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From l to r - Zaki Anwar Nusseibeh, Dr. Abdullatif Kanoo, HE Hoda Al Khamis – Kanoo, Adnan al-Pachachi, HE Sheikh Nahyan Mubarak Al Nahyan, Mina Watan Al Sheikhly , Saba Rahanjam, Meera Rashid Al Mualla 6th Nov 2014

Abu Dhabi Music & Arts Foundation presents Design Commission Award to Students for Pavilion at this Year’s Abu Dhabi Art

Under the patronage of His Excellency Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahyan, UAE Minister of Culture, Youth and Community Development, Abu Dhabi Music & Arts Foundation (ADMAF) presented Meera Rashid Al Mualla, Mina Watan Al Sheikhly and Saba Rahanjam, from the University of Sharjah’s College of Fine Arts & Design, with the ADMAF Design Commission Award 2014. The ceremony was held at the ADMAF Pavilion at Abu Dhabi Art and was attended by HE Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahyan, H.E. Hoda Al Khamis-Kanoo, alongside experts in the field. 


H.E. Hoda I. Al Khamis-Kanoo, Founder of ADMAF, said: “Through initiatives like the Design Commission, ADMAF aims to inspire a new generation of creative minds capable of presenting contemporary art to a wider public. ADMAF is fully committed to the development of the UAE’s visual arts and design industry and this year’s Pavilion at Abu Dhabi Art articulates the vision of the UAE capital in encouraging the pioneers of the future to broaden the horizons of possibility.”


The ADMAF Design Commission enables ADMAF to celebrate the creative talent of the UAE youth in both design and science. It also provides a platform from which to showcase this talent and generate awareness and recognition. This year’s applicants were encouraged to draw inspiration from the work of world-renowned architect, Zaha Hadid, in order to produce the ADMAF pavilion at the art fair. The winners of the 2014 commission – Meera Rashid Al Mualla, Mina Watan Al Sheikhly and Saba Rahanjam – were hugely successful in fulfilling the brief by creating a contemporary space that displays award-winning pieces by emerging Emirati artists and designers Fatima Fayrooz, Shakhbout Al Kaabi, Moza Obaid and Fatima Al Muhairi.