Khaleej Times

Ajman set for new look with murals

- Afkar Abdullah Photos by M. Sajjad

ajman — The Ajman Municipali­ty has completed 80 per cent of its mural works being carried out by seven local and internatio­nal artists. The artworks are part of the city’s Pulse beautifica­tion project, which aims to achieve sustainabl­e developmen­t and enhance the standards and quality of life in the emirate.

Speaking to Khaleej Times, Abdulrahma­n Mohammed Al Nuaimi, director-general of the Ajman Municipali­ty, said that the project was launched under the patronage of Sheikh Rashid bin Humaid Al Nuaimi, chairman of the Ajman Municipali­ty and Planning Department, to create a distinctiv­e image for the emirate and promote it as an important tourist destinatio­n.

The seven artists also collaborat­ed with a sculpture company for the design aspect. “The team that oversees the project has developed an accurate plan to choose the quality of murals to reflect life in the emirate, its history, and authentic identity,” Al Nuaimi added.

The first three-dimensiona­l painting on a building’s façade in Al Nakheel is the largest painting of its kind in the country. A French artist, who goes by the name Shuck2, pulled it off in an unconventi­onal way, in record time, to best suit the painting to the emirate and attract passersby with its attractive colours and distinctiv­e imagery. Dr. Mohammed Ahmed bin Omair Al Muhairi, executive director of Infrastruc­ture Developmen­t Sector at the Ajman Municipali­ty, said the project progress is on schedule.

Among the notable murals are artist Rami Zaghoui’s beautiful work of horses that belong to Sheikh Ammar bin Humaid Al Nuaimi, Crown Prince of Ajman and Chairman of the Executive Council, at Ajman Park. “These horses have won global prizes in several important tournament­s,” Dr Al Muhairi commented.

Internatio­nally famous artist eL Seed has accomplish­ed a unique masterpiec­e using Arabic calligraph­y, incorporat­ing a statement by the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, founder of the UAE, made during his speech on the occasion of the first National Environmen­t Day in 1998. It says: “Our fathers and grandfathe­rs lived on this land and coexisted with its environmen­t on land and sea and realised instinctiv­ely and sensibly the need to preserve it and take away from it as much as they need and leave the rest for the future generation­s to be able to find a source of good.”

According to Dr Al Muhairi, another artist Zia Allam has completed a unique mural in the shape of a spiral, formed from the words of the poem Positive Energy by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. “The poem urges people be positive all the time and strengthen their determinat­ion and hope,” he explained. The remaining murals will be completed by the artists by the end of July.

Artist Fatima Al Ali will be finishing a painting depicting popular traditiona­l games of the UAE, while Majid Ahmed’s mural, showcased on the pillars of the Sheikh Humaid bridge, is set to reflect the emriate’s identity.

afkarali@khaleejtim­es.com

 ??  ?? A mural on the facade of a building in Ajman’s Al Nakheel area depicts a horse amid a colourful background. The new artworks typically pop with colour and energy, instantly catching people’s attention.
A mural on the facade of a building in Ajman’s Al Nakheel area depicts a horse amid a colourful background. The new artworks typically pop with colour and energy, instantly catching people’s attention.
 ??  ?? Famous artist eL Seed’s work using Arabic calligraph­y depicts a quote by Sheikh Zayed, founder of the UAE, in Al Bustan area.
Famous artist eL Seed’s work using Arabic calligraph­y depicts a quote by Sheikh Zayed, founder of the UAE, in Al Bustan area.
 ??  ?? The new 3D mural by artist Shuck2 is seen on a building in Ajman’s Karama area. The artist pulled it off in the most unconventi­onal style, using a combinatio­n of alphabets that seemingly project outward.
The new 3D mural by artist Shuck2 is seen on a building in Ajman’s Karama area. The artist pulled it off in the most unconventi­onal style, using a combinatio­n of alphabets that seemingly project outward.
 ??  ?? A close-up of the 3D mural, appearing to project out of the building if seen from certain angles. The new Ajman public artworks aim to create a distinct image for the emirate and promote tourism.
A close-up of the 3D mural, appearing to project out of the building if seen from certain angles. The new Ajman public artworks aim to create a distinct image for the emirate and promote tourism.
 ??  ?? This stunning spiral mural on Leewara building in Al Bustan area actually depicts words from one of Sheikh Mohammed’s poems.
This stunning spiral mural on Leewara building in Al Bustan area actually depicts words from one of Sheikh Mohammed’s poems.
 ??  ?? A view from the base of the building showing of eL Seed’s wonderfull­y complex calligraph­y in full glory.
A view from the base of the building showing of eL Seed’s wonderfull­y complex calligraph­y in full glory.
 ??  ?? How about a bit of pop art? This one by Julia Rio shows shapes and angles on a residentia­l building, adding colour to the area.
How about a bit of pop art? This one by Julia Rio shows shapes and angles on a residentia­l building, adding colour to the area.

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