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Born in 1951, Abdul Qader Al Rais is one of the most-acclaimed artists from the United Arab Emirates, whose paintings include landscape and architectural scenes inspired by traditional Emirati neighbourhoods, buildings and forts using a photorealistic style.

He also creates abstract paintings incorporating Arabic letters. The use of small floating squares is a signature style carrying through his works. Recipient of the first Sheikh Khalifa Prize for Art and Literature, Dubai-born Al Rais developed his distinct style through years of experimentation. His artworks have been exhibited globally since 1965.