The initiative was part of the United Arab Emirates National Day celebrations
Several artists collaborated to produce a first-of-its-kind sustainable art exhibition for the UAE’s 51st National Day. From November 24 to 27, Emirati and expatriate artists, representatives of People of Determination (POD), corporate art enthusiasts came together to create and promote – Sustainability through Art.
The initiative, led by IWS (International Watercolor Society) Arabia, provided a platform for the community to interact closely with art experts and encourage artists to create, appreciate and promote sustainable art and make watercolor the medium favorite of the United Arab Emirates.
The initiative was held at the University of Dubai, Canadian University Dubai and concluded at DIFC Gate Avenue.
More than 200 artists, including Emiratis and expatriates, displayed their artworks at the venue. People of determination actively engaged in sessions where they could learn art from the experts and take home their masterpieces. More than 30 people were recognized for their contribution to sustainable development. Among them was a 16-year-old Rashika Rathore from Sobha Heartland, who received the Young Change Maker Award for her contribution to energizing the youth of Jammu and Kashmir and her efforts to bridge the gap between the rural and the global in the education sector.
Notable artists and personalities such as Abdul Qadar Al Rais, Faisal Al Bastaki, HE. Yasser Al Gergawi, Dr. Eesa Mohammed Bastaki (President – University of Dubai), Dr. Aquil Najjar (Forensic Expert – Dubai Police) were present at the event.
Another highlight of the event was the panel discussions on various areas of sustainability over the four days. Many industry leaders, such as Hanane Ellaiti from Canadian University Dubai, Kirsten Westholter – Predixa, Mazen Kanaan – House of Pops and Elena Primikiri – VFS Global, participated in the various panels during the 4 days.