(Saju Nair - Dubai) As this country, The United Arab Emirates, celebrates its 48th National day on 2nd December 2019, there are numerous events organized by the administration to celebrate and rejoice the success achieved in these years for UAE to emerge as one of the fastest growing economy, opening doors for investors to give shape to their dreams and also as the most favorite destination for tourists across the globe. Over the years, UAE has grabbed the attention of the world with their sustainable economic development, respecting the moral values, preserving the tradition and culture, spreading the awareness of tolerance and by raising to the occasions to extend their helping hand to many countries and communities in the humanitarian grounds.
The United Arab Emirates has given home for 200 plus nationalities and so as this nation is rich with vivid tradition and culture. Large communities here utilize all these festivals and special days to extend their happiness and gratitude to the visionary rulers of this great nation and also to exhibit and spread awareness of their culture and traditions which makes every celebration in this country a colorful, knowledgeable and magical gathering. Heritage and culture of The United Arab Emirates are portrayed in various forms giving the residence and tourist in UAE an amazing opportunity to experience the value of century old culture and mouthwatering Arabic cuisines. During these days of National day celebrations, the government and private buildings are illuminated with the colors of UAE national flag while you can find the cars decorated with the image of visionary leaders and national flag - in totality it's celebration of colors, so as one of the exhibition titled 'Alwan' (meaning COLORS in English) carries immense significance.
The Art Industry in this country has always taken the lead when it comes to celebrating any such occasions by organizing various art gatherings involving the maximum mélange of nationalities which indeed inculcates a sense of respect and togetherness within the communities.
One among the leading galleries in this country, who has always raised to any such occasions are Funun Arts lead by Shiba Khan and Farah Khan who are widely known as The Khan Sisters. The call of 'Alwan' by Funun was accepted by the art fraternity, in all its glory, as they have received applications from hundreds of artists which in-fact shows the acceptance of Funun in the art industry. Having limitations of participation, 48 artists were selected by Funun to be a part of 'Alwan' which was held at Arab Cultural Center at Sharjah. Sharjah, one among the seven emirates in UAE, was named as the 'Cultural Capital of the Arab world' by UNESCO in 1998 and so as the events conducted here carries immense significance.