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2017/2018 Award presented to Amira Al Zaarooni for innovative volunteering scheme

HE Zaki Nusseibeh, HE Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak AL Nahayan, Amira Al Zaarooni, Hatem Nuseibeh, HE Huda Alkhamis-Kanoo 13th Mar 2018

Abu Dhabi Festival 2018 Celebrates Outstanding Young Innovation with the TOTAL Design Commission Award

Celebrating outstanding innovation and encouraging creative practices in the fields of applied arts, design and architecture, Abu Dhabi Music & Arts Foundation (ADMAF) presented the Total Design Commission to Amira Al Zaarooni in the presence H.E. Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan, UAE Minister of Tolerance; H.E. Huda Alkhamis-Kanoo, Founder of ADMAF and Artistic Director of the Abu Dhabi Festival, H.E. Zaki Anwar Nusseibeh, UAE Minister of State and Mr. Hatem Nuseibeh, Total Country Chair in the UAE. Recognising outstanding innovation and achievement by young Emiratis in the fields of design and architecture, the award shines a light on the country’s creative young talent across interior design, industrial design, graphic design, and architecture.


Hatem Nuseibeh, Total Country Chair in the UAE said: “It is an honour and a pleasure to be award partner with ADMAF. The recognition of young Emiratis in the field of design encourages our youth to commit to the development of innovation in the country. Through our partnership with ADMAF, we uphold our commitment to drive change over the long term and to provide tangible, long-lasting social benefits.”


A senior at HCT Women’s College Sharjah, Amira won the 2017/2018 Award for the Jood Volunteering Programme, an innovative volunteering scheme that allows organisations to assign different responsibilities according to the experience of the volunteers, which is reflected in a ‘Jood Volunteer Card’. This programme encourages and supports volunteers to contribute to their society, while establishing a dedicated network of volunteers, organizations and volunteering entities. Amira’s winning work will be on display at Emirates Palace throughout the Abu Dhabi Festival 2018.


Established in 2014, the competitive award provides a launch-pad for emerging Emirati designers and architects across the UAE and is open for applicants between 18 and 35 years. Previous winners of the Design Commission include Mona Al Ali, UAE University, for ‘Enlightenment House’; Badria Al Maazmi & Mariam Abdullah, University of Sharjah, for ‘Neighborhood Community Centre’; Mina Watan Al Sheikhly, Saba Rahanjam, and Meera Rashid Al Mualla for designing the ADMAF Pavilion at Abu Dhabi Art, inspired by Zaha Hadid; and Lamya Alshami and Hanan Alkaf for designing the ADMAF Pavilion at Abu Dhabi Art, inspired by Philip Stark.