TikTok’s MENA Songs of the Summer 2023

TikTok’s MENA Songs of the Summer 2023

Dubai, September 05 2023 – All summer long, artists have been dropping some serious vibes and asking TikTok the ultimate question: “did I just write the song of the summer As #SongOfTheSummer hits a scorching 5 billion views on TikTok, these sun-tinged pop bangers have been bringing pure sunshine to the music-loving community

Whether users around the world have been living their Barbie dreams, giving a second chance to Cupid or being transported to the galactic realm that is Planet of the Bass, the summer’s biggest cultural moments have been popping on TikTok.

This year, our Songs of the Summer reflect the full spectrum of artistic talent on TikTok. From Doechii’s meteoric rise with What It is, Puerto Rican rapper Myke Towers rocketing to success with globally trending song LALA, to the juggernaut that is Makeba by France’s Jain, our community has embraced a truly diverse mix of talent and sounds. As well as providing a platform for the world’s biggest artists to connect with fans, we’re proud to continue helping emerging artists all over the world to launch their careers, like the incredible story of Mae Stephens who swapped supermarket shifts for TikTok stardom, topping our global Songs of the Summer list with her smash hit If We Ever Broke Up.

In the MENA region too, TikTok’s summer jam is heating up with an electrifying lineup of top tracks that have taken the platform by storm. Even as temperatures soar, the TikTok community here have been grooving to the rhythm of some of the hottest tunes, and the results are in: The melodious 15-year-old hit Gharam by Saudi singer Rabeh Saqer is this year’s ultimate summer anthem across the region. Users on TikTok created videos using different versions of the song which amassed more than 350 thousand video creations across the MENA region.

From the sandy dunes of Dubai to the bustling streets of Cairo, the rhythm of the region’s top summer hits have captured the hearts of millions. Here is the rest of the go-to soundtrack for the season, featuring top songs in terms of video creations by TikTok users in MENA. From soulful ballads like Asheq Majnoon by Mahmoud Al Turky to the energetic vibes of girls like me don’t cry (sped up) by Vietnamese artist thuy, the summer playlist sets the mood. Doo Doo Doo (Unplugged) by Jordan-based singer Llunr add a unique flavor to the mix, while the euphoric, carefree summer anthem Endless Summer by Alan Walker & Zak Abel and the catchy yet emotional tune If We Ever Broke Up by Mae Stephens – one of the most viral TikTok tunes this year – are a hit with hearts across the region. Wallah Eni Ashtaqtelak by Omani singer Juma’a Alaremy rounds up the list.

Moving to Egyptian songs that hit the summer vibes, here’s a rundown of top tunes that made it to the “Song of the Summer” list. Satalana by Abd El Basset Hamouda, Mahmoud El Leithy, Hamdy Batshan, Ali Rabee, Osos, and Hassan El Kholaey, premiered as the soundtrack to Baad El Shar movie then grew to become one of Summer 2023’s top hits and proved un-skippable this season. Shofto El Kamar by Mohamed Nour and Moustafa Amar, on the other hand, came to the list with its rather soothing melody to reflect the magic of moonlit summer nights. We all heard Ekhtyaraty by Ahmed Saad at some point this summer, and we can’t deny that it became the life of any summer party. Lastly, Lafeina El Donia by Muslim and Reda El Bahrawy soared to the top tunes list after a resounding success as the soundtrack to El BoaBoa movie.

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Al Maleh and Fishing Festival Draws Crowds with Deep Dive into Traditional Maritime Practices

Al Maleh and Fishing Festival Draws Crowds with Deep Dive into Traditional Maritime Practices


Sharjah, September 2, 2023

Day three of Al Maleh and Fishing Festival is in full swing, drawing crowds eager to delve into the heart of Emirati heritage. Organized by the Sharjah Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI) along with Dibba Al Hisn City Municipality and Dibba Al Hisn Municipal Council, the festival shines a spotlight on traditional fish salting techniques, ancient fishing practices, and a curated display of handcrafted artifacts, offering visitors a tangible link to the storied past of Emirati ancestors.

Running until Sunday evening, the festival offers a comprehensive showcase of the fish salting industry and marine heritage. Through insights from fishermen and tales from ancestors, attendees explore various facets like sailing, shipbuilding, fishing, and traditional methods of fish preparation, salting, and canning.

Alongside, the event is increasingly gaining momentum with a series of engaging heritage-focused activities, educational sessions, and entertainment tailored for diverse audience groups.

HE Mohammad Ahmed Amin Al Awadi, Director-General of SCCI, stressed that Al Maleh and Fishing Festival is a significant annual event that celebrates the depth and breadth of marine heritage, underscoring its role in illuminating the cultural importance of this heritage through history.

“In line with its commitment to societal responsibility and in collaboration with the event organizers, the Sharjah Chamber is dedicated to bolstering the festival and ensuring it remains a hallmark contribution to the UAE’s heritage, particularly enriching the cultural landscape of Dibba Al Hisn,” Al Awadi said.

Mohammed Abdullah Al Dhahuri, a veteran of over 50 years in the fishing and fish salting industries, emphasized the profound legacy of these professions passed down by ancestors. Driven by a sense of preservation and appreciation, Al Dhahuri ardently participates in the festival each year, aspiring to acquaint newer generations with the time-honored techniques, particularly in the renowned fish salting industry, a cornerstone profession for coastal communities.

Abdullah Mohammed Ali Al Mutawa, with four decades in shipbuilding, commented, “Crafting wooden ships is among the UAE’s most ancient professions, serving as essential vessels for endeavors like pearl diving, fishing, and voyages both near and distant.”

He detailed the intricate process of constructing sizable boats, a labor-intensive endeavor spanning approximately three months, where work begins at dawn and concludes at dusk. Various types of wood and a plethora of tools are employed in the craft.

Open daily from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., the festival offers attendees a diverse lineup of events, spotlighting marine crafts and age-old fishing techniques. In addition to cultural contests and showcases, the festival features artistic performances, traditional heritage tunes, and live music by prominent local bands.

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Maïssane Design Awards 2023: Celebrating Design Excellence in the UAE

Maïssane Design Awards 2023: Celebrating Design Excellence in the UAE


ABU DHABI, UAE, August 01, 2023 – The much-anticipated Maïssane Design Awards 2023 is set to commemorate the UAE’s most inventive and talented designers and design studios. This distinguished event, taking place on September 20, 2023, at the illustrious Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi, is expected to be a pivotal highlight in the global design industry’s calendar.

As part of the “Abu Dhabi Maïssane Design” fair, an international exhibition of exceptional Design, Art, and Crafts running from September 20th -22nd , 2023, the Maïssane Design Awards 2023 encapsulates the innovative, diverse, and dynamic essence of the UAE’s design industry. It is an exciting platform designed to showcase, recognize, and promote outstanding design talent, offering numerous opportunities for designers and businesses to earn significant recognition and boost their professional trajectory.

“The Maïssane Design Awards 2023 provide an opportunity to celebrate the enormous design talent that the UAE has to offer,” comments the CEO of Mayanne Evenementiel, the main organizer of the event. “We are committed to recognizing designers at every stage of their careers, from emerging talents to lifetime achievers.”

The awards are segmented into individual and brand categories, highlighting achievements across a broad spectrum of design disciplines. These categories range from Residential and Commercial Interior Design to Urban Design Initiatives, offering diverse opportunities for creatives to receive the recognition they deserve.

A spokesperson from Magzoid Magazine, co-organizer of the event, shares, “The awards underscore our commitment to honoring the innovation, creativity, and dedication that designers and design studios have shown.” Nominations are now open and can be submitted online through the official website, www.maissane.com, until the deadline on August 31, 2023

Set against the backdrop of the design-rich city of Abu Dhabi, the Maïssane Design Awards 2023 will not only acknowledge exceptional design talent but also encapsulate the continuous growth and evolution of the UAE’s design sector.

For the latest updates, event highlights, and other important information, visit the official website at www.maissane.com and follow the Maïssane Design Awards 2023 on social media platforms.


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A well known name in Business & Fashion sector of Dubai’: ‘Hanif Shaikh’ Conferred the Pride of UAE Award.

A well known name in Business & Fashion sector of Dubai’: ‘Hanif Shaikh’ Conferred the Pride of UAE Award.

A Man with the Vision.
Hanif Shaikh, the chairman and founder of Emirates Holding Group has been awarded this year’s Pride of UAE at the Global Business Symposium held at The Sheraton in Abu Dhabi on 28th February. Several top dignitaries attended the event and Hanif was among them chosen for his exceptional achievements in turning the UAE into a center of global commerce.
Fame is not something that is achieved overnight, it takes years of hard work, dedication and a passionate spirit.
Organized as a part of the Global Business Symposium 2023, the Pride of UAE award serves to recognize and felicitate individuals who have made a solid mark in their ventures and advanced their talents in enhancing the prestige and legacy of the UAE.
In his 27 years living as an ex-pat in the UAE, Hanif has emerged as a key player in the business world and in the thriving fashion industry of the middle east.
Having set up a growing chain of businesses across the UAE, Hanif has brought remarkable progress to the UAE. He also confidently ventured into the growing world of fashion, taking up the role of an organizer and supporter of fashion shows and beauty pageants across the UAE.
As a patron of fashion and with exquisite taste in the same, Hanif didn’t step back in going further. Over the various fashion events that took place in recent years, he was on the judging panel while also serving as a business advisor and mentor to these events to elevate their standards.
With its promise of opportunity, the Middle East especially the UAE has offered itself a fertile ground for individuals like Hanif with tons of potential and sky-high ambitions to make their mark and set forth on a never-ending journey of success and prosperity.
The Beginnings: Migrating Overseas
Almost every story of success has humble beginnings. Hanif Shaikh was born and brought up in Mumbai, India and the busy emerging metropolis shaped his early years growing up. He belonged to a middle-class family and the sprawling city streets sparked his ambitions to make it big in the business world.
Soon after completing his master’s degree in business administration majoring in marketing, Hanif came to the realization that the Middle East was the best place to kickstart his career and establish a self-made business later on. And in 1995, he bid adieu to Mumbai and set off for Saudi Arabia where he spent almost a year working for an advertising and events company. He then had an extensive stint in Muscat, Oman working as a managing partner for yet another advertising and events company.
Fortune favored him at the beginning of the millennium. In the 2000s, Hanif finally moved to the UAE and settled there. It marked the start of his venture into numerous businesses, later making him a thriving entrepreneur in the region. He debuted in business by setting up the Fujairah Exhibition Centre, a major venue for organizing large expos and trade shows in the region.
During his nine-year tenure managing the expo center for the chamber of commerce, Hanif served an equally important role working for the local government at the director-general level, the only ex-pat to rise up to that position.
Going Big: Forming Emirates Holding Group
With the level of experience gained over years managing the expo center and employment at the government, Hanif didn’t just limit himself there. He had big goals, which were triggered when he made the landmark decision to launch yet another ambitious business undertaking: Emirates Holding Group.
Flagging off operations in 2005 in Dubai, the Emirates Holding Group has broadened into a consortium of companies with a marked presence all over the Middle East, Africa, South Asia, and Europe. Together, the group has offered services across a wide span of industries from oil and gas to investment funding, trading, gold mining, crypto, etc.
Since its 15 years of operations, Hanif has been the key driving force behind the company’s activities. As the chairman, he along with his business associates has actively shaped Emirates Holding Group into a well-respected and highly competent business consortium in the Middle East and across the globe.
Making a Foothold in Event Management & Fashion
Over the years, the UAE especially Dubai has been the de facto location for conducting events. The welcoming and investment-friendly government policies plus the record-breaking infrastructural development has pushed the region as a dominant center for global commerce and industry lately.
Considering this enormous potential, it is no wonder that Hanif had set his eyes on making it into the event management field. He did and shortly after forming the Emirates Holding Group, Hanif tried his luck in the vast field of event management with positive results.
With an impressive portfolio of having organized more than 500 events for consumers, businesses, and the government, Hanif did leave a mark in event organizing and contributed to the growing popularity of Dubai as a destination for big expos, trade shows, festivals, and the like.
Some of the widely popular shows that were organized by him include the Muscat Festival 2022, Global Village of Qatar, and several other jewelry shows and trade expos. He soon ventured into fashion shows taking the role as the co-organizer, partner, and sponsor for multiple fashion shows with the sole aim of upbringing the standards of the event industry in the UAE.
Last year, Hanif was among the main organizers behind the highly successful International Fashion Gala 2022. This year, he was in the spotlight again as co-organizer and supporting partner of several prominent fashion events in the Middle East such as Women Of The Universe, Fashion Factor, and The Modest Fashion Show.
International Fashion Gala 2022
In June 2022, the Emirate of Dubai hosted a first-of-its-kind fashion show – International Fashion Gala (IFG) organized by Al Shomouk in which Hanif served as the co-organizer.
The show witnessed the confluence of prominent designers, world-renowned fashion houses, and models as they brought to life top-of-the-line designs that made a distinct statement on the modern fashion industry.
International Fashion Gala showcased the collections of 10 high-profile fashion designers:
● Hani Al-Behairy
● Rami Kadi
● Amato
Owing to the huge success of the show, Dubai was lauded as a prime fashion destination with many more successive events being planned to be held there shortly after.
“It was indeed a fascinating experience to be a part of this high-profile show and the fact that Dubai was chosen as the venue got us more excited,” said Hanif, recalling the experience and insights he earned from organizing IFG.
“As a patron of fashion and the immense possibility that lies there pushed me to offer my contribution and it did pay off well. Overall, co-partnering with IFG and the people behind with exceptional caliber has been a privilege. And this gets me more enthusiastic about planning and being a core part of more such fashion events in the coming years.”
Women Of The Universe
2023 seems a promising year for fashion as Dubai once again hosted a mega beauty pageant contest – Women Of The Universe on March 11. Once again, Hanif took on the role of co-organizer in which 30 countries participated.
A grand success, the event showcased talented fashionable women each representing their country that put forth an extravagant display on the ramp adorned in the trendiest of outfits.
Besides, the event also brought together well-known and reputed people in fashion and show business from across the UAE and around the world.
Fashion Factor 4th Edition
The 4th Edition of the much sought-after event Fashion Factor took place on the 24th and 25th of February in Dubai. The two-day fashion extravaganza brought together some of the most talented and established fashion designers globally like Amato, Hany El Behairy, and Ezra to name a few.
Fashion Factor was a big success owing to its huge turnout of attendees, industry experts, fashion enthusiasts, and influencers.
The Modest Fashion Show
Fashion model Yasmin Akhter and Hanif together organized The Modest Fashion Show on 24 February at the event venue The Agenda in Dubai.
Themed on modesty and elegance in fashion, the show and designer competition was a big success and had endorsements from the MEA Corp. and The Fashion Factor 4th Edition.
Gazing at the Future
27 years in the Middle East and Hanif is more confident and empowered. He envisions a future where his businesses would set themselves apart with rapid upward growth. And Hanif has more ambitious projects and undertakings ready to be let out. In the coming years, he is pledged to diversify his business, reaching more markets and serving an expanded customer base worldwide.
And in the events space, he has already eyed major-level partnerships and a dream of hosting big fashion shows that further skyrocket the UAE’s reputation as a true fashion powerhouse.
One such upcoming beauty pageant is Mr., Mrs., and Miss UAE International that’s all set to happen in May. Once again, Hanif will be co-organizing this event which is sure to draw in attendees globally and open up the enormous potential for fashion and modeling across the UAE.
With decades of experience under his belt, Hanif has acquired the eyes of a visionary. Those that truly can gaze far ahead than the rest and take action to bring progress and prosperity for the benefit of the whole.
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 4 July 2023: The opening weekend of Dubai Summer Surprises (DSS) brought excitement and celebration to the city, as the 26th edition of the beloved summer festival kicked off in style, coinciding with momentous Eid Al Adha festivities. With amazing memories being made all over the city, the opening weekend of DSS – presented by Dubai Festivals and Retail Establishment (DFRE) – marked the start to a joyous summer season filled with enjoyment for all.


The city played host to some magical musical moments, as illustrious artists Hussain Al Jassmi and Kadim Al Sahir delighted thousands of fans with incredible performances at the Coca-Cola Arena on 1 July. And the excitement didn’t stop there, as Saudi singer and icon Mohammad Abdo, known as the “Artist of the Arabs,” made his return to the city at the same venue on 2 July and delivered an unforgettable evening, putting on a show that left crowds awestruck.


Modesh World opened its doors on 26 June, welcoming many parents and children to come and begin their summer adventures with Modesh and Dana. With so many delightful treats, thrilling rides, and activities for the whole family, this family centric attraction has already brought much joy to the city, and will continue to remain open at the Dubai World Trade Centre halls 3-8, until 27 August.

On 29 and 30 June, crowds of shoppers made the most of the opening weekend – with retail deals, exclusive 12 Hour Sale chances to win, and celebrations at Ibn Battuta Mall and City Centre Mirdif, featuring performing artists and live entertainment, incredible musicians, captivating dance performances and more.


At Dubai Parks and Resorts and at Festival City Mall, spectacular firework displays lit up the sky in celebration of Eid Al Adha – with residents and tourists alike enjoying the colourful pyrotechnics.


Enjoy the ultimate summer extravaganza filled with incredible surprises, unmissable retail offers, diverse culinary delights and endless entertainment this Dubai Summer Surprises, running until 3 September. For more information, visit @CelebrateDubai and @StyledByDubai on social media channels, and www.mydss.ae.

Dubai Summer Surprises is supported by key sponsor RAKBANK MasterCard and Strategic partners which include: Al Futtaim Malls (Dubai Festival City Mall & Festival Plaza), Al Seef, Al Zarooni Group (Mercato Shopping Mall), AW Rostamani Group, Bluewaters, Citywalk, Emirates Airline, Enoc, Etisalat, Majid Al Futtaim (Mall of the Emirates, City Centre Mirdif, City Centre Deira), Nakheel Malls (Ibn Battuta Mall, Nakheel Mall, Dragon Mart 2, Palm West Beach and The View), The Beach and The Outlet Village.

The Most Ambitious Aquatic Show Ever Produced, The Fontana Show, Now in Abu Dhabi

The Most Ambitious Aquatic Show Ever Produced, The Fontana Show, Now in Abu Dhabi

Officially Launching on 18th April at Marina Mall Abu Dhabi in Partnership with Marina Mall Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi, UAE (16 April, 2023): Get ready to be mesmerised by The Fontana Show, the most ambitious aquatic show ever produced, as it arrives in Abu Dhabi in partnership with Marina Mall Abu Dhabi. The show is set to officially launch on April 18 at Marina Mall Abu Dhabi and promises to be an awe-inspiring spectacle that will captivate audiences of all ages.


The Fontana Show is the first travelling water circus in the Middle East, and it is set to redefine the concept of live entertainment. The Fontana Show promises to be a one-of-a-kind experience that will leave people in awe. It has a stunning mix of artistic circus performances, captivating special effects, amazing aerialists, and much more.


At the heart of The Fontana Show is the Dancing Musical Fountain, a stunning centrepiece that provides an incredible visual spectacle. The fountain is synchronised with the live performances, creating a seamless fusion of water, lights, and music, which adds a whole new level of magic to the show.


The Fontana Show has a world-class cast, including dancers, aerialists, and entertainers from international circuses. The show promises mind-blowing illusions, thrilling tricks, and amazing acrobatics that will keep people on the edge of their seats. With a blend of artistry, athleticism, and sheer showmanship, the performers of The Fontana Show are sure to leave audiences in awe.


The Fontana Show launch and Eid show timings are as follows:

18-19-20 April (1 show): 9pm to 11pm

21-22-23 April (3 shows): 4pm, 7pm, 9.30pm


Book your tickets now at https://abu-dhabi.platinumlist.net/event-tickets/86648/fontana-showcircus-in-abu-dhabi and prepare to be amazed by The Fontana Show, the most ambitious aquatic show ever produced, now in Abu Dhabi.


entertainment, artistic circus performances, captivating special effects, and much more.  Don’t miss out on this once-in-a-lifetime chance to see live entertainment, artistic circus performances, captivating special effects, and much more. Get your tickets now and be part of the magic!


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Museum of the Future to Host Augmented Reality Experience, The Pearl Diver’s Daughter

Museum of the Future to Host Augmented Reality Experience, The Pearl Diver’s Daughter


Dubai-UAE: 17 March 2023 – The Museum of the Future has announced The Pearl Diver’s Daughter will take place on Tuesday, March 21 at 7:00 PM, blending cutting-edge technology with choreography, music and narrative to take audiences beneath the waves of the Gulf in a tale of family, tradition, and the perils of the diver and the wonders of the sea.

A contemporary dance performance with live storytelling narration and suitable for all ages, the show utilises augmented reality to highlight the now-lost art of pearl diving, telling the story of a pearl diver, his daughter and a legendary pearl in a mix of history and artistic fantasy.

Featuring Grammy-nominated singer and songwriter, Mayssa Karaa as the storyteller, the performance is a majestic experience of the senses, written by Maitha Al Kayat and Paul G. Emerson – American contemporary dance organisation, Company | E’s Executive and Co-Artistic Director – with music composed by Eman Al Hashimi, co-Produced by Abu Dhabi Music and Arts Foundation, US Embassy in Abu Dhabi and Cultural Foundation.

Seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis and doors will close promptly at 6:50 PM. Tickets are available free of charge and require advanced registration here: https://museumofthefuture.ae/en/shop/products/the-pearl-divers-daughter-live-performance

For more information, please visit museumofthefuture.ae.

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Bestowed by His Excellency Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Tolerance Abu Dhabi Music and Arts Foundation Celebrates the Winners of its 2022 Design and Creativity Awards

Bestowed by His Excellency Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Tolerance Abu Dhabi Music and Arts Foundation Celebrates the Winners of its 2022 Design and Creativity Awards

Abu Dhabi, UAE – March 8, 2022:

The Abu Dhabi Music and Arts Foundation (ADMAF) commemorated the winners of its 2022 awards in the fields of arts, design and sustainability during an awards ceremony that took place on Wednesday, March 1 at Emirates Palace.

The list of Emirati winners included artist and Zayed University graduate Ameena Aljarman, winner of the Gulf Capital – ADMAF Visual Arts Award for her digital video entry, “My Grandmother Ameena’s Wishes”; playwright Hamdan bin Shfayan Alameri, winner of Gulf Capital – ADMAF Creativity Award for his play, “Room 2071”; American University of Sharjah architecture graduate Maitha Al Hammadi, winner of TotalEnergies Sustainability Design Award for her project, “Agro-Industrial Tourism”; and jewellery designers and Dubai institute of Design and Innovation students Asma Almarri and Media Alfalasi, winners of the ADMAF Design Fund Award 2022 supported by L’Ecole Van Cleef and Arpels for their ear cuff piece, “Osha”.

The awards were presented by His Excellency Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Tolerance. The ceremony was attended by ADMAF Founder, and Abu Dhabi Festival Founder and Artistic Director, Her Excellency Huda Alkhamis-Kano, as well as representatives from Gulf Capital, TotalEnergies, L’Ecole Van Cleef and Arpels and several senior officials and culture partners.

H.E. Huda Alkhamis-Kanoo, Founder of the Abu Dhabi Music & Arts Foundation (ADMAF), Founder and Artistic Director of Abu Dhabi Festival, said: “For over two decades, the Abu Dhabi Music & Arts Foundation has been empowering our nation’s youth, investing in their abilities and nurturing their creative talent. We are pleased to partner with our sponsors for the annual ADMAF awards which provide a platform for innovative ideas to materialise, for free creative thinking to thrive, and for dreams and ambitions to be realised.

“This year’s winners have shown exceptional potential in the fields of visual arts, theatre, design and sustainability and rewarding their excellence remains a core pillar of the Foundation, enabling them to launch successful careers and become future leading figures of the UAE’s culture and creative industries,” Her Excellency continued.

The TotalEnergies Sustainability Design Award, which recognises outstanding innovation and achievement by young Emiratis in the fields of sustainable design and architecture, was awarded to Emirati architecture student Maitha Al Hammadi for her project, “Agro-Industrial Tourism” which imagines a sustainable destination that merges agriculture, tourism, soil and aquifer treatment.

Elias KASSIS, TotalEnergies in the UAE Country Chair said: “Fostering culture, dialogue and heritage is one of the key missions of TotalEnergies Foundation. In the UAE, we support young emerging artists by accelerating access to culture through our long-standing partner Abu Dhabi Music & Arts Foundation.”

“TotalEnergies Sustainability Design Award 2022 is aimed as a launch pad for emerging designers and architects with a sustainability mindset across the UAE. This is such a unique opportunity in the UAE’s Year of Sustainability where young Emiratis artists will be able to craft and innovate paving the way for their own sustainable future.”

 The Gulf Capital – ADMAF Creativity Award was launched in 2006 to celebrate the creativity of Emirati youth in visual & performance arts, literature, and cinema. The award was presented to playwright Hamdan bin Shfayan Alameri for his play, “Room 2071”, which portrays the pressures faced by scholarship students in achieving the goals and ambitions expected of them by family and society.

Launched in 2013, the Gulf Capital Abu Dhabi Festival Visual Arts Award recognises outstanding Emirati creativity in the visual arts, performing arts, literature, animation, and film. The 2022 award went to artist Ameena Aljarman for her digital video entry “My Grandmother Ameena’s Wishes”, a visual narrative that explores her grandmother’s journeys that have been passed on to her family.

Miray Zaki, Managing Director, Head of Africa, and Head of Sustainability Investment at Gulf Capital commented: “Our longstanding partnership with the Abu Dhabi Music & Arts Foundation and Abu Dhabi Festival is part of our core belief to nurture emerging Emirati culture and we are delighted to see the great works by all the participants of both awards. We would like to commend the Foundation’s continuous work in promoting excellence among emerging Emirati talents and congratulate all the winners of this year’s awards.”

Established in 2019, the ADMAF Design Fund with the support of L’École Van Cleef and Arpels aims to foster co-creativity and bespoke designing among emerging artists. This year’s award was presented to Emirati jewellery designers, Asma Almarri and Media Alfalasi, for their ear cuff piece, “Osha”, a tribute to the UAE heritage with a unique design that produces an oud scent when touched.

Marie Vallanet-Delhom, President of L’ÉCOLE, School of Jewelry Arts said: “Supported and founded by Van Cleef & Arpels as an educational institution, L’ÉCOLE, School of Jewelry Arts was created with the aim to share the culture of jewelry with the widest possible audience. Our role is the education and transmission of knowledge about all aspects of the jewelry arts, throughout history and from all the different cultures and traditions all over the world. Through our partnership with the ADMAF Design Fund, we are very happy to be able to encourage and reward the creativity of emerging jewelry artists.”

The Abu Dhabi Music & Arts Foundation focuses on supporting culture and arts achievements and sustaining cultural development, by embracing creativity and launching a wide array of initiatives and societal programs to attract various audiences, in addition to cultivating creative talents in the UAE and abroad in cooperation with major local and international cultural institutions.


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