‘ALEPH – A Caravan Serai for South Asia & the Muslim World!’ (5th till 7th of December 2019)


Aleph Collective is proud to announce its flagship project, ‘ALEPH – A Caravan Serai for South Asia & the Muslim World!’ a series of pop-up events scheduled to take place this December at Al Serkal Avenue: Cinema Akil & Sima Performing Arts Centre, and Nasab Dubai. 


The events include a Qawalli night, an exclusive documentary screening & a listening party in collaboration with the regions biggest Podcast show, Kerning Cultures: 
What to expect at the pop-ups:

Focused on South Asia and the Muslim world at large, under the theme, ‘The Root of Everything’, the inaugural edition will be held in Dubai!

Be it food or ecology, heritage to public art, literature, films, theatre and music to tech & science, everything will come together to engage, have authentic conversations, collaborate, and create with the 195+ nationalities that we call community!

Come, be a part of our caravan!

For more details contact: rohadaud24@gmail.com

Mobeen Ansari’s “The Lady of the Emerald Scarf” screened at Huizache Arte vivo de Oaxaca in Mexico


The internationally renowned photojournalist and Filmmaker is in Mexico for a two week photographic tour; His documentary inspired by the life of Aziza, a carpet weaver based in Hunza, Pakistan; titled “Lady of the Emerald Scarf” was screened on Saturday 23rd of November at Huizache Arte vivo de Oaxaca along with a Q&A session with the visitors.

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Along with the film screening, Mobeen will also be photographing CDMX (Mexico City), Guanajuato, San Miguel de Allende and Hierveelagua- Oaxaca; focusing primarily on cityscapes and archaeological zones but also capturing portraits of locals in each of the cities. He has a keen interest in documenting the extraordinary landscapes of Mexico; he was in the country just last year for an Artist talk and a Book Launch of “White in the Flag” at Biblioteca Henestrosa in Oaxaca city and planned to return to capture more sights and sounds of the Country.

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 “I have always been given a very warm welcome by the locals and it’s a pleasure to be back in this beautiful Country! I’m inspired by the vast history and archaeological richness of its landscape & diversity. I’ve spent most of my life photographing rustic beauty and in today’s world that is very rare to find. Mexico is that rare place, and its juxtaposition of colors is amazing. During this trip I will be exploring urban and street photography in Mexico City, Guanajuato and Oaxaca, along with meeting local photographers, one of whom I have been following on social media for almost 10 years  says Mobeen Ansari

Mobeen’s extensive body of work has been globally acknowledge and showcased in several countries, including Canada, China, Italy, India, Iraq, Pakistan, Qatar, Switzerland, United States and the United Arab Emirates.

About Mobeen Ansari:

Mobeen Ansari is a photographer, filmmaker, artist & trekker based in Islamabad, Pakistan. After attaining his BFA degree from National College of Arts, he started working in the field, telling stories of Pakistan & its people, promoting a positive & poetic image of his country through his photos & movies. Mobeen has published two photography books. His first one, ‘Dharkan: The Heartbeat of a Nation’, features portraits of iconic people of Pakistan from all walks of life. His second book, called ‘White in the Flag’ is based on lives & festivities of religious minorities of Pakistan. His two films include ‘Hellhole”, which is a black and white short film, based on the life of a sanitation worker, and ‘Lady of the Emerald Scarf based on the life of Aziza, a carpet maker in Hunza. Mobeen has been part of numerous campaigns and non-profit projects; for the past two years he has actively captured the efforts of heroic health workers to support the polio eradication campaign in Pakistan.

Mobeen’s Ted Talks:

2014 (TEDxKarachi) https://vimeo.com/108273662

2017 (TEDxKinnaird) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oXF46zUBafE

Insta: @mobeenansariphoto

Flickr:  www.flickr.com/mobeenansari

FB:  www.facebook.com/mobeenart

For more press information, on interviews please contact: Zareen Khan – W2W events & pr – Email: zareen@w2wevents.com – +97152 – 765 55255

Celebrating UAE’s 48th Birthday with “The National Pride Art Exhibition” at Al Ghurair Centre


Al Ghurair Centre will house more than 40 paintings for a one month Art Exhibition in honor of the 48th anniversary of UAE; the artworks for this show are inspired by the local culture; history, people, animals, landscapes, architecture and life in the United Arab Emirates.


Visitors to the show will find incredibly beautiful images of UAE’s most memorable landmarks, historical sites, cultural celebrations and many more things, which makes this country so vibrant and cosmopolitan! The exhibition will be open to the public from 28th of November till the 28th of December 2019 on the ground floor of Al Ghurair Mall.

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The exhibiting artists include, Elizabeth Bruce, Saima Hasan, Sadaqat Pervaiz, Nayma Yasir, Rabia Naz, Gomathi Shiva & Shyamala Venkatesh. The National Pride Art Exhibition is a FREE entry event, open to general public.

Event Details:

Opening Date: 28th of November

Exhibition Dates: 28th November till 28th December 2019

Time: 10:00am till 10:00pm Weekdays/ 10am till 12:00am Weekends

Venue: Al Ghurair Centre

Curated by: w2w Events & PR

About Al Ghurair Centre:

Al Ghurair Centre, part of Al Ghurair Investment LLC, is the first shopping mall in the GCC region consisting of a dynamic master planned residential and commercial community.  The Centre is situated in Deira, the heart of Old Dubai. The mall is one of Dubai’s leading shopping and tourist destinations and features over 270 brands, more than 50 restaurants and a state-of-the-art Dolby sound, 18 screen cinema experience bought to you by Reel Cinemas. The most luxurious cinema experience is available in their Reel Platinum suites and little ones can enjoy a child friendly screening at Reel Juniors, a cinema screen designed just for them.

At The Centre, shoppers can treat themselves to a comprehensive mix of retail brands ranging from fashion to home décor, accessories to jewelry and much more. The shopping centre also boasts a bespoke section of traditional local brands covering various merchandise including abayas, shaylas, textiles and Arabic perfumes. The Centre is a vibrant shopping hub always buzzing with events throughout the year.  For more information visit http://www.alghuraircentre.com or follow @AlGhurairCentre #TheCentre.

 For more press information, please contact:

Zareen Khan – w2w Events & PR – press@w2wevents.com / 052 7655525

“Learning has no Age” is the powerful message behind Mahmood & Son’s latest commercial


Mahmood 500 Premium Basmati RICE 1121 is now available online www.mahmoodsons.com

Mahmood & Sons is now officially online and is championing the concept that “Learning has no age” with its brand new commercial for produced by Selfie TV team. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1bMF86YDyWw&t=11s

JO7A5416.JPGThe commercial revolves around two principle characters, a daughter and her mother. The Mother comes home from a tiresome grocery trip and the daughter suggests to try online shopping, to which the mother shows hesitation; which inspires the daughter to walk her Mother step by step guide to online shopping, explaining and encouraging her Mother with the confidence to try something new with the notion that “Learning has no age”.

IMG_5170.JPG“When we were brainstorming for the commercial, on the best way to announce that Mahmood 500 Premium Basmati Rice 1121 is available online; we didn’t want to challenge the conventional way of shopping instead we wanted to show an alternative and a more convenient way of shopping to the buyers, constantly keeping in mind that “Learning has no age” says Sahar Mahmud – Founder of Selfie TV.

JO7A5533.JPGAbout #Selfie TV: Established in 2014 with an aim to showcase live entertainment, News and Programming on Selfie TV’s web channel. The inspiration behind #Selfie TV is the now famous “Oscar Selfie”. The King of all #tweets.From celebrities to the girl next door, to the gym obsessed men, taking selfies has become a custom and we too are caught up  in the selfie phenomenon.

Website: http://mahmoodsons.com

Selfie TV’s Coverage and Programs

Masala Awards 2014 Coverage:


Music Video for FASHION FOR ALL


Selfie Chit Chat with Jaz Dhami:


Documentary for Glow twenty 15: (New Year Party):


HUM TV awards Red carpet:


Web: http://www.selfietv.co// FB: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Selfie-Tv

Twitter: @SelfieTV/ Instagram: SelfieTV

For information about Selfie TV, please contact: Email: info@selfietv.co

For more press information, please contact:Zareen Khan – W2W Events & PR / Email: zareen@w2wevents.com / 052 7655525



Be part of ‘The Journey’ at Abu Dhabi Art 2019

'Dream Twice' by 81 Designs x eL Seed

Aiming to preserve and modernize the time-honored Palestinian embroidery Tatreez, UAE social enterprise 81 Designs presents ‘The Journey,’ a collection of Tatreez artworks done in collaboration with French-Tunisian artist eL Seed. It features framed tapestries, figurines, and a book; and will be presented in a 3D booth (No. CP02) designed to reflect life in a refugee camp at Abu Dhabi Art. The fair is taking place from November 20th till the 23rd at Manarat Al Saadiyat.

eL Seed with the refugee women artisans employed by 81 Designs and their children painted seven murals to spread messages of hope inside Ain El-Hilweh camp in South Lebanon. Each mural was recreated in Tatreez on canvas hand-stitched by the artisans. Priced at USD 10,000 each.

The artisans also created figurines made in Tatreez that embody their hopes and dreams. Their creations are named after each woman and child that participated in the project. Prices start from USD 72.

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Documenting behind-the-scenes of ‘The Journey’ is a book with a powerful photo selection that highlights the living condition of a displaced community.  Illustrating a bird’s eye view of the camp to its tiny details, and how the murals integrate in the landscape of the community, the book will give readers a more in-depth perspective on the lives of refugees. The special edition, priced at USD 115, features a cover with eL Seed’s artwork embroidered into the cover.  Regular soft-bound copies are priced at USD 80 each.

‘The Journey’ is a symbolic tribute to the Year of Tolerance.

Location: Booth CP02, Manarat Al Saadiyat

Date and Timings: 20 November: 6pm – 9pm | 21 – 23 November: 2pm – 9pm

Tickets: https://www.abudhabiart.ae/en/Artfair/tickets.aspx


BOX VOX – The Fine Art of Gifting launched in Dubai, UAE

BoxVox.jpgBox Vox has been officially launched by Dubai based siblings Komal Chhatwani & Yashraj Chhatwani with a mission of bringing gifting into the 21st century by creating stronger relationships through personal gifts. The sitewww.boxvoxme.com lets customers pick a thematic, expertly curated option or customize the perfect gift box for any occasion.

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Komal Chhatwani – Founder of Box Vox

“The reason why we started this was because we felt there was a need to create more wow worthy personalized gifts which was made just for YOU. This way we could avoid giving anyone unwanted gifts that accumulates and then later is re-gifted, with Box Vox the gift you receive is truly designed keeping the individual in mind; for instance, we are approached by anyone who wants to give a gift for any occasion, we try and understand the likes, dislikes, personality and behavior of the recipient and then we curate a giftwhich is specifically designed just for them with items that matches their personality and they don’t feel like oh its a standard gift which was picked off the shelf of a store. Each box that goes out has a beautifully designed handwritten card from the sender which is sealed packed in stunning envelop says Founder Komal Chhatwani

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Yashraj Chhatwani – Co-Founder of Box Vox

 “We believe in creating WOW-WORTHY gifts for everyone and for every occasion. People don’t have the time now a days to go out and buy gifts, so we give them perfectly curated gifts  which fits in their budget the very next day with just a click. We don’t just do individual gifts, we also specialize in corporate gifting, wedding favors and client appreciation gifts too” adds Co – Founder Yashraj Chhatwani

Box Vox is a boutique-gifting studio that specializes in curated and custom gift boxes that tell a story through carefully selected products and wrapping details. Packaged to perfection, and accompanied by a hand- written note, each and every box that leaves our studio is a gift to be remembered.

About the Founders of www.boxvoxme.com:

Komal Chhatwani is the brain behind the creation of Box Vox. Inspired by the curiosity of finding the missing element in the market – she started the idea after recognizing the need for highly curated gifting for weddings, corporate events, and other events to fulfill one’s special life occasions. Komal comes with a highly strong background in events & wedding planning industry with over 10+ years of experience in the region. Her strong creative and aesthetic vision for box vox ensures that we stay true to our customers’ needs and our belief in well-presented and purposeful gifting. She is the do it all girl with start to finish mindset approach to any task which makes her the perfect visionary member of the team.

Yashraj Chhatwani is the newest addition to Box Vox’s team as the Chief Strategic Officer. With strong Marketing & Strategy, corporate background in both retail & aviation – Yashraj adds his ever so problem-solving skills and quick & creative charm to the team. With several corporate retail brands under the belt, Yashraj knows how to turn around the business with current market trends with new & innovative ideas with high attention to details that go a long way. He is organized with an ability to manage projects in full autonomy, a globe trotter audacity and an entrepreneur approach make him the perfect addition to our team.

For more press information, please contact: Zareen Khan – W2W events & pr – Email: zareen@w2wevents.com – 052 – 765 5525

“In Monochrome” a Solo Art Exhibition by Priyanka Vijayan


“In Monochrome, do We Find the Complexities of Life” is the theme of Priyanka’s Solo Exhibition opening on 4th of December at Studio Seven Art Gallery

“In Monochrome” a solo art exhibition by Priyanka Vijayan combines the strokes of white and black to form a full picture, creating hyper realistic pieces by utilizing the emotions and passions of each of these colors, weaving them together to create a fuller, complete piece of art. Exhibition is set to open on 4th of December from 7:00pm onwards and the works will be on display till 8th of December at Studio Seven Art Gallery in Dubai, UAE.

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Priyanka Vijayan

It is only by allowing vulnerability that art can truly come to life. While many of my works fill the viewer with awe and emotion by its beauty and lavishness, the works within this show does much more than that – it seeks to connect to the soul of the viewer, and forces them to stare back into what, at the end of the day, we all truly are – mixtures of darkness and light, in varying measure” say’s Priyanka Vijayan.

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Self-taught artist Priyanka Vijayan finds the beauty, the most real, and the starkest depictions of life within her work in monochrome. Visitors of the show can expect to see the richness stripped away into something more raw – something more real. Priyanka, successfully reinforces the theme by playing with darkness and light to a point where the artworks realistically starts to stare back at the viewer. The show opens from 4th till 8th of December 2019 at Studio Sever Art Gallery.


To rsvp: zareen@w2wevents.com

FB: https://www.facebook.com/events/716721265497719/


“Nature Art Trails Institute” officially opens in Dubai, UAE

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 Nature Art Trails institute an initiative of Paws Trails will be providing training on photography and art

Nature Art Trails Institute opened its doors on Friday 8th of November at Time Square Mall in Dubai, UAE. The institute is founded by Award winning Wildlife photographers Hermis Haridas & Nisha Pururshothaman with a vision of brining people closer to nature using photography & art as the medium to spread awareness and education about conservation.

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The institute was inaugurated by Dr. Peter Hudson, Willaman Professor of Biology in the Eberly College of Science and director of The Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences, started his career as a wildlife biologist. In recognition of his commitment to advancing public health to alleviate human suffering around the world, Dr. Hudson has been recognized by Kish Bank with the Humanitarian of the Year Award in 2018.

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The opening also included a spectacular wildlife photography exhibition by renowned photographers and nature conservations including Salma Al Suwaidi, Hermis Haridas, Nisha Purushothaman, Suaad Alsuwaidi, Sami Alqaderi, Athira mohan krishnan , Peter Hudson, Nitin Michael, Shaji Mohammed, Manu Reghurajan, Preethi & Prashant Chacko.


Hermis Haridas – Co Founder of Nature Art Trails Institute says, After passionately pursuing wildlife photography for over 10 years, it dawned on us that we wanted to inspire and mentor people to understand the criticality of conservation. It’s important for us to share this knowledge and our insights that we have gained in our experience as wildlife photographers. We believe that people, especially the future generation, are going to be the advocates of nature and wildlife conservation. Hence with this thought in mind, the concept of ‘Weekend workshops’ began – our first practical and consistent photography workshop based in the UAE – with a promising outcome as the weeks progressed. This particular genre of academy is the first time in this region.”MRTY5089.jpg

Nisha Pururshothaman – Co Founder of Paws Trails Explorers adds, We want to do our part in building awareness on nature conservation. We believe that any form of art can create a positive change in an individual’s life. Hence by associating these positive features to the noble message of conservation, we can achieve the benefits of making people happier and healthier, while giving Mother Nature a fighting chance at survival.”

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Nature Art Trails Institute is a first of its kind in Dubai, where trainees will get educated on how photography and art can be used to change an individual’s perspective to connect with nature; providing top-notch training by collaborating with well-known photographs and experts in their respective fields. Staying true its nature of mentoring young minds, the institute has officially announced Suaad Alsuwaidi, the notable Emirati female wildlife photographer as the Paws Trails Ambassador. The institute aims to conduct regular courses on wildlife & nature photography along with hosting monthly exhibitions to constantly offer opportunities to students to showcase and grow as Photographers & Artists. All the photography certifications at the institute are endorsed by National Geographic Abu Dhabi & Emirates Nature-WWF.


About the founders of Paws Trails Explorers & Nature Art Institute:

Paws Trails is a global platform for wildlife conservation, photography, art and travel, initiated by two wildlife photographers, Hermis Haridas and Nisha Purushothaman, in 2015. It is now a collective dream of a group of dedicated nature and wildlife enthusiasts – you could call it a unique initiative from the UAE to spread awareness on wildlife and conservation through art and photography. With the growing concerns the world is facing, this is an initiative to transform the youth population to connect with nature and our surrounding environment, to make our planet a better place to live in.

Paws Trails started with international wildlife photography workshops, and in the last four years, has expanded to four verticals: Education, Tours, Events, and Publishing. Having started with two individuals, we now have a team of approximately 200, including but not limited to photographers, conservationists, and scientists volunteering with us on our mission.
In 2018, Paws Trails organized an international wildlife festival in Dubai along with National Geographic Abu Dhabi and Emirates Nature-WWF, which was the first of its kind of event that the Middle East had seen. We have also organized 18 international wildlife photography exhibitions in UAE, and by October 2019, Paws Trails will have published its 19th edition of its online bi-monthly magazine, PT Explorers. Finally, within its 4 years of its commencement, Paws Trails has completed more than 50 international wildlife photography workshops in various parts of the world, with an increase in its popularity. Now is 2019 the founders of Paws Trails Explorers take a step further and founded “Nature Art Institute” to continue their mission to educate and conserve.

Web: www.pawstrails.com

FB: https://www.facebook.com/groups/PTExplorers/

Instagram: PawsTrailsExplorers

For information about Paws Trails Explorers, please contact:

Email: pawsintouch@gmail.com
Mob: 055 521 5315


For more press information, please contact: Zareen Khan – W2W events & pr – Email: zareen.w2w.pr@gmail.com052 – 765 5525


ICONS at COYA an exhibition by Julian Castaldi


As the capital gears up for one of the biggest art months in the region, COYA Abu Dhabi launches a brand-new art exhibition to whet the appetites of art lovers in the city.

From November 19th 2019, British artist Julian Castaldi brings his unique exhibition, ICONS to the capital which uses dynamic imagery, an exuberant colour palette and a repetitive approach on legendry icons such as Karl Lagerfeld, Coco Chanel, Elvis, Muhammad Ali, Robert De Niro to name but a few.

Julian’s paintings focus on people and objects popular in popular culture and use different techniques and materials, such as gold-leaf, acrylic, enamel, plaster and graffiti. The result puts these iconic and instantly recognisable figures amongst strong patterns and bold, contrasting colours in a way you haven’t seen before.

Currently based in Dubai, Julian also has spent over 20 years working and touring with some of the world’s biggest acts, creating art, design and photographing personalities and celebrities including John Malkovich, David Bailey, Stereophonics, Natalie Imbruglia, Oasis, Eddie Vedder, Paul Weller, Incubus and Tom Jones.

He has also captured the capitals biggest events through his photography, including the Red Bull Air Race and Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.


Known globally, Julian has exhibited artworks in Los Angeles, UK, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Morocco and Paris with artworks and photography in many private collections and residencies around the world.

Guests are invited to view ICONS when it opens on 19th November 2019, with over 10 pieces including Karl Lagerfeld and Coco Chanel displayed across COYA Abu Dhabi Restaurant and Pisco Bar and Lounge, so they can experience the art whether dining on the delicious Peruvian cuisine or enjoying the speciality drinks at the bar.

LINK TO PAST EXHIBITIONS : https://www.castaldiart.com/castaldi-bio

LINKS TO SOCIAL MEDIA : https://www.castaldiart.com https://www.facebook.com/castaldifineart https://www.instagram.com/castaldiartist

COYA is based at the Four Seasons at The Galleria on Al Maryah Island, Abu Dhabi.

Telephone: +971 02 306 7000
Website: http://www.coyarestaurant.com
Email: reservations.ad@coyarestaurant.ae

Contact: Cosmopole Consultancy/  Asha@cosmopole.com / +971 55 979 3814

“Remembrance” showcasing 20 renowned Artists at Studio Seven Art Gallery


20 Celebrated Pakistani Artists to exhibit at Studio Seven Dubai from 23rd till 30th of November 2019

Studio Seven Art Gallery in Dubai will be opening its doors to an exquisite group Art Exhibition “Remembrance”; curated by Iftikhar Chohan the exhibit will showcase artworks and sculptures from 20 notable Pakistani Artists, the show opens on 23rd and will run till 30th of November 2019.


“Studio Seven Art Gallery is a safe haven for Artists, we like to support and nurture artisans; we have been very fortunate to represent some of the most talented artists from the subcontinent; our aim is to continuously create platforms to offer opportunities to Artists. The upcoming show “Remembrance” is a celebration of our commitment to always seeking artists purely based on the merit of their work and we are very proud to host them for our Dubai art collectors and enthusiasts!” says Jamal Firozy – Director of Studio Seven Dubai


The exhibition will be inaugurated on Saturday 23rd of November at the Studio Seven Gallery based in Business Bay, Oxford tower, 803. The show will be proudly representing the artworks of Pakistan’s most sought after Artists, which include Mehar Afroze, Naheed Raza, Sadaf RM Naeem, Noor Jehan Bilgirami, Donia Kaiser, Hamida Khatri, Hussain Chandio, Ali Hammad, Ali Saad, Waseem Siddiq, Waseem Ahmed, Naveed Sadiq, Nadir Jamali, Munawar Ali Sayed, Nazia Gul and Suleiman Aqeel Khilji.


For more press information, please contact: Zareen Khan – W2W events & pr – Email: zareen@w2wevents.com – 052 – 765 5525