(Saju Nair - Dubai) A glorious day with lots of hope and curiosity, enthusiasm and energy, love and affection and everything towards art, this was the ambience in UAE on 28th November 2020 as one of the leading art galleries of the nation, Funun Arts announced the opening of their art exhibition titled 'Vision.49' to commemorate the 49th national day of this great nation - The United Arab Emirates. On behalf of IlTelevisionario2 we congratulate the visionary rulers, citizens and residents of UAE on their successful journey and we humbly tender all our best wishes for their aspirations to scale new heights.

Artworks displayed @ Vision.49

From a mere desert to a hi-tech metropolitan city, UAE has grown by upholding its humanitarian values and by giving vital importance to environment conservation and good practices. 2nd December 1971 is marked as the greatest day in the history of this nation as it is on this day, the rulers of Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Al Ain, Sharjah, Ajman and Umm Al Quwain agreed to join hands and to unite as one country. The addition of Ras Al Khaimah in 1972 as the seventh emirate completed the process of unification leading to the birth of one of the most influential countries in the world. This was also the dream of late H.H Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan who also was the first president of United Arab Emirates. Under the leadership of H.H Sheikh Zayed, UAE commenced its journey towards success and within a commendable span of time, UAE has embarked as the one of the fastest growing economies in the Middle East. The visionary rulers have not limited themselves to the exploration of Oil but they have also given equal importance to providing a platform for establishing non-oil sectors that has helped the country to successfully negotiate with volatility in the world economy. The openness in accepting people from all across the world and providing the highest living standard has resulted in the emergence of UAE as one of the safest countries on this planet. Providing home for 200 plus nationalities, this great nation has portrayed the perfect example of tolerance by giving several opportunities to celebrate and cherish the diverse cultures and traditions that live within this nation. UAE designs some of the best infrastructures known to man. The stunning sky scrapers and all the facilities required for the wellness of the nation's residents are ensured by the government of this country all the while giving equal importance for the preservation of environment. The continuous upgradation of every single facility has given the people a chance to live their life to the fullest.

Artworks displayed @ Vision.49

It was the first physical exhibition exclusively organized by Funun Arts ever since the start of this pandemic and without a doubt, this was one of the best art gatherings ever. 98 artists at two separate venues in the proximity of just a few meters helped Funun create history by hosting the event titled 'Vision.49'. This art exhibition was staged in the luxurious ambience of Novotel and Ibis @ DWTC. By taking the challenge of the current health condition into consideration, the organizers ensured providing ample space in the display areas that has helped the artists and visitors to celebrate the beauty of art without any hindrance. Coming from a person who got the chance to experience this event first hand, it is to be said that this event was truly amazing and it was even more spectacular to see the disciplined approach towards the guidelines laid down by the organizers of the event.

Artworks displayed @ Vision.49

To host 98 artists on a single day in two different venues, although they are nearby, is definitely not an easy job. Ms. Shiba Khan and Ms. Farah Khan founders of Funun Arts, who are known for their professional curating abilities have yet again surprised the community with their exemplary skills in conducting such mass gatherings. Funun, over the period of time has given life to numerous events that have received immense appreciations from the art world, so any open call from them is always received with much enthusiasm and huge expectations by the community and fact of the matter is that Funun has never let the expectations of the art fraternity down and that just proves how capable these phenomenal sisters are in what they do. Funun Arts works on a strong principle as they always believe in the basic principle of success and admire the famous quote of Mr. Henry Ford 'Coming together is the beginning, keeping together is the process, working together is success.' So, they always ensure respect and transparency to the associated artists that has prompted artists to place their trust and faith into the hands of this magnificent gallery.

Artworks displayed @ Vision.49

'Vision.49' was inaugurated by His Excellency Suhail Mohammad Al Zarooni - Guinness World Record Holder, A Philanthropist, An Author, Art Collector, Ambassador at large and Emirati Businessman in the presence of Mr. Ahmed Rukni Al Awadhi - Entrepreneur and Eminent Emirati Artist, Mr. Peter Gressmann - Art Critic, Art Dealer, Curator and founder of artforumuae, Mr. Anjini Prakash Laithu - Veteran Indian artist and many other invited guests, visitors and artists.Ms. Sultana Kazim - a renowned fashion designer, an artist and Representative and Coordinator for The Museum of Americas in UAE was scheduled to be the special guest of the event but unfortunately due to personal reasons, Ms. Sultana couldn't attend the event but has sent her best wishes for all participating artists and Funun Arts.

Artworks displayed @ Vision.49

Stunning portraitures of the rulers of UAE in realism, Pop art and abstract form, elegantly painted Iconic structures, huge collections of calligraphy contemplating rich traditions, beautifully painted coffee pots which is considered to be the symbol of Arabic culture, elegantly painted horses, thoughtfully designed and painted images of the future of this country in an artistic perspective, Hyperloops, sky taxis and many more inspiring subjects which were chosen by the artists were created in distinguished mediums and has ornamented the luxurious ambience of Novotel and IBIS. 'Vision.49' is a month-long exhibition and is expected to receive hundreds of visitors as the word of how successful this event is has already spread far and wide, visitors are expected to pool in to get a glimpse of this event first-hand.

"Each of the projects that we design and execute is always of utmost importance to us and we ensure that we give everything we have got to provide the artist with a safe platform to exhibit their works. So, every subsequent event brings the bigger challenge of stepping up our game to ensure that what we give next is better than what we gave before. When conducting such huge gatherings, right from the planning till the execution, many obstacles will be thrown your way and we must negotiate with these obstacles and overcome them in a professional manner which is by converting their obstacles into newfound opportunities. We have always attended to every issue with a serious and cautious approach and that has actually supported us when we were summing up the performance of the entire event. This event is very close to our heart as this is one of the first physical events that is completely organized by Funun since the start of pandemic, so we wanted to come out with something extraordinary and that is how we brought 98 artists together in this event. After the selection of artists, to maintain some uniformity, we provided each artist with similar sized canvases to create the artwork based on the assigned theme. Since we opted for two venues, at Novotel DWTC we showcased artworks related to the heritage of UAE with the tag line 'Time to Celebrate UAE National Day through arts' while the second venue at IBIS One Central, showcased the future vision of UAE in an artistic perspective with the tag line 'Moving towards the future through arts'. This success was indeed the product of team effort and we are thankful to the hotel management for providing us with all that we need to make this event happen." Says Ms. Shiba Khan, Curator of Vision.49 and founder of Funun Arts.

When asked about the secret behind the success of the event, creative designer of Funun Arts, Ms. Farah Khan says "We are really happy and proud that we could make this event as one of the most memorable events and for that we are indebted to all the artists who joined us for this event. When we decided to provide canvases for each artist to ensure a sense of uniformity, it raised the issue of location since artists were located in different places so of course it was indeed quite hard. We really appreciate their determination and commitment to collect the canvas from us and to create and submit the artwork well on time as it is these small factors that play important part in helping us go according to our schedule. Since this event was hosted amidst a pandemic, there was a big responsibility on us and the hotel management to provide a venue that adheres to every rules and regulations stated by the authorities and we expected a bit of a challenge but instead everyone was so cooperative and they adhered to the guidelines without any problems and that was incredibly helpful to all of us. As Shiba has provided the idea of conducting an event with 98 artists, our prime focus was to ensure giving equal importance to each participating artist and we gained success in doing so even though we had to burn our midnight lamps during the course of designing the event. Our special thanks and sincere gratitude to Mr. Ferry Trinidad - Cluster Digital Marketing Manager, Murielle Morillon - Cluster Acting Director for Sales and Marketing Department and the entire team of both the hotels for their amazing support in felicitating with all what we need that has indeed played a vital role in the success of this event."

"As an artist and moreover as a citizen of UAE, it is always a pride and honor for me to be part of an event that is designed to celebrate the success of our country. I have always admired the rulers of UAE as it is their vision and able leadership that has enabled UAE to grow as a united nation. We have witness the development process over the years and it has always been very good to see the administration work in coordination to provide us with everything we need to live a fruitful life. Even though we have a large population of expats, everyone is still provided with a safe place to live practice their tradition and culture in harmony. When I was asked to be a participant of this event, I immediately thought of painting the portraiture of my most admired leader, late H.H Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. This painting is created in Pop art style which is my signature in art and it always gives me a great sense of patriotism to paint the legendary leaders. I am also happy that the community of different nationalities together celebrate the success of this country which is a perfect example of tolerance." Says Mr. Ahmed Rukni Al Awadhi, Eminent Emirati Artist and Entrepreneur.

Moments from the event

The success of 'Vision.49' curated by Funun Arts in the premise of Novotel and Ibis was also a proud moment for the hotel management. The relentless efforts by the hotel management was highly appreciated as they have successfully ensured maximum comfort for the visitors during the event. The cluster general manager Mr. Anoop Dhondoo expressed his views and says, "As this is the very first event celebrating the UAE NATIONAL DAY, I am very happy and proud to host it. There are extremely beautiful artworks representing the whole UAE. You can experience the culture, Heritage and future through these artworks. It is very clear that the artists have put their soul in creating these ultimate artworks and we feel privileged to be part of this beautiful event that radiates such positive patriotism towards our country."

The participation certificates for the artists were handed over by the general manager of the hotel Mr. Anoop Dhondoo and additionally, the artists were also fortunate to receive a certificate of appreciation from the private office of H.E that was handed over to the artist by His Excellency Suhail Mohammad Al Zarooni himself during the art tour.

Every milestone we reach sets a new goal, a new way to explore and acquire success by giving the greatest importance to tolerance and to humanity. On the celebration of this remarkable day, I, Saju Nair and Alessandra Giorda congratulate the residents of The United Arab Emirates and we salute the visionary rulers of this great nation for making UAE as one of the safest place on earth. Happy 49th UAE National Day. congratulates Funun Arts for the success of this beautiful event, we tender our best wishes to all the artists and the organizers, and we hope to witness and enjoy many more of such events in the future.

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