High praise has come in from the jury for the creative excellence displayed at the Emaar International Art Symposium, which concluded on January 28 with a gala dinner and prize distribution ceremony. The panel of judges observed that the sculptures and paintings created at the fortnight-long fine arts event “set new benchmarks in creativity.”
Organised by Emaar Properties to coincide with the recent Dubai Shopping Festival (DSF), the Emaar International Art Symposium featured 61 artists including 39 sculptors and 22 painters. They took part in a sculpting competition hosted at the Global Village from January 7 to 27; and a painting competition held at the Dubai Polo and Equestrian Club at Arabian Ranches from January 14 to 27.
A much-awaited event in the fine arts calendar of events of DSF, the Symposium evoked huge public response as it served as a forum for interaction between the artists and art-lovers in the region. Due to the outstanding standards of creativity, the jury picked six sculptors and four painters as winners as against three from each category.
The winners are: Sculpting – Dorsten Diekman (Germany), Joe Kley (Germany), Colin Foster (Britain), Jumber Jikia (Georgia), Mustafa Ali (Syria), Alfonso Banchi (Brazil); Painting – Safwan Dahoul (Syria), George Gugushvili (Georgia), Fatma Al Haj (Lebanon) and Maher Baroudi (France).
Mr Ahmad Al Matrooshi, UAE Managing Director, Emaar Properties; Mr Saeed Al Naboudah, CEO, Dubai Shopping Festival; Mr Abdul Redha Ali Bin Redha, CEO, Global Village; and Mr Boutros Boutros, Senior Vice President, Media Relations, Sponsorships & Events at Emirates Airline distributed the prizes at the gala dinner held at the Dubai Polo and Equestrian Club.
Mr Al Matrooshi said: “With the Emaar International Art Symposium, we celebrate the power of creativity. Every impressive structure that Emaar has created, and continues to create, is born from creative minds. The support showed by the public to the event is testimony to the power of the idea. During the past two weeks, they interacted with the 61 artists, who extended their whole-hearted support to the Symposium.”
He added: “We will continue to extend our patronage to fine arts and artists, because we believe that central to any city’s character is its cultural and artistic heritage.”
Announcing the winners the jury, comprising Ali Youssef Khadra, Publisher and Editor in Chief, Mixed Media Publishing; renowned artist Katya Assouad Traboulsi; William Lawres from Christies; and Obai Hattoum and Ayoub, members of the Emaar International Art Symposium organizing committee, said: “The creative standards on display by these sculptors and painters are indeed world-class. These works of art push accepted frontiers, and deliver a new, vibrant artistic experience that is unparalleled.”
Mr Saeed Al Naboudah said: “Emaar’s International Art Symposium demonstrated the true spirit of DSF by celebrating its theme – One World, One Family, One Festival. It gave the festival a new level of entertainment by serving as a spectacular showcase of fine arts.”
Abdul Redha Ali Bin Redha said: “The sculpting competition held at Global Village as part of the Emaar International Art Symposium attracted a number of visitors. The event built on the reputation of Global Village as the must-visit destination for cultural and entertainment events.”
Emirates Airline was the official carrier and title sponsor of Emaar International Art Symposium. Mr Boutros Boutros said: “The Emaar International Art Symposium is one-of-its-kind in Dubai’s event calendar and brings artists from around the world. The wide representation at the event complements the vision of Emirates of serving as the world’s trusted carrier that connects you to any destination globally.”
The sculptures created at the event will be displayed at Emaar communities soon.
About Emaar Properties PJSC:
Emaar Properties, the Dubai-based Public Joint Stock Company established in 1997, is a global property developer with significant presence in 14 countries. Listed on the Dubai Financial Market and part of the Dow Jones Arabia Titans Index, Emaar has diversified into education, healthcare, retail, hospitality and finance as part of its Vision 2010 to become one of the most valuable companies in the world.
Certified to ISO9001:2000 for quality standards, Emaar has handed over more than 14,500 homes in Dubai and is developing Burj Dubai, on its way to become the world’s tallest tower, and The Dubai Mall, the world’s largest shopping and entertainment destination. In Saudi Arabia, Emaar is developing King Abdullah Economic City, the Kingdom’s largest private sector project. Emaar’s portfolio currently covers the following countries: the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, Egypt, Morocco, Turkey, Libya, India, Pakistan, the US, Singapore and the UK.
A multiple-award winning developer, Emaar has strengthened its product sale competencies, market reach and best practices through strategic acquisitions and joint ventures. Emaar acquired John Laing Homes, America’s second largest privately held home builder; Hamptons International, UK’s premier real estate company; and Raffles Campus, Singapore’s leading education provider. Emaar has partnered with Turner International, Accor Hotels and Giorgio Armani to strengthen its presence in construction management and hospitality sectors. Emaar is opening educational institutions and healthcare centres in South Asia, Middle East and North Africa and the Subcontinent, and will launch ten luxury hotels and resorts world-wide.
Emaar holds 30 per cent equity in Dubai Bank, focused on retail and commercial banking. Emaar is also the largest shareholder in Amlak Finance, UAE's leading Islamic home financing company. For more information, visit www.emaar.com.
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