Startup of the Week: Recreating your pictures with a digital twist

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Employees working in the colorful office of the Art shop. (AN photo Huda Bashatah)
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Employees working in the colorful office of the Art shop. (AN photo Huda Bashatah)
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Razan Khalil the Head office manager in her space. (AN photo by Huda Bashatah)
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Updated 26 March 2019

Startup of the Week: Recreating your pictures with a digital twist

  • The designers at Art Shop can also provide consultations for customers on the themes and concepts they are interested in

The art scene in Jeddah has been undergoing something of a renaissance in recent times, with new branches growing constantly. Artists and artistic amateurs are increasingly served by an array of venues to develop their styles, and one of the more notable businesses in the region is the Art Shop, a design retailer recognized as an industry leader.
Art Shop creates digital designs, artwork and “visual communication solutions” for customers and clients, across a range of areas. Their shop is located at Red Sea Mall, where you can go and browse their wares and services, while the head office is located in Al-Andalus district.
Art Shop recreates the pictures you give them in their own unique style, adding backgrounds, highlights and all manner of other features.
What you choose to do with your product is up to you. You can either wear it as a badge or put it up in your home as a decoration, customizing it exactly to the shape and size you want it to be.
Art Shop has become a popular source of wedding gifts for their ability to create life-sized cut-outs of the bride and groom, as well as personalized guest books, programs and other accessories.
The shop also values customer’s privacy and modesty, as those who cover their faces or wear hijab can request female employees to assist them and take charge of the whole creative process.
The designers at Art Shop can also provide consultations for customers on the themes and concepts they are interested in.
“We have worked for many events, where we have created name tags and invitations for the organizers and invitations for guests,” said Razan Khalil, the office head manager.
“We never use Photoshop here. It’s really important for us that every single commission is done by our designers — it is all hand-drawn, handmade, and with a real personal stamp on all our products.”
Art Shop is also pushing barriers when it comes to equal opportunities for women. “More than 90 percent of the people working with us are girls, and I feel like the girls are more efficient than boys,” Khalil added.
That efficiency — and talent — is clearly paying dividends, as demand is constantly increasing. “We are working to open another branch very soon,” she said.


Egyptian star Tamer Hosny breaks Guinness World Record in Abu Dhabi

Tamer Hosny broke the Guinness World Record for the most contributions to a bulletin board. AFP
Updated 07 December 2019

Egyptian star Tamer Hosny breaks Guinness World Record in Abu Dhabi

  • At an event in the UAE, Egyptian star Tamer Hosny broke the Guinness World Record for the most contributions to a bulletin board
  • The bulletin board was placed in Abu Dhabi's Marina Mall for fans to leave appreciation notes for the artist and was accessible for four days

DUBAI: Egyptian singer and actor Tamer Hosny broke the Guinness World Record for the most contributions to a bulletin board at an event held in the UAE’s Abu Dhabi Marina Mall on Friday. 

“The record to break was 4,900 contributions. Today you achieved 12,086 contributions,” a representative from the organization announced on stage.

“When I was nominated for a Guinness World Record, I was honestly very worried with the title. I withdrew from two previous nominations… With time, and with the persistency of the offer, I felt that something was calling for it,” Hosny told Arab News. 

The bulletin board was placed in Marina Mall for fans to leave appreciation notes for the artist and was accessible for four days.

“To enter the Guinness World Record, you have to go to a country that is not yours… and your fans have to come from all over the world, which is not easy,” Hosny said. “This required a lot of confidence in my fans for them to come from different continents in just four days.

“I used to see comments on social media, but what I saw written on the cards was not like anything I have ever seen before,” Hosny told Arab News. 

Hosny previously earned a Guinness World Record for organizing the biggest blood donation campaign in history, “Pulse of Life.”

“Around three years ago, I led a campaign to serve the Egyptian people… Egypt won the record, not me,” he said.

Dubbed the “King of the Generation” by his fans, Hosny is also a songwriter, a composer and a producer. Before he won, Hosny took to the stage to perform a song he composed in honor of the UAE’s Year of Tolerance. 

The live performance also featured young artists that appeared on the Arabic TV show “The Voice Kids: Ahla Sawt."