Hollywood biopic to be made about UAE’s Sheikh Zayed

The founding father of the UAE, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al-Nahyan, is set to be the subject of a new Hollywood movie produced by STX Films. (File Photo: AFP)
Updated 04 June 2018
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Hollywood biopic to be made about UAE’s Sheikh Zayed

DUBAI: The founding father of the UAE, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al-Nahyan, is set to be the subject of a new Hollywood movie produced by STX Films.
Shekhar Kapur, who previously worked on “Elizabeth: The Golden Age,” will direct the film.
STX Films’ chairman, Adam Fogelson, released a statement, saying: “Patterned after great movies like Gandhi, Selma, and Darkest Hour, this project will tell the story of a dynamic, powerful personality who helped create historic change.”
STX Films’ recent releases include “The Foreigner,” starring Jackie Chan, and the Oscar-nominated “Molly’s Game,” starring Jessica Chastain.
The UAE is currently marking the “Year of Zayed,” which marks 100 years since the birth of the late leader, who passed away in 2004.


Hafez Gallery brings together 5 galleries from around Jeddah for special fair

Syrian artist Osama Esid’s painting explores personal identity. (Supplied)
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Hafez Gallery brings together 5 galleries from around Jeddah for special fair

JEDDAH: The Hafez Gallery has organized the Shara Art Fair at the Saudi Art Council’s headquarters, bringing together five galleries from around Jeddah.
“I’ve been exhibiting with the Hafez Gallery for the past four years, ever since it started,” Osama Esid, from Damascus, told Arab News.
His painting at the art fair, “Zamakan,” is “about refugees sinking as they try to cross vast stretches of water,” he said.
He created the painting “in the dark to show the final resting place of these refugees,” he added. “I’d use brushes, sticks, and sometimes even my fingers.”
Artist Bashair Hawsawi told Arab News that his piece, showing a couple of broom heads attached back to back, “reflects the experiences I went through this year, because I want to clean my thoughts and ideas from negative things.” He added: “When I was young, people would comment on my shyness and weakness, so I started to be aware of this, and that helped me work out who I really wanted to be.”

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• Five galleries from around Jeddah participated in the Shara Art Fair organized by Hafez Gallery.

• Artist Osama Esid, from Damascus, has been exhibiting his works at Hafez Gallery for the past four years.

• Bashair Hawsawi and Khalid Zahid were the other artists who had their works exhibited at the art fair.

Khalid Zahid, known for his Islamic-themed modern art, exhibited balloons shaped like mosques in different colors. “The concept is called ‘Joyful.’ What I wanted to show was how balloons bring joy whether you’re young or old,” he told Arab News.
“As for the shape, I wanted to show how Islam brings joy to people. That’s why they (the balloons) look like mosques.”