Van Cleef et Arpels Exhibition in Kuwait| October 7-18, 2015












This week I had the chance to attend the opening of Van Cleef & Arpels second boutique in Kuwait located in the Prestige, Avenues mall. The even marked the opening as well as the launch of an exhibition that will start on October 7,2015 till October 18, 2015. They will display some of their most beautiful pieces, Below is a slideshow of what was on display during the opening event.

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Sursock Museum in Beirut to Reopen October 9, 2015

Photograph: Joseph Eid/AFP/Getty Images- via The Guardian

Photograph: Joseph Eid/AFP/Getty Images- via The Guardian


The Nicolas Sursock Museum located in Beirut, Lebanon is one of the most beautiful Lebanese mansions still standing from 1912 to date. It opened its doors as a museum in 1961, and was then closed for renovation in 2008. Seven years of renovation & $15 Million later,  Sursock Museum will reopen on October 9, 2015.



This is the new racking system we installed to store the Museum’s permanent collection. Housed in a spacious storage room beneath the Museum, the collection is kept in climate-controlled conditions optimal for its preservation. Photograph: Nabû Productions/The Sursock Museum. via The Guardian

This is the new racking system we installed to store the Museum’s permanent collection. Housed in a spacious storage room beneath the Museum, the collection is kept in climate-controlled conditions optimal for its preservation. Photograph: Nabû Productions/The Sursock Museum. via The Guardian


When it opened as a museum in 1961, the mansion housed exhibitions from artists in the Middle East and around the world, as well as the prestigious Salon d’Automne for local figures. It continued in this capacity through the civil war until its closure in 2007, with a brief pause for renovations in the 70s. It focused on paintings, showing the work of Lebanese artists Chafic Abboud, Paul Guiragossian, Saloua Raouda Choucair and Aref Rayess, as well as international artists. Several rooms, including an oriental-style salon, were kept as Sursock left them.



Sursock Museum 

The Guardian

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Artwork of Khalil Gibran to be Exhibited at Sharjah Art Museum | Exhibition October 7-December 10, 2015



Sharjah Art Museum is to host an exhibition of artworks by the renowned Lebanese-American artist, poet and author Kahlil Gibran. Entitled Drawings of Gibran: A Humane Perspective, the exhibition will provide a rare opportunity for visitors to see original artworks by one of the most celebrated artists and literary figures of the 20th Century. Organized in collaboration with the Gibran National Committee (GNC) in Lebanon, the exhibition, which is free to enter, will run from October 7th until December 10th . Visitors will get to see some 30 works and manuscripts that make use of different mediums including watercolour, oils, and charcoal on paper and canvas. It will be the largest collection of Gibran’s work ever to go on display in the UAE. The works on display include his 1916 watercolour, Face of a Veiled Woman, a charcoal self-portrait from 1908 and an oil painting from 1910 called The Sad Mona Lisa. Gibran is hailed as a literary hero in his native Lebanon. Born in 1883 in the town of Bsharri, he emigrated to the US with his family at the age of 12. On his death in 1931, he left behind a vast collection of paintings and literary works that reflect his ideologies of love, politics, and spirituality. His philosophies were mainly delivered through his essays and poems, both in Arabic and English. Gibran’s most internationally known and celebrated work is The Prophet, a set of poetic essays originally written in English about different life philosophies.

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A Program to Turn Your Passion Into a Business| Hadafi


To support women entrepreneurs, a program known as HADAFI (meaning: my goal in Arabic) was created back in 2013. It emerged from Saudi Arabia and is designed to support passionate women from all over the region.

If you are a woman or know one who has an idea or a passion and you wish to develop it further into a business, then this free program is for you! You can register now for free.

Whether it is a new innovative idea or an established business that is less than two years old, Hadafi will train and support participants in various entrepreneurial disciplines, and help them develop and implement a business plan.

Over the past 2 years the program has expanded into the MENA region and gained massive attraction. Hadafi is now launching season 5.

With Hadafi, it is not just about presenting your idea, the aim of the program is providing women entrepreneurs with the knowledge, insight, and skills they need to succeed.

The program’s strategic partner in Kuwait is the Ministry of Youth. Hadafi’s community partners are Gulf University for Science and Technology, Manpower & Government Restructuring Program,  Embassy of the United States in Kuwait , Kuwait Public Relations Association, City Pages, Kuwait Today, NIU,  Business and Professional Women Council.

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Dubai Design Week 26-31 October, 2015 | Events


Dubai Design Week, held in partnership with Dubai Design District (d3) will take place from 26 – 31 October, 2015.

Held under the Patronage of Her Highness Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-Chairman of Dubai Culture & Arts Authority, the Design Week is also supported by both the Dubai Culture and Arts Authority (DCAA), and the Dubai Design and Fashion Council (DDFC).

Creating a point of time that encourages the growth of the design industry in Dubai, Dubai Design Week will not only establish the city as the regional capital for design, but also as the global meeting point for the international design community. The 6 day event will activate more than 60 separate activities and projects, celebrating the best in design both regionally and internationally.

Dubai Design Week is owned and managed by the Art Dubai Group (ADG), a joint venture company between the Dubai International Financial Centre and Middle East Fairs Ltd.


Hopefully i will be posting more on the event, once the program has been revealed.


For more information visit the website: Dubai Design Week

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Tashkeel Supports 3 U.A.E Designers For 2015-2016 Design Days Dubai | Events



Established in 2013, Tashkeel’s Design Program is now in its third year of supporting UAE-based designers to develop a range of products which work towards defining a production process, design and aesthetic that responds to its environment, the Emirates. As part of Tashkeel’s long-term commitment to supporting locally-based designers, this programme enhances the diversity of the region’s cultural skills and resources, influenced from traditional to modern elements of the UAE. Tashkeel annually selects talented designers from an open call, providing an opportunity to create products that exemplify a design, style and production processes innate to the UAE.

This year the judging panel has selected the following designers: Amer Aldour, Zuleika Penniman,  Jumana Taha and Mentalla Said, from an overwhelming number of applications. Final products will be showcased and available under Tashkeel’s design product label ‘Tanween’ during Design Days Dubai during March 2016.

In collaboration with Small is Beautiful, a research program and annual global conference which supports and inspires creative micro businesses, providing the designers with an exclusive opportunity of sustained mentorship with established designers and curators through a series of workshops.  With continuous evaluation throughout the programme, the designers are encouraged to produce work individually and in groups, encouraging experimental and collaborative practice, while receiving constructive feedback and exploring new methods.

This year the program will be supported by the Dubai Design & Fashion Council (DDFC) that was established following a Royal decree last year by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Ruler of Dubai and Deputy Prime Minister of the UAE, to raise the profile of the Emirate as a global destination for design, and to create opportunities for emerging regional design and fashion talents. By building a framework for the industry, the DDFC aims to position Dubai as the emerging center for design and fashion.

Lateefa bint Maktoum, Founder and Director of Tashkeel says about this program: “Here at Tashkeel our aim is to ensure that artists and designers have a place to develop and refine their work, finding their voice within the medium they choose, and that they have a venue to showcase those results. Now in its third edition, our Design Programme continues to provide opportunities for emerging designers and the generous support that we are receiving this year from the Dubai Design & Fashion Council will add so much to the programme, providing access to their wide network of mentors, in addition to the specialists who will be delivering the programme of workshops. I am delighted with the success the programme has achieved to date. Through Tashkeel we aim to have a strong impact on the development of the art and design scene and to nurture the best talent we can find from designers living and working in the UAE.”

Nez Gebreel, CEO of the Dubai Design & Fashion Council, commented: “Incubating and developing talent is a key initiative of the DDFC. We are proud to be a part of this edition of the Design Programme as strong supporters of the design community in the country, especially one which is aligned closely with our mandate in supporting designers within the UAE,” There is a tremendous amount of talent in Dubai and we are pleased to support mentorship opportunities such as Tashkeel’s Design programme which continually guides and supports this talent.  We look forward to seeing the creativity that will be unveiled next year.

Architect and engineer Amer Aldour, jewellery designer Zuleika Penniman, and duo Jumana Taha and Mentalla Said, will begin work on the development of their prototypes through a series of laboratories developed in collaboration with Roanne Dods, co-producer of Small is Beautiful, as well as design collective Glithero, Fi Scott, founder of Make Works, Amanda Game, curator at the RCA London and further experts in related fields.

To view a film of last year’s edition of the Tashkeel Design Program, please click here.

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