Tomorrow begins our most anticipated annual horology event, Dubai Watch Week, which returns for its second episode under the Patronage of Her Highness Sheikha Latifa Bint Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice Chairman of Dubai Culture & Arts Authority.
With the biggest names from the industry on the roster, it will be a full week of learning the fine art of keeping time. While you can watch this space for our report on the same, there is also new art born in honor of the week. This was an initiative led by Ahmed Seddiqi & Sons named ‘Time for Art’
They had commissioned Emirati artist, Abdul Qader Al-Rais to create two special pieces for this year’s Dubai Watch Week. These pieces were auctioned during Christie’s Dubai’s Modern and Contemporary art sale in October with the proceeds donated to Noor Dubai foundation.
The first of the artist Abdul Qader Al-Rai’s commissioned works is Zaman: ‘TIME’ a view from the first Ahmed Seddiqi & Sons Shop, Deira, Dubai, where the artist pays homage to the Seddiqi family’s first watch shop in Souk Bur Dubai, which opened in the late 1940s. Incorporating the spare parts of various timepieces taken from the Seddiqi atelier, the artist juxtaposes this watercolor technique with three-dimensional elements for the very first time. Welcoming this new addition to his canvases, the artist uses concepts of recycling and collage to accentuate the intricacy of these various watch elements. The original boutique of Ahmed Seddiqi & Sons, fascinatingly, has sentimental value for the artist. As the place where he purchased the first gift which he gave to his wife on their wedding day, it is undoubted that the artist laces his canvases with a profound sense of nostalgia.
The second, Zaman: Saa’a Ramliya: (‘TIME’ Hour Glass) also transcends the notion of time. An hourglass, presented in shades of blue and yellow honor the power of time and memory. Its rich hues remind us of the the sand, desert and sea through which Dubai has grown and thrived over the past many decades.