Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Mubadala launches 'My UAE on a Canvas' art competition

As part of its commitment to to nurturing arts, education, culture and creativity across the Emirate, Mubadala Development Company has announced the launch of its first art competition themed: My UAE on a Canvas, part of Weyana, Mubadala's Youth Program.

The competition is a collaboration with Abu Dhabi Music & Arts Foundation (ADMAF) and targets three age categories - seven to 12; 13 to 17 and 18 to 24.

Accepted submissions include works of art reflecting the theme, rendered on paper ranging from acrylic to collage and oil paintings. In addition to receiving outstanding prizes, the winning entries will be displayed in an exhibition in the lobby of Al Mamoura A.

Commenting on the art competition, Amina Taher, Head of Community Engagement, Mubadala, said, "By extending our relationship with ADMAF to become its Youth Partner and developing initiatives such as the art competition, we hope to increase participation in and appreciation of arts and culture among community members. We are proud of this partnership and the numerous initiatives that we're collaborating on for the benefit of fostering and celebrating home-grown talent."

Judging will be conducted by a panel of highly regarded industry professionals and experts from ADMAF. Among the judging criteria are creative interpretation of the theme, technical excellence and emotive and engaging qualities of the artworks.

Competition rules are available on, and entries should be submitted through this site. The deadline for submitting artwork is 31st October 2012, and the winners will be announced in November 2012.

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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Poster girl of Korean golf set for Dubai

Dubai: South Korea’s Seo Hee-kyung, dubbed ‘The Supermodel of the Fairways’, will make her Omega Dubai Ladies Masters debut at Emirates Golf Club from December 5-8, organisers announced on Monday.
With 11 victories under her belt on the LPGA of Korea Tour since turning professional in 2006, the 26-year-old has already become a force to be reckoned with at home, but it was her victory in the 2010 Kia Classic that earned her world-wide recognition and paved the way for her membership in the 2011 LPGA Tour.
Named the Rookie of the Year in 2011 on the strength of three top-10 finishes, including runner-up at the US Women’s Open, Seo boasts eight top-10s on the LPGA Tour this season. She is looking forward to replicating that success in the Omega Dubai Ladies Masters as she bids to follow in the footsteps of In Kyung-kim, her compatriot who won the event in 2009.
“The field in Dubai is pretty strong, as ever, and it will be fun playing there. I have never been to the city, but I do know there is a strong Korean community out there that is passionate about their game, so I don’t think I will be short on fan following,” said Seo, currently ranked 30th in the world.

With eight out of her 11 career LPGA of Korea Tour wins resulting from last-day heroics, she added: “It will be great to be in the mix on the final day, but I don’t to want to think that far ahead. I will try and do my best and see how things unfold,”
Welcoming Seo to Dubai, Mohammad Juma Bu Amim, vice-chairman and CEO of Golf in Dubai, said: “She is incredibly talented, versatile and a wonderful addition to this year’s field. I really admire the volume of quality golfers being produced by Korea, which has caught the attention of the golf world. “I think it’s all down to the combination of work ethic and access to top quality coaching that Korean golfers have become the sport’s new gold standard. I am sure the fans will turn up in large numbers to follow her progress. I wish her and all other competitors the very best.”

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