DUBAI, UAE - One of Dubai's shopping malls is getting creative this month, with part of it's Egypt Court themed section being transformed into a fusion of what it describes at 'historic and contemporary art.'
Visitors to the world's largest themed Ibn Battuta Mall can watch live the award-winning artist Shahul Hameed paint a 230 square metre mural which, when complete, will reflect Middle Eastern and Oriental art through a combination of shapes and colours.
The live mural, staged in collaboration with Dubai-based ZeeArts, can be seen coming to life every day during mall operational hours between now and Sunday (16 August).
"We are very excited to present this beautiful artistic attraction at Ibn Battuta Mall. Just like the mall, the mural reflects and combines history, culture and tradition a perfect fit and an excellent way to recognise and celebrate the UAE's artistic talent," Michael Beverley, General Manager, Ibn Battuta Mall, said Monday.
Shahul Hameed, who has won awards in the UAE for his work at various locations across the country, describes art as an important pillar in his life. In his words, "mural painting provides the leeway to think and work big, capturing the emotions of a moment, story or experience in a way that the audiences can savour the same."
Zaahirah Muthy, curator of ZeeArts Gallery, added: "Dubai is a city where dreams come true and more than 200 nationalities coexist in harmony. This new creation will take people on a journey of culture and vision, reflecting an overall theme of Connecting, Creativity and Collaboration."