The Sultan Bin Ali Al Owais Cultural Foundation has announced its eventful program for the second half of 2017, which includes seminars, musical concerts, plastic-art exhibitions and other cultural activities.


In September, the Foundation will be hosting a symposium on the novel genre in the UAE, which will be held under the title of "Youth Novels in the UAE" and will see the participation of Ibrahim Al Hashemi, Ezzat Omar, Islam Boushkeir, Abdul Fattah Sabri, Sameh Ka'wash, Dr. Saleh Huwaidi, Dr. Ahmed Al Zo'bi and Dr. Amina Theeban. The symposium will shed light on novels by young UAE authors, which are growing in popularity locally and which have built an audience, won awards and gained considerable attention in cultural circles in general.


Moreover, the Foundation will host a gala concert by Lebanese vocalist Ghada Shbeir in October. Shbeir is a graduate of the University of Kaslik and holds a Ph.D. in Musical Sciences and a Diploma in Oriental Singing. In 2007, she was awarded the BBC World Music Award for both the Middle East and North Africa for her CD entitled, "Mouachahat". In addition, she won the prize for "Best International Album" for the same album.

It is worth mentioning that the Foundation will also host a musical performance by "Khumasi Al Nagham" group during the same month.

Furthermore, the Foundation will host an exhibition by plastic artist Ali Al Mimar in November, under the title of "Neighs of Silence" featuring a collection of his paintings. Al Mimar was born in Baghdad in 1956. He graduated from the Painting Department of Baghdad's Institute of Fine Arts in 1985 and is also a graduate of the Painting Department of the Academy of Fine Arts in Baghdad (1991). He was awarded the Fa'eq Hassan Golden Medal at the Youth Festival in Baghdad in 1985. He has painted a 28-metre mural at Dubai International Airport.


In celebration of the UAE's national day, the Sultan Bin Ali Al Owais Cultural Foundation will also host another exhibition in November titled, "Women Creations", which will showcase artworks by artists Fatima Lootah, Najat Makki, Salma Al Marri, Khulood Al Jaberi, Majida Nasr El Din, Al Maha Al Klabi, Laila Thaher, Wafaa Khazindar, Sumaya Al Rayes, Salwa Al Aidy, Mona Al Khaja, Naima Maimana, Farah Youssef, Lina Al Oqaili, Jinan Al Ansari and Mai Al Nuaimi.


On the other hand, the Foundation has planned to host a plastic art exhibition in December by sculptor Mutasim Al Kabisi. Al Kabisi was born in Baghdad in 1968 and majored solo exhibitions in Sharjah, Dubai (2008) and Paris (2004). He also participated in many group exhibitions in Iraq, Dubai, and Abu Dhabi and was awarded several prizes including the Ishtar Award for Young Artists in 2005.


The Sultan Bin Ali Al Owais Cultural Foundation will conclude its activities for 2017 with a gala concert by Egyptian vocalist Riham Abdel Hakim, who made her debut in 1999 through the TV series, "Umm Kulthoom", starring as the late Egyptian iconic singer Umm Kulthoom in her youth. She also played the role of "Rabe'a Al Adawiya" in the play "Rabe'a Zahrat Al 'Asheqeen" and started performing at the Cairo Opera House from the age of twelve. She has released two albums and a number of singles, including the theme songs of famous TV series. She was awarded the "Golden Microphone Award" for two consecutive years by the Arab States Broadcasting Union.