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MAGZOID - Luxury Magazine in the Creative Space | May 2022

The May 2022 issue of Magzoid Magazine features an amazing cover artwork by Shay Shaymus, an artist from England. The magazine features an Exclusive Ramadan Interview with Imran Abbas Naqvi, and an inspirational interview with Vaibhav Doshi CEO of Hafla, Shurooq Al Fann-Celebrating the Spirit of ramadan with Art 2022. The Sydney Opera House and the National Centre for Performance Arts 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 logo of Starbucks. 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.

The May 2022 issue of Magzoid Magazine features an amazing cover artwork by Shay Shaymus, an artist from England. The magazine features an Exclusive Ramadan Interview with Imran Abbas Naqvi, and an inspirational interview with Vaibhav Doshi CEO of Hafla, Shurooq Al Fann-Celebrating the Spirit of ramadan with Art 2022. The Sydney Opera House and the National Centre for Performance Arts 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 logo of Starbucks.

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.

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We are thrilled to bring the May 2022 edition of Magzoid to you! We have on

the cover an exquisite artwork by Shay Shaymus, an exceptional artist from

England followed by a special feature of Imran Abbas Naqvi, the most recent

Pakistani fame to be honoured with the UAE golden VISA.

There are some inspiring stories from artists all over the world as we move

forward along with some exceptional works by local artists based in the UAE.

A section highlighting the art exhibition ‘Shurooq Al Fann’ that celebrates the

spirit of the holy month, special feature of Jyo John Mulloor’s #letitbloomdubai

projection and a featured interview with Vaibhav Doshi, the CEO of Hafla.

The Designer’s Corner displays some luxurious watches, jewelry, fashion &

lifestyle, and brand logos. The photography section showcases some pictureperfect

moments. Keeping you updated on the latest happenings in the creative

world, we have art facts and games like crossword, trivia to engage our readers

and provide an opportunity to win amazing gifts.

Art encourages us to cherish intuition, uncertainty, and creativity and to search

constantly for new ideas. We look forward to our readers joining us in our passion

for art and creativity. Let art feed your soul and bring joy to your world!

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Mario Henrique

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Shay Shaymus

5 fluid art techniques that no artist

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Ramadan 2022 10-11

Picture Story 27|43

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Best Museums 40-41

Artist in focus 46-47

Accomplishment-1 Billion Meals 54

Art exhibition & Events 56-57

The Journey of Surrealism 58-60

Art Facts 62-63

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Crossword 67

Trivia 68

Brand Logos 78

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World

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Freedom

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Ramdan 2022

Imran Abbas Naqvi

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Meet Abdulla Lutfi, an Emirati artist who

joined Amazon on a special Eid project

Abdulla Lutfi's eccentric

black-and-white

drawings have

resurfaced in the

spotlight. An Emirati

artist who suffers from autism

has collaborated with Amazon to

develop special, limited-edition

electronic Eid gift cards in a variety

of denominations this Ramadan.

Lutfi offers two designs: one

depicting a joyful family posed

together with Eid gift ideas in the

backdrop, and the other depicting

parents presenting gifts to their

children, who are displayed with

large grins, with the words

"Eid Mubarak" inscribed in the

background.

Customers may email the

electronic Eid gift cards to friends

and family with a customized

message after purchasing them

online and selecting a design from

two Lutfi artworks. He considers

autism to be a benefit and that

By contributing to Amazon's electronic Eid

Gift Cards, he intends to provide happiness

to everyone because it allows him to connect

with millions of Amazon customers through his

creative drawings.

it offers him a non-conventional

outlook on life, which he enjoys

communwo connect with millions

of Amazon customers through his

creative drawings.

Ronaldo Mouchawar, the vice

president of Amazon Middle East

and North Africa, says, "At Amazon,

we are committed to establishing

an inclusive culture by bringing

varied backgrounds, ideas, and

points of view into everything we

do." We're pleased to be joining in

on the festivities while introducing

customers to Abdulla Lutfi's great

talent as a local Emirati artist on the

autistic spectrum. "

In 2017, he had his first solo show

at the Cuadro art gallery in Dubai.

With his distinctive monochrome

sketches, he offered a satirical

approach to the city's skyline as well

as images of life in the Gulf. Since

then, he's worked with companies

like Converse to produce street art

at Dubai's Kite Beach and Crate

& Barrel to create UAE-themed

Christmas ornaments.

-news@magzoid.com

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Blend of

Abstract and

Realism

By Daria Callie

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“In my paintings, I mix

the abstract forms of

the background with

the realism of the

portrait because I find

the contrast between

these two worlds

fascinating,” says

Daria Callie

- Exclusive to Magzoid

Daria Callie is a

Belarusian painter who

primarily works with oils.

She studied a variety

of visual arts, received

a Bachelor of Architecture degree,

and developed a strong interest in

oil painting, which she now

focuses on.

She frequently blends the realism

of the portrait with the abstract

elements of the background. "In

my works, I want to create a world

where realism and abstraction can

coexist," says Daria Callie

What fascinates her the most

about painting a face are all the

small expressions and features

that convey an entire tale,

emotions, and sentiments.

Young women are a big part of

her work because they inspire

her and she sees a part of

herself in them.

Daria's work

has amassed a

big following on

Instagram, YouTube,

and Patreon, where

she demonstrates

her abilities through

lessons, timelapses,

and workin-progress

films.

. "In my works,

I want to create a world

where realism and

abstraction can coexist,"

says Daria Callie

She teaches oil painting

classes both online and

in-person, as she enjoys

encouraging people's

creativity. Her art can

be found in private

collections all around

the world, including

the United States,

France, Japan, and

other countries.

"I attempt to

express a sense of

independence and

strength through the

main characters in my

paintings, and the

abstraction surrounding them is

designed to create a type of free,

boundless atmosphere. I frequently

employ soothing but expressive

hues and color combinations to

reinforce the sensations I want

my art to elicit, such as a sense of

tranquility, strength, awareness,

and, of course, a sense of freedom"

says Daria.

- feature@magzoid.com

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RAMADAN 2022

Unique Places to spend your

Eid Holidays in Dubai

While Eid is already a joyful occasion to celebrate with family and friends, it has a wholly different sense if you are

spending it in Dubai. You are offered many Eid activities in Dubai to enjoy this most awaited time to the max.

Whether your idea of fun is spending lavish staycations, visiting theme parks, or even enjoying a unique dining

experience, we got you. This year, the Eid Al Fitr holiday is expected to start from Monday, May 2nd until Wednesday, May

4th, 2022. In this article, you will find the best places to visit in Dubai during Eid holidays for ultimate fun.

IMG World of Adventure

If you are wondering where to celebrate Eid in Dubai, there is no better

place than at a theme park! You can enjoy your time through amazing

rides at IMG Worlds of Adventure.

It’s the first and largest indoor theme park in Dubai where you can visit 5

different epic zones.

Location: Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Road, Dubai.

Prices: AED 225/- per person

The Festival Wheel

Riding the Festival Wheel is one of the other popular things to do on Eid in

Dubai which is a key attraction in the area. Such a massive wheel of about

40 meters high offers you spectacular views from the top.

Besides, you can witness the magical sunset from above; don’t forget to

capture this moment.

Location: Dubai Festival City Mall.

Prices: Above 12 years for AED 40/- Below 12 years for AED 25/-

Grosvenor House

Aside from any fun activity, pampering yourself at that time of the year is

absolutely one of the best things to do during Eid in Dubai.

You will have a blissful and soothing experience from customized

massages at the hotel Grosvenor House. Don’t think too much and go

relish some quality time for yourself.

Location: Al Emreef Street, Dubai Marina, Dubai.

Prices: AED 575/- per hour

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Downtown Dubai

You can go celebrate Eid at Downtown Dubai between its iconic

attractions, Burj Khalifa and Dubai Fountain. As the one-of-a-kind Dubai

Fountain will have fascinating shows on different pieces of music.

You can also go shopping at Dubai Mall for some self-pampering during

the holiday. It’ll be so much fun in downtown Dubai where you can feel the

joyful and happy vibe of Eid. Don’t miss going with your friends or family.

Dubai Opera

Another thing you can enjoy if you are wondering what to do in Dubai

during Eid is watching live entertainment shows.

Dubai Opera is presenting enjoyable concerts during Eid; whether you

love Arabic, jazz, or classical music, you can find them all. It’s the best

choice to relax your mind during your off days.

Location: Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard,

Downtown Dubai, Dubai

Prices: The ticket price starts from AED 350/-

Modhesh world

If you are looking for where to go on Eid holidays with your family, then we

just found you the perfect spot: it’s Modhesh World which is an ideal option

for all family members.

Modhesh World works on placing all of your plans for Eid holidays in Dubai

in one place. It’s packed with entertainment and fun added to chances of

winning prizes in numerous fun contests.

Location: Hall 1, Dubai World Trade Center, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai

Prices: AED 20/- per person (kids under 2 years have free entry)

The Green Planet

Without a doubt, the unique Green Planet is one of the top places to visit in

Dubai during Eid. It is the first indoor tropical rainforest in the emirate.

It has created a sustainable ecosystem for over 3,000 species of animals,

birds, and plants, making it so close to setting a world record. You will feel

like going to a real African city and walking through its outstanding nature

and between its various creatures.

You’re lucky to have such an attraction in your city; go enjoy a distinct

experience away from the normal outings.

Location: City Walk, Dubai.

Prices: AED 89/- (online), AED 120/- (at the gate)

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Inaugural edition of Ramadan art celebration

concludes with an extraordinary success

Shurooq Al Fann, an art exhibition celebrating the spirit of Ramadan by Artoze witnessed

over 100 extraordinary artworks by exceptional artists from across the UAE.

As a celebration for the holy

month of Ramadan in Sports

Society Mall, the exhibition

spanned over 4 days showcasing

some major highlights

from the creative industry.

Organized by Artoze, a

leading online art gallery, this

event was carried out through

a collaborative partnership

with Magzoid Magazine,

Khaleej Times and Orbit events. The

exhibition was inaugurated in the

graceful presence of the dignitaries

H.E. Laila Rahhal, Founder Business

Gate, Mr. Khalil AbdulWahid,

Director Fine Arts Dubai Culture

among many others alongside HNIs,

art collectors, curators and the

participating artists on the 21st of

April.

The inauguration ceremony

was followed by a mesmerizing

performance by one of the

most celebrated violinist and

golden visa recipient, Ms. Pasha

Cazan. Furthermore, other Live Art

performances by Ms. Raisa Mariam

Rajan and Ms Dina Khataan also

captivated the eyes of the visitors.

Other than the art and music

performances, the event conducted

a showcase of some of the great

modified supercars.

“Cars are what I love and

have been with them since

my childhood. It gives me

great pleasure to showcase

my cars in Shurooq Al Fann

as these modifications and

what we do with cars is like

an art to me. It was a great show

and I look forward to many more,”

said Fadhel Khaled Al Jahromi,

Founder of UAE Mustang Knights

Club. The event not only entertained

the adults, but also had some

amazing art workshops lined up for

the kids which were moderated by

professional artists like Ms. Raisa,

Mr. Mahfuzur and Ms. Soumya.

“I am extremely delighted to be

a part of the exhibition and heartily

congratulate the organizers for

putting up such a great event,” said

Honey Taheri (participating artist).

The exhibition witnessed a great

footfall and many serious buying

queries for the exhibited artworks.

When asked about the event to

the spokesperson of Artoze, she

expressed, “We as Artoze have

always been supportive to the

creative community and have been

putting in constant efforts in boosting

the art scene of the UAE. This event

was in-line to our idea of promoting

the rich and cultural heritage of the

UAE and portray the same through

the artworks of these amazing

artists. We are extremely delighted

and glad to witness the kind of

support that we have received from

our partners and do cherish the

enthusiasm and love showered upon

us by the beautiful artist community

and the visitors.”

The final day of the event called

upon all the participating artists

where they were felicitated on stage

for their extraordinary works that

reflected their efforts in displaying

the cultural heritage of the UAE in

the 21st century. The participation

of over 20+ nationalities showcased

the spirit of togetherness that we

celebrate here in the UAE. “It was

a great event put up by the team

and I appreciate all their efforts.

Exhibits of this scale help provide

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great opportunities for the artists

to showcase their works and it was

a pleasure for me to exhibit my

works alongside my other artist

friends. I look forward to many such

participation.” says Varsha Sureka

(participating artist).

The event was supported by Ferns

and Petals, Art Lab and Hafla who

jointly helped in making the event

an ever-lasting success. Shurooq Al

Fann is set to be hosted every year

during Ramadan to celebrate the holy

month and create opportunities for

the creative community of the UAE.

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The UNESCO Global Creative

Network includes seven magnificent cities from the

Gulf Cooperation Council

The places worth visiting for their rich cultural legacy in the Middle east were celebrated and

acknowledged by the UNESCO global creative network this World Creativity & Innovation Day.

Below is the list of seven magnificent cities that were chose

Buraidah: City for

gastronomy

This peaceful city has been

designated as a gastronomic

creative city. Unlike other business

cities in the Kingdom, Buraidah’s

economy is heavily reliant on

culinary activities, which have

aided the expansion of the creative

and cultural sectors significantly.

Buraidah’s agriculturalists had

incredible success with cereals and

were able to give a wide range of

components.

Al-Ahsa: Crafts and

folk art

Al-Ahsa city, which covers 379

square kilometers and is home to

1.3 million people, is also in the

Kingdom and is known for being

the world’s largest palm tree oasis.

Al-Ahsa is known for its magnificent

handicrafts, which attract tourists

who come to see and admire these

works of traditional art. The residents

of this city insisted on passing down

their craftsmanship from generation

to generation.

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Muharraq: Traditional

pearl jewelry design

Al-Ahsa city, which covers 379

square kilometers and is home to

1.3 million people, is also in the

Kingdom and is known for being

the world’s largest palm tree oasis.

Al-Ahsa is known for its magnificent

handicrafts, which attract tourists

who come to see and admire these

works of traditional art. The residents

of this city insisted on passing down

their craftsmanship from generation

to generation.

Doha: City of landmarks

Doha, Qatar’s capital, has also

managed to preserve some of the

country’s historic traditions and

customs. The famed Museum

of Islamic Art, which shows 14

centuries of art from Qatar and other

Islamic countries, is one of Doha’s

most famous attractions. Doha

also includes the futuristic National

Museum of Qatar, which exhibits

modern art that appeals to a wide

range of preferences.

Abu Dhabi: Emphasis

on music

Abu Dhabi, the UAE’s capital, is

a must-see for music fans. With its

towers and superb infrastructure,

this modern city is solidifying its

status as a vibrant cultural hub,

with a focus on music. The music

industry in Abu Dhabi has exploded

in recent years, with over 600

enterprises in this sector alone.

These companies now employ over

4,000 people who work in the music

industry.

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Dubai: Architecture

Dubai has solidified its place as a design hotspot. This cosmopolitan metropolis, with its spectacular highrise

buildings, has made significant investments in both modern and traditional designs, and has launched Downtown

Design, one of the premier Expos in the Middle East and South Asia, to that end. The Dubai Design District was

completed as part of the government’s effort to put design and innovation at the forefront of its priorities.

Sharjah: Crafts and

folk art

Sharjah has been a focal point for

cultural and traditional preservation

in the United Arab Emirates. In

addition to its cultural heritage

sites and museums, Sharjah has

been trying to encourage different

traditional crafts, such as ‘Talli’

weaving. Sharjah was adamant

about supporting its crafts and folk

art sector with initiatives like the

Bidwa Initiative

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Imran Abbas Naqvi

Famed Pakistani actor Imran Abbas became the latest star to be honored with the

Golden Visa by the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The actor, model, and singer gained

quick recognition at the early stage of his career due to his skills and flawless looks.

Being the youngest to six elder siblings, Imran has cherished and enjoyed every occasion

with his family. One such special occasion is Eid-al-fitr, here is an excerpt on the same

from Magzoid's conversation with Imran Abbas.

- Exclusive to Magzoid

You have prominently

established yourself as

a successful actor, and

recently been honored

with a Golden Visa. How did you

start your career?

It was never my intention to

become an actor, but rather I fell

into it. I always wanted to be an

architect and was studying in my

final year at the National College

of Arts, in Lahore when I started

to be offered modelling contracts.

Quite rapidly things spiraled from

there and I came on the radar

of Producers and Directors who

picked me up for projects in their

TV dramas and work flowed as

such. From there Bollywood

came into my life – Vikram Bhatt’s

Creature was my first movie,

starring Bipasha Basu, followed by

Muzaffar Ali’s Jaanisar and then

Ae Dil Hai Mushkil where I made a

cameo appearance.

I feel wonderful having been

issued the Golden Visa and am

grateful, since prominent faces

and individuals receive this. I’m

really looking forward to exploring

UAE even more now. UAE is very

close to Pakistan so whenever I get

time, I use the opportunity to visit,

to explore and do lots of shopping,

and see friends - it’s also a place

where I get to meet my Indian

friends too when I’m unable to visit

India. It’s very multicultural and

diverse so you get to meet people

from all over the world in the UAE.

The UAE is a wonderful place to

consider investment. Having the

Golden Visa will now enable me to

explore various options, perhaps

around real estate, especially given

the extraordinary architecture

there is here. Though I am an actor

by profession, I am a qualified

Architect with a keen interest in

architecture, arts and music, so

this is something that really

fascinates me.

What is your definition of the

purpose of Ramadan?

To me, Ramadan is a month

of patience and tolerance and I

see it as an exercise for our soul.

They say that if you repeat a habit

for twenty days then it becomes

part of your nature. From this we

are taught patience, not just by

virtue of abstinence from food and

drink, but from everything that is

negative. Things that are negative

for our soul, our being, and our

thinking. Slowly, this all filters into

our personality and becomes

part of it; it helps us disengage

and almost repel from all things

negative. The best things that

come out of all of this for me is a

sense of selflessness and altruism,

where you strive to do things

for others, where you engage in

charitable acts, where you try to

bring smiles upon faces and try to

do anything that brings something

positive into the lives of others.

When this all becomes a part of

your persona, then you view life

through a completely different lens,

and it infiltrates into your nature

and becomes part of your life. It’s a

wonderful exercise.

Abstaining from food and drink

is in almost every religion, whether

its Hinduism or Christianity, but in

Islam it extends further to include

other things that are damaging

to one’s own persona and soul,

such the omission of anger; after

observing the virtues of Ramadan

for a period of thirty days it has

an effect on one’s being and

personality.

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Time

management

is important. I am used

to eating little and my diet is

quite calculated, so it’s easy for me

to divide up my meals. When its iftar

I do struggle keeping away from

traditional foods, like pakoras, and

it is these types of foods that are

eaten during the month.

Given the change that Ramadan

brings to our usual routines, how

do you plan to:

Stay energetic throughout

the day/perform your tasks with

focus?

Time management is important. I

am used to eating little and my diet

is quite calculated, so it’s easy for

me to divide up my meals. When

its iftar I do struggle keeping away

from traditional foods, like pakoras,

and it is these types of foods that

are eaten during the month. The

sunnah is breaking a fast with tepid

water and dates - such things that

maintain energy levels, but do not

have a detrimental effect on the

body. We only need enough energy

from our food as is necessary

based on consumption of energy,

otherwise any excess is deposited

as fat. One should definitely watch

what they are eating for iftar and

sahoor based on their needs. In

our field it is quite challenging as

on shoot it’s not always in airconditioned

rooms – sometimes

we are outdoors, sometimes we

have action sequences, sometimes

we need to stand in the heat. Our

schedules are quite complex.

Generally, people assume that

actors lead a very luxurious life,

which isn’t the case, since what

goes on behind all of the glitz and

glamour is a lot of hard work and

grafting.

manage your time and

balance between your personal,

professional and community

role?

These all-work hand-in-hand,

simultaneously. If you’re doing

charity, it doesn’t mean you need

to allocate time to do charitable

work. You can do this continuously,

at any time and shouldn’t just

be restricted to just Ramadan,

though it is a wonderful virtue of

the month.

What changes do you make in

Ramadan to your:

technology usage?

I’m generally trying to cut down

on my tech time and making a

conscious effort to steer away

from the use of technology too

much, slowly. I am not particularly

a gadget savvy, and I don’t know

about a lot of technologies and

applications but I’m happy and

content being like that. My social

media usage currently is what I

feel compelled to engage in, when

using Instagram, Facebook, or

Twitter, but I’m trying to bring back

a little more routine to my life. With

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every passing day I am trying to

cut down my screentime. Right

now, I’m looking to get a farmhouse

away from the City where internet

is unavailable or limited. I want to

spend time there when I’m away

from acting and my usual schedule,

to reconnect with nature and

recuperate. This isn’t just specific

to Ramadan, but generally I do feel

that it is healthy for us all to step

back a little from technology for

the sake of our mental well-being,

since it has penetrated us so much

without us even being conscious

of it.

social life?

I have a very limited, handful of

friends. I try to spend more time

with my family, with my nephews,

nieces, and siblings. I have lost

both of my parents, which is a very

unfortunate part of my life; had they

been alive perhaps I would have

been spending the bulk of my time

with them. I don’t attend parties

and get-togethers. I am more of

a homebody – when I return from

my work, I like to spend time at

home. I am like this, not only in

Ramadan, but otherwise, where

my lifestyle is more home centric. I

enjoy spending time with my pets,

my plants and even myself over

spending time with people who

aren’t on the same wavelength

as me.

What’s your secret to staying

motivated and consistent

throughout Ramadan, especially

when you hit mid-Ramadan

slump?

In all honesty when we hit mid-

Ramadan, I feel saddened that the

month of blessings is nearing an

end. I actually start to feel a little

low instead of feeling elated that

half of the month has passed. The

number of blessings and mercy in

this month, and the feeling of not

having availed it all is saddening,

so I make a conscious effort to

become more devout, utilizing the

remaining time as best as I can.

What are your tips for our

readers on approaching the

Qur’an and coming out a

different person at the end of this

Ramadan, Insha Allah?

We hold the Quran close to our

hearts and we read it, however,

we need to also understand and

implement the learnings and

teaching from it too. This is such

a complete book that there is

not a single worldly thing that we

can’t extract lessons for; it’s a

manual and guide for us. For us

to understand and implement the

learnings from the Holy Quran is

important. The tafseer or science

behind the scriptures is important,

and thus we should seek guidance

and explanation from those who are

well versed and firmly grounded

in knowledge, since it is not so

straightforward for us to simply

read and interpret based on our

understanding. We should seek

to learn from those who have

been gifted to understand and

interpret the Quran correctly, and

without a shadow of a doubt the

Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), his

descendants, his companions,

his disciples, and such gifted

individuals are the best amongst

those to correctly interpret and

share the wisdoms and learnings

with us.

What is the biggest positive

change any particular Ramadan

has brought to your life?

This Ramadan is unlike any other

Ramadan that I have been used to

having in the past. For the first time

I am feeling a sense of hollowness

and emptiness. I lost my father

a couple of years ago and now

with the passing of mother, it’s the

first Ramadan without either of my

parents. I am experiencing a huge

sense of loss without having the

shelter or blessings of my parents.

However, this year I am also feeling

a lot closer to my maker than

before, which perhaps wasn’t the

case in the past – Allah (SWT) loves

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us more than seventy times our

mother, and though I have a deep

sadness for having lost my mother,

I feel a renewed sense of nearness

with my maker, which is a blessing.

I feel closer to my God and have

more communication with Him, and

am best able to share my sadness,

anxieties, and pain, some which I

can and cannot express, because

He is the knower of what is in my

heart. This Ramadan has been

important for me from that respect

and bettering my reliance on my

maker.

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Bespoke Portraiture

By Shay Shaymus

“I fell in love with drawing different types of breeds and fur and put

in a huge effort to capture the true likeness and hyper-realism of the

subject” says Shay

Exclusive to Magzoid

Shay is a full-time artist living

and working in south Devon,

England. He goes by the alias

Shaymus for his artistic activities,

a moniker that he has had for as

long as he can remember. He has

since moved on to concentrate

in creating realistic portraiture

artwork of dogs, wildlife, and

people, having recently graduated

from university with a BA (Hons) in

Illustration. He considers himself

fortunate to have clients from

all over the world, including the

United States, the United Kingdom,

Canada, Spain, Ireland, New

Zealand, and others

He is primarily commissioned to

sketch dogs and cats, but he is

also commissioned to draw other

animals such as birds, horses, and

other wildlife on occasion. He's

always interested in seeing what

people want to commission from

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me next, regardless of the subject!

He only expected to receive

human portrait commissions when

he recently started his own portrait

art business. “I was the most

comfortable with drawing people

as that's what I have always done,

but I soon came to realize how

much people love their pets” says

Shay. He began to obtain a greater

number of contracts for animal

portraits, primarily dogs and cats.

He primarily works in layers,

beginning with a soft initial layer

and progressing to intricate pencil

strokes. He frequently develops

bespoke soft gradient backdrops,

which let the subjects stand out

even more. Depending on the

complexity of the

portrait, he can

spend 2 to 3 weeks

on it alone. He

frequently records

a short reel time

lapse throughout

the commission so

that the customer

and my social

media followers

can observe the

process behind

the portrait production. He's

discovered that this is a wonderful

approach to engage with people

since they enjoy seeing how an

artwork begins and then finishes.

With all of the skills he's learned

“I was the

most comfortable with

drawing people as that's

what I have always done,

but I soon came to realize

how much people love

their pets” says Shay.

through commission

pet artworks, he's

had the thrilling

opportunity to

create realistic

animal portraiture,

which he plans to

print shortly.

He has many

more fascinating

animal projects

lined up for this

year, including a

stunning Leopard

titled 'Serene,' which is one of his

favourite wildlife pieces he has

already created.

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PICTURE STORY

PHOTO BY MOHD ALMAZROUEI ON UNSPLASH

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ARTIST STORIES | INSPIRE & EMPOWER

Abstract Expressionism

By Mario Henrique

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“Painting is a

constant in my life,

it's neither a vocation

nor a pastime from

which I can easily

withdraw depending

on my mood,” says

Mario

- Exclusive to Magzoid

Mario Henrique is a

Portuguese painter who

began his career in

internet marketing and

web development businesses after

graduating from the University of

Fine Arts in Lisbon with a degree in

design. While working as a creative

director in Portugal, Spain, and

Brazil, he recruited and led teams.

However, his concentration shifted

towards modern painting with time

which had always been a side

passion.

He is a prolific portraitist

who is highly captivated by

the unpredictability of human

nature. The fleeting glances, the

impermanence of facial expressions,

and unexpected movement, these

dynamics can be seen in his abstract

expressionism-influenced Ballerinas

Series.

Mario paints abruptly and

spontaneously, using unusual and

harsh materials such as cardboards,

inverted canvases, and hardware

tools. Drippings, splashes, and paint

tosses are his method of enhancing

the physicality of the painting

process which is visible in the

completed piece.

In 2016, Mario was awarded

an Honorable Mention for his

participation in the Brasilia Biennial

of Contemporary Arts. His art has

been displayed in both local and

“Painting is a form

of thievery, a heist

from the real world,”

says Mario. Art is

impossible without this

reinterpretation and

without an audience to

judge it.

international galleries. He has also

been featured in Saatchi Art's Inside

the Studio, and he's represented by

the Bill Lowe Gallery and ArtCatto,

among other notable galleries.

“Painting is a form of thievery,

a heist from the real world,” says

Mario. A painting is a reasonable

version of reality based on prior

recollections tainted by imagination,

rather than an accurate description.

Art is impossible without this

reinterpretation and without an

audience to judge it. ​

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FEATURED ARTISTS

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letitbloomdubai

Jyo John Mulloor is a Digital Artist and Art Director who has

worked for almost 18 years. His passion has always been

visualizing ideas and creating thoughts. A simple yet effective

image, in his opinion, is worth a thousand words.

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Jyo John Mulloor is a Digital

Artist and Art Director who

has worked for almost 18

years. His passion has

always been visualizing

ideas and creating thoughts. A

simple yet effective image, in his

opinion, is worth a thousand words.

He created #letitbloomdubai based

on the vision of his highness Shaikh

Mohammed. In his opinion, the year

2040 will be a turning point.

The artist says it all started when

he had a dream in which he was in

the location where he stayed during

his first days in Dubai. It was snowing

when he peered out the window, and

he could see the roads, buildings,

and even the parking meters

blanketed in snow. When he awoke,

he told his family about his dream,

and he recognized that the sensation

the dream gave him could not be

expressed in words. That's when he

decided to do what he did best: turn

what he had seen in his dream into

pictures and he started the series

‘#letitsnow’. He wanted to explore if

he could make people feel the same

way he did by creating visuals of a

snowy Dubai or a Dubai that looked

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as it did.

He began his work as a graphic

designer, but soon discovered that

making digital art images with Adobe

Photoshop was his true calling.

That's how he got into the digital art

field. He has been working in this

field professionally in Dubai for over

16 years.

He confronted numerous

hurdles while working on his new

initiatives. Making snow was a huge

undertaking. He has been to places

where it snows, but he is unfamiliar

with how snow reacts on various

surfaces. As a result, he had to take

notes in order to make snow. He also

learned how to make snow in 3D. He

understood exactly how greenery

behaved for #LetItBloomDubai

because he is from Kerala, a place

known for its greenery. His difficulty

for #LetItBloomDubai was that there

are already green areas in Dubai,

such as the area around the Dubai

Jyo John Mulloor

He began his work as a

graphic designer, but soon

discovered that making

digital art images with

Adobe Photoshop was his true

calling. That's how he got

into the digital art field.

He has been working in this

field professionally in Dubai

for over 16 years.

Frame. He had to overdo the foliage

a little in certain circumstances

to make it stand out as a creative

image.

Jyo John Mullor is a crypto and

NFT artist. For artists like him, the

NFT and crypto realm has opened

up new horizons. While some NFTs

are being sold as art that aren't even

close to being art, He appreciates

the rapid evolution of the art world

as a result of the introduction of

NFTs. A few prominent personalities

in the crypto space asked him

to be linked with them. He's also

produced a couple NFTs on his own

and sold them on the NFT market.

His personal initiatives are the ones

that provide him the most joy, and

NFTs allow him to commercialize

his personal efforts. Artists will need

to upgrade their skills in order to

compete in the NFT marketplace. ​

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SPECIAL DAYS

International

Museum Day

International Museum Day (IMD)

aims to promote awareness

about how "Museums are an

important method of cultural

exchange, enrichment of

cultures, and growth of mutual

understanding, collaboration,

and peace among peoples." The

events and activities organised to

commemorate International Museum

Day can last a day, a weekend, or

an entire week, and are held on or

around the 18th of May each year.

The theme in 2022 is 'The Future

of Museums: Recover and Imagine',

inspired by the changes the world

has experienced in the last year

and urging people to reimagine the

museums of the future, to respond

to the issues we face in the present.

Museums have the ability to

change the world in which we live.

They teach us about our past and

open our minds to new ideas as

unparalleled places of discovery,

two vital elements in constructing a

better future.

On May 18th, 2022, International

Museum Day will be celebrated.

Through three lenses, investigate

the potential of museums to

effect positive change in their

communities:

The importance of attaining longterm

sustainability.

The value of digitization and

accessible innovation.

The importance of education in

community development.

All museums in the emirate will

be free on Saturday, including the

Etihad Museum, the Dubai Museum,

and the Al Shindagha Museum,

which only launched its first phase

in March.

The Founding Fathers Exhibition

is now on display at the Etihad

Museum in Jumeirah, and it features

rare photographs taken by the

UAE's "royal photographer," Ramesh

Shukla.

Visit the Dubai Museum, which is

housed in the Al Fahidi Fort, for a

more hands-on experience of the

city's history and tradition. Visit the

Perfume House and the 'The Dubai

Creek: Birth of a City' pavilion at the

Al Shindagha Museum on the Bur

Dubai side of the Creek, which are

now open to the public.

In an effort to foster cross-cultural

conversation and develop a better

understanding of Islam, the Sharjah

Museum of Islamic Civilisation has

also announced that tourists would

be able to come for free throughout

Ramadan.

The museum, which is run by

the Sharjah Museums Authority,

houses over 5,000 collections from

all around the Islamic world. Except

for the last 10 days of Ramadan,

when it will be open only during the

day, SMIC is open Saturday through

Thursday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and

9.30 p.m. to 11.30 p.m.

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ART JOURNEY

Read more at www.magzoid.com

Why Artist and Museum Merchandise is

the next major growth category for the

ever-expanding art market

Merchandise is the next

frontier for the art industry.

The world of art has

attracted a lot of attraction in the

past few decades. There is great

growth in art than any other market.

The artists and retailers are finally

learning to embrace the idea that art

and retail can go hand-in-hand.

The Museums have also decided

to wade into the world of art.

The Brooklyn Museum, London’s

National Gallery, the Museo

Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza,

Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts.

These museums have signed the

global licensing deals to create the

merchandise.

Creating products is not the only

thing which requires work, but

The Brooklyn

Museum, London’s

National Gallery,

the Museo Nacional

Thyssen-Bornemisza,

Boston’s Museum

of Fine Arts. These

museums have signed

the global licensing

deals to create the

merchandise.

selling them is also the main field to

work on. However, the museums are

selling the art merchandise in huge

numbers with least efforts.

Brand collaborations with artists

are used as bait for attracting the

viewers towards the museum. The

proprietary Collaboration Database

of Art Agency’s lists over 140 artistbrand

partnerships that occurred

last year, including everything from

a Takashi Murakami-designed

Hublot watch, to David Salle

swimwear for Orlebar Brown.

This collaboration between retail

and art is expected to be at a faster

pace and the art world is looking

ahead for greater growth.

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FEATURED INTERVIEW

Vaibhav Doshi, CEO - Hafla

Transforming the way events are conceptualised and booked through a unique tech platform Hafla is the

world's first Artificial Intelligence based event ideation, recommendation and aggregated sourcing platform for

venues, equipment, services and catering. By delivering personalised solutions through its interactive onestop-shop

for events - corporate and personal, large and small - Hafla minimizes the stress in event planning

so that everyone can celebrate more. Founded by people with years of experience in the event industry, and

backed by data from more than 25,000 events, Hafla provides a much-needed tech enabled one-stop-shop for

all event services. Here’s an excerpt from Magzoid’s conversation with the CEO, Vaibhav Doshi

- Exclusive to Magzoid

What is Hafla and how has your

journey been, till the point where

you wanted to start it?

Hafla is a one-stop-shop for event

organizers to book everything

needed for organizing events, and

a business management platform

for event industry suppliers to list

services and generate business. We

started Hafla because we believe

there is no simple and trusted way

to find and book the 4 essential

elements of an event which includes

venues, equipment, and catering.

Hafla’s purpose is to simplify

event planning so that everyone

can celebrate more. In 9 months,

we have engaged in conversations

with about 8000 event planners

and delivered 2500 events. The

journey has been very exciting with

hundreds of customers sharing

very positive feedback and placing

repeat orders.

How does Hafla differentiate itself

from the generic event suppliers?

Hafla has three key differences

compared to a generic event

planner

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Scale: We deal with more than 500

new event requests every week and

deliver hundreds of events each

month. We have built a strategic

process and the right team to

manage high volumes (50+ team

members to date).

A typical event planner cannot

handle such scale.

Tailored service: With Hafla you

can order things fully online for

simple requirements (e.g. renting a

bouncy castle, or booking a magic

show) or work with event specialists

to customize your event. With a

typical event supplier you engage

only on complex custom events.

Role of technology: We provide

technology to both customers

and event industry suppliers

including event planners. For e.g

we are building AI recommendation

engines to provide event design and

solutions to find the best solution

matching the need of customers.

In simple terms Hafla is like

Expedia and an event supplier is

like an airline.

How do you fit in well with

luxurious and bespoke events?

Luxurious and bespoke events

need three main aspects for guests

to have a memorable experience

those aspects are: creativity, novelty,

and quality.

Team Hafla works with more

than 750 event suppliers and has

an internal algorithm to identify

which partner can provide the

required creativity and quality.

Further, we bring Novelty products,

entertainment and F&B ideas that

the organizer themselves may not

Vaibhav Doshi

CEO - Hafla

be able to imagine and/or source.

Which industry segments do you

see Hafla growing towards?

We are witnessing high growth

across social as well as corporate

events. Birthday parties are the

most frequently done event type but

Hafla has also served more than 500

corporates for their events.

Anything that you would like

to add?

We are focusing on building the

product (tech) and processes to

quickly reach 1000+ events per

day while maintaining top-notch

experience. By the end of 2022

we will enable 10,000+ events

and set the base for 50,000 events

next year. We are also working on

launching Hafla services in Saudi

Arabia in the year.

Our key priority is to keep learning

and delivering excellent services to

our customers.

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Sfumato

By Marco Grassi

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“On one hand, I like to

think about my art as

an expression of lyrical

beauty that can be found

in the world, but on the

other hand, it is always a

statement as well,” says

Marco.

“I often portray

the bodies of my

models in a moment

of metamorphosis

and the characters

become allegories,”

says Marco

- Exclusive to Magzoid

Marco Grassi is a

Northern Italybased

artist born in

1987. Thanks to his

grandfather, an art

collector by passion, Marco has

been surrounded by ancient master

paintings and antique artworks,

ranging from pottery to sculptures

since childhood. His surroundings

undoubtedly influenced him, and

he had a keen interest in beautiful

arts from a very young age.

During his university studies in

Bologna, where he pursued an

education in the preservation of

antique artworks, he decided to

focus on his passion and convert

it into a vocation. As a result, he

began to alter and reinterpret the

old painting techniques in new

ways. This quickly became his

signature style. Marco like most

excellent painters never aspired

to show the world exactly as it is.

He enjoys incorporating strange

aspects into his paintings in order

to portray expressions that are near

to his heart.

He paints with oil colors,

a material that allows him to

accomplish effects that would be

impossible to do otherwise. Marco

has always aspired to mix detailed

realism and a contemporary finish

with "sfumato," an Italian painting

technique that excelled during

the Renaissance. Soft transitions

between each area of the picture,

as well as very delicate and

natural color passages, are deeply

ingrained in his work.

“On one hand, I like to think

about my art as an expression of

lyrical beauty that can be found in

the world, but on the other hand,

it is always a statement as well,”

says Marco. His artistic research

is frequently focused on those

ongoing transfigurations, human

beings turning into inanimate

materials. He frequently strives to

make things mysterious and veiled,

something that is difficult to grasp

at first glance.

Marco mainly concentrates on

two primary topics. The first is the

lost balance between humans and

nature, which casts an everlasting

shadow of environmental damage,

climate change, and species

extinction. The second theme he

frequently discusses is solitude,

as well as the perseverance of a

person who is alone in a terrible

world.

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BEST MUSEUMS 2022

Best places to appreciate art in UAE:

From digital to art museums

The United Arab Emirates is a cultural and artistic center. There is always something new to discover, from

the ancient traditional paintings hanging in the galleries in downtown Abu Dhabi to the modern, digital art

in some of Dubai’s best museums. From digital art museums to modern art galleries, this list highlights the

greatest places in the UAE to enjoy art.

LOUVRE MUSEUM ABU DHABI

The Louvre Abu Dhabi is a new cultural lighthouse, bringing people from all civilizations together to shed

new light on humanity’s shared stories. It is a world-class art museum with approximately 600 works of art

from all around the world. The Louvre Abu Dhabi is a museum dedicated to cultural achievements dating

back to prehistory. The galleries are divided by themes rather than by geography. It also provides art and

culture fans with the opportunity to view world-class exhibitions on modern and contemporary art from a

global perspective.

THEATRE OF DIGITAL ART

The United Arab Emirates is a place

where art is not only valued but also

celebrated. Many venues in the UAE

offer some of the best art experiences,

ranging from digital to art museums.

The Theatre of Digital Art (ToDA) is the

ideal location for discovering a new facet

of Dubai’s vibrant art scene. ToDA is a

multi-sensory, interactive experience

that takes you on a journey of discovery

through Dubai’s history and culture. It

is also the UAE’s first digital art theatre,

providing guests with a genuinely

unique immersive experience. Using

cutting-edge technologies. In a virtual

reality environment, visitors can take

an interactive tour of Dubai’s prominent

monuments and structures.

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SHARJAH ART MUSEUM

In the United Arab Emirates,

the Sharjah Art Museum is

the ideal site to appreciate

art. It has been an important

centre for arts and culture

since it was founded in 1995

under the Art Directorate of

the Department of Culture and

Inform involving communities.

Furthermore, the museum

houses nearly 4,000 works

of art from many ages and

nations. Throughout the year,

it also holds a number of

exhibitions.

JAMEEL ARTS CENTRE

The Jameel Arts Centre is one

of the most well-known art

galleries in the UAE. It is a nonprofit

organization dedicated to

showcasing modern art to the

general population. Throughout

the year, the center presents a

variety of exhibitions, seminars,

artist talks, lectures, and other

activities. Additionally, the shows

focus on displaying both rising and

established artists from around the

world. It also provides residencies

for artists who wish to exhibit their

work in Dubai or simply want to get

away from their own country.

INFINITY DES

LUMIÈRES

The Infinity des Lumières,

which debuted in 2021,

is an outstanding project.

It’s a new art project

that’ll be on display at

the Dubai Mall. Culture

spaces produced the

light installation Infinity

des Lumières, which

means “unlimited

lights.” Hundreds of light

fixtures will make up

the installation, which is

meant to inspire awe and

astonishment in all who

see it.

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ART NEWS

The third edition of 'Big Bad Wolf

Books' inaugurated by H.H. Latifa bint Mohammed

returns to Dubai with over 1 million titles

The third edition of the

world's largest book sale,

Big Bad Wolf Books, was

opened on Thursday by

Mohammed bin Rashid

Al Maktoum, Chairperson of Dubai

Culture and Arts Authority and

Member of the Dubai Council.

The 11-day event, which runs

from 14 to 24 April in Dubai Studio

City, will feature almost one million

books.

Sheikha Latifa viewed the

exhibition and lauded the event's

cultural and cognitive diversity,

which includes books in a variety of

languages covering a wide range

of topics and fields, including

scientific, literary, and humanitarian,

to name a few.

Many of Dubai Culture's sectoral

aims, such as making culture

accessible to everyone and

boosting reading, are aligned with

Big Bad Wolf Books. "Your Majesty"

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid

Sheikha Latifa viewed

the exhibition and

lauded the event's

cultural and cognitive

diversity, which

includes books in a

variety of languages

covering a wide

range of topics and

fields, including

scientific, literary, and

humanitarian, to

name a few.

Al Maktoum, Vice-President and

Prime Minister of the United Arab

Emirates and Ruler of Dubai, has

long worked to promote a reading

culture in the community, making

it a necessary daily habit and

fostering a love of reading in future

generations.

A robust reading culture allows

individuals of society to make major

contributions to the Arab region's

development and advancement,

as well as fostering creativity and

invention in a variety of disciplines.

Big Bad Wolf Literature offers a

world of books and knowledge to

its visitors, as well as playing an

important role in the community.

Big Bad Wolf Books is open

every day from 10 a.m. to 2 a.m.,

and admission is free. Discounts

on books range from 50 percent to

80 percent off recommended retail

prices at the show..

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PICTURE STORY

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ARTIST STORIES | INSPIRE & EMPOWER

Accidental

Watercolor

Painting

By Ko Byung Jun

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“As I did, the

portraits expressed

always stare at the

world quietly as

if they were tired

of a fairytale-like

reality, containing

incomplete, anxious,

and unknown

sadness.” says

Ko Byung Jun. ​

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Ko Byung Jun is a Korean

artist born in 1981. His

paintings are not of the

conventional sense. Their

uncommon exceptional

representation is what drives people

to his art. With his unrefined drawing

and accidental watercolor painting,

the artist portrays his worries and

loneliness to a variety of characters.

The pattern used by Ko Byun to

express his emotions is beyond

layman's imagination.

In 2013, he graduated from Kyung

Hee University's Department of Fine

Art with an M.A. and a Graduate

School diploma. Throughout

his life, he has been in a variety

of productions. A few of the

exhibitions that showed his work as

a recognized artist are SK energy-'

wallpaper Advertisement in 2007, A4

River Group Exhibition, K.U.M.A., The

Earth Group Exhibition, K.U.M.A.,

K.U The B.T.A. Exhibition at the

Gangneung Art Museum among

others.

In 2012, “The Dance” his first

solo exhibition was held. He was a

finalist in the Indie-Room Anifest of

Artists and the Indie-Screening in

“ I want to get out

of the classic style

of painting, through

watercolor techniques

highlighting unrefined

drawing and

coincidence, I try to

express my anxious and

lonely emotions,”

2013. In 2014, he was a finalist in the

Seoul New Media Festival's Finalist

Screening. “ I want to get out of the

classic style of painting, through

watercolor techniques highlighting

unrefined drawing and coincidence, I

try to express my anxious and lonely

emotions,” Says Ko Byung. The artist

communicates the loneliness and

dread of modern people through

his portraits that are considered an

image of himself.

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ARTISTS IN FOCUS

Kaveh Ahangar

Kaveh

produced a 3D

multi-layered wall

design for District 2020

Hub that included multiple

Expo2020 pavilions as well

as natural elements from

the UAE

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Kaveh Ahangar, an artist from

Iran who grew up in Dubai.

After a ten-year stint as the

Head of Merchandise Planning in

Dubai's Luxury Fashion & Retail

Industry. He spent two years

travelling over South America in

search of inspiration for his art.

In semi-isolation, he discovered

his Geometric direction in the

Amazon Jungle. Kaveh's art

symbolizes the interconnectedness

of everything and everyone by

using the same geometry that

Molecules in nature use to link and

build everything around us.

Kaveh produced a 3D multilayered

wall design for District

2020 Hub that included multiple

Expo2020 pavilions as well as

natural elements from the UAE.

The architectural layout of Expo

2020 and the mobility pavilion are

included into the design of each

individual item. The overall flow of

the pieces is reminiscent of desert

dunes and ocean shells.

Expo 2020 motifs are interwoven

into the flower of life geometric

design on the floor. The patterns

indicate the geometric structures

that can be found throughout the

show. The three petals' shadings

also depict the expo's architectural

layout.

He also worked for NIKE - Sole of

DXB - Dubai Design District, where

he painted a live mural for Nike

during Sole DXB, incorporating

Nike shoe sole patterns and an

Islamic geometric portrayal of the

Dubai skyline.

Burj Khalifa Projection DSS

Opening Ceremony 2021, where

he used geometric representations

of falcons, flamingos, desert, abra,

rocket to mars, dallah kettle, and

more to tell the tale of Dubai.

A Majlis where the sea meets

the sands represented by multilayered

dunes, majlis seating,

string art representing fishing nets,

and Islamic geometry representing

UAE heritage was another project

in which a Majlis where the sea

meets the sands represented by

multi-layered dunes, majlis seating,

string art representing fishing nets,

and Islamic geometry representing

UAE heritage in a modern POP

approach.

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ARTISTS IN FOCUS

Ola

has a keen,

detail-oriented

eye, which helps her in

distinguishing between different

color tints and variations with

ease, being so skilled helped her

earn a golden visa as an

artist in the UAE

Ola Khaled Mathboot

Ola Khaled Mathboot is a

professional plastic artist

with extensive experience

in the fields of arts and crafts,

including professional portraiture

in oil and charcoal, as well as the

ability to work with a wide range of

colors and materials. She worked

as a professional drawing teacher

for all ages formerly in Syria, and

now she is the owner of workshops

in the UAE. Specializing in

sculpture, calligraphy, photography,

and videography are a few among

her many talents, since she is also

a social media influencer, she

shares about her interest in fashion

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and beauty. At Ajman University,

she took part in a committee

discussion and evaluation. She

earned her bachelor's degree in

Technical Engineering Institute –

Drawing Division from Tishreen

University in Lattakia, Syria, in

2010-2011, and her natural skill

helped her achieve top marks

in architectural and geometric

designs.

Ola has a keen, detailoriented

eye, which helps her in

distinguishing between different

color tints and variations with ease,

being so skilled helped her earn a

golden visa as an artist in the UAE.

Ola Khaled has a profound love for

the arts and all things associated

with art, as well as a competitive

spirit that comes with natural skill.

Ola Khaled is a self-taught

musician who has honed her skills.

The drawings that follow shows

how her talent has developed over

time. For her explicit photographic

skills, she was also chosen by

Nikon to collaborate on the new

Nikon zfc camera.

Her participation in Expo2020

was remarkable, the Uzbekistani

pavilion chose her to paint six

realistic oil paintings of historical

scholars whose genuine faces

could not be identified. She

painted accurate details of these

scholars' faces, inspired by their

widely circulated drawings. Imam

Al-Bukhari, Ibn Sina, Al-Khwarizmi,

Mirza Ulugh Bey, Mahmoud

Al-Kashgari, and Al-Biruni were

among the experts.

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ART JOURNEY

5 fluid art techniques that no

artist should miss out

Fluid Painting or the art of “liquid painting”, is as simple as it is fascinating: instead of working with

classical tools, the artist applies the colors in a liquid state to the canvas. In doing so, he uses cups,

squeeze-falses, pipettes or disposable syringes. The result is not only impressive, but above all one thing:

quite unpredictable. This is what makes Fluid Painting so fascinating. With this simple technique, even

beginners can create beautiful works of art and you don’t need any artistic talent in the true sense of the

word. Nevertheless, there are some things you should keep in mind. This information article about Fluid

Painting will help you learn a little more about the fluid art techniques.

ACRYLIC POURING TECHNIQUE

In the technique, diluted acrylic paints are usually poured onto a canvas and altered by

inclining the surface on a gradient. Paints, binders, oils, mediums and other additives are used

to create different looks. Various mixing, pouring, and swiping techniques are used to create

cell structures and patterns.

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FLIP CUP

All the colors are added to a cup or

container in layers, next the canvas or

surface is placed painting side down

onto the cup, and then the cup and

surface are both turned upside down

at the same time without the paint

escaping the cup. After that, the cup is

lifted allowing the paint to flow across

the canvas or surface.

SWIRL POUR

A technique where different colors are poured

in a slightly circular pattern to obtain individual

color rings. Then you let the paints flow by

tilting the canvas in different directions to

cover the whole surface with paint.

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ART JOURNEY

DUTCH POUR

A dutch pour is an acrylic pouring technique that uses air to

manipulate the paints on a canvas. You can use a hair dryer,

straw and lungs, or anything that blows air to make a dutch

pour. Dutch pours are known for the ribbon like edges and cell

lacing that can be achieved using the technique

PUDDLE POUR

A technique where acrylic

paints are layered on top

of each other in several

puddles until they run

together in the center of

the canvas or the canvas is

tilted in various directions to

run the puddles together to

create unique patterns.

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SPECIAL DAYS

World

Press Freedom Day

In Punta Del Este, Uruguay, on

May 2-5, 2022, UNESCO and

the Republic of Uruguay will

organize the annual World Press

Freedom Day Global Conference

in a hybrid format. The influence

of the digital era on freedom

of expression, journalist safety,

access to information, and privacy

will be debated under the theme

"Journalism under Digital Siege."

Policymakers, journalists,

media representatives, activists,

cybersecurity managers, and legal

experts will gather on World Press

Freedom Day 2022 to discuss these

concerns and find tangible solutions

to address the challenges to press

freedom and privacy posed by

growing surveillance.

Digital business practices, the

development of new surveillance

technologies, and large-scale

data collecting and retention are

all posing present challenges to

the rights to freedom of expression

and privacy. The impact of the

growing use of spyware against

journalists and their sources, as

well as the ramifications for free

and independent media, will be

discussed.

'Journalism

under Surveillance'

is the main theme for

the 2022 events, focusing

on the impact of state and

non-state digital surveillance

on journalism, freedom of

expression, and privacy. It also

emphasizes the accompanying

problems to media viability

in the digital age

'Journalism

under

Surveillance'

is the main

theme for the

2022 events,

focusing on

the impact

of state

and nonstate

digital

surveillance

on

journalism,

freedom of

expression,

and privacy.

It also

emphasizes

the accompanying problems to

media viability in the digital age, as

well as the concerns to public trust

posed by monitoring and digitallymediated

attacks on journalists, as

well as the implications for public

opinion.

The theme also considers how

big data collecting and AI affect

journalism, freedom of expression,

and privacy. It allows us to examine

and address digitally inspired

surveillance, trolls, and privacy

abuses directed at journalists and

their sources. It is past time for

us to demand action against any

digital surveillance by governments

and non-state actors, as well as

transparency into how internet

platform corporations gather and

store data, as well as the impact this

has on journalists' and their sources'

safety.

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The two-fold reflection

By Christo Dagorov

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“I do not consider myself

as a hyperrealist/surrealist

or as part of any other

conventional genre, Indeed,

my production is hard to

classify.” says Christo

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Christo Dagorov was born

on November 25, 1970

in Sofia, Bulgaria. He

moved to Switzerland

with his parents and

older brother in 1977. Following this,

the artist moved into his first studio

in 1989, having determined early on

that he wanted was to be a painter

and a graphic artist.

He spent his early years producing

hyper-realistic paintings of broken

devices using various approaches

and accessories like oil, water

colour, acrylic etc. He usually used

only five colours – cadmium yellow,

cadmium orange brilliant, cadmium

red, cerulean blue, and Paris blue.

He also used zinc white for lightening

the cerulean blue exclusively in his

acrylic painting style, which was a

very radical version of pointillism.

Christo's lips series is his most

well-known work, which he brings

to life with his mature style, which

transforms intricacy into organic

growth. He does not consider himself

to be a hyperrealist, surrealist, or

a member of any other common

creative movement; instead, he likes

to be conscious.

Using himself as a filter, the

artist reflects in both the real and

imaginative worlds. His is the

observer's gaze, searching for

something that will allow him to

reconnect with himself – to identify

with the other – and to ignite a range

of emotions beyond the

fundamental ones.

“I examine the mysteries

of perception by

combining psychology

and design of the

shape as perceived

and depicted”

says Christo

“I examine the mysteries

of perception by combining

psychology and design of the

shape as perceived and depicted”

says Christo. His intuitive pathos

tempts the observer with vaporous

truths that the artist manages to

communicate without the heaviness

of worn Freudian Hermeticism.

The Artist is a stickler for detail.

He has a strong personality and is

unafraid of being compared to other

artists. His art alternates between

anamorphosis and the twofold

reflection of the moving image in

some of his pieces. Some of his work

bears resemblance to superb 16th

century engraving. In his works, both

antique and modern techniques

are seen. The analogy is a superb

intellectual shadow that masks the

intuitive boldness with which he

improvises his creative historic and

present passion.

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ACCOMPLISHMENT

1

Billion

Ramadan Meals:

Mission Accomplished

His Highness Sheikh

Mohammed bin Rashid Al

Maktoum, Vice President

and Prime Minister of the

UAE and Ruler of Dubai,

announced beneficiaries had donated

a record 600 million meals towards

the one billion meals initiative, the

largest of its kind in the region.

Sheikh Mohammed will provide the

remaining 400 million meals through

a personal donation to feed people in

need across 50 countries.

He said, “The ‘one billion meals’

campaign reflects the true values

of the people of the UAE, and their

empathy towards the struggles of

others, amid the rising food security

challenges the world is presently

facing.”

The Dubai leader personally

thanked all those who contributed to

the UAE’s biggest humanitarian food

drive, which would reach 50 countries

across the world.

The initiative, launched at the

beginning of Ramadan, continues

last year’s 100 Million Meals, which

surpassed its target, collecting and

distributing 220 million meals.

The campaign has already

begun to provide aid for refugees,

displaced individuals and families,

and crisis-stricken

communities in 13

countries including

Jordan, India,

Pakistan, Lebanon,

Kyrgyzstan,

Angola and

Uganda.

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The

‘one billion

meals’ campaign reflects

the true values of the people

of the UAE, and their empathy

towards the struggles of others,

amid the rising food security

challenges the world is presently

facing.” says HH Sheikh

Mohammed bin Rashid

Al Maktoum

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ART EVENTS

Art Exhibitions

and Events to look out for

Ripe by the bay

In a relaxed environment across the spacious iconic

waterfront area of Festival Bay, Ripe by the bay will offer a

platform for local merchant and makers, musicians, artists,

and designers, to engage with the local community in

the first-ever edition. There will be products from fashion,

jewelry, arts, homewares and more, whilst the sounds of

acoustic music fill the air and provide a relaxed backdrop

for dining and shopping adventures.

Date: Until May 2022

Location: Festival Bay End - Dubai Festival City - Dubai

For more information, visit: https://www.

dubaifestivalcitymall.com/ripebythebay

Digital Extravaganza

Exhibition

Dubai’s Theatre of Digital Art (ToDA) will

add a new dimension to the city’s culture.

ToDA, a multisensory story experience,

invites visitors to envision themselves

as travelers. It will transport visitors to

uncharted regions on Planet Earth and

distant galaxies, finally immersing them in

the Metaverse gallery, which the phygital

platform Arhead built specifically for the

exhibition.

Date: From 13th May to 31st August 2022

Location: Theatre of Digital Art, Souk

Madinat Jumeirah

For more information, visit: https://

uaenews247.com/2022/04/18/todas-newdigital-extravaganza-exhibition/

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Safwan Dahoul: Awake

Syrian painter Safwan Dahoul's sober

figurations are known for depicting

intimate moments that evoke human

solitude and alienation. Awake follows

the artist's 'Dream' series (late 1980s–

ongoing), where nightmares intersect

with longing for the homeland. Roused

from sonmolescence, Dahoul's

haunting protagonists have been

gathered in a 16-metre-long polyptych

assembled from eight canvases for the

present exhibition.

Date: Till 15 May 2022

Location: Ayyam Gallery, Alserkal

Avenue Unit B11

For more information, visit: https://

alserkal.online/event/safwan-dahoulawake

Abyss of Bliss

Dubai’s promising art scene has just received an infusion

with the first-ever exhibition by three Israeli artists to be

held in Dubai later this month. The Oblong Contemporary

Art Gallery in Bluewaters Island will display works by

three renowned artists, which will open on March 25

and be on display until May 20. Oblong Gallery will be

donating 10 per cent of the artwork sales to Emirates Red

Crescent.

Date: Till 20 May, 2022

Location: Oblong Contemporary Art Gallery,

Bluewaters Island – R29 Bluewaters Boulevard, Dubai

For more information, visit: https://alserkal.online/

event/safwan-dahoul-awake

The Story of Abol

This Ramadan, Oblong Contemporary Gallery will present the

Iranian artist Abol Atighetchi. For the first time exhibited to the

public a series of 12 unpublished paintings. The exhibition will

cover more than 31 years of Abol’s artistic career, from 1991

to 2022. Some of the early paintings includes “Les Iroquois”

painted in 1991. Calligraphy painting will be exhibited too

where the public can admire the influence on Abol by the

great Persian poet “M Jalál ad-Dìn Mohammad Rúmì”.

Date: Till 30 May, 2022

Location: Oblong Contemporary Art Gallery, Bluewaters

Island – R29 Bluewaters Boulevard, Dubai

For more information, visit: https://oblongcontemporary.

com/exhibitions/39-the-story-of-abol/

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ART JOURNEY

The Journey of Surrealism:

5 lesser-known facts

The Surrealism is a form of art that started as a movement. Through their art, Surrealists wanted

to channel the unconscious as a means to unlock the power of the imagination. This powerful art

continues to offer a new direction for exploration from its beginnings in Paris in 1924 to today.

IT WAS A TRANSLATIONAL MOVEMENT

Through the work of many interested individuals and groups, Surrealism found homes in many places. It went

beyond national boundaries in its scope and impact and is seen in Surrealism Beyond Borders exhibition as

a transnational movement. Major artists from around the world were inspired and united by Surrealism – from

Buenos Aires, Cairo, Lisbon, Mexico City, Prague, Seoul, and Tokyo. Different uses for Surrealism also took root at

different points in history.

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SURREALISM WAS A COMMUNITY

What made Surrealism a ‘movement’ was the sense of a supportive community between like-minded

artists and writers. They were united by certain shared ideals – making collective artworks, publishing

manifestos and journals – their creative friendships, as well as their political and moral beliefs.

Manifestos, in particular, were used to make public statements and often signed by those from many

different locations. For example, an anti-colonial text of 1932 included contributors from Paris and

Martinique, while the Arab Surrealist Manifesto was published by Chicago Surrealists in 1975.

SURREALISM STOOD FOR FREEDOM

The Surrealism movement was sparked from a revolutionary idea in Paris around 1924. And while it

has generated many familiar works – from Salvador Dalí’s Lobster Telephone to René Magritte’s Time

Transfixed – it has also been used by artists around the world as a serious weapon in the struggle

for political, social, and personal freedom. And from student, civil rights and the decolonisation

movement, Surrealism has served as this valuable tool.

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SURREALISM

IS MORE

THAN WORKS

OF ART

Surrealist imagery

is probably the

most recognizable

element of the

movement, though

various visual arts,

from exhibitions and

journals of poetic,

often humorous

poetry and prose

were also created to

unite and exchange

ideas. Sigmund

Freud’s widely

translated book The

Interpretation of

Dreams was a vital

work for many artists’

approaches to

Surrealism.

THE NUMBER OF WOMEN SURREALISTS IS HUMONGOUS

A host of intriguing women were associated with the Surrealist movement, including Eva Sulzer, Joyce

Mansour, Cecilia Porras, Leonora Carrington to Suzanne Césaire and Meret Oppenheim. These artists

and writers both championed Surrealist ideas and pushed against them to create work in which they

could explore and counterbalance traditional narratives about gender, desire, and repression

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ART NEWS

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District 2020: The new

beginning of a place filled with

memories and innovation

After six glorious months

filled with memories

shared with loved ones

throughout the whole

experience of Expo2020

in Dubai, UAE, the world had to

bid a whole-hearted goodbye to

the event, closing the chapter of

Expo2020 on March 31st, 2022.

Although, with Expo2020 coming to

an end, many were left pondering

how Dubai would fill up the space

left behind. The question that was

asked by many and all was how

exactly Dubai would let eight years

of work and $7 billion to build

spent on Expo2020 go to waste.

In simple terms, no dollar spent or

time and energy consumed would

go to waste; if anything, Expo2020

organizers planned a longer life for

the space that was dedicated to

Expo2020 for six months. To answer

the question asked by many, which

is what would happen to Expo2020,

Dubai announced their newest

project called 'District 2020', reborn

as a residential community from

Expo2020 with

a variety of sites

presented from

within. Organizers

from Expo2020

described their

'District2020'

project as a

"human-centric

smart city," aiming

to be a 15-minute

city. Along with

that, District2020

would have a

full coverage

of 5G-enabled

network, making it the largest city

in the world with full coverage of

5G network. The district's focus has

been divided into four key areas;

smart logistics, smart mobility, smart

cities, and industry 4.0. Pavilions

confirmed to be staying include

UAE, Alif, Terra, Al Wasl, Waterfall,

India, Saudi Arabia, Exhibition

Centre, Observation Tower, and

Firdaus Studio. The missing

pavilions would be transformed

District 2020, a creation to let

people interact and collaborate

while working and living in the

future. It will be home to a diverse

and inclusive community seeking

a more balanced way of life, a

place that promotes well-being,

stimulates new ideas, facilitates

progress, and allows human

potential to flourish.

into schools, hospitals, shops, and

everything needed, accessible

in only 15 minutes. District 2020,

which would open in phases, phase

1 recently confirmed to open in

October 2022, aims to leave a

positive legacy, 'Connecting Minds,

Creating the Future.'

District 2020

was created to let

people interact

and collaborate

while working

and living in the

future. It will be

home to a diverse

and inclusive

community

seeking a more

balanced way

of life, a place

that promotes

well-being,

stimulates new

ideas, facilitates

progress, and allows human

potential to flourish.

It will deliver us a modern,

flexible, and leasable office

space in a purpose-driven

environment, regardless of the

size of the company. It will have

several opportunities to collaborate

with other stakeholders, share

knowledge, and learn new skills.

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ART FACTS

In 2003 street

artist Banksy stuck

his own work on the wall

in the Tate Modern Museum.

The prank was soon undone by

its inadequate glue, but for a few

hours, Crimewatch UK Has Ruined

The Countryside For All Of Us was

hung in one of the world’s most

famous museums.

Most people

had never heard of

the Mona Lisa until it was

stolen in 1911. The painting

was over 350 years old until the

critics and scholars recognized

it as a masterpiece and even

then it was mostly unknown

outside of the

art world.

Art replicated to

reality, the Art Institute

of Chicago lets you live in

Van Gogh’s famous bedroom

painting for $10 per night by

creating an exact real-life

replica of the portrait that

can be rented through

Airbnb.

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ART FACTS

Art competitions

used to be part of the

Olympics between 1912

and 1948. The founder of the

modern Games, Baron Pierre de

Coubertin, was enamored with

the idea of the true Olympian

being a talented artist and

sportsperson.

There are 12

definitions of the

word ‘art’ in the Oxford

Dictionary.One definition

depicts art as the making of

objects, music, etc to express

emotions. Another defines art

as simply creating drawings

or images.

Kim

Dong Yoo once

created a painting

of Albert Einstein using

portraits of Marilyn Monroe.

The works of this artist are

known for creating images

of famous icons out of the

smaller images of other

famous individuals.

Andy Brown,

an English artist,

stitched together 1000

used tea bags, to create

a portrait of Queen

Elizabeth II.

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FEATURED ARTWORKS

This painting is from

the series of dolls story

Its name my doll in the

field

Rola Dally

Photography with

digital editing and

canvas using acrylic

paint

Rolando Uzcategui

Two of them are abstract

Calligraphy and one is

depicting the Ironic Uae

the journey of Uae from

past to the bright future...

Sahar

A painting of a Lion but

just not the usual color

of the lion is a mix of all

colors

Zoya Thabassum

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Zumrud Sadikhova

EVE

Drawing with R esin

Resin with mixed

media on wood

120cm x 80cm

Yousra Wahba

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Spot The Difference

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FEATURED ARTWORKS

kids

I did this painting

using floral impasto

palette knife technique.

Nothing perks up a

room like garden fresh

flowers! And who

doesn’t love the charm

of vintage jar vases? This lovely floral

artwork features whites, pinks, green

and purple.

Bhuvi Khushalani

The painting of a

beautiful dawn in the

country side

Insiyah Mansoor

The Spaceship landing

on earth in a starry night

Rashidiya

Cherry blossom

in magnificent

sunset

Akshara

Aravinthan

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kids@magzoid.com

My artwork describes

more about how

emotion flies in

colours

Amal Akbar

My painting represents

the life of a fish in a

pond. A lively pond

with fish, water lilies,

lilly pads, under water

pebbles and algae.

Amrita Syam

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CROSSWORD

Across

2. What did I.M. Pei design outside the

Louvre, in Paris?

4. What is black and smells like paint?

7. The expression or application of human

creative skill and imagination

8. A repeated decorative design.

10. To which artistic movement does Paul

Gauguin’s The Yellow Christ belong?

Down

1. Which architect founded the Bauhaus

school of design?

3. A paint made from pigments and

plastic

5. What was the subject of the earliest

known paintings?

6. The material early photographers

made their images on

9. What animal often symbolizes peace

in art?

Answers

Walter

Pyramid

Acrylic

Blackpaint

Animals

Glass

Art

Pattern

Dove

Cloisonnism

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TRIVIA

Where is Shay based in?

Who did Abdulla Lutfi collaborate with?

Which is Dubai’s first and largest indoor theme park?

What are the elements Daria Callie blends in her art work?

Whose vision inspired Jyo John Mulloor to create #letitbloomdubai?

When is the International Museum Day?

What does ‘Infinity Des Lumeres’ mean?

How many definitions does the oxford dictionary consist for the word Art?

Where is the National Centre for the performing arts located?

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6 Cubism

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8 The artist’s third culture identity

9 Hublot

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The

Designer's

Corner

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ARCHITECTURAL WONDERS

National

Centre for The

Performing Art

(China)

National Centre for the Performing Arts is

located in the heart of Beijing, the main

construction is the unique shell shape of

46.68 meters high and the only one of its shape

in Asia.

The exterior of the theater is a titanium

accented glass dome that is completely

surrounded by a man-made lake, it consists

of 18398 pieces of titanium plates and 1226

pieces of super white glass.

It is covered with 18,000 titanium plates,

integrated with more than 1,000 sheets of ultrawhite

glass. The titanium shell is divided in two

by a curved glass curtain, gradually widening

from the top to the bottom where it measures

100 m in width.

Due to its form, the building is called "The Giant

Egg". The whole project started in December

2001. After more than 5 years of construction, it

was finally completed in September 2007.

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Sydney Opera House was opened by

Queen Elizabeth II on 20th October

1973. She has since visited four times,

most recently in 2006.

233 designs were submitted for the

Opera House international design

competition held in 1956. Jorn Utzon

from Denmark was announced the

winner, receiving $ 5000 for his design.

Sydney Opera House was added

to UNESCO's World Heritage List in

2007. There are more than 1 million

roof tiles covering approximately 1.62

hectares sitting over the structure that

was made in Sweden.

ARCHITECTURAL WONDERS

Sydney Opera

House

Construction was expected to take

four years. It took 14 years. Work

commenced in 1959 and involved

10,000 construction workers.

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JEWELLERY

Bulgari

Blossoming between the marvellous monuments of

the Eternal City, Fiorever draws inspiration from the

alluring four-petal flower that was cherished by the

Romans as a symbol of happiness and joy. A blend

of two meaningful words: Fiore - Italian for flower,

and forever.

www.bulgari.com

Bulgari

Blooming amongst the marvels of the Eternal City, Fiorever

draws inspiration from the alluring four-petal flower cherished

by the Romans as a symbol of happiness and joy. The blend

of two meaningful words, Fiore, Italian for flower, and forever,

Fiorever celebrates the Roman love for life with a striking,

passionate design

www.bulgary.com

Tiffany

Jean Schlumberger’s visionary creations are

among the world’s most intricate designs. Brilliant

diamonds alternate with platinum X's to create this

dazzling design.

www.tiffany.com

Chopard

Happy Hearts flowers plays on the

symbol of the Maison by arrang9ing a

corolla of five hearts around a dancing

diamond and thus forms delicate,

exquisitely feminine flowers. Little

diamonds do great things.

www.chopard.com

Bulgari

Capturing the essence of

Italian beauty and elegance,

the DIVAS’ DREAM necklace

pays homage to the most

glamorous divas with an

unmistakable Roman spirit.

www.bulgari.com

Cartier

Juste un Clou tie pin,

rhodiumized white gold

750/1000, set with 297

brilliant-cut diamonds totaling

2.11 carats. Dimensions: 65.5 x

11 mm Read Less

www.cartier.com

Chopard

Happy diamonds jewelry is as unique as it is

playful. The dancing diamonds are entirely free

between two sapphire crystals thus enabling them

to move without restraints and through this very

movement to enhance their inherent sparkle.

www.chopard.com

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Van Cleef & Arpels

JEWELLERY

Sparkling with light, the Snowflake High

Jewelry collection is inspired by flakes of

snow - an inspiration for Van Cleef & Arpels

since the 1940s. Round diamonds combine to

form dazzling winter motifs.

www.vancleefarpels.com

Hermes

Bracelet in sterling silver and rose gold. At Hermès,

the Clou de Selle is more than just a detail – it

serves as a guarantee of a high quality saddle. The

element appears throughout many of the House's

designs, and here – it delicately adorns the

Confettis collection.

www.hermes.com

Tiffany

nspired by the fire of our superlative diamonds,

Tiffany Victoria® designs are intricately

handcrafted with a unique combination of cuts

www.tiffany.com

Tiffany

With beautifully sculpted leaves in sterling silver,

Paloma honors the olive branch, a symbol of peace

and abundance. Band ring in sterling silver. Original

designs copyrighted by Paloma Picasso.

www.tiffany.com

Cartier

Juste un Clou earrings, white gold

750/1000, set with 176 brilliantcut

diamonds totaling 1.26 carats.

Width: 1.8 mm.

www.cartier.com

Harrywinston

Mr. Winston's storied love affair with

diamonds went beyond just his love of large

stones - it was also about the way in which

they were set and worn. The Winston Cluster

motif gives diamonds depth, dimensionality

and most importantly maximizes the inherent

beauty of its individual stones.

www.harrywinston.com

Tiffany

Inspired by the olive branch,

a symbol of peace and

abundance. Narrow cuff in

sterling silver. Size medium.

Original designs copyrighted by

Paloma Picasso.

www.tiffany.com

Cartier

A sparkly pair of 18k white gold Cartier diamond

hoop earrings from the Trinity de Cartier collection

The earrings comprise of 3 intertwined white gold

bands with round brilliant cut diamonds pave set

throughout The diamonds have a total weight of

approximately 0 90ct The earrings

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WATCHES IN FOCUS

Bulgari

Octo Roma watch with mechanical

manufacture movement, automatic winding,

18 kt rose gold case, dark brown lacquered

dial and brown alligator bracelet.

www.bulgari.com

Montblanc

The Montblanc Summit

2 smartwatch combines

Montblanc's classic

watchmaking design with

wearable technology and

offers our clients a connected

timepiece reflecting their

luxury lifestyle. Based

on WearOS by Google,

the Montblanc Summit 2

smartwatch offers a broad

blend of features such as the

jetlag Timeshifter app, fitness

apps and much more.

www.montblanc.com

Fossil

This electronic watch movement features a quartz

crystal that oscillates when a current is applied to

it. The Chronograph supports multifunction with

stopwatch functionality. Fossil has always been

inspired by creativity and ingenuity. We've strived to

bring new life into the industry by making quality,

fashionable watches and accessories that are both

fun and accessible.

www.fossil.com

Audemars Piguet

Initiated four years ago, the

collaboration between the French

men’s fashion house Berluti and the

watchmaking manufacture Hublot has

given life to a series of unforgettable

watches. Bringing together the former’s

legendary Venezia leather and its

patina with the latter’s art of fusion

of materials, these different models

have all had the Hublot Classic Fusion

watch as their base.

www.hublot.com

Bulgari

Serpenti Incantati Tourbillon watch with

manufacture mechanical skeletonized movement,

manual winding, 18 kt rose gold case set with

brilliant cut diamonds, transparent dial and brown

alligator bracelet.

www.bulgari.com

Mrporter

Omega

Presented on a brown leather strap, the case is

made from 18K Sedna gold, with a unique twozone

brown dial that delivers an instant impression

of refinement. The slim hands and Roman numeral

indexes are also made with 18K Sedna gold.

www.omega.com

IWC SCHAFFHAUSEN pays tribute to pilot and

poet Mr Antoine de Saint-Exupéry with this 43mm

chronograph. Powered by a precise calibre 79320

automatic movement, based on ETA’s failsafe

Valjoux 7750 engine, it has a stainless steel case

equipped with a soft-iron inner to protect against

external magnetic field interference and maintain

precision.

www.mrporter.com

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Patek Philippe

Patek Philippe gives

fresh momentum to the

emblematic Calatrava

model featuring a

guilloched hobnail pattern

also known as Clous de

Paris by treating it to a

slightly larger diameter

and a design reinterpreted

in a contemporary spirit.

www.patek.com

Danielwellington

WATCHES IN FOCUS

With its elegant black dial, minimalistic case and

elegant light brown leather strap, made from American

leather, the Classic Durham is a stunning addition to the

flagship Classic collection. The ultra-thin (6mm) watch

is suitable for every occasion, and is available in both

rose gold and silver.

www.danielwellington.com

Michaelkors

Our Runway Dive watch

is the perfect combination

of style and utility. Its

pavé dial is punctuated

by geometric time-stops

and complements the

gold-tone casebody, while

a Signature-print canvas

strap lends a sport-chic

sensibility. Wear it to give

any look a sophisticated

finish.

www.michaelkors.com

Toryburch

A signature collection — named for Tory’s

parents, Buddy and Reva Robinson. This

inspired Robinson features an octagonal

case with a double-T logo that moves with

every tick — and comes on a smooth

leather strap.

www.toryburch.ae

Cavalli

Flaunt elegant style with this luxe

wristwatch from Just Cavalli. Created

from stainless steel, this Quartz watch

has a beautiful dial and a smooth,

round bezel. It is water-resistant up

to 30 meters and is equipped with a

leather bracelet.

www.cavalli.com

Panerai

An incredible blend of function and style, this

statement Panerai Radiomir Marina wristwatch will

delight all your senses. The watch boasts a military

brown dial with luminous hands and baton hour

markers and Arabic numerals at 3, 6, 9, and 12

o'clock positions. Accented with a cushion-shaped

composite case and a black composite sloped

bezel, it is secured by a brown leather strap with a

tang buckle.

www.panerai.com

Audemars Piguet

18 kt yellow gold case with a brown alligator leather

strap. Fixed bezel. Silver dial with gold-tone hands

and stick hour markers. Minute markers around the

outer rim. Dial Type: Analog. Luminescent hands

and markers.

www.audemarspiguet.com

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FASHION & LIFESTYLE

Valentino

Inspired from the elegant geometries of the seventies, Valentino

Garavani's VLogo Signature pumps is an impeccable balance between

shape and colour. Updated for the brand's Ramadan capsule, this

Middle East exclusive style is crafted with crystal-embellished leather

to a pointed toe which showcases the crystal-covered logo. The high

heel makes them ideal for the day to night transition.

www.valentino.com

Tom Ford

The radiant force

of nature from Tom

Ford Orchid Soleil

illuminates Tom Ford’s

original fragrance

obsession with the

elusive black orchid.

A radiant and sensual

force of nature, the

new scent captures the

seductive warmth and

reflective bare skin of

the tom ford woman in

brilliant bloom.

www.tomford.com

Fendi

Oversized square Baguette

sunglasses in golden metal with

FF Baguette logo on the temples.

Brown lenses with gold-mirrored

FF logo and adjustable nose

pads. Made in Italy

www.fendi.com

Fendi

Valentino

Valentino Garavani's VSLING top handle bag

just got a sparkling update for this season's

Ramadan collection! This Middle East exclusive

comes covered in rhinestones with a crystalstudded

VLogo signature closure, a top handle, an

extendable shoulder strap, protective feet, and an

interior flat pocket.

www.valentino.com

Embrace sunny days in full style with help from this pair of Fendi sunglasses.

Created with expertise, the luxe sunglasses feature a well-designed frame and

high-grade lenses that are equipped to protect your eyes.

www.fendi.com

Ounass

Mac Duggal's

vintage glamour

lends the beaded

trumpet gown a

sense of storybook

romance. Elegant

in every detail, the

design's puffedsleeved,

fitted

bodice and lavish

mermaid skirt are

embellished with

glistening beads

all over.

www.ounass.ae

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Tom Ford

Pair up this medium leather shoulder bag with any

of your white or black dresses to complete your

style and give yourself a slick look

www.tomford.ae

FASHION & LIFESTYLE

Dior

Tom Ford

The tom ford evening collection is

perfect for every party and casual

outing wear, embrace this dress

made from tight leather edge cuts.

www.tomford.com

Dior never fails to create lush accessories, and these aviator sunglasses are no exception. These Dio(r)

evolution sunglasses are a contemporary pair with an edge. They are crafted from acetate and goldtone

metal and feature grey lenses fitted with a pilot-inspired frame featuring the signature star motif.

Stylish and trendy, they are worth adding to your esteemed collection.

www.dior.com

Chanel

Eyed by women worldwide, Chanel's luxurious Boy Flap

bag is a must-have in your closet! The stunning bag

is made from crinkled leather and has the everlasting

quilted pattern. It features gold-tone hardware and

the iconic boy CC logo on the front. It has a sturdy

adjustable leather and chain shoulder strap.

www.chanel.com

Cartier

Striving for

excellence and

authenticity, the

Maison Cartier

fragrances are

invisible jewels to

move the heart.

In-house perfumer

Mathilde Laurent

places creation

at the heart of

craftsmanship

and magnifies the

ingredients like

the jeweler sets a

stone. Discover the

creations.

www.cartier.com

Jimmy Choo

Jimmy Choo yet again brings a stunning set of pumps that makes us marvel

at its beauty and craftsmanship. These pumps have been crafted from black

satin, and feature pointed toes and heels. The ankle straps are augmented with

crystal embellishments for a feminine touch.

www.Jimmychoo.com

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BRAND LOGOS

STARBUCKS

Starbucks Corporation is an American

multinational chain of coffeehouses and roastery

reserves headquartered in Seattle, Washington. It is

the world's largest coffeehouse chain. Starbucks was founded

in 1971 by Jerry Baldwin, Zev Siegl, and Gordon Bowker at

Seattle's Pike Place Market. During the early 1980s, they sold

the company to Howard Schultz

Starbucks serves hot and cold drinks, whole-bean coffee,

micro-ground instant coffee, espresso, caffe latte, full and

loose-leaf teas, juices, Frappuccino beverages, pastries,

and snacks. Some offerings are seasonal, or specific to the

locality of the store. Depending on the country, most locations

provide free Wi-Fi internet access. In addition to drinks and

food, many stores carry Starbucks' official merchandise,

such as mugs, tumblers, scoops, and coffee presses. There

are also several select "Starbucks Evenings" locations that

offer beer, wine, and appetizers. Starbucks-brand coffee,

ice cream, and bottled cold coffee drinks are sold at grocery

stores in the United States and other countries. The latest

roastery location opened on Chicago's Magnificent Mile in

November 2019, and is the world's largest Starbucks location.

The company is ranked 114th on the Fortune 500 and 288th

on the Forbes Global 2000.

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