Mohamed Dekkak président of Anouar Association and Faouzi Skali founder and President of cultural Soufie Festival
Mohamed Dekkak at Fes Festival of Sufi Culture
Sufi culture, a spiritual humanism for our time
The 12th edition of the festival of Sufi culture in Fez aims to discover or rediscover this culture of inexhaustible spiritual, intellectual and artistic wealth.
Mohamed Dekkak supported and attended the festival of Sufi Culture that took place in the Parc Jnan Sbil.
The festival of the Sufi culture of Fez is one of the most important festivals in Morocco. The festival is created to discover the art attached to Sufism: painting, calligraphy, literature, cinema and more. They also discover Sufi influences in architecture and lifestyles.
The twelfth edition of the Fes Festival of Sufi Culture will take place from October 19th to 26th around the theme “Sufi culture, a spiritual humanism for our time”. This cultural event aims to discover or rediscover to Moroccans a culture that is theirs and give them access to this spiritual wealth, artistic and intellectual, according to the association of the same name. It also tends to reinforce Morocco’s position in intercultural dialogue by forging a bridge between East and West, questioning the role of Sufism in today’s world and revealing the artistic richness that Sufism inspired. through painting, calligraphy, songs, music, auteur films, books and exhibitions as well as contemporary artists and thinkers.
It is also, over the course of the program, to “show how this civilization can continue to be the breeding ground for universal values and enrich itself with its relationship with other cultures and religions”.The festival includes a multitude of activities, including an opening artistic creation entitled “Al Shushtari, prince of the troubadours”, which will bring together the artists Françoise Atlan, Curro Piñana and Marouane Hajji, as well as the ensemble Al Shushtari. He will also see the organization of many Samaâ nights of different Tariqas, as well as round tables on the central theme of this year. The eleventh edition of the Fes Festival of Sufi Culture was initiated on the theme “Presence of Sufism”.
The festival of Sufi culture in Fez, a spiritual journey
The festival of Sufi culture in Fez aims to discover or rediscover this culture of inexhaustible spiritual, intellectual and artistic wealth. It brings together Sufis of different traditions and nationalities, to share and to discover the philosophy and art attached to Sufism. Dhikr evenings (invocatory songs) will be organized by brotherhoods from different countries and cultures.
The festival chose this year to combine notions of humanism and spirituality.
And to continue: “Sufi culture can make its contribution, among other spiritualties and wisdom of the world, to another possible civilization”. Hence the interest in Sufism, which was part of an old debate between faith and reason, religion and politics, freedom and transcendence.
The program was opened on October 19 with an artistic creation entitled “Al Shushtari prince of the troubadours”. This inaugural show has featured French-Moroccan singer Françoise Atlan, flamenco singer Curro Piñana, Moroccan Marouane Hajji, as well as recitals Amal Ayouch, Carole Latifa Ameer and Théophile de Wallensbourg. All under the direction of the Moroccan conductor Mostafa Amri.
The next day, the organizers of the festival kicked off the “spiritual Davos”. A total of 10 roundtables are planned, enough to create a collective thought around “spiritual humanism for our time”, “Sufi culture as a way of life” and “practice of non-violence on a daily basis”, among others.
On Sufi nights, the festival hosted by Tariqas Buchichiya, Wazzaniya, Rissouniya, Sharqawiya, Darkawiya, and Sqalliya. In addition, the program includes an exhibition of the painter Sami Ali and a spiritual visit of the city of Fez entitled “Sufism, a way of life”.
The 2019 festival also invited a poetic and musical recital by the Iranian Leili Anvar and the Iranian singer Farzaneh Joorabchi, from the book “Tales of the Persian Sages”. As for its opening, the closing of the event presented a show-creation entitled “The secret language of flowers and perfumes”. This mural was performed by several artists, including the Moroccan Fatem Zohra Qortobi, the Iranian Farzaneh Joorabchi, the Turk Ferhat Oguz Korc and the dervishes of the Tariqa Halveti Ussaki.
Many lecturers, brotherhoods and artists from Morocco and different countries of the world, will testify to the richness of this living heritage of Sufism at once literary, poetic, artistic and spiritual. Colloquia, songs, exhibitions, reading sessions, music and film screenings will be in the spotlight.
To become part of the Soufie Culture Festival, they are working both in Morocco and around the world to discover Sufism in its most varied artistic, intellectual and social expressions, through several actions:
- To discover or rediscover to Moroccans a culture that is theirs and offers them access to this artistic, intellectual and spiritual wealth.
- To make known internationally a positive image of Islam, thanks to the universal language of peace and openness that promotes the spiritual voice that inhabits it: Sufism.
- Strengthen Morocco’s positioning in intercultural dialogue by forging a bridge between East and West.
- Questioning the role of Sufism in the world today, How a person can become a player in human development?
- Make known the artistic richness that inspired Sufism: painting, calligraphy, songs, music, auteur films, books, exhibitions.
- To know contemporary artists and thinkers.
- Offering a platform of expression to artists, Moroccans, and internationals who have engaged in a spiritual process in order to enrich the artistic and intellectual creativity, to explore arts and new cultural and social projects that work for the intercultural dialogue, human and civilizational development.
For a week, the great names of Sufi culture, philosophers, anthropologists, and other thinking heads come together to discuss and discover this beautiful Sufi culture from different angles. Among others: spirituality, tolerance, the universality of cultures, ecology. Sufi music concerts and songs from around the world in the evenings of the festival.
Arabian Travel Market: Strengthening the Travel Industry
Travel and tourism industry’s leading global event in the Middle East, the Arabian Travel Market happens to start April 28, Sunday. The occasion gathers more than 2,800 exhibitors from all over the world and guarantees to boost the travel industry of Dubai as a global tourism hub by exhibiting new advancements, travel sites, promotions and technologies and giving a stage to organizations to meet and work together.
The city’s own contributions in the tourism and travel industry area will be among the cynosures of consideration at the occasion to be held for four days from April 28 to May 1. Last year, Dubai conquered the effect of the worldwide financial crisis, to rise as a development hotspot in the overall travel industry map. As indicated by a report by the Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing, in 2018, the emirate hosted 15.92 million guests, a rise of 0.8 percent from a year sooner. Dubai was positioned the fourth most visited city in the world for the fourth year straight by the Mastercard Global Destination Cities Index (GDCI) 2018 and bested the rundown of worldwide urban areas with the most number of foreign overnight guest expenses for 3 years straight.
Portable, Digital, and Social First Agenda
According to Chief Executive Officer of Dubai Corp. for Tourism and Commerce Marketing, Issam Kazim, the company’s participation at Arabian Travel Market frames a centerpiece of DCTCM’s endeavors to bring issues to light the city of Dubai as a diverse travel spot to worldwide gatherings of people. The CEO adds that they are satisfied to once again provide help to the 26th version of this significant occasion. The company stays concentrated on reinforcing joint efforts with industry partner’s connection, thus underlining the tremendous diversity that Dubai provides for the global traveler.
Taking into consideration the current year’s topic of advancement and innovation, Dubai as a travel spot has just taken on a ‘digital, mobile and social first’ plan that puts future status at its center while advancing the appropriation of disruptive technology. As an international center point of development, the company will keep on supporting the partnerships of private and public sectors to advance DCTCM’s product offers and the manner in which it draws in modern buyers of today. Keeping in front of the worldwide challenge, the company is secured by a resolute vision of building up Dubai as the main most-visited and creative city on the planet.
The capacity of Dubai to support its travel industry development in the course of recent years has been driven, among others, by a continued interest in infrastructure. In the following a large portion of 10 years, it is set to finish the development of a progression of huge ventures that will include a portion of the world’s most tremendous vacation spots.
The travel industry projects in Dubai
Another travel industry venture neighboring Dubai Marina, Bluewaters Island will house various private and business undertakings, for example, shopping centers, beach clubs, and penthouses. The focal point of Bluewaters Island is Ain Dubai, the biggest Ferris wheel on the planet. Another major beachfront vacation destination being constructed in Dubai is Marsa Arab that envelops two man-made islands. The improvement will include 2.2 km of shoreline facade to the coastline of Dubai, with one of the islands committed to family travel and entertainment tours.
Dubai is likewise assembling the Deira Islands Night Souk, to be recognized as the world’s biggest night market. The setting shapes some portion of the AED6.1 billion Deira Island, a 15.3 sq kilometer waterfront city that highlights four islands. Another new venture, the Dubai Creek Harbor, will be home to the city’s tallest structure, the $1 billion Dubai Tower designed by Santiago Calatrava. The 6 million square meters Dubai Creek Harbor is seen to be two times bigger than Downtown Dubai when it is completely finished in 2025.
World’s Busiest Air Terminal
Dubai’s solid network and transportation foundation have been another real driver in its travel industry wave. A year ago, Dubai International (DXB) held its situation as the world’s busiest air terminal with the number of explorers going through its terminals rising to about 90 million. Dubai International has been delegated as the world’s busiest center point for global travel for a couple of years now since it outranks London Heathrow in 2014.
In the meantime, Dubai’s official carrier, Emirates, continued 59 million travelers on around 3,700 traveler flights, by and large, every week in 2018. When the worldwide airline industry is encountering a lull, Emirates worked for more than 192,000 flights, with its more than two hundred fleets in 2018 to its worldwide system of 157 destinations.
25 million guests target for 2025
Dubai, despite its many tourism achievements, continues to expand on the considerable development it has found in the previous decade by setting an aspiring focus of inviting 25 million guests constantly 2025. The objective, some portion of the Dubai Tourism Strategy propelled a year ago, expects to fortify Dubai’s situation as a standout amongst the most visited urban areas on the planet. Intended to give a solid impulse to its worldwide appeal, the Strategy is centered around guaranteeing that Dubai isn’t affected by basic changes later on. The emirate has officially taken off designs to support its development in significant traveler sending out business sectors and enhance sources from high-potential markets.
The influx of tourists to Dubai as of now brag a various worldwide spread. A year ago, Western Europe developed as the biggest benefactor of medium-term guest volumes for 2018 and commands a 21 percent stake, to keep up its position from two years ago This was intently trailed by the GCC and South Asia, contributing eighteen and seventeen percent of all worldwide visits to the city individually. North Asia and South-East Asia areas represented eleven percent.
The nearness of the markets over the MENA locale additionally conveyed enduring development volumes of 10% while Russia, the more extensive CIS and Eastern Europe aggregately conveyed nine percent of the all-out appearance, a two percent expansion from 2017. The Americas and Africa each contributed six percent of the volume base, and Australasia adjusted off the provincial blend with two percent of a piece of the overall industry in 2018, to a great extent driven by stop-over voyagers.
The most recent year, the city of Dubai has seen doubling its endeavors to draw in more travelers from the CIS, Russia, Latin America, and the Nordics, particularly Sweden. In 2017, activities promoting Dubai in China was supported by an “exceedingly fruitful” marketing campaigns along with a team with Chinese online media influencers.
New Experience and Policy Changes
Dubai is likewise making a reestablished push to develop areas such as cruise tourism for which it has indicated significant development potential. A year ago, the ‘Dubai Cruise Terminal’ was made the fundamental center for the voyage the travel industry in Dubai. The area was additionally helped by a key organization among Meraas and Carnival Corporation went for changing Dubai into a noteworthy local oceanic the travel industry center point.
Dubai is likewise looking to push the boundaries of traveler experience and innovation. Emirates is outfitting to dispatch the world’s originally incorporated ‘biometric path’ at Terminal 3, Dubai International air terminal, which will empower travelers to stroll through a passage and be “cleared” by movement specialists without human mediation or the requirement for a physical passport stamp.
Real changes in the United Arab Emirates’ visa routine a year ago have likewise altogether upgraded Dubai’s status as a traveler friendly spot. Transit travelers are presently exempted from all section charges for the initial 48 hours and a travel visa can be reached out for as long as 96 hours for an expense of just fifty dirhams. Getting a travel visa is effectively enabled by various express counters crosswise over UAE air terminals.
With a progression of infrastructure, regulatory, innovative and market activities to help the travel industry, Dubai is good to go to ascend in the positioning of the world’s most visited urban areas. The succeeding years could well observe the city forming into the world’s most famous destination.
Dubai Culture Highlights Emirate’s Culture and Art Landscape
Dubai Culture and Arts Authority is featuring the craftsmanship and cultural scene of the Emirate, with a unique spotlight on the legacy locales and galleries, at the Arabian Travel Market 2019, the main travel industry display in the Middle East, occurring until first May, at the Dubai World Trade Center (DWTC), Dubai.
Together with the Dept. of Tourism and Commerce Marketing, the cooperation plans to support Dubai’s stand as a city where divisions like arts, culture, literature, and heritage add to the creative market, yet additionally, help drive the travel industry in a one of a kind way. Since its origin, Dubai Culture has tried ten years of persistent endeavors to bond Dubai’s situation as a creative hub for culture and the arts. By way of Arabian Travel Market, Dubai Culture plans to advance the emirate and feature the potential city holds for extraordinary vacationer experience, subsequently contributing to making it a prominent travel spot among the worldwide explorers.
Praising Dubai’s cultural uniqueness, this cooperation of Dubai Culture underpins the vision of HH Sheik Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, VP and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to build up Dubai as a city of upbeat, innovative, and enabled people, who are glad for their cultural individuality. Throughout the occasion, Dubai Culture will advance the city’s legacy locales, yearly social timetable, significant workmanship occasions, universal joint efforts and its feasible arrangements to additionally upgrade the guest involvement with contributions that will interest worldwide voyagers, particularly social sightseers, who look for bona fide cultural encounters.
Dubai Culture is additionally exhibiting Al Shindagha Museum, the Perfume House and the Etihad Museum, which make these settings intriguing places of interest, as they go about as a connection amid the past and the present of the nation. Dubai Culture has additionally curated a determination of fine arts from Tashkeel, Mattar Bin Lahej Gallery and Alserkal Cultural Foundation, that help artists in the local and regional and offer them a chance to achieve the correct crowd audience. These are in plain view in the booth of Dubai Tourism’s hospitality lounge.
According to the Director of International Relations, Dubai Culture, Rafia Al Suwaidi, Dubai Culture’s cooperation at the Arabian Travel Market is a perfect chance for the organization to advance the memorable legacy of Dubai and discuss regarding the social and innovative milestones of the city in the most ideal manner conceivable. Point is to pass on it to a huge number of guests, who go to the occasion, from around the globe. It is a stage for the Dubai Culture to show the customary components that help the cultural travel industry and the art economy of Dubai and that has encouraged the voyage of Dubai into a world-class city. Dubai is an encapsulation of values of diversity and tolerance, as it is home to individuals from all over the world – this makes the city genuinely worldwide in nature and henceforth a spot which can offer unmatched vacationer experience.
Issam Kazim, CEO, Dubai Corporation for Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DCTCM), stated: “We are satisfied to stretch out our help by and by to Dubai Culture and Arts Authority amid Arabian Travel Market, as they show works from a portion of the city’s driving home-developed specialists. Commending the emirate’s way of life and legacy has dependably been of incredible significance, our organization with Dubai Culture enables us to exhibit nearby ability on the Dubai stand, offering our guests from the worldwide travel industry a look into the rich and different expressions scene here in the Emirate.”
CEO of Adgeco Group, Mohamed Dekkak, who is also fond of traveling and an advocate of cultural dialogue attended the event. He stated, “It is overwhelming to realize that the event is really a celebration not just of the emirate’s culture and heritage but also of other countries. It’s a perfect platform to share the richness many nations have to offer to the world.”
Dubai Culture intends to upgrade Dubai’s culture scene and attract awareness for the United Arab Emirates rich legacy. The Authority’s order is to develop communication of constructive interchange of useful discourse between various civilizations and societies to upgrade Dubai’s situation as an inventive and feasible worldwide city for culture, legacy, expressions, and writing, with the plan to engage these divisions by creating imaginative and inventive tasks and activities locally, provincially, and universally.
The Royal Gala at International Dubai Fashion Week
International Dubai Fashion Week, every season, takes pride on exhibiting the fastest rising designer in the area who are on the fashion industry’s front line, which includes couture and RTWs from Europe USA, and Middle East nations, for example, Bahrain, Kuwait, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the U.A.E., and Lebanon.
A forerunner, the Int’l. Dubai Fashion Week was the principal design occasion in the Gulf to have runway appears since 2006. The design event returns this 2019 and will be exhibited under the support of Her Highness Sheikha Hend Al Qassemi, making it one major fashion undertaking!
iDFW has made considerable progress from 2006, and this 2019 iDFW will see the innovativeness of the absolute most incredibly gifted style creators from over the world. The event will be participated by purchasers, retailers, beauticians, editors, worldwide press, models, and famous people. Attending the event is Adgeco Chairman and Founder, Mohamed Dekkak, who has been a huge supporter of the event. He expressed, “The Royal Gala is a premiere night and proud occasion to celebrate the world fashion here in Subai.” iDFW intends to be the next fashion stop on the International fashion week circuit after London, New York, Paris, and Milan.
At Int’l Dubai Fashion Week, the organizers seek to stretch the limits since they trust they can do the apparently unimaginable and unfathomable. Its emphasis is on inventive thoughts and exercises, putting style and advertising at the front line. Be it experiences from industry experts, live styling occasions, cosmetics instructional exercises, or support actions, the main point is to engage, connect with and teach at Int’l. Dubai Fashion Week.
VIPs and Celebrity Guests
The show will draw in HNW customers with the most spending capability, alongside chosen VIPs and Buyers that incorporate Royal Family individuals and superstars. H.H Sheikha Hend will stretch out formal invites to duchesses, noblewomen and aristocrats she has met over the world, just as local princesses.
Past key visitors incorporate; Princess Sirivannavari Nariratana, the granddaughter of the late ruler of Thailand, Rawan Bin Hussain, Kuwaiti influencer and online celebrity and Nigeria’s Queen Zaynab.
For the global press, Int’l Dubai Fashion Week will carefully welcome editors from the Middle East and past to check out the design appear for a unique virtual first column experience.
An astounding occasion
The Royal Gala-Int’l Dubai Fashion Week will bring a style event pressed loaded with fashion extravagance, excellence and way of life with a tempting public expo.
Venue: Palazzo Versace Dubai
Situated in the extravagance The Palazzo Versace Hotel – Dubai, iDFW will immerse itself in a neoclassical artful culmination, that has unobtrusive hints of Arabian engineering.
Palazzo Versace Dubai resonates that of a sixteenth-century Italian Palace which is a Neoclassical artful culmination with unobtrusive hints of the Arab engineering. Highlighting a striking passage, tall roofs, arranged greenery enclosures, and scope of well-made Italian decorations, the lodging is really representative of the Versace way of life.
Situated in Jaddaf Waterfront, under 15 minutes from Dubai International Airport and eight minutes from Downtown Dubai and Burj Khalifa, Palazzo Versace Dubai is strategically placed along the shores of the noteworthy Dubai Creek. Once you arrived, you will be greeted by the striking ‘Pietra di Fiume’ structure of the notorious Medusa and Greek style. A stroll through the open spaces of 5-star hotel uncovers a few selective structures and textures from Versace, while the pond pools and reflection lakes supplement the tranquility of the rich gardens that encompass the hotel – a genuine extravagance retreat for recreation
Each and every furniture piece and item that embellishes the lodging’s more than two hundred suites, and more than a hundred living arrangements, is planned and customized by Versace only for the Palazzo Versace Hotel in Dubai. Every one of the hotel’s bars and restaurants is intended to have an open-air patio to mirror the legacy of Palazzos, where the interior court was the casual space to meet, feast and appreciate the climate. The three open-air pools are finished with mosaic tiles and encompassed by palm trees and blossoms. The perfectly finished greenery enclosures and unhindered perspectives on the Dubai Creek and horizon, make this lavish in a perfect setting for weddings and get-togethers in Dubai.
Some Designers who graced the fashion runway:
House of Hend – An idyllic articulation of HH Sheikha Hend Faisal Al Qassemi, by means of crafts works of rich weaved dresses, slice and sewn to flawlessness.
VAVCI uncovers its selective gathering of Hand Crafted Gowns and Modern Abayas
kuchugova_design makes timeless pieces for ladies with strong
Interesting, strong and extravagance. @remezka_shop rethinks arm candy with wood sculptures encased into her extravagance leather bags.
@thecfddubai’s students are demonstrating they are unreasonably cool for school. Prepared to release their inventive thoughts from the studio to the runway.
Discover @edithselegantdesigns collection which is a genuine demonstration of their confident and bold African roots.
Each piece by Raquel López is a masterpiece with wonderful consideration in its textures, selection of examples and extras. Second Skin Collection Blacks emerge in this gathering of femininity and freedom break ties and feature the style of ladies Second Skin Collection Blacks remain in this accumulation of opportunity and gentility breaking ties and feature the polish of ladies.
Dubai Fashion Week: A successful fashion affair
The Dubai Fashion Week (DFW), exhibited under the support of Her Highness Sheikha Hend Al Qassemi, by and by got honors and rave appraisal with its latest happening in Dubai’s Palazzo Versace. Gracing the Royal Gala runway was producer and actress Zenofer Fathima, one of the key features of the occasion. She leads the top brand for luxury, House of Hend.
Sheikha Hend has dependably been a constant advocate of the Arab’s fashion business, carrying out activities, for example, the DFW to advance the region’s local fashion stylists to the world. House of Hend, which is an idyllic articulation of inventiveness from the Sheikha was noteworthy support, tradeshow member and runway planner for DFW. The representative of ‘extravagance meets style’, House of Hend’s feature during the current year’s occasion mirrors the brand’s immortal complexity with rich exquisite weaving, sensitive subtleties and female outlines that convey a regal pizazz.
Having achieved a noticeable quality for her unique film ventures conveying the solid social idea, Zenofer, was in every way as confident and sophisticated as the other expert models included on the DFW runway.
During an interview, Sheikha Hend stated, “I make garments for resilient ladies; I do not make garments for frail women. For a feeble lady to wear my garments, she will feel empowered. This woman will sense like she is a business magnate, a mother, a lady of accomplishment, a lady who merits regard and bliss.”
The Sheikha expressed her happiness to have Zenofer on their show as she considers her to be a certified House of Hend woman. Zenofer is a producer, mom, author, director, and business person – she has proved to have become a lady of power. She is the type of lady we need at the present time. We have to support ladies in our general public to resemble her, with the goal that increasingly more will endeavor and trust that they can be anybody they wish and need to be.
As far as it matters for her, Zenofer remarked, “I have generally been keen on style, so this is truly energizing to me. Yet, more significantly, it makes me proud to become a part of the House of Hend show and to wear one of Sheikha Hend’s unique design pieces. I think about this a privilege, an unsurpassed recognition for everything that I have accomplished and for what I have moved toward becoming in light of my commitment to diligent work.”
Founder and Chief Executive Officer for Zen Productions is generally perceived for utilizing her short movies to help spread awareness on significant matters forming the present society. Along with independent films, she has likewise been doing broad work creating fashion and lifestyle documentaries, just as network shows, all which are in accordance with her objective of advancing local talents.
2006 was when the first Dubai Fashion Week was first launched, supposedly to boosts Dubai’s developing status as a global fashion hub. It happens two times per year and expects to be the upcoming stop on the international fashion scene next to Paris, New York, Milan and London. Each season, DFW highly esteems exhibiting the most quickly developing originators in the district on the cutting edge of design including Ready-to-Wear and Couture from over the GCC and from different pieces of the Middle East, for example, Bahrain, Kuwait, Egypt, Lebanon, UAE and Saudi Arabia, just as international designers from everywhere throughout the world, including Thailand, Malaysia, Russia, Mexico, Cuba, United States, Italy and France.
The current year’s release of The Royal Gala was by and by carrying out at the Palazzo Versace, with the support of HH Sheikha Hend Faisal Al Qassemi. With a continuous backing to open the UAE to global style while in the meantime elevating UAE design to the remainder of the world.
The occasion welcomes just the invited guests which includes Royals, key representatives, media, purchasers and online influencers were available, and saw catwalk appears, just as one of a kind shopping openings and cosmetics contests.
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.”