115
By: MARAJJ – MAHJESTY
Owner: SHEIKH ABDULLAH BIN MAJID AL QASIMI
Breeder: SHEIKH ABDULLAH BIN MAJID AL QASIMI
ICBA VIP Open Day 2019
Mr. Mohamed Dekkak attended the International Center for Biosaline Agriculture (ICBA) VIP open day on March 10, 2019. As an environmentalist, he supports the organization’s initiative to improve the research and development in agricultural productivity and sustainability in marginal and saline environments.
According to him, the grim milestone came a lot sooner than ever since 1987 when the measure was first determined. In other words, people are consuming more and quicker than the world’s biocapacity could deal with. The world is eating up more water and different assets, producing more carbon dioxide into the air and contaminating nature unimaginably. Mr. Dekkak wants everyone to be fully aware of the ways where we can help our environment while helping the people in need.
The International Center for Biosaline Agriculture is a nonprofit organization that was founded in 1999. The organization’s main focus is on the issue of salinization and the utilization of saline water intended for irrigated agriculture. The organization is one of the organizations that are helping to find solutions in agricultural productivity and sustainability in marginal and saline environments by advancing the research and development.
The event was participated by HE Dr. Jose Graziano da Silva, Dir. Gen. of the Food and Agriculture, HE Mariam bint Mohammed Saeed, the Minister State for Food Security of the UAE, HE Razan Khalifa Al Mubarak, Managing Dir. of the Environment Agency- Abu Dhabi and the Chairperson of the ICBA Board of directors, HE Dr. Bandar M. H Hajjar, Pres. of the Islamic Dev’t Bank Group. It is celebrated along with a number of ministers from different countries, heads of international organizations and other high ranked dignitaries.
The International Center for Biosaline Agriculture (ICBA) is a global nonprofit, organization that was founded in 1999, due to the imaginative management of the Islamic Dev’t Bank (IDB), the Org. of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) Fund, the Arab Fund for Economic and Social Dev’t and the Gov’t of United Arab Emirates.
At that time, they identified that there is a growing salinity problem that is affecting the Middle East and North Africa region and hindering their attempt to improve their food and water security. There was a dire need for applied research tackling salinity problems and utilizing saline water for food and feed production, whereas there was no international organization tackling this serious problem. Throughout the first 10 years of the Center’s existence, they implemented many projects that aimed to improve the well-being of poor farmers that have to deal with salinity problem. Along the way we built up a wealth of information and successes, as well as a team of global scientists with extensive internal capacity comprised of a world-class modern research facility As they evolved, so did the global problems related to salinity; the world is daily losing 2,000 hectares to salt-induced degradation, and the marginal areas across the globe are increasing. This is affecting the food and income security of those living of it, as well as impacting the water security of several countries. ICBA’s success and these growing global problems promoted the revision of ICBA’s mandate and expanding its focus from merely focusing on salinity issues, to a broader scope that aims to identify sustainable solutions for food and nutritional security in marginal environments through facilitating access to technology, improved germplasm, plus relevant policies, strategies and programs. ICBA Strategy 2013-2023 clearly identifies its new mandate and the impact they aspire to achieve, and the strategy is available at their website www.biosaline.org.
ICBA and FAO Partnership Agreement
On March 10, 2019, in UAE, Dr. Ismahane Elouafi, Director General of the International Centre for Biosaline Agriculture (ICBA) and Dr. José Graziano da Silva, the Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations, signed agreements today, growing existing participation between the two institutions on plant hereditary assets, biosaline agriculture and environmental change adaptation on the planet’s marginal environments.
Under this Article 15 agreement, the yield germplasm accumulation stored in ICBA’s gene bank will formally become part of the Multilateral System of Access and Benefit-sharing, adding to the world’s biggest worldwide gene pool of plant hereditary material, accessible to ranchers, plant reproducers and researchers for the maintainable generation of sustenance from plants.
The material in this tremendous worldwide gene pool is traded far and wide at a normal rate of around 1,000 exchanges for each day to help ranchers, plant reproducers and researchers in growing new atmosphere versatile yield assortments to create increasingly nutritious food from plants.
ICBA’s novel gene bank is home to one of the world’s biggest accumulations of germplasm of warmth and salt-tolerant plant species, with more than 14,000 increases of around 240 plant species from in excess of 150 nations and regions of the world, notwithstanding around 250 seed tests of 70 wild plant species from the UAE, the middle’s host nation.
The FAO International Treaty is a key universal lawful instrument for the worldwide protection, manageable use and sharing of the advantages of plant biodiversity, which it does through its different components, most prominently the Multilateral System, the Global Information System, and the Benefit-sharing Fund.
It is additionally the first lawfully restricting global instrument to recognize the gigantic commitment of indigenous networks and ranchers to the advancement and the board of yield biodiversity and calls upon all Contracting Organizations to ensure Farmers’ Rights.
The centre has so far executed projects in more than 30 nations in the Middle East, North Africa, sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia, Central Asia, and the Caucasus.
As a result of the increase in the demand for fresh water due to the increase in the population, attention was directed to the seawater to be exploited in agriculture, so there have been many studies on the possibility of planting plants using salt water has been issued many of the results in this area and the classification of plants based on this type of Water for irrigation.
In order to use saline water to irrigate the plants and trees, the first step is to know the saline concentration in the water so that the plants are classified accordingly, and some of the plant/tree varieties that are tolerant to salinity are as follows:
- Nile Tamarisk (Tarfa)
- Mangrove (Qurm)
- Jujube (Sidr)
- Ghaf (Ghaf)
- Firestick Plant (Kalkal)
- Drumstick Tree (Shu)
- Wild Pistachio (Butum)
- Umbrella Thorn (Samar)
- Tecoma (Farfar)
- Salam (Salam)
- Gum Arabic Tree (Sunt)
- Abal (Abal)
This does not mean that the issue of carrying the plant/tree for salinity alone is sufficient, but that the quality of the soil also has its role, there are some types of soils are unable to tolerate salinity becomes bad and cannot be cultivated in this, which leads to the damage of plants even if they have characteristics that make them from plants tolerant of salinity.
ICBA’s work and successes
Throughout the years, ICBA has been very successful in identifying crops, technologies, and best management practices to improve agricultural, productivity and profitability in saline environments. We have carried a botanical survey to collect and conserve native species especially in the UAE. ICBA is working on several technology developments as well as the use of non-conventional and conventional water (such as treated wastewater, saline, seawater, and industrial water); land and water management technologies; remote sensing and modeling for climate change adaptation. We have worked extensively on identifying and promoting integrated production systems that practice sustainable management of available resources. We focus on community development, whether it is in identifying and encouraging certain crops, or irrigation technologies, or on-farm practices and best drainage system. The local community is a partner and this helps sustain the gains from the improved production systems. Their modern research and training facilities in Dubai include a gene bank of salt-tolerant germplasm with over 13,000 accessions representing over 225 species; laboratories for central analytics; plant genetic resources and agronomy and plant physiology. Thirty-five hectares of the Center’s 100-hectare research and demonstration site has been developed for irrigated agriculture utilizing saline water, seawater or treated wastewater. We have modern greenhouses and a shade house providing climate-controlled conditions for plant experiments and the transfer of plants between environments. Building capacity and sharing knowledge is another important part of our work in the past and something we want to expand in the future as we aim to become a knowledge hub and center of excellence. ICBA has carried extensive training programs on plant production systems in marginal lands, soil and land use management, socio-economic assessments, and water resources management both at its headquarters and in partner countries. ICBA has worked across many countries in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA); Gulf Cooperation Council countries; Central Asia and the Caucasus; South and South East Asia, and sub-Saharan Africa. In all of their projects, they make sure that national partners are joint owners in the development and use of the research outputs so leading to the adoption of recommendations, analyses and best-management practices for land, soil, and water in marginal environments.
Inspired by his passion for arts, Adgeco Chairman and Founder, Mohamed Dekkak attends Sharjah’s biggest art exhibit. A contemporary art event that transpires once every 2 years in the city of Sharjah, Sharjah Biennial has deepened the region’s cultural landscape by commissioning, delivering, and exhibiting a modern and unique art experience for the community in UAE and at the same time offering a globally recognized platform for the region’s exceptional artists.
Now on its 14th edition, Sharjah Biennial 14 will be showcasing 3 distinct exhibitions curated by Omar Kholeif, Zoe Butt and Claire Tancons. Entitled “Leaving the Echo Chamber,” the exhibition looks at history, migration, and changes in communities relating to fast technological developments in today’s information age.
The exhibition opens from March 7 until June 10, 2019, at Sharjah Art Foundation and will bring together large-scale public installations, major commissions, performances, and films.
The event which opened on Thursday, 7 March was graced by the presence of His Highness Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah and His Highness Sheikh Abdullah bin Salem bin Sultan Al Qasimi, Deputy Ruler of Sharjah.
Together with country leaders and dignitaries, President, and Director of Sharjah Art Foundation, Sheikha Hoor bint Sultan Al Qasim welcomed the Sharjah Ruler who was briefed about the 3 exhibitions and toured the exhibits as well which featured more than eighty recognized and rising artists coming from different parts of the world.
Attending at the event are important personalities like Minister of Culture and Knowledge Dev’t Noura bint Mohammed Al Kaabi, Minister of Health and Prevention Abdul Rahman bin Mohammed Al Owais, Head of the Amiri Diwan Rashid bin Ahmad Al Shaikh, Minister of State Zaki Anwar Nusseibeh. Also spotted are several department heads, Sharjah Executive Council members, institution directors, and diplomatic corps members and numerous art enthusiasts. Mr. Dekkak, who has supported several art events in the past conveys, “Arts help us express our values, build bridges between cultures, and brings in the spirit of tolerance.”
Leaving the Echo Chamber: Overview
In pop culture, the term ‘echo chamber’ is a nickname for indirect news media and their specialist channels, which are strengthened by a closed network managed and administered by private sources, enterprises, and government. It is additionally an illustration for the recorded predominance of capital and the social, cultural and political frameworks that manage its entrance, generation and delivery. Most substantially, the ‘echo chamber’ is an area where sound hits and resonates, where remembrance and creative ability reverberates through the surface, across time and space.
Leaving the Echo Chamber looks into putting into the discussion a progression of incitements on how one may renegotiate the structure, shape, and capacity of this chamber so as to move to the multiplication of the echoes inside, such vibrations speaking to the immense types of human creation—its traditions and beliefs.
SB14 asks visitors to think about various concerns. What did it mean to call for different images when the news is controlled by domineering sources? How would we grow our stories by recognizing what has been covered up or deleted? How might we ponder our own cultural narratives in a period when such a large number of people have been compelled to trust that they should surrender their very own organization to the domination that exists and rule our reality?
Artists at Sharjah Biennial 14 are given the chance to share narrations that echo in various ways, along these lines making new surfaces for a variety of chambers that uncover various and multifaceted methods for survival, connection and keeping collective humankind.
Curatorial Overview and Participating Artists
Kholeif, Butt, and Tancons bring incredible perspectives to the questions that haunt our today’s society. Together, they represented the complexities of challenges faced by today’s artists and community as a whole.”
Here’s the list of artists taking part in each of the 3 curated exhibitions:
- “Journey Beyond the Arrow”
Curator – Zoe Butt, the artistic director of Ho Chi Minh City’s Factory of Contemporary Arts Centre
Journey Beyond the Arrow presents profound perspective to humanity’s movement and the things that have supported or deterred its survival. From religious traditions to cultural practices, technological advances to the rule of law. Every practice utilizing objects and actions that continuously move in intentional and unintentional guides of discovery, triumph, and exile throughout land and ocean. The exhibition aims to enlighten the importance of exchange and diversity throughout the world and man’s history.
Participating artists: Kidlat Tahimik, Khadim Ali, Nalini Malani, Meiro Koizumi, Tuan Andrew Nguyen, Lisa Reihana, Ahmad Fuad Osman, Ho Tzu Nyen,
- “Making New Time”
Curator – Omar Kholeif, senior curator and director of global initiatives of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago
Our time today is a period of constant speed that we hardly have time to breathe. Remember that time is one that cannot be retrieved, uncertain and continued process of existing in the world. But changes in technology, social and politics has changed the ways by which we connect to things and in the concept of history itself. How do we slow down and go through the experience? How do we create ‘new time’?
This seeks to present the way material culture can be re-visualized through the eyes of artists whose unbelievable reflections pushes us to go beyond the limits of our beliefs. It thinks of the ways economies are shaped around industrial culture, how stories are created and taken apart, and how the power of change empowers a reformation, or restoration, of the past lost or even unknown.
Participating artists: Lubaina Himid, Huguette Caland, Barbara Kasten, Otobong Nkanga, Marwan, Akram Zaatari, Jon Rafman,
- “Look for Me All Around You”
Curator – Claire Tancons, curator and art historian
Look for Me All Around You is an open display of migrant representations and fugitive forms. Comprised of several scores drawn from the many scales of Sharjah as city, emirate and prominent territory.
The platform demonstrates to the alternatively dispossessed and repossessed disposition of diasporization as an aporetic phenomenon of the contemporary, encompassing man, material and semantic forms of displacement.
Participating artists: Caline Aoun, Nikolaus Gansterer, Aline Baiana, Isabel Lewis, Eisa Jocson, Ulrik López, Wu Tsang, Carlos Martiel
Sharjah Art Foundation
Founded in 2009 to develop programs beyond the Sharjah Biennial, which was introduced in 1993, the Sharjah Art Foundation is an important source for artists and cultural organizations in the Gulf region and a channel for national, regional and global advancements in contemporary art.
The director of the Sharjah Art Foundation, Hoor Al Qasimi, said in a statement that our present-day life is taken over by competing for information and inconsistent histories—a reality that raises vital questions on the path of contemporary art, as well as the conditions in which it is made.
Reiterating the message of the foundation director, Mohamed Dekkak acknowledges the importance of knowing where contemporary art is heading. He also states, “Contemporary art and exhibitions like this do more than what we actually realize. It holds up a mirror to science, to our way of life, and society. There has never been a time where art is more important than it is now.”