Magzoid Magazine - Luxury Magazine in the Creative Space | September 2021

Magzoid Magazine is a luxury magazine leading the creative space of the MENA region. The different genres covered by Magzoid Magazine include exceptional designs, arts & culture, interviews of influential business leaders and industry veterans, various creative and design aspects across different industry verticals, luxury lifestyle, fashion and jewelry brands, creative branding highlights from corporates, and many others. Magzoid Magazine is a leading media platform in the creative segment. This issue of Magzoid Magazine features the cover artwork by Joshua Miels, an exceptional artist based in Australia. It also features an exclusive interview of Alexander van’ t Riet, CEO of Mai Dubai discussing the state-of-art factory with net-zero energy consumption. Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Center and Alif – The Mobility Pavilion have been featured in the Architectural wonders. Editorial picks of luxury watches, jewelry, and lifestyle products have been featured in the designer's corner along with an exclusive featured story of the logos of Rolex and Versace.

Magzoid Magazine is a luxury magazine leading the creative space of the MENA region. The different genres covered by Magzoid Magazine include exceptional designs, arts & culture, interviews of influential business leaders and industry veterans, various creative and design aspects across different industry verticals, luxury lifestyle, fashion and jewelry brands, creative branding highlights from corporates, and many others. Magzoid Magazine is a leading media platform in the creative segment.

This issue of Magzoid Magazine features the cover artwork by Joshua Miels, an exceptional artist based in Australia. It also features an exclusive interview of Alexander van’ t Riet, CEO of Mai Dubai discussing the state-of-art factory with net-zero energy consumption.

Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Center and Alif – The Mobility Pavilion have been featured in the Architectural wonders. Editorial picks of luxury watches, jewelry, and lifestyle products have been featured in the designer's corner along with an exclusive featured story of the logos of Rolex and Versace.


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Contents<br />

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Inspire & Empower -<br />

Artist Stories<br />

Do<strong>in</strong>a Vitu | 10<br />

Neomi Ibraz | 24<br />

Er<strong>in</strong> Hanson | 28<br />

Dave Pollot | 38<br />

Jarrod Bezz<strong>in</strong>a | 52<br />

10<br />

21<br />

18<br />

Human Emotions<br />

by Joshua Miels<br />

“I want to just pa<strong>in</strong>t people for<br />

who <strong>the</strong>y are and let <strong>the</strong> real<br />

person sh<strong>in</strong>e through,”<br />

28<br />

38<br />

52<br />

Dubai’s Largest<br />

Zip L<strong>in</strong>e Park -<br />

Aventura Park<br />

30<br />

71-80<br />

Designer's<br />

Corner"<br />

12<br />

Art of Bus<strong>in</strong>ess<br />

An exclusive <strong>in</strong>terview with<br />

Alexander van ‘t Riet, CEO,<br />

Mai Dubai<br />

42<br />

World<br />

Tourism<br />

Day<br />

46<br />

World<br />

Literacy<br />

Day<br />

Featured Photographs 16<br />

Art News 17|41|44|45|54<br />

Picture Story 21|40|60|64<br />

Featured Artists 33|56|57<br />

Art Therapy 34|35<br />

Art Around Us 36|37<br />

Art <strong>in</strong> Focus 48|49|50|51<br />

Art Facts 58|59<br />

Artist Exhibition 62|63<br />

Games 67<br />

Featured Artworks 78|80<br />

Crossword<br />

69<br />

Trivia<br />

65<br />

World<br />

Skyscraper<br />

Day<br />

22<br />

Advertisements<br />

as a Modern Art<br />

26<br />

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Landscapes<br />

Seascapes<br />

and<br />

By Do<strong>in</strong>a Vitu<br />

10 <strong>September</strong> <strong>2021</strong><br />


With my pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>gs,<br />

I want to help people<br />

relax and reconnect with<br />

nature,” says<br />

Do<strong>in</strong>a Vitu.<br />

- Exclusive to <strong>Magzoid</strong><br />

Do<strong>in</strong>a Vitu is an artist<br />

based <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> UK<br />

who specializes<br />

<strong>in</strong> landscape and<br />

seascape pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>gs.<br />

She follows <strong>the</strong> trends of traditional<br />

art and realism. Whe<strong>the</strong>r it be oil<br />

colors, acrylics, or watercolor, she<br />

succeeds <strong>in</strong> creat<strong>in</strong>g marvelous<br />

and mesmeriz<strong>in</strong>g artwork.<br />

Through her artworks, Do<strong>in</strong>a<br />

wishes to showcase how<br />

beautiful nature and <strong>the</strong> world<br />

around us are. “I want people<br />

to understand how important<br />

it is to protect nature and be<br />

responsible for what we leave<br />

beh<strong>in</strong>d. With my pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>gs,<br />

I want to help people relax<br />

and to reconnect with<br />

nature,” she says. Currently,<br />

she is work<strong>in</strong>g on a series<br />

called “exod” which aims<br />

to highlight <strong>the</strong> problem of<br />

wild animals that are driven<br />

out of <strong>the</strong>ir natural habitats due<br />

to overcrowd<strong>in</strong>g and urban<br />

construction.<br />

Do<strong>in</strong>a can sit for hours<br />

watch<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> shapes of <strong>the</strong><br />

clouds, how <strong>the</strong> branches of a tree<br />

grew or how <strong>the</strong> waves break. It<br />

seems miraculous to her how <strong>the</strong><br />

shapes do not repeat <strong>the</strong>mselves.<br />

This planet is filled with many<br />

extraord<strong>in</strong>ary wonders that are<br />

quite often left unnoticed but Do<strong>in</strong>a<br />

takes it as her greatest <strong>in</strong>spiration<br />

which leads her to create beautiful<br />

artwork.<br />

She is extremely proud of<br />

<strong>the</strong> fact that her artworks have<br />

reached people from countries like<br />

Canada and Germany to Spa<strong>in</strong><br />

and Holland. “Whe<strong>the</strong>r you choose<br />

to visit a gallery or you pa<strong>in</strong>t, art<br />

can relax you”, she says. Do<strong>in</strong>a is<br />

conv<strong>in</strong>ced that for<br />

every pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g<br />

<strong>the</strong>re is a<br />

lover, <strong>the</strong>re<br />

is a wall<br />

and a<br />

welcom<strong>in</strong>g<br />

house.<br />

She is<br />

a firm<br />

believer<br />

that<br />

Do<strong>in</strong>a is conv<strong>in</strong>ced<br />

that for every<br />

pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong>re<br />

is a lover, <strong>the</strong>re<br />

is a wall and a<br />

welcom<strong>in</strong>g house.<br />

<strong>the</strong>re is beauty <strong>in</strong> every s<strong>in</strong>gle<br />

artist’s artwork, regardless of <strong>the</strong><br />

style or medium used.<br />

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The state-of-art, fully automated<br />

water plant with net-zero<br />

electricity consumption <strong>in</strong><br />

<strong>the</strong> UAE<br />

An exclusive <strong>in</strong>terview with Alexander van ‘t Riet, CEO, Mai Dubai<br />

- Exclusive to <strong>Magzoid</strong><br />

Alexander van ‘t Riet<br />

CEO, Mai Dubai<br />

12 <strong>September</strong> <strong>2021</strong><br />



Mai Dubai is an<br />

<strong>in</strong>ternational brand<br />

that stands for<br />

high quality, high<br />

standards, and a<br />

grand consumer experience, so<br />

<strong>the</strong>re is no compromise when it<br />

comes to <strong>the</strong> effort and <strong>in</strong>vestment<br />

towards build<strong>in</strong>g a best-<strong>in</strong>-class<br />

company. The company name<br />

comes from ‘Mai’ which means<br />

water <strong>in</strong> Arabic; and <strong>in</strong> English<br />

when someone hears Mai Dubai<br />

<strong>the</strong>y th<strong>in</strong>k “my Dubai”. As an entity,<br />

Mai Dubai is fully owned by Dubai<br />

Electricity and Water Authority,<br />

which fur<strong>the</strong>r re<strong>in</strong>forces <strong>the</strong><br />

company’s reputation <strong>in</strong> ensur<strong>in</strong>g<br />

<strong>the</strong> highest standards of quality<br />

locally and globally.<br />

S<strong>in</strong>ce <strong>the</strong> launch of Mai Dubai<br />

seven years ago, it has become<br />

one of <strong>the</strong> lead<strong>in</strong>g bottled dr<strong>in</strong>k<strong>in</strong>g<br />

water companies and <strong>the</strong> most<br />

often used water brand <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> UAE.<br />

Today, Mai Dubai is a household<br />

name not only <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> UAE but <strong>in</strong><br />

several markets around <strong>the</strong> world.<br />

It has been export<strong>in</strong>g its products<br />

to several countries <strong>in</strong> Asia, Africa,<br />

Europe, and <strong>the</strong> GCC. S<strong>in</strong>ce<br />

2015, <strong>the</strong> bottled dr<strong>in</strong>k<strong>in</strong>g water<br />

is <strong>the</strong> proud water refreshment<br />

partner of Emirates Airl<strong>in</strong>es. Here<br />

is an excerpt from <strong>Magzoid</strong>’s<br />

conversation with Alexander van ’t<br />

Riet, CEO of Mai Dubai.<br />

You have prom<strong>in</strong>ently established<br />

yourself as a successful executive.<br />

How did you start your career <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

corporate world?<br />

Well, my career skipped through<br />

different stages. I started with<br />

<strong>the</strong> <strong>in</strong>dustrial world and after a<br />

few years <strong>in</strong> strategic consult<strong>in</strong>g,<br />

<strong>the</strong> bottled & packag<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong>dustry<br />

seems to have selected me more<br />

than I selected it. I went from large<br />

MNCs to be<strong>in</strong>g a board member<br />

and executive <strong>in</strong> a billion-plus<br />

dollar company. From creative<br />

labels to flexible packag<strong>in</strong>g, <strong>the</strong><br />

experiences tra<strong>in</strong>ed me to become<br />

<strong>the</strong> GM <strong>in</strong> large mult<strong>in</strong>ationals and<br />

private equity companies alike,<br />

ma<strong>in</strong>ly through sales, market<strong>in</strong>g,<br />

and operational roles. Then,<br />

after f<strong>in</strong>d<strong>in</strong>g out that I would be<br />

really bad at retirement, we came<br />

to Dubai and I started a small<br />

consult<strong>in</strong>g company, through which<br />

I did a project for Mai Dubai. Few<br />

years down <strong>the</strong> l<strong>in</strong>e, <strong>the</strong> former<br />

CEO wanted to retire; and, after a<br />

very smooth handover and I found<br />

myself <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> current role <strong>in</strong><br />

Mai Dubai.<br />

Please share with us your educational<br />

background. What is <strong>the</strong> impact of<br />

your education on your personal and<br />

professional growth and your decisionmak<strong>in</strong>g<br />

strategies today?<br />

S<strong>in</strong>ce I used to travel a bit, I did<br />

my education <strong>in</strong> several countries.<br />

I got a bus<strong>in</strong>ess degree and an<br />

MBA which set <strong>the</strong> scene for <strong>the</strong><br />

bus<strong>in</strong>ess world. But, like how it is<br />

with driv<strong>in</strong>g a car; you get a license<br />

but only learn to drive <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> years<br />

after, <strong>the</strong> bus<strong>in</strong>ess degree got<br />

me <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> door, <strong>the</strong> professional<br />

growth came through experience<br />

afterward. I had <strong>the</strong> fortune of<br />

work<strong>in</strong>g with both small and large<br />

companies which have given<br />

me quite a rich proficiency from<br />

sales, market<strong>in</strong>g and operations<br />

to general management. I must<br />

say that <strong>the</strong> education made me<br />

consistently curious and developed<br />

<strong>the</strong> desire to learn more.<br />

How would you describe your<br />

experience at Mai Dubai so far? As<br />

part of <strong>the</strong> Mai Dubai family, what do<br />

you enjoy <strong>the</strong> most?<br />

Def<strong>in</strong>itely <strong>the</strong> people! There’s<br />

no doubt about it! I guess we are<br />

gett<strong>in</strong>g to be too big to be called a<br />

family, we are more of a clan now.<br />

But what I enjoy <strong>the</strong> most is see<strong>in</strong>g<br />

<strong>the</strong> passion and enthusiasm of <strong>the</strong><br />

teams for <strong>the</strong> bus<strong>in</strong>ess, <strong>the</strong> results,<br />

and <strong>the</strong> overall growth. Mai Dubai<br />

creates a nurtur<strong>in</strong>g workplace. We<br />

have an <strong>in</strong>spir<strong>in</strong>g work culture, a<br />

spirit of unity, and respect for all;<br />

those are our values and we live<br />

by <strong>the</strong>m. That is what makes it<br />

<strong>in</strong>spir<strong>in</strong>g for me. Work works when<br />

it isn’t work!<br />

From <strong>the</strong> beg<strong>in</strong>n<strong>in</strong>g, Mai Dubai has<br />

been us<strong>in</strong>g renewable energy as part<br />

of its operations. Could you elaborate<br />

on this and why did <strong>the</strong> company<br />

choose this susta<strong>in</strong>ability path?<br />

It wasn’t quite from <strong>the</strong> beg<strong>in</strong>n<strong>in</strong>g<br />

that we had susta<strong>in</strong>able energy,<br />

that came more recently, but we did<br />

take our carbon footpr<strong>in</strong>t already<br />

<strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> second year of operation.<br />

Be<strong>in</strong>g responsible towards society<br />

and <strong>the</strong> environment has been<br />

part of our DNA from day one.<br />

The shareholder and particularly<br />

<strong>the</strong> Chairman drive this agenda<br />

wholeheartedly. In <strong>the</strong> past, people<br />

thought safety and profit were a<br />

trade-off, only to f<strong>in</strong>d out that it<br />

wasn’t. Today, bus<strong>in</strong>ess-savvy<br />

people know <strong>in</strong>tuitively that likewise<br />

susta<strong>in</strong>ability goes hand <strong>in</strong> hand<br />

with long-term profitability. To me,<br />

<strong>the</strong>re is no alternative. Act<strong>in</strong>g<br />

responsibly is a prerequisite for<br />

do<strong>in</strong>g bus<strong>in</strong>ess <strong>the</strong>se days. Mai<br />

Dubai has <strong>the</strong> second largest solar<br />

rooftop <strong>in</strong>stallation <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> world,<br />

and <strong>in</strong>stalled capacity of 18.1 MW<br />

generated by about 52,056 solar<br />

panels. We are committed to do<strong>in</strong>g<br />

whatever we can <strong>in</strong> a responsible<br />

way and that works.<br />

What challenges did <strong>the</strong> company face<br />

dur<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> plann<strong>in</strong>g and execution<br />

phases of this state-of-<strong>the</strong>-art facility?<br />

For us, <strong>the</strong> challenge was<br />

multiple. First, <strong>the</strong> logistics system<br />

we have is completely new for<br />

<strong>the</strong> region. This meant <strong>the</strong> people<br />

execut<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> project had to learn<br />

quickly; and even <strong>the</strong> regulator<br />

was challenged, as some build<strong>in</strong>g<br />

specifications did not fit <strong>the</strong> usual<br />

models. Secondly, <strong>the</strong> project was<br />

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S<strong>in</strong>ce <strong>the</strong><br />

establishment of <strong>the</strong><br />

brand <strong>in</strong> December<br />

2012, with quality,<br />

<strong>in</strong>novation and safety<br />

as core values, Mai<br />

Dubai has grown to<br />

become <strong>the</strong> second<br />

biggest bottled water<br />

brand <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> UAE.<br />

on a tight timel<strong>in</strong>e, and given our<br />

explosive growth, we needed it fast.<br />

Execut<strong>in</strong>g big projects fast is never<br />

easy. The last and <strong>the</strong> trickiest<br />

challenge was that we were<br />

build<strong>in</strong>g a factory while operat<strong>in</strong>g<br />

a bottled water company. Imag<strong>in</strong>e<br />

be<strong>in</strong>g at sea, sail<strong>in</strong>g, while build<strong>in</strong>g<br />

a boat <strong>in</strong> parallel, bigger than <strong>the</strong><br />

one you are on, one that had never<br />

been built before. That’s what <strong>the</strong><br />

team did.<br />

What steps have been taken to<br />

ensure your read<strong>in</strong>ess to meet future<br />

demands?<br />

With our fast expansion, we<br />

constantly obsess about <strong>the</strong> future<br />

and growth. More trucks, more<br />

people, more locations, more, well,<br />

everyth<strong>in</strong>g. Meanwhile, as we grow,<br />

<strong>the</strong> processes and systems we<br />

have need to become more robust,<br />

tested, and sized for <strong>the</strong> future. It<br />

means more <strong>in</strong>vestment <strong>in</strong> security,<br />

<strong>the</strong> quality of <strong>the</strong> product, more IT,<br />

more tra<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g for <strong>the</strong> employees,<br />

more attention to safety, health, etc.<br />

A brand-new bottl<strong>in</strong>g mach<strong>in</strong>e has<br />

just been <strong>in</strong>stalled. The mach<strong>in</strong>e<br />

can produce 86,000 bottles an<br />

hour, that’s about 23 bottles every<br />

second. That is phenomenal. But<br />

look<strong>in</strong>g ahead with our growth,<br />

<strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> future we might need even<br />

more.<br />

Paper and plastic use greatly affect<br />

<strong>the</strong> environment. How does Mai Dubai<br />

handle its plastic waste?<br />

Thank you for ask<strong>in</strong>g, as this<br />

is one of my pet subjects, pun<br />

<strong>in</strong>tended! PET is an amaz<strong>in</strong>g<br />

product and I have grown to have a<br />

passion for it. The key of course is<br />

that we, and <strong>the</strong> consumer, manage<br />

it correctly. The good news is that<br />

<strong>the</strong> plastic bottles are perfectly<br />

recyclable. In our factory, any<br />

waste is segregated and goes to<br />

recyclers. We work with our partner<br />

DGrade, a company that recycles<br />

PET bottles. They turn <strong>the</strong> recycled<br />

bottles <strong>in</strong>to flakes and yarn, to<br />

produce cloth<strong>in</strong>g items such as<br />

shirts. From <strong>the</strong> market, we collect<br />

<strong>the</strong> large 16-liter bottles from our<br />

customers if <strong>the</strong>y want us to, and<br />

about 25% of our customers use<br />

this free service. For transportation<br />

of liquids like bottled water, <strong>the</strong>re<br />

is no safer, cheaper, and more<br />

environmentally friendly solution<br />

than PET. Additionally, from a<br />

product design perspective, we<br />

cont<strong>in</strong>uously f<strong>in</strong>d ways to reduce<br />

<strong>the</strong> amount of plastic <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> bottles<br />

without degrad<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> product<br />

quality, hygiene, or safety. But <strong>the</strong><br />

key aspect is be<strong>in</strong>g responsible<br />

and recycl<strong>in</strong>g that plastic.<br />

With complete automation, a big<br />

challenge comes when <strong>the</strong>re is a<br />

mechanical breakdown. How do you<br />

handle such a scenario?<br />

I am happy to report that <strong>the</strong><br />

systems we have <strong>in</strong>vested <strong>in</strong><br />

are world-class. The impact of<br />

a breakdown is high, but, just<br />

like with airplanes and build<strong>in</strong>gs,<br />

we ensure <strong>the</strong> frequency of<br />

failure is near zero. We also have<br />

redundancy built <strong>in</strong>to <strong>the</strong> system.<br />

The factory is designed not to<br />

be overly dependent on a s<strong>in</strong>gle<br />

item. For <strong>in</strong>stance, even for our<br />

warehouse with <strong>in</strong>ventory, <strong>the</strong><br />

products are scattered over <strong>the</strong><br />

warehouse. So, should one crane<br />

break down, ano<strong>the</strong>r crane can<br />

always get to that specific product.<br />

Currently, we are also <strong>in</strong>stall<strong>in</strong>g<br />

equipment that predict if someth<strong>in</strong>g<br />

might go wrong. So on top of<br />

preventive ma<strong>in</strong>tenance, but we<br />

are now <strong>in</strong>stall<strong>in</strong>g technology which<br />

allows for predictive ma<strong>in</strong>tenance.<br />

What cybersecurity protocols have<br />

been implemented <strong>in</strong> your automated<br />

facility?<br />

First of all, most of <strong>the</strong> systems<br />

are on-premise, mean<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong>y are<br />

not open to <strong>the</strong> outside world. Of<br />

course, our partners are granted<br />

access through tight protocols to<br />

work with us remotely at times.<br />

Like many companies, we have<br />

been exposed to <strong>the</strong> typical<br />

cyber-attacks you’d expect, be it<br />

destructive or <strong>in</strong>terruptive, such<br />

as ransomware, virus, or o<strong>the</strong>r. We<br />

take cybersecurity seriously, and<br />

work with MORO, a sister company<br />

of DEWA that specializes <strong>in</strong> host<strong>in</strong>g<br />

services and IT security to ensure<br />

we are well protected. Till date,<br />

we never had issues jeopardiz<strong>in</strong>g<br />

our ability to deliver our quality<br />

products to <strong>the</strong> market.<br />

How cost-effective is technology for<br />

<strong>the</strong> company?<br />

Plant automation means <strong>the</strong><br />

ability to track and trace, and to <strong>the</strong><br />

lower dependency on people for<br />

repetitive non-value added tasks.<br />

This br<strong>in</strong>gs f<strong>in</strong>ancial benefits. As<br />

for <strong>the</strong> solar panels, <strong>the</strong> payback<br />

is between 5-10 years. The current<br />

<strong>in</strong>stallation means that for <strong>the</strong> last<br />

two years, <strong>the</strong> electricity bill has<br />

been practically zero; <strong>in</strong> fact, we<br />

supply electricity back <strong>in</strong>to <strong>the</strong><br />

grid mak<strong>in</strong>g Mai Dubai a net-zero<br />

energy consumer. The rooftop solar<br />

panel <strong>in</strong>stallations produced more<br />

than 30 million kWh of power <strong>in</strong><br />

14 <strong>September</strong> <strong>2021</strong><br />



2020, while it consumed only 26<br />

million kWh. A surplus of 4,1 million<br />

kWh of energy was sent back to<br />

DEWA’s power grid.<br />

Briefly describe <strong>the</strong> impact of this<br />

move <strong>in</strong> terms of efficiency, speed,<br />

quality control, and most importantly,<br />

power and fuel consumption?<br />

The most obvious change of<br />

hav<strong>in</strong>g everyth<strong>in</strong>g automated and<br />

transported via a 1.1 km monorail<br />

and 44 carts is <strong>the</strong> absence of<br />

forklifts. That has multiple benefits,<br />

fewer chances for error, less<br />

operational cost, fewer safety risks.<br />

In some parts, artificial <strong>in</strong>telligence<br />

is even help<strong>in</strong>g to optimize,<br />

sav<strong>in</strong>g space and time. Given <strong>the</strong><br />

mach<strong>in</strong>es call-off <strong>the</strong> product from<br />

raw material stocks and fill <strong>the</strong><br />

F<strong>in</strong>ished Goods warehouse without<br />

any human touch or <strong>in</strong>tervention,<br />

you can imag<strong>in</strong>e that <strong>the</strong> quality<br />

control is unsurpassed. Power-wise<br />

we rely 100% on solar. Mai Dubai<br />

is <strong>the</strong> only bottled water plant of<br />

our size that I know of <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> world<br />

that is fully operat<strong>in</strong>g on solar.<br />

The factory and its adjacent office<br />

build<strong>in</strong>g run fully on solar energy,<br />

abat<strong>in</strong>g 15,000MTs of carbon<br />

emissions annually.<br />

What is your op<strong>in</strong>ion on <strong>the</strong> UAE’s<br />

efforts to build a susta<strong>in</strong>able future?<br />

Anyone who is aware of <strong>the</strong><br />

state of our environment knows<br />

susta<strong>in</strong>ability is key. It is not just<br />

environmental susta<strong>in</strong>ability;<br />

susta<strong>in</strong>ability comes <strong>in</strong> many forms.<br />

What is amaz<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> UAE is that<br />

<strong>the</strong> leadership is will<strong>in</strong>g not only to<br />

say it is important, but to act upon<br />

it. When you have clear forwardth<strong>in</strong>k<strong>in</strong>g<br />

leadership, it creates<br />

a certa<strong>in</strong> amount of clarity and<br />

alignment to make it happen.<br />

Do you have any plans to generate or<br />

harvest water from o<strong>the</strong>r sources with<br />

<strong>the</strong> help of technology? If so, please<br />

briefly discuss your plans.<br />

We are watch<strong>in</strong>g that doma<strong>in</strong><br />

very carefully. We have studied,<br />

reviewed, and tested different<br />

options. Th<strong>in</strong>k alternative filtration<br />

systems for water through<br />

nanotechnology, air-to-water<br />

systems, etc. To date, none of<br />

<strong>the</strong>se are to <strong>the</strong> po<strong>in</strong>t we believe<br />

viable for use <strong>in</strong> high volume<br />

FMCG. It needs to be commercially<br />

valuable. Remember we supply<br />

over 20% of <strong>the</strong> UAE retail market<br />

with bottled water. With <strong>the</strong> average<br />

person <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> UAE consum<strong>in</strong>g<br />

over 1 liter per day per year, that’s<br />

lots of water. Our Future Product<br />

Development team consciously<br />

looks for opportunities, and <strong>the</strong>re<br />

is no doubt that someth<strong>in</strong>g great<br />

will come out of that <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> not-toodistant<br />

future.<br />

What message do you have for our<br />

readers?<br />

Dr<strong>in</strong>k water. Lots of it. Preferably<br />

Mai Dubai. I also <strong>in</strong>vite people<br />

to choose wisely and be<br />

knowledgeable about <strong>the</strong> use<br />

of plastic. As we deal with <strong>the</strong><br />

impacts of climate change, it<br />

is our responsibility to adopt<br />

susta<strong>in</strong>able practices to ensure a<br />

clean environment and adequate<br />

resources for our future generations.<br />

That is why we reiterate <strong>the</strong> call to<br />

practice <strong>the</strong> 3R’s- Reduce, Reuse,<br />

Recycle. And to f<strong>in</strong>ish off- Stay<br />

Healthy and Stay Hydrated.<br />

- <strong>in</strong>terview@magzoid.com<br />

The operations of <strong>the</strong><br />

facility are fully automated,<br />

elim<strong>in</strong>at<strong>in</strong>g to a greater<br />

extent <strong>the</strong> need for human<br />

<strong>in</strong>tervention. From <strong>the</strong><br />

arrival of raw material up<br />

to <strong>the</strong> load<strong>in</strong>g of <strong>the</strong> f<strong>in</strong>al<br />

product onto <strong>the</strong> trucks<br />

for dispatch, every s<strong>in</strong>gle<br />

operation is performed by<br />

mach<strong>in</strong>es, with m<strong>in</strong>imal<br />

human <strong>in</strong>tervention.<br />

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16 <strong>September</strong> <strong>2021</strong><br />


ART | NEWS<br />

Read more at www.magzoid.com<br />

20-meter-high sandcastle shaped<br />

like a pyramid completed <strong>in</strong> Denmark<br />

The world’s tallest<br />

sandcastle has been<br />

completed <strong>in</strong> Denmark,<br />

tower<strong>in</strong>g more than<br />

20 meters high and<br />

compris<strong>in</strong>g nearly 5,000 tonnes of<br />

sand, accord<strong>in</strong>g to its designers.<br />

Stand<strong>in</strong>g 21.16 meters high,<br />

more than three meters taller than<br />

a castle built <strong>in</strong> Germany <strong>in</strong> 2019,<br />

which previously held <strong>the</strong> title with<br />

a height of 17.66 meters, accord<strong>in</strong>g<br />

to Gu<strong>in</strong>ness World Records. A total<br />

of 4,860 tonnes of sand makes up<br />

<strong>the</strong> <strong>in</strong>tricately decorated structure<br />

which is rem<strong>in</strong>iscent of a pyramid.<br />

Its creator, Dutchman Wilfred<br />

Stijger, who was assisted by 30 of<br />

<strong>the</strong> world's best sand sculptors,<br />

wanted <strong>the</strong> castle to represent <strong>the</strong><br />

power of <strong>the</strong> coronavirus over <strong>the</strong><br />

world s<strong>in</strong>ce <strong>the</strong> beg<strong>in</strong>n<strong>in</strong>g<br />

of <strong>the</strong> pandemic.<br />

To make it more cohesive, <strong>the</strong><br />

sand conta<strong>in</strong>s approximately 10<br />

percent clay and a layer of glue<br />

was applied after it was completed<br />

so that it could stand up to <strong>the</strong><br />

chilly and w<strong>in</strong>dy conditions of <strong>the</strong><br />

autumn and w<strong>in</strong>ter.<br />

It took a team of 12 sculptors<br />

and eight technicians three and a<br />

half weeks work<strong>in</strong>g eight hours a<br />

day to complete <strong>the</strong> sandcastle.<br />

It took 11,000 tonnes of sand<br />

mixed only with water. There were<br />

no o<strong>the</strong>r additives or <strong>in</strong>ternal<br />

support structures. The circular<br />

base diameter of <strong>the</strong> sandcastle<br />

measured approximately<br />

It took a team of 12<br />

sculptors and eight<br />

technicians three and a<br />

half weeks work<strong>in</strong>g eight<br />

hours a day to complete <strong>the</strong><br />

sandcastle. It took 11,000<br />

tonnes of sand mixed only<br />

with water. There were no<br />

o<strong>the</strong>r additives or <strong>in</strong>ternal<br />

support structures.<br />

26 meters, Gu<strong>in</strong>ness World<br />

Records said.<br />

-news@magzoid.com<br />

www.magzoid.com <strong>September</strong> <strong>2021</strong> 17


Human<br />

Emotions<br />

By Joshua Miels<br />

18 <strong>September</strong> <strong>2021</strong><br />


“I want to just<br />

pa<strong>in</strong>t people for<br />

who <strong>the</strong>y are and<br />

let <strong>the</strong> real person<br />

sh<strong>in</strong>e through,” says<br />

Joshua Miels<br />

Australian-based<br />

contemporary artist<br />

Joshua Miels is a palette<br />

knife oil pa<strong>in</strong>ter who<br />

captures <strong>the</strong> emotions<br />

of human be<strong>in</strong>gs through a series of<br />

colorful, multi-layered, large-scale<br />

portraits. Spend<strong>in</strong>g countless hours<br />

add<strong>in</strong>g layer upon layer of pa<strong>in</strong>t,<br />

Joshua produces powerful pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>gs<br />

that resonate with viewers long after<br />

<strong>the</strong>ir gaze has left <strong>the</strong> canvas.<br />

Pa<strong>in</strong>ted ma<strong>in</strong>ly us<strong>in</strong>g oil, each<br />

and every piece of art takes its<br />

own journey through a process of<br />

experimentation. The first time he<br />

picked a brush to pa<strong>in</strong>t portraits was<br />

<strong>in</strong> high school. It may have not been<br />

<strong>the</strong> greatest pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g, but it created<br />

a hunger <strong>in</strong>side him to get better.<br />

Pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g was an opportunity for him<br />

to escape <strong>the</strong> world around him and<br />

get lost <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> creative challenges<br />

that every brushstroke presented.<br />

Study<strong>in</strong>g visual communications<br />

<strong>in</strong> university, he worked as a graphic<br />

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“I try to translate<br />

what people feel<br />

<strong>in</strong>to my pieces<br />

and that is one<br />

of <strong>the</strong> reasons I<br />

like to keep <strong>the</strong><br />

face expressions<br />

out of it”<br />

designer <strong>in</strong>itially. He <strong>the</strong>n decided to<br />

try his hand at watercolor and as his<br />

confidence grew, he turned to largescale<br />

oil pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>gs. Draw<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong>spiration<br />

from many great artists replicat<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong>ir<br />

styles to unlock <strong>the</strong>ir secrets, he learned<br />

someth<strong>in</strong>g from every artist. He used<br />

those lessons to create a style of art that<br />

was unique to him.<br />

Experiment<strong>in</strong>g for him delivers a<br />

great sense of excitement. Even if<br />

<strong>the</strong> piece doesn’t work out, he may<br />

be disappo<strong>in</strong>ted, yet he is happy to<br />

learn from those mistakes. He uses<br />

those learn<strong>in</strong>gs as <strong>the</strong><br />

spr<strong>in</strong>gboards for his next<br />

ideas.<br />

Joshua’s driv<strong>in</strong>g force<br />

is his passion to create.<br />

Through his work, he is<br />

look<strong>in</strong>g to remove <strong>the</strong> stigma<br />

of mental health <strong>in</strong> males.<br />

Due to a family history of<br />

mental health and addiction,<br />

art for him is a way of deal<strong>in</strong>g<br />

and understand<strong>in</strong>g. At first<br />

glance, Joshua’s artworks<br />

are dynamic and powerful.<br />

However, once we observe<br />

<strong>the</strong> pa<strong>in</strong>t, <strong>the</strong> cracks <strong>in</strong> its<br />

surface, <strong>the</strong> way it breaks<br />

away from <strong>the</strong> contour of<br />

<strong>the</strong> face <strong>in</strong>to a multitude of l<strong>in</strong>es and<br />

strokes, our perception of <strong>the</strong>m changes.<br />

We start to understand that <strong>the</strong> face is<br />

often a façade, mask<strong>in</strong>g what we all<br />

experience as humans – times of fragility,<br />

vulnerability, and powerlessness.<br />

His artworks address <strong>the</strong> disconnect<br />

between <strong>the</strong> exterior personality people<br />

present and <strong>the</strong>ir <strong>in</strong>terior worlds. “I try to<br />

translate what people feel <strong>in</strong>to my pieces<br />

and that is one of <strong>the</strong> reasons I like to<br />

keep <strong>the</strong> face expressions out of it,” he<br />

says. “Just because someone is happy<br />

and smil<strong>in</strong>g doesn’t mean everyth<strong>in</strong>g is<br />

ok”. His artworks challenge <strong>the</strong> viewer<br />

and prompt <strong>the</strong>m to draw upon <strong>the</strong>ir own<br />

emotive experiences.<br />

- feature@magzoid.com<br />

20 <strong>September</strong> <strong>2021</strong><br />



Hand of angel<br />


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22 <strong>September</strong> <strong>2021</strong><br />



Skyscrapers across <strong>the</strong><br />

world have captured<br />

people's imag<strong>in</strong>ations. In<br />

modern times skyscrapers<br />

often def<strong>in</strong>e a city's<br />

skyl<strong>in</strong>e. Right from <strong>the</strong> pyramids of<br />

Egypt to <strong>the</strong> countless skyscrapers<br />

now, architects have pushed <strong>the</strong>ir<br />

creative skills to build someth<strong>in</strong>g<br />

awe-<strong>in</strong>spir<strong>in</strong>g.<br />

World Skyscraper day is<br />

celebrated on <strong>the</strong> 3rd of <strong>September</strong><br />

annually. Skyscrapers have become<br />

commonplace <strong>in</strong> modern times, and<br />

<strong>the</strong> day is <strong>the</strong> golden opportunity<br />

to appreciate <strong>the</strong>se architectural<br />

marvels and feats of eng<strong>in</strong>eer<strong>in</strong>g.<br />

It offers <strong>the</strong> opportunity to learn<br />

more about <strong>the</strong> architects who<br />

commit a dream to paper and <strong>the</strong><br />

construction crews that make it a<br />

reality.<br />

Skyscrapers Day is celebrated<br />

every year on <strong>the</strong> birth anniversary<br />

of Louis H. Sullivan, often called<br />

<strong>the</strong> 'fa<strong>the</strong>r of modern skyscrapers'.<br />

The world's first skyscraper came<br />

up <strong>in</strong> Chicago <strong>in</strong> 1885 called <strong>the</strong><br />

Home Insurance Build<strong>in</strong>g whose<br />

architect was Major William LeBaron<br />

Jenney. It stood only 138 feet tall, a<br />

mere 10 stories that would not even<br />

count as a skyscraper today. But<br />

<strong>the</strong> name stuck, and <strong>in</strong>itially, any<br />

build<strong>in</strong>g that towered high over <strong>the</strong><br />

surround<strong>in</strong>g structures was dubbed<br />

a skyscraper.<br />

There is certa<strong>in</strong>ly no shortage<br />

of sky-high build<strong>in</strong>gs <strong>in</strong> Dubai. As<br />

it has become a global hub for<br />

commerce, its skyl<strong>in</strong>e has swelled<br />

exponentially, with new, envelopepush<strong>in</strong>g<br />

build<strong>in</strong>gs constantly be<strong>in</strong>g<br />

added. Numerous Dubai towers<br />

have, at various po<strong>in</strong>ts <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> past<br />

15 years, claimed <strong>the</strong> title of <strong>the</strong><br />

tallest build<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> city; however,<br />

this competition has stalled with<br />

<strong>the</strong> completion of <strong>the</strong> famous Burj<br />

Khalifa, <strong>the</strong> current record holder for<br />

<strong>the</strong> tallest build<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> world.<br />

Skyscrapers def<strong>in</strong>e <strong>the</strong> skyl<strong>in</strong>e<br />

from which a city derives a lot of<br />

its identity and unique personality.<br />

Host<strong>in</strong>g a skyscraper is a mark of<br />

your city's economic prowess, and<br />

cities with more skyscrapers tend<br />

to see more bus<strong>in</strong>ess activity than<br />

cities with lower rooftops.<br />

- feature@magzoid.com<br />

www.magzoid.com <strong>September</strong> <strong>2021</strong> 23


Gouache<br />

AND<br />

Acrylic art<br />

By Neomi Ibraz<br />

24 <strong>September</strong> <strong>2021</strong><br />


“My art ends up tak<strong>in</strong>g<br />

unexpected turns from<br />

all <strong>the</strong> experimentation”<br />

says Neomi Ibraz<br />

- Exclusive to <strong>Magzoid</strong><br />

Neomi Ibraz is a Spanish<br />

artist who specializes<br />

<strong>in</strong> gouache and acrylic<br />

pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>gs. Mix<strong>in</strong>g<br />

gouache and acrylic<br />

pa<strong>in</strong>t toge<strong>the</strong>r provides you with<br />

a pa<strong>in</strong>t that dries quickly, applies<br />

smoothly, easily layers, and<br />

comb<strong>in</strong>es all of <strong>the</strong> best benefits<br />

from each pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g. Instead of <strong>the</strong><br />

matte f<strong>in</strong>ish that gouache gives,<br />

<strong>the</strong> end product appears glossier,<br />

brighter, and more vibrant than<br />

before, which can easily add<br />

dimension to your pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g.<br />

Noemi’s artistic journey did not<br />

<strong>in</strong>itially start with pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g. She<br />

studied at <strong>the</strong> Faculty of F<strong>in</strong>e<br />

Arts <strong>in</strong> Barcelona, specializ<strong>in</strong>g<br />

<strong>in</strong> engrav<strong>in</strong>g, and worked for<br />

fifteen years <strong>in</strong> textile design and<br />

serigraphy which led her to own a<br />

children’s cloth<strong>in</strong>g company. Her<br />

pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>gs are certa<strong>in</strong>ly <strong>in</strong>fluenced<br />

by her somewhat non-traditional<br />

background and experience.<br />

Neomi is an artist who doesn’t<br />

plan on what to pa<strong>in</strong>t. All her work is<br />

pa<strong>in</strong>ted without <strong>the</strong> use of previous<br />

studies or sketches. She lets her<br />

hand be unrestra<strong>in</strong>ed, to trace <strong>the</strong><br />

l<strong>in</strong>es it wants. The whole process<br />

happens fairly unconsciously. It<br />

truly is a form of meditation for her<br />

as an artist. It allows her to create<br />

work <strong>in</strong>tuitively lett<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> work<br />

figure itself out. Her art ends up<br />

tak<strong>in</strong>g unexpected turns from all <strong>the</strong><br />

experimentation.<br />

Her biggest <strong>in</strong>spiration, nature,<br />

made her move from <strong>the</strong> big city<br />

of Barcelona to a little town on<br />

<strong>the</strong> Mediterranean Sea. Here she<br />

is surrounded by <strong>the</strong> sea and<br />

<strong>the</strong> mounta<strong>in</strong>s and woods of El<br />

Montseny. Nature not only <strong>in</strong>spires<br />

Noemi’s art but also provides her<br />

respite from <strong>the</strong> many complexities<br />

of life and her thoughts. Now, Noemi<br />

lives <strong>in</strong> Canet de Mar, a small town<br />

on <strong>the</strong> coast of Catalonia with her<br />

husband, her daughter, five cats,<br />

and a crazy dog, pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g every day<br />

as a <strong>the</strong>rapy for her soul.<br />

- feature@magzoid.com<br />

Nature not only<br />

<strong>in</strong>spires Noemi’s art<br />

but also provides<br />

her respite from <strong>the</strong><br />

many complexities<br />

of life and her<br />

thoughts.<br />

www.magzoid.com <strong>September</strong> <strong>2021</strong> 25


Advertisements<br />

as a Modern Art<br />

26 <strong>September</strong> <strong>2021</strong><br />


Art can be termed<br />

as an expression<br />

of creativity and<br />

imag<strong>in</strong>ation, while<br />

advertisements<br />

are a way to communicate<br />

your bus<strong>in</strong>ess to o<strong>the</strong>rs. An<br />

advertisement can be seen as<br />

<strong>the</strong> reflection of <strong>the</strong> character's<br />

alpha product that is aimed to be<br />

promoted.<br />

Advertis<strong>in</strong>g has evolved by<br />

transform<strong>in</strong>g itself and merg<strong>in</strong>g<br />

with different artistic trends to<br />

give rise to a new era. Nowadays<br />

graphic design is more than<br />

a simple profession. Today a<br />

graphic designer does more<br />

than simply scann<strong>in</strong>g and<br />

creat<strong>in</strong>g digital images. A graphic<br />

designer is a true creator of<br />

trends, a complete artist who<br />

has <strong>in</strong>vented new art forms and<br />

expressions.<br />

Digital art can be found all<br />

around us from <strong>the</strong> posters we<br />

see onl<strong>in</strong>e to <strong>the</strong> flyers at <strong>the</strong><br />

mall and <strong>the</strong> billboards on <strong>the</strong><br />

streets. The amount of creativity<br />

and effort required to make an<br />

advertisement is almost equal to<br />

that of any art form. No matter <strong>the</strong><br />

type of advertisement, it needs<br />

enough bra<strong>in</strong>storm<strong>in</strong>g and effort<br />

to create someth<strong>in</strong>g eye-catch<strong>in</strong>g<br />

for <strong>the</strong> audience. Hence, how<br />

advertisements are constructed is<br />

not any different from <strong>the</strong> process<br />

<strong>in</strong>volved <strong>in</strong> creat<strong>in</strong>g any o<strong>the</strong>r<br />

form of art.<br />

Undoubtedly, <strong>the</strong> f<strong>in</strong>al product<br />

of art and an advertisement may<br />

immensely be different from one<br />

ano<strong>the</strong>r but <strong>the</strong>re is certa<strong>in</strong>ly a<br />

po<strong>in</strong>t where <strong>the</strong>y both meet and<br />

that is <strong>the</strong> creativity that br<strong>in</strong>gs <strong>the</strong><br />

f<strong>in</strong>al product toge<strong>the</strong>r. Creativity<br />

is <strong>the</strong> key aspect of artworks and<br />

advertisements.<br />

Just as an artwork aims to<br />

connect with multiple people<br />

through <strong>the</strong> story it conveys,<br />

advertisements also have <strong>the</strong><br />

same goal of convey<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong>ir<br />

message to an audience. At <strong>the</strong><br />

core, it is a form of expression of a<br />

concept. Not every advertisement<br />

aims to have a deep emotional<br />

connection with <strong>the</strong> audience.<br />

Most advertisements are a<br />

heavy blend of enterta<strong>in</strong>ment<br />

and propaganda. These<br />

advertisements aim to enterta<strong>in</strong><br />

and grab <strong>the</strong> attention of <strong>the</strong><br />

consumer meanwhile draw<strong>in</strong>g<br />

<strong>the</strong>m towards <strong>the</strong> product. An<br />

advertisement is <strong>the</strong> dom<strong>in</strong>at<strong>in</strong>g<br />

form of art today which is used<br />

to secure as much bus<strong>in</strong>ess<br />

as possible. When people start<br />

<strong>in</strong>corporat<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> advertisements<br />

<strong>in</strong>to <strong>the</strong>ir own lives, you know it is<br />

more than just an ad, it has now<br />

become an art.<br />

-feature@magzoid.com<br />

www.magzoid.com <strong>September</strong> <strong>2021</strong> 27


Open<br />

Impressionism<br />

By Er<strong>in</strong> Hanson<br />

I get my <strong>in</strong>spiration from nature, recreat<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> motion and vivid<br />

colors with loose, expressive brush strokes,” says Er<strong>in</strong> Hanson<br />

28 <strong>September</strong> <strong>2021</strong><br />


- Exclusive to <strong>Magzoid</strong><br />

Er<strong>in</strong> Hanson is an artist who<br />

specializes <strong>in</strong> oil pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g.<br />

Oil pa<strong>in</strong>ts have flexibility<br />

and depth of color and<br />

because it is slow to dry,<br />

artists can cont<strong>in</strong>ue work<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong><br />

pa<strong>in</strong>t for much longer than o<strong>the</strong>r<br />

types of pa<strong>in</strong>t. Hanson loves to<br />

transform landscapes <strong>in</strong>to abstract<br />

mosaics of color and texture, <strong>the</strong><br />

impasto application of pa<strong>in</strong>t lend<strong>in</strong>g<br />

a sculptural effect to her art. Her<br />

oil pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>gs stand out <strong>in</strong> a crowd,<br />

br<strong>in</strong>g<strong>in</strong>g a fresh new look to western<br />

landscapes.<br />

From a young age, Hanson<br />

voraciously learned about all sorts<br />

of mediums such as oils, acrylics,<br />

watercolor, pastels from her<br />

accomplished art <strong>in</strong>structors. She<br />

began commission<strong>in</strong>g pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>gs at<br />

age ten, and by age twelve, she<br />

was employed after school by a<br />

mural studio where she learned<br />

various techniques.<br />

After a lifetime of experiment<strong>in</strong>g<br />

<strong>in</strong> different styles and mediums,<br />

it wasn’t until Hanson began rock<br />

climb<strong>in</strong>g at Red Rock Canyon that<br />

her pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g style was consolidated<br />

Er<strong>in</strong> decided to<br />

dedicate <strong>the</strong> rest of<br />

her life to creat<strong>in</strong>g one<br />

pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g every week and<br />

has rema<strong>in</strong>ed loyal to<br />

that decision ever s<strong>in</strong>ce<br />

for <strong>the</strong> past decade.<br />

by a s<strong>in</strong>gle <strong>in</strong>spiration and force of<br />

nature. Rock climb<strong>in</strong>g among <strong>the</strong><br />

brilliantly colored cliffs of Nevada<br />

and Utah, watch<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> seasons and<br />

<strong>the</strong> light change daily across <strong>the</strong><br />

desert, provided endless <strong>in</strong>spiration<br />

for her work. From watch<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong><br />

beauty <strong>in</strong> her surround<strong>in</strong>gs, Er<strong>in</strong><br />

decided to dedicate <strong>the</strong> rest of her<br />

life to creat<strong>in</strong>g one pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g every<br />

week and has rema<strong>in</strong>ed loyal to<br />

that decision ever s<strong>in</strong>ce for <strong>the</strong> past<br />

decade.<br />

“I have spent 30 years develop<strong>in</strong>g<br />

a unique technique of pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong><br />

oils, known as Open Impressionism.<br />

I get all my <strong>in</strong>spiration directly from<br />

nature, recreat<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> motion and<br />

vivid colors I discover with loose,<br />

expressive brush strokes,” she says.<br />

As o<strong>the</strong>r artists began emulat<strong>in</strong>g<br />

her pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g techniques, Hanson<br />

was credited as <strong>the</strong> pioneer and<br />

orig<strong>in</strong>ator of this contemporary<br />

style. Through <strong>the</strong> years, Hanson<br />

has cont<strong>in</strong>ued to use <strong>the</strong> outdoors<br />

to <strong>in</strong>spire a huge collection of work<br />

and cont<strong>in</strong>ues to br<strong>in</strong>g a<br />

new perspective to various<br />

landscapes today.<br />

- feature@magzoid.com<br />

www.magzoid.com <strong>September</strong> <strong>2021</strong> 29

EVENTS<br />

PC<br />

Dubai’s Largest<br />

Zip L<strong>in</strong>e Park -<br />

Aventura Parks<br />

30 <strong>September</strong> <strong>2021</strong><br />


PC<br />


A<br />

one of a k<strong>in</strong>d adventure<br />

park <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> UAE,<br />

Aventura Parks is an<br />

adrenal<strong>in</strong>e-pump<strong>in</strong>g<br />

adventure with<strong>in</strong> a Ghaf<br />

tree forest <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> center of Dubai.<br />

Immersed <strong>in</strong> nature, <strong>the</strong> park is<br />

spread over 35,000 sq. meters and<br />

is a thrill<strong>in</strong>g experience consist<strong>in</strong>g<br />

of tree surf<strong>in</strong>g, crawl<strong>in</strong>g web, rope<br />

climb<strong>in</strong>g, log balanc<strong>in</strong>g, zip-l<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g<br />

whilst enjoy<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> breath-tak<strong>in</strong>g<br />

scenery.<br />

Aventura Parks has 85 exhilarat<strong>in</strong>g<br />

activities between <strong>the</strong> trees, split <strong>in</strong>to<br />

5 circuits designed as per height<br />

and difficulty levels rang<strong>in</strong>g from<br />

new explorers to daredevils. The<br />

typical Aventura experience starts<br />

with a thorough safety brief<strong>in</strong>g.<br />

The brief<strong>in</strong>g covers <strong>the</strong> entire<br />

safety aspect of <strong>the</strong> park and <strong>the</strong><br />

visitors are taught how <strong>the</strong> personal<br />

protective equipment or PPE works.<br />

Participants are geared with a<br />

harness and given a demonstration<br />

on harness usage and <strong>the</strong> process<br />

of <strong>the</strong> zip-l<strong>in</strong>e. Aventura divides<br />

activities accord<strong>in</strong>g to height and<br />

difficulty. The categories are as<br />

follows:<br />

Rangers: A circuit specially<br />

designed for young children. It is<br />

made up of short, easy challenges,<br />

at a low height.<br />

Explorador: Designed for a family<br />

bond<strong>in</strong>g experience where<strong>in</strong> parents<br />

can jo<strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong>ir children on bridges &<br />

zip-l<strong>in</strong>es that are not too difficult.<br />

Aventura: A medium difficulty<br />

circuit for youngsters and adults,<br />

<strong>the</strong> challenge <strong>in</strong>creases with both<br />

<strong>the</strong> height and complexity. End <strong>the</strong><br />

circuit with 3 zip-l<strong>in</strong>es <strong>in</strong> a row.<br />

Extreme: A circuit best suited<br />

for thrill-seekers and daredevils, it<br />

consists of <strong>the</strong> most and highest<br />

obstacles featur<strong>in</strong>g complex rope<br />

walks, surfboard through <strong>the</strong> trees,<br />

and <strong>the</strong> famous 25m Tarzan jump<br />

which is an unavoidable leap of faith<br />

to get from one side of an obstacle<br />

to <strong>the</strong> o<strong>the</strong>r.<br />

Thriller: The most unique circuit<br />

filled with exhilarat<strong>in</strong>g zip-l<strong>in</strong>es,<br />

surf<strong>in</strong>g through <strong>the</strong> trees and end<strong>in</strong>g<br />

with <strong>the</strong> longest 160-meter zip-l<strong>in</strong>e.<br />

Depend<strong>in</strong>g on <strong>the</strong> colour of <strong>the</strong><br />

wristband, one can explore <strong>the</strong><br />

respective circuits. If <strong>the</strong> rush of<br />

adrenal<strong>in</strong>e is what you crave, go<strong>in</strong>g<br />

for <strong>the</strong> black band will ensure that<br />

you enjoy <strong>the</strong> Explorador, Aventura,<br />

Thriller, and Extreme circuits at<br />

once.<br />

It also offers fun-filled experiences<br />

for <strong>the</strong> visitors and provides a<br />

place for schools to organize group<br />

activities where students can learn,<br />

play and grow <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> heart of nature.<br />

They also cater to groups of all<br />

sizes from parties of ten people to<br />

corporate events for hundreds of<br />

colleagues.<br />

There are corporate teambuild<strong>in</strong>g<br />

programs where your team<br />

will engage <strong>in</strong> problem-solv<strong>in</strong>g,<br />

active collaboration, and powerful<br />

conversations. Programs range<br />

from a team out<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> Adventure<br />

Park to workshops with complex<br />

objectives and breakthrough<br />

experiences, utiliz<strong>in</strong>g special<br />

<strong>in</strong>stallations <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> Team Build<strong>in</strong>g<br />

Park.<br />

So head on to Aventura Parks on<br />

your special days and get to enjoy<br />

a host of activities, competitions,<br />

challenges that will br<strong>in</strong>g out <strong>the</strong><br />

best <strong>in</strong> everyone.<br />

- events@magzoid.com<br />

www.magzoid.com <strong>September</strong> <strong>2021</strong> 31

EVENTS<br />

PC<br />

Day out with <strong>Magzoid</strong> Readers at Aventura Parks<br />

32 <strong>September</strong> <strong>2021</strong><br />



Blended<br />

Impressionism<br />

“Pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g is a reality, among realities, which has<br />

been felt and formed,” says Mahfuzur Rahman<br />

Mahfuzur Rahman is<br />

an artist based <strong>in</strong><br />

Bangladesh currently<br />

resid<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> Dubai<br />

who specializes <strong>in</strong><br />

illum<strong>in</strong>ated blended impressionism.<br />

He produces art to express an<br />

image of impressionism form<br />

with his own artistic style. In each<br />

work of art, he <strong>in</strong>tends to depict<br />

compositions with lifelike details and<br />

qualities.<br />

Mahfuzur began his artistic<br />

journey to explore <strong>the</strong> aspects<br />

of nature and focus on what lies<br />

between <strong>the</strong>m. He considers his<br />

artwork to be a dialogue between<br />

a spiritual expression <strong>in</strong> which<br />

<strong>the</strong> physical and psychological<br />

properties affect <strong>the</strong> viewer. Over<br />

<strong>the</strong> years his artwork has changed<br />

immensely while develop<strong>in</strong>g his<br />

art style. Through his artworks he<br />

communicates with <strong>the</strong> audience <strong>in</strong><br />

his unique style.<br />

Despite be<strong>in</strong>g a full time<br />

corporate, <strong>the</strong> pleasure he gets from<br />

creat<strong>in</strong>g art <strong>in</strong>spires him as an artist.<br />

“I produce art to express an image<br />

of impressionism form but with my<br />

own artistic style. In each work of<br />

art, I <strong>in</strong>tend to depict compositions<br />

with lifelike details and qualities,”<br />

he says.<br />

Mahfuzur has found himself<br />

committed to illum<strong>in</strong>ated blended<br />

impressionism. “There is an eternal<br />

romance between light and colour<br />

that ba<strong>the</strong>s <strong>the</strong> landscapes, where<br />

<strong>the</strong> magic of <strong>the</strong> rays of light that<br />

affect <strong>the</strong> surfaces and explode <strong>in</strong><br />

colours and textures that give life to<br />

<strong>the</strong> space,” he says.<br />

There have been several<br />

emotional events <strong>in</strong> his life that<br />

have led him to hold onto his<br />

passion even more every day. His<br />

artistic journey and <strong>the</strong> peace that<br />

pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g provides him with makes<br />

his existence feel worthwhile. He<br />

aims to explore <strong>the</strong> viewpo<strong>in</strong>ts we<br />

take for granted and communicate<br />

<strong>the</strong> sense of astute wonder we<br />

experience when we realize <strong>the</strong>y<br />

may be specious.<br />

-feature@magzoid.com<br />

www.magzoid.com <strong>September</strong> <strong>2021</strong> 33


Art<br />

<strong>the</strong>rapy<br />

34 <strong>September</strong> <strong>2021</strong><br />



The use of artistic methods<br />

to treat psychological<br />

disorders and enhance<br />

mental health is known as art<br />

<strong>the</strong>rapy. Art <strong>the</strong>rapy is a technique<br />

rooted <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> idea that creative<br />

expression through visual art media<br />

can foster heal<strong>in</strong>g and mental wellbe<strong>in</strong>g.<br />

The purpose of art <strong>the</strong>rapy is to<br />

utilize <strong>the</strong> creative process to help<br />

people explore self-expression<br />

and, <strong>in</strong> do<strong>in</strong>g so, f<strong>in</strong>d new ways to<br />

ga<strong>in</strong> personal <strong>in</strong>sight and develop<br />

new cop<strong>in</strong>g skills. The creation or<br />

appreciation of art is used to help<br />

people explore<br />

emotions,<br />

develop selfawareness,<br />

cope with stress<br />

and boost<br />

self-esteem. It<br />

may also aid<br />

<strong>in</strong> resolv<strong>in</strong>g<br />

conflicts and<br />

reduce distress.<br />

People have<br />

been rely<strong>in</strong>g<br />

on <strong>the</strong> arts for<br />

communication,<br />

self-expression,<br />

and heal<strong>in</strong>g for thousands of<br />

years. But art <strong>the</strong>rapy didn't start<br />

to become a formal program until<br />

<strong>the</strong> 1940s. Doctors noted that<br />

<strong>in</strong>dividuals liv<strong>in</strong>g with mental illness<br />

often expressed <strong>the</strong>mselves <strong>in</strong><br />

draw<strong>in</strong>gs and o<strong>the</strong>r artworks, which<br />

led many to explore <strong>the</strong> use of art<br />

as a heal<strong>in</strong>g strategy. S<strong>in</strong>ce <strong>the</strong>n,<br />

art has become an important part<br />

of <strong>the</strong> <strong>the</strong>rapeutic field and is used<br />

<strong>in</strong> some assessment and treatment<br />

techniques.<br />

Professor Semir Zeki, a<br />

neurobiologist at <strong>the</strong> University<br />

College of London, affirmed that<br />

when we stare at great art, our bra<strong>in</strong><br />

is stimulated as when we fall <strong>in</strong><br />

love. Art br<strong>in</strong>gs <strong>in</strong>creased levels of<br />

dopam<strong>in</strong>e, a neurotransmitter that<br />

aids <strong>in</strong> controll<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> bra<strong>in</strong>s' reward<br />

The purpose of art<br />

<strong>the</strong>rapy is to utilize <strong>the</strong><br />

creative process to help<br />

people explore selfexpression<br />

and, <strong>in</strong> do<strong>in</strong>g<br />

so, f<strong>in</strong>d new ways to ga<strong>in</strong><br />

personal <strong>in</strong>sight and<br />

develop new cop<strong>in</strong>g skills.<br />

and pleasure centers.<br />

Scientific studies have proven<br />

that art appreciation improves our<br />

quality of life and makes us feel<br />

good. When we create art, we<br />

elevate our mood, we improve our<br />

ability to problem solve, and open<br />

our m<strong>in</strong>ds to new ideas. Accord<strong>in</strong>g<br />

to Dr. Shelley Carson, art's ability<br />

to improve our mood broadens<br />

our attention and allows us to see<br />

fur<strong>the</strong>r possible solutions to creative<br />

problems.<br />

After an assessment of <strong>the</strong><br />

client's strengths and needs, art<br />

<strong>the</strong>rapy may be offered <strong>in</strong> ei<strong>the</strong>r<br />

an <strong>in</strong>dividual or<br />

group format,<br />

accord<strong>in</strong>g to<br />

which is better<br />

suited to <strong>the</strong><br />

person. As <strong>the</strong><br />

end goal of art<br />

<strong>the</strong>rapy is one<br />

of heal<strong>in</strong>g, <strong>the</strong><br />

activities an<br />

art <strong>the</strong>rapist<br />

chooses to do<br />

with clients<br />

depend on<br />

a variety of<br />

factors such<br />

as <strong>the</strong>ir mental state or age. Art<br />

<strong>the</strong>rapists may draw upon images<br />

from resources such as ARAS to<br />

<strong>in</strong>corporate historical art and<br />

symbols <strong>in</strong>to <strong>the</strong>ir work with patients.<br />

As <strong>the</strong> mental health field grows<br />

and more research is done, we<br />

expect to see art <strong>the</strong>rapy blossom<br />

<strong>in</strong>to <strong>the</strong> ma<strong>in</strong>stream, with more and<br />

more condition-specific treatments<br />

developed. Although art <strong>the</strong>rapy<br />

is still grow<strong>in</strong>g, <strong>the</strong>re is an ample<br />

amount of evidence suggest<strong>in</strong>g<br />

that it has very real and has very<br />

powerful benefits that should be<br />

considered by anyone seek<strong>in</strong>g<br />

effective ways to address serious<br />

mental health issues.<br />

- feature@magzoid.com<br />

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How<br />

impacts<br />

Artour<br />

Day-to-Day<br />

Lives<br />

36 <strong>September</strong> <strong>2021</strong><br />



Art is a widely ranged word<br />

that makes an impact on<br />

every aspect of our life. Art<br />

is everywhere, <strong>in</strong>fluenc<strong>in</strong>g<br />

us daily. Whe<strong>the</strong>r it be pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g,<br />

sketch<strong>in</strong>g, sculpt<strong>in</strong>g, photography,<br />

creat<strong>in</strong>g music, or danc<strong>in</strong>g. It<br />

allows us to convey concepts<br />

beyond <strong>the</strong> mere mean<strong>in</strong>g of words<br />

and a variety of ways to express<br />

ourselves. Art is what is said<br />

without speak<strong>in</strong>g. It has <strong>the</strong> power<br />

to change our op<strong>in</strong>ions, <strong>in</strong>still<strong>in</strong>g<br />

values and translat<strong>in</strong>g experiences<br />

across space and time. We can use<br />

<strong>the</strong>m to help us have boundless<br />

imag<strong>in</strong>ations.<br />

Art gives mean<strong>in</strong>g to our lives<br />

and helps us understand our<br />

world. It is an essential part of our<br />

culture because it allows us to<br />

have a deeper understand<strong>in</strong>g of<br />

our emotions. To take a song and<br />

play it, to recreate a moment or<br />

represent a feel<strong>in</strong>g, is all art.<br />

Art <strong>in</strong>creases our self-awareness,<br />

and also allows us to be open<br />

to new ideas and experiences<br />

which leads to open<strong>in</strong>g our m<strong>in</strong>ds<br />

and hearts. It shows us all that<br />

could be possible <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> world. Art<br />

<strong>in</strong>troduces us to a whole new set of<br />

experiences and ideas that we may<br />

have never witnessed before. We<br />

can see <strong>the</strong> perspective of <strong>the</strong><br />

people around us and are never<br />

limited to just one op<strong>in</strong>ion.<br />

When we connect with a<br />

particular art piece, this experience<br />

comes down to <strong>in</strong>tuitively<br />

connect<strong>in</strong>g with <strong>the</strong> artist's story,<br />

voice, and experience. You are<br />

be<strong>in</strong>g welcomed <strong>in</strong>to <strong>the</strong> artist's<br />

world and through that, we are<br />

ultimately connect<strong>in</strong>g with our<br />

<strong>in</strong>ner selves. Art enables us to look<br />

with<strong>in</strong> and to listen to ourselves,<br />

realize who we are, and what we<br />

care about. As people, we tend to<br />

make emotional choices that are<br />

passionate to us, which allows us<br />

to realize what we care about and<br />

what we stand for. When we are<br />

certa<strong>in</strong> of our values, we tend to be<br />

happier and healthier as <strong>in</strong>dividuals<br />

because we can figure out our<br />

life’s purpose.<br />

Art is what makes life worthwhile.<br />

It may not be vital to fulfill our basic<br />

needs, but it does make life joyful.<br />

As we cont<strong>in</strong>ue our journey of a<br />

fast-paced life with moments of<br />

quick decisions and fragmented<br />

thoughts, art allows every moment<br />

to be memorable. Art makes <strong>the</strong><br />

world around us look beautiful and<br />

more <strong>in</strong>terest<strong>in</strong>g. It helps us grow<br />

and live more complete lives.<br />

- feature@magzoid.com<br />

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Altered<br />

Thrift Art<br />

By Dave Pollot<br />

“I’m tell<strong>in</strong>g my own story with each piece,” says Dave Pollot<br />

38 <strong>September</strong> <strong>2021</strong><br />


- Exclusive to <strong>Magzoid</strong><br />

Dave Pollot is an artist<br />

based <strong>in</strong> New York<br />

known for his altered<br />

thrift art pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>gs. He<br />

f<strong>in</strong>ds unwanted artwork<br />

and adds his own touch, most often<br />

pop culture parodies, and <strong>in</strong> do<strong>in</strong>g<br />

so, bridges <strong>the</strong> divide between<br />

classic and pop art. By add<strong>in</strong>g<br />

his own unique touches to <strong>the</strong> art<br />

found <strong>in</strong> thrift stores, he transforms<br />

mundane scenes <strong>in</strong>to sensational<br />

art pieces that are enterta<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g and<br />

<strong>in</strong>spir<strong>in</strong>g.<br />

His artwork has been displayed<br />

and found homes <strong>in</strong> galleries,<br />

bus<strong>in</strong>esses, and private collections<br />

<strong>in</strong> all 50 states <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> US and over<br />

40 countries around <strong>the</strong> globe. His<br />

work has attracted attention from<br />

<strong>the</strong> media both <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> U.S. and<br />

abroad, <strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g Bus<strong>in</strong>ess Insider,<br />

Instagram, and <strong>the</strong> SyFy Channel<br />

The idea began as a joke<br />

between him and his wife who<br />

adores shopp<strong>in</strong>g at thrift stores.<br />

Pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g had always been a hobby<br />

to Dave, but once he began<br />

repurpos<strong>in</strong>g thrift art <strong>in</strong> 2012 it<br />

He f<strong>in</strong>ds comfort<br />

<strong>in</strong> work<strong>in</strong>g over old<br />

pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>gs and feels<br />

restless when spend<strong>in</strong>g<br />

too much time away<br />

from his easel.<br />

quickly evolved. Pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g has now<br />

turned <strong>in</strong>to an obsession for Dave.<br />

He f<strong>in</strong>ds comfort <strong>in</strong> work<strong>in</strong>g over old<br />

pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>gs and feels restless when<br />

spend<strong>in</strong>g too much time away from<br />

his easel. Dave says “As much as<br />

I’ve always loved to pa<strong>in</strong>t, I found<br />

that I often lost <strong>in</strong>terest <strong>in</strong> what I was<br />

work<strong>in</strong>g on before it was ever close<br />

to be<strong>in</strong>g f<strong>in</strong>ished.”<br />

Rework<strong>in</strong>g found art turned out to<br />

be <strong>the</strong> answer to this problem. Each<br />

new piece presents a new set of<br />

challenges, and learn<strong>in</strong>g to work <strong>in</strong><br />

a variety of styles and master new<br />

techniques has kept his attention.<br />

It’s also an <strong>in</strong>terest<strong>in</strong>g challenge to<br />

develop a narrative and tell a story<br />

with a pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g – <strong>the</strong> backgrounds<br />

provide <strong>the</strong> framework to use to<br />

build a story.<br />

We express ourselves through<br />

pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g. “I’ve always loved <strong>the</strong><br />

idea that art is deeply personal.<br />

I’m tell<strong>in</strong>g my own story with each<br />

piece, but everyone is a little bit<br />

like a mirror, reflect<strong>in</strong>g its mean<strong>in</strong>g<br />

to <strong>the</strong> viewer through his or her<br />

perception,” says Dave.<br />

- feature@magzoid.com<br />

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Dubai even<strong>in</strong>gs<br />


40 <strong>September</strong> <strong>2021</strong><br />


ART | NEWS<br />

Read more at www.magzoid.com<br />

Spectacular light festival to<br />

br<strong>in</strong>g Expo 2020 Dubai site to life<br />

Kaleidoscope, a stunn<strong>in</strong>g<br />

outdoor night-time light<br />

festival, will br<strong>in</strong>g Expo<br />

2020 Dubai’s site to life<br />

for <strong>the</strong> mega event’s<br />

entire six months, from <strong>in</strong>credible<br />

structures designed by superstars of<br />

<strong>the</strong> architecture world, such as Asif<br />

Khan, Foster + Partners, Grimshaw,<br />

and Hopk<strong>in</strong>s Architects, to its<br />

landscaped public areas.<br />

Kaleidoscope will harness <strong>the</strong><br />

beauty of photography, light and<br />

visual arts. The festival will connect<br />

with Expo 2020’s impactful <strong>in</strong>itiatives<br />

and global enterta<strong>in</strong>ment, <strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g<br />

Diwali and Christmas, to tell powerful<br />

stories <strong>in</strong> immersive ways.<br />

The Hamdan b<strong>in</strong> Mohammed b<strong>in</strong><br />

Rashid Al Maktoum International<br />

Photography Awards (HIPA) is<br />

provid<strong>in</strong>g much of <strong>the</strong> light show’s<br />

imagery and has been specially<br />

chosen to l<strong>in</strong>k to Expo’s sub<strong>the</strong>mes<br />

of Opportunity, Mobility and<br />

Kaleidoscope will<br />

harness <strong>the</strong> beauty of<br />

photography, light and<br />

visual arts. The festival<br />

will connect with Expo<br />

2020’s impactful<br />

<strong>in</strong>itiatives and global<br />

enterta<strong>in</strong>ment,<br />

<strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g Diwali and<br />

Christmas, to tell<br />

powerful stories <strong>in</strong><br />

immersive ways.<br />

Susta<strong>in</strong>ability us<strong>in</strong>g imagery from<br />

HIPA’s archive, which stretches back<br />

to its found<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> 2011.<br />

Grant Reid, Vice President, Events<br />

and Enterta<strong>in</strong>ment, Expo 2020<br />

Dubai, said: “While <strong>the</strong> past 18<br />

months have been unprecedently<br />

challeng<strong>in</strong>g, we believe that<br />

collaboration can <strong>in</strong>spire a better<br />

future – someth<strong>in</strong>g we hope to<br />

highlight <strong>in</strong> our light show. A<br />

kaleidoscope is symbolic: once<br />

shaken, it shows someth<strong>in</strong>g new but<br />

equally beautiful; and light has <strong>the</strong><br />

power to conquer darkness.<br />

Through Kaleidoscope, our<br />

sub<strong>the</strong>mes – Opportunity, Mobility<br />

and Susta<strong>in</strong>ability – will be vividly<br />

brought to life, rem<strong>in</strong>d<strong>in</strong>g us of<br />

<strong>the</strong>ir relevance now more than ever<br />

before.”<br />

Alongside showcas<strong>in</strong>g Expo’s<br />

sub<strong>the</strong>mes, dynamic programm<strong>in</strong>g<br />

and <strong>the</strong> power of human connection,<br />

<strong>the</strong> light festival will also offer a<br />

self-guided visitor experience,<br />

with provisions made for social<br />

distanc<strong>in</strong>g.<br />

-news@magzoid.com<br />

www.magzoid.com <strong>September</strong> <strong>2021</strong> 41


World<br />

Tourism<br />

Day<br />

Travell<strong>in</strong>g to different<br />

dest<strong>in</strong>ations helps us<br />

relax, detoxify our m<strong>in</strong>ds<br />

and achieve peace from<br />

with<strong>in</strong>. Travel has been<br />

said to broaden <strong>the</strong> m<strong>in</strong>d, explor<strong>in</strong>g<br />

<strong>the</strong> world and see<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> broad<br />

vistas and cultures that <strong>the</strong> people<br />

of <strong>the</strong> world offer.<br />

World Tourism Day is celebrated<br />

on <strong>September</strong> 27 every year<br />

to highlight <strong>the</strong> importance of<br />

travell<strong>in</strong>g and promot<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong><br />

respective nations’ tourism sector.<br />

United Nations World Tourism<br />

Organization (UNWTO), <strong>the</strong> global<br />

body responsible for <strong>the</strong> promotion<br />

of tourism, has been celebrat<strong>in</strong>g<br />

World Tourism Day s<strong>in</strong>ce 1980.<br />

The date was chosen as it was on<br />

this day that <strong>the</strong> UNWTO adopted<br />

its Statutes which are considered<br />

milestones <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> global tourism<br />

space.<br />

The tourism <strong>in</strong>dustry has<br />

become one of <strong>the</strong> fastest grow<strong>in</strong>g<br />

economic sectors <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> world<br />

today. Over <strong>the</strong> last few years,<br />

<strong>the</strong> tourism <strong>in</strong>dustry has seen a<br />

tremendous expansion and growth.<br />

International tourist arrivals have<br />

grown significantly <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> past<br />

few decades. Tourism <strong>in</strong>dustry is<br />

estimated to be worth 10% of <strong>the</strong><br />

global GDP and provides one <strong>in</strong> ten<br />

jobs globally. The UNWTO expects<br />

an annual growth of 3% <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

tourism <strong>in</strong>dustry until 2030.<br />

Tourism is a study of exploration.<br />

It helps us to connect with our<br />

ancient roots. It is a vibrant learn<strong>in</strong>g<br />

process where a traveler identifies<br />

himself amongst a wide variety<br />

of different cultures, languages,<br />

cuis<strong>in</strong>es, traditions and lifestyles.<br />

The ma<strong>in</strong> reason beh<strong>in</strong>d<br />

celebrat<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> day was to spread<br />

recognition of <strong>the</strong> tourism <strong>in</strong>dustry <strong>in</strong><br />

terms of its impact on <strong>the</strong> country’s<br />

socio-l<strong>in</strong>gual, cultural, geopolitical,<br />

economic, and f<strong>in</strong>ancial factors.<br />

Tourism Day is your opportunity to<br />

broaden your own world a little, f<strong>in</strong>d<br />

a location you’ve always wanted to<br />

make time to visit, and f<strong>in</strong>ally, get<br />

around to mak<strong>in</strong>g time to do it. So,<br />

f<strong>in</strong>d your <strong>in</strong>ner traveler and get out<br />

<strong>the</strong>re and experience <strong>the</strong> places<br />

you’ve always wanted to see.<br />

- feature@magzoid.com<br />

42 <strong>September</strong> <strong>2021</strong><br />



The ma<strong>in</strong> reason beh<strong>in</strong>d<br />

celebrat<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> day was to<br />

spread recognition of <strong>the</strong><br />

tourism <strong>in</strong>dustry <strong>in</strong> terms of<br />

its impact on <strong>the</strong> country’s<br />

socio-l<strong>in</strong>gual, cultural,<br />

geopolitical, economic, and<br />

f<strong>in</strong>ancial factors.<br />

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ART | NEWS<br />

Read more at www.magzoid.com<br />

Portraits of UAE leaders<br />

created with co<strong>in</strong>s from 88 countries<br />

To celebrate <strong>the</strong> 'Year of<br />

50th', <strong>the</strong> local authority<br />

of Abu Dhabi created<br />

portraits of <strong>the</strong> UAE<br />

leaders us<strong>in</strong>g co<strong>in</strong>s. The<br />

Integrated Transport Centre (ITC)<br />

of <strong>the</strong> Department of Municipalities<br />

and Transport made <strong>the</strong> work<br />

from co<strong>in</strong>s from 88 countries,<br />

represent<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> social and cultural<br />

harmony between <strong>the</strong> UAE and<br />

o<strong>the</strong>r nations.<br />

The ITC said <strong>the</strong> <strong>in</strong>itiative is<br />

follow<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> l<strong>in</strong>es of <strong>the</strong> visionary<br />

leader, <strong>the</strong> UAE’s Found<strong>in</strong>g Fa<strong>the</strong>r,<br />

<strong>the</strong> late Sheikh Zayed b<strong>in</strong> Sultan<br />

Al Nahyan, who once said: “We<br />

preserve <strong>the</strong> past, ma<strong>in</strong>ta<strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

present and build <strong>the</strong> future.”<br />

The <strong>in</strong>itiative comes <strong>in</strong> celebration<br />

of <strong>the</strong> ‘Year of <strong>the</strong> 50th’ and was<br />

created by Arab artist Osama<br />

Sbeata, who holds <strong>the</strong> Gu<strong>in</strong>ness<br />

World Record for <strong>the</strong> largest sand<br />

pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g. The artwork is kept <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

ma<strong>in</strong> lobby of <strong>the</strong> ITC build<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> Al<br />

Maqta.<br />

The idea for artwork is derived<br />

from pre-Hafilat smart cards when<br />

residents, as well as tourists from<br />

o<strong>the</strong>r countries, used co<strong>in</strong>s to pay<br />

for <strong>the</strong> bus fares. “In 2013, <strong>the</strong> ICT<br />

discont<strong>in</strong>ued <strong>the</strong> use of all cash<br />

payments and switched to digital<br />

payment system us<strong>in</strong>g Hafilat smart<br />

cards as <strong>the</strong> service payment<br />

method,” said Ateeq Mohammed<br />

Al Mazroui, operations division<br />

director, public transport sector.<br />

The artwork expresses love<br />

and gratitude to <strong>the</strong> UAE and its<br />

leaders who built <strong>the</strong> country on<br />

The artwork expresses<br />

love and gratitude to<br />

<strong>the</strong> UAE and its leaders<br />

who built <strong>the</strong> country<br />

on <strong>the</strong> foundations of<br />

tolerance and made it<br />

a role model.<br />

<strong>the</strong> foundations of tolerance and<br />

made it a role model. An artwork<br />

also shows <strong>the</strong> development <strong>in</strong> Abu<br />

Dhabi <strong>in</strong> all sectors, especially <strong>in</strong><br />

<strong>the</strong> transport sector.<br />

-news@magzoid.com<br />

44 <strong>September</strong> <strong>2021</strong><br />


ART | NEWS<br />

Read more at www.magzoid.com<br />

Brendan Murphy <strong>in</strong>stalls a<br />

22- foot sculpture <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> Caribbean Sea<br />

Brendan Murphy has<br />

<strong>in</strong>stalled a 22 foot,<br />

3,000-pound sculpture<br />

named "The Boonji<br />

<strong>Space</strong>man" on a dock<br />

<strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> middle of <strong>the</strong> ocean at<br />

<strong>the</strong> Hodges Bay Resort <strong>in</strong> Antigua.<br />

The sculpture strikes a Michael<br />

Jackson-<strong>in</strong>spired dance pose and<br />

is emblazoned with words and<br />

ma<strong>the</strong>matical equations.<br />

Often compared to artist Jeff<br />

Koons, Murphy's "Boonji<br />

<strong>Space</strong>man" series is his most<br />

recognized body of work, which<br />

he first created out of bronze <strong>in</strong><br />

2015. Yet that one stands only 18<br />

<strong>in</strong>ches high.<br />

"I've always had this weird<br />

connection to <strong>the</strong>se people who are<br />

will<strong>in</strong>g to get on a space ship and<br />

"And I th<strong>in</strong>k a lot of<br />

<strong>the</strong> creative process<br />

is (similar). If you're<br />

not comfortable with<br />

<strong>the</strong> unknown <strong>the</strong>n<br />

you're <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> wrong<br />

bus<strong>in</strong>ess."<br />

go to <strong>the</strong> unknown,' Murphy said.<br />

"And I th<strong>in</strong>k a lot of <strong>the</strong> creative<br />

process is (similar). If you're not<br />

comfortable with <strong>the</strong> unknown <strong>the</strong>n<br />

you're <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> wrong bus<strong>in</strong>ess."<br />

When Christopher Hard<strong>in</strong>g,<br />

<strong>the</strong> co-owner of <strong>the</strong> Hodges Bay<br />

Resort, commissioned Murphy<br />

to create ano<strong>the</strong>r version of his<br />

spaceman, Murphy said he knew it<br />

had to be big, literally. "We wanted<br />

to create someth<strong>in</strong>g that you<br />

could see from space down on <strong>the</strong><br />

island," he said. Murphy said <strong>the</strong>y<br />

hired a company to take photos of<br />

<strong>the</strong> sculpture from space that <strong>the</strong>y<br />

plan to release soon.<br />

The sculpture is made up of steel<br />

and carbon fiber. Murphy took 8<br />

months to create <strong>the</strong> sculpture and<br />

<strong>the</strong>re were production challenges<br />

because of <strong>the</strong> ongo<strong>in</strong>g Covid-19<br />

pandemic.<br />

-news@magzoid.com<br />

www.magzoid.com <strong>September</strong> <strong>2021</strong> 45


World<br />

Literacy<br />

Day<br />

is <strong>the</strong><br />

most powerful<br />

weapon we can<br />

use to change <strong>the</strong><br />

“Education<br />

world” – Nelson<br />

Mandela. International Literacy<br />

Day is celebrated on <strong>September</strong><br />

8 every year to promote human<br />

attention towards literacy and<br />

to know <strong>the</strong> rights for social and<br />

human development. This day is<br />

celebrated to encourage people<br />

towards gett<strong>in</strong>g an education and<br />

to understand <strong>the</strong>ir responsibility<br />

towards <strong>the</strong> family, society, and<br />

<strong>the</strong> country. It is necessary to raise<br />

awareness <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> world of literary<br />

issues that are faced by people and<br />

also to endorse campaigns that<br />

help <strong>in</strong>crease literacy for all people.<br />

Can you imag<strong>in</strong>e navigat<strong>in</strong>g<br />

modern-day life without <strong>the</strong><br />

basic ability to read and write?<br />

Wip<strong>in</strong>g out illiteracy <strong>in</strong> every local<br />

community around <strong>the</strong> world is<br />

what International Literacy Day is all<br />

about. Literacy is a necessary tool<br />

to eradicate poverty, lower<strong>in</strong>g child<br />

mortality, controll<strong>in</strong>g population<br />

growth, atta<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g gender equality,<br />

etc. It is correctly said that literacy<br />

has <strong>the</strong> ability to raise <strong>the</strong> family<br />

status.<br />

This day was adopted as<br />

<strong>the</strong> part of UN's susta<strong>in</strong>able<br />

development goals program <strong>in</strong><br />

2015. The purpose of <strong>the</strong> day was<br />

to promote literacy as a tool that<br />

could empower <strong>in</strong>dividuals as well<br />

as whole communities. Literacy<br />

has helped many people to get<br />

employment and improve <strong>the</strong>ir<br />

lifestyle all around <strong>the</strong> globe. It has<br />

helped eradicate problems like<br />

unemployment, poverty and has<br />

played a huge role <strong>in</strong> lead<strong>in</strong>g a<br />

stable and happy life.<br />

Even <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> times of global<br />

crisis, efforts have been made<br />

to f<strong>in</strong>d alternative ways to<br />

ensure <strong>the</strong> cont<strong>in</strong>uity of learn<strong>in</strong>g,<br />

<strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g distance learn<strong>in</strong>g, often<br />

<strong>in</strong> comb<strong>in</strong>ation with <strong>in</strong>-person<br />

learn<strong>in</strong>g. Literacy can contribute<br />

to build<strong>in</strong>g a solid foundation for<br />

a human-centered recovery, with<br />

a special focus on <strong>the</strong> <strong>in</strong>terplay of<br />

literacy and digital skills required by<br />

non-literate youth and adults. In our<br />

<strong>in</strong>creas<strong>in</strong>gly complex and rapidly<br />

chang<strong>in</strong>g technological world, it is<br />

very important for us to expand our<br />

knowledge and learn new skills <strong>in</strong><br />

order to cope up with <strong>the</strong> pace of<br />

change.<br />

UNESCO has been central to<br />

improve literacy worldwide and that<br />

is why <strong>the</strong>y promote International<br />

Literacy Day <strong>in</strong> partnership with<br />

governments, charities, local<br />

communities, and experts <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

field worldwide. By adopt<strong>in</strong>g<br />

various <strong>the</strong>mes every year, <strong>the</strong>y<br />

wish to turn attention on literacy <strong>in</strong><br />

all its forms <strong>in</strong> a chang<strong>in</strong>g world.<br />

- feature@magzoid.com<br />

46 <strong>September</strong> <strong>2021</strong><br />



UNESCO has been central to<br />

improve literacy worldwide<br />

and that is why <strong>the</strong>y promote<br />

International Literacy<br />

Day <strong>in</strong> partnership with<br />

governments, charities, local<br />

communities, and experts <strong>in</strong><br />

<strong>the</strong> field worldwide.<br />

www.magzoid.com <strong>September</strong> <strong>2021</strong> 47


Petra<br />

Kaltenbach<br />

- Exclusive to <strong>Magzoid</strong><br />

Petra Kaltenbach is a German<br />

pa<strong>in</strong>ter resid<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> Dubai, who<br />

follows <strong>the</strong> trends of digitization.<br />

She moved to Dubai <strong>in</strong> 2004<br />

when <strong>the</strong> transformative period of<br />

<strong>the</strong> UAE began. As an energy healer,<br />

graphic designer, and f<strong>in</strong>e artist it<br />

felt very au<strong>the</strong>ntic to her to have <strong>the</strong><br />

transformation as <strong>the</strong> core <strong>the</strong>me.<br />

She developed her artist career, with<br />

one of <strong>the</strong> milestones be<strong>in</strong>g World Art<br />

Dubai. Shortlisted by <strong>the</strong> IEAA and<br />

for <strong>the</strong> Burj Khalifa Façade Petra got<br />

attention and recognition. In 2018 World<br />

Art Dubai awarded her as <strong>the</strong> best UAEresident-artist,<br />

and she was sponsored<br />

for 1 year by Canon. S<strong>in</strong>ce 2019, she is<br />

curator of World Art Dubai. For <strong>the</strong> last 5<br />

years, her art is us<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> pomegranate<br />

as an object to project her ideas<br />

because <strong>the</strong> pomegranate is a symbol<br />

of love, health, wealth, and beauty.<br />

Petra <strong>in</strong>tertw<strong>in</strong>ed her art with technology<br />

to express her <strong>in</strong>ner attitude <strong>in</strong> many<br />

creative ways. She has <strong>in</strong>tegrated her<br />

heal<strong>in</strong>g abilities <strong>in</strong>to her art to mediate<br />

positive energies to <strong>the</strong> viewer.<br />

- feature@magzoid.com<br />

48 <strong>September</strong> <strong>2021</strong><br />



- Exclusive to <strong>Magzoid</strong><br />

Shaima<br />

Al Awadhi<br />

Shaima Al Awadhi is an<br />

artist resid<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> Dubai who<br />

specializes <strong>in</strong> f<strong>in</strong>e arts. Her<br />

ma<strong>in</strong> motive through <strong>the</strong><br />

artworks is to express her love for<br />

<strong>the</strong> various forms of arts from music<br />

to dance and poetry. She started her<br />

career at PepsiCo, one of <strong>the</strong> largest<br />

foods and beverage bus<strong>in</strong>esses <strong>in</strong><br />

<strong>the</strong> region. Be<strong>in</strong>g selected for <strong>the</strong><br />

Emirati Graduate program, she was<br />

work<strong>in</strong>g on various projects with<br />

different functions as she expanded<br />

her skills. She <strong>the</strong>n looked after<br />

social and digital communications,<br />

plann<strong>in</strong>g and develop<strong>in</strong>g content<br />

across multiple channels <strong>in</strong>ternally<br />

and externally. She supported<br />

activations and partner<strong>in</strong>g with<br />

different functions at regional levels<br />

through messag<strong>in</strong>g projects and<br />

campaigns, and also produced<br />

creative visuals and videos. Today,<br />

she looks after ADNOC's <strong>in</strong>tegrated<br />

Upstream Communications Unit<br />

across HQ and major Group<br />

Operat<strong>in</strong>g Companies.<br />

Shaima has participated <strong>in</strong> several<br />

exhibitions <strong>in</strong> Dubai. She won an<br />

award for be<strong>in</strong>g one of <strong>the</strong> region’s<br />

top five art students <strong>in</strong> AS Art and<br />

first place <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> Start-up Dubai<br />

competition. Her <strong>in</strong>terests <strong>in</strong>clude<br />

pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g, socializ<strong>in</strong>g, travel<strong>in</strong>g,<br />

and horse-rid<strong>in</strong>g. Her goal is to<br />

br<strong>in</strong>g positive change to society<br />

and contribute her skills to create<br />

a positive impact and pass on her<br />

learn<strong>in</strong>g and skills to everyone<br />

around her.<br />

- feature@magzoid.com<br />

www.magzoid.com <strong>September</strong> <strong>2021</strong> 49


Shadab<br />

Khan<br />

- Exclusive to <strong>Magzoid</strong><br />

Shadab Khan is an artist<br />

based <strong>in</strong> Dubai who<br />

specializes <strong>in</strong> acrylic and<br />

oil pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>gs. She comb<strong>in</strong>es<br />

various media and different<br />

k<strong>in</strong>ds of elements to achieve <strong>the</strong><br />

right texture, flow blend<strong>in</strong>g, and<br />

separation of color. Her mixed<br />

media fluid art is captivat<strong>in</strong>g,<br />

mesmeriz<strong>in</strong>g, energiz<strong>in</strong>g, and<br />

depict<strong>in</strong>g a tasteful explosion of<br />

color.<br />

She rose to fame dur<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong><br />

Sikka Art Fair 2017, organized by<br />

Dubai culture for her unique artwork<br />

dist<strong>in</strong>ctive technique. She has<br />

also received <strong>the</strong> most honorable<br />

Golden Visa by Dubai Culture<br />

and Arts Authority and Dubai<br />

Government.<br />

The most prom<strong>in</strong>ent characteristic<br />

is her mastery of <strong>the</strong> fluid art<br />

technique. Today, her artwork<br />

is showcased <strong>in</strong> many private<br />

residences and offices throughout<br />

<strong>the</strong> UAE and o<strong>the</strong>r parts of <strong>the</strong><br />

world like United States, Nigeria,<br />

India, Philipp<strong>in</strong>es, UK, Lebanon<br />

and many more. Some of her art<br />

collectors are even prom<strong>in</strong>ent<br />

celebrities and designers such<br />

as Shatha Hassoun ad Selma<br />

Benomar.<br />

- feature@magzoid.com<br />

50 <strong>September</strong> <strong>2021</strong><br />



- Exclusive to <strong>Magzoid</strong><br />

Abdulla<br />

Lutfi<br />

Abdulla Lutfi is an Emirati<br />

artist who has been creat<strong>in</strong>g<br />

art s<strong>in</strong>ce childhood and<br />

used draw<strong>in</strong>g as a means of<br />

communicat<strong>in</strong>g before he could even<br />

speak. Abdulla goes by his artistic<br />

signature “A.L”. He has a special<br />

fasc<strong>in</strong>ation for Japanese culture and<br />

his appreciation and adoration for<br />

<strong>the</strong>ir culture has led him to dedicate<br />

a great number of his artworks to<br />

Japanese life.<br />

As an artist on <strong>the</strong> autistic<br />

spectrum, Abdulla sees and<br />

<strong>in</strong>terprets <strong>the</strong> world <strong>in</strong> a unique<br />

and non-conventional way. His art<br />

is particularly important to society<br />

as he can communicate to <strong>the</strong><br />

world <strong>in</strong> a way that is frequently not<br />

represented. He regards art as his<br />

connection to <strong>the</strong> world around him.<br />

His passion for art is derived from<br />

his tendency to see <strong>the</strong> world and its<br />

complexities <strong>in</strong> a “black and white”<br />

sense, and his sharp sense of humor.<br />

Abdulla strives to be an active<br />

member of society and use his art to<br />

better <strong>the</strong> people around him. In his<br />

efforts, he has carried out numerous<br />

workshops and demonstrations at<br />

corporate events and schools. To<br />

Abdulla, creat<strong>in</strong>g art is like allow<strong>in</strong>g<br />

his viewers to peek <strong>in</strong>to his soul.<br />

Throughout his years as an artist,<br />

he has had several commissions from<br />

hotels, banks, and even has his art<br />

on display at <strong>the</strong> Dubai International<br />

Airport. His art was also displayed on<br />

Word Autism Awareness Day <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

terra - <strong>the</strong> Susta<strong>in</strong>ability Pavilion as<br />

part of an Expo 2020 project.<br />

Currently, Abdulla is work<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong><br />

his art studio, “NEXT Chapter” at<br />

Tashkeel, Al Fahidi alongside his<br />

artistic mentor. He cont<strong>in</strong>ues to grow<br />

as a person and as a gifted artist,<br />

explor<strong>in</strong>g various art styles and<br />

expand<strong>in</strong>g his repertoire of talent.<br />

- feature@magzoid.com<br />

www.magzoid.com <strong>September</strong> <strong>2021</strong> 51


Digital<br />

art<br />

By Jarrod Bezz<strong>in</strong>a<br />

52 <strong>September</strong> <strong>2021</strong><br />


- Exclusive to <strong>Magzoid</strong><br />

“No matter how bad you th<strong>in</strong>k<br />

your art is, keep try<strong>in</strong>g...,” says<br />

Jarrod Bezz<strong>in</strong>a<br />

- Exclusive to <strong>Magzoid</strong><br />

Jarrod follows <strong>the</strong><br />

trend of redesign<strong>in</strong>g<br />

old popular characters.<br />

He aims to represent<br />

himself as creative and<br />

show <strong>the</strong> world <strong>the</strong> way<br />

he sees th<strong>in</strong>gs.<br />

Jarrod Bezz<strong>in</strong>a is an artist based <strong>in</strong> Australia who<br />

specializes <strong>in</strong> illustration, concept art, and comic<br />

art through digital artistry. Digital art is an artistic<br />

work or practice that uses digital technology<br />

as part of <strong>the</strong> creative or presentation process.<br />

While <strong>the</strong> artist develops a graphical design with <strong>the</strong><br />

use of a computer, tablet, or stiletto, <strong>the</strong> process itself is<br />

similar to pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g with traditional materials.<br />

Jarrod follows <strong>the</strong> trend of redesign<strong>in</strong>g old popular<br />

characters. He aims to represent himself as creative<br />

and show <strong>the</strong> world <strong>the</strong> way he sees th<strong>in</strong>gs. Artists<br />

consciously use <strong>the</strong>ir m<strong>in</strong>ds <strong>in</strong> everyday life to search<br />

out visual cues that create an emotional response<br />

with<strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong>m. Through his art, <strong>the</strong> reality of <strong>the</strong> world is<br />

transformed <strong>in</strong>to someth<strong>in</strong>g completely different.<br />

In recent years, comics and graphic novels have seen<br />

immense growth which means this category is trend<strong>in</strong>g<br />

for experimentation for many artists. Several aspects go<br />

<strong>in</strong>to creat<strong>in</strong>g a graphic novel such as <strong>the</strong> artwork, <strong>the</strong> plot,<br />

and <strong>the</strong> focus on each character and <strong>the</strong>ir journey. Jarrod<br />

has started his graphic novel series and is most proud of<br />

<strong>the</strong> fact that he can create what he imag<strong>in</strong>es on a page.<br />

His greatest <strong>in</strong>spirations are his friends and colleagues<br />

who constantly <strong>in</strong>spire him to be <strong>the</strong> best he can,<br />

while also help<strong>in</strong>g to push his skills to new heights.<br />

This creates <strong>the</strong> ambition and drive for him to<br />

work hard. The support derived from o<strong>the</strong>rs<br />

always feels encourag<strong>in</strong>g. Jarrod says “No<br />

matter how bad you th<strong>in</strong>k your art is, keep<br />

try<strong>in</strong>g...trust me it’s worth it and we've all<br />

walked down that road of self-doubt. Some of<br />

us are still walk<strong>in</strong>g it.”<br />

- feature@magzoid.com<br />

www.magzoid.com <strong>September</strong> <strong>2021</strong> 53

ART | NEWS<br />

Read more at www.magzoid.com<br />

Cyprus opens an underwater<br />

sculpture museum<br />

Cyprus has added The<br />

Museum of Underwater<br />

Sculpture of Ayia Napa<br />

(Musan) to its tourist<br />

attraction list. The<br />

museum features a collection of<br />

130 sculptures <strong>in</strong> a newly created<br />

Mar<strong>in</strong>e Protected Area.<br />

The works at <strong>the</strong> museum,<br />

located <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> resort town of Ayia<br />

Napa, range from botanical to<br />

figurative, <strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g more than<br />

90 sculptures by Jason deCaires<br />

Taylor, a British artist known for his<br />

site-specific creations that turn <strong>in</strong>to<br />

artificial coral reefs.<br />

Musan’s sculptures are made of<br />

sea materials, <strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g stones,<br />

rocks and shells, and are meant<br />

to live harmoniously among <strong>the</strong><br />

Musan’s sculptures are<br />

made of sea materials,<br />

<strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g stones, rocks<br />

and shells, and are meant<br />

to live harmoniously<br />

among <strong>the</strong> mar<strong>in</strong>e life.<br />

The museum has stated<br />

its <strong>in</strong>tent to enrich <strong>the</strong><br />

biodiversity of <strong>the</strong> area<br />

to allow <strong>the</strong> sculptures<br />

to turn <strong>in</strong>to coral reefs<br />

and eventually an<br />

“underwater forest”.<br />

mar<strong>in</strong>e life. The museum has stated<br />

its <strong>in</strong>tent to enrich <strong>the</strong> biodiversity of<br />

<strong>the</strong> area to allow <strong>the</strong> sculptures to<br />

turn <strong>in</strong>to coral reefs and eventually<br />

an “underwater forest”.<br />

Visitors can dive or snorkel<br />

Musan for free, although<br />

reservations must be made ahead<br />

of time. The surround<strong>in</strong>g area<br />

will also have div<strong>in</strong>g centres and<br />

schools for visitors.<br />

With <strong>the</strong> arrival of Musan, Ayia<br />

Napa’s local government hopes to<br />

tap <strong>in</strong>to this market for <strong>the</strong>ir town<br />

too. By <strong>the</strong> local government’s<br />

predictions, Musan will be able to<br />

br<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> 50,000 visitors annually.<br />

-news@magzoid.com<br />

54 <strong>September</strong> <strong>2021</strong><br />


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Mystic<br />

“I seek to deliver<br />

an unforgettable<br />

experience to <strong>the</strong><br />

viewer,” says<br />

Alex Aliume<br />

Visionary Artist<br />

A<br />

ris<strong>in</strong>g start <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

contemporary art<br />

scene, Alex Aliume is a<br />

mystic, visionary artist<br />

born <strong>in</strong> Ukra<strong>in</strong>e. Hav<strong>in</strong>g<br />

no formal art education, he first laid<br />

his hands on canvas, pa<strong>in</strong>ts and<br />

brushes <strong>in</strong> 2017, and consciously<br />

created his very first pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g. After<br />

a lifetime of seek<strong>in</strong>g, he had f<strong>in</strong>ally<br />

discovered his true purpose <strong>in</strong> art<br />

and has been pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g every s<strong>in</strong>gle<br />

day ever s<strong>in</strong>ce.<br />

As a child, he experienced<br />

strange visions and vivid dreams.<br />

At <strong>the</strong> age of six, he discovered<br />

a book of his grandfa<strong>the</strong>r’s about<br />

“Sorcery," which ultimately became<br />

a door to his cosmic future. Be<strong>in</strong>g<br />

a student of various esoteric<br />

doctr<strong>in</strong>es, <strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g numerology<br />

and o<strong>the</strong>r magical practices,<br />

as well as <strong>the</strong> Moscow-based<br />

organization, Knowledge System:<br />

Ecology of Thought, founded<br />

by LP Troyan, <strong>the</strong> knowledge<br />

he acquired dur<strong>in</strong>g those years<br />

56 <strong>September</strong> <strong>2021</strong><br />


deeply impacted<br />

his personality<br />

as well as art.<br />

After f<strong>in</strong>ish<strong>in</strong>g<br />

high school, he<br />

briefly attended<br />

Aerospace<br />

University <strong>in</strong> Kharkiv,<br />

Ukra<strong>in</strong>e, before dropp<strong>in</strong>g<br />

out to pursue his dream of go<strong>in</strong>g<br />

to New York.<br />

Aliume is most famously known<br />

as <strong>the</strong> creator of cosmic UV glow<strong>in</strong>-<strong>the</strong>-dark,<br />

3-D psychedelic<br />

art. His Blacklight Visionary Art<br />

represents his <strong>in</strong>spired attempt<br />

to unveil <strong>the</strong> <strong>in</strong>visible mystery of<br />

universal truth via <strong>the</strong> profound<br />

languages of art and light. Through<br />

his art, he aspires to speak<br />

directly to <strong>the</strong> human heart and<br />

soul rem<strong>in</strong>d<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> viewer of <strong>the</strong>ir<br />

primordial div<strong>in</strong>e roots and evok<strong>in</strong>g<br />

a memory of <strong>the</strong> Great Spirit that<br />

lies with<strong>in</strong> and around us. He<br />

believes that <strong>the</strong> language of art<br />

and light requires no words.<br />

To create unique<br />

and extraord<strong>in</strong>ary<br />

ways to<br />

experience art,<br />

Aliume uses<br />

undiscovered<br />

methods and<br />

technologies us<strong>in</strong>g<br />

light, motion and threedimensional<br />

shapes. Light is<br />

<strong>the</strong> most powerful aspect of his<br />

art. Most of <strong>the</strong> artworks created<br />

by him, glow under black light or<br />

<strong>in</strong> full darkness. He feels light is<br />

<strong>the</strong> best tool for wak<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> viewer<br />

to <strong>the</strong> profundity of <strong>the</strong> present. In<br />

do<strong>in</strong>g so, he aims to help all souls<br />

rediscover <strong>the</strong> k<strong>in</strong>dness, s<strong>in</strong>cerity<br />

and love <strong>in</strong>herent <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong>ir very<br />

existence.<br />

Pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g was and rema<strong>in</strong>s <strong>the</strong><br />

most natural th<strong>in</strong>g that Aliume has<br />

ever felt. His artwork has collectors<br />

<strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> United States, Canada, <strong>the</strong><br />

United K<strong>in</strong>gdom, France, Germany,<br />

<strong>the</strong> Ne<strong>the</strong>rlands, India, Thailand<br />

and <strong>the</strong> Philipp<strong>in</strong>es. Aliume’s art<br />

Aliume is most famously<br />

known as <strong>the</strong> creator of<br />

cosmic UV glow-<strong>in</strong>-<strong>the</strong>dark,<br />

3-D psychedelic art.<br />

His Blacklight Visionary<br />

Art represents his<br />

<strong>in</strong>spired attempt to unveil<br />

<strong>the</strong> <strong>in</strong>visible mystery of<br />

universal truth via <strong>the</strong><br />

profound languages of art<br />

and light.<br />

can be viewed on his Instagram<br />

page @aliumeart and his website<br />

aliumeart.com.<br />

-feature@magzoid.com<br />

www.magzoid.com <strong>September</strong> <strong>2021</strong> 57


Andy Warhol created over<br />

600 time capsules dur<strong>in</strong>g his<br />

lifetime<br />

Dur<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> Middle Ages, <strong>the</strong> most common technique<br />

to create murals was called tempera pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g. Tempera<br />

is created by mix<strong>in</strong>g dry powdered pigments with egg<br />

or water to dissolve <strong>the</strong>m and obta<strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> vibrant pa<strong>in</strong>t<br />

used <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> religious works.<br />

Bob Ross once helped a colorbl<strong>in</strong>d<br />

viewer by dedicat<strong>in</strong>g a<br />

whole episode to pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g only<br />

<strong>in</strong> grey<br />

Salvador Dalí made it a po<strong>in</strong>t to be<br />

as weird as possible throughout his<br />

life. He would steal pens and carry an<br />

ocelot with him as he walked around<br />

<strong>the</strong> city.<br />

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The first Sculpture Garden was planned <strong>in</strong> just one<br />

night. The current space, dedicated to Abby Aldrich<br />

Rockefeller, was <strong>in</strong>itially designed <strong>in</strong> 1953 and is now<br />

<strong>the</strong> heart of <strong>the</strong> museum.<br />

Georgia O'Keeffe loved<br />

pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> her car.<br />

She would place <strong>the</strong><br />

canvas on <strong>the</strong> back<br />

seat and pa<strong>in</strong>t from<br />

<strong>the</strong> passenger seat.<br />

It took a year for German<br />

art student Benjam<strong>in</strong> Harff<br />

to rewrite <strong>the</strong> Silmarillion <strong>in</strong><br />

elfish style.<br />

In 2003 street<br />

artist Banksy<br />

stuck his own<br />

work to <strong>the</strong><br />

wall <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

Tate Modern<br />

Museum.<br />

Roy Lichtenste<strong>in</strong><br />

who is famous<br />

for his comicstyle<br />

art didn't<br />

even like comics<br />

as a kid!<br />

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Dubai skyl<strong>in</strong>e<br />


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Art Exhibitions<br />

and Events to look out for!<br />

Al Murabba Arts Festival<br />

Al Murabbaa is a ten-day art<br />

and culture event that provides<br />

visitors an art experience with<strong>in</strong><br />

an extraord<strong>in</strong>ary historical sett<strong>in</strong>g.<br />

Dur<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> ten days of <strong>the</strong> Festival,<br />

more than 60 artists, workshops,<br />

and concerts will take place.<br />

Date: 28 October, <strong>2021</strong> - 6<br />

November, <strong>2021</strong><br />

Location: Ajman Heritage District<br />

For more <strong>in</strong>formation, visit:<br />

https://ajman.travel/<br />

When I count, There are only you…<br />

Curated by Hoor Al Qasimi, Director<br />

of Sharjah Art Foundation, When I<br />

Count There Are Only You… presents<br />

<strong>the</strong> work of Farhad Moshiri, Farideh<br />

Lashai, Iman Issa, Mandy El Sayegh,<br />

Nari Ward, Prajakta Potnis, Rabih<br />

Mroue and Rasheed Araeen. Tak<strong>in</strong>g<br />

its title from a work by Farideh Lashai<br />

that was itself <strong>in</strong>spired by Goya’s<br />

Disasters of War, this exhibition<br />

offers an <strong>in</strong>sight <strong>in</strong>to <strong>the</strong> radical<br />

ideas, visions and perspectives on<br />

humanity that <strong>in</strong>form <strong>the</strong> work of eight<br />

artists represented <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> Sharjah Art<br />

Foundation Collection.<br />

Date: Until 10 Jan 2022<br />

Location: Sharjah City, Al Muriejah<br />

Square<br />

For more <strong>in</strong>formation, visit: https://<br />

sharjahevents.ae/<br />

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Curatorial Development Exhibition Program<br />

Warehouse421 and <strong>the</strong> Bombay<br />

Institute for Critical Analysis and<br />

Research (BICAR) <strong>in</strong>vite curators from<br />

with<strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> Middle East, North Africa,<br />

and South Asia regions, to propose a<br />

group exhibition and publication on<br />

‘Future Perfect: Catastrophe and <strong>the</strong><br />

Contemporary’. Future perfect is a<br />

perspective of <strong>the</strong> future on what <strong>the</strong><br />

past (our present) will have been if we<br />

do not th<strong>in</strong>k, act, and create <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> here<br />

and now of contemporary catastrophe.<br />

Date: Until Dec 31, <strong>2021</strong><br />

Location: Warehouse421, Zayed Port<br />

For more <strong>in</strong>formation, visit: https://<br />

visitabudhabi.ae/<br />

Dubai Design Week<br />

Dubai Design Week is <strong>the</strong> region's largest creative<br />

festival, reflect<strong>in</strong>g Dubai's position as design capital<br />

of <strong>the</strong> Middle East featur<strong>in</strong>g various sections and<br />

participat<strong>in</strong>g brands. Alongside an extensive collateral<br />

programme that will <strong>in</strong>clude conceptual showcases by<br />

regional architects and <strong>in</strong>terior designers, Downtown<br />

Design’s talks programme and onsite network<strong>in</strong>g events,<br />

Connect Programme, <strong>the</strong> fair’s B2B platform will offer<br />

brands direct access to key design professionals with<br />

relevant project pipel<strong>in</strong>es as it attracts over 19,000<br />

visitors <strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> region's top design firms, <strong>in</strong>dustry<br />

decision-makers and <strong>in</strong>fluencers<br />

Date: 8 November <strong>2021</strong> to 13 November <strong>2021</strong><br />

Location: Dubai Design District<br />

For more <strong>in</strong>formation, visit: https://www.<br />

dubaidesignweek.ae/<br />

Drop by Drop Life Falls from <strong>the</strong> Sky.<br />

Water, Islam and Art exhibition<br />

The exhibition at <strong>the</strong> Sharjah Museum of Islamic Civilization<br />

<strong>in</strong>cludes more than 120 artworks and objects explor<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong><br />

<strong>the</strong>me of water, Islam and art. Art aficionados can catch<br />

artefacts rang<strong>in</strong>g from manuscripts to metalwork; pottery<br />

to textiles; carpets to Islamic art; all centred on <strong>the</strong> <strong>the</strong>me<br />

of water. The exhibition is a collaboration between Sharjah<br />

Museums Authority (SMA) and <strong>the</strong> Fondazione Tor<strong>in</strong>o Musei<br />

<strong>in</strong> Tur<strong>in</strong>, Italy.<br />

Date: Until Dec 11, <strong>2021</strong><br />

Location: Sharjah Museum of Islamic Civilization<br />

For more <strong>in</strong>formation, visit: https://sharjahmuseums.ae<br />

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The Burj Al Arab Hotel<br />

Dubai<br />


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TRIVIA<br />

1.Who is Manasse Ramp<strong>in</strong>o’s favorite artist?<br />

2.Where is Neomi Ibraz from?<br />

3.Where is <strong>the</strong> world’s tallest sandcastle located?<br />

4.What k<strong>in</strong>d of art does Dave Pollot specialize <strong>in</strong>?<br />

5.What did Anastasia Trusova name her style of art?<br />

6.What is <strong>the</strong> name of Brendan Murphy’s 22 foot sculpture <strong>in</strong>stalled <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> Caribbean Sea?<br />

7.What is Er<strong>in</strong> Hanson’s unique technique called?<br />

8.Which year was Versace found?<br />

9.Where is Alex Aliume from?<br />

10.When is World Tourism Day celebrated?<br />

WIN<br />



Answers of August Edition:<br />

1. Russia<br />

2. August 12<br />

3. Alcohol Ink Art<br />

4. Casey Baugh<br />

5. Pet portraiture and animal portraiture<br />

6. June 11, 2022<br />

7. Villa<strong>in</strong>y<br />

8. Ukra<strong>in</strong>e<br />

9. Sharjah<br />

10. August 19<br />

Rules:<br />

F<strong>in</strong>d <strong>the</strong> answers for <strong>the</strong> above questions with<strong>in</strong> <strong>September</strong> edition of <strong>Magzoid</strong> and stand a chance<br />

to w<strong>in</strong> amaz<strong>in</strong>g headphones!<br />

All you have to do is write down <strong>the</strong> answers, take a picture, post it as a story on Instagram and tag<br />

@magzoid.global<br />

W<strong>in</strong>ner will be announced <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> OCTOBER EDITION of <strong>Magzoid</strong><br />

Subject to terms and conditions<br />

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Enchanted Forest<br />

Margarita Kunizheva<br />

W<strong>in</strong>ter Dance<br />

Acrylic/mixed<br />

media on canvas<br />

Size: 100x100 cm<br />

Madele<strong>in</strong>e<br />

Kurtsdotter<br />

Color pencil art<br />

Kissa Rahpaima<br />

Arabic calligraphy us<strong>in</strong>g gold foil on<br />

acrylic and canvas<br />

Rabia Abubaker<br />

Monochrome Realistic Horse<br />

Acrylic on canvas<br />

Size: 30x40 cm.<br />

Julie Migayron Arfaoui<br />



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GAMES<br />

Spot The Difference<br />

F<strong>in</strong>d Me Out<br />

Easy Sudoku Puzzles 1<br />

www.pr<strong>in</strong>tablesudoku99.com<br />

Sudoku<br />

Puzzle<br />

3<br />

Sudoku<br />

4 7 9 1 2 8<br />

9 8 4 5<br />

6 5<br />

9 8 2 1<br />

6 2 4 3<br />

7 2 4 9 8 6<br />

1 4 6 8 2<br />

5 2 8<br />

8 7 2 3 6 1<br />

Sudoku<br />

Puzzle<br />

4<br />

5 6 4 9 8 2<br />

4 1 2 6 5<br />

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kids<br />

A beautiful scenery<br />

Insiyah Mansoor<br />

Gulf Indian High School<br />

I'm just an <strong>in</strong>termediate artist<br />

fasc<strong>in</strong>ated with art, especially<br />

sketch<strong>in</strong>g and I pay a lot of<br />

attention to details.<br />

Krishna Venkatesh<br />

Modern Indian School, Dibba<br />

Fujairah<br />

Peacocks have always mesmerized humans with<br />

<strong>the</strong>ir beauty and <strong>the</strong> unique comb<strong>in</strong>ation of colours<br />

adorned by <strong>the</strong>m. Just by be<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong>mselves <strong>the</strong>y put<br />

someth<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> world that was not <strong>the</strong>re before.<br />

We all should imbibe that quality and be true to our<br />

nature and <strong>the</strong> unique attributes we all have. Just by<br />

be<strong>in</strong>g us we will make this world a beautiful place.<br />

Prachi Khurana<br />

Gems Modern Academy<br />

Two of my favourite artworks<br />

Khalil Subedar<br />

Jumeirah Primary School<br />

Year 6<br />

I love all types of art <strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g<br />

pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g, act<strong>in</strong>g/<strong>the</strong>ater, s<strong>in</strong>g<strong>in</strong>g<br />

and music <strong>in</strong> general. I feel like<br />

art describes my personality<br />

and so that's <strong>the</strong> reason why I<br />

ever started pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> first<br />

place :) That's why this pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g<br />

is special to me.<br />

Ayah El-Masri<br />

Australian International School<br />

A beautiful starry night with <strong>the</strong> a<br />

metoer shower and a beautiful girl<br />

gaz<strong>in</strong>g at <strong>the</strong> sooth<strong>in</strong>g, calm and<br />

delightful moonlight, thank<strong>in</strong>g God<br />

for this beautiful life.<br />

Dhvani Dave<br />

Gems Modern Academy<br />



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C<br />

ACROSS<br />

3. The artist who once <strong>in</strong>haled his own<br />

artwork<br />

5. Number of teabags Andy Brown<br />

stitched toge<strong>the</strong>r to create a portrait<br />

of Queen Elizabeth<br />

6. The first liv<strong>in</strong>g person to have <strong>the</strong>ir art<br />

featured <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> Louvre<br />

8. The country where <strong>the</strong> first pencil<br />

was <strong>in</strong>vented<br />

R<br />

DOWN<br />

1. The artist who said “We don't make<br />

mistakes, just happy little accidents”<br />

2. Red, yellow and blue are universally<br />

known as<br />

4. Country where <strong>the</strong> pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g The<br />

Starry Night by Van Gogh was<br />

S<br />

pa<strong>in</strong>ted <strong>in</strong><br />

5. Number of def<strong>in</strong>itions of <strong>the</strong> word ‘art’<br />

<strong>the</strong>re are <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> Oxford dictionary<br />

7. Number of pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>gs V<strong>in</strong>cent van<br />

Gogh sold <strong>in</strong> his lifetime<br />

O<br />

D<br />

W<br />

R<br />


1. Bob Ross<br />

2. Primary<br />

3. Wigan<br />

4. France<br />

5. Thousand, Twelve<br />

6. Braque<br />

7. One<br />

8. England<br />

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Designer's<br />

Corner"<br />

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The Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC) Capital Gate<br />

Also known as<br />

<strong>the</strong> lean<strong>in</strong>g tower<br />

of Abu Dhabi<br />

The ultimate<br />

bus<strong>in</strong>ess address <strong>in</strong><br />

<strong>the</strong> UAE capital.<br />

Accommodates<br />

approximately<br />

15,000 sqm of exclusive<br />

office space<br />

The structure has<br />

a near record-break<strong>in</strong>g<br />

18 degrees <strong>in</strong>cl<strong>in</strong>ation<br />

toward <strong>the</strong> West.<br />

ADNEC is <strong>the</strong> largest<br />

conference and exhibition<br />

centre <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> region.<br />

In June 2010, Gu<strong>in</strong>ness<br />

World Records recognized<br />

Capital Gate tower as<br />

<strong>the</strong> world's "far<strong>the</strong>st<br />

manmade lean<strong>in</strong>g build<strong>in</strong>g"<br />

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Alif – The Mobility Pavilion | Expo 2020 Dubai<br />

An experience<br />

that will merge<br />

<strong>the</strong> digital world<br />

with <strong>the</strong> physical,<br />

exhibit<strong>in</strong>g iconic<br />

historical figures<br />

whose <strong>in</strong>novations<br />

have shaped <strong>the</strong><br />

technology of <strong>the</strong><br />

modern world.<br />

The Pavilion was<br />

named Alif after<br />

<strong>the</strong> first letter<br />

of <strong>the</strong> Arabic<br />

alphabet,<br />

symboliz<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong><br />

"beg<strong>in</strong>n<strong>in</strong>g of<br />

progress and<br />

new horizons".<br />

Designed by<br />

<strong>in</strong>ternationally<br />

recognized<br />

and respected<br />

architects Foster<br />

+ Partner<br />

Occupies a 12,000<br />

m. sq. plot with<br />

4,000m. sq. of<br />

exhibition space<br />

Features <strong>the</strong><br />

world’s largest<br />

passenger lift,<br />

which will be able<br />

to transport 160+<br />

people at a time<br />

Consists of a semiunderground-semiopen-air<br />

330-meter<br />

track which allows<br />

visitors to see<br />

cutt<strong>in</strong>g-edge mobility<br />

devices <strong>in</strong> action<br />

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Cartier<br />

Rhodium-f<strong>in</strong>ish<br />

18K white gold<br />

beaded crown set<br />

with a brilliant-cut<br />

diamond.<br />

Silvered dial.<br />

www.cartier.com<br />

Patek<br />

Phillipe<br />

White gold.<br />

Sapphire-crystal<br />

case back. Waterresistant<br />

to 30m.<br />

Case diameter: 39<br />

mm. Height: 11.18<br />

mm. Dial: navy blue<br />

lacquered, gold<br />

applied hour markers<br />

and numerals.<br />

www.patek.com<br />

Fendi<br />

29 mm polished and brushed black PVD sta<strong>in</strong>less<br />

steel case and bezel, crown set with black onyx.<br />

Black lacquered dial with sh<strong>in</strong>y black <strong>in</strong>dexes FF<br />

Karligraphy set with 60 black diamonds, approx.<br />

0.1 carats.<br />

www.fendi.com<br />

Mont Blanc<br />

Sta<strong>in</strong>less Steel, slate grey dial with black flange<br />

and counters, black rhodium-coated lum<strong>in</strong>escent<br />

Roman numerals and <strong>in</strong>dexes<br />

www.montblanc.com<br />

Steel. Sapphire-crystal case back. Water-resistant<br />

to 30m. Diameter: 36 mm. Height: 10.05 mm.<br />

Blue sunburst dial. Gold applied numerals with<br />

lum<strong>in</strong>escent coat<strong>in</strong>g.<br />

www.patek.com<br />

Cartier<br />

Patek<br />

Phillipe<br />

For sale is a pre-owned near m<strong>in</strong>t condition<br />

42mm 18 karat white gold Cartier Rotonde De<br />

Cartier. silver stepped dial with black Roman<br />

numerals, blued hands, small seconds, and<br />

chronograph function.<br />

www.cartier.com<br />

Fendi<br />

Polished and brushed sta<strong>in</strong>less steel case, bezel<br />

set with 62 diamonds, approx. 0.29 carat, crown<br />

set with 1 diamond, approx. 0.05 carat. Paved dial<br />

set with 460 diamonds, approx. 0.99 carat, black<br />

colored hands.<br />

www.fendi.com<br />

Cartier<br />

Slate gray dial with black flange, black rhodiumcoated<br />

lum<strong>in</strong>escent Roman numerals and <strong>in</strong>dexes.<br />

Domed sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coat<strong>in</strong>g<br />

www.cartier.com<br />

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Rolex<br />

Submar<strong>in</strong>er<br />

Oyster bracelet, black dial w/ dot hour<br />

markers, lum<strong>in</strong>ous hands & hour Markers<br />

and unidirectional rotatable 60-M<strong>in</strong>ute<br />

alum<strong>in</strong>um black bezel<br />

www.rolex.com<br />

Rolex<br />

Sky Dive<br />

Oyster, 42 mm, yellow gold, fluted, bidirectional<br />

rotatable Rolex R<strong>in</strong>g Command bezel. Oysterflex<br />

bracelet, bright black dial.<br />

www.rolex.com<br />

Bvlgari<br />

Octo F<strong>in</strong>issimo M<strong>in</strong>ute Repeater with mechanical<br />

manufacture extra-th<strong>in</strong> movement, manual w<strong>in</strong>d<strong>in</strong>g,<br />

m<strong>in</strong>ute repeater, two hammers and gongs, Carbon<br />

CTP and Peek case, bracelet and skeletonized dial.<br />

www.bulgari.com<br />

Omega<br />

This 44 mm chronograph model is crafted from<br />

sta<strong>in</strong>less steel and <strong>in</strong>cludes a polished black<br />

ceramic bezel with a white enamel div<strong>in</strong>g scale.<br />

www.omegawatches.com<br />

Omega<br />

Sh<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g brightly <strong>in</strong> OMEGA's ceramic<br />

"Moonwatch" collection, this radiant version of<br />

<strong>the</strong> "Dark Side of <strong>the</strong> Moon" stands out with a<br />

diamond-set ceramic bezel that sits on <strong>the</strong> black<br />

ceramic 44.25 mm case.<br />

www.omegawatches.com<br />

Bvlgari<br />

BVLGARI Solotempo watch with mechanical<br />

manufacture movement, automatic w<strong>in</strong>d<strong>in</strong>g<br />

and date, sta<strong>in</strong>less steel case treated with black<br />

Diamond Like Carbon and bezel engraved with<br />

double logo, black dial, black rubber bracelet and<br />

<strong>in</strong>terchangeable brown calf lea<strong>the</strong>r bracelet.<br />

www.bulgari.com<br />

Hublot<br />

44mm polished and sat<strong>in</strong> f<strong>in</strong>ished 18K K<strong>in</strong>g<br />

Gold, with 6-H shaped Titanium screwed<br />

bezel. Sapphire and anti-reflective treatment<br />

crystal with matte black skeleton dial.<br />

www.hublot.com<br />

Hublot<br />

42 mm sat<strong>in</strong> f<strong>in</strong>ished and polished Titanium set<br />

with 64 diamonds and 14-baguette cut diamonds.<br />

www.hublot.com<br />

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Ulla Johnson<br />

Ulla Johnson looks to<br />

Japan for <strong>in</strong>spiration<br />

for her Spr<strong>in</strong>g<br />

'21 collection, as<br />

highlighted by this<br />

'Aurore' dress that's<br />

detailed with origamilike<br />

pleat<strong>in</strong>g and<br />

delicate ruffles. It's cut<br />

from 'River Blossom'<br />

pr<strong>in</strong>ted cotton-popl<strong>in</strong><br />

with a crossover bodice<br />

and a volum<strong>in</strong>ous<br />

tiered skirt.<br />

Dior<br />

The freshness of an<br />

armful of colourful petals,<br />

<strong>the</strong> vivify<strong>in</strong>g energy of<br />

citrusy dew.<br />

Miss Dior Rose N'Roses<br />

is a sparkl<strong>in</strong>g floral<br />

fragrance, a profusion of<br />

Grasse Roses refreshed<br />

by a zest of Bergamot<br />

and heightened by <strong>the</strong><br />

<strong>in</strong>tensity of a White Musk<br />

note.<br />

www.dior.com<br />

Versace<br />

A strong, mascul<strong>in</strong>e fragrance, Dylan Blue<br />

encapsulates <strong>the</strong> sensual scents of <strong>the</strong><br />

Mediterranean. The fragrance bold ambrox notes,<br />

refreshed with h<strong>in</strong>ts of bergamot and grapefruit. The<br />

earthy and citrusy olfactory notes are enveloped<br />

with black pepper, papyrus wood and <strong>in</strong>cense,<br />

along with m<strong>in</strong>eral musk, tonka beans and saffron.<br />

www.versace.com<br />

Balenciaga<br />

Sh<strong>in</strong>y crocodile embossed cafsl<strong>in</strong> with adjustable<br />

and removable crossbody lea<strong>the</strong>r strap (21,6 <strong>in</strong>ch),<br />

studded magnet closure.<br />

www.balenciaga.com<br />

Isabel Marant<br />

Noliaze one-sleeve cutout fil coupé<br />

silk-blend crepon m<strong>in</strong>i dress<br />

Gucci<br />

Encased with<strong>in</strong> a new, elongated bottle, Gucci Flora<br />

Gorgeous Gardenia relaunches with a new Eau de<br />

Parfum. With a scent built around <strong>the</strong> Gardenia<br />

flower, <strong>the</strong> joyful floral signature has been admired<br />

s<strong>in</strong>ce <strong>the</strong> dawn of time and said to be used <strong>in</strong> elixirs<br />

and magic potions.<br />

www.gucci.com<br />

Jacquemus<br />

Simon Porte<br />

Jacquemus<br />

says his Spr<strong>in</strong>g<br />

'21 collection,<br />

'L'Amour', is a<br />

celebration of love.<br />

It's been made <strong>in</strong><br />

Italy from breathable<br />

l<strong>in</strong>en that fits slim<br />

through <strong>the</strong> bodice<br />

before fall<strong>in</strong>g to a<br />

swishy fishtail skirt.<br />

The swee<strong>the</strong>art<br />

neckl<strong>in</strong>e is framed<br />

by sl<strong>in</strong>ky straps<br />

that drape off your<br />

shoulders and tie at<br />

<strong>the</strong> open back.<br />

Chanel<br />

N°5 is <strong>the</strong> most iconic fragrance of <strong>the</strong> century. A<br />

radical creation that revolutionized <strong>the</strong> traditions<br />

of its era. A design piece turned legend that<br />

fêtes 100 years of celebrity <strong>in</strong> <strong>2021</strong>. To mark<br />

this very special year, CHANEL has created an<br />

exclusive collection <strong>in</strong>spired by quotidian objects<br />

as a rem<strong>in</strong>der that wear<strong>in</strong>g N°5 transforms <strong>the</strong><br />

everyday. These 17 limited-edition products<br />

compose <strong>the</strong> Factory 5 Collection.<br />

www.chanel.com<br />

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Prada<br />

Sunglasses with an oversized, fem<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>e shape. The<br />

elegant frame is enhanced by ref<strong>in</strong>ed acetate layers<br />

glued to <strong>the</strong> brow bar of <strong>the</strong> frame front and on <strong>the</strong><br />

geometric temples. Prada letter<strong>in</strong>g logo.<br />

www.prada.com<br />

Marks & Spencer<br />

Tap <strong>in</strong>to <strong>the</strong> preppy trend with <strong>the</strong>se square<br />

sunglasses. Statement contrast frame, with<br />

dark lenses and comfortable wide arms. M&S<br />

Collection: easy-to-wear wardrobe staples that<br />

comb<strong>in</strong>e classic and contemporary styles.<br />

www.marksandspencer.com<br />

Prada<br />

Made of calf lea<strong>the</strong>r, it is def<strong>in</strong>ed by <strong>the</strong> metal<br />

hardware decorat<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> front and shoulder strap.<br />

Detachable 105 cm cha<strong>in</strong> shoulder strap with<br />

shoulder pad, metal hardware, metal letter<strong>in</strong>g logo<br />

on <strong>the</strong> strap, closure with flap and strap with metal<br />

loop, lea<strong>the</strong>r l<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g with patch pocket.<br />

www.prada.com<br />

LouisVuitton<br />

Revisited for <strong>the</strong> Fall <strong>2021</strong> Wild at Heart capsule,<br />

this Speedy Bandoulière 25 bag makes a strik<strong>in</strong>g<br />

impression. It is fashioned from embossed<br />

Monogram Empre<strong>in</strong>te lea<strong>the</strong>r with an oversized<br />

LV pattern and a bold leopard pr<strong>in</strong>t on <strong>the</strong> sides.<br />

The braided Toron handles are a signature of <strong>the</strong><br />

capsule and a detachable strap allows for crossbody<br />

wear.<br />

www.louisvuitton.com<br />

Valent<strong>in</strong>o<br />

Valent<strong>in</strong>o's dress was a vision on <strong>the</strong> Spr<strong>in</strong>g '21<br />

runway thanks to its vibrant 'Carrot' hue. Made <strong>in</strong><br />

Italy, it's cut from silk and has an asymmetric drape<br />

that tumbles down from <strong>the</strong> rippled collar.<br />

Givenchy<br />

Cross-body bag <strong>in</strong> lea<strong>the</strong>r with high frequency<br />

embossed 4G motif.100% calfsk<strong>in</strong> lea<strong>the</strong>r. L<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g:<br />

78% viscose, 17% polyamide, 5% acrylic. Metal<br />

pieces: 100% zamak.<br />

www.givenchy.com<br />

RayBan<br />

A past model is brought back with <strong>the</strong>se eyecatch<strong>in</strong>g<br />

octagon lenses. Straight out from <strong>the</strong> '70s,<br />

<strong>the</strong>se eye-catch<strong>in</strong>g frames rema<strong>in</strong> a sleek choice,<br />

available both <strong>in</strong> gold and silver shades, with<br />

match<strong>in</strong>g acetate temple tips for a full-metal look.<br />

www.rayban.com<br />

YSL<br />

Gold-tone metal diamond-shape frame sunglasses, add<strong>in</strong>g a sense of edge and glamour to your<br />

everyday ensemble. Featur<strong>in</strong>g black t<strong>in</strong>ted lenses and th<strong>in</strong> gold-tone diamond-shape frames.<br />

www.ysl.com<br />

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Swarovski<br />

Swarovski Collection I Millenia Necklace Octagon<br />

Cut Crystals, White, Rhodium Plated<br />

www.swarovski.com<br />

Tiffany & Co.<br />

Inspired by <strong>the</strong> olive branch, a symbol of peace and<br />

abundance. Narrow cuff <strong>in</strong> sterl<strong>in</strong>g silver.<br />

www.tiffany.com<br />

Boucheron<br />

The Holographique necklace by Boucheron is<br />

composed of slices of rock crystal edged <strong>in</strong><br />

diamonds, with a 21-carat yellow sapphire at center.<br />

www.boucheron.com<br />

Van Cleef & Arpels<br />

Van Cleef & Arpels Merveilles d'émeraudes necklace with detachable pendants<br />

There are multiple ways to comb<strong>in</strong>e <strong>the</strong> diamond and emerald pendants <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> Merveille<br />

d’émeraudes necklace showcas<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> versatility of multi-wear designs that were popular<br />

<strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> first half of <strong>the</strong> 20th century. A clever and discreet mechanism allows an easy<br />

switch<strong>in</strong>g of <strong>the</strong> Colombian emeralds with pear-cut diamonds <strong>in</strong> this versatile necklace.<br />

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Bucherer<br />


Showcas<strong>in</strong>g sapphires <strong>in</strong> all <strong>the</strong>ir multi-coloured glory, this eternity-style r<strong>in</strong>g<br />

comes from Bucherer F<strong>in</strong>e Jewellery’s Pastello range, with each stone carefully<br />

selected for its fem<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>e pastel hue. Set <strong>in</strong> 18 carat rose gold and featur<strong>in</strong>g 34<br />

sapphires, <strong>the</strong> design is also available <strong>in</strong> s<strong>in</strong>gle or triple bands, mak<strong>in</strong>g it <strong>the</strong><br />

ideal piece for those who like to mix and match <strong>the</strong>ir jewellery.<br />

www.bucherer.com<br />

Cartier<br />

Maillon<br />

Panthére 18ct<br />

white-gold and<br />

diamond r<strong>in</strong>g<br />

Cartier<br />

Lignes 18ct<br />

white-gold<br />

and diamond<br />

wedd<strong>in</strong>g band<br />

Cartier<br />

Panthère de<br />

Cartier 18ct<br />

white-gold, onyx,<br />

emerald, and<br />

diamond r<strong>in</strong>g<br />

Cartier<br />

Tr<strong>in</strong>ity de Cartier 18ct<br />

white-gold, diamond<br />

pave and ceramic r<strong>in</strong>g<br />

Bulgari<br />

Extremely rare and ultra-sophisticated,<br />

cornflower blue is one of sapphires’ most<br />

coveted and precious colour varieties. A<br />

vibrant, pure and light nuance com<strong>in</strong>g to<br />

life <strong>in</strong> an unbelievable 47.57 carats.<br />

www.bulgari.com<br />

Graff<br />

The double strand necklace is a masterpiece of diamond<br />

design showcas<strong>in</strong>g an extraord<strong>in</strong>ary array of diamonds that<br />

comb<strong>in</strong>ed weigh close to 90 carats. Contrast<strong>in</strong>g rows of<br />

round and emerald cut diamonds, each <strong>in</strong>visibly connected<br />

to <strong>the</strong> next, are accompanied by a magnificent 10.06 carat<br />

Flawless emerald cut diamond drop.<br />

www.graff.com<br />

Van Cleef & Arpels<br />

Van Cleef & Arpels Merveilles<br />

d'émeraudes earr<strong>in</strong>gs diamonds<br />

The w<strong>in</strong>g-shaped earr<strong>in</strong>gs match<br />

<strong>the</strong> Van Cleef & Arpels Merveilles<br />

d'émeraudes necklace. The<br />

earr<strong>in</strong>gs can be transformed<br />

us<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong>terchangeable<br />

emeralds from <strong>the</strong> necklace or<br />

worn with diamond drops. Set<br />

with diamonds and emeralds<br />

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Versace<br />

Versace is an Italian luxury fashion company<br />

and trade name founded by Gianni Versace<br />

<strong>in</strong> 1978. He claimed that <strong>the</strong> <strong>in</strong>spiration for <strong>the</strong><br />

Versace logo came from <strong>the</strong> artwork on <strong>the</strong> floor<br />

of <strong>the</strong> ru<strong>in</strong>s <strong>in</strong> Rome that he and his sibl<strong>in</strong>gs<br />

used to play on. Gianni said that he chose<br />

Medusa specifically for <strong>the</strong> logo because of<br />

<strong>the</strong> way that she made people fall hopelessly<br />

<strong>in</strong> love with her with no chance of ever go<strong>in</strong>g<br />

back. He hoped that his company would have<br />

<strong>the</strong> same effect on <strong>the</strong> people who purchased<br />

Versace products.<br />

Rolex<br />

Rolex was founded <strong>in</strong> 1905 by Alfred Davis<br />

and his bro<strong>the</strong>r-<strong>in</strong>-law Hans Wilsdorf. The Rolex<br />

logo is built around <strong>the</strong> name itself, which<br />

was chosen s<strong>in</strong>ce <strong>the</strong>y thought it was easy to<br />

pronounce <strong>in</strong> any language and sounded like<br />

<strong>the</strong> w<strong>in</strong>d<strong>in</strong>g of a watch when you say <strong>the</strong> name<br />

out loud. The crown connects to <strong>the</strong> company’s<br />

motto, “A Crown for Every Achievement”. This<br />

symbol harkens back to its illustrious history of<br />

<strong>in</strong>novation, quality, and <strong>the</strong> long list of firsts <strong>in</strong><br />

<strong>the</strong> world of watches. The green and gold color<br />

palette fur<strong>the</strong>r re<strong>in</strong>forces <strong>the</strong> ideas of wealth<br />

and prestige.<br />

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