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)
This year, Milken Institute MENA Summit is taking place at St. Regis Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, UAE and will run for two days from February 12-13, 2019.
Milken Institute MENA Summit 2019
A nonprofit, nonpartisan think tank, Milken Institute seeks to raise prosperity across the globe through collaborative efforts and bringing solutions that address local and global challenges. With the organization’s independent and data-guided research, reliable reports are published, and meaningful policies are established.
Over a thousand dignitaries, world leaders, tech experts, business tycoons, investors, and environmental advocates are coming together for the 2-day conference to tackle a few of the Middle East and North Africa pressing concerns.
Some of the topics to be discussed include the serious threat to the environmental sustainability of the region, youth unemployment, and the current refugee crisis. What lessons can be realized from modern countries and how can the general public adapt to technology and new skills required?
A Conversation with His Excellency Khaldoon Khalifa Al Mubarak
Obtaining answers to some of these queries require collaboration and leadership. Managing Director and Group Chief Executive of Mubadala, Khaldoon Khalifa Al Mubarak pointed out during the summit’s opening lunch program that improving the human capital in the United Arab Emirates has been the core emphasis of the UAE leadership to be able to build a prosperous country like Singapore. He adds that Singapore is an excellent country to emulate as they focus on the citizens.
Mubadala is an investment vehicle responsible for diversifying the capital city’s economy. It is Abu Dhabi’s strategic firm with Dh832 billion in assets under management, has progressed throughout the years by collaborating with investors and taking on new sectors as it pursues to be part of the emirate’s economic diversification strategy.
Great leaders earn their status by doing the hardest things well and through looking for the most vigorous, robust, ecological and diversified solutions on hand. Accomplishments rest upon recognizing local opportunities in the perspective of the global marketplace.
Speakers who graced the event includes His Excellency Mohamed Alabbar, Founder and Chairman, Emaar Properties, Thomas Barrack, Executive Chairman and CEO, Colony Capital, Inc., Frank Luntz, Founder and President, Luntz Global, Patrice Motsepe, Founder and Chairman, African Rainbow Minerals, Naguib Sawiris, Executive Chairman, Orascom Investment Holding. The moderator for the panel discussion was led by CNN Abu Dhabi’s Anchor and Managing Director, Becky Anderson.
Other interesting personalities worth following in the summit are Sir Richard Branson, Noura Al Kaabi, the Minister of Culture and Knowledge Development. President of Rwanda in 2000 Paul Kagame will speak to discuss the future for Africa. Sean Parker, head of the Parker Foundation, a multi-million-dollar philanthropic fund is set to explain how data can help find cures to diseases. Discussing the initiatives to drive sustainable business practices in the Gulf region is Razan Al Mubarak, managing director of the Environment Agency-Abu Dhabi and the Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund which supports conservation efforts in dozens of countries across the globe.
Attending the 2019 MENA Summit gathers high-profile senior executives such as Adgeco Group Chairman Mohamed Dekkak along with government officials, investors, sovereign wealth fund directors, and philanthropists to talk over, build up, and generate solutions.
Through research and networking platforms, Milken Institute continues to distinguish opportunities for the deployment of private, public, and philanthropic capital to prompt policy action and drive development in the region.
His Majesty King Mohammed VI, Commander of the Faithful, joined by His Royal Highness Crown Prince Moulay El Hassan, Crown Prince of Morocco and His Royal Highness Prince Moulay Rachid, presided on Tuesday, 31 July 2018 at the Meshuar square in Tetouan Royal Palace, the allegiance ceremony in commemoration of the 19th anniversary of the king’s enthronement.
The ceremony started with Abdelouafi Laftit, the country’s Interior Minister along with the Walis and Governors of the Kingdom of Morocco’s wilayas, regions and provinces together with the Interior Ministry’s Central Administration’s Walis and Governors pledge allegiance to His Majesty King Mohammed VI.
This was then followed by the delegations which represent the different regions, prefectures, and provinces of the country renewing allegiance to the Sovereign.
The Islamic terminology “Baiaa” means the oath of allegiance to the successors of Prophet Mohammed. It is a hundred-year-old pact that binds the people and the Throne declaring joint commitment where the people vow allegiance to the King, and in return, the King pledges to protect the sovereignty, independence, and the country’s integrity, to defend the rights of the citizens and to see to the progress and development of the kingdom.
The ceremony was carried out in the presence of Saad Eddine El Othmani, Head of government, Speakers of the two houses of parliament, His Majesty King Mohammed VI’s advisors, high commissioners, cabinet members, chairmen of constitutional bodies as well as high-level officers coming from the general staff of the royal armed forces, Director General of the national police, Director General of Intelligence Agency, Director General of the domestic territory surveillance, and other public personalities and military forces.
The audience wore white, throughout the ceremony, and stood in a square waiting for the king to come out. Once the Sovereign goes out to greet them, the people bow towards him five times, chanting slogans such as “God bless the age of my lord.”
On July 30, 2018, the Kingdom of Morocco celebrated the 19th anniversary of His Majesty King Mohammed the VI’s accession to the Throne. The commemoration is a renewed chance to demonstrate the strong connection amongst the people of Morocco and the throne.
Together with HRH Crown Prince Moulay El Hassan as well as HRH Prince Moulay Rachid, HM King Mohammed VI, chaired at the Marchane Palace in Tangier, on Monday, a reception on the occasion of the 19th anniversary of the King’s accession to the throne of his glorious ancestors.
During the opening ceremony, His Majesty the King greeted the national colors, during which the national anthem was playing when the 21-gun salute was fired.
Afterward, HM King Mohammed VI was greeted by some Moroccan and foreign personalities, who came to congratulate the King on this festive event. Mohamed Dekkak, Chairman, and Founder of the Adgeco Group was offered a chance to personally greet the Morocco King.
The Sovereign was welcomed by government leaders headed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives, the Ombudsman, the Wali of the Tangier-Tetouan-Al Hoceima region and the President of the Council of the Region of Tangier-Tetouan-Al Hoceima, heads of the military, diplomatic corps, ambassadors and foreign dignitaries.
Religious leaders from different religious groups such as the Archbishop of Tangier, the President of the Russian Orthodox Church, President of the Evangelical Church and the Chief Rabbi of Casablanca also extended their well-wishes for the King.
Also spotted attending the event are private and public leaders like the former head of the Spanish Government, José Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, FIFA President, Gianni Infantino, Director General of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), Adnan Amin.
The National Day reception symbolizes a time of immense significance in the country’s life to feature the essential gains accomplished in the last years. Plans are presented to achieve more in building a progressive and booming nation, under the ruling of HM King Mohammed VI.
In a speech addressed on Sunday to the nation, King Mohammed VI has called on political parties to encourage young people to take part in the country’s political field. The King encouraged political parties to appeal to new elites and call for young people to engage in political issues.
Furthermore, HM King Mohammed VI’s expressed his joy in what Morocco and his people have accomplished over the last 2 decades. Since his enthronement on 30th of July 1999, following the death of his father, King Hassan II, the country faced huge changes. Due to the sovereign’s substantial initiatives, Morocco has carried out various social and economic projects that benefited millions of people.
Recognized for his social reform movements as well as strategies that enhanced Morocco’s economy, the sovereign carried our various political reforms made particularly on formation of the Instance of equity and resolution in the field of transitional justice, strengthening human rights and the adoption of the new Constitution in 2011 that created a significant advancement in the civic and social life. These changes have allowed the consecration of the importance of citizenship, human rights, and democracy.
Huge developments were achieved towards city planning, from road infrastructures, railways, highways, and airports paving the way for better economic exchanges. Due to attractive investment regulations, various free trade agreements were made with the United States, European Union, Egypt, Tunisia, Jordan, and Turkey.
With HM King Mohammed VI’s leadership, Morocco became one the world’s most eco-friendly countries with its dedication to producing 52 percent of its electric power from renewable energies like wind, solar, and hydro by the year 2030.
The government’s strategy for the tourism sector called Vision 2020 aims to make the country be on top 20 tourist destination employing increasing the capacity on accommodation to reach 20 million tourists. The strategy is grounded in the fundamental values of quality, authenticity, and diversity. Morocco will offer 6 new attractions, showing the country ’s richness in culture, beach, and nature.
many years of reforms, relevant projects, and accomplishments through the sovereign’s civic and political initiatives, signifying HM King Mohammed’s vow to protect the well-being, happiness, and unity of his people, guiding the country towards progress and prosperity.
Morocco’s most significant national event of the year is an opportunity for the citizens of the Kingdom Morocco to reaffirm loyalty to His Majesty the King, symbol of its unity and guarantor of the best interests of the nation. It presents the strength and the continued allegiance that unites the people of Morocco to the glorious Throne.
Ambassador of France to the United Arab Emirates, Ludovic Pouille, has invited prominent personalities in the U.A.E. to celebrate the National Day of France. The event was held at the luxurious ballroom of Ritz Hotel – Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal on Saturday night, 14th of July 2018.
This important holiday celebration, most especially to the French people was attended by government leaders, heads of various international business councils, businessmen and important personalities from the civil society. Adgeco Group’s Chairman and Founder, Mohamed Dekkak attended the occasion together with Noeleen Saeed, President of the Irish Business Council Abu Dhabi as well as Mr. Bachir Belbachir Haskouri AB Consultant.
The significance of National Day of France
Similar to United States’ Independence Day, the National Day of France, recognized as Bastille Day is France’s national holiday that denotes the attack of the Bastille in the 1700s and is called La Fête Nationale Française.
During the eighteenth century, the country was in serious economic and political crisis, and the French people were disappointed with the administration under King Louis XVI’s rule, which ended up with high taxes and food shortages.
A symbol of cruelty and injustice in Paris, the Bastille which was an old prison and fortress held captured many political rebels. Then on July 14, 1789, a fuming crowd stormed the Bastille and freed the seven prisoners before taking the weapons stowed inside.
The attack was momentous for it proved to revolutionaries that the King had weak control over his armies and destabilized his power. The event spark of what later has been known as the French Revolution and the kingdom was ultimately dethroned.
King Louis and his wife Queen Marie Antoinette were detained and were executed together with other people who supported the royal family.
The Bastille and Eiffel Tower
The people of France celebrated the very first Bastille Day during the first anniversary of the storming, on the same site where the famous Eiffel Tower now stands. The iconic structure opened officially in 1889, precisely a hundred years after the storming of Bastille and was constructed to commemorate the 100th anniversary.
Celebrating Bastille Day
Bastille Day is being observed across France every 14th of July. Citizens are dancing in the streets and waving the country’s flag – a tradition practiced up to this day. A lot of people go to significant public events like parades, performances, and firework displays.
In 1880, a political leader named Benjamin Raspail proposed that July 14 should become a national holiday in France. Since then, the holiday has been held annually to remind today’s generation of the people who fought for freedom and justice in society.
France and U.A.E. Relations
On the occasion of National Day of France, a message of peace and congratulations was extended by H.H. Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan to the President of France, Emmanuel Marcon.
The French President was quoted saying about the status of culture in the cooperation relations between France and the UAE. President Marcon told the press during the Paris International Book Fair, that the culture occupies a significant place in the UAE-France relations. This statement was reiterated during his speech at the opening of Louvre Abu Dhabi. The French President believes in this high status of culture to build a good future together.
French-Emirati Cultural Dialogue
France and the U.A.E. have created a healthy relationship from the time the Federation in 1971 was established. Inspired by the vision of the late Sheikh Zayed, the country’s Founding father, the U.A.E. has continuously sought to foster the relationship grounded in trust and friendship. This national bond is developed by a privileged strategic partnership, solid economic connections, a close political and defense cooperation, and top initiatives in the fields of education and culture.
On the 8th of November 2017, the strong friendship among the government of France and the United Arab Emirates was reaffirmed on the occasion of the Louvre Abu Dhabi’s inauguration. The presence of both government leaders graced this huge event, Emmanuel Macron, the President of the French Republic, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum the Vice-President, Prime minister, Minister of Defense of the U.A.E. and Ruler of Dubai, as well as His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces.
A new cooperation agreement implementing the “French-Emirati Cultural Dialogue” was signed on November 9th, 2017, to be able to develop the range of exchanges and encounters, in France, and in the UAE throughout the whole country.
The excellent relationship between these two countries can very well be manifested and experience among the many cultural and tourist hotspots in the city. Led by the Louvre Abu Dhabi, the most significant artistic project promoted by France abroad and Arab world’s very first universal museum. There is the Emirati university Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi that offers French degrees to students from different nationalities, INSEAD and ESMOD, leading French establishments in the UAE, along with other French schools and universities which have collaborated with esteemed Emirati institutions, particularly in the fields of justice, medicine, and arts.
J Group, a market leader in real estate marketing and advertising, has launched its first and unique stage, “Jaizer” social networking and real estate advertising platform during the Ramadan Souhour function that was held in Palace Hotel Dubai. The event was highlighted by the presence of the respected media personality Mr. George Kordahi.
As. Mr. Kordahi welcomed the guest, Dr. Habib Hammoud, the director of J Group, spoke about the circumstances that led to the establishment of the Group and launching of Jaizer. Mr. Ayham Gebara, the CEO, of J Group, spoke about the importance of the Group, and it’s participation in so many similar activities and seminars during this year through the strategic partner “Business Gate” managed by Ms. Laila Rahhak Elafani. Mr. Gebara then explained the details of Jaizer.
The evening was a mixture of good conversation with the VIP’s and dignitaries including Mr. Mohamed Dekkak, Chairman and Founder of Adgeco Group, Mr. George Kordahi, International Host, Journalist and TV Presenter, Dr. Habib Hammoud, the director of J Group, Mr. Ayham Gebara, CEO, of J Group, Mr. Ashraf Gaber, CEO and Editor-in-Chief of Business Review, Ms Laila Rahhak Elafani, Investor and Manager of Business Gate. Mr. Abdulaziz Al Sabhan, CEO of Abdulaziz Al Sabhan Group, Ms. Hala Mourad, Film Director and Editor of Purple Art Production and Media Service, and interested parties from the real estate, marketing, and advertising world.
Mohamed Dekkak at the official opening ceremony of the new Embassy of the Kingdom of Morocco in Abu Dhabi
The inauguration of the new Embassy of the Kingdom of Morocco in Abu Dhabi, Diplomatic Zone was held on Tuesday, 22 May 2018.
The formal opening was graced by the presence of His Excellency Mr. Nasser Bourita, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the Kingdom of Morocco and His Excellency Dr. Zaki Anwar Nusseibeh, Minister of State as an official guest of honors.
His Excellency Mohamed Ait Ouali, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Morocco welcomed official guests and Ambassadors from different embassies, foreign dignitaries, and personalities from the business communities attended this ceremony. Mohamed Dekkak, Chairman and Founder of Adgeco Group and H.E Maya Tissafi Ambassador of the Swiss Confederation, Switzerland Embassy to the UAE and Bahrain, Mr. Chakib Bouyad, CEO of Emirates Consortium, Amine El Hamzaoui Sr. Manager Strategic Project Officer of CEO Masdar, Zouhair Kabbaj Managing Director at Kazo Group, Mohammed Najib S’haki Regional Manager Middle East, Director Regional BMCE Bank, Anouar Zaoudi Marquez De Prado Managing Director/Head of Middle East BBVA, Bachir Belbachir Haskouri AB Consultant and Advisor, Abdelali Namli Journalist at Sky News Arabia, Ibrahim Noukra Officer at Moroccan Embassy, Walid Belbachir Officer at Moroccan Embassy, H.E Mounir Ktitou Minister Plenipotentiary Deputy Head of Mission, Emabassy of the Kingdome of Morocco, Ahmed Ayouche CEO Itawasol, H.E Altonio Alwarez Barthe, Ambassador of Spain, Lamiae Fadili, Airline Account Director Amadeus, Professor Ahmed Ankit, Dean Research and Doctoral Studies Hamdan Bin Mohamed Smart University and other members of the Moroccan Community & dignitaries were also invited together with other members of Moroccans Abroad Living in UAE.
The new building was designed with rich and beautiful Moroccan flair. The architectural structure and interior were adorned with Morocco’s unique design elements – interesting geometric patterns and bright colored hues. The design is complex Hispano-Moorish elements of Moroccan blended architecture with influence of Islamic and Spanish Cultures.
The Kingdom of Morocco and the United Arab Emirates, two Arab countries that share profound and good friendship are spreading out to all sectors of common interests.
Both nations stand side-by-side in their mutual efforts for continued development and in their firm decision to carry out world peace and security in this global village.
The Moroccan community is fast growing in UAE, whereas Emirati investors are growing their presence in the North African nation in various sectors. The political relations amongst the two nations are more than outstanding and are nurtured by common understanding and flourishing trade exchanges.
On 15 May 2018 (Tuesday), Nass Contracting Co WLL – Dubai had marked the significant phase of the project 132/11 kV Rabwah and Greenhills Substations and Associated Works, as the First Concrete Pouring Ceremony onsite, located in Dubai Hill State by J.V. – Emaar Properties PJSC & Meraas Holding
The milestones were celebrated with the number of dignitaries, including Mohamed Dekkak, Chairman and Founder of Adgeco Group, Mohamed Al –Jasim from Nass Corporation, Stuart Smith – Country Manager, Adnane Khezzar – Head of Constructing, ABB, Osama Elmeligy-Project Manager, Issa Raddad – General Manager of Adgeco Group, Nass Contracting and ABB’s Representatives. The ceremony was a true success.
During the ceremony, both parties had reaffirmed their total commitment through mutual cooperation & support and to work as one team to ensure the success of the project.
The project is to be completed as scheduled.