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Pavilion of the UAE

National Pavilion UAE unveils Passage, an immersive, site-specific video installation by poet and filmmaker Nujoom Alghanem,

Pavilion of Saudi Arabia

Zahrah Al Ghamdi is the artist to exhibit in the Pavilion of Saudi Arabia at the Biennale Arte 2019

Dr. Azra

It fascinates me she said, the power, the strength we all have within us that we need to explore. Dr. Azra, a Dubai based chiropractor and designer explains her fascination with the powers of the human body, so complex that scientists till today keep trying to comprehend it entirely while learning more but never everything.

“It’s amazing what your hands can learn”, she explains. “Of course there are other senses involved but the hands, they remember, they can feel pain, heat, inflammation. It just reflects on God’s creation and the perfection of what he created”. The healing powers of the hand is what inspired her even as a chiropractor.

At the age of 8 Dr. Azra started designing jewellery and selling it out of her house and then her fascination with what the hands can create never stopped. An artist can do beautiful things with their hands she said, while looking at the henna on her hand at the very moment. She explained how her love for expressing her art through henna developed when she did an Emarati henna design for a friend on Eid. The photographs of the hands came so beautiful that she could not help but do it again, slowly drawing inspiration from nature and travelling.

Her designs were soon appreciated by people on social media and she gained recognition for her aesthetic. “Instagram as a community loves art, something different, something attractive & new” she exclaims! so when she started posting her work solely with passion, without looking for money or fame it was just appreciated by people. Also handcrafting bespoke bags for herself at the age of 15 drew her friends attention, which has over time turned into her own design label, “Azra”.

Design Videos

Arwa AlBanawi

Arwa Al Banawi is a hardworking Saudi fashion designer who believes that fashion chose her and not the other way around

Faissal El Malak

Faissal, a Palestinian fashion designer in Dubai who has a brand that creates mainly women’s ready to wear

Basma Abu Ghazaleh

“The woman defines my brand, that wears the brand, she’s someone that doesn’t take fashion too seriously, she is effortless in the way she dresses

Feryal Al Abbasi

Feryal, a working mother who has her own workshop that is dedicated to creating and designing outfits that are effortlessly stylish,

By Laha

Three Emirati successful women are behind the success of ByLaha, which is a brand that designs unique Abayas for women. Hamda Abbas, Sara Mustafa, and Zainab Al Shaikh

Stories Videos

Arwa AlBanawi

Arwa Al Banawi is a hardworking Saudi fashion designer who believes that fashion chose her and not the other way around

Faissal El Malak

Faissal, a Palestinian fashion designer in Dubai who has a brand that creates mainly women’s ready to wear

Basma Abu Ghazaleh

“The woman defines my brand, that wears the brand, she’s someone that doesn’t take fashion too seriously, she is effortless in the way she dresses

Feryal Al Abbasi

Feryal, a working mother who has her own workshop that is dedicated to creating and designing outfits that are effortlessly stylish,

By Laha

Three Emirati successful women are behind the success of ByLaha, which is a brand that designs unique Abayas for women. Hamda Abbas, Sara Mustafa, and Zainab Al Shaikh

Dr. Azra

It fascinates me she said, the power, the strength we all have within us that we need to explore. Dr. Azra, a Dubai based chiropractor and designer explains her fascination with the powers of the human body, so complex that scientists till today keep trying to comprehend it entirely while learning more but never everything.

“It’s amazing what your hands can learn”, she explains. “Of course there are other senses involved but the hands, they remember, they can feel pain, heat, inflammation. It just reflects on God’s creation and the perfection of what he created”. The healing powers of the hand is what inspired her even as a chiropractor.

At the age of 8 Dr. Azra started designing jewellery and selling it out of her house and then her fascination with what the hands can create never stopped. An artist can do beautiful things with their hands she said, while looking at the henna on her hand at the very moment. She explained how her love for expressing her art through henna developed when she did an Emarati henna design for a friend on Eid. The photographs of the hands came so beautiful that she could not help but do it again, slowly drawing inspiration from nature and travelling.

Her designs were soon appreciated by people on social media and she gained recognition for her aesthetic. “Instagram as a community loves art, something different, something attractive & new” she exclaims! so when she started posting her work solely with passion, without looking for money or fame it was just appreciated by people. Also handcrafting bespoke bags for herself at the age of 15 drew her friends attention, which has over time turned into her own design label, “Azra”.

Afra Atiq

‘I started talking when I was eight months old and according to my mother, I never stopped,’ says Afra Atiq, breaking into laughter. A golden coin, inscripted with a verse from one of her poems, hangs from her neck and catches the lights reflection as she throws her head back. ‘I think that kind of lets you know why I’m so into spoken word.’ In a conversation with the award-winning Emirati-Japanese-American spoken-word artist, no more than two minutes can pass without her breaking into fit of laughter. A hard and serious figure on paper, who wears the many hats of teacher, poet, PhD student, and scholar, Atiq is personable, easy to connect with –– but also dangerously sharp and confident. Her spoken word talent has awarded her the 2017 ADMAF Creativity Award and taken her to stages including the Dubai Opera and The Louvre Abu Dhabi. Now teaching her craft to students from kindergarten (‘they were my most intimidating crowd’) to university level, she’s changing the way young Emiratis see the often neglected and battered-down style of writing.

‘It’s important to keep poetry alive in our schools… and to change this idea that poetry is boring and stagnant and nobody wants to learn, or that you just learn it for your English exam and that’s it,’ Atiq says. ‘[Spoken word] is poetry that’s been liberated from the constraints of rhyme and leader,’ she explains. ‘I love when I go to schools and do what I do and I get messages from these kids saying I love what you do I’m gonna try and write poetry. A lot of my inspiration comes from them and seeing the impact that poetry has on their lives… it’s that drive to create.’

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