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Where nature meets fine architecture.

Jubail Island is a neighbourhood unlike any other located within a protected natural environment of stunning beauty, its surrounding ecosystem supports a diversity of wildlife. Its unique intertidal marine setting provides a welcome habitat for a diversity of wildlife. Residents enjoy occasional sightings of elegant gazelles wandering close by and the island’s position along an important migratory route means exotic and beautiful bird sightings are common.

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Sprawled across 4,000 hectares of mangrove forests and coastal estuaries with more than 30 km of waterfront, lies Jubail island. Home to six distinct village communities, with deliberately bespoke, breathtakingly picturesque residential areas and community facilities.


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  • Architectural Digest Middle East’s Art of Living show returns to Jubail Island, 1 – 4 February 2024
  • During AD’s Art of Living 2024, Jubail Island launches its inaugural Public Art Programme, with artist Tarek Elkassouf’s “Transformative Energy” artwork unveiled as the first piece in the series
  • Jubail Island’s Public Art Programme will comprise a selection of curated artwork that will be installed across the islands’ villages and communities over the next months, to intertwine Art, Architecture, and Nature
  • Architectural Digest Middle East appointed Mariana Wehbe PR as Creative Consultant for this year’s show

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, 05 February 2024: Jubail Island, Abu Dhabi’s iconic destination, celebrated the launch of its Public Art Programme during Art of Living 2024, Architectural Digest Middle East’s immersive art show that returned to Jubail Island for its second edition.

The event, which underscores Jubail Island’s commitment to culture and community welcomed various galleries as artists from across the world exhibited their works in the community’s show villas, where guests had the opportunity to discover the work of regional creatives, as well as Jubail Island’s villas simultaneously – all in an immersive ambiance of lights, music, live performances, and food stations.

As part of the annual event, Jubail Island launched its Public Arts Programme, a new initiative that introduces art to Jubail Island’s community, lifestyle and beautiful landscaped public spaces. Tarek Elkassouf’s artwork, “Transformative Energy” was the first piece in Jubail Island’s Public Art series, unveiled at this year’s Art of Living event.

Mahmoud Dandashly, Chief Business Officer of LEAD Real Estate Developer, said: “The Public Art initiative is tailored towards residents, and visitors, encouraging them to engage with art on a daily basis. Art has a proven ability to stimulate thoughts and perceptions, evoking a deep appreciation for its beauty and emotional impact. An art programme mirroring Jubail’s essence will add to the island’s charm and beauty, spreading a positive impact on the Abu Dhabi community and the broader UAE, whilst creating a legacy for future generations.”

Dandashly, added: “The Emirate of Abu Dhabi places great emphasis on the promotion of arts and culture, and the Jubail Island’s Public Arts Programme is an initiative aimed at continuing Abu Dhabi’s journey, as a talent hub and leading global destination for arts and culture. The Programme is geared towards enriching the experience of Jubail Island community. Jubail Island is proud to play its part in bolstering Abu Dhabi’s art and culture scene.”

Tarek Elkassouf is an acclaimed Sculptor who is consistently pushing the boundaries of what is possible within the realm of sculpture. In his Artist Statement, he explores the concept of balance after transformation.

Elkassouf has meticulously sculpted six unique and awe-inspiring outdoor sculptures, each possessing its own distinctive character and message. The Artwork entitled “transformative Energy’ are thoughtfully crafted using Basalt and lime stone, ensuring their durability and resistance to environmental factors. Transformative Energy embodies the dynamic spirit and rapid progress of the UAE, and draws inspiration from the UAE’s commitment to sustainability and cultural heritage.

In reflecting on being part of Jubail Island’s Public Art programme, Tarek shared: “This Artwork finds its home in a place of unparalleled beauty. I am filled with pride to be a contributing brushstroke to the burgeoning canvas of art that is flourishing in Jubail Island and the broader Abu Dhabi landscape.”

Commenting on his artwork, Tarek Elkassouf said “The proximity of the stone sculpture and the living, breathing mangrove reserve of Jubail Island might seem like a contrast, but delving deeper into their symbolic interplay reveals an intricate relationship that celebrates both the permanence of art and the ephemeral beauty of nature. Together, they create a holistic experience, intertwining the tales of human creativity and nature being a constant inspiration.”

Standing tall at 3.25m, the artwork was unveiled at Jubail Island during AD’s Art of Living exhibition, where Jubail Island community members and guests discovered a new experience of island life, where architecture, art, and nature met.

The AED15 billion Jubail Island, a project owned by JIIC and developed and managed by LEAD Real Estate Developer, will be home to an idyllic collection of six residential village estates located between Yas Island and Saadiyat Island.

Nestled among the breath-taking natural beauty and rich biodiversity of the mangroves, the landmark community will offer residents every convenience and amenity, seamlessly blending sustainable living, luxury, and wellness in an iconic new addition to Abu Dhabi’s real estate landscape.


About Jubail Island: The Jubail Island development will be an idyllic collection of villages located between Yas Island and Saadiyat Island and will become Abu Dhabi’s leading sanctuary designed to appeal to wellness and nature enthusiasts, positioned amid the rich biodiversity of the mangroves.

The luxury project will offer wholesome F&B outlets and a wide range of facilities, including a beach club, a business centre, a sports centre, schools, supermarkets, nurseries, a community club, specialised clinics and other commercial establishments.

For more information, please visit https://www.jubailisland.ae/ or download Jubail Island mobile application. Keep up to date with the latest updates @jubailisland:

About Architectural Digest Middle East: Part of the Condé Nast stable, Architectural Digest Middle East has become the most trusted voice on design and luxury lifestyle in the region since it launched in March 2015. Home to a discerning audience of design enthusiasts and professionals, the brand targets the premium sector of the market and showcases both residential and commercial design.

Through its print and digital editions, admiddleeast.com, social media, and signature events, AD Middle East provides an exclusive view into the world’s most beautiful spaces, inspiring its influential readers to redesign and refresh their lives. Architectural Digest US was first published in 1920 and there are now nine global editions with a highly engaged combined audience of millions.

For more information, please visit https://www.admiddleeast.com/ Keep up to date with the latest updates:


Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, 06 February 2024: LEAD – Real Estate Developer LLC has concluded a successful internship programme with Cranleigh School Abu Dhabi, which ran from October 2023 to January 2024. The programme provided students with the opportunity to get an overview on real estate development project, and gain practical experiences within the Jubail Island project.

The three-months programme equipped participants with a comprehensive skillset in development, construction, sales, marketing, asset management, and commercial facility management as well as a dedicated section that focused on the importance of sustainability.

During the programme, students were also offered access to the management, sales, and site offices and were allowed to witness ongoing work across Jubail Island. They also underwent a comprehensive safety training to ensure the highest standards were maintained throughout the training period.

During the final stages of the programme, students demonstrated the skills they gained through detailed presentations, highlighting the knowledge and experiences they acquired. The programme concluded with a farewell ceremony celebrating the students’ achievements, in presence of members from LEAD Development management, the Cranleigh School Abu Dhabi School management and faculty.

LEAD Development affirmed its commitment to launching CSR initiatives to educate youth and empower future leaders. Such programmes encourage young talents and help them hone their practical experiences.

From December 2022 to December 2023, Jubail Island has previously welcomed 20 educational institutions and over 660 students for educational activities in Jubail Mangrove Park (JMP), including guided tours, tree planting activities, and coastal beach studies.


AD’s Art of Living 2024 Brings 50 Middle Eastern Artists Together in Abu Dhabi’s Magical Mangroves

Collage : Artem Levashov, using artwork courtesy of the artists and galleries participating in AD’s Art of living 2024

Open to the public on 3rd & 4th February 2024 in Jubail Island, this dynamic art show celebrates hope and our interconnectedness.

By AD Staff

AD‘s acclaimed exhibition, Art of Living returns to Jubail Island in Abu Dhabi, to present an unprecedented art show featuring immersive installations, sculpture, large-scale artwork and never-seen-before work by some of the biggest contemporary artists in the Middle East.


Art of Living is open to the public between 4pm and 9pm, on 3rd & 4th February 2024

The 2024 edition of Art of Life will spotlight the UAE’s thriving arts scene that’s giving a platform to artists from all around the world. Work by Rana Begum, Sahand Hesamiyan, Saloua Raouda Choukair, Alfred Basbous, Aïda Muluneh, Tarek Elkassouf, Juma Al Haj and others – across diverse media, scales and themes – will together pay homage to the act of ‘creating’ that unites all people and fosters hope.

Nasser Almulhim, Land and Sea (2023). Jimmy de Paris; courtesy of the artist and Tabari Artspace

Galleries Featured in AD’s Art of Living 2024

This list is presented in no particular order. Please click on the name to jump to the full profile.

For the 2024 edition of its proprietary activation, Art of Living, Architectural Digest Middle East has appointed Mariana Wehbe Public Relations as creative consultant.
Yaw Owusu, Tranquility (2022). Courtesy of the artist and Efie Gallery

Art of Living is open to the public between 4pm and 9pm, on 3rd & 4th February 2024

AlaaSharabi, Mixed media on canvas (2023). Courtesy of the artist and Saleh Barakat Gallery

Ayyam Gallery

Photo courtesy of Ayyam Gallery from a previous exhibition

Founded in 2006, Ayyam Gallery is a leading arts organisation that manages the careers of diverse established and emerging artists. Blue-chip art space in Dubai, a series of collaborative projects in the United States, Europe, and Asia, and a multinational non-profit arts programme have furthered the gallery’s mandate of expanding the parameters of international art. With its widely respected multilingual publishing division and a custodianship programme that manages the estates of pioneering artists, Ayyam Gallery has also contributed to recent efforts that document underrepresented facets of global art history. @ayyamgallery

Efie Gallery

Aïda Muluneh, Knowing the way to Tomorrow (2018). Courtesy of the artist and Efie Gallery

Efie Gallery is a contemporary art gallery in Dubai specialising in the representation and advancement of artists of African origin, both from the African continent and its global diaspora. Since its inception in 2021, and the opening of its permanent space in 2022 in Al Khayat Art Avenue, the gallery has been establishing itself as a global platform for some of Africa’s most significant artists, working with the likes of El Anatsui, Aïda Muluneh, Maggie Otieno, Isshaq Ismail and Yaw Owusu. @efiegallery

Firetti Contemporary

Jason Middlebrook, Making my Own Grain (2016). Courtesy of the artist and Firetti Contemporary

By representing both established and emerging artists from all over the world, Firetti Contemporary strives to build a multidisciplinary art space with a strong identity to an international platform. Bringing together like-minded individuals and pioneers of the artistic and expressive future, the gallery assembles a dynamic curation of works that encourage the importance of individuality as well as establishing collective alignment. @firetti.contemporary

Iris Projects

Photo courtesy of Iris Projects from a previous exhibition
Iris Projects, formerly known as Iris Art Advisory, is a contemporary art gallery and a strategic cultural hub founded in 2020 by Lateefa Bin Hamoodah and Maryam Al Falasi. Purposefully artist-led, Iris Projects nurtures discourses, inspires creativity, and promotes a deeper comprehension of the world through the lens of contemporary art. Its commitment is twofold: to promote the creative ambitions of painters, sculptors, photographers, and multidisciplinary artists of the UAE and to preserve the artistic legacy and heritage of the region. The mission extends to fostering a cross-disciplinary ecosystem, drawing diverse audiences, enabling dialogues across various domains, and enriching the arts and culture landscape of Abu Dhabi and the UAE. @irisprojects

Artbooth UAE

Gilbert Halaby, Will you wait for me under that pine tree, Rome (2022). Courtesy of the artist and Artbooth UAE
With a background in Art History, Art Management and Evaluation, Roger El-Khoury founded Artbooth in 2019 as a Artbooth UAE as a hybrid between an art gallery and a mobile booth you will find at the most prestigious art fairs. Imagined as a cross-cultural bridge between renowned artists, audiences, and collectors from across the world, it presents work across all media including painting, drawing, sculpture, installation, photography, and video. Artbooth UAE is located in the heart of Abu Dhabi, in the ADNEC area. @artboothuae


Photo courtesy of Kameh

“I’m making my pieces 100% locally in Dubai and I proudly tell people that we are a UAE-born and produced brand,” says the anonymous AD100 talent behind the collectable design atelier Kameh. Imperfectly perfect, a raw, hand-sculpted look transforms functional objects into works of art. Remaining behind the scenes, the designer wants their work to be judged on its own merit, and if recent outings – including a collaboration with Level Shoes in Dubai Mall and a showcase at Art Basel in Paris – are any indication, they are onto a winning formula. @kameh.space

Nour Hage

Portrait courtesy of Nour Hage
Nour Hage is an award-winning British-Lebanese artist and designer, working across textile and digital. Her practice is centred on the exploration of West Asian identities, culture, history & storytelling with a particular focus on the role of women, the supernatural and mental wellbeing. She was the inaugural Jameel Fellow at the V&A Museum in 2021-22 and was awarded the Boghossian Foundation Prize in 2014. She graduated from Parsons School of Design (Paris) with a BFA in Fashion Design. She is based between London and Dubai. @nourhage_

Collective Y

Photo courtesy of Collective Y
Collective Y by Rhea Younes invites viewers into a world that inspires, where energy flows boundlessly. The brand, composed of bespoke luxury furniture pieces and home accessories, offers a sense of timelessness, evoking an array of emotions from every point of discovery. Paying homage to artisanal production techniques and couture-inspired upholstery, the brand captures an era of luxury, where elegance and simplicity converge. Collective Y ultimately draws inspiration from classical Parisian homes, the eclecticism of Beirut and the many colours found in nature. @collective_y_

UrArtU Gallery

Photo courtesy of UrArtU Gallery from a previous project

Gurgen Yeritsyan, one of the region’s foremost conceptual floral artists is charting new territory with his recently minted multi-disciplinary studio, UrArtU. Not satisfied with creating larger than life floral installations for the world’s biggest brands, he is now flexing his creative muscle combining his mastery of flowers (of course), with space, fashion and product design to envison rare and immersive experiences. @urartu_gallery

Aisha Alabbar Gallery

Photo courtesy of Aisha Alabbar Gallery from a previous exhibition

Founded in 2018 in Al Quoz, Aisha Alabbar Gallery is one of the first Emirati-led galleries in Dubai focused on contemporary and modern art by Emirati, local, and regional artists. The gallery seeks to further the practices of emerging and established artists, who are the inspiration for the gallery’s diverse range of programming. Dedicated to UAE-based artists and producing five innovative exhibitions per year, Aisha Alabbar Gallery has built a reputation for rigorous exhibition presentations and for collaborations with renowned curators and organisations, investing considerable resources in bringing the practices of artists in the UAE to the contemporary stage. @aisha_alabbar_gallery

Tabari Artspace

Photo courtesy of Tabari Artspace from a previous exhibition

Established in 2003 by Maliha Tabari, this Dubai-based gallery has a twofold manifesto: Preserving histories of craft emerging from the MENA region, while elevating young artists in the Gulf on a global stage. Moving fluidly between a platform for exhibition-making and artist mentorship, Tabari Artspace has taken an in-depth focus on GCC-specific, female-centered narratives, increasingly working with Kuwaiti, Emirati and Saudi artists to offer them a platform that places them and their work in a broader historical context. @tabari_artspace


The Third Line

Anachar Basbou, Untitled sculpture in Corten Steel (2023). Photo courtesy of the artist and the Saleh Barakat Gallery

Since 2005, The Third Line, Dubai-based gallery that represents contemporary artists locally, regionally, and internationally has been reframing the cultural narrative. Over the past 19 years, it has become a pioneering platform for established talent and emerging voices from the region and its diaspora, building a dynamic program that explores the diversity of practices in the region. In addition to its exhibitions, The Third Line engages in the production of art publications in English and Arabic and hosts numerous non-profit, alternative programs that add to the discourse on art, film, music, and literature in the region. @thethirdlinedxb

Saleh Barakat Gallery

A view inside the Saleh Barakat Gallery in Lebanon. Photo courtesy of the Saleh Barakat Gallery

After a quarter century of pioneering work in modern and contemporary Arab art, with Agial Art Gallery playing a central role in putting Beirut back on the map of Arab art, the Saleh Barakat Gallery opened in May 2016, in one of Beirut’s emblematic historical cultural locations: The former Cinema Clemenceau – later Masrah Al-Madina, that is now transformed into a truly modern art gallery at par with some of the best in the world. A manifestation of the founder, Saleh Barakat’s passion for the arts and for supporting artistic talent hailing from Lebanon, the gallery is home to some of the most important names in the Lebanese art scene. @salehbarakatgallery

Anachar Basbous, Untitled sculpture in Corten Steel (2023). Photo courtesy of the artist and the Saleh Barakat Gallery

Gallery Isabelle

Photo courtesy of Gallery Isabelle from a previous exhibition

One of the pioneers who shaped the UAE’s early commercial art scene, Isabelle van den Eynde opened her first gallery, B21, in 2006 in Dubai’s Al Quoz industrial district. At a time when contemporary art galleries were just beginning to stake their place in the local cultural landscape, she exhibited challenging artists whose names still figure on her roster today – such as the late Hassan Sharif, considered a trailblazer of contemporary art in the UAE, and Mohammed Kazem. In 2010, she founded her eponymous space in Alserkal Avenue. @gallery.isabelle

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