Nuqat: Con­nect­ing the Dots through Cre­ative Em­pow­er­ment


Nuqat, which means dots in Ara­bic, is a Kuwait-based col­lec­tive on a mis­sion to bring cre­ative ed­u­ca­tion and em­pow­er­ment to the Arab au­di­ence through work­shops and ac­tiv­i­ties. With an aim to pro­vide a plat­form for Arab cre­atives, the cul­tural ini­tia­tive has now grown into one of the big­gest cre­ative con­fer­ences in the re­gion. Arabad reached out to Nuqat’s co-founder Wakim Zei­dan for a com­pre­hen­sive roundup of its in­no­va­tive struc­ture, sus­tained ex­pan­sion and re­gional im­pact.

How did this project first come to be­ing and in what ways does it re­late to Kuwait's cul­tural her­itage?

Nuqat was founded by four peo­ple: Wakim Zei­dan, Hussa Al Hu­maidhi, Sara Al Nafisi and Dana Al Hi­lal. The project started out of frus­tra­tion with the lack of cre­ative de­vel­op­ment in the Arab World. Bound by a sin­gle vi­sion to clear out this frus­tra­tion, the founders came to­gether to do some­thing about it – hence the birth of Nuqat in 2009. Nuqat’s unique­ness goes back to a com­bi­na­tion of many

fac­tors: ed­u­ca­tional con­tent that is rel­e­vant to the Arab au­di­ence, high stan­dards of event man­age­ment, speak­ers of Arab ori­gin (al­though in some cases non-arabs are in­vited, pri­or­ity has al­ways been for Arab speak­ers) and the fact that Nuqat is fully ex­e­cuted by an Arab team from dif­fer­ent Arab na­tion­al­i­ties and back­grounds. We plan to ex­pand Nuqat in the near fu­ture, but at this stage our main fo­cus is on Kuwaiti au­di­ences to de­liver the high-stan­dard cre­ative ed­u­ca­tion that we are com­mit­ted to.

Most of the cre­ative en­ti­ties in the re­gion tap into art from a com­mer­cial an­gle, while Nuqat draws on it from a purely ed­u­ca­tional per­spec­tive.

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