Residents wow Dubai outdoor art project

Updated 08 February 2013
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Residents wow Dubai outdoor art project

Dubai’s residents and visitors, especially those who are staying in Jumeirah Beach Residence (JBR), are enjoying artistic touches and creative artwork in The Walk area of the district. Under the umbrella of “The City Is Your Canvas” project, around 30 artists had the chance to share their colorful thoughts and innovative ideas using The Walk as a platform to their productive imagination. The event, which is brought by The Dubai culture and Art Authority and sponsored by Samsung Galaxy Note, is taking place from Jan. 28 until Feb. 20.
Additionally, the project includes workshops that with free entries to public adults, teenagers and kids. Programs such as the Casting and Painting workshop by artist Amal Khaja presented some useful guidance to create sculptural work using organic mediums. Another workshop by artist Mona Fares titled Explosive Painting highlighted the relationship between music and painting. The workshop presented how an harmonious link is created between the strokes of brushes and beats of music. The activities have drawn even more footfall to The Walk.
The Walk has grown to attract many tourists from all around the world and especially from GCC countries. Statistics has shown that around 7 million visitor stepped in this waterfront promenade in 2011.
This could be reasoned to the varieties of hotels, shops and especially outdoor cafés and restaurants, which this landmark destination is famous for.
Afaf Nasse r, 63, a Saudi resident in JBR told Arab News: “I have been staying at JBR since 2008, I have seen The Walk evolve over the years. It’s started with few shops and cafés and grew to have hundreds of them so far.” She adds:” I believe that the outside area dining spots represent the key factor of attraction to many of The Walk visitors, in addition to the seasonal events like live street performers, famous shows and entertaining activities”.
On the current The City Is Your Canvas event, Afaf commented:” The Walk is following a global trend that most waterfront venues around the world share, a lot similar destinations like Cannes, Miami and Barcelona present different styles of urban art all year long and it’s wonderful to have it in Dubai as well”.


Grandma Stories: Saudi storyteller teaches values and critical thinking by letting children speak up

Updated 22 April 2018
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Grandma Stories: Saudi storyteller teaches values and critical thinking by letting children speak up

  • Storytelling is not only a fun way to ignite imaginations; it also improves children’s verbal and critical thinking abilities, says Yamani
  • Yamani has read stories in both Arabic and English for more than 6,000 children of 15 nationalities all over the Kingdom and the Gulf region

DHAHRAN: You can see children forming a gigantic circle and listening carefully when story time starts. Ghadeer Yamani, the founder of Grandma Stories, found her passion for spreading the love of reading among children and delivering values through her storytelling sessions.
The Grandma Stories initiative started six years ago when Yamani returned home after spending years abroad owing to her husband’s work. Yamani has read stories in both Arabic and English for more than 6,000 children of 15 nationalities all over the Kingdom and the Gulf region, including the UAE and Bahrain.
“The idea of Grandma Stories was not an epiphany; it came to me after I saw how reading was a huge part of children’s life abroad. I used to see children reading in libraries, in bus stops, in hospitals — everywhere. I wanted to help spread reading culture in my society.
“I wanted children back home to love reading! And with the support of my husband and family, I think I was able to do this,” Yamani told Arab News.
With the prevalence of national reading competitions, school contests and reading clubs, awareness among families and society members is growing. “The interaction and excitement of families and children are amazing when it comes to story time,” said Yamani.
About the title of her initiative, she said: “When I was a child I used to visit my father’s grandmother in Madinah who had a phenomenal way of telling stories and riddles. I still remember how the entire family would get around her as she started telling her tales, and in an atmosphere filled with love and contentment.
“No one ever wanted her stories to finish and nothing could ever distract us while listening to her. That is exactly how I want children to feel in Grandma Stories story time.”
Storytelling is not only a fun way to ignite imaginations; it also improves children’s verbal and critical thinking abilities. Yamani allows children to criticize the stories by pointing out the strengths and weaknesses of each one. The advancement in such skills is what inspires Yamani and keeps her going.
“The fondest moments throughout my years in storytelling have been when mothers come and tell me how their children used to be shy and reluctant but have started to become fluent and can express themselves well, and that Grandma Stories is the reason for this great progress.”