Louvre Abu Dhabi’s new annual contemporary art exhibition opens to public

ABU DHABI, Louvre Abu Dhabi opens tomorrow the inaugural edition of its new annual contemporary art exhibition, Louvre Abu Dhabi Art Here 2021, showcasing artworks by the seven shortlisted artists for the first Richard Mille Art Prize. The exhibition will be on view at Louvre Abu Dhabi’s Forum until 27th March 2022.

The artists Cristiana de Marchi, Latifa Saeed, Mays Albaik, Mohammed Kazem, Nasser Alzayani, Tarek Al-Ghoussein, and Taus Makhacheva were selected by the prize’s jury following an open call for proposals from UAE-based artists. Participants were asked to respond to this year’s theme of ‘Memory, Time and Territory’, addressing questions of memory and belonging, and exploring the geography of identity through the artists’ personal relationships with territories.

Each of the seven artists responded to the theme with their own unique interpretation, bringing each of their visions to life through different mediums. Cristiana de Marchi will present hand-embroidered canvas with her artwork Mapping Gaps: Beirut, whilst Latifa Saeed uses glass for her artwork The Pathway. Mays Albaik’s Awaiting Weightlessness is an installation of aluminium video sculptures, and Mohammed Kazem will display his photographic series Photographs with Flags. Nasser Alzayani uses sand artefacts, collected recordings and works on paper in his installation Watering the distant, deserting the near, Tarek Al-Ghoussein will present prints from his ongoing Odysseus series, and Taus Makhacheva has employed a mix of video and body-oriented objects for her work Mining Serendipity.

Manuel Rabaté, Director of Louvre Abu Dhabi, said, “We are proud to offer greater visibility to these incredibly talented UAE-based artists for this inaugural edition of the exhibition and prize. Living in the UAE, they were uniquely placed to respond to this year’s theme of ‘Memory, Time and Territory’, especially in a year where the nation reflects on 50 years of progress and development.

“Richard Mille’s timepieces have always sat at the intersection of watchmaking tradition, art, design and architecture,” says Peter Harrison, CEO, Richard Mille Middle East. “The Richard Mille Art Prize celebrates the thriving art culture here in the UAE, and in the region as a whole; establishing a platform dedicated to creativity, dialogue and diversity. The Prize will lay down the foundations for what is certain to be a very exciting chapter in the development of the region’s rich and nuanced art scene.”

“The artists have really shown a deep understanding of the theme and have responded with incisive, nuanced works. This exhibition and art prize are a significant addition to the contemporary art ecosystem of the UAE, and this focus on contemporary artists is an important extension of the universal storytelling our exhibitions and collection convey. We look forward to announcing this year’s winner and next year’s theme,” Dr. Souraya Noujaim said on behalf of the jury panel.

The shortlisted artists were selected by a distinguished four-member jury including H.H. Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan bin Khalifa Al Nahyan, Chairman of UAE Unlimited and an art collector and patron of the Centre Pompidou, the British Museum and Sharjah Art Foundation; Christine Macel, Chief Curator at the Musée national d’art moderne, Centre Pompidou and an art critic; Hala Wardé, founding architect of HW Architecture and long-term partner of Jean Nouvel, who was the lead of the Louvre Abu Dhabi project; and Dr. Souraya Noujaim, Louvre Abu Dhabi’s Scientific, Curatorial and Collections Management Director.

The winner of The Richard Mille Art Prize will be selected by the prize’s jury from the seven shortlisted artists, to be announced at a ceremony in January 2022. The winner will be awarded US$50,000.

The Louvre Abu Dhabi Art Here 2021 exhibition falls within the UAE’s cultural season that includes Abu Dhabi Art, new exhibitions at the NYU Abu Dhabi Art Gallery, Dubai Design Week, Art Dubai, as well as this year’s Expo 2020 Dubai, adding an array of opportunities to discover the local art scene and highlighting the UAE’s dedication to fostering creativity.

Source: Emirates News Agency

Omani projects of sustainable nature showcased at Expo 2020 Dubai

DUBAI, Sustainability Forest at Oman Pavilion in Expo 2020 Dubai hosts Omani projects of sustainable nature. These projects highlight a key theme of this global event namely sustainability.

“Among the projects showcased at the Oman Pavilion is the Million Date Palm Plantation Project,” reported the Oman News Agency (ONA), noting that the project has 11 farms so far that are spread in different regions of the Sultanate of Oman. Each of these farms are home to between 10 to 100 thousand palm trees. The project aims to achieve food security and economic growth.

The Sustainability Forest at Oman Pavilion also hosts a cooperation project between the Sultanate of Oman and the United Arab Emirates. The two countries join forces to harvest the power of wind to produce sustainable electricity.

Set in Harweel, Oman, the Dhofar Wind Power Project is the first large-scale wind project in the Arabian Gulf region. This project is a collaboration between Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company (Masdar) and the Rural Areas Electricity Company of Oman (Tanweer).

According to ONA, Madinat Al Irfan, a sustainable urban development by Oman Tourism Development Company (Omran) is coming to life in the city of Muscat. Situated in close proximity to the new international airport and enjoying excellent transport connections to the capital area and beyond, Madinat Al Irfan will become the gateway to Oman; creating a new downtown for residents, for business and for visitors.

Tthe Oman News Agency that the Arabian Leopard is a rare breed of tigers present scarcely in the Arabian Peninsula. The number of the critically endangered creature in the world does not extend beyond 200 Leopards.

It is therefore that the Office for Conservation of the Environment at the Diwan of Royal Court in Oman took measures to preserve the wild creature in its natural habitat, Dhofar, knowing its value and importance to the wildlife and the environment in the region.

The Oman Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai also showcases the first Botanic Garden in Oman and the largest in the Arabian Peninsula. The garden exclusively hosts the country’s native plants. The garden houses unique plants, landscapes and cultural traditions of Oman.

The garden is currently under construction and when it opens, it will showcase all the native plant species of Oman in a series of carefully created, naturalistic habitats from the dry deserts to the rich monsoon cloud forests.

Source: Emirates News Agency

Mohammed bin Rashid tours Dubai Airshow 2021 exhibition

Dubai,His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, toured the Dubai Airshow exhibition area, accompanied by H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai.

During his tour, His Highness visited stands and pavilions of many leading companies participating in the exhibition.

H.H. Sheikh Mansour bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum; Mohammed bin Ahmed Al Bowardi, Minister of State for Defence Affairs; and Lt. General Hamad Mohammed Thani Al Rumaithi, Chief of Staff of the UAE Armed Forces also accompanied H.H. Sheikh Mohammed on the tour.

His Highness started the tour by visiting the display of Russia’s fifth-generation stealth fighter aircraft Sukhoi Su-75.

He also visited the Airbus pavilion where he was briefed about the company’s new aircraft and the services it provides across the MENA region from its headquarters in Dubai.

His Highness also saw the display of Boeing’s 777X9 wide-body aircraft, the most fuel-efficient twin-engine commercial jetliner in aviation history.

Another stop on His Highness’s tour was Emirates’ display of its four-class configured A380. The aircraft features the airline’s recently introduced Premium Economy Class cabin, in addition to revamped interiors and enhancements across all cabins. Emirates is also displaying its Cirrus SR 22 and Embraer Phenom 100 training aircraft, utilised by the Emirates Flight Training Academy. Emirates Flight Training Academy instructors are on hand at the site to provide visitors tours of the training aircraft.

His Highness visited the stand of Strata Manufacturing, a local company owned by Mubadala, where he was briefed about the services of the company. His Highness also visited the stand of UAE-based EDGE Group, one of the top 25 military suppliers in the world that develops disruptive defence solutions.

H.H. Sheikh Mohammed along with H.H. Lt. General Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior; Saqr Ghobash, Speaker of the Federal National Council; H.H. Sheikh Mansour bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum; Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Tolerance and Coexistence; Mohammed bin Ahmed Al Bowardi, Minister of State for Defence Affairs; and Lt. General Hamad Mohammed Thani Al Rumaithi, Chief of Staff of the UAE Armed Forces, attended aerobatic displays at Dubai Airshow.

Dubai Airshow is the first major aviation industry held after the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the biggest in the history of the event, featuring 1,200 exhibitors. The event offers a platform to showcase a wide range of technical solutions that support the recovery of the industry in the wake of the pandemic. Dubai Airshow 2021 also includes a new dedicated startup event, VISTA, a platform for innovators, creators and market disruptors to display the latest technologies.

Source: Emirates News Agency

Dubai Airshow 2021 set to welcome over 370 new exhibitors for biggest edition of the event in history

DUBAI, The world is set to witness the launch of the much-anticipated Dubai Airshow 2021 on Sunday, 14th November, which is expected to be the biggest edition of the event since it began in 1989. The Airshow at Dubai World Central (DWC) will run until Thursday, 18th November, bringing the aviation, aerospace, space and defence industries together for what promises to be the most extraordinary experience in the history of air shows.

This year, the event will welcome more exhibitors than ever before, including over 370 new exhibitors, and representatives from almost 150 countries. There will be civil and military delegations from more than 140 countries and the event will feature 20 country pavilions, including new additions from the Czech Republic, Belgium, Brazil, Israel, and Slovakia.

The global event is expected to welcome more than 85,000 visitors this year. It will feature world-class products, solutions, technologies, and services from market leaders and disruptors, enhanced networking opportunities and state-of-art aircraft display along with major industry announcements.

Timothy Hawes, Managing Director at Tarsus Middle East, organisers of Dubai Airshow 2021, said: “The Dubai Airshow 2021 will be like no other – it is the first opportunity since the pandemic for industry professionals to come together again to share significant updates, game-changing initiatives, cutting-edge technologies and sustainable solutions set to revolutionise aviation. We stand at a unique moment in time after many aerospace businesses rapidly pivoted operations and invested in new technology to drive a new sustainable era for the industry.”

“The future for aerospace is optimistic and we’re pleased to be able to welcome exhibitors, delegates, representatives, and visitors from all over the world to showcase this re-energised enthusiasm, innovation and resilience during the show. We truly believe that Dubai Airshow 2021 will play a vital role in taking forward major projects and initiatives that are key for transforming the industry,” Hawes added.

Aircraft Display – one of the biggest highlights of the show will be the static park and flying display, which will feature more than 175 of the world’s most advanced aircraft on ground and in the air. The Airshow will feature aerobatic displays from the UAE Air Force’s Fursan, the Russian Knights, the Saudi Hawks, Surya Kiran from India and the Sarang Team of the Indian Air Force. Checkmate, the next generation Sukhoi fighter jet will make its first international debut for the next generation Sukhoi fighter jet. The Boeing 777X and the Leonardo AW609 will also make debuts at this year’s Airshow.

Conferences – This year, Dubai Airshow has introduced a host of free-to-attend conferences featuring more than 250 industry experts, who will be providing more than 50 hours of invaluable insights and trends across nine tracks including cargo, sustainability, technology, and space among others.

VISTA – Aerospace startups will take part in the brand new startup hub where they will have the opportunity to showcase their breakthrough solutions, take part in pitch competitions with major local and global aerospace entities such as Etihad Airways, Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC), Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Boeing Applied Innovation. Entrepreneurs will also have the chance to get involved in mentorship programmes, workshops, and high-level networking with leading investors and accelerators.

There will be new aircraft demos from Bellwether Industries presenting the Antelope, an urban vertical take-off and landing vehicle with hidden propellers as well as Manta Aircraft’s ANN2, a two-seat model for personal air mobility with wide regional range at high speed.

Tech Zone – Dubai Airshow 2021 will have a major focus on technology, providing a dedicated platform for showcasing the latest emerging technologies, including Artificial Intelligence (AI), 5G, cybersecurity and automation.

Dubai Airshow mobile application – A brand new feature for the show this year is the Dubai Airshow application, which harnesses the power of AI to facilitate business matchmaking based on profile and interest.

Source: Emirates News Agency

National Festival of Tolerance and Coexistence kicks-off from Sunday at Expo 2020

ABU DHABI, The global edition of the National Festival of Tolerance and Coexistence will kick-off today, on Sunday, 14th November, and conclude on 20th November, 2021.

Organised by the Ministry of Tolerance and Coexistence, the festival complements the “Tolerance and Inclusivity Week”, where Expo 2020 Dubai hosts the lion’s share of activities and initiatives with the participation of 192 countries.

The festival’s international activities will host more than 125 prominent personalities who will present a comprehensive and diverse vision about the future of global tolerance. Nearly 4,000 school and university students will participate in the festival’s programmes through 140 local, international, and student activities.

This edition is going to focus on issues of youth, religions, women and universities.

The Global Tolerance Alliance will be launched during the festival on 16th November, specifically at 11:16, when the world gathers to kick-off this alliance marking the International Day for Tolerance in a joint and unified pledge for tolerance and peaceful coexistence. In addition, the Joint World Summit of Religions will be launched in the presence of religious, political and international leaders worldwide. The summit aims to promote dialogue to better understand the differences that make us all unique and distinguished from our beliefs but united in our shared humanity.

The world will hear the “Sallam mina Alemarat” (Peace from UAE) song from a choir comprising 219 singers representing the countries participating at Expo 2020 Dubai who sing for love, peace and global coexistence. The song is a message of love, acceptance, harmonious coexistence, and a promise of a renewed opportunity.

After that, the Global Youth Forum will also be launched under the slogan “From Youth to Thinking about the Future”, where the Ministry of Tolerance and Coexistence, in cooperation with the Federal Youth Authority, will highlight the importance of the world’s need for the creative and flexible capabilities of the youth group.

The “Women’s Role in Enhancing Values of Coexistence Globally” conference will be held on 17th November, hosting global women leaders. The participants will underline the role of education and knowledge in helping better understand the importance of human values to face the current global challenges. It will also emphasise women’s important and influential role during the past months in facing the COVID-19 pandemic.

The festival also features a variety of activities hosted by Expo 2020 Dubai, among which are the tolerance clubs that started this morning with the participation of dozens of students from 20 Emirati and international universities. There will be a youth session to discuss the innovative ways to promote tolerance. In addition, there will be the international edition of the Champions of Tolerance programme as a pioneering and inspiring Emirati experience that aims at enhancing the role of young people as ambassadors of tolerance.

On the sidelines of the Expo 2020 Business Forum, the Ministry of Tolerance and Coexistence will organise the “Tolerance and Inclusivity” conference. The festival also includes little champion sessions and a poetry evening, hosting poets from different countries in the Arab world.

In conjunction with the Tolerance and Inclusivity” conference, the festival will include activities of more than 192 pavilions at Expo 2020 Dubai over seven days.

All media will receive details of the events, their timing, guests and topics.

Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Tolerance and Coexistence, expressed his happiness at the opening of the activities of the global edition of the “National Festival of Tolerance and Coexistence”.

“The UAE is a state of tolerance, justice, equality and law, fully embodying the concepts of peace and coexistence in their highest meanings based on active dialogue and fruitful interaction so that we coexist together in affection, peace and a common quest towards achieving good and development in the entire world. Further, UAE is a country in which the people are united with the leadership, believing in an important national principle that is always emphasised by His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces. It is that the coexistence among people, dialogue, tolerance, understanding and joint action among them, is the way to a world of peace, prosperity and stability,” Sheikh Nahyan said.

Source: Emirates News Agency

Air Arabia to showcase latest A321neo-LR at the Dubai Airshow 2021

SHARJAH, Air Arabia, the Middle East and North Africa’s first and largest low-cost carrier (LCC) operator, will showcase its latest A321neo-LR alongside the latest innovation, technologies and cabin configuration at Dubai Airshow 2021 from November 14 to 18.

The carrier also unveiled a special livery on its Airbus A320 and A321 neo-LR aircraft to commemorate the nation’s golden jubilee.

Air Arabia’s latest A321 neo-LR can accommodate 215 passengers. It is equipped with Air Arabia’s state of the art cabin interior; wireless entertainment system “SkyTime” and the seats provide extra comfort while maintaining Air Arabia’s generous seat pitch.

Dubai Airshow visitors will get to experience Air Arabia’s value driven low-cost product onboard the carrier’s Airbus A321 neo-LR aircraft.

Adel Ali, Group Chief Executive Officer, Air Arabia, commented: “As the aviation sector is gearing up for a steady recovery, we are delighted to be part of the Dubai Airshow, a platform to highlight how our industry has addressed the challenges and is on a new flightpath to renewed growth. We will focus on highlighting our new technologies, innovations and state-of-the-art solutions that aim to further enhance the customer experience.”

Air Arabia recently celebrated 18 years of successful operations that transformed the air travel industry in the wider Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. To mark the milestone, Air Arabia unveiled a new uniform, which reflects the carrier’s modernity and youthfulness.

The Dubai Airshow, now in its 17th edition, is one of the largest and most successful air shows in the world, which connects aerospace professionals across all areas of the industry.

Source: Emirates News Agency