Emirati creativity in design and science honoured by Mubadala and ADMAF

ABU DHABI, 25th January, 2016 (WAM) — Abu Dhabi Music and Arts Foundation, ADMAF, yesterday honoured the winners of the 2015 Mubadala Design Commission, which recognises outstanding innovation by young Emiratis in the field of design and science. Awards were presented to Badria Mohamd Al Mazmi and Mariam Abdullah for their dynamic design concept of a neighbourhood community centre that embraces the UAE’s natural environment.

As part of the criteria for the Mubadala Design Commission, applicants were required to submit a design proposal for a ‘Creativity Zone’ within one of three sectors areas: a healthcare facility, educational environment, or aeronautical environment. As specified, the design of the zone needed to demonstrate a Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math (STEAM) educational philosophy inspired by the Abu Dhabi Vision 2030.

Commenting following the presentation of the awards, Hoda Al Khamis-Kanoo, Founder of the Abu Dhabi Music and Arts Foundation, said, “As recognised by the UAE Government, the fibres of creativity that fuel innovation within society represents the core of the country’s development plans. This is allowing the youth of today to think differently and create solutions for our future that are based on new ways of thinking. While investment in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) within education is important, it is essential that the arts (collectively known as STEAM) plays an integral role in embedding learning, enhancing pedagogy and unlocking the imagination.

“At ADMAF, we firmly believe that STEAM education is essential for tomorrow’s society to flourish. As highlighted by today’s event, access to the arts and culture expands the originality and creativity brought to the development of new models in technology, science and engineering. Simply put, art fuels an appetite for discovery that inspires new ways of thinking.”

In an event that also celebrated the link between arts and technology, ADMAF premiered ‘The Robotic Artist’ – a robot with the capability to draw – designed by United Arab Emirates University IT students as part of a joint ADMAF and Mubadala initiative. As one of ADMAF’s national learning partners, the United Arab Emirates University worked with ADMAF to broaden the collaboration and explore the close links between design and innovation technology.

Ms. Nadine Saleh Hassan, Head of Integrated Marketing and Outreach, Mubadala, said, “We know that creative genius stems from the ability to make connections between diverse disciplines like art and science, and that’s exactly what the Mubadala Design Commission aims to foster. Innovating in diverse fields is part of Mubadala’s DNA, and that’s what makes our support of this effort truly a natural fit.”

ADMAF launched the Design Commission in 2013. Following two successful editions, ADMAF took a new direction in 2015, with Mubadala Development Company becoming the official sponsor. The Mubadala Design Commission aims to annually recognise the innovation and achievement of young Emiratis in the field of design (architecture, sound and lighting) and science. The initiative also aims to nurture talent, encourage artistic practice and act as a launch pad for emerging designers across the UAE.