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publié le 22 February 2008

French Art Festival premieres in the UAE

The prestigious French Art Festival (FAF) will debut at the Cultural Foundation, Abu Dhabi, from 12-15th March 2008. The event will be held under the patronage of Sheikha Manal bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, wife of HH Sheikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, minister of presidential affairs, president of Dubai Women Establishment.

FAF will exhibit in Dubai from 2-5th March 2008 before it moves to Abu Dhabi Exhibition Centre from 12 to 15 March. This newly launched initiative will become an annual event and is designed to promote highly sought after French contemporary art within the UAE. Thirty renowned French artists were specially handpicked to best reflect the diversity of contemporary French art. Work displayed will range from paintings and sculptures, to design artwork, tapestries and photographs.
The same artists will exhibit 350 pieces in Abu Dhabi and a different set of 350 works in Dubai. In Abu Dhabi, Christine Barres, the famed French painter, will be holding a workshop for those who are interested in widening their artistic horizons, and local guest artists Mohamed Kanoo, Wasel Safwan and Mohammed Mandi will participate in the exhibition. The celebrated exhibiting artists will include such painters as Christine Barres, Robert DiCredico, Pascal Magis, Brigitte Martinet and the sculptor Jean Louis Toutain.
Emirates News Agency, WAM

publié le 22 February 2008

Largest Islamic Art show open

One of the largest and rarest Islamic Art exhibitions in the world was inaugurated on Tuesday at Emirates Palace. "The staging of this magnificent exhibition sets the tone for Abu Dhabi’s cultural ambitions as defined by President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, and General Sheikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces," said Sheikh Sultan Bin Tahnoun Al Nahyan, Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage and Tourism Development and Investment Company (TDIC).

With over 500 pieces of Islamic artwork, dating back to over 1,000 years, the ’Arts of Islam: Treasures of the Khalili Collection’ exhibition is one the largest and rarest exhibitions in the world.
"The exhibition illustrates the breadth of artistic achievement in the Islamic world and also reflects its geographic diversity," said Professor Nasser D. Khalili, Iranian scholar, collector and benefactor who assembled the collection under the auspices of the Khalili Family Trust.
"It showcases exquisite treasures from a broad spectrum of media from as far east as China, India and Iran, across the Middle East to North Africa and Spain. "The works on display have been specifically chosen to illustrate the development of Islam’s rich artistic heritage over a period of some 1,400 years. The subjects covered include religion, science, poetry, literature, calligraphy, painting and architecture, in addition to the decorative arts.
"The religious section explores art made to honour the majesty of God and his word, the Holy Quran, and to meet the requirements of the religion. The secular section presents the arts made to serve the needs of the sovereign and ruling classes." According to Khalili, who says he has spent over 40 years collecting Islamic art work, the items on display are from around 50 Muslim countries.
Gulf News

publié le 5 November 2013

Paris-Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi hosts ‘Golden Age of Arab and Islamic Science’ Exhibition

Special exhibition will be held for the first time in the UAE

UAE, Abu Dhabi, 19th September 2013: Paris-Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi has held a press conference at the university headquarters on Al Reem Island to announce the launch of the ‘Golden Age of Arab and Islamic Science’ exhibition. This will be held in the university’s lobby from 24 September 2013 to 14 January 2014.

The exhibition will shed light on a selection of scientific and intellectual accomplishments that the Islamic civilisations became famous for, changes that went on to have a huge impact on the future of civilisations across the world. These include the study of The Sky and The Earth, Humanity, and the Arts and Sciences.

The exhibition, which will be held for the first time in the UAE, reveals fascinating insights into an era of ground-breaking discoveries and innovations by Arab and Muslim thought leaders in the scientific arena. The period between the 8th and 15th centuries was characterized by numerous intellectual breakthroughs that still have enormous significance in modern science. The exhibition is expected to attract the academic elite, particularly the scientific fraternity, as well as high profile representatives of diplomatic missions.

The highlights will include inventions, writings and artefacts that had a massive impact on Islamic civilization in fields as diverse as architecture, the arts, pharmacology, applied physics, chemistry and mathematics as well as human and environmental sciences.

Visitors will come face to face with intriguing models, images and ancient manuscripts dating back to the golden era, and will be able to trace the dawn of a scientific revolution begun by Arabs and Muslims that inspired the world and paved the way for modern advancements. Over 200 artefacts and manuscripts will bring this productive era to life, and visitors will be transported back in time through audio-visual interactions and advanced computer-generated simulations of what life was like.

HE Dr Mugheer Khamis Al Khaili, Director General of Abu Dhabi Education Council (ADEC) and Vice President of the Management Council of Paris-Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi, elaborated: “This scientific and cultural showcase proves that the Arab world has a proud heritage of intellectual and humanitarian contributions to mankind. These profound innovations still resonate in the academic communities of the West, and indeed the entire world. I call on all students from all schools and universities in the UAE to come and rediscover the pioneering accomplishments of our ancestors, so that we can reclaim our rightful position as the global pacesetter and pathfinder in the academic sphere, while inspiring the rest of the world to follow in our footsteps.”

Commenting on the exhibition, Prof. Eric Fouache, Vice-Chancellor of Paris-Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi explained: "We are nurturing a greater level of awareness and appreciation for the remarkable contributions made by Arab and Muslim thinkers who set the foundations for modern science and art. By hosting this exhibition, we will reawaken the same unquenchable thirst for knowledge in the minds of modern students that led to these revolutionary breakthroughs.”

He added: "Nobody can dispute the impact Muslim scholars had on modern medicine, chemistry, mathematics and other fields. Paris-Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi is bridging between civilizations by showcasing the connection between ancient and modern thinkers. This will enrich the world’s understanding of contemporary challenges by re-examining the wealth of knowledge that we inherited from the constellation of early scientists.”

A series of scientific lectures, seminars and workshops have been organized to supplement the insights gained from the exhibition, raising awareness and interest among students. The lectures will be delivered by an all-star line-up of internationally acclaimed researchers, academics and prominent industry personalities from the UAE, France, Lebanon and the US, among others.

According to Dr Fatima Al-Shamsi, Deputy Vice Chancellor of Administrative Affairs for Paris-Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi: "Hosting this exhibition for the very first time in the UAE is a clear indication of this country’s ability to host high profile events of global significance. At Paris-Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi we are immensely proud to embrace a scientific and cultural event of this magnitude and importance, particularly since the scientific advancements being showcased have had a major impact on scholars at the world’s leading universities. We have no doubt that this exploration and rediscovery of Islamic innovations will positively impact the world of academia, igniting a rethink and a shift of attitudes about the role of Arabs and Muslims in scientific and cultural advancement.”

The highly acclaimed exhibition made its debut in 2005 in Paris, before being hosted in Doha, Qatar in 2011. A media campaign will be run throughout September, giving additional information to foster a greater understanding of how Arab and Islamic thinkers contributed to a quantum leap in scientific and cultural progress.

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About Paris Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi:

Paris-Sorbonne Abu Dhabi university was established in May 2006, under the patronage of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and deputy supreme commander of the armed forces, the Abu Dhabi Education Council (ADEC) and Paris-Sorbonne University. Paris-Sorbonne Abu Dhabi is an Emirati university, that benefits from the 760 years of experience of the prestigious Sorbonne, with a state-of-the-art campus located on Al Reem island combining comfort with the efficiency of new technologies. The method, the education, the degrees however are French, issued by the University of Paris-Sorbonne in the field of Humanities, by the University of Paris-Descartes for Law, Management and Economics and by Pierre and Marie Curie University in science. Paris-Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi offers world-class degrees, both in undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, following the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) and also accredited by the UAE Ministry of Higher Education and Research.

Paris-Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi is devoted to Abu Dhabi’s vision of creating a cultural and scientific hub, and is an agent to realize this 2030 vision by delivering the future Emirati and international workforce and contributing to support the UAE’s economic diversification.

About Institut du monde arabe:

The fruit of a one-of its kind partnership between France and the Arab countries, Institut du monde arabe works on raising awareness within the French and wider European public about the contribution of the Arab world to international civilization, while promoting constructive dialogue between the East and West.

Located in Paris along the Seine, in a building that belongs to the modern world heritage list, Institut du monde arabe opened its doors in 1987. It quickly became part of the cultural fabric of the city.

Showcasing Arab-Muslim art and featuring a library for reading along with another one for books selling, auditorium, center of language and culture, and museum, Institut du monde arabe offers its audiences year after year, a diverse program covering all facets of art and culture in the Arab world - encompassing music, film, dance, visual arts, photography and more. It is a catalyst for lively debate and open-minded exchange of ideas among intellectuals through conferences, seminars, forums, trade and more. Institut du monde arabe offers courses in the Arabic language and culture. It publishes a quarterly magazine, Qantara, as the voice of contemporary thinking on the Arab-Muslim heritage.

publié le 19 August 2016

Sharjah Art Foundation presents Enrico David: Fault Work

Sharjah Art Foundation is pleased to present Enrico David: Fault Work, a solo exhibition of recent works by the London-based Italian artist. Curated by Sharjah Art Foundation Director Hoor Al Qasimi, this is the artist’s first exhibition in the Middle East and will primarily focus on sculpture and tapestries.

Enrico David’s work investigates multiple manifestations of the figurative form, making reference to a wide spectrum of visual languages and a variety of techniques and traditions. David’s sculptures are angular and fluid, comprised of such diverse materials as Jesmonite, graphite, copper, wax, bronze, bamboo, Vaseline, bone, aluminium and steel. His tapestries, alternatively, are composed of organic and geometric forms, executed in wool, cotton or cashmere in muted browns, burnt reds and earthy greens. These sculptures and tapestries are both open-ended and psychologically charged, reflecting a unique contemporary surrealism in their abstracted imagery and ambiguous forms.

David’s work has been shown across Europe and the United States, including recent solo exhibitions at The Hepworth Wakefield, West Yorkshire (2015); UCLA Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2013) and New Museum, New York (2011). A major installation of his paintings, tapestries and sculptures was featured in The Encyclopaedic Palace for the 55th Venice Biennale (2013). David was shortlisted for the Turner Prize in 2009.

This exhibition will take place from 1 October 2016 to 9 January 2017 within the SAF Art Spaces, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates.

About Sharjah Art Foundation
Sharjah Art Foundation brings a broad range of contemporary art and cultural programmes to the communities of Sharjah, the UAE and the region. Since 2009 SAF has built on the history of cultural collaboration and exchange that began with the first Sharjah Biennial in 1993. Working with local and international partners, Sharjah Art Foundation creates opportunities for artists and artistic production through core initiatives that include Sharjah Biennial, the annual March Meeting, residencies, production grants, commissions, exhibitions, research, publications and a growing collection. SAF education and public programmes focus on building recognition of the central role art can play in the life of a community by promoting public learning and a participatory approach to art. All events are free and open to the public.

Image caption: Enrico David, Untitled (Bent Spoons), 2015, Cashmere on canvas, 78 3/4 x 94 1/2 inches, 200 x 240 cm. Courtesy Michael Werner Gallery, New York and London.

For more information, please visit:

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Join the conversation at @sharjahart

publié le 24 December 2010

7th edition of Dubai International Film Festival concludes with Muhr awards

[#A star-studded week of red carpet glamour, inspiring conferences and not forgetting great film wrapped up on Sunday night at the Dubai International Film Festival closing ceremony.#]

[#The seventh annual event has seen A-listers including Colin Firth, Colin Farrell, Ed Harris, Jim Sturgess, Beau Garrett, Kelly Brook, Emma Caulfield, Carey Mulligan and Peter Weir grace the red carpet.

The festival, held at the Madinat Arena, confirmed its credentials as the leading festival of the Arab world, Africa and Asia, with a line-up of 157 films from 57 countries, and didn’t disappoint. With 41 world premieres, 13 international premieres, 58 Middle East premieres and 32 Gulf premieres, the options were endless.

This year the Muhr Awards – with categories for Arab, Emirati, Asian and African cinema – handed out a total prize fund of $575,000.

Introduced in 2006 the Muhr Awards has so far honoured 65 filmmakers, producers and actors as well as facilitated in raising the profile of the winners at an international level.

The in-competition Muhr Awards scooped a record 848 entries this year, with the Muhr Arab segment drawing 62 feature films, 228 short films, and 113 documentary films. The Muhr AsiaAfrica competition, dedicated for filmmakers from Asia and Africa, similarly received 445 entries, encompassing 136 feature films, 199 short films, and 110 documentary films.

The Festival’s new Muhr Emirati competition, introduced to further strengthen and recognise rising Emirati talent, received 25 feature films, short films, and documentaries.#]

publié le 23 January 2011

A New Cultural Landmark Opens in Doha: Mathaf Arab Museum of Modern Art

[# For its inauguration, Mathaf presents three exhibitions featuring historic works of Arab modernism and many newly commissioned works, which will be on view at two sites in Doha, Qatar#].

Mathaf opens its new building with Sajjil: A Century of Modern Art, the first in an ongoing series of exhibitions that will survey its unparalleled permanent collection, on view from December 30, 2010 (closing date to be announced). Sajjil, an Arabic word meaning the art of recording, features more than 240 paintings, sculptures and mixed-media works made by more than 100 artists, representing pivotal moments in the development of Arab modernism throughout the 20th century. Arranged thematically across twelve galleries, the historical exhibition makes its own contribution to rethinking the position of Arab artists toward modernism and within the modernist movement. The exhibition is organized by guest curator and consultant Dr. Nada Shabout, Associate Professor of Art History and Director of the Contemporary Arab and Muslim Cultural Studies Institute at the University of North Texas; Wassan Al-Khudhairi; and Deena Chalabi, Mathaf’s Head of Strategy.

Mathaf will present the additional two inaugural exhibitions Interventions and Told / Untold / Retold at the Qatar Museum Authority’s new exhibition space located on the grounds of the Museum of Islamic Art.

Interventions: a dialogue between the modern and the contemporary (December 30, 2010 – May 28, 2011) honors the lives and careers of five major figures in Arab modernism who remain influential today. Dia Azzawi, Farid Belkahia, Ahmed Nawar, Ibrahim el-Salahi and Hassan Sharif have each been commissioned by Mathaf to create a new work, which will be shown in the context of existing works by the artists from the Museum’s permanent collection. The exhibition is curated by Dr. Nada Shabout.

The most ambitious museum exhibition of contemporary art in the Arab world to date, Told / Untold / Retold: 23 stories of journeys through time and space (December 30, 2010 – May 28, 2011) features new works commissioned by Mathaf from 23 contemporary artists with roots in the Arab world. The exhibition is a collection of 23 stories each vividly expressed in new works of painting, sculpture, photography, video, multimedia installations and interactive digital art. The featured artists are Adel Abidin, Sadik Kwaish Alfraji, Buthayna Ali, Ahmed Alsoudani, Ghada Amer, Kader Attia, Lara Baladi, Wafaa Bilal, Abdelkader Benchamma, Mounir Fatmi, Lamia Joreige, Amal Kenawy, Jeffar Khaldi, Hassan Khan, Youssef Nabil, Walid Raad, Khalil Rabah, Younès Rahmoun, Steve Sabella, Marwan Sahmarani, Zineb Sedira, Khaled Takreti, and Akram Zaatari. The exhibition is curated by Sam Bardaouil and Till Fellrath, co-founders of Art Reoriented, a curatorial platform focusing on contemporary art from the Middle East.#]

publié le 23 December 2010

Abu Dhabi Festival Welcomes The World Orchestra For Peace Conducted By Valery Gergiev

Press release

[#Abu Dhabi Festival 2011 inaugurates its world-class programme of performances and concerts featuring a plethora of critically acclaimed international artists. On January 4th at the Emirates Palace the Festival will welcome the UNESCO Artists for Peace Maestro Valery Gergiev and the World Orchestra for Peace, for the first time in the Arab world. Embodying the Festival’s global reputation as a symphony of global cultures, the January 4th regional premier will herald the beginning of the eighth edition of the UAE capital’s foremost celebration of artistic excellence. Under the stewardship and direction of the Abu Dhabi Music & Arts Foundation (ADMAF), Abu Dhabi Festival reflects the Emirate’s vision of a global cultural capital of the 21st century. Tickets will go on sale from today for ‘The World Orchestra for Peace’, a magnificent concert that will include musicians from 30 countries and more than 62 international orchestras.#]

The 2011 theme of the Abu Dhabi Festival is “Harmony for Humanity”, and celebrates the capability of culture, the arts and music to bring people together in mutual appreciation and encourage a more harmonious way of living. Hosting the performance at the start of the New Year reinforces the spirit of the gift of music. Appropriately, the late Founder of the World Orchestra for Peace, Sir Georg Solti was a passionate believer in the “unique strength of music as an ambassador for peace” and it is in this spirit that the Abu Dhabi Festival has invited the Orchestra to perform.

“We are thrilled to welcome the celebrated UNESCO Artists for Peace Maestro Valery Gergiev and the World Orchestra for Peace to Abu Dhabi, for their debut appearance in the Arab world,” said Founder & Artistic Director of the Abu Dhabi Festival, Her Excellency Mrs. Hoda Al Khamis Kanoo.

“This unparalleled event marks a most opportune beginning to the new year, and also to the Abu Dhabi Festival, which in 2011 will celebrate the theme “Harmony for Humanity” in recognition of the powerful ability of music, arts and culture to transcend difference and bring people together.”

“The World Orchestra for Peace and the Abu Dhabi Festival share a common belief in the unifying spirit of music and arts, which so elegantly brings together human beings of different nationalities, cultures and traditions.

I sincerely hope that through this remarkable event, we may share with the people of the UAE the beauty of music in seeking greater cultural understanding.” She added.

Comprised of the world’s finest orchestral players drawn from more than 62 international orchestras and representing 30 countries, the orchestra was recently designated UNESCO Artist for Peace, the first major orchestra to receive the honour. Formed in 1995 by the late Sir Georg Solti, the Orchestra comes together only on special occasions to promote peace or celebrate reconstruction, the essence of its special mission.

“My late husband, Sir Georg Solti, created this unique orchestra in 1995 as a gesture of world harmony in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the founding of the United Nations. My husband, having lived through two world wars, believed that it was the duty of everyone to look forward and learn from the past to create a better future“, Said, Lady Valerie Solti, patron of the World Orchestra for Peace.

“This will be the first time the orchestra has performed in an Arab country and we are most grateful for the invitation to come to Abu Dhabi and have this further opportunity of spreading our mission of peace.” She added.

The Orchestra’s world-acclaimed conductor Valery Gergiev will lead the orchestra through a programme of popular classics including Rossini’s William Tell Overture, Prolofiev’s Symphony No 1 and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5 during the performance at the Emirates Palace.

Tickets for the event will go on sale to the general public from today. Prices start from AED 195 for Pearl tickets, up to AED 495 for Diamond tickets. Reflecting the Abu Dhabi Festival’s commitment to education and young people, students will be admitted for free. Tickets can be purchased online on as of today, and from the Emirates Palace ticketing desk as of December 20th.

About ADMAF:

The Abu Dhabi Music & Arts Foundation seeks to nurture the arts, education, culture and creativity for the benefit of society and the advancement of Abu Dhabi’s cultural vision. Established in 1996 by Her Excellency Hoda Al Khamis Kanoo, ADMAF Founder, the Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation under the patronage of His Excellency Sheikh Nahyan Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, ADMAF Patron and President.

ADMAF’s broad programme of initiatives and events - including the Abu Dhabi Festival and the International Comic Strip & Cartoon Art Festival among many others - brings together audiences of all ages and nationalities. Through its educational and community programs, it nurtures the creative talent of the UAE and beyond, in partnership with leading national and international institutions.


publié le 13 February 2011

Corp Executive Hotel Apartments Al Barsha – Dubai to Exhibit Works of Popular American Artist Jeff Scofield

[#Highlighting a commitment to support the arts, the Corp Executive Apartments – Al Barsha is to showcase a two-week exhibition starting March 3 featuring the works of local artist Jeff Scofield.#]

[#Organised with the support of the Dubai International Art Centre and held under the patronage of ASGC (Al Shafar General Contracting), the show will be launched with a special VIP and media preview on the evening of March 2.

American born Jeff Scofield has extensive experience in a number of artistic fields ranging from modern architecture through to Chinese brush painting which he studied under Oriental masters in Paris and Dubai.

After obtaining a master of architecture degree at Columbia University in New York, he studied art at the Beaux Arts in Paris, and, more recently, has taken up sculpture at the Dubai International Art Centre.
While working as an architect in Dubai, focused on modern buildings with an emphasis on sustainability, Scofield also enjoys creating more personal abstract art, combining vivid acrylic colours and mixed media with materials recycled from construction sites, including plywood, jute, fabric, wires, grilles and other metal objects.

Works range from riveting large outdoor installations to small intimate paintings, with a focus on unusual formats including narrow perpendicular pieces reminiscent of Chinese scroll paintings, which will form a centrepiece to the exhibition.
According to Aamir Pervez, general manager of Corp Executive Apartments – Al Barsha, the show will enable Jeff Scofield’s work to reach a wide audience in Dubai, from guests at the property through to residents and visitors.
“As part of our corporate philosophy, we aim to engage with the local community and events of this kind serve to both provide a platform to showcase a local artist’s work as well as a novel attraction within the hotel. Mr Scofield’s technical refinement is absolutely amazing and would be definitely very interesting for our guests.”
Located next to the Mall of the Emirates, Corp Executive Apartments – Al Barsha has 143 units, some with balconies, and all featuring a separate lounge, kitchen, guest toilet, bathrooms with walk-in showers and televisions in both living room and bedroom.
Facilities include free parking, access to the pool, gym and aerobics suite, international and a la carte dining at Mood,24-hour snacks and drinks at the Caffeine lobby lounge and poolside snacks at the Snug, plus 24 hour room service.

Further information from or, telephone 00971 4 3164040.#]

publié le 7 February 2011

French culture to shine under the spotlight at Abu Dhabi international Book Fair 2011

Press release

Leading French authors, artists, business figures and scholars
to participate in Middle East’s most trusted book fair 15 – 20 March

France has nurtured for a long time a passion for culture in all its dimensions – from literature and art to food, fashion and film. France’s authors and artists will be taking centre stage again as the Cultural Focus of this year’s Abu Dhabi International Book Fair. The six-day event will run from 15 – 20 March at the city’s National Exhibition Centre.

The Fair’s organisers have attracted some of France’s leading cultural figures, who through intellectual debate, educational activities and public events will showcase what French culture represents today across the publishing industry, art and life.

“Over the past few years France has been steadily increasing its cultural presence in the UAE, not least with the building of Le Louvre Abu Dhabi,” says Monika Krauss, General Manager of Kitab. “We’re proud to welcome a distinguished line-up of French authors, illustrators and representatives to the Fair who can showcase the exciting cultural projects which are bringing the UAE and France closer together.”

Highlights include:

Wednesday 16, March

• Discussion: “Strom…The Thrills of a Museum”. Speakers: Emmanuelle and Benoît de Saint-Chamas – authors and Knights in the French of the French Order of Arts and Letters (Chevalier de l’Order des Arts et des Lettres) – will discuss their mystery novel set in Le Louvre, Paris – a place filled with magic and wonder. Benoit assists the President of Le Louvre with international affairs and Emmanuelle is a conference lecturer at the Institute of Political Studies in Paris.
11: 45 – 12:30 hours

• Discussion: “Le Château de Versailles – A Palace and a Book”. Speakers: Pierre Arizzoli-Cleméntel – author of Versailles and ex-Director General of the Château de Versailles, France - and his publisher François de Waresquiel – President of Cittadelles & Mazenod, will discuss this magnificent large-format book on one of the world’s most famous royal palaces. Host: Philip Jodidio, Editor-In-Chief of the most widely distributed French art journal Connaissance des Arts from 1980 to 2002. He is also a Knight of the French Order of Arts and Letters (Chevalier de l’Order des Arts et des Lettres)18:00 – 19:00 hours

• Discussion: “Le Louvre Abu Dhabi: A Vision for the Future.” What was the reasoning behind the creation of the Louvre Abu Dhabi? Prestigious local and international guests will explore its scientific programmes, architecture and publishing plans. Host: Philip Jodidio, Editor-In-Chief of the most widely distributed French art journal Connaissance des Arts from 1980 to 2002. He is also a Knight of the French Order of Arts and Letters (Chevalier de l’Order des Arts et des Lettres).18:00 – 19:00 hours

• Meet Patrick Chamoiseau – the award-winning novelist, playwright and essayist. The Martinique born author, whose novel Texaco won the 1992 Prix Goncourt and was chosen as a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, often has been inspired to write about the socio-political and literary status of French Creole and the affirmation of Martinican cultural identity. Similar issues are addressed in Chamoiseau’s autobiographical trilogy Une enfance créole as well as in Chronique des sept misères (Chronicle of Seven Miseries, 1986) and Solibo magnifique (Magnificent Solibo, 1988).
17:00 – 18:00 hours

• Meet the Illustrator: Nicole Lambert - the highly celebrated French artist and publisher who, in the 1980s, produced the long-running comic strip series Les Triplés for the magazine Madame Figaro.
11:15 – 12:00 hours

• Book-signing and Conversation with: Kénizé Mourad – the French journalist and author of the international best selling novel, De la part de la princesse morte (Regards from the Dead Princess). Born in Paris in 1940, Mourad is the daughter of an Indian rajah, and the great granddaughter of the Ottoman Sultan Mourad VI. The novel De la part de la princesse morte, charting her family’s history. has been translated into more than 30 languages.
13:15 – 14:15 hours

Saturday 19 March

• Book-signing and Conversation with: Professor Breyten Breytenbach – a French citizen since 1982 and the finest living poet of the Afrikaans language. The distinguished painter and writer of more than 30 books of poetry, was originally from South Africa. A committed opponent of the apartheid, he established the resistance group ‘Okhela’ and from 1975-82 was held political prisoner in South Africa. His most renowned non-fiction work is his memoir of his captivity – The True Confessions of an Albino Terrorist (1983). Breytenbach’s most recent poetry collection is Lady One.
19:30 – 20:30 hours

Sunday 20 March

• Presentation: “The Choice of Fiction”. Speaker: Vincent Delecroix, the acclaimed French author, who won the 2008 Grand Prix de Littérature de l’Académie Français for his work Tombeau d’Achille.
18:15 – 19:15 hours.#]

publié le 12 September 2015

Islamic art and fashion hit the mainstream

press release

Islamic art and fashion are quickly becoming burgeoning industries within the diverse landscape of the Islamic economy, and are dominating a key market share in the global lifestyle sector. In 2014, Islamic, or modest, fashion sector expenditure reached $230 billion, constituting 11% of the global fashion market. It is projected to grow a further 6% to reach $327 billion by 2020, according to the upcoming State of the Global Islamic Economy (SGIE) report, to be published in conjunction with the Global Islamic Economy Summit(GIES) taking place in Dubai this October.

The 2015 summit, organized by Dubai Chamber , the Dubai Islamic Economy Development Centre (DIEDC) and Thomson Reuters , is set to gather over 2,000 policymakers, thinkers and business leaders on 5 and 6 October 2015 at Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai, UAE.

Art and culture are important components of the Islamic economy, and while Islamic art has always been a mainstay of museums around the world, it has increasingly gained importance as a collectable investment. Initiatives across the GCC region, and especially in Qatar and the UAE, have turned a spotlight onto Islamic art that retains a focus on traditional religious works, while also introducing audiences to more contemporary offerings. As part of the drive within the GCC to create a more vibrant cultural profile, innovative spaces such the Mathaf in Qatar and the Guggenheim and Louvre in Abu Dhabi, as well as contemporary galleries in Dubai, are all encouraging investment in Islamic art and helping it go mainstream.

Islamic fashion is another fast-growing market and an integral pillar of the Islamic economy. Contrary to the rest of the fashion industry, which is facing financial pressures as a result of global recession, it continues to expand. Initially catering to the inherent modesty of the Muslim world, Islamic fashion is generating demand from other regions and cultures where modesty is a priority, as well as attracting attention from major mainstream fashion players.
A representative from Sefamerve, a leading modest fashion retailer, said: "While global brands that focus on modest fashion have been catering to Muslim sensibilities for years, they must also keep in mind a fast-growing conservative customer base that is also interested in modest fashion. These two complementary groups can help elevate these brands into key players in the fashion industry."

Paolo Costanzo, Chairman of Infinita Group, said" Being part of the of the Global Islamic Economy Summit gives us the opportunity to enter the modest fashion market, a sector we believe has great potential, and one we are confident that we can support globally through our network of key players in the Italian fashion market.’
Kerim Türe, Founder and CEO of, ranked the top Islamic fashion site globally, said: "Social media and the Internet are the driving factors behind the transition of Islamic fashion into the global mainstream. Women worldwide are looking for the latest trends in elegant and conservative style, in line with Islamic culture. Serving them through a one-stop shop that provides variety, quality, and excellent service is the key to success in this rapidly developing modest fashion market."

Islamic fashion was also at the centre of the Turin Modest Fashion Round table, organized this past July by the Turin municipality, Thomson Reuters and the Dubai Chamber . Both entrepreneurs and more established fashion houses are servicing this niche market, which draws on influences from Asian, Arab and African cultures.

Alia Khan, Chairwoman of the Islamic Fashion and Design Council, said "People are intrigued by the Islamic fashion industry, and rightly so; there is much more to it than meets the eye. It has tremendous potential to lead and can set a wonderful example for the mainstream fashion industry, offering powerful solutions that will revolutionize fashion - while maintaining its dignity, elegance, and class."

Islamic art and fashion will both feature in the Global Islamic Economy Summit with dedicated sessions on the second day to foster discussion around these pillars of the Islamic economy. Ms. Khan will chair a moderated panel on modest fashion, with panellists including prominent players in the fashion industry from Turkey, Indonesia Kuwait and the UK. The session on Islamic art will be chaired by Sultan Sooud Al Qassemi, Founder of Barjeel Art and will include panellists from Christies, the Jameel Foundation, Qatar Museums and Dubai Culture and Arts Authority.

GIES 2015 is taking place under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. Featuring more than 60 international speakers across 15 sessions, the summit will offer comprehensive insights on the seven core "pillars" within the Islamic economy: Islamic Finance, Halal Industry, Family Tourism, Islamic Knowledge, Islamic Arts and Design, Islamic Digital Economy, and Islamic Standards. To register, visit

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About Dubai Islamic Economy Development Centre
’Dubai Islamic Economy Development Centre (DIEDC) was established in December 2013 to transform Dubai into the ’Capital of Islamic Economy’, as envisioned by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.

His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, supervises the efforts of the DIEDC and its Board to bolster Dubai’s bid to become a global hub for the Islamic Economy, encompassing a wide array of sectors through harnessing the projected US$6.7 trillion Islamic economy market.

DIEDC is equipped with the financial, administrative and legal tools to promote economic activities compatible with Islamic law in Dubai’s goods and financial services sector, as well as the non-financial sector. In this capacity, it will conduct research and specialist studies to determine the contribution of sharia-compliant activities to the emirate’s gross domestic product, and explore how to extend this contribution to boost the economy. DIEDC is also mandated to create new products and lines of service to law firms specializing in finance structuring.


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