DIFC to Showcase Leading Emirati Artist

The Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) announced today that it will showcase the celebrated artwork and jewelry of Azza Al Qubaisi, UAE’s premier jewelry designer. The exhibition will be held from May 28-June 06, 2007 at the DIFC’s iconic Gate building. The leading Emirati artist has been inspired by the architecture of the building itself, which symbolises the global flow of capital and ideas.
This is the second time Al Qubaisi has exhibited her work at the DIFC. Her latest collection “Angel Tears…Pearls” is the centrepiece of the current exhibition, and is dedicated to the memory of the divers who risked their lives harvesting pearls from the Arabian Gulf. Throughout the collection, the beauty of the pearl is contrasted with the danger of pearl diving.
Commenting on the opening of the exhibition, His Excellency Dr. Omar bin Sulaiman, Governor of the DIFC, said: “Azza Al Qubaisi’s jewelry is both distinctive and innovative. She is a remarkable example of the artistic talent of the people of this country, and we are proud to showcase her work for a second time. The DIFC is committed to providing opportunities for local and regional talent to reach out to a larger audience, and we are very pleased to demonstrate that commitment through this exhibition.”
The DIFC has long planned to make itself into a hub for regional and international art. As part of this effort, the DIFC has exhibited prominent local talent such Azza Al Qubaisi, and held major annual events like the DIFC Gulf Art Fair. This year’s DIFC Gulf Art Fair took place in March 2007, and was the first major contemporary art fair to ever be held in the Middle East. It hosted 40 of the world’s leading contemporary and modern galleries in Dubai, making the DIFC the Middle East’s leading exhibitor of artwork.
Bin Sulaiman added: “Dubai is becoming one of the world’s great cities in the 21st century, and it is also developing into a regional and international centre for the arts. This exhibition is a part of our efforts to make Dubai, and the DIFC, a centre for art commerce comparable to New York, Paris or London.”
Azza Al Qubaisi said: “To be invited for a second time to exhibit my work at the DIFC is an honour, especially since I'am inspired by the architectural design of the Gate building. For me, it represents a spiritual unity of contemporary art and modern business. My goal is to create works of art that are inspired by my environment and my heritage, as well as the bright future that I see for my country.”
Born in Abu Dhabi and educated in London, Al Qubaisi studied at Chelsea College of Art and Design, the prestigious London Guildhall University, and the HRD Institute of Gemology in Antwerp, Belgium. Upon completion of her studies, Al Qubaisi created and launched the brand Arjmst: The Arabian Workshop for Jewelry and Gemstones in Abu Dhabi.
Al Qubaisi holds the distinction of being the first artist ever to exhibit her work at the DIFC. For further information about Azza Al Qubaisi and her collection, visit www.arjmst.com.

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