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Meet the Four Emerging Arab Creatives Set to Take the Next Dubai Design Week by Storm

Alia Mazrooei, Yara Habib, Abdalla Almulla, and Lana El Samman. Photo by Jalal Abuthina. Image courtesy of Tashkeel.

On Tuesday, Tashkeel revealed the names of the four up-and-coming Middle Eastern creatives to be part of the sixth edition of its annual Tanween design programme. Emirati architect Abdulla Al Mulla, interior designers Alia Mazrooei and Lana El Samman, and graphic designer Yara Habib were selected among an overwhelming number of applicants, to receive a year of professional mentorship from industry experts to develop their products as part of the programme. The final pieces will then be showcased at Dubai Design Week 2019, which is set to take place in November.

“The diversity and calibre of the applicants for the sixth edition of Tanween is reflective of the dynamic change that the UAE art and design industry is witnessing, with young creators resolute in making their bold design ideas a reality,” said Lisa Ball-Lechgar, Deputy Director of Tashkeel, in a statement.

The annual programme, which launched in 2013, is one of the several platforms in the region that serve to support and nurture young and emerging Arab creatives. “Tanween nurtures the ambition of emerging UAE-based designers and supports on all fronts, right from the conceptualization phase to the finished product, with the aim of catapulting their careers to the next level,” explains Ball-Lechgar.

Established in 2008 by Lateefa bint Maktoum, the Dubai-based contemporary art museum runs a number of residencies and programmes each year, and nurtures cross-cultural dialogue with other artists via its partner residencies (up to six a year) with the likes of Delfina Foundation London. Tashkeel also offers select artists studio facilities and international fellowships.

At the end of this year’s Tanween programme, the four creatives will join the Tanween alumni, which includes Hamza Omari, Latifa Saeed, Zuleika Penniman, Studio MUJU, Salem Al Mansoori, and Zeinab Al Hashimi, among others.

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