New mural to celebrate Mars Mission revealed in Old Dubai

The artwork ins in Al Fahidi historical district

New mural to celebrate Mars Mission revealed in Old Dubai
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There’s a new mural in Al Fahidi historical district celebrating the successful launch of the UAE’s Hope Probe Mars Mission.

The mural, produced by local creative artists, was set up by Dubai Culture and Arts Authority to highlight the importance of creativity and to follow His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to transform Dubai into an open museum.

Created by local artists Reem Al Mazroui, Amna Basheer, Subith PB, Sam Saliba and Armia Eskander, the mural is in the historical area in Bur Dubai to represent a bridge of past and present.

The artists worked together to create the work to celebrate launch from Japan's Tanegashima spaceport on July 20.

"The launch of Hope Probe is an event of great pride and a source of inspiration for everyone in the Arab world,” said Shaima Rashed Al Suwaidi, Director of Marketing & Corporate and Acting CEO of Arts & Literature Sector at Dubai Culture.

“The completion of the contemporary mural is a celebration of this success and also a commemoration of years of perseverance and hard work that led to this remarkable achievement. This mural will stand as a testimony to the impact such achievements have on not only the related sector, like aerospace and astronomy in this case, but its influence on an entire generation that witnesses it and the coming generations that will benefit from it.”

The mural was curated by Sam Saliba, founder of Art Painting Lab, with design insight from Reem Al Mazrouei. It uses isometric art theories to highlight features of science and technology and depicts the space probe’s relationship with society, personified by an Emirati girl floating in space celebrating the milestone Mars mission.

The EMM and The Hope Probe is a strategic initiative that was announced in 2014 by the UAE’s President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan and UAE’s Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, and as the very first interplanetary exploration by an Arab nation, is a proud moment for the Emirates.
Following a 493,500,000km journey to Mars, taking seven months to complete, The Hope Probe is expected to enter the planet’s orbit in early 2021 – which will coincide with the 50th anniversary of the year the United Arab Emirates was formed.

During the mission, The Hope Probe team will aim to gain new insights and understanding of the climate, terrain and atmosphere on Mars, giving scientists greater knowledge of the planet – including its seasons and weather – and potentially others further away.

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