Emirati Futurism Award

Emirati Futurism Award takes place at the Etihad Museum

Dubai Culture and Dubai Future Foundation awarded the winners of the Emirati Futurism Award, which aims to motivate creative talent and innovative ideas to present their perceptions and visions of the country’s future in support of its aspirations for global leadership and the preservation of its values, traditions and culture.

This took place during a ceremony held at the Etihad Museum, where 22 winners, divided into seven award categories, were honoured. In the Architecture and Urbanism category, Aya Muhammad and Jumana Muhammad took first place, followed by Yara Salama and then Nella Carolina. Noura Al Serkal and her colleague Ahmed Al Attar won the Fashion and Jewellery category, followed by Nahir Zain and Azhar Aziz Al Bayati. In the Film and Animation category, Anas Muhammad took first place, Muhammad Al Hardan second and Rohit Jagadesha third.

In the Photography and Graphic Design category, Alexandra won, with Donell Gummeran in second place and Dana Al-Khatib and Nada Al-Dash in third place. In the Music and Performing Arts category, Faisal Al-Malik and Amira Tajdeen won, while Phillip Jamal and Aline Vasquez took second and third place. In the Product and Industrial Design category, Aya Khurifi won the top prize, with Mohamed Neuer taking second place, followed by Romain Lallier.

Hala Badri reiterated the importance of developing cultural and creative industries as well as empowering talents to contribute to strengthening the presence of local culture globally through innovative methods, saying: “Through the Emirati Futurism Award, we are honouring a group of creative individuals who have presented quality ideas that can highlight the UAE’s ambitions and its pursuit of global leadership.”

Badri added: “The award has generated high competition amongst talents who have sought to showcase their diverse capabilities. This demonstrates the sustainability of the creative development process in the country and is in line with Dubai Culture’s commitment to creating a competitive environment that motivates creatives to continue to present their visions for the UAE’s future and its global position.”

Badri stressed that Dubai has and will always contribute to supporting talent through its initiatives and strategies, adding, “It is very important to support and empower talent, especially young people, and develop their skills and abilities by creating an educational environment that can attract them to develop the local creative scene, in line with Dubai’s cultural vision to cement its position as a global cultural hub, an incubator for creativity and a thriving hub for talent.”

Khalfan Belhoul said: “The Emirates Futurism Award demonstrates the importance of highlighting creative talent by giving them the opportunity to contribute to envisioning the future of Dubai and the UAE, reinforced by the leadership’s confidence in youth talent and their creative abilities.”

Belhoul added: “The vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai has made Dubai a global hub for culture, creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship, and a global destination to shape the future. The partnership between Dubai Culture and Dubai Future Foundation is an integral part of designing the UAE’s future while preserving its culture and heritage.” 

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