Saturday, 22 August 2009

Emirati Artists

i found a really nice article in it was talking about the Emirati Artists and their needs. i loved the article and i thought i should share it with everyone :)

here is my best part of it all!
“There is help from the Government but it is very recent and it is almost solely financial,” said Jalal Luqman, part-owner of the Ghaf Gallery in Abu Dhabi and a participant in Talking Art lecture series. “Proper support from the Government would mean Emirati art hanging in the lobbies of hotels, Emirati sculptures decorating the Corniche and Emirati architectural designs being used for construction projects.”
Mr Luqman, whose works breach taboos by showing violence and nudity, urged more recognition for Emirati artists. “I would also like to see someone recognising our needs as artists and subsequently provide studio space or sponsoring trips abroad to widen our horizons,” he said. “I have been through hard times of selling my possessions to pay for exhibitions; now I need that money to be spent in a more productive way.”

if you would like to read the entire article, here is the link :)

Ramadan Happenings

The National Newspaper
Last Updated: August 22. 2009 12:14AM UAE / August 21. 2009 8:14PM GMT

There is much to experience socially during Ramadan beyond iftars. Shops, spas and art galleries have special shows or deals timed for the holiday.
Here’s a selection:

Fashion suhoors at Soirée: The Dubai boutique is hosting weekly showcases of abayas, jalabiyas, shalwar kameez and evening dresses for Ramadan and Eid. You can browse new collections for the holiday by designers such as Mehdi, Maheen Karim and Wafa Saifi, and enjoy refreshments in a Ramadan tent. Every Tuesday starting in September at 8pm, Villa No 11, main Al Wasl Road, Jumeirah 2, Dubai, 04 349 4995

S*uce’s Ramadan Shopathon: The annual event will showcase the latest fashions by more than 20 emerging local and regional designers at stands outside the Village Mall shop. (There will also be a small stand in the Marina Mall store in Abu Dhabi.) Watch for works by Essa, Nadine Kanso, SugarVintage, Jake&Gigi, Chamaille, Petite Marie and more. September 10-11, 7.30pm-1am at the Village Mall location, Dubai, 04 344 7270

Ramadan Art Bazaar at Ghaf Gallery: Works by a group of artists, curated by Sumayyah al Suwaidi. Starting August 23 and running until September 7, Khaleej Al Arabi Street, Abu Dhabi, 02 665 5332The Farjam Collection’s Ramadan exhibition: The gallery is hosting its inaugural exhibition with “The Holy Quran”, a collection of rare Qurans, including one copied by the 19th-century female calligrapher, Omm-e-Salameh; as well as a remarkable scroll containing the entire Quran. DIFC, Gate Village 4, 04 323 0303

SensAsia Urban Spa offer: You’ll get 20 per cent off your treatments for 12 months if you open up a spa account (a deposit of Dh1,000) during Ramadan. The Village, Jumeirah Beach Road, 04 349 8850, or at The Palm Jumeirah, Dubai, 04 422 7115Footprints spa offer: Free half-hour back or foot massages with any treatment you book during Ramadan and Eid. Al Wahda Mall, Abu Dhabi, 02 443 7375

Saks Fifth Avenue contest: If you spend Dh5,000 at their Dubai stores from August 22 to September 20, you’ll get the chance to win a trip for two to Six Senses Destination Spa in Phuket, Thailand.

Monday, 17 August 2009

Ramadan Art Bazaar

Hey All :)

Just wanted to invite you to my Ramadan Art Bazaar Exhibition in Ghaf Art Gallery based in Abu Dhabi on the 23rd of August at 10pm.

For more info please go to

Kind Regards,

Thursday, 6 August 2009

Dark Light

My most recent article, written by Gareth Clark in the latest issue of Time Out Abu Dhabi. here is the link if your interested in reading it