x Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 21 July 2017

Sheikh Nahyan recognised for support of the arts

Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak is gifted a piece of art in recognition of his support of the Green Abu Dhabi exhibition.

Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak, Minister for Culture, Youth and Community Development, accepts a gift from the Jashanmal family. Also in attendance was Pablo Kang, right, the Australian ambassador. Delores Johnson / The National
Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak, Minister for Culture, Youth and Community Development, accepts a gift from the Jashanmal family. Also in attendance was Pablo Kang, right, the Australian ambassador. Delores Johnson / The National

Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak has been given a work of art in recognition of his support for the Green Abu Dhabi exhibition.

The Jashanmal family presented the work to the Minister of Culture, Youth and Community Development at his palace in Al Bateen.

Titled Hala Gemila, the piece is a photograph of a woman from the UAE's Bani Yas tribe. Its creator, George Lewis, said of the work: "I believe that by being empathetic towards each other, the 'other' can cease to be an issue and be understood."

The family bought the photograph from the Green Abu Dhabi exhibition, which was founded by Suhail Jashanmal and raises funds for environmental issues through art auctions, sponsorships and other activities.

The exhibition also raises awareness through the ongoing Mangrove Cleanup campaign, where Green Abu Dhabi brings together volunteers to clean the mangrove off Salam Street.

The exhibition donated 40 per cent of the proceeds of the sale of the photograph to the Future Centre for Special Needs. The donation brings the exhibition's fundraising for the centre over the past three years to almost Dh150,000.

Mr Jashanmal said: "Our goal in the show this year was to demonstrate that diversity should be embraced as diversity is the key to our success as people. And if we apply the same rule to our pressing environmental issues of the day, by embracing new and different ideas, these issues too can be solved."

Sheikh Nahyan is an honorary president at the Future Centre for Special Needs, a non-profit organisation founded in 2000 in Abu Dhabi.

The Future Centre educates and rehabilitates children as young as three and young adults up to the age of 22. Next term it will cater to 200 students, half of whom are Emirati.

halbustani@thenational.ae