Feel-good buys in Dubai

Shop at these stores and you'll be helping charity at the same time

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S*uce’s A to the R to the T campaign, by children aged four to 15
S*uce’s A to the R to the T campaign, by children aged four to 15
A happy recipient of Social Bandage’s Give a Wheelchair campaign
A happy recipient of Social Bandage’s Give a Wheelchair campaign
Works by Freej animation creator Mohammad Harib for Social Bandage
Works by Freej animation creator Mohammad Harib for Social Bandage

Whether it’s works for your walls or art pieces you can wear, every time you purchase from these stores and sites you’ll be contributing to charity, making you feel as good as your new purchases look.

Mawaheb From Beautiful People
This studio in the Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood has been turning out impressive artworks since it first opened its doors two years ago – impressive not only for the quality of the paintings, ceramics, mosaics and more on offer in the gallery store, but also because the works are created by adults with special needs.

Having partnered in the past with fashion store Giordano to create a range of T-shirts designed around the theme ‘World Without Strangers’, the artists, who are from a wide range of cultural backgrounds including the UAE, USA and Zambia, have also been displayed internationally at a Dutch gallery which saw a third of the pieces snapped up within a month.

Artists attend the art studio between one and five days every week and produce a range of products, from artwork for your walls and shelves to the day-to-day usefulness of their eye-catching beach bags and decorative homewares (coasters, bowls and plates range from Dhs10-Dhs400), along with gift bags and cards. And they also accept commissions up to 3.5m x 3.5m in size – the perfect and most charitable way to capture your own special moments on canvas.
Villa 28 Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood, 04 353 2100, www.mawaheb-dubai.com, email info@mawaheb-dubai.com

Social Bandage
The brainchild of 25-year-old Aisha Saeed Harib, Social Bandage – which was adopted by the Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Establishment for Young Business Leaders just after it was pitched – has already proved its charitable chops through its successful campaigns Give a Wheelchair and Unite For Kenya. The former having already provided over 600 of the target of donating 1,000 wheelchairs internationally, and the latter raising money towards the building of a maternity hospital and the renovation of four schools in Kenya. Having already collaborated with Emirati and local artists to create wristbands, bracelets and T-shirts, Aisha also persuaded her celebrity brother, Freej creator Mohammed Harib, to help create a line of T-shirts, artworks and homewares as part of Samsung’s Canvas: Collective Project to benefit her ongoing wheelchair campaign.
www.socialbandage.org, email info@socialbandage.org

Art by S*uce
It has long been the first port of call for Dubai fashionistas to pick up one-of-a-kind and high-fashion additions to their walk-in wardrobes, but boutique S*uce has also branched out into the UAE art scene by collaborating annually with ART Dubai to produce pieces, the sale of which benefit a range of local charities. Having sold original artwork by French graffiti artist, Fafi and commissioned multimedia collage-work by local artist Lema Alireza, this year the boutique’s A to the R to the T campaign saw it work with local children aged four to 15 to customise plexi artwork frames and produce drawings of the children’s families to be sold though their Dubai stores. Priced from Dhs3,900 to Dhs5,100, all proceeds go to an ART Dubai affiliated charity.
Available at S*uce Gifts, Al Wasl Square, 04 388 3488, www.shopatsauce.com.

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