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New livery for Dubai Metro carriages featuring artworks by accomplished artists

Dubai, UAE; April 28, 2015: The Dubai Culture & Arts Authority (Dubai Culture), in collaboration with RTA, is redefining the UAE’s artistic landscape by working with local and international artists to wrap the Dubai Metro carriages with works of art.

The spectacular artworks of prominent artists, Abdulqader Al Rais, Rachid Koraichi and Safwan Dahoul have now debuted as Dubai Metro carriage wraps, following the unveiling of the first Dubai Metro carriage wrapped with a spellbinding photograph by HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Dubai Executive Council.

The Dubai Metro art-wraps complement the Dubai Art Season, the umbrella initiative by Dubai Culture that incorporates city-wide activation of arts and cultural events.

Saeed Al Nabouda, Acting Director General of the Dubai Culture & Arts Authority said: “We are very pleased to be a part of a project that brings the local and international community closer together through the medium of art. The wrapping of Dubai Metro carriages with accomplished works of art reiterate the cultural soul of the city, which is being shared with the wider audience of Dubai residents as well as visitors. This project also inspires established and aspiring artists to explore innovative methods for showcasing their art creations.”

For his part, Abdulla Yousef Al Ali, CEO of RTA’s Rail Agency confirmed RTA’s commitment to ensure Happiness of the Public from all social segments including the PT riders through the participation in highlighting artistic paintings that add to Dubai joyful colors, and delight the public and spice up the tourism in the city via innovative methods and creative manners. This initiative makes Dubai Metro a moving “Icon of Happiness” with a huge number of riders including the residents, visitors and tourists onboard.”     

Koraïchi’s works reflect his fascination with signs, symbols and ciphers illustrated with intricate Arabic calligraphic scripts. His densely detailed design is defined by the universal language of signs accessible to people from all over the world, whether or not they understand Arabic.

Dahoul’s work is part of the dream series he has been working on over the past 20 years where he mirrors the corporal and psychological effects of alienation, solitude, and longing that punctuate the human experience at various stages in life.

The final Dubai Metro carriage, adorned by renowned Emirati artist Abdulqader Al Rais also made its debut.  Considered as the UAE’s national treasure and a visionary who is emulated by many young Emirati artists, Abdul Qader is better known for his striking and vibrant abstract artworks. His works have developed over his lifetime of early figurative works that explored his culture, identity and surroundings. His paintings explore the artistic essence behind culture, identity and surroundings. Throughout the series of unique works he will create various colour combinations encompassing all elements that he has come to emulate so well within his works. A visual energetic story will be seen in continuity across the train and as it passes through the city.

Complementing the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, to transform the Dubai Metro stations into museums, the initiative celebrates UAE’s cultural creativity. Dubai Culture and RTA is working on the initiative to transform six of the Dubai Metro stations into museums.

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