The Pakistan Youth Forum held an art competition and exhibition in lieu with the Year of Zayed on Saturday at the Pakistan Association Dubai.
The aim of the event’s was to explore the young artists’ creativity and skill whilst portraying their passion for their second home UAE and its founding father, His Highness Shaikh Zayed bin Sultan al Nahyan.
The artists used photography and painting as a means of expressing their thoughts and emotions while paying homage to the great leader and his legacy while also getting the exhibition experience.
The competition saw participants from schools and universities across UAE, with around 20 young artists’ works displayed for exhibition. Over 200 students and community members visited the exhibition, extended support and encouragement to the budding artists.
“Our communities sometimes tend to leave the arts behind. It is very important to hold events like these to promote and take art with us wherever we go,” said Umar Munir, chairperson of PYF-PAD.
The event was inaugurated by Obaid Saif Al Falasi, Vice President Connection services at DEWA, Attique Saif Al Falasi and Dr Faisal Ikram, president of Pakistan Association Dubai.
The Pakistan Youth Forum is a wing of Pakistan Association Dubai which works closely with the schools in the UAE and is a hub for young minds to network together.
“It is heartening to see such splendid pieces of art that the young artists have produced; it clearly shows the creativity and talent amongst the Pakistani youth. Their brush strokes for Year of Zayed speak volumes of their love for UAE” said Dr Ikram President of PAD.
Fahad Bhatti, a Dubai based Pakistani photographer who uses his skill and passion to bring a change around the world was one of the judges invited for the competition. The second judge was Saba Qizilbash, a UAE based Pakistani artist and art educator, who works at the American University of Dubai. “It was an absolute pleasure to watch not only the enthusiasm on the faces of the participants but also the energy of the young organizers who had put together the event,” said Ms Saba. “I’m sure the winners, runner ups and the remaining participants all felt supported and encouraged to continue in making their mark especially as young Pakistani expat artists in UAE.”