JANNAH BURJ AL SARAB TO FEATURE WORKS OF EMIRATI ARTIST BUDOUR AL ALI
Abu Dhabi’s newest five-star hotel will exhibit a collection of heritage-inspired paintings in addition to a permanent display of the artist’s sketches of the Abu Dhabi royal family
Abu Dhabi, 05 October 2015: Budour Al Ali, an Emirati artist who is known for her portraits of the Abu Dhabi royal family, is to have her work on display at Jannah Burj Al Sarab. The artist’s year-long exhibition will be based in the lobby of the hotel located in the Al Zahiya/Mina area.
The exclusive art display will showcase the spirit of the UAE through four collections, updated in each quarter over the year. This is a rare opportunity for guests, both residents and tourists, to discover the rich culture, heritage and folklore of the UAE through her artwork.
The collection includes different elements of desert life, including falcons, oryxes and gazelles. The works will also give visitors a glimpse of cultural buildings and local handicraft.
Additionally, three sketches of the Abu Dhabi royal family which have been specially commissioned by Jannah Burj Al Sarab management will be housed permanently in the hotel’s lobby. With the exception of these pencil sketches, Al Ali’s preferred medium is oil.
The Emirati artist believes Jannah Burj Al Sarab’s Bedouin concept is in line with her artistic concepts.
“I aim to work on several unique themes to keep the display interesting throughout the year. The concept is fitting with the Arabian theme of Jannah Hotels,” says Budour Al Ali.
A number of art and cultural activities will run alongside the display to enrich the experience for guests. In a recent display, Al Ali collaborated with an opera singer, who performed live at the exhibition.
“I wanted to give the audience an opportunity to experience art with music to bring out good feelings and for their souls to be nurtured with beautiful vibes,” the artist adds.
Al Ali is known for creating interactive pieces, where spectators can contribute to her work. For instance, at Abu Dhabi International Hunting and Equestrian Exhibition (ADIHEX 2015), she hosted a live painting initiative titled ‘Be an Artist for a Minute’. Over the four days of the event, she painted a falcon, and the audience participated in completing the piece.
Prints, cards and accessories, such as bags and cushion covers, all featuring her paintings will also be available for sale during the exhibition. The starting rate for the main artworks is AED 1,700.
Some of the proceeds will go to The Aounk Ya Yaman charity to support the health and education of poor and needy children in Yemen.
The hotel is in a soft opening phase, and is due to officially open in October.
About Budour Al Ali:
Budour Al Ali is an Abu Dhabi-based artist who offers a traditional twist to contemporary art by merging her western educational background with her local roots. She has held exhibitions at Al Seef Mall and ADIHEX 2015. A large collection of her works hangs on walls of hotel lobbies and VIP majlises. Al Ali’s expertise in styles like impressionism and realism allows her to capture and translate the essence of the UAE onto a canvas.
About Jannah Burj Al Sarab:
The five-star hotel comprises 318 rooms and suites, as well as a restaurant, a spa, and rooftop fitness and leisure facilities offering stunning panoramic views of the city. The hotel features 224 deluxe rooms, 66 junior suites, 22 executive suites, four three-bedroom penthouses, two two-bedroom penthouses, as well as royal suites in two- and three-bedroom configurations. All rooms come equipped with 48-inch TVs and in-room Wi-Fi service.
Jannah Burj Al Sarab is a hub that offers business, shopping, cultural and beach experiences in the central business district of Abu Dhabi. WORK PLAY SLEEP SPA is the foundation behind the innovative design of each room and suite.
About Jannah Hotels and Resorts:
Jannah Hotels was born and raised in the Liwa Desert of the United Arab Emirates. Founded on the spirit of the Noble Bedouin Hospitality and pioneered with an infrastructure that is innovative, creative and dynamic, Jannah Hotels & Resorts has blossomed into the hotel management company of choice.
Offering leading proprietary technology and evolutionary programs, the company offers intelligent and efficient hotel management services that are focused on ensuring properties managed under the Jannah Hotels & Resorts brand’s reach their operating potential in every aspect.
Properties in the portfolio also include Eastern Mangroves Suites by Jannah, Marina Bay Suites by Jannah, Jannah Place Dubai Marina and Andalus Al Seef Resort & Spa.