Souk Madinat Jumeirah’s artistic tribute to modern Emirati heritage enters second phase

The massive art project features seven acclaimed regional artists

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In November 2019, Dubai’s Souk Madinat Jumeirah debuted a massive art project featuring seven acclaimed regional artists to celebrate the UAE’s rich cultural heritage – you can find out more here.

Titled ‘Souk Seven’, the immersive art project has now entered its second phase which will continue to grow the souk into a must-see.

The art attraction will debut new pieces by two Dubai-based artists: Amalie Beljafla and Amrita Sethi.

Drawing on her Emirati culture, Beljafla is using oil and acrylic paint to create a powerful 25-metre long mural titled Al Noor, which translates as ‘The Light’, on the Dome of the Souk.

The massive piece takes inspiration from the stars that the Bedouins would follow across the desert and the four surrounding falcons reflect strength, power, and visionary leadership of the UAE and its ancestors.

Award-winning artist Amrita Sethi has been commissioned to design two more murals that will be displayed at the refurbished main entrance of Souk Madinat Jumeirah.

Her first mural, ‘Halla Walla’ (which translates as hi there), is found at the entrance of the souk as a welcome to guests and tourists, while the second mural, also located at the main entrance, is called ‘Khashmak’ and refers to the ‘nose kiss’ – a form of greeting used in the UAE to show respect.

QR codes will also be placed under each mural allowing visitors to scan and play an audio clipping of the artist explaining the artwork.

For more on Dubai’s booming art and cultural scene, head here.

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