Question reality at Dubai’s wacky new ‘trick-art’ museum

3D World Dubai contains more than 185 paintings all of which are illusions. (Arab News)
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Updated 29 December 2019

Question reality at Dubai’s wacky new ‘trick-art’ museum

  • 3D World Dubai contains more than 185 paintings all of which are illusions
  • It took 18 artists six months to produce the images, according to the owner

DUBAI: A new museum in Dubai invites visitors to explore the world of ‘trick art’ or 3D art.

3D World Dubai, which opened on December 12, contains more than 185 paintings all of which are illusions. According to co-founder Schakun Singh, it is the world’s largest 3D art museum. “We have a total area of 23,000 square feet, and as far as the number of artworks is concerned, we can say very comfortably that we have the largest museum in the world,” Singh told Arab News.

She explained that 3D art originated in France in the 1800s, using a technique called ‘trompe-l'oeil,’ which translates as ‘deceive the eye.’  

 “This technique turns two-dimensional paintings into three-dimensional images through the use of optical illusions,” Singh said.

(Arab News)

Singh and her husband, Ramman Ticku, were inspired to open the museum after visiting a similar establishment while on holiday.

“We visited one such museum with our then-seven-year-old child,” she said. “We all had so much fun as a family; we were engaged and active.

“We then started to research museums in other countries and found that it was a successful business model. We wanted to bring this here and for Dubai to have the first one in the region.”

(Arab News)

3D World Dubai is based around nine themes (to add “a sense of adventure, mystery and fantasy,” Singh said): Illusion, Egypt, Water World, Animal Kingdom, World of Classics, Fantasy, Jungle, Humor, and the Arabic Zone (“essential to showcase the UAE and Dubai,” she explained). Singh said ‘Egypt’ is her personal favorite: “You’ve got the pyramids and the flying carpet; there is lots of interaction there,” she said.

It took 18 artists six months to produce the images, according to Singh. “The process includes choosing the artwork, designing and fine tuning on the computer, sketching and projecting the outline on the walls and finally painting,” she said. “Each artists was specialized In their own field.”

(Arab News)

Singh and Ticku traveled extensively, searching out the best artists and visiting other 3D art museums in Thailand, South Korea, Hong Kong, Singapore, Japan and the Philippines.

Financing was a major challenge. “We saved and saved and then we fell back on family and then the bank,” Singh said. Now the project is finished, the couple — who run a tourism company — are focused on marketing the museum to residents and visitors alike. Singh said they plan to create a franchise model to enable them to open in other countries in the region in future.

The main draw of the museum, Singh believes, is that it can “bring the entire family together in one place.”

It’s been a long and expensive journey for the couple, but Singh said she would advise all aspiring entrepreneurs to stick with their dreams.

“If a thought or idea gives you sleepless nights and consumes you, it is worth chasing that dream. There will be delays and road blocks but don’t give up,” she said. “Nothing can replace hard work, so work hard.”

Why now is the perfect time to try a skin resurfacing treatment

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Why now is the perfect time to try a skin resurfacing treatment

DUBAI: For many women, the global pandemic provides the chance to introduce some of the stronger ingredients and treatments to one’s skincare routine. Think retinoids, concentrated acids, chemical peels, fractional lasers and the array of skin resurfacing treatments on the market.

The reason for this is, with many practicing social-distancing to slow the spread of the coronavirus, no one — except for your family — is around to see your dermis peel off in raw patches while you avoid the sun’s harsh UV rays as you stay indoors and allow your treated skin to recover. 

Those who wish to effectively press the reset button on their dermis during self-isolation can consider a laser treatment. Laser-resurfacing procedures have gained popularity over the past couple of years for their ability to non-surgically smooth fine lines and wrinkles, as well as eradicate imperfections such as post-acne scars and sun damage by emitting light to target water molecules within the collagen layer of the skin. 

“Lasers work to vaporize skin cells thereby removing layers of damaged skin,” said Rebecca Treston, a certified skin expert, who recently launched her “Skinfluencer” protocol menu at the Nakheel Mall branch of Dubai London Clinic, which includes non-invasive skin resurfacing treatments in the form of lasers and chemical peels. 

“In the past two decades, the technology has developed at an exponential rate so this latest generation offers a safe and precise ablation to treat damaged skin,” she said.

Indeed, while undeniably fierce and heavy on downtime, the latest generation of ablative lasers are safe and with minimal risks. Relatively painless — numbing cream is rarely required — some laser treatments, including the one at the Dubai London Clinic, use a cooling technology to prevent feelings of discomfort during the 25-minute procedure.

“I prefer lasers to a chemical peel as they can be more accurately controlled,” Treston said. “Lasers are most commonly used in a fractional beam, which allows the healthy skin surrounding the treatment site to speed up the healing process, leading to less skin trauma and a much quicker recovery.”

Post-treatment, skin is noticeably smoother, tighter and radiant without any swelling or bruising, although some may experience slight redness afterwards and skin may start to flake and peel off in the days after the procedure.

If done regularly — dermatologists recommend at least three sessions a year — treatments can reduce visible signs of ageing and turn back the clock on the dermis.

Skincare experts also suggest avoiding makeup for at least a week after treatment and wearing sunscreen religiously, especially now that lockdowns have begun to ease across the region. Treated skin is more sensitive to the sun, so it is important to apply a broad-spectrum SPF of 30 or higher before leaving the house. 

Skincare experts even suggest wearing sunscreen inside the house, especially if you are near windows and sunlight — and which may prevent future wrinkles from forming in the first place.