Dubai: Dubai Culture on Saturday launched a photo exhibition about the ‘Mosques of the World’, in cooperation with Hamdan Bin Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum International Photography Awards (HIPA), and Shaikh Mohammad Centre for Cultural Understanding (SMCCU).
The event will take place at Jumeirah Mosque and continue until the end of October this year.
The exhibition’s launch coincides with the Haj season, supporting Dubai Culture’s efforts to highlight the importance of Islamic arts and culture, and to establish Dubai as the capital of Islamic economy.
In addition, the exhibition emphasises the spiritual beauty of mosques and highlights their artistic architecture, showcased through the creative lenses of participants from around the globe.
A total of 32 images were taken by creative photographers from 15 countries around the world.
HIPA launched the ‘Mosques of the World’ competition on Instagram, where two winners were selected based on the highest number of likes from the general public. This edition’s theme highlights the role of mosques in societies and reveals unique architectural masterpieces. Visitors can learn about the evolution of architecture, designs, and styles from one civilisation to another.
Saeed Al Nabouda, acting director-general of Dubai Culture, said: “Organising this prestigious exhibition strengthens Dubai’s and UAE’s statuses as destinations for cultural and cultural exchange between nations and the people, especially as it promotes the culture of tolerance and promotes values of understanding and peace in accordance with the principles of the UAE.”
He went on to say that the exhibition is in line with Dubai Culture’s mission to highlight local and international talents in the field of Islamic arts and culture. It will also help highlight efforts that support the leadership’s vision of strengthening Dubai’s global position as one of the most artistically conscious and established cities in the world.
“The exhibition is part of our vision to establish Dubai as a global, creative, and sustainable city for culture, heritage, arts, and literature. It also supports Dubai Culture’s ‘Art Everywhere’ strategy, which aims to encourage local and global creative talents and promote their artistic work around the city in innovative and creative methods,” Al Nabouda added.
Ali Bin Thalith, HIPA secretary-general, said: “Photography is a powerful medium that allows photographers to speak and communicate with the rest of the world without words. Using that as inspiration, we set out the unique challenge of documenting the beauty of Islamic architecture and mosques to our Instagram community, through the HIPA Instagram Photo Contest.
“The results were inspiring and highlighted the wide array of Islamic architecture found around the world while also underlining the photogenic serenity and appeal of these places of worship. HIPA is delighted to collaborate with Dubai Culture and SMCCU to create this unique visual experience that will no doubt be enjoyed by visitors to the Jumeirah Majlis.”